Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer, so what better way to kick off the season than with an epic three-day holiday? We've pulled together a list of events and active excursions to make sure you enjoy your time off!
Jordan Lake is the perfect day trip. Just minutes outside of the main Triangle area, this natural space provides stunning views and activities for all, from camping to swimming to fishing and more.
Minutes from Durham and Chapel Hill, the Eno River State Park offers secluded wilderness trails with the serenity and sounds of the river. Take a break from civilization and march into the wild.
Often spoken of as "the crown jewel of Duke University," Duke Gardens are pure, natural bliss. Come take a stroll, revel in its beauty and appreciate gorgeous grounds.
Tucked away between the RDU airport and the town of Cary lays a beautiful little park where you can spend hours getting lost in nature. And by little, we mean over five-thousand and a half acres.
The Neuse River Trail is a 27.5 mile adventure course that will never leave you bored!
The WRAL Freedom Balloon Festival brings over 30 hot air balloons for four days of spectacular shows! Note: Balloon flights happen only during the first two hours after sunrise and just before sunset.
Crook's Corner is teaming up with Al's to bring you the ultimate Memorial Day celebration—an outdoor fish fry! Grub out on shrimp, oysters, hush puppies and more and grab a drink at the cash bar.
Bring a blanket and sit under the stars and the Raleigh skyline for the free Flashback Friday movie series in City Plaza, accompanied by food trucks and vendors!
The opening movie is Mrs. Doubtfire, screened on May 26! Fun begins at 5p, movie starts at sundown.
Do good this Memorial Day Weekend and join Keep Durham Beautiful for a cleanup mission in rural Rougemont!
Looking for something completely out of the ordinary this Memorial Day Weekend? The Doughman is a feat of the muscles and the gut. Gather a team of four to run, eat, swim and get weird while supporting a local cause, or just stick around and enjoy the show!
Shake your hips (and burn some cookout calories) this Memorial Day! Head to Motorco for Art of Cool Project's Memorial Day edition of The Art of Noise, a night of DJ beats that'll have you swaying into the early morning.
Northgate Plaza comes alive on select Fridays this summer with free live tunes, plus food and craft beer from Bull City Burger & Brewery! Kick back on your lawn chair and enjoy the breeze.
Starrlight Mead is celebrating the unofficial beginning of summer with sangria, signature mead slushies, limited edition mead releases, door prizes and more.
Travel along the Haw River to the renovated Saxapahaw riverfront every Saturday for live music, a farmer's market and family fun.
Drink Drank Drunk is hosting Mickey's Memorial Monday this Memorial Day, featuring a patio party, cookout (free burgers and dogs while supplies last!) and $1 Mickey's.
Boxcar is throwing down this Memorial Day with a day party, including extended open hours, drink specials, a free air hockey tourney and more.
The Triangle Wind Ensemble is tipping its hat to one of America's best musical traditions—Broadway! Lounge at Koka Booth with a picnic and listen to live tunes from Les Miserables, Hamilton and more!