Make Memorial Day Weekend Memorable

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!

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Explore the Beauty of Jordan Lake

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.

Explore the Beauty of Jordan Lake
Free   .  Jordan Lake State Recreation Area   .  Apex
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Local Escape: Bask in the Glory of the Eno

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.

Local Escape: Bask in the Glory of the Eno
Free   .  Eno River State Park   .  Durham
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Explore the Sarah P. Duke Gardens

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.

Explore the Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Free   .  Sarah P. Duke Gardens   .  Durham
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Wander the Wilderness at William B. Umstead State Park

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.

Wander the Wilderness at William B. Umstead State Park
Free   .  William B. Umstead State Park   .  Raleigh
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Get Outdoors & Explore the Neuse River Trail

The Neuse River Trail is a 27.5 mile adventure course that will never leave you bored!

Get Outdoors and Explore the Neuse River Trail
Free   .  Neuse River Trail   .  Raleigh
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Feel Like You Can Fly at Freedom Balloon Festival

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.

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Feel Like You Can Fly at Freedom Balloon Festival
Free   .  Fleming Loop Recreational Park   .  Fuquay Varina
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Grub Out at the Memorial Day Fish Fry

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.

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Grub Out at the Memorial Day Fish Fry
$45   .  Crook's Corner   .  Chapel Hill
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Sit Under the Stars at the Flashback Friday Movie Series

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.

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Sit Under the Stars at the Flashback Friday Movie Series: Mrs. Doubtfire
Free   .  City Plaza   .  Raleigh
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Get Your Hands Dirty at the Memorial Day Weekend Litter Cleanup

Do good this Memorial Day Weekend and join Keep Durham Beautiful for a cleanup mission in rural Rougemont!

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Get Your Hands Dirty at the Memorial Day Weekend Litter Cleanup
Free   .  10918 Wilkins Rd   .  Rougemont
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Eat, Run & Swim at The Doughman

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!

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Eat, Run & Swim at The Doughman
$37.50   .  Motorco Music Hall   .  Durham
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Jam Out at The Art Of Noise

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.

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Jam Out at The Art Of Noise
$10+   .  Motorco Music Hall   .  Durham
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Listen to Music on the Plaza at Northgate

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.

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Listen to Music on the Plaza at Northgate: Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos with John Dee Holeman
Free   .  Northgate Mall   .  Durham
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Sip on Sangria & Mead Slushies for Memorial Day Weekend

Starrlight Mead is celebrating the unofficial beginning of summer with sangria, signature mead slushies, limited edition mead releases, door prizes and more.

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Sip on Sangria & Mead Slushies for Memorial Day Weekend
$   .  Starrlight Mead   .  Pittsboro
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Saturday Markets & Music in Saxapahaw

Travel along the Haw River to the renovated Saxapahaw riverfront every Saturday for live music, a farmer's market and family fun.

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Saturday Markets & Music in Saxapahaw
Free   .  Rivermill Village   .  Saxapahaw
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Grub & Sip at DDD's Mickey's Memorial Monday

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.

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Grub & Sip at DDD's Mickey's Memorial Monday
$   .  Drink Drank Drunk   .  Raleigh
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Do Memorial Day at Boxcar

Boxcar is throwing down this Memorial Day with a day party, including extended open hours, drink specials, a free air hockey tourney and more.

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Do Memorial Day at Boxcar
-   .  Boxcar Bar + Arcade   .  Raleigh
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Salute the Best of Broadway at Koka Booth

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!

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Salute the Best of Broadway at Koka Booth
$16   .  Koka Booth Amphitheatre   .  Cary
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