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The Weekender: Sunfest at Dix, Blackberry Pickathon + More
Wednesday, Jul 11 2018

Our curated list of the best things to do in Raleigh the weekend of July 12-July 15!

Thursday
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Movies in the Garden: Labyrinth Cinema Movie Party w/Alamo Drafthouse Cinema 1340 fire icon

Frolic in the grass, stroll through the rose garden and catch a movie under the stars on Thursday nights in July and August at The Raleigh Little Theater.

Thu Jul 26, 8:00p
Movies in the Garden
Free   .  Raleigh Little Theatre   .  Raleigh
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Activate Good - Volunteer at Job Club

Share your skills with participants in Passage Home's Job Club on Thursdays from 1-3pm every week. Even if you cannot commit to every week, the Club would love to have you help out!

Weekly
Activate Good - Volunteer at Job Club
Free   .  513 Branch St   .  Raleigh
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Midtown Beach Music Series: Blackwater Rhythm & Blues 731 fire icon

Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to do the shag! Every Thursday night this summer, get ready for beach music vibes under the stars at North Hills.

Weekly
Midtown Beach Music Series
Free   .  North Hills   .  Raleigh
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Friday
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Sip and Socialize at Iris After Dark

Welcome the weekend with NCMA's new evening experience, Iris After Dark! Every Friday night, roam the galleries while you sip wine & beer, enjoy small plates and jam to local music with friends.

Weekly
Sip and Socialize at Iris After Dark
$$   .  North Carolina Museum of Art   .  Raleigh
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Sunday
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Summer Concert Series at Fred Fletcher Park: SWAG

Free concerts = summertime bliss! Jam out to a variety of hits at this gorgeous outdoor venue.

Sun Jul 29, 6:00p
Summer Concert Series at Fred Fletcher Park
Free   .  Fred Fletcher Park   .  Raleigh
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Limber Up at Crank Arm Brewery

With a passion for bikes and brew, Crank Arm brings another spin into the mix—Sunday morning yoga!

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Limber Up at Crank Arm Brewery
$12   .  Crank Arm Brewing Company   .  Raleigh
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All Weekend
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The North Carolina Roots of Artist Ernie Barnes Exhibit

Celebrate this incredible Durham native. You'll get to see Ernie Barnes' iconic paintings, important artifacts to Ernie's history, and even some pieces that have never been seen by the public before.

Multiple Day Event
The North Carolina Roots of Artist Ernie Barnes Exhibit
Free   .  North Carolina Museum of History   .  Raleigh
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Activate Good - Serve Meals to Kids at Families Together

When school is out bellies go empty. Families Together needs YOU to help keep bellies full this summer. Be a summer superhero this year and sign up to help us feed hungry children in our community.

Weekly
Activate Good - Serve Meals to Kids at Families Together
Free   .  3800 Hillcrest Dr   .  Raleigh
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Immerse Yourself in Light, Color and Sound at NCMA 1258 fire icon

This expansive exhibit full of intriguing visuals and mixed media pieces featuring creates an immersive and participatory environment, where viewers are encouraged to engage with the works on display.

Multiple Day Event
Immerse Yourself in Light, Color and Sound at NCMA
TBD   .  North Carolina Museum of Art   .  Raleigh
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Past Experiences
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Straws Documentary Screening

Sick of straws (or have no idea what we're talking about)? Come to this documentary screening and panel discussion to learn more about why straws are an environmental problem—and alternative options. 

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Straws Documentary Screening
Free   .  The Cary Theater   .  Cary
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The Art of Fandom Celebration & Nerdlesque

Get your nerd on at this epic Nerdlesque event. Start off the night with a Cosplay Fashion Show, before diving into a Nerdlesque show featuring a variety of performers.

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The Art of Fandom Celebration & Nerdlesque
$10+   .  Imurj   .  Raleigh
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Sunfest at Dix Park

Celebrate the new sunflower fields at Dix Park! Enjoy local food trucks, arts and crafts, live bluegrass—or just a wandering through the five-acre fields of sunnies. 

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Sunfest at Dix Park
Free   .  Dorothea Dix Park   .  Raleigh
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Fright Nighter – A Mid-Summer Halloween Party

Who said Halloween only comes once a year? Have a night of spooktacular fun dancing to a selection of DJs. Costumes highly encouraged!

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Fright Nighter – A Mid-Summer Halloween Party
Free   .  The Night Rider   .  Raleigh
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Peach Day at the State Farmer's Market

Everything will be peachy keen on this day filled with celebrations in honor of the North Carolina peach season. Grab some food, and make sure to save room for FREE peach ice cream!

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Peach Day at the State Farmer's Market
Free   .  State Farmers Market   .  Raleigh
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Movies by Moonlight - The Last Jedi

Summertime means the return of outdoor movie series! Grab your lawn chair and enjoy the latest installment of the Star Wars trilogy with a screening of The Last Jedi at Cary's Booth Amphitheatre.

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Movies by Moonlight - The Last Jedi
$5   .  Koka Booth Amphitheatre   .  Cary
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Blackberry Brigade Pickathon

Take your berry picking outing to the next level with this competitive berry foraging event for a cause. Gather your friends and pick berries around town to win, then take them home or donate them.

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Blackberry Brigade Pickathon
$10+   .  Raleigh City Farm   .  Raleigh
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Mac and Cheese Cookoff

Come be a connoisseur of everybody's favorite dish. Bring your own award-worthy mac for a chance to win, or taste all the cheesy goodness and be the judge yourself for just $10.

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Mac and Cheese Cookoff
$10   .  Compass Rose Brewery   .  Raleigh
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Family Fun Saturdays: Printmaking Explorations

Bring your kids age 5-11 to this day of hands-on learning at the art museum. You'll get a gallery tour to help inspire your creativity, and then an arts and crafts workshop that's fun for the family.

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Family Fun Saturdays: Printmaking Explorations
$6+   .  North Carolina Museum of Art   .  Raleigh
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Parking Lot Party at Taylor's Wine Shop

Enjoy an afternoon of free beer and wine tastings while noshing on your favorite local food and listening to live music from The George Fuller Band.

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Parking Lot Party at Taylor's Wine Shop
Free   .  Taylor's Wine Shop   .  Raleigh
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Well Fed, Well Said Dinner Series

Explore food and health during this 'Dinner Theater Series.' You'll enjoy performances and talks about veganism while dining on a delicious vegan meal by Irregardless Cafe.

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Well Fed, Well Said Dinner Series
$50   .  The Glenwood   .  Raleigh
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Wild Buffalo Wings Cookoff

Get 'em while they're hot! Only $10 for all the wings you can eat (while they last)—or register to cook your own and compete for a $500 prize. 

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Wild Buffalo Wings Cookoff
$10   .  Tobacco Road Harley-Davidson   .  Raleigh
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Bastille Day Celebration with Simply Crepes

Celebrate French Independence day with crepes, French-inspired live music, aerial demonstrations—and the opportunity to give back to Camp High Hopes. 

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Bastille Day Celebration with Simply Crepes
Free   .  Simply Crêpes Cafe of Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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The Music of Tom Petty

Hear the songs of Tom Petty like you've never heard them before! Enjoy music under the stars as the North Carolina Symphony performs Petty's iconic songs at the Koka Booth Summerfest Series.

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The Music of Tom Petty
$17-$40   .  Koka Booth Amphitheatre   .  Cary
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