You know the drill—our complete guide to the best of July in Raleigh. Take your pick between can't-miss events, new places to explore, and old favorites that are just too good to pass up this time of year! Don't just think about it, go do it!
Summer Fridays are in full swing at Bond Park. Take advantage of the after-hour boat rentals and watch the blazing summer sun sink down while live music plays in the background.
The summer concerts at NCMA represent one of the Triangle's longest-running and most selective outdoor music series. Grab a seat in the expansive stone amphitheater and soak up the energy.
Soak up one of the best patio views in Raleigh with this totally-revamped bar and restaurant in the former Boylan Bridge Brewpub spot.
A new craft cocktail and oyster spot is open in North Hills, and they might be the first restaurant in Raleigh offering "artisanal ice" (really).
This Wilmington gem has expanded to the Triangle, bringing award-winning seafood, steaks and other classic American eats inland.
Small seafood chain Mason's Famous Lobster Rolls has opened their first North Carolina location in North Hills. Get excited for fresh lobster rolls in any and every style you could imagine.
Make your breakfast way better with this new pastry shop near Glenwood South. Indulge in everything from a classic croissant that takes three days to make to fun twists on the classics.
Rush Bowls is DIY spot with over 20+ possible combos and a wide selection of handcrafted, tried-and-true smoothie bowls that put our homemade smoothies to shame.
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.
Two Roosters, the team that dishes out homemade ice cream from a picture perfect teal truck, has a brick-and-mortar in North Raleigh and Person Street Plaza! Stop by for seasonally driven scoops.
The Neuse River Trail is a 27.5 mile adventure course that will never leave you bored!
Head to Dix park for a family-friendly festival spectacular to celebrate the future of Dix (and, of course, the giant field of sunflower blooms)!
Start your Independence Day celebrations the right way with a 4-miler at Dorothea Dix with Runologie and post-race refreshments at Trophy Brewing.
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's lunar landing with a VR lab to "travel" to space, a bungee station, a space-themed beer garden, and more. Up, up, and away!
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.
Get artsy with this weekend of extraordinary theatre by women, including everything from new, never-before-seen works to staged readings to workshops to learn to make theatre yourself!
Relax, kick back and enjoy music by the river with over 70 different emerging and established artists for the 40th Annual Festival for the Eno.
Get the VIP treatment while enjoying the NC Symphony's Summerfest outdoor content. Your evening will start with socializing over complimentary pops and champagne, before a night of Russian composers.
Stroll around North Hills and knock out your summer shopping! The Summer Sidewalk sale promises the perfect opportunity to find top notch designer items at a fraction of the price.
Enjoy these classic fourth of July fireworks at Brier Creek Commons. Start with a block party and end with the oohs and aahs of one spectacular fireworks display.
A weekend filled with super events! GalaxyCon (formerly SuperCon) is for fans of pop culture, superheroes, science fiction, anime, cartoons, video games, and more.
Pull out your grass skirts and get in your most summery mood with this tiki-themed bar crawl for a cause, including a pop-up drag performance!
Support a great cause while getting some mid-summer holiday cheer with holiday cocktails, delicious appetizers and seasonal treats. Donation of cash or school supplies gets you free admission!
Explore, and celebrate the food culture and history from North Carolina while enjoying a variety of pork, pickles, and peanuts.
Catch the game at Raleigh's premier soccer bar. London Bridge Pub will have a tent set and massive screen set up for watching on the patio, plus the brews and English food you love.
Grow your game collection while browsing other geeky goodies!
You've never known moths like this before. Using blacklights, you'll get to see what these creatures are up to in the evening while learning from entomological experts.
Find your zen with a unique opportunity to learn this ancient martial art in a calming natural environment.
You've never seen creatures like this before. Part archaeologist, part scientist, part satirist, part artistic visionary, Beauvais Lyons creates a mythical world of unnatural history.