All The Best Things to Do in Raleigh in July
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All The Best Things to Do in Raleigh in July

Thursday, Jun 27 2019

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!

Best Events This Month

One Giant Leap Festival at North Carolina Museum of History
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One Giant Leap Festival

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!

Sat Jul 20, 11:00a
One Giant Leap Festival
Free   .  North Carolina Museum of History   .  Raleigh
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Movies in the Garden at Raleigh Little Theatre
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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.

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Movies in the Garden
Free   .  Raleigh Little Theatre   .  Raleigh
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Summer Sidewalk Sale at Midtown Park
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North Hills Summer Sidewalk Sale

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.

Multiple Day Event
Summer Sidewalk Sale
$$   .  Midtown Park   .  Raleigh
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Bands, Bites, and Boats at Bond Park Boat House
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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.

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Bands, Bites, and Boats
Free   .  Bond Park Boat House   .  Cary
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GalaxyCon Raleigh at Raleigh Convention Center
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GalaxyCon Raleigh

A weekend filled with super events! GalaxyCon (formerly SuperCon) is for fans of pop culture, superheroes, science fiction, anime, cartoons, video games, and more. 

Multiple Day Event
GalaxyCon Raleigh
$20+   .  Raleigh Convention Center   .  Raleigh
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Jingle in July Happy Hour for a Cause at Tobacco Road Sports Cafe & Brewery
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Jingle in July Happy Hour for a Cause

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!

Wed Jul 17, 6:30p
Jingle in July Happy Hour for a Cause
Suggested Donation   .  Tobacco Road Sports Cafe & Brewery   .  Raleigh
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Pork, Pickles, and Peanuts at Duke Homestead at Duke Homestead
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Pork, Pickles, and Peanuts at Duke Homestead

Explore, and celebrate the food culture and history from North Carolina while enjoying a variety of pork, pickles, and peanuts.

Sat Jul 20, 10:00a
Pork, Pickles, and Peanuts at Duke Homestead
Free   .  Duke Homestead   .  Durham
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NCMA Summer Concerts at North Carolina Museum of Art
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NCMA Summer Concerts

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.

Tue Jul 23, 7:30p
NCMA Summer Concerts
$$   .  North Carolina Museum of Art   .  Raleigh
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Triangle Game Night's Gamer Garage Sale at Arcade of Thrones
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Triangle Game Night's Gamer Garage Sale

Grow your game collection while browsing other geeky goodies!

Sun Jul 21, 12:00p
Triangle Game Night's Gamer Garage Sale
Free   .  Arcade of Thrones   .  Raleigh
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Moths at Night at Prairie Ridge Ecostation
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Moths at Night

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.

Sat Jul 20, 8:00p
Moths at Night
Free   .  Prairie Ridge Ecostation   .  Raleigh
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Opening: Fantastic Fauna-Chimeric Creatures by Beauvais Lyons at Gregg Museum of Art & Design

Opening: Fantastic Fauna-Chimeric Creatures by Beauvais Lyons

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. 

Thu Jul 18, 6:00p
Opening: Fantastic Fauna-Chimeric Creatures by Beauvais Lyons
Free   .  Gregg Museum of Art & Design   .  Raleigh
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New Businesses to Check Out

NOW OPEN: Wye Hill Kitchen & Brewing at Wye Hill Kitchen & Brewing
Photo by @wyehill

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Soak up one of the best patio views in Raleigh with this totally-revamped bar and restaurant in the former Boylan Bridge Brewpub spot. 

NOW OPEN: Wye Hill Kitchen & Brewing
$$   .  Wye Hill Kitchen & Brewing   .  Raleigh
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NOW OPEN: STIR North Hills at STIR
Photo by @foodiestimestwo

STIR North Hills

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).

NOW OPEN: STIR North Hills
$$   .  STIR   .  Raleigh
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NOW OPEN: Cape Fear Seafood Company at Cape Fear Seafood Company
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This Wilmington gem has expanded to the Triangle, bringing award-winning seafood, steaks and other classic American eats inland. 

NOW OPEN: Cape Fear Seafood Company
-   .  Cape Fear Seafood Company   .  Raleigh
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NOW OPEN: Mason's Famous Lobster Rolls at Mason's Famous Lobster Rolls
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Mason's Famous Lobster Rolls

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.

NOW OPEN: Mason's Famous Lobster Rolls
$$   .  Mason's Famous Lobster Rolls   .  Raleigh
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NOW OPEN: Layered Croissanterie at Layered Croissanterie
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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. 

NOW OPEN: Layered Croissanterie
$   .  Layered Croissanterie   .  Raleigh
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NOW OPEN: Rush Bowls at Rush Bowls
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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.

NOW OPEN: Rush Bowls
$   .  Rush Bowls   .  Raleigh
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Old Faves to Revisit Now

Explore the Beauty of Jordan Lake at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
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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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Get a Scoop at Two Roosters Ice Cream at Two Roosters Ice Cream
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Get a Scoop at Two Roosters Ice Cream

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.

Get a Scoop at Two Roosters Ice Cream
$   .  Two Roosters Ice Cream   .  Raleigh
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Get Outdoors and Explore the Neuse River Trail at Neuse River Trail
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Get Outdoors and 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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Past Experiences

Destination SunFest at Dix at Dorothea Dix Park
Photo by @dixpark

Destination SunFest at Dix

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)! 

Past
Destination SunFest at Dix
Free   .  Dorothea Dix Park   .  Raleigh
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Keep RLGH Independent 4 Miler at Runologie
Photo by @raleighdistanceproject

Keep RLGH Independent 4 Miler

Start your Independence Day celebrations the right way with a 4-miler at Dorothea Dix with Runologie and post-race refreshments at Trophy Brewing.

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Keep RLGH Independent 4 Miler
$30+   .  Runologie   .  Raleigh
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Women's Theatre Festival at Raleigh
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Women's Theatre Festival

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!

Past
Women's Theatre Festival
$5+   .  Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Festival for the Eno at West Point on the Eno
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Festival for the Eno

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.

Past
Festival for the Eno
$18+   .  West Point on the Eno   .  Durham
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Champagne, Popsicle, and Outdoor Concert at Koka Booth Amphitheatre
Photo by @ncsymphony

Champagne, Popsicle, and Outdoor Concert

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. 

Past
Champagne, Popsicle, and Outdoor Concert
$20   .  Koka Booth Amphitheatre   .  Cary
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Brier Creek 4th of July Fireworks at Brier Creek Commons
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Brier Creek 4th of July Fireworks

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.

Past
Brier Creek 4th of July Fireworks
Free   .  Brier Creek Commons   .  Raleigh
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Tiki Shots and Flip Flops Bar Crawl at The Outpost
Photo by @theoutpostraleigh

Tiki Shots and Flip Flops Bar Crawl

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!

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Tiki Shots and Flip Flops Bar Crawl
$30+   .  The Outpost   .  Raleigh
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Watch the Women's World Cup at London Bridge Pub
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Watch the Women's World Cup

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.

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Watch the Women's World Cup
Cost of Food + Drink   .  London Bridge Pub   .  Raleigh
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Tai Chi in the Garden at Gregg Museum of Art & Design
Photo by @The Gregg Museum

Tai Chi in the Garden

Find your zen with a unique opportunity to learn this ancient martial art in a calming natural environment. 

Past
Tai Chi in the Garden
Free   .  Gregg Museum of Art & Design   .  Raleigh
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All The Best Things to Do in Raleigh in July
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