Make Memorial Day Weekend Memorable
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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
Free
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
280 State Park Road

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.

This experience has 386 bookmarks and 2635 views.
Photo by @kristenwhite74
Local Escape: Bask in the Glory of the Eno
Free
Eno River State Park
6101 Cole Mill Rd

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.

This experience has 3868 bookmarks and 19714 views.
Photo by @curlyhairedchix
Explore the Sarah P. Duke Gardens
Free
Sarah P. Duke Gardens
420 Anderson Street

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.

This experience has 649 bookmarks and 2930 views.
Photo by @gain3r
Wander the Wilderness at William B. Umstead State Park
Free
William B. Umstead State Park
8801 Glenwood Ave

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.

This experience has 1379 bookmarks and 6287 views.
Get Outdoors & Explore the Neuse River Trail
Free
Neuse River Trail
20 Anderson Point Drive

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

This experience has 1528 bookmarks and 10626 views.
Past Experiences
Feel Like You Can Fly at Freedom Balloon Festival
Free
Fleming Loop Recreational Park
301 Fleming Loop Rd
Fri May 26 – Mon May 29

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.

This experience has 781 bookmarks and 7460 views.
Photo by @aeolusyang
Grub Out at the Memorial Day Fish Fry
$45
Crook's Corner
610 W Franklin St
Mon May 29, 6:00p

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.

This experience has 7 bookmarks and 357 views.
Sit Under the Stars at the Flashback Friday Movie Series: Mrs. Doubtfire
Free
City Plaza
400 Fayetteville St
Fri May 26, 5:00p

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.

This experience has 72 bookmarks and 476 views.
Photo by @fordsherri
Get Your Hands Dirty at the Memorial Day Weekend Litter Cleanup
Free
10918 Wilkins Rd
10918 Wilkins Rd
Sat May 27, 9:00a

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

This experience has 12 bookmarks and 154 views.
Photo by @doughman_durham
Eat, Run & Swim at The Doughman
$37.50
Motorco Music Hall
723 Rigsbee Ave
Sat May 27, 7:00a

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!

This experience has 22 bookmarks and 1110 views.
Photo by @djlonnieb
Jam Out at The Art Of Noise
$10+
Motorco Music Hall
723 Rigsbee Ave
Sat May 27, 9:00p

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.

This experience has 19 bookmarks and 317 views.

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.

This experience has 14 bookmarks and 116 views.
Photo by @from url
Sip on Sangria & Mead Slushies for Memorial Day Weekend
$
Starrlight Mead
480 Hillsboro Street #Suite 1000
Sat May 27 – Sun May 28

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

This experience has 18 bookmarks and 321 views.
Photo by @masher1423
Saturday Markets & Music in Saxapahaw
Free
Rivermill Village
1735 Saxapahaw-Bethlehem Church Rd
Sat September 30, 5:00p - 8:00p

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

This experience has 581 bookmarks and 6297 views.
Photo by @donnie.vegas
Grub & Sip at DDD's Mickey's Memorial Monday
$
Drink Drank Drunk
905 W Morgan St
Mon May 29, 12:00p

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.

This experience has 9 bookmarks and 336 views.
Do Memorial Day at Boxcar
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Boxcar Bar + Arcade
330 West Davie Street
Mon May 29, 12:00a

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

This experience has 19 bookmarks and 465 views.
Photo by @martinsher
Salute the Best of Broadway at Koka Booth
$16
Koka Booth Amphitheatre
8003 Regency Pkwy
Sun May 28, 7:30p

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!

This experience has 15 bookmarks and 359 views.
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