It’s June and the summer has most definitely arrived. This month we have some great community activities, special cultural events, plenty of opportunities to enjoy delicious NC food and more. Enjoy!
Where: North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh Little Theatre, Koka Booth Amphitheatre and more
When: Throughout June, July and August
While the days can get a little toasty during the summer the nights are the perfect opportunity to spend some time outside. A great way to do just that is to head to one of several venues that shows movies outdoors. Many screen a combination of classic and recent movies and serve all sorts of refreshments.
Where: Spring Forest Park, Raleigh
When: Saturday, June 2nd,
What are the Raleigh Firebirds? They’re Raleigh’s newest professional basketball team. Starting in 2019, the Firebirds will play in the North American Premier Basketball league. The league began in 2018 and by 2019 will feature 12 teams throughout the US and Canada. Get ahead of the curb and come to the team’s Family and Friends Day where attendees will receive free Firebirds shirts! What’s better than that?
When: Crawfish day is Saturday, June 2, 10 am – Until crawfish runs out. Blueberry Day is Thursday, June 21, 11 am – 1 pm
Don’t worry, these are two different events and there will be no combining of crawfish and blueberries (unless that’s what you’re looking for and in that case, no comment). Crawfish Day is sponsored by the NC Crawfish Grower’s Association and will feature an abundance of live and cooked (with cajun seasoning) crawfish going for $6 and $8 a pound respectively. If crawfish isn’t your thing then wait until June 21 for Blueberry Day where visitors will be treated to a free blueberry dessert and have the opportunity to buy tons of the delicious fruit from local growers. If neither of those are your thing then maybe Peach Day or Watermelon day, both in July, are more what you’re looking for.
Where: Downtown Apex
When: Saturday, June 3, 3 – 10 pm
The Apex Latino Arts Festival is a celebration of arts and culture in the Apex community. There will be plenty of live performances, arts and crafts for sale, piñata breaking ceremonies and more! One of the highlights of the festival is its culinary event, featuring delicious food from throughout Latin America.
Where: Throughout Chatham and Wake Counties, ending on Fayetteville Street
When: Sunday, June 3
Ironman races have long been famous for being some of the must grueling experiences that one can put a human body through. Ironman 70.3, or a half Ironman, involves a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1-mile run. Sounds fun right? The race will take place in Lake Jordan, rural Chatham and Wake counties and finish in Downtown Raleigh. If you’re like me and you’re no quite ready for all that but want to witness such madness firsthand then come downtown to watch the warriors stumble across the finish line. 30 individuals will qualify for the 2018 World Championship in South Africa.
Where: Locations throughout Durham
When: June 11 – July 27
“The world’s greatest dance festival,” according to the New York Post, the event begins in June and runs all the way through July. ADF aims to promote and support modern dance through a wide range of methods including education, community outreach, national and international initiatives and more. The festival is just as much about participating as it is spectating. There are numerous performances as well as classes and workshops.
Where: Downtown Apex
When: Friday, Saturday, June 15, 16
Food, fun, beer and more. The two day event will give you the opportunity to try some of the best BBQ in existence. You may just be able to come a People’s Choice Judge and sample contest entries. It’s a tough job but someone’s got to it. Visit the cook team areas, enjoy live music, watch the pig races, take your kids to the Kids Area and more.
Where: East Main Street, Durham
When: Saturday, June 16
Juneteenth is a celebration of African American culture, heritage and achievements, rooted in the abolishing of slavery. It is often referred to as African American Independence Day and is recognized as a state holiday in North Carolina and many other states. The event is described as fun-filled, educational and uplifting. There will be live performances, plenty of food, a kids zone and more!
Where: Downtown Wake Forest
When: Saturday, June 16, 9 am – 2 pm
The event is free and open to the public and will feature some amazing cars of all sorts of makes, models, types and ages. Anyone can register their vehicle in the show for a fee of $20. There will also be plenty of live music and delicious food.
When: Saturday, Sunday, June 30, July 1, 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday, 4 pm on Sunday
Repticon is a reptile and exotic animal show that travels throughout the country. Great for any animal enthusiasts or potential ones. The show has a large variety of all sorts of reptiles both for viewing and sale. You might just leave with more than you expected.