What's on Tap

Brewgaloo, Art of Cool lead our weekend best bets

Posted April 24, 2014

Attendees were given plastic pint glasses with their admission to use for beer sampling during Brewgaloo, Apr. 27, 2013 at Raleigh's City Plaza.  The event featured craft beers from North Carolina breweries as well as local food trucks. (Photo by Jeffrey A. Camarati)

— Here are our picks for weekend fun in the Triangle: 

One of the highlights of NC Beer Month is finally here. Brewgaloo is Saturday in downtown Raleigh. Featuring local music, food trucks and lots of craft beer, this is always a fun event. Admission is free, but you will need to purchase drink tokens to taste beer. It all kicks off at 2 p.m. and runs until 10 p.m. 

Get ready for some great jazz this weekend as the first Art of Cool Festival invades the Bull City. This two-day celebration will take place at venues across the city. There is a free festival kick-off party on Friday complete with live music and a food truck rodeo at Durham Central Park. On Saturday, enjoy a free outdoor concert at American Tobacco. The Carolina Soul Tribute Concert on Saturday will feature a tribute to jazz legends from North Carolina.

The annual Fayetteville Dogwood Festival is happening this weekend. This three-day festival includes family-friendly fun, food and rides. The Marshall Tucker Band are playing Festival Park on Friday night and John Michael Montgomery will play Saturday night. These are free shows, so head out and enjoy! 

Country trio Lady Antebellum plays Walnut Creek Amphitheater Friday night. They will be joined by Kip Moore and Kacey Musgraves. Tickets are still available. 

The Underground music scene is coming back to Cameron Village on Friday night with “Rock the Village.” The event will feature music from The Love Language, food and fashion. 

Bluegrass and barbecue take center-stage at The Pit’s 6th annual 'Cuegrass Festival on Saturday in the warehouse district of downtown Raleigh. Tickets are $5 at the gate. The event is a benefit for Backpack Buddies and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC. 

Also on Saturday, Cary will hold its annual Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival at Bond Park. Music, crafts and activities for the children help make this a fun event each year.

Head to Bryan Farm in Garner to hear some beach music this Saturday. The annual Triangle Beach Music Festival kicks off at 10:30 a.m. It will feature Band of Oz, Jim Quick and Coastline, Holiday Band and The Embers featuring Craig Woolard. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the gate. 

Enjoy the sounds of jazz ensembles from Athens Drive, Cary, Green Hope and Panther Creek High Schools at the Western Wake Music Fest at Koka Booth Amphitheatre on Saturday. The show starts at 4 p.m. and will include music from the Athens Drive Strings Orchestra and the Athens Drive Wind Ensemble. The show is free. 

Marbles Kids Museum hosts its annual Imagination Ball featuring food stations, drinks and live music. This grown-up gala is a fundraiser to benefit the Imagination Fund at Marbles. Tickets are $50 for members and $60 for nonmembers. 

North Hills is celebrating the opening of its Midtown Park this weekend with family-friendly activities, live music and food. Events are happening from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 

Hundreds of people will gather to remember a Cary man who died after a battle with Cystic Fibrosis. The Joey O Bocce Classic is held every year in honor of Joe O’Connell who died in 2009 at the age of 32. The classic is being held Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Cardinal Gibbons High School’s football field. Individual registration is $100 and team registration is $400. 

Meet the Millionaire Matchmaker and more at this year’s Southern Women’s Show. This expo features shopping, seminars, demonstrations and more. It all happens at the N.C. State Fairgrounds Friday through Sunday. Tickets are $12 at the door. 

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