Raleigh, N.C. — The Durham Bulls Athletic Park will open its gates on Saturday for the Triple-A All-Star Fan Fest. Take batting practice on the field, get a tour of the ballpark and more during this free event. There will even be face painters, inflatables and more for young fans. The fan fest is at 11 a.m. Later that day, there will be a block party on Blackwell Street featuring live music, food trucks, craft beer and more. The party starts at 6 p.m. The Triple-A All-Star Week kicks off on Monday with a series of ticketed events leading up to the All-Star game on Wednesday night.
On Saturday night, check out the premiere of the Bull City Summer documentary "Leaving Traces" at American Tobacco Campus' Full Frame Theater. The 75-minute film follows a group of photographers as they worked on the Bull City Summer project last year at Durham Bulls Athletic Park. The screening is free and starts at 6 p.m. You can see the Bull City Summer exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art and CAM Raleigh through Aug. 31.
For the foodies
Pork, Pickles and Peanuts: Tastes of N.C. is Saturday. This annual estival celebrates the state’s cuisine. There will be barbecue and pie contests and live music from Steph Stewart and The Boyfriends. The free event is at Duke Homestead from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Another food event is this Saturday at the Carrboro Farmers’ Market. Celebrate Tomato Day with samples of more than 70 tomato varieties, live music, face painting for the kids and more.
The Southern Foodways Alliance will host a Stir the Pot dinner at Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh on Sunday night. Hosted by Poole's Ashley Christensen, the dinner will feature Memphis chefs Mike Hudman and Andy Ticer preparing a 5-course meal. Tickets for the meal are $150 each.
Arts, comedy and beer
Tommy Davidson, the former star of “In Living Color,” plays Goodnights Comedy Club in Raleigh this weekend. Tickets start at $18.
The ArtsCenter in Carrboro presents the 13th Annual 10 by 10 in the Triangle, an international festival of new, 10-minute plays. Tickets start at $14. Shows are held each weekend through July. Everything kicks off on Friday at 8 p.m.
The Summertime Brews Festival comes to Greensboro this Saturday. The event features more than 160 beers from around the world, as well as live entertainment. General admission tickets are $35.
Sunday is the big night for live music this weekend:
- The Band Perry will play Koka Booth Amphitheatre.
- American Idols Live tour hits the DPAC.
- O.A.R. plays the Red Hat Amphitheatre.
- Singer-songwriter Marc Cohn plays Carolina Theatre.