Raleigh, N.C. — You don't have to leave town this weekend to have fun. There is a lot happening in the Triangle!
A busy first weekend of July
First Friday - It is First Friday this week in downtown Raleigh. Make sure to check out our guide to all the fun before planning your evening.
Fourth of July celebrations
A lot of local celebrations will be held this weekend. See our full list of fireworks celebrations, inside and outside of the Triangle, on our guide to 4th of July.
Festival for the Eno - This 37th annual festival is one of the best ways to spend your is the Independence Day weekend in North Carolina. The event features more than 65 music performances, a juried craft show, interactive arts, environmental and backyard farming demonstrations, a wide variety of local food options, and opportunities to paddle and play on the Eno River. All proceeds from the festival benefit the Eno River Association, North Carolina's oldest land trust raising awareness and protection for water quality and wildlife of the Eno River watershed. The event runs Saturday and Monday. Tickets are $18 per day or $30 for a two-day pass.
Neuse River Brewing Block Party - Neuse River Brewing, Nickelpoint Brewing and the Sound Rivers Organization ) are joining forces for a block party on Sunday. They will be shutting down the street between the two breweries for the celebration, which will include food trucks, live music and fun. Admission is free. A portion of the day's sales will be donated to the Sound Rivers Organization, which guards the health of the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico River Basins.
Garner Independence Celebration - Enjoy music from the North Carolina Symphony and fireworks at Lake Benson on Sunday. Admission is free.
Kerr Lake Celebration - This celebration on Saturday will feature music from Frankie Faucet and The Drips. There will be food vendors on site and fireworks over the water at dark. Admission is free but parking is $6.
Morrisville July 4th Celebration - The town will be celebrating on Sunday with a fireworks display at Morrisville Community Park. The celebration will also include food trucks.
Carolina Mudcats - The baseball team will celebration Independence Day with four nights of fireworks at Five County Stadium. The shows begin after each home game Friday through Monday nights.
Wake Forest Fireworks - This celebration will be held Sunday at Wake Forest High School. It will include fireworks, games and live entertainment.
BNL - The Barenaked Ladies bring their Last Summer on Earth tour to Red Hat Amphitheater in downtown Raleigh Sunday night.
Kings Barcade Covers - This all ages show is not to be missed Sunday at Kings Barcade. TV Man with his TV BAnd will be playing TV themes and commercial jingles, then ColossUSA will take the stage to play some patriotic covers. Tickets are $5.
Dominique - Actress, radio personality, and "Last Comic Standing" finalist Dominique has performed alongside comedy legends like Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock and Tracy Morgan. You can see her this weekend at Goodnights Comedy Club in Raleigh.
The Great American Bar Crawl - Bust out the star spangled shorts, your Uncle Sam hat, and party it up in downtown Raleigh Saturday. This bar crawl will start on Fayetteville Street, but you don't have to follow a specific route. Once you are signed up, you can hit up participating venues at your own pace. And you can get a 25 percent discount if you use the promo code WRAL25 when you purchase tickets online. It is limited to the first 50 people to sign up.
PNC Downtown Raleigh Movie Series - The outdoor movie series comes to a close Friday night with a screening of "The Sandlot" in City Plaza.
Wine and Potato Chips - Chatham Hill Winery will be offering wine pairings with flavored potato chips all weekend. Drop by to see which wine goes best with your chips (Answer: All of them).
Repticon - If you want or already have a reptile, you will want to check out this event at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds' Kerr Scott Building this weekend. It is filled with vendors, pets, supplies and feeders for reptiles and exotic animals.