Raleigh, N.C. — Our best bets this weekend include Delta Rae, Lemurpalooza, Train, the Farm to Fork Picnic, outdoor movies, area festivals and more.
For the foodies
Farm to Fork Picnic - This 10th annual event will feature up to 35 chefs producing tasting size dishes featuring local, seasonal ingredients grown by a local farm. The event also spotlights 14 local food artisans and breweries providing samples of their products along with makers of local wine, coffee and tea. The event is Sunday at The Barn at Fearrington Village.
Uppers & Downers - A Case Study in Coffee and Beer - Brewery Bhavana and Counter Culture Coffee are teaming up for this event on Friday night. Enjoy a tasting of original coffees, the base saison recipe and four variations on the theme that show off coffee origin, extraction techniques and blending. It’s sure to be a great time and a truly unique experience for beer and coffee lovers alike. Tickets are $40, and proceeds go to the Frankie Lemmon School.
June First Friday and Bee Happy Hour - The N.C. Museum of History's First Friday event will include beer samples from Fainting Goat Brewery, a pop-up shop of succulents and plants, fun bee-inspired crafts for the kids and adults and wine samples in the museum store.
Taylor's Parking Lot Party - Taylor's Wine Shop will hold this event on Saturday starting at 4 p.m. There will be live music from Julianna, free beer and wine tastings and food tucks Not Just Icing Dessert Truck and Cousin’s Maine Lobster.
Amalie(a) Caribbean pop-up dinner - Learn more about the food concept behind the up and coming restaurant Amalie(a) by chef Lemar Farrington. This pop-up dinner event will be hosted inside Kimbap cafe in downtown Raleigh and will feature a six course tasting menu featuring all Caribbean ingredients, some traditional and some new, presented with a refined approach endeavoring to elevate and celebrate Caribbean cuisine like any other.
Delta Rae - The six-piece band from Durham will play Cat's Cradle Saturday night, and Lauren Jenkins will open.
Train - The band will be joined by Natasha Bedingfield and O.A.R. for a show Sunday night at Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek.
Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue - The New Orleans trombone and trumpet player will play The Ritz Saturday night.
Kings Prom - Kings in downtown Raleigh will hold this "prom" Saturday night with a Phil Collins tribute band and more fun.
Avenue Q - Recent college grad, Princeton, moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. Along with his new friends, Princeton struggles to find a job, a date and discover an ever-elusive purpose in life. Filled with gut-busting humor and a delightfully catchy score, see it at Raleigh Little Theatre starting Friday night. Shows run through June 17.
The Mix UP All Star Review - This show will feature some of Durham's hottest artists on the rise. Check it out Friday night at The Bullpen in Durham.
Festivals and fun
Lemurpalooza - Duke Lemur Center hosts this annual celebration on Friday from 5 until 8 p.m. There will be fun, educational activities and food trucks. This event costs one $50 Adopt-a-Lemur donation per car, but reservations must be made in advance.
Time Warp Party - The Friends of City of Raleigh (COR) Museum hold its Time Warp 2017 party on Saturday. This year's theme is the 1920s. There will be auctions, food, drink and dancing. Proceeds will support the museum's exhibits and programming. Tickets are $65.
Family Renaissance Fair - Step back in time and visit Venice for an afternoon of merriment, music, games, traditional craft demonstrations and art-making for the whole family. Princesses and kings, pirates and comedians, fairies and acrobats are just some of the people you will encounter at the NCMA’s Renaissance Village on Sunday. Admission is free.
Beaver Queen Pageant - The Beaver Queen Pageant is Durham's own special mix of folly, pageantry and humor. Contestants take on beaver personalities and compete for the title of Beaver Queen with their fashion, talent and personality. The theme for the 13th Annual Beaver Queen Pageant is "Wizard of Gnawz." This family-friendly and free event raises funds for the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association. It is Saturday starting at 4 p.m. in Duke Park.
Apex Latino Festival - There will be artists, entertainment, food and more at this festival at Halle Cultural Center on Saturday.
Juneteenth Community Empowerment Festival - This three-day event includes a bike rodeo, a step competition, A/B honor roll recognition, gospel acts and more. The event runs Friday through Sunday in Rocky Mount.
Mondo Roots Cultural and Music Festival - This year's festival will include an array of funk, jazz, blues bands and world music in the heart of Clayton. There will also be a vendor village with artists. The festival starts at noon Saturday in Clayton Town Square.
Rocky Mount Mills 5K - This race starts and ends at Rocky Mount Mills on Saturday. Following the race there will be food trucks, live music, local breweries and restaurants on site in addition to live music. The event will help raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Merge Records Night - The Durham Bulls celebrate their fifth annual Merge Records Night on Sunday. Fans will have a chance to purchase a limited-edition CD sampler and Terrace View ticket for $9.99 using the promo code ‘MERGE.’
No Damsel - CAM Raleigh is hosting this exhibit by Dorian Lynde. It features 10 paintings of your favorite princesses re-imagined as contemporary women painted directly onto the walls at CAM. The opening party, which will feature refreshments and great music, is Sunday.
Summer Kickoff Party - Doherty's in Cary is hosting an outdoor summer parking lot party with live music by Redline and Boys of Summer and an afterparty featuring DJ George that goes until 10 p.m. There will be music, beer, giveaways, food and more.
Rogue One - Koka Booth Amphitheater's Movies by Moonlight series will feature this Star Wars film Friday night. Admission is $5 for adults. Children ages 12 and younger get in for free. A portion of the Movies By Moonlight proceeds will benefit the WakeMed Children’s Hospital.
Men in Tights - The downtown Raleigh outdoor movies series continues Friday night with "Robin Hood Men in Tights" in City Plaza. In addition to the film, there will be food trucks and craft beer.