Raleigh, N.C. — Check out Hopscotch, Beericana and a great number of festivals this weekend plus Jason Aldean, shopping markets, family fun and more.
Hopscotch Music Festival - Solange, Big Boi, Run the Jewels and many more bands will be playing the annual Hopscotch Music Festival in downtown Raleigh this weekend. The festival has expanded to four days and will include shows in City Plaza, Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh Convention Center and various clubs. There are also a variety of free day parties happening. Things start on Thursday and run through Sunday.
Lenior Street Party Extravaganza - Hopscotch Music Fest will present this free day party Friday through Sunday. The event includes a Makers Market of more than 25 artists, beer and wine samples, pet adoptions and food trucks. There will also be an ice cream competition on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. featuring local ice cream makers.
Beericana - This craft beer and music festival will feature more than 70 breweries, 16 food trucks and three bands. The festival is Saturday at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs.
National Folk Festival - This three-day outdoor event in downtown Greensboro features more than 300 of the nation’s finest traditional musicians, dancers and craftspeople in performances, workshops and demonstrations plus children’s activities, savory Southern and ethnic cuisines and craft brews, non-stop participatory dancing, storytelling and parades. The festival runs Friday through Sunday.
Greek Festival - The 36th Annual Greek Festival will be held this weekend at The Jim Graham Building at the N.C. State Fairgrounds.Taste handmade, authentic Greek food prepared by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Family using recipes handed down for generations. There will also be live music, traditional folk dances and more fun.
Guinness Oyster Festival - Tir na Nog Pop Up Pub will host this event at Market Hall in City Market in downtown Raleigh on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. There will be live Irish music, oysters for sale and more fun. Tickets are $5 at the door.
Food and fun
Mandolin Sauces BBQ Fundraiser - The Raleigh restaurant hosts its second annual fundraiser to benefit the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle on Sunday. The event will include the launch of two new flavors - Blue Eyed Pete’s All Natural BBQ Sauce and Cosmic Charlie’s Cocktail Sauce. There will be live music, food, drinks and more fun. Tickets are $14.
Sip and Shop - Carolina Brewing Company will host this event on Sunday starting at 1 p.m. There will food trucks, live music, 25 vendors on site and football being shown on the big screens.
A Chef's Life Premiere Screening - This season five premiere party is sold out! It will take place on Sunday at Carolina Theatre of Durham. The show's star, Vivian Howard, will be on hand.
On Stage Rock of Ages - Theatre Raleigh presents this rock musical at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary Thursday through Sunday.
Jason Aldean - The country star brings his "They Don't Know" tour to Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh on Friday night.
AKC Responsible Ownership Day - The 15th annual AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day will be held at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh on Saturday. Owners are invited to enjoy a free day of demonstrations, giveaways, games, Meet the Breeds and more. Hundreds of area dogs and their owners will also get a chance to try out a mini agility course.
Shine a Light Family Fun Day - There will be live music, inflatables, games, face painting and other fun at this free event on Saturday at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. There will also be educational presentations from the Raleigh K-9 unit and firefighters. The focus of the event is to educate families on childhood grief and prevent youth suicide.
Canes 5K - This event will take place at PNC Arena on Sunday morning. The event includes a 5K race, in addition to 100 and 200 yard children's dashes. There will also multiple inflatables and appearances by the Carolina Hurricanes, team staff, alumni, Stormy and the Pepsi Storm Squad.
NC State 9/11 Memorial 5K - This run will be held Sunday morning starting at N.C. State's Talley Student Union. There will be local first responders, service members, family, friends and the local Wolfpack community running together to honor those who were affected by the attacks on September 11, 2001.