Raleigh, N.C. — Our best bets this weekend include Luke Bryan, an anniversary party at Fullsteam Brewery, the UniverSoul Circus and more.
Luke Bryan - The country superstar brings his "Huntin, Fishin and Lovin Everyday Tour" to Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek on Saturday. Brett Eldredge is also performing.
Tift Merritt: A special evening at the NCMA - Grammy Award-nominated artist and Raleigh native Tift Merritt curates a very special musical event on Saturday at the North Carolina Museum of Art. The evening will feature performances by a collection of her close musical friends and special guests, including MC Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger, Eric Slick of Dr. Dog, Alexandra Sauser Monnig and more. The event will also feature a site-specific installation for all ages, as well as local food trucks and retail pop-ups curated by Merritt.
Sidewalk Slam - This mini-music festival will feature live music at three venues in downtown Raleigh -- The Pour House, Kings and Slims. Shows start Saturday night at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 the day of. One ticket gets you into all three venues. Bands on the bill include Chit Nasty Band, Zack Mexico and Solar Halos.
Social Distortion - See the rock band Sunday night at The Ritz in Raleigh.
90s vs. 00s - DJ Skillz and DJ Shakim will be spinning songs from these decades at the Lincoln Theatre in downtown Raleigh Saturday night.
Fashion, shopping and festivals
Packapalooza - This all-day block party and street festival caps off Wolfpack Welcome Week. There will be great music, activities throughout the day, and fun entertainment for the whole family. The event takes over Hillsborough Street (from Brooks Street to the roundabout near the Memorial Belltower) from 2 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free and open to the public.
Redress Raleigh Fashion Show - This annual event spotlights the latest in responsibly-produced fashion. Check it out at CAM Raleigh Friday night.
Pop-Up Raleigh - Downtown Raleigh's original monthly art and vintage market is Saturday at Trophy Brewing and Taproom on Maywood Avenue. Admission is free.
NCMA Summer Movies: Moonlight - See this Academy Award winning film at the North Carolina Museum of Art Friday night. Admission is $6 for non-museum members.
UniverSoul Circus - Now in its 24th season, this show features a mix of global cultures and high energy performances. See it at PNC Arena through Sunday.
Food and drink
Fullsteam 7th Anniversary - The Durham brewery will celebrate its anniversary with food specials, music, rare plow to pint beer and a special 16-ounce can and draft release of White Lily, a new hazy IPA brewed with Epiphany Craft Malt.
Natural Selections - Head to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Friday night for this event celebrating local craft beer. Sample unique creations fitting the museum’s natural science focus from more than 20 North Carolina breweries. Enjoy hands-on beer activities, a panel discussion, games and live music by Handsome Al and the Lookers. Tickets start at $40.
Tacopalooza - This food truck rodeo will feature a taco competition, taco eating contest and a candy-stuffed pinata for the children. It all happens at Knightdale Station on Sunday.
House of Hops Party on the Blacktop - Every third Sunday of the month, House of Hops hosts food trucks, vendors and beer tastings. The event kicks off at 1 p.m. and runs through 6 p.m.
BCBB 6th Annual Hog and Beer Dinner - Bull City Burger and Brewery hosts this 6th annual pasture-raised Hog & Beer Dinner on Sunday. It is five courses and $69 plus tax for adults.
Cider Cocktail Class - Black Twig Cider House’s Mattie Beason hosts this class on Saturday featuring cocktails using a combination of different ciders and liquor from various North Carolina distilleries. This session will feature liquor from Durham Distillery. Classes are $25 and include tastings of three cider cocktails and discussion with Beason.
Back to School Wine Tasting - Chatham Hill Winery will be testing adult taste buds this weekend with a flight of "Mystery Wines."