Raleigh, N.C. — Outdoor movies, cultural festivals, free concerts, wine and ice cream and more top our list of best bets this weekend.
NC Symphony presents: The Music of U2 - Hear four decades of the band’s uplifting and captivating hits, including “With or Without You,” “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” “Pride (In the Name of Love)" and many more Friday night at Booth Amphitheatre.
My Morning Jacket and Gary Clark Jr. - My Morning Jacket will bring the rock while Gary Clark Jr. brings his blend of blues, soul, hip hop and rock to Red Hat Amphitheater on Sunday.
Kevin Smith - See the writer, comedian, podcaster and filmmaker at Goodnights Comedy Club in downtown Raleigh on Saturday and Sunday.
Live Band Karaoke with Bob Stephens - Bob Stephens started touring at the age of 15 with the legendary gospel group The Brooklyn All-Stars. A versatile pianist, he went on to play alongside Fats Domino and has spent many years working as an entertainer for Disney. He loves singing and playing hit songs from all the way back to the 1940s to current chart toppers. Song books will be provided for live karaoke with Bob. Come ready to sing your favorite songs backed up by a world-class musician. It all happens Sunday at The Bullpen in Durham.
Dink Down - The Boom Unit Brass Band and Young Cardinals play this show at Pour House in downtown Raleigh on Friday night. Tickets are $5.
Paul Taylor Dance Company - One of the world's most highly respected and sought-after ensembles, the Paul Taylor Dance Company will present two different programs of classic and new works at Durham Performing Arts Center this weekend. On Friday, the company will perform Cascade, Syzygy and Larry Keigwin’s Rush Hour. Saturday night’s program will consist of 1971's Book of Beasts, Syzygy and Doug Elkins’ work The Weight of Smoke.
Sturgill Stimpson - Sturgill Simpson has emerged as one of music’s most inspired and genre-bending artists. Each of Simpson’s universally acclaimed solo albums explore different elements of American music history (bluegrass, country, rock, R&B, soul) and continue to push his work beyond expectations and musical boundaries. See him Saturday night at Booth Amphitheatre.
Gringo Star - See this American indie rock band at The Bullpen Friday night.
Festivals and food
Midsummer's Party - Vita Vite in downtown Raleigh holds this event Sunday afternoon. It will include the unveiling of the venue's first beer crafted by Neuse River Brewing Company. There will also be beach music from Lucius Wilson and ice cream from Mama Bird's.
Sunday in the Park - Dorothea Dix Park and Fred Fletcher Park are partnering to offer a music series presenting a new musical genre each week. This Sunday, head to Fred Fletcher Park to hear the four-part jazz band Capital Transit. Flirting with Fire food truck will also be on site.
Saba Saba Festival - This celebration of friendship with Durham Sister City Arusha, Tanzania will feature African inspired music, dancing, fashions and local food vendors. Admission is free. The festival runs Saturday from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Durham Central Park.
Wine Sundae Weekend - Chatham Hill Winery will be serving some of their Sweet Carolina wines over ice cream on Saturday and Sunday.
Good Vibes Only Music Festival - This three-day festival will be held at various events in downtown Durham this weekend. Events include a glow bar crawl and street festival.
Sixteen Candles - The N.C. Museum of Art continues its outdoor summer movie series on Friday with this John Hughes classic.
Say Anything - The N.C. Museum of Art will show this Cameron Crowe classic.