Weekend best bets: Monster Jam, Kings of Leon and more
Posted August 5, 2021 8:15 a.m. EDT
Updated August 6, 2021 1:16 p.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — Lots coming up this weekend including some outdoor movies, a gaming summit, an outdoor concert and monster trucks!
Music, Movies and Monster Trucks
Kings of Leon: When You See Yourself Tour (Coastal Credit Union Music Park (formerly Walnut Creek Amphitheatre), 3801 Rock Quarry Rd., Raleigh) - The band just kicked off their summer tour on Tuesday. You can see them on Sunday at Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh. They will be joined by Cold War Kids.
Monster Jam (PNC Arena, 1400 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh) - This action-packed motorsports event returns to Raleigh's PNC Arena on Saturday and Sunday. The legendary Grave Digger Monster Truck will be there. Tickets are on sale now.
Movies on the Lawn (Dorothea Dix Park - Flowers Field, 2105 Umstead Dr., Raleigh) - Saturday night is Family Sports Night at Dix Park. Come dressed in your favorite sports gear and bring those stadium blankets to cheer on "The Mighty Ducks" on the big screen.
Get The Led Out (Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., Durham) - This Philadelphia-based group consists of six veteran musicians intent on delivering Led Zeppelin live, like you've never heard before. See them on stage at Durham Performing Arts Center on Saturday night.
Movies with Goats: Superhero Night! (Spring Haven Farm, 5306 Homer Ruffin Rd, Chapel Hill) - Enjoy an outdoor movie night with goats on Saturday night at Spring Haven Farm. It is Superhero Night so the staff and goats will be in costume. Tickets are still available.
Guardians of the Galaxy (Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary) - See a screening of this superhero film on Friday night at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. Gates open at 7 p.m. with the movie starting around 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $5. Children under 3 years old do not need a ticket. A portion of proceeds will be donated to the WakeMed Foundation to benefit WakeMed Children's services.
South Durham Summer Music Series (The Glass Jug, 5410 Highway 55, Durham) - Live music is returning to the beer garden at The Glass Jug. Enjoy a mix of local music paired with a visiting food truck Saturday evenings through October.
Summer Films: Sister Act (Joseph M. Bryan Jr. Theater in the Museum Park (N.C. Museum of Art), 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh) - Enjoy an outdoor screening of this popular comedy on Saturday night at the Joseph M. Bryan, Jr., Theater in the Museum Park at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Tickets are free for museum members and children 6 years old and younger. Everyone else will need to pay $7 for a ticket.
HOLLYWOOD THE PROMOTER presents Jeezy (The Ritz, 2820 Industrial Drive, Raleigh) - See this rapper on stage at The Ritz Friday night.
Louis the Child (Red Hat Amphitheater, 500 S. McDowell St., Raleigh) - See this DJ and production duo on stage at Red Hat Amphitheater on Saturday night.
Sports, comedy and more
Dine Out @ First Friday (Fayetteville Street Downtown Raleigh, 100 Fayetteville St., Raleigh) - Enjoy outdoor dining, live music, art activities and even a dance battle with local breakdancers during First Friday on Fayetteville Street from 7 to 10 p.m. in downtown Raleigh
First Friday mini-pop up market (State of Beer, 401 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh) - Pop-Up Raleigh will host this mini-market at State of Beer on Friday from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Carolina Games Summit (The Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh) - Whether you are into Mario Kart or Fortnite, this gaming convention has something for you. The Carolina Games Summit will take place Friday through Sunday at the Raleigh Convention Center and Sheraton Raleigh Hotel. The festival will include speakers, video game tournaments and exhibition booths. Tickets are still available. There will be 33 tournaments across 26 games with all 1st, 2nd and 3rd place competitors eligible to receive a $2,000 esports scholarship to Barton College.
2021 Sir Walter Miler (Cardinal Gibbons High School, 1401 EDWARDS MILL RD, Raleigh) - The 2021 Sir Walter Miler track meet will take place Cardinal Gibbons High School Track on Friday, Aug. 6. The 2021 Olympic Women's Marathon will be shown on the videoboard at 6 p.m. before the races start at 8:30 p.m. There will also be a Pre and Post race party happening at Raleigh Brewing Company, starting at 6 p.m. Raleigh Brewing will have exclusive runner-friendly beers and the Bo's Kitchen Food Truck in the parking lot.
Downtown Cary Food & Flea - August Market (Fidelity Bank Parking Lot, 110 W. Chatham St., Cary) - Downtown Cary Food & Flea is back on the 2nd Sunday of the month. There will be more than 50 vendors with food trucks, live music and more fun on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
Gareth Reynolds (Raleigh Improv, 1224 Parkside Main Street, Cary) - See this internationally touring stand-up comedian on stage at Raleigh Improv Friday through Sunday.
The MAKRS Society Market (Midtown Park - Raleigh, 4011 Cardinal at North Hills Street,, Raleigh) - The MAKRS Society Markets at Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park in North Hills will be held the 2nd Sunday of each month with a new batch of vendors. Check it out this Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Mural by Bike Tours: Downtown Durham ("Major" the Bull Sculpture, 211 W. Parrish St., Durham) - On Saturday, Preservation Durham and Museum of Durham History bikers, guide riders thru downtown Durham showcasing mural art on Durham's historic buildings. The rides take place the first Saturday of each month.
SummerChella (The BalloonZ shop, 6260 plantation center drive m103, Raleigh) - The BallonZ Shop will host this event on Saturday for children entrepreneurs. Children ages 5 to 14 years old are welcome to present and sell their products and services to customers at this event.
Big Jay Oakerson (Goodnight's Comedy Club/The Grille at Goodnight's, 861 W. Morgan St., Raleigh) - Raunchy and brash, yet endearing and honest, Big Jay Oakerson is one of the country's most in-demand comedians. See him at Goodnights Comedy Club in Raleigh Thursday through Saturday.
Sardines Scavenger Hunt (Circa 1888, 412 West Davie Street, Raleigh) - Search in the City is presenting this scavenger hunt in the warehouse district in downtown Raleigh on Friday night. It will last 90 minutes and send teams across the district completing tasks, taking memorable photos and videos and searching high and low for the Sardine.