James Taylor, Run for the Red lead our weekend best bets
Posted July 31, 2014 9:00 a.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — Enjoy festivals, plenty of outdoor concerts and a run for a cause during the first weekend of August.
Starrlight Mead is hosting Mead Day on Saturday! Enjoy music, Renaissance shows, arts and crafts vendors, turkey legs, sword fights and of course, mead (or honey wine). Admission is free.
Another festival highlighting local alcoholic beverages is on Saturday. The Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival is at Koka Booth and features live bluegrass music, 60 beers, 40 bourbons and lots of barbecue. VIP, general admission and designated driver tickets are available. Tickets start at $27.
Love local music? Head to the Carolina Music Awards on Saturday evening at Fletcher Opera Theater. The CMAs focus on the Carolinas' hottest artists in most genres. Tickets start at $27.
Award winning singer-songwriter James Taylor plays Walnut Creek Saturday evening. Tickets start at $30.
Jennifer Nettles, the lead vocalist for Sugarland, plays a solo show at Koka Booth on Sunday evening. Tickets start at $40.
A fun summer show heads to Red Hat Amphitheater Friday night. The Under The Sun Tour, featuring Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth, Blues Traveler and Uncle Kracker is a throwback to the 90s. Tickets start at $25.
The NC Theatre's production of The Little Mermaid continues through Sunday. During the weekend, they offer both matinee and evening show times. This is a spectacular show that the whole family can enjoy. Tickets start at $30.
Lace up your sneakers for the American Red Cross Run for the Red at Festival Park in Fayetteville. On Saturday morning, runners will take off in a 10K, 5K or Fun Run. All of the proceeds benefit the American Red Cross.
A grand opening we are really excited about is Saturday evening. Common 414, a roaring 20s cocktail bar on Fayetteville Street, is hosting a grand opening party where guests can enjoy craft cocktails, light hors d'oeuvres and jazz music.
Shop for a cause at the Hops & Shop Market Friday evening in Cobblestone Hall. Drink beer from local craft breweries while browsing goods from local artisans. Tickets are $10, and proceeds go to the Pretty In Pink Foundation.
There's hardly anything more refreshing in the summer than a sweet slice of melon -- head to the Carrboro Farmers' Market Saturday morning for a free melon tasting, popsicles, kid's activities and recipes.