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Raleigh Wide Open to Feature Music, Fireworks

This year's celebration begins Saturday afternoon.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Raleigh Wide Open, back for the second year in a row, opens Saturday afternoon.

The first celebration was held last year to mark the opening of Fayetteville Street. It was such a success, officials said, the city decided to make it an annual event.

The live music schedule:

  • 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. -- Mickey Mills & Steel (reggae)
  • 2:20 to 3:05 p.m. – Airiel Down (rock)
  • 3:25 to 4:10 p.m. – Kickin Grass (bluegrass)
  • 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. – Bio Ritmo (Latin)
  • 7 to 8 p.m. – Dillon Fence (pop rock)
  • 8:30 to 10 p.m. – Eddie Money (pop/classic rock)
A parade will begin at the Capitol and make its way down Fayetteville Street, ending at Davie Street from 6 to 7 p.m. The movie “Dream Girls” will show for free at 8:15 p.m. at Moore Square.

Raleigh’s downtown sky will turn into a pyrotechnic pageant around 10:15 p.m., when the boom and blast of fireworks signal the conclusion of the first anniversary of Raleigh’s downtown revitalization celebration.

The charge for parking downtown will be $3. Four city parking garages and a surface lot offer approximately 5,000 parking spaces. The locations are:

  • Cabarrus Street Parking Lot, 100 E. Cabarrus St.
  • Convention Center Parking Deck, 429 S. Wilmington St.
  • Moore Square Parking Deck, 233 S. Wilmington St.
  • Municipal Parking Deck, Morgan Street entrance, West Morgan Street
  • Wilmington Street Parking Deck, 327 S. Wilmington St.

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