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Weekend best bets: Canes Summerfest, Rascal Flatts, Queen tribute
Our best bets for this weekend include Rascal Flatts, a tribute concert for Queen, festivals, food trucks, outdoor movies and more.Posted — Updated
By Jessica Patrick, WRAL digital journalist
RALEIGH, N.C. — Our best bets for this weekend include Rascal Flatts, a tribute concert for Queen, festivals, food trucks, outdoor movies and more.
Festivals and fun
Carolina Hurricanes Summerfest Celebration (PNC Arena, 1400 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh) - Ring in the beginning of another hockey season with the Carolina Hurricanes at this family-friendly celebration on Saturday. There will be over 20 interactive inflatables, games and experiences, free giveaways and appearances by Stormy. The Storm Squad will also be there.
Park It in the Market Food Truck Rodeo (Holly Springs Farmers Market, 300 West Ballentine Street, Holly Springs) - Enjoy food from 10 different food trucks and food directly from the farmers market on Saturday until 12:30 p.m.
Fayetteville Pride Fest (Festival Park in Fayetteville NC, Rowan St & Ray Ave, Fayetteville) - This family-friendly event on Saturday is an afternoon of celebrating Fayetteville's diverse community, with a specific focus on LGBTQ outreach, acceptance, and resources.
Brunches Brew (Golden Belt, 807 East Main Street, Durham) - Head to the Golden Belt on Sunday to enjoy a jazz brunch. There will be live music, food trucks and beer from Hi-Wire.
Wake Forest Food Truck Rodeo (Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 Brooks St. South, Wake Forest) - Enjoy food trucks, a beer tent and a variety of vendors selling their own merchandise on Sunday.
SouthEast Crab Feast (Lake Wheeler Park, 6404 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh) - This event on Saturday offers the Low Country Coastal Heritage of outdoor cooking of fresh seafood, including all-you-can-eat fresh blue crabs, one side of fish & chips, snow crab legs platter, music and a family friendly environment for the entire family.
Negroni Week Finale (Crude Bitters and Sodas, 501 E. Davie St., Raleigh) - Celebrate the Negroni's 100th birthday on Sunday with a special cocktail menu featuring bitters on bitters on bitters, all focusing on Negroni-esque drinks. Portions of the proceeds from this special event will be donated to Polka Dot Mama Melanoma Foundation.
Jazz 4 Dreams Fundraiser (21c Museum Hotel, 111 N. Corcoran St., Durham) - This is a sophisticated evening and casino night features of smooth jazz, a silent art auction and networking. All proceeds from Friday's event will go to Dreams 2 Life, a fundraiser with innovation, inspiration and youth entrepreneurs in mind.
Ultimate Queen Tribute (Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., Durham) - One of the most iconic rock anthems of all time will collide with a theatrical performance style and eye-popping production on Friday at DPAC.
Rascal Flatts (Coastal Credit Union Music Park, 3801 Rock Quarry Rd., Raleigh) - The country band plays Coastal Credit Union Music Park on Friday. They will be joined by Billy Currington and LOCASH.
Summerfest: Broadway's Greatest Hits (Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary) - Experience all the show-stopping tunes you love from Broadway's biggest hits on Saturday. Spend an evening with songs from Wicked, The Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, The Lion King, Les Miserables, Mamma Mia!, and Beauty and the Beast performed by top vocalists.
Open Mic Stand-Up Comedy (Durty Bull Brewing Company, 206 Broadway St Ste 104, Durham) - Come out to the brewery from 8-9:30 pm each week to enjoy a free show put on by Rob Schneider Comedy. Arrive early for a good seat and to grab some food from the night's truck before the show!
Crowder at the Creek (Richland Creek Community Church, 3229 Burlington Mills Rd, Wake Forest) - Christian singer Crowder and his band, along with special guest Cardinal City, will perform Friday evening. Tickets are $25.
Into The Fog (The Glass Jug, 5410 Highway 55, Durham) - The Wilmington-based string band is known for their high energy blend of traditional bluegrass and modern folk music. See them Saturday.
Between2Clouds Comedy Night (Clouds Brewing Taproom, 1233 Front Street, Raleigh) - Enjoy free stand-up comedy by some of the best local comedians on Saturday evening.
Karaoke Night with Cody Massengill (The Big Easy, 222 Fayetteville St, Raleigh) - Bring your stellar singing voice, mad performance skills, and fabulous back up dancers to The Big Easy every Sunday for Karaoke night!
Shawn Mullins (Cary Arts Center , 101 Dry Ave, Cary) - The American singer-songwriter who was nominated for a Grammy Award will perform Friday in downtown Cary.
Movie Party with Bohemian Rhapsody (North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh) - Enjoy an outdoor screening of this film Saturday night at the North Carolina Museum of Art. There will also be some rock royalty activities.
Ponysaurus Brewing Co. Summer Movie Series (Ponysaurus Brewing Co., 219 Hood Street, Durham) - Ponysaurus hosts this free movie summer every Sunday on its patio with beer and $1 snacks.
Movies by Moonlight (Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary) - On designated "movie" nights from June through August cinema buffs are invited to attend this family-friendly event that provides the perfect opportunity and atmosphere to sit back, relax and enjoy the stars of the big screen under the stars at one of the region's most popular venues.
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