What's on Tap

What's on Tap

Weekend best bets: Food trucks, Blues Traveler and Beer, Bourbon & BBQ

Posted August 1, 2019 8:21 a.m. EDT
Updated August 1, 2019 9:00 a.m. EDT

Fayetteville Street was packed with food trucks and hungry people during downtown Raleigh's first food truck rodeo.

— This weekend is jam-packed with fun events.

Festivals, food and fun

Beer Bourbon and BBQ Festival (Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary) - Your admission buys you a sampling glass so you can enjoy an all-you-care-to-taste samplings of beer and bourbon on Friday and Saturday.

Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo (Downtown Raleigh , Fayetteville Street, Raleigh) - Enjoy selections from more than 50 food trucks in downtown Raleigh during this rodeo on Sunday.

Black Twig Cider House

Durham Cider Crawl (Various Durham locations) - Several dozen bars and restaurants will host this crawl on Saturday. The event will showcase cider in creative and unique ways, from cider cocktails to food pairings to flights.

NC Japan Summer Festival (NC State Fairgrounds: Exposition Center, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh) - Saturday's festival promises great food, entertainment, martial arts demonstrations, dancing, a Japanese community market, karaoke and more.

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The Beat Market (Locopops Dessert Cafe, 2618 Hillsborough Rd, Durham) - On Sunday, stop by Locopops for local artisans, musicians and tasty sweets.

Family Day (CAM Raleigh, 409 W Martin St, Raleigh) - Enjoy music, free snacks from Kind Snacks and Howling Cow Ice Cream, a DJ, dancing and more on Saturday.

Watermelon Eating Competition (Compass Rose Brewery, 3201 Northside Drive, Raleigh) - Compass Rose will release a new watermelon beer on Saturday. Then, enter a $10 contest to eat half a watermelon with no hands.

Melon Salmonella Outbreak (photo courtesy cdc.gov)

Bride at the Museum (North Carolina Museum of History, 5 East Edenton Street, Raleigh) - Meet local wedding professionals and see the museum decorated for a reception on Saturday. Tickets are $5 online and $7 at the door, and proceeds benefit museum textile conservation efforts.

Invasion of Cardi B: Dance Party (Kings, 14 W Martin St., Raleigh) - On Friday, Kings hosts this night of dancing dedicated to the "Queen of Backin' It Up."

Larry's Coffee 25th Birthday (R&D Brewing, 1323 Capital Boulevard, Raleigh) - Larry's Coffee is partnering with R&D Brewing on Saturday to celebrate 25 years of sustainable coffee with local vendors, music, children's activities and more.

On stage

Blues Traveler and moe. with G. Love (Red Hat Amphitheater, 500 S. McDowell St., Raleigh) - Preeminent progressive rock band moe. and legendary platinum-selling band Blues Traveler will play Red Hat Amphitheater on Sunday.

The Marshall Tucker Band (The Crown at the Carolina Theatre, 310 South Greene Street, Greensboro) - The Marshall Tucker Band will be headlining the Carolina Theatre in Greensboro on Sunday.

Eddie Griffin at Raleigh Improv (Raleigh Improv, 1224 Parkside Main Street, Cary) - Eddie Griffin has appeared in over 50 films and numerous television shows, and Comedy Central honored him as the Top 100 Greatest Stand-ups of all time. See him Friday and Saturday at Raleigh Improv in Cary.

August Burns Red: 10 Years of Constellations Tour (The Ritz, 2820 Industrial Drive, Raleigh) - See this Pennsylvania quintet at The Ritz on Sunday.

Pour House

Into The Fog (The Pour House Music Hall, 224 S Blount St, Raleigh) - Into The Fog is a genre-jumping string band from Raleigh with various backgrounds ranging from bluegrass, country and rock to funk. They'll perform Saturday.

Grits & Biscuits (The Ritz, 2820 Industrial Drive, Raleigh) - Celebrate the southern experience through music, nightlife and more fun at The Ritz on Saturday night.

Special Event: Marc Maron (Goodnight's Comedy Club, 861 W. Morgan St., Raleigh) - For over thirty years, Marc Maron has been writing and performing comedy for print, stage, radio, online and television. See him on stage at Goodnight's Thursday through Saturday.

Liquor House Comedy Festival (Durty Bull Brewing Company, 206 Broadway St Ste 104, Durham) - Come out and enjoy two nights of pure comedy from some of the best comedians in the country on Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $5.

Lady Bits Open Mic Night (The Pinhook, 117 W Main St, Durham) - On Saturday, Eyes Up Here will give talented female and female identifying comics the spotlight. Comedians will perform 5-minute sets back-to-back.

Why Don't We (Red Hat Amphitheater, 500 S. McDowell St., Raleigh) - The pop group Why Don't We plays Red Hat Amphitheater in Saturday.

Get outside

Moore Square Grand Opening Celebration (Moore Square Park, 200 South Blount Street, Raleigh) - Celebrate the renovation of Moore Square all weekend with food vendors, entertainment, activities, movies, board games and more.

Durham's Murals by Bike Tour (Piedmont Restaurant, 401 Foster St Ste B2, Durham) - Preservation Durham partnered with The Nasher Museum and the Museum of Durham History to create a bicycle tour of the historic murals of Durham. Saturday's tour starts at 10 a.m. Bring your own bike!

Alien (North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh) - It's Alien's 40th anniversary! Enjoy an outdoor screening of this film at the NCMA.

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Captain Marvel (North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh) - Enjoy an outdoor screening of this film Saturday night.

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.

Art and shopping

First Friday: Golden Hour (The Centerpiece, 719 N Person St, Raleigh) - The Centerpiece in Raleigh hosts Golden Hour during this month's First Friday event. Stop by to view art that captures the quintessential feel of hot summer evenings.

MOFU Shoppe 2 Year Anniversary (MOFU Shoppe, 321 S. Blount St., Raleigh) - Donate to Rise Against Hunger or help pack meals on Sunday morning. After that, MOFU is hosting a luau party with a pig pickin', desserts and more.

Village Brunch Market (Benelux Coffee , 402 Oberlin Road, Raleigh) - Find locally-made wares, vintage finds and other goods outside Cameron Village brunch spots on Sunday before 2 p.m.

Give back

Federation Feeds (The Market Hall at City Market, 215 Wolfe Street, Raleigh) - Federation Feeds pays tribute to the culinary excellence of local restaurants within our community. On Sunday evening, restaurants will present their signature dishes for tasting while guests enjoy activities, a silent auction, a cash bar and music.

Strides for Babies 5K & Fun Run (WakeMed Soccer Park, 201 Soccer Park Dr., Cary) - The Bella Rose Strides for Babies 5K is a fun run and walk with proceeds benefiting First Candle in honor of Bella Rose Diaz, who died from SIDS in 2011. Proceeds from Saturday's event support SIDS research.