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Summer is in full swing in the Raleigh area—there's still tons of fun to be had in the City of Oaks while the days are long and the weather is warm. There's plenty of time to plan for a weekend road trip, too, and August won't let you down. Baseball games, foodie events, art exhibits, outdoor concerts and way, way more are coming right up!


Theatre Raleigh presents The Prom

Aug. 2-13
Directed by Tim Sieb (and winner of a 2019 Drama Desk Award for best musical), The Prom expertly captures all the humor and heart of a classical musical comedy when four of Broadway's brassiest stars join forces with a courageous high school girl in a bid to win acceptance for all at a small-town prom. 


First Friday Market & Movie Night

Aug. 4
Pack your blankets and lawn chairs for this monthly affair at downtown Raleigh's Moore Square, where food trucks, live music, a local market, free games and an outdoor movie ("The Princess and the Frog" at 7:30pm) will take place. 

Save these dates: Future events include Sept. 1 ("Back to the Future"), Sept. 15 ("Men in Black") and Oct. 6 ("The Mummy").


Outdoor Films at the North Carolina Museum of Art

Five more wonderful chances to catch a movie under the stars at the North Carolina Museum of Art this month:


Sir Walter Miler

Aug. 4
One of America's best (and fastest) track events, the ninth annual Sir Walter Miler is a free-admission event—featuring an elite field of men and women runners—that allows fans onto the track at Meredith College to scream and cheer as athletes look to set some of the fastest mile times of the year in the U.S. The racing starts at 8:30pm, and the post-race party follows at nearby Raleigh Brewing Company (a Saturday morning "run with the pros" event will take place at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary as well). 


The Art of the Brick Raleigh: A LEGO® Art Exhibit

Through Aug. 31
After touring over 100 cities in 24 countries and scoring a spot on CNN's list of “must-see” exhibitions, The Art of the Brick arrived in Raleigh this summer. This exhibit immerses the visitor in the world of Nathan Sawaya, the world's best-known LEGO® artist, who has used more than a million bricks for this exhibition, creating more than 90 works of art that can make adults and children smile and reflect. The collection includes some of the world’s most famous art masterpieces, such as Michelangelo’s David, Van Gogh’s "Starry Night "and Da Vinci’s "Mona Lisa."


Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

Aug. 4-5
Beer sipping, bourbon tasting, music listening and barbecue eating—what's not to love? Don't miss the two-day Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival at Cary's Koka Booth Amphitheatre. Admission buys you a souvenir sampling glass so you can enjoy an all-you-care-to-taste sampling of beer and bourbon, plus chow down on some pulled pork, ribs, biscuit and more, all while enjoying all-day live music.

Don't miss out: Whiskey, Wine & Fire (Sept. 23) and Triangle Oktoberfest (Oct. 6-7) also take place at Booth Amphitheatre this fall.


Theatre In The Park presents Noises Off!

Aug. 10-20
Created by Michael Frayn in 1982—and called “the funniest farce ever written”—Noises Off! presents a manic menagerie of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called Nothing’s On. Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play.


Friday Night on White

Aug. 11
A favorite summertime event in charming downtown Wake Forest, Friday Night on White invites visitors to bring blankets, lawn chairs and their best dance moves out to White St. (the main avenue where White Street Brewing CompanyShorty's Famous Hot DogsBodega and other favorites await). The Stone Age Romeos will take to the main stage from 6-9pm, and food trucks and a beer tent will keep event goers plenty happy.


Raleigh Little Theatre presents Curtains

Aug. 11-27
Based around a mysterious death in 1959 at Bonston's Colonial Theatre (and packed with glorious tunes from the legendary songwriting team of Kander & Ebb), Curtains is a witty and hilarious musical whodunit that you won’t want to miss!


50th Anniversary of Hip-Hop

Aug. 12
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, a full day of activities—from speakers to sneakers—will take place in downtown Raleigh. 

  • 10am-noon at City of Raleigh Museum: Hip-Hop symposium (lectures and roundtables)
  • Noon-4pm on Fayetteville St.: Block party (dance, graffiti, car show, DJs and more)
  • 6-10pm at Raleigh Union Station: Raleigh's Sneaker Ball (a ticketed event with big name performers, dancing and your dopest attire)


So. Much. Music.

Ready for a Raleigh road trip? Let's go!

  • Sam Smith, Aug. 1
  • Future Crib, Aug. 2
  • Social Distortion, Aug. 3
  • Jazz in the Square: Shrub(b), Aug. 3
  • Eric Church, Aug. 4
  • Jason Mraz, Aug. 4
  • Slightly Stoopid and Sublime, Aug. 5
  • Shakey Graves, Aug. 6
  • Snoop Dog, Wiz Khalifa, Too $hort, Aug. 6
  • Foreigner, Aug. 8
  • Lindsey Stirling, Aug. 8
  • Death Grips, Aug. 11
  • Marca MP, Aug. 11
  • Slushii, Aug. 11
  • Tyler Childers, Aug. 13
  • All-American Rejects, Aug. 14
  • 50 Cent, Aug. 15
  • International Jazz Open Jam, Aug. 15
  • Jazz in the Square: Dwayne Jordan Quartet, Aug. 17
  • Steep Canyon Rangers, Aug. 18
  • Pentatonix, Aug. 19
  • Ariana DeBose, Aug. 26
  • 3 Doors Down, Aug. 26
  • Canaan Cox, Aug. 26
  • The Sinatra Experience, Aug. 26
  • Pepe Aguilar, Aug. 27
  • Shakti, Aug. 27
  • Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper, Aug. 29
  • Paige King Johnson, Aug. 30
  • Jazz in the Square: Dreamroot, Aug. 31


Carolina Mudcats games

The Milwaukee Brewer's minor league Carolina Mudcats have another month of games lined up at Five County Stadium in Zebulon, with 15 games total on the home schedule for August (mark your calendars for Thirsty Thursdays, Friday Night Fireworks and Souvenir Saturdays!).


21st Annual Kirby Derby

Aug. 19
A tradition since 2002, this quirky neighborhood event now draws visitors from across Raleigh and beyond for a day of soap box derby racing and fun in the sun at Dorothea Dix Park.


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10th Annual CaribMask Carnival

Aug. 19
A festival to promote diversity, equality and create a deeper appreciation for Afro-Caribbean culture in the Raleigh area, CaribMask—highlighted by the three elements of traditional Carnival: dressing in masquerade, music and dancing—returns for its 10th annual event in downtown Raleigh in 2023. A parade of bands, flag ceremony, a main stage with live music and tons of food and drinks are sure to keep a crowd of more than 15,000 people joyful.


Exhibition: SPIDERS: Fear to Fascination

Through Oct. 8
This ticketed exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences spins an immersive tale, revealing how this incredibly diverse group of animals has evolved and survived for 300 million years. Through augmented reality and video projection technology, guests of all ages will encounter more than 250 real and preserved specimens (from the Trinidad chevron tarantula to the Australian golden huntsman). Get closer than ever to some of the more than 48,000 known spider species in this amazing interactive experience!


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Free Friday at Mordecai Historic Park

Aug. 25
Mark your calendars for a free tour—offered just twice per year—of Mordecai Historic Park, including the Mordecai House (Andrew Johnson's birthplace), St. Mark's Chapel and the Allen Kitchen. 


Dix Park Inter-Tribal Pow Wow

Aug. 26
Celebrating the legacy and culture of the state's Indigenous communities, everyone is invited to Dorothea Dix Park to experience a day of competition dancing, music, food trucks and vendors showcasing the legacy and culture of these communities living in the Tar Heel State today. Free admission, but an RSVP is encouraged.


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North Carolina Vintage Bazaar

Aug. 26
One of the area's biggest vintage clothing market and thrift convention events, the Vintage Bazaar brings together sellers of all genres, eras and styles of clothing at the Raleigh Convention Center. Note that is a very popular ticketed event, with earliest entry beginning at 9am and general admission at 11am. 



Aug. 26
This annual, all-day block party and street festival, drawing more than 80,000 attendees, caps off North Carolina State University's Wolfpack Welcome Week at the start of another academic year. The free and open-to-the-public event features more than 300 vendor booths lining Hillsborough St., along with food, games, arts and crafts, visual and performing arts and more. A headlining musical act to close out the evening is expected to be announced soon (American Aquarium took center stage in 2022!).


47th Annual Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival

Aug. 26-27
For more than 40 years, Cary's Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival has put local artists and craftsmakers in the spotlight. Today, the festival has grown into a two-day affair featuring more than 300 artists from 16 states, multiple stages of live music, a beer garden and plenty of food trucks.


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The Secret Garden Soiree Festival

Aug. 26-27
A two-day soiree at Raleigh's Fred Fletcher Park—billed as "the ultimate R&B experience"—returns this month, with live music, lawn games, food vendors, a cash bar and more. Tickets required.


Connecting explorers with guides: People-First Tourism

A new way to travel—discover a curated collection of tours, hands-on workshops and experiences led by local experts in the Raleigh area (the August calendar is filled with new events!). 


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