Hello, summer! We can hardly contain our excitement—there are so many fun ways to enjoy the longer days and extra sunshine we get during these warm-weather months. Here's all the fun stuff we're doing in July!


Pop-up Markets

Browse handmade items, discover small businesses, enjoy live music and more at these upcoming market events:


Town of Cary Independence Day Celebration

July 4
Relax under the pines at Koka Booth Amphitheatre for the Town of Cary Independence Day Celebration. With doors opening at 3:30pm, the Cary Town Band will kick off the entertainment, followed by a patriotic performance by the North Carolina Symphony and fireworks over beautiful Symphony Lake to cap the evening. The concession stands will be open, but guests are welcome to bring a picnic (alcohol allowed; beer and wine only).

RelatedDowntown Cary Park is hosting a July 3rd celebration, featuring a showing of "National Treasure" on the lawn, food trucks and other entertainment (note: no fireworks).


City of Raleigh July 4th Celebration at Dix Park

July 4
It's a return to beautiful Dorothea Dix Park for the City of Oaks' biggest July 4th event in 2024, where 40 food trucks, live music, arts activities, water slides and more await thousands of expected visitors. Parking will be off site for this event—on North Carolina State University Centennial Campus and at downtown Raleigh parking decks—with free shuttles running from Moore Square to Dix Park beginning at 5:30pm. Bring sunscreen, blankets, chairs and coolers (no alcohol allowed)!

See the City of Raleigh's FAQ page about this event here.


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Mudcats for America Independence Day Fireworks

Thurs., July 4 through Sat., July 6
Three nights of baseball, peanuts and post-game fireworks? Count us in! The Carolina Mudcats—taking to the diamond at Five County Stadium in Zebulon—will take on the Down East Wood Ducks in this three-game homestand that is sure to be light up the scoreboard (and the sky!). 

NoteThe Mudcats have fireworks after each Friday night home game, including July 19, Aug. 2 and Aug. 23.



More July 4th fireworks in the Raleigh area


Exhibit: To Take Shape and Meaning at the North Carolina Museum of Art

Through July 28
Featuring works from 75 Indigenous artists from more than 50 tribes across the U.S., To Take Shape and Meaning: Form and Design in Contemporary American Indian Art brings together a wide range of Indigenous world views, ideas, experiences and traditions. More than 90 works of art are on display, including jewelry, cars, ceramics, weaving, fashion ensembles and more.


Soccer matches at WakeMed Soccer Park

Score tickets to see professional soccer at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary


Beer, Bacon and Bluegrass

July 7
How about an afternoon of beer, bacon and bluegrass music in Fuquay-Varina? This monthly series at Oaklyn Springs Brewery is back again this month, with live music provided by The Band Pamlico. 


Evening Garden Stroll at JC Raulston Arboretum

July 9
A rare chance to wander through the gardens at JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University after closing time, this evening event is free to the public and includes the chance to take part in a guided tour that begins at 5:30pm. Don't miss out on summer blooms!

Note: Raulston Arboretum always packs the calendar with workshops, lectures and virtual learning opportunities. See the full July calendar here


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 July calendar is filled with new events!). 


Outdoor movies at the North Carolina Museum of Art

The ultimate summer outing at one of the Raleigh area's best music and movies venues:


Open Garden Days at Juniper Level Botanic Garden

July 12-14 and 19-21
One of America's most spectacular gardens is open to the public just eight weekends per year! Located 12 miles south of downtown Raleigh, Juniper Level Botanic Garden is a 28-acre campus showcasing more than 27,000 different kinds of native perennials, exotic plants, rare delights and unusual specimens of trees and shrubs not found many (or any) other places on earth. Full details here


Short track racing at Wake County Speedway

The racing is full speed ahead at Wake County Speedway, where the NASCAR-sanctioned, quarter-mile track's tight corners play home to Friday night rock 'em-sock 'em, door-bangin' stock car action on an almost weekly basis into September (and where racing legends have been made for more than 60 years now!).


Summer Festival

July 13
Backyard games, live music, a variety of foods and desserts, beer and wine samplings and more in downtown Raleigh for a super fun summer celebration. 


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The Flaming Lips, Maggie Rose, Two Doors Cinema Club (and so much more music)

A big summer of live music in the Raleigh area continues this month—save the dates for a few of the shows below!


Exhibition: Amazing Pollinators

Through Sept. 29
This upcoming exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences dives into what makes pollinators—bats, bees, beetles, butterflies and more—so vital to life on Earth (and challenges both adults and young children to take on a series of playable games and mazes in the ultimate survival quest). 

Note: The museum also recently opened an incredible new permanent exhibit—read about the Dueling Dinosaurs here!


Theater Raleigh presents Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

July 17-28
Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, Christopher Durang's comedy revolves around three middle-aged sisters each dealing with their own troubles (and not exactly seeing eye-to-eye). 


Downtown Garner Summer Food Truck Rodeo

July 19
Good eats, sweet treats and more will line downtown Garner's Main St. for this evening food truck rodeo. 


GalaxyCon Raleigh

July 25-28
A four-day festival for fans of pop culture, superheroes, science fiction, anime and more, GalaxyCon Raleigh will be back and bigger than ever at the Raleigh Convention Center in July. Featuring celebrity guests, comic book creators, artists, cosplayers and other industry guests, GalaxyCon Raleigh is expected to bring an incredible 30,000 attendees together in downtown Raleigh to see and be seen, to meet celebrities, go head-to-head in video games and have a blast participating in all things geek!


Monster Jam

July 27-28
Monster Jam, the adrenaline-charged family entertainment circuit that has showcased gravity-defying feats and bone-crushing hits since 1992, is back this month with some of the most recognizable trucks in the world—Grave Digger, Max-D, El Toro Loco and more—to partake in freestyle and racing competitions that will leave fans on the edge of their seats!


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Laugh-out-loud comedy shows

A star-studded lineup of performers will take to the stage in Raleigh this month!

At Raleigh Improv

At Goodnights Comedy Club


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