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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. Throw in some gorgeous sunrises and sunsets, Independence Day celebrations plus a few extra vacation days, and you'll find there's no better time than now to get outside, take in a ballgame and discover new ways to experience the Raleigh area. Here's all the fun stuff we're doing in July!


Beer, Bacon and Bluegrass

July 2
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 Cackalacky Hackers. 


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. General admission seating is available free to the public on a first-come basis, and a limited number of table reservations are available for purchase. 


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 2023, where 30 food trucks, live music, arts activities, slides, Skee-ball, a foam party pit 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 between Centennial Campus and Moore Square to Dix Park beginning at 4:30pm. Bring sunscreen, blankets, chairs and coolers!

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


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Mudcats for America Independence Day Fireworks

July 4
A night 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 Fayetteville Woodpeckers in this first game of a 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 7 and July 21. They play home series July 4-9 against Fayetteville and July 18-23 vs. Kannapolis this month.



More July 4th fireworks in the Raleigh area

  • Fuquay-Varina Independence Day Celebration, July 1
  • Wendell Fireworks Show, July 2
  • Apex Fireworks Frenzy and Olde Fashioned Fourth of July, July 3 and 4
  • Garner July 3rd Independence Day Celebration, July 3
  • Morrisville July 3rd Family Fun Festival, July 3
  • Wake Forest Fireworks Spectacular and Independence Day Celebration, July 3 and 4
  • Brier Creek Commons Star Spangled Block Party and Fireworks Show, July 4
  • Rolesville 4th, July 4
  • Holly Springs July 5th Celebration, July 5


Exhibition: Ruth E. Carter: Afrofuturism in Costume Design

Through Aug. 6
Creating pieces for films including "Black Panther," "Malcolm X," "Selma" and "Do the Right Thing," Academy Award-winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter has defined generations through her work in film and TV. In this critically acclaimed exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Art, more than 60 of Carter’s original garments are on display. Note that this is a ticketed exhibition, open Wednesday through Sunday; other galleries at the museum are free to visit.


Raleigh Brewing's Summer Party

July 8
A day of fun in the sun, in celebration of the release of a new beer—Tiny Umbrella Tropical Blonde Ale. Live music, yard games, ice cream, barbecue and more will be on hand from 1-6pm!


Evening Garden Stroll at JC Raulston Arboretum

July 11
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 5pm. 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!). 


Open Garden Days at Juniper Level Botanic Garden

July 14-16 and 21-23
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


WWE: SmackDown

July 14
WWE stars—including Bianca Belair, AJ Styles, Bobby Lashley, Charlotte Flair and more—battle it out under the Friday night lights at PNC Arena this month when SmackDown returns to the City of Oaks.


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Major League Cricket action in Morrisville

July 20-25
Major League Cricket—America's first-ever professional franchise cricket league—launches this month, with a unique setup that will have all six teams spend a week facing off against each other in seven total matches at Morrisville's Church Street Park. Tickets start at just $12 for fans!


Billy Strings, LL Cool J, Louis Tomlinson (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!

  • Summerfest: Cirque Cinema, July 1
  • Adam Knight's Buried Alive, July 1
  • The Last of Many, July 1
  • Barenaked Ladies, July 4
  • The Revivalists with The Head and The Heart, July 6
  • Rachel Bay Jones, July 7
  • Bring Out Yer Dead, July 8
  • LL Cool J, July 8
  • Tears for Fears with Cold War Kids, July 8
  • Al Strong Trio, July 8
  • Matchbox Twenty, July 12
  • The Arcadian Wild, July 12
  • Billy Strings, July 13-15
  • Kenny G, July 13
  • Friday Night on White: The Brickhouse Band, July 14
  • Riley Green, July 14
  • Geoff Westley, July 15
  • Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet, July 16
  • Young the Giant, July 16
  • YUNGBLUD, July 18
  • Duane Betts, July 20
  • Godsmack and Staind, July 20
  • Jake Owen with Niko Moon, July 20
  • Take 6 & Chrisette Michele, July 20
  • Louis Tomlinson, July 21
  • Nickel Creek, July 21
  • Lisette Glodowski, July 22
  • Dirty Heads, July 27
  • Walker Hayes, July 28
  • Counting Crows, July 29


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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North Carolina FC vs Sunderland AFC

July 21
The third English team to visit Cary's WakeMed Soccer Park in the last decade, Sunderland AFC arrives this month to take on the home team North Carolina FC in a much-anticipated friendly. 

Note: North Carolina FC will also play home games July 15 vs. Forward Madison FC and July 29 vs. Northern Colorado.


Downtown Garner Summer Food Truck Rodeo

July 21
Good eats, sweet treats and more will line downtown Garner's Main St. for this evening food truck rodeo. 


10th Anniversary Block Party at Crank Arm Brewing

July 23
Cheers to 10 years of great beer at downtown Raleigh's Crank Arm Brewing! A block party in the Warehouse District with rare and vintage beers, bikes, bands, food trucks and more (beginning at noon) will follow a leisurely morning group ride (11:30am). 


North Carolina Theatre presents Mary Poppins

July 25-30
A magical musical—based on the children's books by P.L. Travers and the 1964 Disney film—filled with unforgettable songs, an irresistible story, breathtaking dance numbers and more as Mary Poppins flies into 1910 England to attend to the troubled Banks family. 


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."


GalaxyCon Raleigh

July 27-30
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!


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