Things to Do in Raleigh, N.C.: June 2019
Thursday, May 30, 2019, 9am by visitRaleigh
Every two weeks, we send out a newsletter that includes the best of the best upcoming events. If you sign up for our E-magazine, you'll get those, plus all the latest insider content (a guide to rooftop bars, for example, or where to kayak in the Raleigh area this summer).
Hello, summer! June is an incredible time to visit the Raleigh area, with tons of opportunities to do, see and explore more in the City of Oaks than ever. Our best advice? Use these long days and warm weather to the fullest by getting outdoors and staying active!
May 30-June 2
Part of the Web.com Tour—the playing field where future golf stars compete to earn their PGA Tour cards—the REX Hospital Open will tee off for the 32nd year at The Country Club at Wakefield Plantation. The four-day tournament also features kid-friendly activities, live music, free parking and more.
May 31-June 1
A two-day festival of the arts bringing together 20 temporary art installations and performances, SEEK Raleigh is filled with experimental projects (using puppetry, sound, structure, illumination, performance art and more) designed to introduce the public to new, diverse and through-provoking ideas for both artists and the community to learn and share stories about Dorothea Dix Park.
Celebrate Latino arts and culture in downtown Apex with piñata breaking, children's arts and crafts workshops, local art exhibits, a culinary adventure, Latin American dance, music performances and more.
Surging into summer, the Milwaukee Brewer's single-A affiliate Carolina Mudcats are back in action at Five County Stadium in Zebulon with five home series this month. Be on the lookout for Thirsty Thursday (half off beverages and $1 hot dogs), Family Friday Fireworks (post-game fireworks each Fri. night) and All-You-Can-Eat Tuesday (hot dogs and hush puppies!) promos all season long. In June they'll take on:
- Frederick Keys (6/2-4)
- Salem Red Sox (6/6-9)
- Winston-Salem Dash (6/13-16)
- Down East Wood Ducks (6/24-26)
- Potomac Nationals (6/27-29)
A week-long celebration of culinary excellence, Triangle Restaurant Week sees some of the area's best restaurants offer up special, three-course menu options at fixed pricing ($15 for lunch, and $20, $25 or $30 for dinner), a great opportunity for residents and visitors alike to return to an old favorite dining spot or discover a new one.
Live music season is in full swing! Check out the dates we're bookmarked below for June, plus check out a full calendar of events here.
- Kooley High (6/1)
- Florence and the Machine: The High as Hope Tour (6/5)
- Anderson .Paak (6/6)
- Lake Street Dive & The Wood Brothers (6/7)
- Wu-Tang Clan (6/8)
- Local Natives (6/10)
- Twenty One Pilots (6/11)
- Steep Canyon Rangers (6/14)
- Friday Night on White: Love Tribe (6/14)
- Jon Bellion (6/15)
- Luis Miguel (6/18)
- Vampire Weekend: Father of the Bride Tour (6/21)
- NC Symphony Summerfest: Ben Folds (6/22)
- Trampled by Turtles (6/22)
- Father John Misty & Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit (6/25)
- Shinedown: Attention Attention World Tour (6/26)
Nothing screams "summer!" quite like settling in under the stars for a movie night. Luckily, there are tons of opportunities to do just that this month.
- Sit, Stay, NCMA Movie Party with Isle of Dogs (6/1)
- Battle of the Rom-Coms Winner (6/7)
- Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (6/8)
- Fantastic Beasts 2 (6/13)
- Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (6/14)
- Jurassic Park (6/20)
- Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse (6/21)
- Wreck-It Ralph: Ralph Breaks The Internet (6/22)
- Captain Marvel (6/27)
- Wreck-It Ralph: Ralph Breaks The Internet (6/28)
- Smallfoot (6/28)
- Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (6/28)
- Movie Party with Bohemian Rhapsody (6/29)
Live & Local: Spring Fest on Hillsborough St.
An annual, family-friendly street festival featuring a full day of music, artists, inflatables for kids, beer from Raleigh Brewing Company and more.
May 31-June 16
In Pippin, a Tony Award-winning musical directed by Raleigh Little Theatre's Patrick Torres, a young prince goes on a death-defying adventure to look for his purpose, facing life-altering decisions and making a grave mistake along the way.
Celebrate Raleigh's diverse community and welcoming spirit by trying food, beer and wine (plus listen to live music and see more entertainment) from around the world. Nearly 20,000 attendees are expected in downtown Raleigh's City Plaza for the event.
Town of Cary's Pimento Cheese Festival
In downtown Cary, food trucks will line the streets to serve their regular menu, along with new dishes featuring a Southern delicacy: pimento cheese! Enjoy live music at Downtown Park, grab a drink from local breweries and taste some of the best pimento cheese samples from local restaurants. Come hungry!
Food trucks as far as you can see (literally!). The Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo brings more than 50 food trucks to the city center, spanning a half-mile and 11 city blocks and drawing thousands of hungry visitors to taste the best of the best from local trucks. It's one of the biggest rodeos in the country!
Live music, a beer garden, a barbecue competition (sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society) and more make for one of Apex's tastiest events of the year (and one of our favorite summer traditions!).
North Carolina Football Club, Courage take to the pitch
A big summer of soccer continues at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, with both the North Carolina Courage (defending champs of the NWSL) and North Carolina Football Club (FB) (contenders in the USL) ready to take to the pitch. On June 15, the two teams will play a doubleheader, celebrating diversity and inclusivity as part of a Pride Night event.
- North Carolina Courage vs. Portland Thorns (6/15)
- North Carolina FC vs. Rangers (6/15)
- North Carolina FC vs. Nashville (6/29)
A four-day film festival in downtown Cary featuring short films and screenplays that are "beyond ordinary," Beyond: The Film Festival offers a sneak peak into the minds of filmmakers with a focus on outstanding screenplay writers. Workshops, Q&As, film screenings, social events and more make for a jam-packed schedule.
Food trucks and local breweries will be on hand for Brew 'n' Choo, a series of family-friendly events at the North Carolina Railway Museum & New Hope Valley Railway that offers the rare opportunity to take a one-hour train ride through the woods (food and beverages allowed on the train!) and/or a 45-minute walking tour of the railway and museum.
Through Sept. 15
In conjunction with museum putting John James Audubon's The Birds of America on display (a nearly 200-year-old book containing more than 400 hand-colored, life-size illustrations of birds in the U.S.), The Audubon Experience is an immersive video room that surrounds visitors with scenes from forests and jungles, mimicking with Audubon would have experienced in his travels throughout the world.
Exhibition: From Plantation to Park: The Story of Dix Hill
Through June 19, 2020
The City of Raleigh Museum (COR Museum) has unveiled a new permanent exhibit about the history of Dorothea Dix Park. The exhibit, a joint venture with the Dix Park Conservancy, explores the long history and future of Raleigh’s newest park. From Plantation to Park explores four perspectives on the land known as Dix Hill.
What else is hot this month? See below for more events we're saving the date for!
- Tour D'Coop (6/1)
- 1st Annual Carolina Brass Band Festival (6/2)
- Moore Square Market at City Market (every Wed. in June)
- Theatre Raleigh presents: Junk by Ayad Akhtar (6/5-16)
- Of Good Stock (6/7-23)
- Dinner & Drumming @ The Garden (6/8)
- Kids Obstacle Challenge (6/8-9)
- TheatreFEST - Bright Star (6/13-23)
- 7th Annual Pollinator Festival (6/15)
- 3rd Annual Blackberry Festival (6/15)
- Spirits of NC Tasting Festival (6/15)
- Miss North Carolina 2019 (6/22)
- American Jump Rope National Championship (6/23)