Things to Do in Raleigh, N.C.: June 2023
Wednesday, May 31, 2023, 12pm by visitRaleigh
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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!
The Soccer Tournament
This novel event—a seven on seven, 32-team, World Cup-style, winner-take-all soccer tournament—arrives at Cary's WakeMed Soccer Park this month, bringing with it big stakes (a million dollars on the line) and star power (West Ham United, Club Necaxa, Clint Dempsey, Heather O'Reilly and the U.S. National Women, Ryan Reynolds' Wrexham Red Dragons and more will be in action!).
UNC Health Championship
Part of the Korn Ferry Tour—the playing field where future golf stars compete to earn their PGA Tour cards—the inaugural UNC Health Championship presented by STITCH will tee off at the Raleigh Country Club. Tickets can be purchased here.
Live performance art, music, 50-plus local vendors and the unveiling of a large-scale public art installation titled Rainbow River on Fayetteville St. in downtown Raleigh—don't miss it!
Raleigh Little Theater presents Hands on a Hardbody
Directed by Brian Westbrook and based on the true events of the 1997 documentary of the same name, this hilarious production highlights 10 hard-luck Texans whose new lease on life is so close they can touch it. Under a scorching sun for days on end, armed with nothing but hope, humor and ambition, they’ll fight to keep at least one hand on a brand-new truck in order to win it.
Mid-Town Square Spring Festival
Held at Bond Brothers Beer Company in Cary, this free-admission festival features food trucks, local artists, live music and, of course, Bond Brothers' award-winning brews (new releases and special casks included!). Kids and leashed dogs are welcome at the brewery, but heads up—this event will draw a big crowd!
Bubbles & Brisket
This second annual event, presented by the NC F&B Podcast, is a collaboration of chefs, pitmasters, winemakers and brewers pairing sparkling bubbles with a variety of cooking techniques and side dishes that feature everyone's favorite—brisket—from 10 Tar Heel State barbecue chefs.
Raleigh's International Food Festival
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.
Family Fun Fest at the North Carolina Museum of History
From crafts to trails, music to storytelling, a chance to kick off your summer with a trip through N.C. history and culture during an afternoon of hands-on fun at the North Carolina Museum of History's exhibit North Carolina from A to Z!
Run for Love 5k
This annual 5k race at Dorothea Dix Park is presented by local running store Runologie, benefitting the LGBT Center of Raleigh. Music, a drag show, popsicles, sweet finisher medals and an after-party at Trophy Brewery + Taproom? Count us in!
NCAA Division II Baseball Championship
In Cary, the USA Baseball National Training Complex—hosting the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship for the 13th time—will be home to a week of action on the diamond as eight teams compete in the double-elimination tournament to claim the ultimate prize. Tickets for the event are available here.
Triangle Restaurant Week
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.
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 Company, Shorty's Famous Hot Dogs, Bodega and other favorites await). Beloved party band Love Tribe will take to the main stage from 6-9pm, and food trucks and a beer tent will keep event goers plenty happy.
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.
Outdoor concert season is officially here! A taste of what's to come this summer in the City of Oaks:
- Dermot Kennedy, June 3
- Subtronics, June 9
- Noah Kahan, June 14
- Pixies, June 16
- Rebelution, June 17
- Peter Frampton, June 24
- Smooth Nights At KBA, June 2
- Summerfest: The Music Of Whitney Houston, June 3
- Summerfest: Fire & Rain: Songs Of The '70s, June 9
- Summerfest: All Beethoven, June 10
- Summerfest: A Little Night Music, June 16
- Summerfest: Classics Under The Stars, June 17
- Summer Jam 2023, June 23
- Summerfest: Harry Potter Vs. Star Wars, June 24
- Dead & Company, June 1
- TLC, Shaggy, En Vogue, Sean Kingston, June 7
- Dierks Bentley, June 16
- KIDZ BOP, June 30
- Jazz at the NCMA: Kirk Whalum, Chante Moore, June 1
- Jazz at the NCMA: Lalah Hathaway, PJ Morton, June 8
- Jacob Collier: DJesse World Tour with Lawrence, June 13
- Juneteenth Joy 2023: A Celebration of Freedom and Gospel Music, June 16
- Jazz at the NCMA: Robert Glasper with Samara Joy, June 22
- Jazz at the NCMA: Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band, Sheila E., June 29
- Chairmen of The Board, June 1
- Too Much Sylvia, June 8
- Black Water Band, June 15
- The Embers ft. Craig Woodard, June 22
Through Aug. 31
After touring over 100 cities in 24 countries and entering CNN's list of “Must-See” exhibitions, The Art of the Brick has finally arrived in Raleigh. 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 a great variety of sculptures alongside re-imagined versions of 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.
At Five County Stadium in Zebulon—where the Carolina Mudcats have been a staple for more than 30 years—the 2023 Minor League Baseball season is now well underway. Be on the lookout for Taco Tuesdays, Thirsty Thursdays, Friday Night Fireworks and more promotions all season long! This month the Mudcats home schedule breaks down like this:
Winner of three Tony Awards, Urinetown is a hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself! Hilariously funny and touchingly honest, Urinetown provides a fresh perspective on one of America's most significant art forms. Recommended for ages 13 and up.
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, grab a drink from local breweries and taste some of the best pimento cheese samples from local restaurants. Come hungry!
Capital City Juneteenth Celebration (plus more Juneteenth events)
The third annual Capital City Juneteenth Celebration returns to Raleigh this year, with a number of events taking place over the holiday weekend across various venues. Some highlights:
- Honoring Juneteenth at the North Carolina Museum of History, Fri., June 16, noon-4pm
- Fish Fry at Dorothea Dix Park with chef James Guilford, Fri., June 16, 4pm until sold out
- Juneteenth Joy: A Celebration of Gospel Music at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Fri., June 16, 7pm
- Family Day at Dorothea Dix Park, Sat., June 17, 1-6pm
More Juneteenth events in the Raleigh area:
- Jubilant! A Juneteenth Concert at CAM Raleigh, June 3
- Town of Morrisville Juneteenth Celebration, June 10
- Juneteenth Jubilee at John Chavis Memorial Park, June 12-16
- Wake Forest Juneteenth Celebration, June 16-17
- Apex Juneteenth Festival, June 17
- Town of Cary Juneteenth Celebration, June 17
- Garner Juneteenth Celebration, June 17
- Town of Knightdale African American Festival, June 17
- Juneteenth Festival: North Carolina FC vs. Lexington Sporting Club, June 18
Liberation Station Bookstore Grand Opening
North Carolina's first Black-owned children's bookstore is set to open in downtown Raleigh with three days of weekend festivities that coincide with Juneteenth celebrations featuring bestselling and award-winning Black children’s book authors and illustrators, Black historians and even Black equestrians. The grand opening and ribbon cutting will take place on June 17 from 11am-3pm, located at 208 Fayetteville St., Ste. 201. Full schedule here.
June 17-Oct. 8
This ticketed exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will spin 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!
N.C. Hops Fest
Sip, shop, dine and groove at the N.C. Hops Festival at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. More than 100 local beers, ciders and seltzers will be on hand to sample, and live music, local makers and food trucks will help round out an event worthy of raising a glass to.
Out! Raleigh Pride
Out! Raleigh Pride is the area's annual, family-friendly street festival that celebrates the LGBT community and its allies! Organized each year by the LGBT Center of Raleigh, the festival's speakers, performers and vendors (and a Kids Zone) bring eight hours of fun and family to downtown Raleigh's Fayetteville Street district.
A dance party fit for a queen, hosted at The Ritz, featuring some of the Raleigh area's favorite entertainers (a perfect Out! Raleigh Pride afterparty!).
A star-studded lineup of performers will take to the stage in Raleigh this month!
At Raleigh Improv:
- DeRay Davis, June 2-4
- Andrew Schulz, June 9-10
- Eddie Griffin, June 16-17
- Brent Morin, June 22-24
- Shawn Wayans, June 30-July 1
- Jessica Kirson, June 1-3
- Tacarra Williams, June 2-3
- Pete Davidson, June 6-11 (sold out!)
- Nate Jackson, June 16-18
- Tony Roberts, June 23-25
- Vanessa Jackson, June 30-July 1
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 June calendar is filled with new events!).
- Jubilant! – A Juneteenth Experience, June 3
- An Evening Picking Flowers: Garden Tour & Floral Arrangement Workshop, June 8
- Brush the Skyline: Watercolors and Brews Workshop, June 8
- Sip and Stroll Treasure Hunt through Downtown Raleigh, June 10
- Stop and Taste the Flowers: Herbal Tea Tasting and Workshop, June 15
- Printed with Care: Letterpress Card Making Workshop, June 16
- Summer in the Garden: Farm to Table Fundraising Dinner, June 17
- Story and Starry Night in Apex: Paint and Sip Workshop with Storytelling, June 20
- Adventure into Agave: Guided Mezcal Tasting at Gallo Pelón, June 22
- An Evening Picking Flowers: Garden Tour & Floral Arrangement Workshop, June 22
- Borrowing Something Sweet: Honey Tasting & Hive Tour, June 24
- Rug Tufting Workshop at The Burrow Market, June 25
- Brush the Skyline: Watercolors and Brews Workshop, June 29
- People-First Poetry: Local Artist Showcase at CAM Raleigh, June 30
What else is hot this month? See below for more events we're saving the date for!
- Holly Springs Salamanders baseball games, various dates
- Apex Peakway 155, June 2
- Flight Day at Dorothea Dix Park, June 3
- Brew 'n' Choo, June 3
- NC Summertime Beer Fest, June 3
- Beer, Bacon & Bluegrass, June 4
- Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers, June 6
- Les Claypool’s Fearless Flying Frog Brigade, June 7
- Advance Auto Parts 160, June 9
- Geek and Grub Market (Pride edition), June 10
- Al Strong: Jazz is My Religion, June 10
- The Raleigh Ringers Spring Concert, June 11
- Ricardo Arjona, June 11
- Evening Garden Stroll at J.C. Raulston Arboretum, June 13
- Sacred Soul & Bluegrass Revue, June 16
- North Carolina FC vs. Lexington Sporting Club, June 18
- Raleigh Burlesque Sweet 16 Anniversary Show, June 23
- Chatham County Line, June 24
- North Carolina Courage vs. Racing Louisville FC, June 24
- An Evening with Omari Dillard: Soul Violinist, June 30
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