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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! 

 

UNC Health Championship

May 30-June 2
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

 

Raleigh's International Food Festival

June 1
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.

 

NCAA Division II Baseball Championship

June 1-8
In Cary, the USA Baseball National Training Complex—hosting the NCAA Division II Baseball Championship for the 14th 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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Soccer Tournament

June 5-10
A sold-out phenomenon in 2023, The Soccer Tournament—a 7 on 7, winner-take-all tournament at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary that gives $1 million to the winning squad—is back, bigger and better this summer. The 118-match event will include a women's tournament this year, too, meaning a total of $2 million prizes will be up for grabs, and some of the sports' biggest stars from teams around the world are expected to compete.

Note: Very limited tickets are remaining!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Raleigh Little Theater presents Kinky Boots

June 7-23
Featuring a joyous score by pop icon Cyndi Lauper and book by Harvey Fierstein, this six-time Tony Award-winning musical extravaganza reminds audiences that if you change your mind, you can change your whole world. 

 

Bubbles & Brisket

June 8
This fourth 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 'cue masters. Taking place at Smoky Hollow.

 

Run for Love 5k + Dance for Love Day Party

June 8
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!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Pay-What-You-Can Food Truck Rodeo

June 9
Hosted in downtown Raleigh by the beloved A Place At The Table, this third annual pay-what-you-can food truck rodeo will feature a dozen local favorite food vendors and deliver big on community fun.

 

Friday Night on White

June 14
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).

Bounce! Party Band will take to the main stage from 6-9pm, and food trucks and a beer tent will keep event goers plenty happy.

 

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.

Note that this is a ticketed exhibit, but June 8 will be a community day that is free and open to the public.

 

Justin Timberlake, Chappell Roan, Red Hot Chili Peppers + more live music

Summer concert season is officially here (and it's a BIG one!). A taste of what's to come this summer in the City of Oaks: 

At PNC Arena

At Red Hat Amphitheater

At Koka Booth Amphitheatre:

At Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek:

At the North Carolina Museum of Art:

As part of the North Hills Beach Music Series at Midtown Park:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Carolina Mudcats take to the diamond

At Five County Stadium in Zebulon—where the Carolina Mudcats have been a staple for more than 30 years—the 2024 Minor League Baseball season is now well underway. Be on the lookout for Taco Tuesdays, Dog Day Wednesdays, Three Dollar Thursdays, Friday Night Fireworks and more promotions all season long! 

This month the Mudcats home schedule breaks down like this: 

 

Raleigh Retro Gamers Summer Expo

June 15
This free-admission event brings thousands of retro and modern video games, consoles and other geek merchandise (comics, Pokemon, vintage toys and more) to downtown Raleigh's Moore Square for a day of shopping, music, food trucks, cosplay and other family-friendly activities.

 

N.C. Hops Festival

June 15
Sip, shop, dine and groove at the N.C. Hops Festival at Midtown Park in North Hills. 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.

 

Capital City Juneteenth Celebration (plus more Juneteenth events)

June 15
The fourth annual Capital City Juneteenth Celebration returns to Raleigh's Dorothea Dix Park this month, with an afternoon of speakers, live music, family activities and food on hand for a sunny celebration. 

More Juneteenth events in the Raleigh area:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Exhibition: Amazing Pollinators

June 15-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!

 

Peachfest at Phillips Farms of Cary

June 21-22
The ultimate family fun weekend, featuring food trucks, kettle corn, candy, live music, an outdoor movie, a farmers market and all the fresh peaches you can handle.

 

Out! Raleigh Pride (plus more Pride Month events)

June 22
The 12th annual Out! Raleigh Pride festival—one of the state's largest Pride gatherings—takes place on June 22 in downtown Raleigh. Drawing more than 50,000 attendees in recent years, it's an all-day, family-friend affair that has a bit of everything from 11am to 7pm on Fayetteville St. in the center of the city: two stages of live music and dancing, local food and shopping vendors, a beer garden, photo booths, kids' activities and more. 

More Pride Month events this month in the Raleigh area:

 

The Soul Picnic

June 22
A celebration of culture, community and unmatched vibes—paying homage to the vibrant soul of the Tar Heel State and beyond—at Raleigh's Dorothea Dix Park, featuring a lineup of special guest DJs, live music, food trucks and other local vendors. 

 

BrickUniverse Raleigh: LEGO® Fan Expo

June 29-30
Delve into the boundless possibilities of LEGO® bricks as you explore mesmerizing exhibits and artworks crafted by professional artists (plus unleash your inner artist in the community building zones) at the Raleigh Convention Center.

 

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

 

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 June calendar is filled with new events!).

 

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