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— There’s a lot going on this month, so be sure to check it out Our guide to 40+ events.

This weekend we have lots of live music, a BBQ festival and more!

Food, Festivals and Fun

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival (Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary) – The festival includes over 60 beers, 40 bourbons and plenty of BBQ at Booth Amphitheatre. The event will begin on Friday, August 5th from 6pm to 10pm. Activities will continue on Saturday.

first friday – On the first Friday of every month, Downtown Raleigh celebrates First Friday! Art galleries and studios are open until late, and restaurants and shops offer discounts. First Friday events of the month include video game tournaments and piercing parties.

Days and Nights of Sunflowers (Hill Ridge Farms, 703 Tarboro Rd, Youngsville) – Enjoy some sunflowers at Hill Ridge Farms this weekend. Admission to the park is free to visit the sunflower fields. Admission is $12.95 per person, and children under 2 are admitted free. You can prune sunflowers and buy them for $1 per stem. If you just want to visit the sunflower fields and don’t like playgrounds or splash pads, you can buy a sunflower field pass for $5.

R&D Brewing Field Day (R&D Brewing Seven Saturdays Taproom, 1399 Capital Blvd., Raleigh) – Enjoy a variety of yard games during the event on Sunday, August 7th from 1-4pm. There will also be cornhole tournaments, food trucks and live music.

Bull Moon Ride and Run (Durham Bull Sports Park, 409 Blackwell St., Durham) – Bull Moon Ride and Run gives you the choice between a 10.5-mile easy, moderate ride in Durham, or a 5K race for runners and their friends in the nearby community. Both events begin and end in front of the Durham Bulls Sports Park on Blackwell Street. BBQ dinners and live music follow the ride and run. The event starts at 6pm on Saturday.

MAKRS @ Golden Belt (Mill 1, 800 Taylor Street, Durham) – More than 40 local suppliers will be on the Gold Belt campus on the first Saturday of every month from 11am to 3pm. There will also be live music and food.

music and comedy

Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird (DPAC, 123 Vivian St., Durham) – Rejoice in Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning adaptation of Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin. The show will run through Sunday at DPAC.

Ryan Long (Good Night Comedy Club, 861 W. Morgan St., Raleigh) – Long has amassed over 100 million views with his viral digital shorts and is currently the host of the popular podcast “The Boyscast.” See him on stage on Good Night August 5-7.

RaleighWrld Summer Fest (Dorothea Dix Park, 1030 Richardson Drive, Raleigh) – The festival will be held at Dix Park on Saturday, August 6th. There will be live shows, food, vendors, picnics, competitions and more. General admission is $10 for teens and $45 for those 18+.

Durham Central Park presents PLAYlist concert series (Durham Central Park, 502 Foster Street, Durham) – Enjoy live music in Durham Central Park on the first Friday of every month. The roots and revival of Sacred Steel come into focus on Friday, played by experts from DaShawn Hickman. Band founders The Allen Boys will play Sacred Steel, weaving songs, memories and beautiful music with acclaimed guitarist Charlie Hunter and stunning vocals by Wendy Hickman.

Five-man The Verve Pipe Fighting with Special Guests (Meymandi Hall at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh) – Fight The Verve Pipe on stage in Raleigh on Friday, August 5th, see five.

Rock the Park Concert (Southern Boundaries Park, 100 Third Fork Road, Durham) – DJ Terminator X and The Sample Supreme Bring Some Old School Hip Hop in 6-8pm Concert Series

Rick Springfield – Working Class Dog Walking Tour (Red Hat Amphitheatre, 500 S. McDowell St., Raleigh) – The singer brings his “Working Class Dog” tour to the Red Riding Hood Amphitheater on Sunday, August 7, with special guests also staff and John Waite.

City of Angels (Raleigh Theatre Raleigh Arts Center, 6638 Old Wake Forest Rd, Raleigh) – Theatre Raleigh presents the production, which includes a stunning Cy Coleman soundtrack, lively dialogue from a Raymond Chandler novel and dazzling performances from classic Hollywood. Watch it on stage until August 14th.


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