Summer Fun in Raleigh


I love summertime in Raleigh [minus the swampy mid-day temperatures].  Growing up in a much smaller town as a child, my summer excitement was limited to the pool, 4H County Fair, and the summer reading program at the library. This summer marks my husband and I’s 7th year in Raleigh and I look forward to sharing Raleigh’s summer activities with our future family. With outdoor movies, festivals, concerts our summer typically fills up and flies by.

Some years summer is gone so fast that I don’t hear about fun activities until they’ve already passed. Today I’m sharing with you some fun places to go for outdoor movies and concerts, and additional resources you can use to find summer fun in the City of Oaks before it is too late.

Outdoor Movies

When was the last time you went to a drive-in theater, or have you ever been? While many don’t exist anymore, Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre is still in existence and you can catch a double feature Wednesday through Sunday throughout the summer. Another venue [picnic style, versus drive-in], Koka Booth in Cary features WakeMed Movies by Moonlight for a small fee of $3 per person, which those aged 12 and younger watching for free. The feature on August 23rd is a Grease Sing-A-Long, yes please! The North Carolina Museum of Art also features an outdoor summer movie series.


There are so many outdoor venues for concerts and so many great concerts making their way through the Triangle this summer [a few for which I am attending]. Oak City 7 is the host of some amazing [and free] music in Raleigh’s Downtown City Plaza on Fayetteville Street. There are still 4 more opportunities to check out this amazing concert series this summer. In North Hills they are sponsoring their annual Midtown Beach Music on Thursday nights. This is also free but get there early because parking is a real b!%@$!

As for paid venues there are some amazing concerts coming up at Red Hat Amphitheater, Walnut Creek, and Koka Booth. This summer I’ll be checking out The Band Perry [Koka Booth] and The Neighborhood [Red Hat Amphitheater] on my limited budget, but I’d love to see The Fray [RHA], Sara Bareilles [RHA], Lionel Richie [WC], Dave Matthews Band [WC], or Darius Rucker [KB]. And believe me, there are so many more to choose from at reasonable prices.

Alternatively to the above, I’ve also been known to use Visit Raleigh,, and Go Downtown Raleigh to find fun things to do.

 What’s on your agenda this summer? xoxo ‘n lols, crystal


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