Archives for the month of: April, 2010

Does relaxing music, dancing, and hours of family fun sound like the perfect day for you? Then come to ShagFest 2010 in Wake Forest!

Located in Festival Park in historic downtown Wake Forest, this festival is sure to get you and your family up and grooving to the music! Expect a soothing, family-friendly atmosphere where you can show off some of your shagging skills or simply kick back and relax listening to calming beach music. Even if you’re not a shagger, don’t let this stop you from enjoying this amazing event! Plenty of shag enthusiasts will be among the attendees for you to admire and learn from so don’t hesitate because of lack of skill. You’ll be up and showing off your newfound dance moves in no time!

The festival lasts from noon until 8 p.m. on May 29th and is free to the public, so don’t forget to mark this event on your calendars. It’s a taste of the beach without having to travel so far.  What a great way to start up the summer season!

Tired of the usual night out? Love the feel and vibe of super trendy clubs in Miami and NYC? Don’t book your flight just yet.  Instead, drive over to Glenwood South and dance the night away at the Mosaic Spring Music Festival!

From May 13th till the 23rd, expect close to 50 local and internationally renowned DJs, musicians, and artists on Glenwood with their unique mixes and exotic beats.  You won’t want to sit down the entire night! Not to mention, each night has a different music genre it caters to, providing you with a different atmosphere to groove to. It’ll feel like going to a different music event each night!

Don’t miss your chance to experience this amazing metropolitan event right here in Raleigh.  Grab your friends, put on your trendiest outfit and head over to Mosaic Lounge and prepare to dance the night away in style! You’ll never want to leave!

There’s nothing sweeter than biting into a large, juicy strawberry on a beautiful, warm day.  Sure, the ones from your local grocery store are just fine, but there’s something about a fresh-picked strawberry that really satisfies.  Thankfully, Greater Raleigh has plenty of strawberry farms ripe for the picking.

With approximately three acres of delicious strawberries, Buckwheat Farm in Apex is a great pick-your-own strawberry farm to visit.  Here, you can purchase fresh jams, jellies and honey or take a break from strawberry picking at a shaded picnic table.  You can also try D.J.’s Berry Patch in Apex as well.

With locations in the Willow Spring neighborhood of Wake County and in Raleigh, Porter Farms & Nursery offers pre-picked and u-pick strawberries.  All of the delicious strawberries you eat out in the field at Porter Farms are free, so make sure to come hungry!  Other great farms offering strawberry picking in Raleigh are Page Farms, Hunt’s Strawberries and Ball’s Berries and Produce.

For a complete list of all of the strawberry farms in Greater Raleigh, visit this website, where you’ll find listings from Cary, Knightdale, Wake Forest, Raleigh, the Willow Spring neighborhood, Holly Springs and Apex.  Then all you have to do is pick the perfect day and your favorite company and you’re set to stock up on some of the most delicious strawberries around!

It’s that time of year again!  The third annual Triangle Restaurant Week is back and better than ever on May 17- 23, and Greater Raleigh has even more restaurants participating for you to enjoy.  During this weeklong celebration of culinary excellence, participating restaurants offer three-course, prix fixe menus at lunch and dinner for $15 and $25, respectively.

If there’s a restaurant you’ve always wanted to try but didn’t quite have the budget, Triangle Restaurant Week is the perfect opportunity to let your taste buds indulge without worrying about your wallet.  Or, if you love dining out often but find yourself going back to the same places, you can take this opportunity to do a little culinary exploration.  Simply visit this website, view the profiles for each participating restaurant, and select your next culinary adventure in Greater Raleigh!

Triangle Restaurant Week allows foodies, families and friends to try restaurants from Cary, North Raleigh, downtown Raleigh, mid-town and more.  There’s no better time to get out and enjoy the delicious cuisine Greater Raleigh chefs have to offer, so mark your calendars and prepare your taste buds for a week of food, fun and celebration!

Is it that time of the day when you’re starting to slow down a bit and you can feel your eyelids drooping?  Looks like you need caffeine, and you need it quick. So where should you go? Today, try somewhere with local vibes and charm; somewhere that will leave a lasting impression on you and your taste buds. Greater Raleigh is filled with unique coffee shops just waiting for you to explore!

If you’re around the downtown Raleigh area, try The Third Place on Glenwood Avenue. Loved by locals, this delightful little café has an amazing downtown ambiance and a delicious full café menu. They have everything from frothy lattes to delicious sandwiches and wraps, so don’t categorize this place as only a grab-n-go. This is also an excellent venue to catch up with friends or even have a casual date on the patio.

Another unique coffee hotspot is the Hope Café located on Tryon Road. This “Christian Café” provides delicious coffee, Sunday morning worship services, and live music daily in a very relaxing atmosphere. Sometimes people would like a little more than a quick caffeine fix to get through their day, and Hope Café is here to provide it!

Apex also has its share of charming shops, including the renowned Wake Zone on Old Jenks Road.  Jimmy-Buffett inspired, this quaint shop serves 100 percent organic coffee beans and even has a drive-through, just in case you’re in a hurry and can’t enjoy the island theme inside. If time is the least of your worries, head inside and sit underneath one of the palm trees and allow yourself to escape with your fresh cup of brew. Everyone deserves this kind of coffee break!

No matter your situation, whether you have a lot of time or barely 15 minutes, these quaint shops can provide you with everything you need to get up and get going or relax and unwind. So try something different than your usual today!

Of all the cities in the world, Raleigh has been chosen for the premiere debut of Architects of Air’s brand new luminarium, Mirazozo.  A lumi-what, you may ask? Architects of Air define their luminarium as “a sculpture people enter to be moved to a sense of wonder at the beauty of light and colour.”  This outstanding and monumental sculpture will be a part of this year’s Artsplosure in downtown Raleigh.

Basically, on May 13-16 in City Plaza, you will have the chance to walk into a 6,000-square-foot, inflatable sculpture that is full of captivating light, geometry and design that will leave you in a state of “art awe.”  The Mirazozo is one of five luminaria that Architects of Air will be touring in 2010, and Raleigh is lucky to be the location of its debut!

Tickets are $5 per person and will be available at the northern end of City Plaza from 1 to 7 p.m. on May 13-14 and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 15-16.  Just remember that final admission will be 20 minutes prior to closing each day, and you will have to leave your shoes at the exhibit entrance at your own risk.  This means leave your Manolo Blahnik’s at home, ladies.

Grab your friends and family and adventure into this multi-sensory space, where you are sure to be inspired and affected.  Mirazozo should definitely be one of your pit-stops while enjoying Artsplosure 2010!

Looking for stunning, handcrafted pieces for your home? Got a special interest in eccentrically beautiful homemade arts and crafts? Well mark your calendars! On May 1st, Wake Forest will host its 30th Annual Meet in the Street Festival, and you won’t want to miss it.

With more than 100 vendors from all over the Southeast, you can spend the afternoon taking in some of the most striking homemade pieces in the area. Vendors will be selling everything from art to jewelry to home décor so remember to bring your checkbook.  You never know what unique piece you may find. Not to mention, many of the vendors are local artisans, so by buying their wares, you will not only have an authentic North Carolina craft in your possession but you’ll also be supporting and celebrating the local cause.

This festival is not just for buyers and browsers but instead welcomes the whole family.  From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. everyone can enjoy traditional American food, international delights, and countless forms of entertainment including two stages of local dancers, singers, and musicians! There will also be a special place for the kids, the Children’s Village. This area will provide numerous games and activities so the kids can celebrate local art in their own way!

This festival is completely free to the public and welcomes all. So gather up the family and head to Wake Forest on May 1st for a jam-packed afternoon filled with local artistry and fun. You and your family will absolutely adore it! Happy browsing!

Adams Vineyards is a family-owned vineyard and winery that produces delicious muscadine wine while maintaining their values of family and quality.  Located in the Willow Springs neighborhood of Wake County, Adams offers dry, semi-sweet, sweet, and fruit wines, all of which are available for tastings and purchase.

Adams has a southern charm that makes the location perfect for weddings, special events and wine tastings.  Enjoy a glass of wine on their patio next to the fire pit or take your vows overlooking the scenic vineyards.  Adams Vineyards even has a private events room (with a preferred vendors list) and an on-site meeting coordinator available to make planning your event as smooth as their muscadine-grape wines.

Tours of the vineyards and winery are offered Tuesday through Friday at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Saturday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.  Additional times are made available for group tours of 10 or more.  Take a tour and enjoy the taste of some of their award-winning wines, such as Revolution Red Reserve and Semi-Dry Blackberry, or get adventurous and sample their brand new Ellis Red Reserve or Sweet Blackberry.

Delicious wine, beautiful scenery and the comfort of the Adams’ southern family charm make this Greater Raleigh winery a wonderful place to spend a warm summer day.

When money is a little tight, for college students, it’s even tighter. Sometimes forced to settle for cheap and convenient, those still following the undergraduate path often have to make the most of Ramen noodles or deal with fast food calories. However, college students need not settle for less when it comes to the things they eat. No longer do college students have to skip eating out or avoid healthy options due to limited funds! Raleigh and its surrounding areas offer plenty of excellent restaurants that not only cater to a smaller budget but also ensure the utmost quality in their food.

If you’re around the Glenwood South district of Raleigh, stop by Mellow Mushroom, MoJoe’s Burger Joint, or the newly opened Diner. All of these restaurants, though considered typical American grub, have gotten outstanding ratings from locals for everything from the acclaimed pizzas at Mellow Mushroom to the delicious burgers at MoJoe’s. Either way you go, all of these places are open for late- night eating, so if you are in the mood for something good but within budget in the wee hours these places have got you covered! The Diner is actually a 24/7 establishment!

Other great restaurants to try in the area are: East Village Grill on Hillsborough St., where they offer a $5 meal menu; the Raleigh Times in downtown Raleigh, which is a great place to grab a bite and then hang out for a drink; and of course the ever-so popular Sushi Blues that caters to the local college students with their half-off roll specials on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

So, college students, whatever food you are in the mood for, go out and get it. Don’t settle for bland or unsatisfying food ever again. Raleigh has plenty of places for you to go out and enjoy yourself and not feel guilty later! Bon appétit!

photo courtesy of RaleighConvention.com

April in Greater Raleigh means the beginning of mostly beautiful weather and a cause for celebration.  That’s right; April marks the beginning of what we will call Festival Season!  Our calendar of events is packed full of fun festivals, celebrations and fairs for you to enjoy.  We’ll highlight just a few.

HerbFest 2010 will be held April 16th to 25th at Festival Park in Wake Forest.  This is a healthy lifestyle festival highlighting organic products, foods and herbs, where you can enjoy live entertainment and educational seminars.

April 17th to 18th, the Divan Cultural Center will host the annual Turkish Festival at the N.C. State Fairground Exposition Center in Raleigh.  The festival will feature Turkish coffee, tea, entertainers and food such as baklava, manti and Turkish pride.

The N.C. Renaissance Faire will be held in Wake Forest on multiple dates in mid-April.  Here, you can take a step back into history and enjoy musicians, jugglers and knight rivalries acted out in several staging areas.

The 12th Annual Triangle Beach Music Festival will be held on April 24th at Bryan Farms in Garner.  Kick back and relax to the tunes of Chairmen of the Board, Band of Oz, Spare Change and so much more.  This event is always packed so get ready for a great time!

This is just a small sampling of all the great fun and festivities that Greater Raleigh has to offer this month!  For a calendar of more events, visit this site.  Attend one or more and experience Festival Season’s kickoff month.

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