What's New, Raleigh? 6 {Fresh New Things} To Do For A Sizzlin' Summer

What's New, Raleigh? 6 {Fresh New Things} To Do For A Sizzlin' Summer

Posted in Entertainment on May 16, 2018

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Summer is right around the corner, and Raleigh is welcoming the most fun season of the year with a roundup of grand openings downtown and beyond. Check out these 6 fresh and fly hits and kick off your Summer in style!

Alamo Drafthouse

A movie theater chain famous for its no-nonsense, all frills, recline-and-dine movie-goer experience, Alamo Drafthouse opened up its latest cinema last month to brighten up this side of east side Raleigh. Boasting a full menu and local craft beers on draft, the New Bern location also brings you the one-of-a-kind video store experience, Video Vortex. Rent VCR's (if you still remember what those are) and rent your favorite movies on VHS to watch in bar or at home for free. That's right, you can grab a beer and watch over 60,000 titles on VHS for FREE. Nostalgia for the 90s Blockbuster video store is no more at this combination movie theater video store. 2116-D New Bern Avenue

The Great Gatsby Ball: Casino Night 2018

Jay Gatsby is coming to Raleigh and he's here to help you party like it's 1929. Partnering with The Raleigh-Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness, Great Crawl Events is back again to bring you a casino-style shin-dig roaring with games, dancing, and drinks galore. Blackjack, poker, craps, roulette, and more, try your luck to win dozens of unique prizes including an iPhone X and Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 Bag. Dress code is cocktail attire, but feel free to throw on a flapper dress or your best top hat and suspenders to Charleston the night away. Get your tickets here! North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 West Jones Street

You Are Here: Light, Color, and Sound Experiences

You are Here is a 15-piece, large-scale, interactive experience in lights, color, and sound at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Immerse yourself in a kaleidoscope of multi-colored LEDs in the ' Light of Life' exhibit, bathe in the sound of 40 choral voices in 'Forty Part Motet' installation, or play with shadows in '1984x1984'. The exhibit reaches beyond the boundaries of the building with events all Summer long in the museum's art park and Dorothea Dix Park all summer long. North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road through July 22nd


Marky Mark Wahlberg and his funky bunch bring the Boston-based chain, Wahlburgers, to Fayetteville Street this month in place of the late Oxford gastropub. These patriots boasts burgers and beers – including their signature 'Wahlbrewski' – a Harpoon Brewery custom pale ale on the menu. With indoor seating, a quick to-go counter, and a patio, Wahlburgers is a welcome addition to downtown Raleigh. 319 Fayetteville Street

The Train Yard

Whether you're catching up on that beach bod, prepping for your next Spartan race, or training to become the next American Ninja Warrior, The Train Yard is the triangle's premier outdoor facility is here to whip you into shape. At 10,000 square feet, the Train Yard specializes in obstacle course racing fitness, strength, and Olympic lifting. Certified and award-winning coach, Todd Smith will help you grow outside of your comfort zone. 1809 Sorghum Court

Pedaler Wine & Beer

Pedal, don't walk, to this new North Raleigh neighborhood bar for craft beer and wine. In addition to the 14 craft beers on tap, 4 draft wines, and wine by the glass, Pedaler has events almost every day of the week. Between Tuesday Run Clubs, Wednesday Wine classes, Thirsty Thursdays, and free wine tastings on Fridays, there's never a reason to stop by and take a bottle home. Bike to this patio and unwind with a glass at this low-key bottle shop to get away from the bustle of downtown. 5910 Duraleigh Road Suite 141

Cover Image via Pedaler Wine & Beer Facebook

Written by Renee Baker

Renee is a sit-down comedienne and event photographer when she's not at her day job. While it doesn't pay the bills, her talents are an excuse to day drink craft brews on rooftops, get into festivals on Fayetteville Street, and general gallivanting. Outdoors she's usually seen with her default date: her dog Max, scoping out a spot to people watch and heckle passersby. Her mother says the two worst things you can give her indoors are a drink and a mic.