Raleigh, NC: Weekend best bets: Slide the City, Food Truck Rodeo

By Kathy Hanrahan  |  WRAL.com


— You don’t have to leave town this weekend to have fun. There is a lot happening in the Triangle!

Go outside

Slide the CityThe water slide fun is back on Glenwood Avenue in downtown Raleigh. Organizers say they have made improvements to last year’s slip and slide event so hopefully lines won’t be as long. There will also be live music, food and drinks. Slide passes are still available.

BBQ Throwdown The Carolina Inn hosts this barbecue event on Saturday on the front lawn. Local chefs will be competing and sharing samples of their creations. Tickets are $55 for adults, $25 for those ages 7 to 20 years old. Those 6 years and younger are admitted for free.

Downtown Raleigh Food Truck RodeoMore than 50 food trucks will line the streets of downtown Raleigh on Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m. Admission is free.


Downtown Cary Food and Flea Local artists, craft beer and food trucks make this a great event to hit up on Sunday in Ashworth Village in downtown Cary. Admission is free.

Txakoli Spain’s refreshing, effervescent, hard-to-pronounce wine has inspired a celebration at The Rickhouse in Durham on Sunday. There will be wine, food from Pizzeria Toro, Juju, Bonafide and more. General admission tickets are $75. The event raises money for the Urban Ministries of Durham.

Komen Triangle Race for the Cure This annual fundraiser to help fight breast cancer will be held at a new location – Frontier in Research Triangle Park. In addition to the race, there will be live music, a Carolina Hurricanes Family Fun Zone, craft beer and food trucks.

Outdoor music series

Midtown Park Sunday Funday Head to Midtown Park in North Hills to enjoy some live music from Erik Smallwood and Banana Pancakes. The show starts at 2 p.m.

Friday Night on White Head to downtown Wake Forest Friday night for this free concert along South White Street starting at 6 p.m.

Rock the Park Concert and Movie Series – Durham kicks off this free series of events Saturday at Duke Park with a concert from David Gerald.

Outdoor movies

JumanjiThe PNC Downtown Raleigh Movie Series continues Friday night with a screening of “Jumanji” in City Plaza. The movie kicks off at 6 p.m. and admission is free.


NCMA shows Inside Out The N.C. Museum of Art will be holding an outdoor screening of the Pixar film Saturday evening. Admission is free for museum members and $6 for non-members. Children ages 6 years and younger are admitted free.

On stage

Miranda LambertThe country star will be joined by Kip Moore and Brothers Osborne for a show Friday night at Walnut Creek Amphitheatre.


Ellie GouldingThe singer/songwriter will play Red Hat Amphitheater in downtown Raleigh Friday night.

Kris Allen The “American Idol” winner will play Cat’s Cradle Friday night. He won the crown in 2009. In 2013 he and his wife were in a hand-on collision that left him with a shattered wrist. He re-learned to play the guitar despite having only 30 percent movement in the damaged wrist. He has focused on songwriting and is back.

M83 The French electronic music band led by Anthony Gonzalez plays Red Hat Amphitheater in downtown Raleigh Saturday night.


RiverdanceThe international Irish dance phenomenon is back and on its 20th anniversary world tour. See them at DPAC through Sunday.

The Glass MenagerieThe moving and tragic story opens Friday night at Raleigh Little Theatre. The show runs through June 26.

Faizon Love The actor (Elf, Friday, Couples Retreat) and comedian plays Goodnights Comedy Club Thursday through Saturday