Out & About in Wake County: July / August 2022

Olde Fashioned Fourth of July

1. Celebrate Independence Day with the Wake Forest Fireworks Spectacular at Heritage High School on July 3, opt for an Olde Fashioned Fourth of July in downtown Apex on July 3–4, or hit up the celebration at Dix Park on July 4.

2. Inside the park at NC Museum of Art, spread out a blanket under the moon and stars and enjoy the Outdoor Film Series featuring recent hits like Spider-Man: No Way Home, Encanto, Dune, West Side Story, and more. Tickets are $7 for nonmembers. ncartmuseum.org

Lego Convention

3. Held at the Raleigh Convention Center on July 9–10, the LEGO Convention is the show where LEGO fans of all ages enjoy live builds, the Building Zone with thousands of bricks for attendees to build with, and select galleries of amazing and life-sized models. brickuniverse.com/raleigh

Southeast Crab Feast

4. Enjoy all-you-can-eat blue crabs at the Southeast Crab Feast on July 16 at Lake Wheeler Park. This event celebrates the Low Country coastal heritage of cooking fresh seafood outdoors against a backdrop of music and a family-friendly environment. Tickets are $29 adults; $15 kids. southeastcrabfeast.com

Juniper Level Botanic Garden

5. Stroll through 28 acres filled with more than 30,000 native perennials, exotic plants, rare delights, and an array of incredible and unusual specimen trees and shrubs you won’t see anywhere else in the world at the Juniper Level Botanic Garden Open Nursery and Garden Days on July 15–17 and 22–24. The garden is only open to the public eight weekends each year, so don’t miss out! jlbg.org

6. Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum singer/songwriter Shawn Mendes takes the stage at PNC Arena on July 23 for his 2022 Wonder: The World Tour. On this stop, he will be joined by Dermot Kennedy. pncarena.com

7. Through August 31, the City of Raleigh Museum is host to B’rukhim Haba’im: Stories of Welcome, which presents heartwarming videos featuring Jewish seniors from the Triangle area sharing their personal stories of welcome firsthand. Admission is free. cityofraleighmuseum.org

8. A four-day festival for fans of pop culture, superheroes, science fiction, fantasy, anime, cartoons, and video games, this year’s GalaxyCon Raleigh from July 28–31 features fan favorites such as William Shatner, Kevin Smith, and Jason Mewes. People are encouraged to dress up! galaxycon.com/raleigh

9. The NC Theatre will get you On Your Feet! from August 9–14 to celebrate the inspiring true story about heart, heritage, and two people (Gloria and Emilio Estefan) who believed in their talent — and each other — enough to become an international sensation. nctheatre.com

Raleigh Night Market

10. Head to Moore Square on August 18 for the Raleigh Night Market to find locally made goods and enjoy an evening filled with music and entertainment with Triangle area artisans, food, and drinks. raleighnightmarket.com

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