By Rob Williams
Along with the beginning of August comes the looming fact that summer is starting to wind down. School resumes again at the end of the month, forcing you to get back into the hustle and bustle of a normal schedule. Even so, there are plenty of ways for you to take advantage of the last month of summer alongside your family. Check out these best bests for the month of August to keep you occupied as the dog days begin to come to a close.
Entertainment and Festivals:
With plenty of outdoor concerts, movies and festivals left to enjoy, August doesn’t disappoint in the Triangle. On Thursdays, head to either Midtown at North Hills for Beach Music through August 11, or to American Tobacco Campus in Durham for their Back Porch Music on the Lawn series that goes through the end of the month.
August 1-6: Oak City 7 ft. Birds of Avalon, Beach Music ft. The Embers, First Friday in Raleigh
August 7-13: Frank Valli & The Four Seasons at The Ritz, Pinecone Bluegrass Jam at Busy Bee Café, Back Porch MOTL ft. The Black Lillies, Beach Music Finale Concert, Dixie Chicks concert, Def Leppard with REO Speedwagon
August 14-20: Newsies by Disney from Broadway, Needtobreathe with special guests Mat Kearney, John Mark McMillan, and Welshly Arms, Fifth Harmony concert, Keith Urban concert
August 21-27: O.A.R. concert, Back Porch MOTL ft. The Gibson Brothers, RDU Caribbean Festival and Parade
August 28-31: Memphis
For the Foodies:
We love our food here in the Triangle, and that’s no exception during the month of August. With tailgates coming back into swing and high school football kicking off, there are plenty of options for those of you who love to eat. Head to the State Farmer’s Market for fresh veggies, or try one of the area’s newest restaurants.
August 1-6: Tasty Tuesdays at Wine Authorities in Raleigh and Durham, Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market, Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
August 7-13: Downtown Food Truck Rodeo, NC Wine, Cheese, & Chocolate Festival, Groove in the Garden at Raleigh Little Theatre
August 14-20: Movies in the Garden, Tan-Durm food truck at Compass Rose Brewery,
August 21-27: Trucks for Duke Homestead food truck gathering, Fresh Catch Raleigh IV
For the Sports Fan:
You’ll have to wait until September for college football to kick back into gear, but that doesn’t mean that August won’t be void of sports. High school football will be back in action towards the end of the month, or baseball in the form of the Durham Bulls and the Carolina Mudcats are always good options.