Wednesday Wind Down

Checking out some great places around the Triangle to enjoy a wind down on a Wednesday

If you are looking for some great places to “wind down” midweek, there are lots of great options around the Triangle. From wine to wellness to watching movies, there is something sure to please.

Wine Down @ Peak of the Vine 

We recently stopped by Peak of the Vine at its new location in Historic Downtown Apex. The Peak of the Vine is a unique combination of a wine lounge and wine shop. Enjoy the warm and friendly atmosphere of our lounge as you sip on exceptional wines from around the world; or choose your favorite bottles to take home.

On our visit, Kelly enjoyed the daily sangria special while I enjoyed a Chardonnay from Slovakia. Both were great and were a perfect way to enjoy “Wine Down Wednesday.”

The Peak also features live music, karaoke and open mic nights. If you are looking for a great place to meet with friends in Historic Downtown Apex, you should consider a visit to the Peak of the Vine.

Cheers! Wine Down Wednesday at Peak of the Vine

If wine isn’t your thing here are some other great ways to enjoy your Wednesday wind down.

Wind Down Wednesday Concert Series @ Waverly Place 

Get ready to turn up the volume on Wednesdays this summer! The Wind Down Wednesday summer concert series returns to Waverly Place.
The whole family is invited to relax and soak up the summer sun, all while listening to summertime tunes from one of the areas local bands.

Arrive early to take advantage of special offers from select Waverly Place retailers and restaurants. Then head to the Park to enjoy a variety of food and beverage options available for purchase during each performance. The Waverly Place Playground, sponsored by WakeMed, will be open and ready for action for younger visitors.

Concerts start at 6:00 PM & Admission is free. Stop by the Waverly Place website for more information.

Wind Down Wednesday Concert Series @ Waverly Place

Wellness Wednesdays

The lawn on the Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park at North Hills is transformed into an outdoor fitness studio. These events encourage participants to “Get Your Fit On” by promoting whole-body wellness through a wide variety of fitness concepts.  

Sessions run from April to June and begin at 5:30 PM. Visit the North Hills website for more information

Wellness Wednesdays at North Hills

Wednesday Movie Night

On the first Wednesday night of the month, the Halle Cultural Arts Center in downtown Apex hosts a Wednesday Movie Night. The movies include recently released movies geared towards teens and adults.

Contact the Halle Arts Center for a complete list of movies at halleculturalartscenter@apexnc.org.

The Halle Arts Center in Historic Downtown Apex

About Log Pond Realty

Home is where your story begins. Home is where hopes and dreams are born, memories are made, and lives are lived. We would love the opportunity to assist you in writing your new story.

We can be reached via phone at 919.589.3576 or via email at inquiries@logpondrealty.com 

We service the Triangle region of North Carolina including Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Fuquay-Varina, Durham, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, and Garner.

Spring has finally Sprung!

The sun is shining! The birds are singing! The flowers are blooming! Get out there and enjoy it! There are so many Spring festivals and events all around the Triangle that we can not list them all. Support your local community and enjoy beautiful arts and crafts and delicious food and drinks at these favorites:

Southern Women’s Show

https://southernshows.com/wra
April 12 – 14 ~ North Carolina State Fairgrounds
Shop, sample and share the fun at the Triangle’s favorite event for women. Discover hundreds of boutiques filled with the latest fashions, trendy jewelry, gourmet treats, health and beauty, and so much more. Enjoy fashion shows, top chefs, and celebrity guests.

Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival

https://www.townofcary.org/recreation-enjoyment/events/festivals/spring-daze-arts-and-crafts-festival
April 27 ~ Fred G Bond Metro Park
Over 170 North Carolina artists, entertainment on four stages, delicious festival food, and Cary’s annual Earth Day Celebration.

Spring Daze

Brewgaloo

https://shoplocalraleigh.org/brewgaloo/

April 26-27 City Plaza, Downtown Raleigh
North Carolina’s largest craft beer festival, featuring 100 breweries, 50 food trucks and drawing 30,000 people. It was nominated as one of the top 10 beer festivals in America!

Peakfest

https://apexpeakfest.com/
May 4 ~ Historic Downtown Apex
Celebrate the Peak of Good Living with live music all day, artists of every kind (jewelry, pottery, watercolor and acrylic), entertainment for the kids, food that you would find at the fair, and so much more!

But Wait! There is more!

In addition to these annual events, we’re lucky enough to have so many other places to enjoy this beautiful season!

Take a picnic and enjoy the beauty of Sarah P. Duke Gardens https://gardens.duke.edu/

Grab some friends and enjoy an exciting baseball game at the Durham Bulls Park https://www.milb.com/durham/

Get out and explore the numerous parks, greenways, gardens, baseball and soccer fields! Please share your favorites with us at https://www.facebook.com/LogPondRealty/

Duke Cardens

About Log Pond Realty

Home is where your story begins. Home is where hopes and dreams are born, memories are made, and lives are lived. We would love the opportunity to assist you in writing your new story.

We can be reached via phone at 919.589.3576 or via email at inquiries@logpondrealty.com 

We service the Triangle region of North Carolina including Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Fuquay-Varina, Durham, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, and Garner.

Winter Events Around the Triangle

Happy New Year!  Even though the holiday season has come and gone, there are lots of great activities in and around the Triangle!  Grab your winter hat and throw on your sweater and check out some great winter events!  

Winter Wonderland at Bond Park (1/25 & 1/26)

Bond Park in Cary becomes a winter wonderland where an amazing sledding hill will be created with man-made snow, and tubes will be provided so you can catch some speed as you fly downhill.

The amazing sledding hill will be covered with snow made from ground ice by Snow My Yard. The snow is refreshed each morning and between sessions as time allows. Snow tubes are provided — please do not bring your personal sled, disc or tube.

Check out the website for more information.

Snow tubing fun comes to Cary

African American Celebration (1/26)

This event is a kickoff to the statewide observance of Black History Month.  This 18th annual event brings together 75+ musicians, storytellers, dancers, chefs, historians, artists and more in downtown Raleigh for a day of pride and celebration of culture.

18th African American Celebration

Triangle Restaurant Week (1/21 to 1/27)

Triangle Restaurant Week is a week-long celebration of culinary excellence throughout the Raleigh area. Participating restaurants offer special three-course menu options and fixed pricing making this the perfect chance to try out a new spot or return to an old favorite.

Dinner is Served

Krispy Kreme Challenge (2/2)

The Krispy Kreme Challenge is one of the most unique running events in the country.  And maybe one of the most unique eating events!  The event has been an annual Raleigh tradition since 2004 and draws nearly 8,000 runners.

Participants begin the Challenge at the Memorial Belltower on the campus of NCSU in Raleigh. Runners then travel 2.5 miles through historic downtown Raleigh to the Krispy Kreme located at the intersection of Peace and Person St., where they attempt to consume one dozen original glazed doughnuts. The hardest part of the Challenge awaits them as they run 2.5 miles back to the Memorial Belltower. This is the Krispy Kreme Challenge!

Run Fast, Eat Donuts!

Big Name Acts

Don’t miss out on a huge list of big-name acts set to perform on big stages this winter: Justin Timberlake (1/6), Cher (1/27), Metallica (1/28), Elton John (3/12) and Mumford & Sons (3/17) will all play at the PNC Arena.

Old Fashion Hockey

The Hurricanes continue their march to the Stanley Cup playoffs with a host of home games.  Check out the Hurricanes Homegrown Series to find out about some of the best chances to pair hockey with local food, music and beer at the arena!

Looking for other activities?  Check out VisitRaleigh.com for a full list of local events, including a Bucket list of the top 30 things to do this winter.

Hockey Action Continues with the Hurricanes all Winter Long

About Log Pond Realty

Home is where your story begins. Home is where hopes and dreams are born, memories are made, and lives are lived. We would love the opportunity to assist you in writing your new story.

We can be reached via email at inquiries@logpondrealty.com or by phone at 919.589.3576.

We service the Triangle region of North Carolina including Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Fuquay-Varina, Durham, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, and Garner.

December Events Around the Triangle

The holidays are here and now is a perfect time to come together with friends and family to celebrate the magic of the season.  The Triangle area is aglow with light displays, tree lightings, and other seasonal presentations.  Here are some of the happenings in December.

Christmas on Salem Street (11/30 to 12/2)

Downtown Apex will be transformed into a winter wonderland to ring in the Christmas season to Apex.  On Friday night, November 30th, the festivities include the official annual Apex Christmas tree lighting, caroling, and sleigh rides. Of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand to greet the children. There will be merrymaking all up and down Salem Street, the stores will be packed with goodies and gifts that will make for a wonderful magical Christmas in Apex. This is all part of the reason Apex is the Peak of Good Living. On Saturday night, December 1st, the annual Christmas parade will be held at 5:00pm. On Sunday, December 2nd, the Apex Historical Society will once again offer historic homes tours.

Christmas on Salem Street

Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting Celebration (11/30)

Downtown Raleigh comes aglow for the annual Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting Celebration at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.  Enjoy some tasty snacks and beverages from local vendors, holiday music and the opportunity to meet Santa Claus as he walks around the crowd meeting and greeting everyone (bring your cameras!).

State Capitol Tree Lighting Ceremony (12/6)

The State Capital Tree Lighting Ceremony is the official kickoff of the holiday season.  Join state dignitaries and local choral groups for seasonal songs and a joyous celebration.  After the lighting of the tree, stick around to tour the inside of the Capitol, covered in wreaths and draped in garland.

Christmas at the State Capital

Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour (12/8 & 12/9)

Historic Oakwood, a community of homes, many of which are dated to the mid-1800s to early 1900s, has its own small town feel. Elegantly decorated for the holidays, you can step inside about a dozen private homes, staffed with docents who tell the rich history of this Century Victorian neighborhood.

Historic Oakwood Christmas Tour

Chinese Lantern Festival (Continues to 1/23)

The Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary will once again be transformed into a magnificent setting when the North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival returns this holiday season! The Festival will include more than 20 lighted displays including the spectacular Chinese Dragon on Symphony Lake.  This year’s festival will include the addition of cultural performances and artisan crafts.  Performances will include traditional Chinese dance, foot juggling and vase juggling, and Wushu/Kung Fu.

Chinese Lantern Festival

Holiday Performances

If you are looking for some indoor events and are looking ahead to the Christmas season, there are a number of holiday performances in and around the Triangle.  From ballet to musicals there are plenty of performances to get you in the holiday spirit.

Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer: The Musical

Carolina Ballet: The Nutcracker

North Carolina Symphony Special Event Concert: Holiday Pops Spectacular

About Log Pond Realty

Home is where your story begins. A home is where hopes and dreams are born, memories are made, and lives are lived. We would love the opportunity to assist you in writing your new story.

We can be reached via email at inquiries@logpondrealty.com or by phone at 919.589.3576.

We service the Triangle region of North Carolina including Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Fuquay-Varina, Durham, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, and Garner.

October Events Around the Triangle Area

Summer has come and gone, and Fall is here!  Time to get ready for cooler days, colorful leaves, football, and everything pumpkin spice!  If you are looking for things to do across the Triangle area, we have some ideas for you!

 

 

NC State Fair (10/11 to 10/21)

The highlight of the October events calendar has to be the NC State Fair.  This year, it is the 151st edition and it promises to be the best one yet!  The fair offers something for everyone! From 100+ free concerts, farm exhibits, deep-fried everything to the incredible fireworks each evening. More than a million visitors walk through the gates in Raleigh every fall—don’t miss out!

The NC State Fair Runs through October

Pumpkin Patches & Corn Mazes

There are lots of great places around the Triangle to pick out that perfect pumpkin and to get lost in a haunted corn maze.  Here are some of the area’s patches.

Ken’s Korny Corn Maze – Garner.

DJ’s Berry Patch and Farm Fresh Produce – Apex

The Family Farm on Avent Ferry – Holly Springs

Hipp Farms Corn Maze and Field of Fun – Fuquay-Varina

Phillips Farm Corn Maze and Haunted Farm – Cary

 

DJ's Berry Patch & Farm, Apex, NC
Find the Pumpkin

Football!!

Put on your red and white, dark blue or light blue and cheer your favorite college football team!  All three local ACC teams; Duke Carolina and NC State have several home dates during the month of October.

Hockey Action Renews

The puck drops on another season for the Carolina Hurricanes as they begin their quest for the Stanley Cup.  The Hurricanes kick off their home slate on October 4th against the New York Islanders and host the Rangers, Canucks, Avalanche, Sharks, Islanders, and Bruins in October.

Bike, Hike & Run

Take advantage of ideal running and cycling weather by exploring one of the local state parks, riding trails or cycling loops.  Use any of the Raleigh area’s 180 miles of greenways—many of them connecting to attractions and letting you travel all over the destination—or numerous other miles of trails traversing through parks, and you’ll find runners getting in workouts, cyclists out for leisurely rides, parents pushing strollers and people of all ages soaking up the fresh air. Below are some of our favorite spots to seek out solitude and sun!  Here are some great destinations to check out.

Fall is a Great Time for Biking Around the Triangle

Wine!

Sip and savor chardonnays, merlots, scuppernongs and more while you meet and greet the fascinating people who are forging N.C.’s reputation for quality wines at the North Carolina Wine Festival at North Hills (10/27). Enjoy delicious food, the opportunity to shop local businesses and purchase wines you like by the bottle and case, all while listening to three awesome bands jamming on the main stage.

About Log Pond Realty @ RE/MAX United

Home is where your story begins. A home is where hopes and dreams are born, memories are made, and lives are lived. We would love the opportunity to assist you with assisting you to write your new story.

We can be reached via email at inquiries@logpondrealty.com or by phone at 919.589.3576.

We service the Triangle region of North Carolina including Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Fuquay-Varina, Durham, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest, and Garner.

 

September Events Across the Triangle

September is one of my favorite times of the year!  The weather is starting to get cooler and there are lots of things to do across the area.  The month of September boasts several great events across the Triangle; from music, beer, arts, motorcycles to pirates.  Yes…Pirates!

Here is a rundown of some the events top September events across the Triangle area:

 

Hopscotch Music Festival
Sept. 6-8
Over three days, nearly 150 bands across 12 venues in downtown Raleigh, the Hopscotch Music Festival has been named one of the can’t miss music events.   Headlining acts for this year include Grizzly Bear, Miguel, MC50, Liz Phair, Vic Mensa, The Flaming Lips, Nile Rogers & Chic and more.

Hopscotch Music Festival

 

Beericana Craft Beer and Music Festival
Sept. 8
The fifth annual Beericana Craft Beer and Music Festival will take place
Saturday, Sept. 8, again at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs! This event features more than 70 breweries, nearly 20 local area food trucks and live music from many local area bands. A portion of the proceeds from Beericana goes to support the N.C. Craft Brewers Guild and other nonprofits.

Beericana

SPARKcon 2018
Sept. 13-16
SPARKcon, the totally-weird, totally-awesome creativity festival that takes over downtown Raleigh each Sept., is truly a grassroots event. The “for the people, by the people” approach uses an open-source planning process that allows more than 2,000 artists to be involved each year. Dance, fashion, music, film, food—if you can name it, you can find an event for it at the festival that spans nearly 15 city blocks.

Apex Music Festival
Sept. 15

Apex Music Festival

Now in its eighth year, the Apex Music Festival attracts thousands of fans to historic downtown Apex to enjoy live music, street vendors, food trucks, beer and wine and an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants. Three outdoor stages and one indoor theater will host a variety of acts from local, regional and national performers from many musical genres—rock, folk, R&B, bluegrass, country and more. This year’s line up includes Shawn Mullins, Brass-A-Holics, Johnny Folsom 4, Beth Wood, David Lamotte the Johnny Orr Band and many, many more artists.

BugFest
Sept. 15
Experience more than 100 exhibits, crafts, games and activities at BugFest, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ annual event that lets you interact with entomologists and other scientists while learning about the fascinating world of bugs. Featuring the ever-popular Café Insecta, where the brave can sample buggy dishes prepared by local chefs. The best part? The event is totally free for the expected 35,000 attendees. This year’s theme: crayfish and other crustaceans!

Centerfest Arts Festival 
Sept. 15-16
As Durham’s signature arts festival, CenterFest showcases juried visual
artists from near and far, and fills multiple stages with music, dance, and more from local performers. 

CenterfestSerious art shoppers will be dazzled by world-class ceramics, paintings, jewelry, fiber art, woodwork, and everything in between – much of it from Durham and Triangle-based creators. Singers, dance troupes, choirs, bands, jugglers, magicians, and performers of every stripe will provide continuous entertainment throughout the weekend.

Kids will have a blast at the Creative Kids Zone, food vendors will keep guests fueled for fun, and Durham’s inspiring nonprofit and government services sector will be on hand connecting with the community they serve. It all takes place in the heart of Durham’s historic downtown, a hub of local businesses and foodie culture that elevates the visitor experience!

Capital City Bikefest
Sept. 21-23
The country’s largest downtown motorcycle rally, this three-day, family-friendly event featuring musical performances, parades and plenty of sweet rides is tough to miss (and impossible not to hear!) in downtown Raleigh. Bike competitions, a tattoo festival, a classic car show, food trucks and much, much more are big draws for wildly diverse crowd. See Bikefest

City of Oaks Pirate Fest
Sept. 22
Ahoy, mateys! 2018 marks 300 years since the notorious pirate Blackbeard roamed the Carolina coast and lost his life—and his head—in a fight with British soldiers. At the City of Oaks Pirate Fest, held at the North Carolina Museum of History, you’ll learn more about the history of pirates in N.C., plus you’ll get to meet Captain Blackbeard, engage in sword fights, feast at local food trucks, participate in a costume contest, take on arts and crafts projects and more!

International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass Week
Bluegrass Ramble, Sept. 25-27
29th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards Show, Sept. 27
PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass, Sept. 28-29
The arrival of a toe-tappin’, banjo-strummin’ week of non-stop bluegrass in downtown Raleigh is one of the most anticipated times of the year. International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) brings their Business Conference, along with the world’s most talented bluegrass musicians, to Raleigh the last week of September.
Those musicians perform in clubs for the Bluegrass Ramble, on street corners and in hotel lobbies—anywhere they can have a jam session throughout the week.

Bluegrass Festival

The week is capped off with the International Bluegrass Music Awards Show on Thurs. night, then the weekend PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass, a two-day festival that sets up five stages of free music, a dance tent, a barbecue championship, tons of art vendors and more. The ticketed Main Stage at Red Hat Amphitheater will feature Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder with a guest appearance by Patty Loveless, a special collaboration between Alison Brown, Becky Buller, Sierra Hull, Missy Raines and Molly Tuttle (with guest appearances by Gillian Welch and Rhiannon Giddens), Leftover Salmon, The Earls of Leicester presented by Jerry Douglas, The Gibson Brothers and more.

 

N.C. Pride at Night Festival and Celebration
Sept. 29
Thirty years ago, Raleigh’s first Gay Pride celebration was held on Sat., June 25, 1988. Participants, numbering more than 2,000, gathered at North Carolina State University’s Memorial Belltower on Hillsborough St. and marched to Capitol Square. On Sept. 29, 2018, participants will again honor the past and celebrate the future with a free street festival outside of Legends Nightclub, a leader in LGBT nightlife in the Raleigh area for more than 25 years. Raleigh NC Pride

Durham NC Pride Parade
The NC Pride Parade is the Tar Heel state’s annual gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered festival, taking place each year in Durham. The parade draws thousands of costumed marchers alongside decorated floats and vehicles. Additional activities include a 5k run, festival vendors, speeches, and parties taking place around the Triangle. It’s a great opportunity to support an inclusive community. Visit event website.

More Information on September events in Raleigh checkout VisitRaleigh.com

More Information on September events in Durham check out the Durham events calendar.

About Log Pond Realty @ RE/MAX United

Home is where your story begins. A home is where hopes and dreams are born, memories are made, and lives are lived. We would love the opportunity to assist you with assisting you to write your new story.

We can be reached via email at inquiries@logpondrealty.com or by phone at 919.589.3576.

We service the Triangle region of North Carolina including Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Fuquay-Varina, Durham, Chapel Hill, Wake Forest and Garner.