21 Things to do in June in Raleigh and the Triangle

All Month
‘Tis the season for outdoor music! Catch one (or all) of the acts coming to Red Hat Amphitheatre this month. Rap, indie, reggae, grunge—it all sounds good to us. This month’s lineup includes: Anderson.Paak & the Free Nationals June 6; Lake Street Dive June 7; Wu-Tang Clan June 8; O.A.R. June 12; Jon Bellion June 15; Vampire Weekend June 21; Slightly Stoopid June 22; Shinedown June 26.

See website for showtimes and tickets; 500 S. Salisbury St.; redhatamphitheater.com

June 3-9
Triangle Restaurant Week kicks off June 3 for seven days of celebrating good eats in our area. Restaurants like 18 Seaboard, Garland, so•ca, Jose and Sons and Margaux’s Restaurant will offer special three-course menus with fixed pricing for lunch ($15) and/or dinner ($20-$35). No reservations or special tickets are required. Visit the website for a list of participating restaurants. Table manners: price is per person and does not include beverages, tax or gratuity. Elastic-waist pants are optional.

For more information visit trirestaurantweek.com.

June 7
Bless the rains down in Africa at Ritz Raleigh June 7 when Yacht Rock Revue sails into town. This light rock cover band from Atlanta brings it all: silky smooth crooning, saxophones and synths, polyester, mirrored shades and captain’s hats, too. This is an all-ages show, so bring your folks—it’s their music, anyway. It’s gonna take a lot to drag them away from this revue.

7:30 p.m. $15; 2820 Industrial Drive; ritzraleigh.com

June 7-23
The three Stockton sisters—all hot messes—gather for a weekend in Cape Cod to sort out their deceased father’s affairs. What could go wrong? Theatre in the Park presents Of Good Stock, a new play by Melissa Ross, that explores the ties that bind and puts the “fun” in dysfunctional.

See website for show dates and times; from $19; 107 Pullen Road; theatreinthepark.com

June 8
The Raleigh Boychoir presents Dawning of Spring at Christ Episcopal Church June 8. This year’s spring concert commemorates the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Normandy and will feature music by American and French composers.

3 p.m.; from $10; 120 E. Edenton St.; raleighboychoir.org

June 8
A state historic site, Stagville was once the grounds of one of the largest plantations in North Carolina. Over 1,000 slaves were freed from the plantation at the end of the Civil War. Commemorate their emancipation at historic Stagville’s Juneteenth celebration June 8. Tour the grounds, hear storytellers, watch reenactors, take part in a cooking demonstration and learn about local history, including how freed people from Stagville helped shape communities in the area.

12 – 5 p.m.; free; 5828 Old Oxford Highway; historicsites.nc.gov.

June 8
Dig this: the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and CompostNow are partnering up for a Community Garden Party at the Camden Street Learning Garden (CSLG) June 8. The Garden Get Down celebrates the Southeast Raleigh community garden that provides neighbors with plots of land to cultivate and grow their own food. Get down and dirty and learn about volunteer opportunities at CSLG, participate in garden activities and get a hands-on composting lesson. Then, relax and enjoy free food, cooking demonstrations, garden tours and music. It’s good, green fun for the entire family.

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.; free; 315 Camden St.; foodshuttle.org.

June 13
Dance like everyone is watching. The American Dance Festival (ADF) takes place June 13-July 20 in Durham. The nation’s preeminent modern dance festival, the ADF supports new works in the genre from emerging and established choreographers and fosters an appreciation of the art form with audiences of all ages. The six-and-a-half week festival features educational forums, training classes, camps and world-class performances. Highlights include: Icons, a tribute to master artists Merce Cunningham, Martha Graham and Paul Taylor; Pepperland, inspired by the Beatles’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Mark Morris Dance Group; and performances by Pilobolus, Malpaso Dance Company, Paul Taylor Dance Company and Rennie Harris Puremovement American Street Dance Theater.

See website for all festival information and ticketing; americandancefestival.org.

June 14
The grass gets a little bluer at the Joseph M. Bryan, Jr., Theatre in the Museum Park for the Steep Canyon Rangers with Chatham Rabbits June 14. The Grammy-winning, Asheville-based band has helped popularize bluegrass with modern audiences in part through their collaboration with comedian (and banjo player) Steve Martin. Bring a blanket, folding chairs and a picnic to enjoy that high lonesome sound.

6:30 p.m.; from $27; 2110 Blue Ridge Road; ncartmuseum.org. 

June 14-15
Trot on over to Apex for the Bone Suckin’ Sauce Peak City Pig Fest June 14-15 presented by the Apex Sunrise Rotary. It’s the pinnacle of pigging out—48 cook teams will compete for over $12,000 in prize money for chicken, ribs, brisket and pork in this Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned event. The family-friendly fest kicks off Friday evening with a Pig Pick’n with all the trimmings, live music and a beer garden. Stroll the grounds and watch as the teams prepare for an all-nighter cooking. Come back Saturday to enjoy their hard work, more beer and live music as well as pig races and kid activities. Don’t miss the awards ceremony at 5 p.m. to see who brings home the bacon.

See website for festival times; free admission; historic downtown Apex; peakcitypigfest.com.

June 15
Rubber ducky, you’re the one. The Wakefield Rotary Club presents the Super Duper Duck Splash June 15 at the WRAL Soccer Park in Wake Forest. The Duck Splash is the club’s signature fundraiser for youth initiatives in the community, including Wake Forest Boys & Girls Club, Note in the Pocket, SAFEchild and NC Football Club. Here’s how it works: individuals or organizations “adopt” rubber ducks to be entered into a race on a souped-up slip-and-slide. Ducks can be purchased in singles or groups (lonely ducks for $5; six quacks for $25; quacker’s dozen for $50; a flock of 25 for $100; a big quack pack of 50 for $200). Cash prizes are awarded to the top three finishers. Make a splash: in addition to the race, there will be family games, a bouncy house, food trucks, sponsor booths and giveaways, which all sounds just ducky.

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.; free; 7700 Perry Creek Road; duckrace.com/WakeForest.

June 15
There will be cobbler! Celebrate summer at The Well Fed Community Garden’s 3rd Annual Blackberry Festival June 15. The Well Fed Community Garden is an urban garden that grows seasonal fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers using organic practices. Celebrate the fruit of that labor with activities for the entire family, live music and frolicking in the garden. Enjoy a garden salad and a slice from the garden’s pizza oven. Oh, and blackberry cobbler. Did we mention there would be cobbler?

4 – 8 p.m.; $10 children, $20 adults; 1321 Athens Dr.; eventbrite.com.

June 17
See that iconic embrace in the surf on the big screen. The Rialto presents From Here to Eternity, the classic film set in an Army barracks in Hawaii days before the Pearl Harbor attack starring Deborah Kerr and Burt Lancaster. The screening is part of Mondays at the Movies, the Rialto’s classic film series presented every third Monday of the month. Enjoy a craft beer, popcorn, surf and Burt Lancaster’s turf. Don’t wait an eternity—tickets are only available for purchase in person during box office hours.

7 p.m.; $5; 1620 Glenwood Ave.; ambassadorcinemas.com.

June 22
June means music by moonlight when the N.C. Symphony decamps to Koka Booth Amphitheatre for Summerfest 2019. The relaxed atmosphere lends itself to such programs as Vivaldi’s Four Seasons (June 8) and Broadway’s Greatest Hits (June 29), but it will be especially chill when singer-songwriter and Winston-Salem native Ben Folds joins the symphony June 22. Know when to fold them: lawn chairs, coolers and alcohol are permitted at this event. Concessions and beverages are also available for purchase.

7:30 p.m.; from $49; 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary: boothamphitheatre.com.

June 23
Too much time on your hands? Set an open course for the Durham Performing Arts Center and come sail away with Styx. Members from the earliest line-up including Tommy Shaw, James “JY” Young and Chuck Panozzo will play all the songs, including Lady, Renegade and Fooling Yourself. Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto.

7:30 p.m.; from $45; 123 Vivian St., Durham; dpacnc.com.

June 24
Back this pack. Take part in the 2019 Dereck Whittenburg Foundation Golf Invitational at Cary’s MacGregor Downs Country Club June 24. Proceeds from the event benefit the Dereck Whittenburg Foundation Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance to help students complete their college degrees. Sponsor a team, play with a celebrity guest or simply enjoy an afternoon on the links for a good cause.

See website for event details and to register; 8311 Brier Creek Pkwy, Cary; thedwfoundation.org.

June 25
Play Misty for me. Father John Misty and Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit will co-headline at Koka Booth Amphitheatre June 25. Both singers are known for their introspective songwriting and engaging stage presence, which will make for an intimate evening under the stars. Travel light: all you need is a lawn chair. Coolers are prohibited, but there will be plenty of food and drink vendors open to keep the good vibrations flowing.

7 p.m.; from $49.75; 8003 Regency Pkwy, Cary; boothamphitheatre.com.

June 27
Ali Wong became a star after her wildly popular Netflix special Baby Cobra aired in 2016. She also became a mother: Wong famously performed the show while seven months pregnant. She continues to find success as a stand-up as well as a writer on the TV show Fresh Off the Boat. Catch this rising star June 26-27 at the Durham Performing Arts Center on her Milk and Money Tour. Know before you go: this show is for mature audiences and there is a strict no cell phone policy.

7 p.m.; from $39.50; 123 Vivian St., Durham; dpacnc.com.

June 27
Little sister, don’t you want to catch Dwight Yoakam June 27 for some guitars, Cadillacs and hillbilly music? The prolific and award-winning singer-songwriter will bring that hip honky tonk sound to the Carolina Theatre for an evening of country cool as twangy as the artist’s own name.

8 p.m.; from $89.50; 309 W. Morgan St., Durham; carolinatheatre.org

June 28-30
It’s been 55 years since 007 encountered the beautiful Shirley Eaton dipped in gold body paint. Get shaken and stirred all over again when Goldfinger screens at the Carolina Theatre in Durham June 28-30. Arguably the best of the Bond films, Goldfinger introduced us to Oddjob, the baddest of baddies, Q and his gadgets, that Aston Martin, Shirley Bassey’s scorching theme song and a certain Ms. Galore.

See website for show times; $9.50; 309 W. Morgan St., Durham; carolinatheatre.org.

June 29
Make tracks to the New Hope Valley Railway’s Brew ‘n’ Choo June 29. New Hope Valley is a heritage railroad in Bonsal, N.C., operated by the North Carolina Railway Museum, a volunteer-run nonprofit. Engineer a little family outing and enjoy a chargrilled chicken sandwich from The Spiedie Turtle or a tasty beverage from White Street Brewing. Get on board: proceeds from the event will go towards the construction of restrooms at the railway facility.

See website for departure times; from $7; 3900 Bonsal Road, Bonsal; triangletrain.com.