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Don't let the sun set on August without making the most of it! Get ready for a month filled with blueberry pickin', art extravaganzas and pop-ups!
Pick a Blueberry Basket at Minka Farm
They're ready! The blueberry experts out at Minka Farm of Efland have officially told us that you couldn't ask for a better time to brave the blueberry fields in search of some succulent, fruity treats. Bring out all of your best buds to this family-run farm for some fresh air and fun in the fields. Picking will be happening from 10-2 on Saturdays through mid-August. As it gets closer to that mid-August time, it might not hurt to call ahead at 919-304-4999 before you head over. Happy picking! (Photo via @amazing_hanna)
Summer Concerts in a Renovated Tobacco Campus
You couldn't imagine a more "North Carolina" setting than the Back Porch Music concert series in Durham's American Tobacco Campus. Set beneath the Lucky Strike water tower and surrounded by renovated tobacco warehouses, bluegrass and jazz acts from around the state (and even the country) belt upbeat music to seam-busting crowds from around the Triangle. The setting is truly spectacular, as the beauty of American Tobacco campus is truly unique to the entire Triangle. Over the course of the summer, eight free, three-hour outdoor concerts will be held in this wildly popular and beautiful venue. Enjoy marque, family-friendly opening and headline bands as well as food and drink vendors. Before and after the series you'll be surrounded by shops and nearby bars, so pop in and grab whatever you need. If you find yourself needing to leave the American Tobacco campus afterwards, there are nearby bars and other downtown hotspots only a few blocks away. (Photo via @defreifeld)
Saturday Markets + Music in Saxapahaw
Each year from May to August, the weekends in Saxapahaw are a sight to behold. Pilgrims from all over North Carolina (and beyond) gather along the banks of the beautiful Haw River for free music, a lively farmers market, and food trucks to boot. Just past the General Store and the now infamous Hall River Ballroom, you'll find an outdoor makeshift amphitheater that utilizes a nearby hill for effect. It doesn't get much more hometown than this! Live music sets the scene, with genres ranging from funk to bluegrass. Before or during the show, browse the tents and take your pick from local produce and beautifully crafted Triangle-area art. This is a family-friendly event, with entertainment such as giant slip-n-slides, games, and other activities. The Farmers Market runs from 5-8p and the music runs from 6-8p (unfortunately, this event doesn't allow dogs). While the music itself is free, you're encouraged to pay it forward by contributing to the "Swan Bucket" passed through the crowd each week for the band. Support local and join the fun! (Photo via @barviking)
Watch Moonlit Movies in the Vineyard
The quaint Doyle's Vinyard opens its lush outdoor space to moonlit movie gazing. And did we mention it's free? Roll up at 7:30p (movies start right after sunset, but you'll wanna get there early and claim your space!), bring some lawn chairs, and enjoy blockbuster classics with local vino (or soda and water for purchase if you're packin' some little ones), food truck desserts, and wine slushies! There's no classier way to beat the summer heat than sip sweet vino while frolicking in the grass. (Photo via @doylesvineyard)
Cheer On the Bulls
Whether you played ball as a kid or not, there's something evocatively nostalgic about a hometown baseball game. From the smells and noises to the traditions and entertainment, baseball has that little bit of magic that just can't be replicated by other live entertainment experiences-and the Bulls offer the best in the area! Anchoring the renovated American Tobacco Campus in downtown, the Durham Bulls Athletic Park brings in thousands of energetic fans every season to watch the home team battle. Due to the inimitable location, it's accessible to parking, great restaurants, and great bars. There's also nothing "minor league" about the Bulls stadium, except that it will only set you back a few bucks to get your nose in the action. The price of a major league ticket will get you the best seats in the house in Durham. The entertainment itself is A+ for the whole family. Besides the on-field action, the Bulls are always thinking of inventive new ways to keep you entertained during the 7th inning stretch and in-between innings, with themed game-nights, summer fireworks, dog days and great eats at all times. If you can, try to grab a picture with Wool E. Bull, one of the best minor league mascots in the country. But that's not all-as of 2015, DBAP has a concessions stand with Rise's delicious donuts and a Bulls' very own brewery-the Durham Bulls Beer Co.-overlooking the entire park. It's gonna be a great summer. (Photo via @bgoodraleigh_nc)
(Chill Summer Tunes in Brightleaf)
Summertime is best enjoyed plopped a chair outside and jamming to sweet, sweet tunes while eating something amazing. Brightleaf epitomizes all of that, giving you a killer warehouse ambience to kickback and listen to local acts while surrounded by top notch eateries (so no outside food or bev, please!) Get in touch with Durham's art scene and architecture with this outdoor summer concert series! )Photo via @browniesnstuff)
Make it a Movie Night at DCP
Prep your picnics, pack your lawn chairs, and prepare for Rock The Park in DCP! After the sun (and those high summer temps) have gone down, settle in for a few hours of cinematic fun. This series is completely FREE, so bring along as many friendsies and little kiddies as you want. Each night has a unique theme-all the more reason to keep coming back to this beautiful Bull City venue for more movie magic! (Photo via @peace_of_adam)
Pop Over to the LoMo Market Pop Up
LoMo Market, the tiny food truck that brings farmers' market goodness around the Triangle, likes to throw parties. Join them at their warehouse for a Saturday pop-up shop with live music, artisan vendors, fresh coffee, organic cosmetics, DIY bouquets and more! (Photo via @lomomarket)
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Things to do in Durham during August