Things to do in Raleigh during August

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Don't let the sun set on August without making the most of it! Get ready for a month full of foodie fun, stargazing and grooving in one of Oak City's most scenic spots.


Summer Movies in the Nation's Largest Museum Park
There may be no better cheap summer experience in all of Raleigh. Recline under the stars with friends, family, or your SO while you enjoy a movie in the expansive and beautiful NCMA campus. Each year when summer draws near, thousands flock to the NCMA lawn to grab a seat, soak in the setting sun, and enjoy one of the best outdoor movie series in the state. From June until September, you'll find a variety of well curated flicks featuring recent Oscar winners, family favorites, and timeless classics. Though the crowds get large, the lawn itself provides and intimate vibe, and with a sizable projections screen for viewing, it's easy to get a seat towards the back. Occasionally, NCMA will bring in a band to complement the genre of the movie. Coolers and picnics are welcome, though alcoholic beverages must be purchased from the vendors themselves. We suggest coming early to avoid the crowds, and get a good seat. Once you've claimed your turf, take a brief stroll through the outdoor park. Movies are $5 and begin just after dark, at 9 pm through mid-August, 8:30 thereafter. Gates open 90 minutes before showtime and tickets can be purchased at the gate or online. (Photo via @andreavillanes)


Treat Your Tastebuds at Raleigh Restaurant Week
Don't miss the chance to devour three-course menus at some of Raleigh's finest restaurants for a fraction of the price. "Delight your tastebuds during the Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week-a weeklong dining extravaganza showcasing the culinary talent in the Capital City! More than forty participating restaurants will offer three-course prix fixe dinners for either $20 or $30, depending on the venue (tax and tip not included). This deal is an absolute steal; in many cases you'll be chowing down on a first course, main course and a dessert (and maybe an alcoholic beverage) prepared by some of Raleigh's finest dining establishments for just a little more than the price of an entree. Get pumped for the Progressive Dinner option! Downtown Raleigh invites you to try as many tasty eateries as possible by giving you the choice to only have one course at each dining stop! This is a great opportunity to spice up your dinner routine and try a restaurant you've never been, go all out at an old favorite or take a special someone out on a date they won't soon forget.

Not really wanting dinner out? No problem! DRRW is offering lunch specials that will solve your 9-5 food cravings! Reservations are definitely recommended! You can make a reservation and check out the list of participating restaurant and their menus on their website. (Photo via @bukuraleigh)

See the City from Dorothea Dix
You'll come back again and again to keep on enjoying the way this park's natural beauty contrasts with the steel backdrop of downtown. Dorothea Dix Park is Southwest Raleigh's best spot to enjoy a little fresh air and some fantastic views of Oak City. Located near Boylan Heights, this 306-acre park has spots that are perfect for picnicking while Fido frolics in the grassy fields. Bring out your favorite hammock and cozy up for an afternoon of reading, or get your run in on the scenic roads that wind in and out of the property. Entrance is free, and the beauty is a bonus. (Photo via @sandbox22)


Expand Your Mind at RAW Lincoln Theatre
A gathering of local artists, performers, musicians and more is sure to breed excitement and creativity. What exactly is RAW, you ask? Well, for starters, it's a super cool gathering of Raleigh's local, raw talent and fresh artists. These artists, embarking on their first steps onto the art stage, have been handpicked by the directors of Raw. Artists have an array of talents in areas such as film, fashion, music, visual art, hair & makeup artistry, and performance art. What should you expect when attending RAW? Drinks and good company paired with a fashion show, an independent film and an art gallery showcasing various artists. In order to attend, be sure to purchase a ticket! (Photo via @rawartists)


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