Get ready to raise some hell for Friday the 13th weekend. From soccer shenanigans (champ weekend!) to flowers to foraging to Christmas in July, there’s plenty to do around the Triangle to live your best summer life.
World Cup Watch Party
All eyes are on Russia — for soccer not spies — for the big title game. Skip getting up to get (or make) your own drinks and belly up at Raleigh Beer Garden (Sunday, 11 a.m.) for all the World Cup Championship Watch Party action. Includes brunch buffet. Score!
Christmas in July Pub Crawl
Benefits to Christmas in July. No elves on the shelves. No stringing lights. No present buying and wrapping … but all the festivities — aka Christmas in July Pub Crawl. See you jolly fellas and ladies there (Saturday 3 to 10 p.m.).
Competitive? Try this on for size. Up your foraging game with the Blackberry Brigade at Raleigh City Farm (Saturday, 11 a.m.) for an all-day next-level berry-picking comp — and all for a cause. Grab your squad (one to five peeps) and pick berries around town Greenways (berry hot-spot map provided 24 hours before the comp). This is legit … there will be weigh-ins (11 a.m. to noon at RCF) and prizes from the likes of DECO Raleigh, Larry’s Coffee, Oak City Cycling Project and more. After your day o’ fun foraging, you can keep your berries or (better still) donate them to be a part of Steel String Brewery beer to benefit RCF. Ah, people helping people. Reserve your spot in advance. Oh, and there will be T-shirts.
Prefer pickles instead? Peel west for DURM’s pickle-packed fourth annual PickleFest. Check out locally made products and pickle vendors, including local kombucha and kimchi, plus pickle dishes from area restos … or you can even get a lil pickled with some pickle-flavored beers or bloodys.
Yes, yes, those sunny flowers at Dix are all the rage. Celebrate SunFest at Dix Park via vast (five acres!) sunflower fields in all their glory with thousands of your besties while jammin’ to live bluegrass, noshing on bites from local food trucks and perusing local wares. Sounds like an Insta-perfect Saturday (2 to 7 p.m.). (Oh, and here’s what else has happened at the sunflower fields.)