Things to Do in NC This Weekend, May 19-21

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If you are looking for something to do in the Tar Heel State this weekend, you’re in luck. From NASCAR to an air show to music and cultural festivals to even a potato festival, there’s plenty of variety to suit every taste. Check out key events below:

 

CHARLOTTE REGION

NASCAR All-Star Race Weekend, May 19 & 20

WHAT: The Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race Weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway features a series of practice races and qualifying races leading up to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series North Carolina Education Lottery 200 on Friday night and the Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race on Saturday. In addition to race events, country artist Justin Moore will perform and new to the race this year, Bellator will present live MMA fights.

WHERE: Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pkwy S, Concord, NC 28027

TIMES: The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series North Carolina Education Lottery 200 kicks off at Friday night at 6:05 p.m. The Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race kicks off at 6 p.m. Justin Moore will perform at 2 p.m. on Saturday and the Bellator MMA fights take place from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

COST: Ticket prices vary depending on the package.

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Ramsey Creek Park Beach opens, May 20 and 21

WHAT: The Ramsey Creek Park at Lake Norman in Cornelius is opening this weekend for the summer season. The 46-acre waterfront park features a sandy beach in front of a swimming area, playground and fishing pier.

WHERE: 18441 Nantz Rd, Cornelius, NC 28031

GETTING THERE: CATS buses run to and from the beach. There are also 177 parking spots available outside of the park.

COST AND HOURS: Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for ages 6-13 and free for children under 6. Additionally, vehicle admission is $10 for county residents and $15 for non-county residents during the weekends and on holidays. The park opens at 10 a.m. and closes at 7:30 p.m.

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Cheerwine Festival & Exhibit, May 20

WHAT: The Carolina Beverage Corporation is celebrating the 100th birthday of Cheerwine, which was created in Salisbury. In celebration, the company is hosting a free Cheerwine Festival in downtown Salisbury on Saturday. The festival will include free Cheerwine, live bands, and a barbecue cook-off. There is also a Cheerwine exhibit on display at the Rowan Museum all weekend.

WHERE: Festival - N Main St, Salisbury, NC 28144; Museum - 202 N Main St, Salisbury, NC 28144

COST AND HOURS: The festival is free to the public; admission to the Rowan Museum is also free. The festival takes place on North Main Street from 12-8 p.m. The exhibit is open 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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PIEDMONT TRIAD

2017 Winston-Salem Greek Festival, May 19-21

WHAT: The Greek Festival, held by the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Winston-Salem, celebrates Greek culture and heritage. The festival features traditional dancing and music, a marketplace, and of course, lots of food. Proceeds from the event will go toward Brenner Children’s Hospital and the food bank.  

WHERE: The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 435 Keating Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27104

COST AND HOURS: Admission is $1; children under 12 get in free; Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

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PIEDMONT TRIAD

2017 Winston-Salem Greek Festival, May 19-21

WHAT: The Greek Festival, held by the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Winston-Salem, celebrates Greek culture and heritage. The festival features traditional dancing and music, a marketplace, and of course, lots of food. Proceeds from the event will go toward Brenner Children’s Hospital and the food bank.  

WHERE: The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 435 Keating Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27104

COST AND HOURS: Admission is $1; children under 12 get in free; Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

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PIEDMONT TRIAD

2017 Winston-Salem Greek Festival, May 19-21

WHAT: The Greek Festival, held by the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Winston-Salem, celebrates Greek culture and heritage. The festival features traditional dancing and music, a marketplace, and of course, lots of food. Proceeds from the event will go toward Brenner Children’s Hospital and the food bank.  

WHERE: The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 435 Keating Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27104

COST AND HOURS: Admission is $1; children under 12 get in free; Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

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PIEDMONT TRIAD

2017 Winston-Salem Greek Festival, May 19-21

WHAT: The Greek Festival, held by the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Winston-Salem, celebrates Greek culture and heritage. The festival features traditional dancing and music, a marketplace, and of course, lots of food. Proceeds from the event will go toward Brenner Children’s Hospital and the food bank.  

WHERE: The Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, 435 Keating Drive, Winston-Salem, NC 27104

COST AND HOURS: Admission is $1; children under 12 get in free; Friday & Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.

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246th Battle of Alamance Anniversary, May 20, 21

WHAT: A reenactment to commemorate the 246th anniversary of the Battle of Alamance will take place on the original battleground, for the first time. Expect to see musket and cannon firing demonstrations as well as history demonstrations.

WHERE: Alamance Battleground, 5803 NC Highway 62 Burlington NC 27215

COST: Free admission, parking is $5 per vehicle

HOURS: Saturday 10 to 4 p.m.; Sunday 10 t0 3 p.m.

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TRIANGLE REGION

Moogfest Music Festival, May 18-21

WHAT: The Moogfest Music Festival brings musicians, entrepreneurs and engineers together to celebrate and discuss cutting-edge music. The festival celebrates Dr. Robert Moog, the inventor of the Moog synthesizer. Some of this year’s headliners include Flying Lotus, Talib Kweli and DJ Premier.

WHERE: Downtown Durham

COST AND HOURS:  Tickets currently range from $249 to $1,500 for a weekend pass; Click here for hours.

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Artsplosure, May 19-21

WHAT: The 37th annual Artsplosure Festival is a three-day festival in downtown Raleigh featuring art by more than 170 artists and craftspeople, music , food trucks, art installations and more.

WHERE: The festival is located in Raleigh between Fayetteville and Wilmington Streets

COST: Admission is free

HOURS: Friday, 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Wings Over Wayne Air Show, May 20 & 21

WHAT: The Wings Over Wayne Air Show celebrates the 75th anniversary of the 4th Fighter Wing and military aviation in the Tar Heel State. See lots of air demonstrations with the Navy's aerial demonstration team “The Blue Angels” headlining the big show Saturday. There will also be military, civilian and Warbird static displays.

WHERE: Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Goldsboro, N.C.

COST: Free parking and admission

HOURS: Gates open at 8 a.m. both days

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2017’s Got to Be NC Festival, May 19-21

WHAT: The Got to Be NC Festival is a celebration of everything North Carolina, featuring food from local, NC vendors, pig races, pony rides, tractor parades and displays, a Carolina Bluegrass Battle, live music, carnival rides, games and more.

WHERE: NC State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607

COST: Admission to the festival and parking are free

HOURS: Friday, noon to 10 p.m.; Satuday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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COASTAL NC

Rims on the River 13th Anniversary, May 19-21

WHAT: The Rims on the River festival is an annual car show in Wilmington showcasing locals’ unique cars on Saturday followed by an awards show. The festival also includes music, lots of vendors, a pre-show and post-show party and a pinup show.

WHERE: Along the Cape Fear River near Water Street in Wilmington

COST: Free admission

HOURS: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Pre-show parties on May 19 and May 21 is Cruise day

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North Carolina Potato Festival, May 19-21

WHAT: The potato festival is an annual festival celebrating one of northeastern North Carolina’s largest crops, the potato. The festival features a national potato peeling contest, potato sack races, fireworks, food, a motorcycle show, arts and crafts, live entertainment, a dance and games and rides.

WHERE: Downtown Elizabeth City

HOURS: Friday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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