Summer. It’s the carefree days of late nights, trips to the lake and plenty of time with friends and family. For those who live in Cary, summer is also the season when the community comes alive with festivals, parties and other outdoor events. Here are the ones you need to add to your calendar this year as you prepare to enjoy all that summer brings.
Independence Day Olde Time Celebration
This Fourth of July head to the Fred G. Metro Bond Park at the boathouse to enjoy a parade, fishing tournament and plenty of old-fashioned competitions. Whether you walk away with the award for donut eating, watermelon seed spitting or lakeside Olympics, you are sure to have a great time. This festival sets the stage well for the evening’s celebration and fireworks later. Festivities start at 7:30 and run until 3.
Koka Booth Amphitheatre July 4th Celebration
Head to the Koka Booth Amphitheatre at 3 to enjoy the July 4th celebration, which includes everything from music and magicians to rides and games for the kids. The evening ends with the NC Symphony playing a selection of patriotic numbers on the main stage, followed by a fireworks spectacular overlooking Symphony Lake. Come early with your blankets and lawn chairs to get a picnic spot!
Bear, Bourbon and BBQ Festival
Also held at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre, the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ festival is an area must-do event. Starting Friday August 5 at 6 and running through Saturday, August 6 at 6:30, this is considered the best barbeque and beer festival in the nation. With the price of admission, you’ll receive a sampling glass that gives you all-you-care-to-taste samples of beer from participating breweries. You’ll also find a number of barbecue vendors on-site to bring plenty to eat while you enjoy the tastings. In addition, live music throughout the day will keep you entertained.
Starlight Concert Series
The 2016 Starlight Concert Series head at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center is still in full swing! On Friday, July 8 you can here the rock-and-blues mash up of Lounge Doctors, and on July 22 you have the chance to hear Yankovic Day bring polka to Cary with the Polka Night with Polka Plus Band. The final concert is on July 29 and will feature the sounds of local favorite Jamrock. These free outdoor concerts start at 7 p.m., and you will need to bring your own chair or blanket.
As you can see, life in Cary in the summer is never boring. Make your summer plans down before these fleeting days get away from you!