Memorial Day is the first holiday where we will likely see many people out and about in The Triangle, and it is a beautiful time of year in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill. Many will honor those fallen in conflict and in service of our country, we also use it as a day to celebrate what makes our country worth fighting for. Here are some of the events in the area and ideas for enjoying the long weekend. We also have included some venues that have recently reopened for enjoying live music and sports!

Learning about Memorial Day at Lake Benson Park 

The Garner Veterans Memorial was dedicated in 2013 to honor veterans and its design includes rows of tall engraved concrete around a  Walkway of Honor in Lake Benson Park. The pathway has names of service men and women and offers information on QR codes accompanying an audio tour, newly created in 2020. Many have not had a chance to see this design by local architect Mon Peng Yueh and artist Thomas Sayre. This is the perfect weekend to pack a picnic and head out. 


Live Music Memorial Day Weekend

Get ready for a return to live music! Most of these venues are outdoor and have had limited bookings and programmings earlier in the year, but the talent is coming back to The Triangle in a big way this Memorial Day Weekend. Below are the venues that will be opening and have events over Memorial Day Weekend.

  • Kooley High at Red Hat Amphitheater (5/27)

  • Jackson Michelson at Tin Roof Raleigh (5/27)

  • Matt Bennett Band at Tin Roof Raleigh (5/27 and 5/28)

  • Aaron Hamm and the Big River Band at Lincoln Theatre (5/28)

  • Signal Fire at The Pour House Music Hall (5/28)

  • Nick Hickman at Tin Roof Raleigh (5/29)

  • Cygnus X-2 at Lincoln Theatre (5/29)

  • Tab-One Vinyl Album Release at The Pour House Music Hall (5/29)

  • Chamber Music Concert: Zéphyros Winds at the North Carolina Museum of Art (5/30)

  • Triangle Wind Ensemble Presents: An American Celebration: Back in Action at Koka Booth Amphitheatre (5/30)

Traditional Cookouts or Try Raleigh's New Q's

Much of America celebrates Memorial Day with a BBQ. You can celebrate with a gathering of course, but there is no better place to enjoy BBQ than in North Carolina and The Triangle! While many restaurants took a hit during the past year, there are some new Q's to check out, if you do not have your own secret recipe and neighborhood pit master.

Sam Jone’s BBQ serves the whole hog, which is one of the oldest and most historic ways of cooking BBQ in North Carolina. They just opened in Downtown Raleigh

Prime BBQ in Knightdale is also new to the scene, opening in 2020, an offering a fusion of Texas, North Carolina, and Kansas City style BBQ.

Both pits are nationally acclaimed and lines out the door prove it! Reserve takeaway now!

Star Wars Under the Skies in Cary Koka Booth Amphitheater

What better way to see Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker than on the big screen outdoors at Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary. You can have a picnic or order food and purchase drinks there. This is taking place Friday, May 28.

Take me out to the Ball Game

The Carolina Mudcats canceled the 2020 season, but the minor league team is back and will be playing 6 games at home over Memorial Day weekend.. As all American as BBQ, book tickets for beers, hot dogs, and crackerjack here.

Get outside and Tackle the MST

The MST or the Mountains to Sea Trail is over 1,000 miles from the Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks and runs straight through North Raleigh, by Falls Lake and Neuse River Greenway Trail. You can connect to the MST via the Blue Jay Point County Park or Wilkerson Nature Preserve and have a 3 mile preview of the MST, or longer, just keep your eye out for the white blazes that mark the trail.

Get Wet this Memorial Day!

The Triangle has many opportunities for enjoying lakes and rivers, from kayaking to boating. Here are just a few of the choices for a family outing on the water this Memorial Day.

  • Apex Community Park is a 50-acre park offering canoes, kayaks, sailboards, and fishing.

  • Bass Lake Park: Located in Holly Springs, this lake offers geocaching, letterboxing, is fully stocked with catfish, and has some of the most diverse flora and fauna in the area.

  • Falls Lake Recreation Area:  Offers a 12,000-acre lake and 26,000 acres of woodland area with access to the MST, fishing, boating and swimming.

  • Jordan Lake: Jordan Lake is a 14,000-acre reservoir with more than 1,000 campsites, and 9 different recreation areas for camping, fishing, swimming, and boating and is located in Apex.

We hope you enjoy this holiday weekend with family and loved ones. If you are considering using this weekend to check out homes on the market or list your home, please give My NC Homes a call.

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