July Family Events Feature Baseball, Trains, Superheroes, Music
Take a look at our editors' picks of fun events for the whole family in July. Enjoy a range of entertainment whether you like baseball, trains, superheroes or a live performance from the great-grandchildren of Captain and Maria von Trapp's von Trapp, the storied family about whom The Sound of Music movie was based.
Durham Bulls to Host Triple-A All-Star Game July 16
Minor League Baseball's 27th annual Triple-A All-Star Game comes to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park July 16, featuring premier players from each of Major League Baseball's top affiliates in the International and Pacific Coast Leagues. The celebration includes an All-Star Fan Fest and Block Party July 12, and a Home Run Derby July 14 leading up to the All-Star Game July 16. Admission for the All-Star Fan Fest and Block Party are free. Game packs for the Home Run Derby and Triple-A All-Star Game are $48 and can be purchased at durhambulls.com. Photo above courtesy of BrianFlemingPhotography.com.
Summer Fun Abounds at Tweetsie
Multiple dates in July
Tweetsie Railroad, a Wild West theme park in Blowing Rock, offers a variety of special events for families this month. Enjoy a Fireworks Extravaganza July 4 at 9 p.m. and Cool Summer Nights July 5, 12, 19 and 26, when the park is open until 9 p.m. and features train show rides at dusk. Scooby-Doo and Shaggy perform on stage July 11-13, and K-9s in Flight Frisbee Dogs dazzle audiences July 19-27. Tweetsie Railroad hosts other fun events through Nov. 2. Visit tweetsie.com for a full schedule and to purchase tickets at $39 for adults and $26 for ages 3-12. The Ghost Train Halloween Festival is $31 for adults and children, and free for ages 2 and younger. (photo of fireworks courtesy of Tweetsie Railroad)
Superheroes Battle Villains in Marvel Universe LIVE!
Marvel's biggest superheroes band together to defeat Loki and other adversaries in a quest for the Cosmic Cube July 18-20 at PNC Arena in Raleigh. Special 3-D effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts and more than 25 Marvel characters, including Iron Man, Hulk, Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus, entertain audiences in an epic spectacular between good and evil. Performances are 7 p.m. July 18; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. July 19; 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. July 20. Tickets are $40-$90. ticketmaster.com. (Photo above left courtesy of Feld Entertainment)
All Aboard for Train and Ice Cream Fun July 27
New Hope Valley Railway in New Hill offers families a historic railroad experience in open-air passenger cars pulled by steam and diesel locomotives. The railway hosts its first ice cream social July 27 with train rides at 11 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets are $14 for ages 13 and older, and $12 for ages 2-12. Each ticketed guest will receive two scoops of ice cream and non-ticketed toddlers get a free scoop. Train rides also operate on select Fridays and Saturdays through October. Visit triangletrain.com to purchase tickets, $7-$12. Photo at right courtesy of Angela Bendorf Jamison
Go Around the World with the von Trapps July 12
The Sound of Music is a beloved American musical. Captain and Maria von Trapp's great-grandchildren - August, Amanda, Melanie and Sofia - have performed all over the world for more than a decade carrying on the family tradition while beginning their own. Hear the von Trapps perform music from around the globe July 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Booth Amphitheatre. Reserved table seating is $40 and general admission lawn tickets are $37. Kids 12 and younger are admitted free on the lawn. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. This performance is part of the North Carolina Symphony's Summerfest Series. (The symphony will not be performing at this concert.) ncsymphony.org.
Photo of the von Trapp family courtesy of Chris Hornbecker