10 Family-Friendly Events in the Triangle: July 2021
From festivals to baseball
Durham Bulls’ Home Games
500 W. Corporation St., Durham
The storied Triple-A affiliate of Major League Baseball has a packed schedule this month. Home games take place July 1-4, 13-18, and 20-25. Every Friday game comes with a fireworks display, and every Sunday invites kids to run the bases after the game.
4th of July Laser Light Show
Durham County Memorial Stadium, 750 Stadium Dr., Durham
This event is described as a free “patriotic holiday-themed laser light show.” The gates open at 8 p.m., and the show arrives at 9 p.m. Preregistration is required for this event (here).
City of Raleigh’s 4th of July Fireworks Display
Carter-Finley Stadium and PNC Arena Area
There is free parking at PNC Arena and Carter-Finley Stadium for this free event. The lots open at 6 p.m., and the fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.
City Plaza Lunchtime Concert Series
400 Fayetteville St., Raleigh
This lunchtime concert series, created by the Raleigh Convention & Performing Arts Complex and Downtown Raleigh Alliance, is free and happens every Wednesday at noon this month. Performers include Kamara Thomas, Into the Fog, La China Padilla y su Sierreno, and Dewery & Leslie Brown and the Carolina Gentlemen.
Through July 11
Exhibit: Golden Mummies of Egypt
North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh
This exhibit showcases eight mummies and explores Ancient Egypt and the era’s conceptions of life and the afterlife. “The exhibition journey traces expectations for the afterlife and introduces cultural constructions of identity, strikingly demonstrated by the haunting painted panel portraits,” the museum says.
Play 60 Challenge Course Ribbon Cutting
Barwell Road Park, 5857 Barwell Park Dr., Raleigh
This event kicks off at 9:30 a.m.: “Raleigh Parks and Carolina Panthers invite you to a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the new Panthers Play 60 Challenge Course and playground at Barwell Road Park. Unique play elements include a timed 40-yard dash, a traverse wall, floating boards, and other obstacles to challenge agility.”
Bull City Reels on Wheels
Durham County Memorial Stadium, 750 Stadium Drive
Looking for a family-friendly drive-in movie option that’s not going to break the bank? In that case, check out the movie magic happening under the stars at Durham County Memorial Stadium, 750 Stadium Drive. On Saturday, July 16, catch The Croods: A New Age, rated PG. Gates open at 8pm and the movie starts at 9pm. For the purposes of comfort and accessibility, participants can watch the big screen from a car, chair, or blanket, and can come by wheels of any kind (ex. car, bike, bus) or by foot. In order to appreciate the 20 by 40 ft screen, tickets must be reserved online in advance. Only one ticket is needed per parking spot. Given that, walk-ups with no prior registration will not be admitted into the event.
Sensored Vibes Opening
50101 Governors Drive, Suite #138, Chapel Hill
Mark your calendars for July 17 when the Triangle gets its very first sensory clubhouse, Sensored Vibes. Designed for the neurodiverse community, this safe space will bring together kids, adults, parents, and professionals. Equally important, it will provide a sensory experience in an open play format. As owner Tynisha Doe says, “We want it to feel like your home away from home.” More info here.
Through July 18
BODYARMOR State Games
Do you enjoy playing sports? Are you an amateur? If you answered “yes” to both of those questions then you may be interested in the BODYARMOR State Games. It’s a sporting event that will span from June 5 through July 18 across the Triangle. Think of the Olympics but smaller. Start practicing now and go for the gold this summer. The organizer of this event is North Carolina Amateur Sports and is sponsored by BODYARMOR Sports Drink. Read more at the link above.
Rock the Lot
3218 Rose of Sharon Rd.
Feeling a little more musical? Grab a chair from home and be ready to groove to the rhythmic styles of two local bands. On Saturday, July 24, travel to the Riverside High School Parking Lot, 3218 Rose of Sharon Road, for a performance by #Epitome. From Durham, this Neo Soul, R&B, Gates open at 5pm and the concert runs from 6-8pm. Unlike the Bull City Reels on Wheels, pre-registration is not required. However, space will be limited to the first 200 attendants.