Memorial Day Weekend Events Across the Triangle

Festivals, memorials, music, and movies all weekend long
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Oh say can you see, all the upcoming Memorial Day weekend events in the Triangle? Compared to last year, this may feel like either a warm welcome or an overwhelming amount of things to sift through. We took the heavy lifting out of the equation and have narrowed down the list to our favorites. Please note that all events occur between Friday, May 28 – Monday, May 31.

Festivals & Farmers Markets

First Fruits Memorial Day Balloon Fest, 2595 E River Road, Louisburg, NC 27549
Let’s start with a heavy hitter, the inaugural First Fruits Memorial Day Balloon Fest. This will tick all the boxes in your Memorial Day checklist. Happening all weekend long from Friday to Monday, this festival will have memorial flag gardens to honor our fallen and hot air balloon rides, live music, and entertainment to commemorate the beginning of what we see as the kickoff of summer. It’s $10 for a one-day pass for adults, $5 for ages 6-12, and free for 5 and under. In addition, anyone can go for free on Memorial Day from 10am-2pm.

Opening Weekend at Lazy Hounds Farm, 207 Davis Road, Zebulon, NC 27597
Head east and enjoy a day at the farm on their opening weekend on Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy food trucks, crafts, and games while exploring the farm and its many animals. Admission is $8 per person and ages 2 and under are free.

Farmers Markets, Varying locations
Preparing to grill out on Memorial Day? Get all your fresh fruits and vegetables at one of three local farmers markets: Holly Springs Farmers Market, Phillips Farm of Cary, or Moore Square Market. Holly Springs will be open on Saturday from 8am-12pm, Phillips on Saturday and Sunday from 9am-3pm, while Moore Square will be open on Sunday from 11am-3pm. All markets are free entry to the public.

In Honor of our Troops

Memorial Day Remembrance, Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary, NC 27513
Travel to Cary for a remembrance ceremony for the people in the armed forces that gave their lives for our country. This intimate ceremony will include speaker Maulin Shah, USO of NC Advisory Board Member. This event is free to the public and will begin at 2:30pm on Monday.

Blue Star Museums Multiple locations across the US
Have you heard of a Blue Star Museum? These museums open their doors to active military families free of charge and can be found across all 50 states. The Triangle has one of these museums, The Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill. Open from 1-5pm on Wed-Sat, you and five of your family members can enjoy the fantastic art at this museum for free if you are active military. Don’t delay, this program ends on Labor Day this year.

Ace Hardware FlagsAcross the Triangle
Get your patriotic spirit pumping by heading to your local Ace Hardware. There are more than 10 in the area, so you shouldn’t have to look that hard. They are giving out one million small American flags on Saturday.


An American Celebration: Back in Action, Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy, Cary North Carolina 27518
The Triangle Wind Ensemble is back this year to do their annual Memorial Day concert. During their performance they will share such classics as Stars and Stripes Forever and Casey at the Bat and some kid-friendly favorites like Super Mario Bros. and The Mandalorian. The concert is on Sunday from 7-9pm and ticket prices start at $10 per person

Concerts at the Colonial, 153 W King Street, Hillsborough, NC 27278
Listen to music out on the porch of the Colonial Inn all weekend long. Saturday from 4-5:30pm listen to Jason Bales, Sunday from 10am-1pm chill out with Griffin Ross The New Standard, or Monday from 5-6pm jam out with Meera Dahlman. Concerts are free and open to the public.

Other Music Series, Varying locations
On Friday you can check out another free concert at Bynum Front Porch in Pittsboro where you can hear KneeDeep play from 7-9pm. At 7pm on Sunday, tap your toes to Barry Gray and Wes Collins at Southern Village in Chapel Hill. Their performance is part of the Sundays at Sundown Concert Series and costs $10 per person.

Outdoor Movies

Cozy up outside and enjoy a movie at night under the stars. On Friday, you have three movie options each opening their doors at 7pm. See Remember the Titans at Candid Yams Kickback Movie Experience at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Movie starts at 8pm and tickets are $10 per person unless you are 10 and under, then it’s free. Star Wars fan? Go to Koka Booth Amphitheater to catch Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, part of the WakeMed Movies by the Moonlight series. Film starts at 8:30pm and pricing starts at $20 per pod. Last but not least, you can relive your 80s childhood with Karate Kid at Triangle Drive In. Show starts at 8:30pm and tickets vary from $10 per person to free depending on age.

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