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— Lots of events are coming up this month, so be sure to check out our guide to more than 40 events coming up.

This weekend, we have lots of live music, a barbecue festival and more!

Food, festivals and fun

Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival (Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary) – This festival includes more than 60 beers, 40 bourbons and lots of barbecue at Booth Amphitheatre. Things kick off Friday, Aug. 5, from 6 to 10 p.m. The event continues on Saturday.

First Friday – Every first Friday of the month, downtown Raleigh celebrates First Friday! Art galleries and studios stay open late, plus restaurants and shops offer deals. This month’s First Friday events include a video gaming tournament and a piercing party.

Sunflower days and evenings (Hill Ridge Farms, 703 Tarboro Rd, Youngsville) – Enjoy some sunflowers at Hill Ridge Farms this weekend. A visit to the sunflower field is free with your park admission. Admission is $12.95 per person and children under 2 are admitted free. You can clip the sunflowers and purchase them for $1 per stem. If you just want to visit the sunflower field and not enjoy the playgrounds or splash pads, you can buy a sunflower field pass for $5.

R&D Brewing Field Day (R&D Brewing Seven Saturdays Taproom, 1399 Capital Blvd., Raleigh) – Enjoy various yard games on Sunday, Aug. 7, during this event from 1 to 4 p.m. There will also be a cornhole tournament, food trucks and live music.

Bull Moon Ride and Run (Durham Bulls Athletic Park, 409 Blackwell St., Durham) – Bull Moon Ride and Run gives you the option of a leisurely 10.5 mile easy to moderate ride through Durham or for the runners and their friends a 5K Race through nearby neighborhoods. Both events start and finish in front of the Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Blackwell Street.A barbecue dinner and live music follow the ride and run. The event starts at 6 p.m. Saturday.

MAKRS @ Golden Belt (Mill No. 1, 800 Taylor Street, Durham) – More than 40 local vendors will be at Golden Belt Campus on the first Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will also be live music and food.

Music and Comedy

Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird (DPAC, 123 Vivian St., Durham) – All rise for Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork. The show runs through Sunday at DPAC.

Ryan Long (Goodnights Comedy Club, 861 W. Morgan St., Raleigh) – Long has amassed more than 100 million views with his viral digital shorts, and is currently the host of popular podcast “The Boyscast.” See him on stage at Goodnights Aug. 5-7.

RaleighWrld Summer Fest (Dorothea Dix Park, 1030 Richardson Drive, Raleigh) – This festival will be held Saturday, Aug. 6, at Dix Park. There will be live performances, food, vendors, picnics, contests and more. General admission tickets are $10 for teens and $45 for those over 18 years old.

Durham Central Park presents PLAYlist Concert Series (Durham Central Park, 502 Foster St., Durham) – Enjoy some live music at Durham Central Park on the first Friday of each month. Sacred Steel’s roots and resurgence take center stage on Friday with DaShawn Hickman’s expert playing. The founder of the band, The Allen Boys, will be playing Sacred Steel, weaving song and memory and beautiful music with renowned guitarist Charlie Hunter and featuring stunning vocals by Wendy Hickman.

Five for Fighting with Special Guest The Verve Pipe (Meymandi Concert Hall at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh) – See Five For Fighting with The Verve Pipe on stage Friday, Aug. 5, in Raleigh.

Rock the Park Concert (Southern Boundaries Park, 100 Third Fork Road, Durham) – DJ Terminator X & The Sample Supreme will bring some old school hip hop during this concert series from 6 to 8 p.m.

Rick Springfield – Working Class Dog Tour (Red Hat Amphitheater, 500 S. McDowell St., Raleigh) – The singer brings his “Working Class Dog” Tour to Red Hat Amphitheater on Sunday, Aug. 7, with special guests Men at Work and John Waite.

City of Angels (Theatre Raleigh Arts Center, 6638 Old Wake Forest Rd, Raleigh) – Theatre Raleigh presents this production featuring a fantastic Cy Coleman score with the snappy dialogue of a Raymond Chandler novel and the glitzy showmanship of classic Hollywood. See it on stage through Aug. 14.


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