Home    5 Ideas For A Fun And Outdoorsy Memorial Day Weekend

As the unofficial start to summer, Memorial Day weekend is a time to take advantage of some of the best things the Triangle and its surrounding areas have to offer. Outdoor movies, festivals, summer concerts, beach and pool days are finally here!! If you are not hitting the road this Memorial Day Weekend then take full advantage of this  three-day weekend and pack it full of food and time spent outdoors!


(1) WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest

Bring the family for a truly-unique event this Memorial Day weekend, Fri.-Mon. The WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest in the town of Fuquay-Varina (just a short drive from Raleigh) is an admission-free event that invites the public to enjoy dozens of hot air balloons as they fill the sky in celebration and remembrance. Events include a balloon flow, tethered hot air balloon rides benefiting charities, field games, a Merchant, Arts and Craft Village and more than 40 food vendors.

Website: http://www.freedomballoonfest.com/






(2) Get Outdoors

Ready to enjoy some fun in the sun? Take advantage of the warmer weather this Memorial Day weekend by enjoying activities such as kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and canoeing. Here are just a few of the different lakes and rivers to check out!

Lake Crabtree County Park  : http://www.wakegov.com/parks/lakecrabtree/Pages/default.aspx

William B. Umstead State Park:  https://www.ncparks.gov/william-b-umstead-state-park

Lake Wheeler Park:   https://www.raleighnc.gov/parks/content/ParksRec/Articles/Parks/LakeWheeler.html

Lake Johnson Park:   https://www.raleighnc.gov/parks/content/ParksRec/Articles/Parks/LakeJohnson.html

Neuse River Canoe Trail:   http://www.neuseadventures.com/na/

Falls Lake Station Recreation Area:   https://www.ncparks.gov/falls-lake-state-recreation-area

Eno River State Park:   https://www.ncparks.gov/eno-river-state-park







(3) Brew -n- Choo

This family-friendly event offers one-hour, diesel-powered train excursions along with festivities in the railyard including food, dessert, craft beer, local wine and live music. Located 30 minutes southwest of downtown Raleigh. The food, drinks and entertainment begin around 3pm and will last an hour after the last train ride returns to the station. A DJ will start the event with popular beach music, games, prizes and giveaways and the live band Last Band Standing will follow. A beach-cookout menu including hotdogs, hamburgers, potato salad, coleslaw and baked beans will be available for purchase. Participating vendors include Chef’s House Catering, Brusters Ice Cream, White Street Brewery and Doyles Vineyard.

Website: http://www.triangletrain.com/




(4) Pools!!

Make a Splash this Memorial Day weekend by spending some well deserved time by the pool.  Several Public pools will be opening  this holiday weekend so get ready ! Here is a list to help you find the one nearest you!

All YMCA pools (some will even have fun events planned this weekend ) Website: https://www.ymcatriangle.org/blog/outdoor-pools-open-memorial-day-weekend

Millbrook Pool, Optimist Pool and Pullen Aquatic Center will also be opening this weekend, just to name a few.

For a detailed list of hours of operation and other pool openings visit,  http://www.raleighnc.gov/parks/content/ParksRec/Articles/Programs/Aquatics/Pools.html






(5) Attend a Memorial Service

We too often forget that Memorial Day is more than just a day off from work or school, an excellent occasion for a backyard barbeque or a chance to travel. Sure, all of those celebratory staples speak to the holiday’s true spirit. But above all else, Memorial Day honors Americans who have died in service to their country. This holiday is not one of somber reflection, however. We instead choose to celebrate by enjoying the many freedoms that American servicemen and women have given their lives protecting.

Please visit  http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/counties/wake-county/article152575944.html for a complete list of Raleigh’s Memorial Day Services