Hampton Farms has the ultimate tips for hosting a tailgate fit for champs. | Photo provided by Hampton Farms
Let’s hear it for NC State. Yes, it’s that time of year again: football season —which means it’s time to pull out the grill, grab some friends + start planning a winning tailgate party.
Looking to be the best tailgater in the lot? Here are four tailgating tips that will turn your tailgate into tail-great.
🎉 Rep your team with decor
Make your presence knownand get your fellow fans excited about the game. Flex your team pride by decorating your car, tent, or table with team colors (or the team mascot). A fun way to take this tip to the next level: Have themed beads, tattoos, flags, and photo props for your guests.
🍂 Make sure guests are comfortable
Have portable chairs on hand so your guests can sit back, relax, and enjoy the pre-game festivities. Pro-tip: If the forecast calls for cooler weather, bring a basket of blankets to ensure it’s the party that stays cool and not your guests.
🍻 Have drink options
While cold beer is a tailgate favorite, it’s not everyone’s drink of choice. Have options like soda, seltzers, wine, water, and non-alcoholic beverages available to accommodate everyone. They’ll thank you later.
Jazz in the Square | Thurs., Sept. 22 | 6-8 p.m. | Moore Square, 200 S. Blount St. | Free | Listen to Public Opinion perform smooth jazz sounds + snack on tasty bites from local vendors.
Pancakes & Booze Art Show | Thurs., Sept. 22 | 7 p.m.-1 a.m. | Lincoln Theatre, 126 E. Cabarrus St. | $15 | More than 75 local artists will exhibit work during this underground pop-up art show — there will be all-you-can-eat pancakes.
TK Kirkland | Thurs., Sept. 22 | 7:30-10 p.m. | Goodnights Pop-Up Club, 511 Woodburn Rd. | $25+ | See this comedian, podcast host, writer, businessman, motivator, and actor perform. 🎤
Pictures At An Exhibition | Fri., Sept. 23 + Sat., Sept. 24 | 8 p.m. | Meymandi Concert Hall, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts | $21.50+ | Celebrate the opening weekend of this North Carolina Symphony production. 🎶
Grand Opening: Decree Company | Sat., Sept. 24 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Decree Company, 135 E. Martin St. | Free | Shop luxury, in-house made stationary and gifts + don’t miss the ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. 💌
East Street Block Party | Sat., Sept. 24 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Current Wellness, 219 S. East St. | Free | Enjoy fitness and yoga classes (registration required), a live DJ, local vendors, free mini-massages + more. 🧘
Farm Aid 2022 | Sat., Sept. 24 | 12 p.m. | Coastal Credit Union Music Park At Walnut Creek | $75+ | This annual festival is an all-day celebration of music and family farmers.
Yoga & Mimosas | Sun., Sept. 25 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | The Artist’s Lounge, 1011 S. Person St. | $25 | Relax with one hour of yoga and two mimosas by the pool. 🥂
Neptunes Comedy Presents: Jake Silberman | Sun., Sept. 25 | 6-9 p.m. | Hartwell Raleigh, 620 W. South St. | $12 | Raleigh’s longest running independent comedy show is back with a show featuring Portland Oregon’s Jake Silberman + many more Raleigh favorites.
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Watch your speed. Earlier this week, City Council approved a plan to reduce downtown’s speed limit from 35 mph to 25 mph + remove seven double-turn lanes. Drivers can expect to see these roadway changes — intended to improve pedestrian safety —by the end of October. 🚗 (WRAL)
Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week is back Mon., Oct. 3-Sun., Oct. 9. Participating eateries will offer three-course prix-fix meals or limited-time lunch, dinner, and drink specials. Stay tuned for the restaurant reveal this Friday. 👀
Swing by My Way Tavern tonight for Sticks & Sips at 6 p.m. Guests will get to try four bourbons paired with tapas + a specially selected cigar from Sticks & Vines. Ask the bartender for ticket information ($50). 🥃
On Sun., Oct. 16, spend the afternoon competing in lawn games (while dancing in costume) at Dix Park to raise money for local organizations during Legends of the Lawn. Teams of two will compete in bocce, cornhole, croquet, kanjam, and kubb in a quest to win The Golden Mallet. Register.
NC State is now accepting applications for Postdoctoral FellowshipResearch Scholar positions in various departments including Horticultural Science. View position details + apply.
The fifth Film Fest 919 is less than one month away. It’s not too late to purchase passes to see some of the latest and best feature films + to celebrate their creators from Wed.,Oct. 19-Sun., Oct. 23 in Chapel Hill. View the festival’s full program.
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A rendering of Downtown South's new music venue. | Courtesy of Kane Realty Corporation
An elite concert venue that could attract more global touring acts is coming to Raleigh in fall 2024.
On Wednesday, Kane Realty Corporation announced plans to construct a new music venue as a part of its upcoming multi-billion dollar Downtown South development. The 70,000-sqft venue will be operated by AEG Presents, the live entertainment company that promotes legendary performers like Elton John and Taylor Swift + multi-day music events like Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
The venue, which will be built in Downtown South at South Saunders Street, Wilmington Street, and I-40, will be located along an active urban street in front of a wooded, natural area adjacent to a new public park and retail spaces.
The concert venue’s main ballroom will have a capacity of 3,500 people — situating it roughly between The Ritz’s 1,400-person capacity + Red Hat Amphiteater’s 5,990-person capacity. It will be able to accommodate both seated and standing shows. Additionally, an intimate rooftop lounge and special events area will compliment the space.
Construction of the industrial style venue, designed by the local offices of design and architecture firm Gensler, is set to begin in spring 2023, with a grand opening expected the following fall.
Today’s issue was written by City Editor Anne.
Editor’s pick: It’s Friday Jr. + the first day of fall, soI think you should treat yourself to an autumnal beverage. Yesterday, I tried Sola Coffee’s seasonal Pumpkin Honey Latte and it definitely got me in the spirit of the season. 🎃
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