Summer is here, and the vibes are wondrous. No doubt the pool parties and picnics have started already, but many of us crave even bigger get-togethers. We’ve got some of the summer’s hottest events listed below. Pick one that suits you and your family and get ready to vibe with Pittsboro and our surrounding cities.
Saturday, June 25: Return to Wakanda Fashion Show
Raleigh Convention Center (Raleigh, N.C.); 1:00 p.m. // 3:00 p.m.; starts at $20
In 2020, the Raleigh Convention Center hosted a fashion show that featured African designs and designers in homage to the hit superhero film Black Panther. The film’s titular character is a member of the royalty of hidden African nation Wakanda. This year, the Return to Wakanda Fashion Show promises to bring even more Black excellence and gorgeous designs to our state.
Vendors open at 1:00 p.m., while the fashion show starts at 3:00. Featured designers include Betha Obange, Plain Jane, Fanny House Collective, MNL Design, Jae Noel, and many more; plus, live music will be provided by Akili, CharMeka Joquelle, and Vision Elite Royalty.
Sunday, July 3: Pittsboro’s Summer Fest
Downtown Pittsboro (Pittsboro, N.C.); 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; FREE
An annual tradition that typically falls around Independence Day, Pittsboro’s Summer Fest is nestled downtown in the parking lot between Salisbury, Fayetteville, and Hanks Streets. The event is free, but you can expect plenty of vendors to have wares for purchase, as well as food trucks, live music, inflatables for the kids, games, contests, crafts, and more.
Summer Fest is hosted by the Pittsboro Business Association and is the perfect way to start your Fourth of July celebrations. What better way to honor our collective American heritage than a celebration of small-town America and support for local businesses?
Saturday, July 16: SouthEast Crab Feast
Lake Wheeler Park (Raleigh, N.C.); 1:00 p.m.; starts at $15
ALL YOU CAN EAT BLUE CRABS. Need we say more? In the spirit of the time-honored Low Country tradition of outdoor seafood cooking, the SouthEast Crab Feast is exactly what seafood lovers need this summer. A family-friendly environment will feature the aforementioned crabs, fish and chips, and music. Though all seafood is seasoned by veteran cooks, guests are allowed to bring their own condiments and seasonings if desired.
This is a feast, and it’s historically an event that sells out every year. Due to crowd restrictions and safety requirements, a limited number of tickets are on sale this year. Get yours now to avoid missing out on, need we say it again?, ALL YOU CAN EAT BLUE CRABS!