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Best Memorial Day Weekend Events in Raleigh

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Memorial Day Weekend in Raleigh is looking a little different this year but there are still plenty of ways to enjoy your three-day weekend and recognize Memorial Day this year!

Keep scrolling for some awesome ways to enjoy a safe and still kick off summer 2020!

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Pick up some beautifully delicious Memorial Day cookie created by Raleigh’s own Darlin’ Designs Baking Company! You can find these sweet, festive treats at the new coffee shop The Optimist near downtown Raleigh where they offer coffee flavored with their tastey house-made syrup.

📍 The Optimist Raleigh

Head to the NC State Fairgrounds this weekend to grab the sweet fair treats we wait for all year! The vendors have decided to bring them back early to help Raleigh kick-off summer with a drive through menu of all our favorites.

Here’s what’s on the menu:

Funnel Cakes: $6
Deep Fried Oreos: $5
Deep Fried Snickers: $5
Fresh Squeezed Lemonade 32oz: $4
Bottled Water: $2
Candy Apple: $3
Candy Apple with Nuts: $4
Cotton Candy: $5
Tropical Delights Smoothies (strawberry, pina colada, peach)
Pineapple Cup: $10
Regular Cup: $5
Dole Whip Float: $7
Dole Whip Cup: $5

🗓 MAY 22 – 25 & 29 – 31
📍 NC State Fairgrounds

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Enjoy some fresh air & sunshine! After a rainy week, spending Memorial Day Weekend outside might be what we all need! Raleigh Parks & Rec have given an update on park operations here. All open park spaces and greenways are available to enjoy but keep in mind that all park amenities will be closed through May 31.

Open Nature Preserves:

Don’t forget to take appropriate precautions while enjoying the beautiful Raleigh parks.

4. Keep the party going with your favorite local breweries

The taprooms may be closed but that doesn’t mean we have to miss out on our favorites brews!  These Raleigh Breweries will make sure you get the booze you need this weekend:

📍 8816 Gulf Court, Suite 100, Raleigh
💻 Order online for pickup
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📍 1249 Wicker Drive, Raleigh
💻 Order online and check “curbside deliver” and call them at 919-834-0045 when you arrive
🛍️ Currently delivering to a 10 mile radius around the brewery, with a $50 minimum order. Order online
More Info

📍 1233 Front Street, Raleigh
📞 Carry-out and curbside pickup. Call 919-747-4863 to order. 
🛍️ Free delivery within 3 miles with any $15 order. Call 919-747-4863 to order. 
More Info

📍 319 West Davie Street, Raleigh
📞 Curbside pickup. Text 919-291-0643 or simply pull up to the curb to place your order.
More Info

For more, including breweries in Durham, Chapel Hill, Apex, and Cary, check out this article by our friends at Triangle on the Cheap!

Grab a basket and a blanket, stop by Jolie’s and head to one of those beautiful Raleigh parks we were just talking about for a Memorial Day picnic.

Jolie’s is now offering curbside pickup of both hot and cold sandwiches beginning on Wednesday, May 20th through Sunday.  Call 919-803-7221 between 11AM and 6PM to order.

UNATION wishes you a beautiful & safe Memorial Day weekend! Let us know how you spend it by tagging us if your photos on Facebook & Instagram!

Kiersten Fisher

Kiersten Fisher

Kiersten is a City Manager for UNATION and author for the Stuff to Do in Raleigh Blog. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Raleigh area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinRaleigh on Instagram and Facebook.


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