Memorial Day Events for a Lively Weekend

First Fruits Farm Balloon Festival

Memorial Day weekend marks the official start to summer, and there are many activities happening around town this weekend to help you celebrate. From live music to sports to festivals, enjoy the return of in-person events, or take a moment to remember the meaning of the holiday. Here’s our round-up of family-friendly weekend activities in the Triangle and surrounding areas.

A field of over 500 U.S. flags will fly this weekend at the 2nd Annual Wake County Field of Honor hosted by Wake County Exchange Clubs in tribute to veterans, first responders, and medical professionals in our community. The event at West Raleigh Baseball Complex will begin on Friday morning with a special ceremony to fly the first flag and continue throughout the holiday weekend. 

WakeMed Movies by Moonlight series at Koka Booth Amphitheatre continues with a showing of The Rise of Skywalker on Friday. Tickets start at $20 per seating pod or table. Visitors can bring food and non-alcoholic beverages or enjoy the menu at Crescent Café. 

Enjoy hot air balloons, food trucks, live music, and more at the First Fruits Farm Memorial Balloon Festival in Louisburg this weekend. Tickets start at $5 for children ages 6 to 12 and $10 for adults, with VIP Gondola Club tickets available as well. The festival runs Friday through Monday with a full lineup of activities each day.

Cheer on the Carolina Mudcats with a full weekend of baseball at Five County Stadium. Games run all weekend long with daily specials including WakeMed’s Five County Family Sunday with $6 box seats. General admission tickets start at $10 and can be purchased individually or in pods for families and groups. 

Triangle Wind Ensemble presents An American Celebration: Back in Action this weekend at Koka Booth Amphitheatre. Featuring selections from movies, theatre, video games, and more, there will be music for the whole family to enjoy. The show is Monday, May 31, at 7 p.m. 

The Town of Cary will host their annual Memorial Day Remembrance in the garden at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center on Monday at 2:30 p.m. The special ceremony will include speakers from the North Carolina USO. There will also be a Field of Flags at Veterans Freedom Park, 1517 N. Harrison Ave., all weekend.

Back-to-back NWSL Champions North Carolina Courage return to the field this summer. Watch them face off against Racing Louisville this Friday at Sahlen’s Stadium in Cary. Tickets start at $10, or if you want to enjoy a full summer of soccer, season tickets are available as well. 

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