Top 5 to check out…just outside of Raleigh

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Wilson photo festival

Eyes on Main Street Wilson Photo Festival

June 1-August 4, Wilson

The fifth annual photography festival kicked off in April in historic downtown Wilson and viewing is open to the public through the summer. Take a stroll down Nash Street and the 100 block of Tarboro Street and take in vibrant, large-scale photographs from 100 different photographers, including 45 from different countries around the world. The theme of this year’s festival is “Main Street: A Crossroad of Cultures,” with a goal of cultivating cross-cultural understanding through photography. For 100 days, 100 photographs will be on display in 100 storefront windows around downtown Wilson and visitors can follow the exhibit as it links east and west Wilson into one large, shared community. eyesonmainstreetwilson.com

Strawberry shortcake dessert

Taste 2019

June 26-30, Durham

In celebration of Durham’s 150th anniversary this year, Taste will feature six culinary events spotlighting the area’s cherished food and beverage community. The signature event of this four-day celebration is the Grand Taste Experience, featuring more than 30 dishes from some of the best chefs in the area. On Wednesday, a beer garden tent will serve up craft brews, while Thursday will feature a wine garden with a variety of wines available from around the world to try. tastetheevent.com

Cha House boba tea

Cha House

Chapel Hill

This Asian-style tea house is one of the cutest, most cozy spots to get your tea fix in the Triangle. The Taiwanese owners source ingredients directly from Asia to produce craft teas and a variety of Asian-inspired snacks. Choose from loose-leaf blends, boba teas, matcha or signature offerings like the Cream Cheese Taro Brûlée made with torched brown sugar, cream cheese and sweet taro root. Served with Taiwanese popcorn chicken or green onion pancakes, we couldn’t blame you for accidentally spending a whole day at Cha House. chahouseusa.com

Four Pizza Mercato creations

Pizzeria Mercato

Carrboro

Pizzeria Mercato claims to be the spot where “Italy meets the South,” with a menu that utilizes local ingredients sourced from the Carrboro Farmers Market in traditional Italian-style dishes. Their Neapolitan-inspired pizza is the main attraction, which boasts classic Italian toppings like fior di latte, guanciale – a cured meat prepared from pork jowl, anchovies and oregano. When the mood for pizza doesn’t strike, they also offer handmade pasta dishes, fresh salads and a variety of Italian appetizers, as well as to-die-for cannolis and gelato for dessert. pizzeriamercatonc.com

North Carolina Symphony concert

NC Symphony Presents: A Space Spectacular

June 1, Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary

This performance is going to be out of this world! In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, the North Carolina Symphony, led by conductor Keitaro Harada, will perform music from space-inspired movies like “Star Wars,” orchestral suites such as Gustav’s Holst’s “The Planets,” and more. Costumed characters from the 501st Legion, an international fanbase dedicated to dressing like the “Star Wars” villains, will be available to meet and take pictures with fans. boothamphitheatre.com

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