Umstead State Park | Photo courtesy of RDU Forest

Five Things to Do on the First Day of Spring

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WEB EXCLUSIVE Spring—aka nature’s way of saying let’s party—is here, and we are here for it. Celebrate the first official day of spring this Saturday with a slew of activities around town. Though the weather this weekend doesn’t exactly scream spring (Mother Nature is such a tease), Saturday is at least slated to be dry… and should be temperate enough to get outside, support local businesses and enjoy whatever sunshine and warmth we might have! (Don’t quote us on the weather—you know how it is in NC!)

Pop-Up at Pop-Up Raleigh

Raleigh’s favorite pop-up market is back at Trophy Brewing & Taproom on Maywood starting this weekend and continuing every third Saturday and Sunday of the month. This Saturday, work up an appetite perusing 20-plus artisans and vendors showcasing their goods—then sate it and go hog wild with some Q from Lawrence Barbecue at Trophy’s bar.

Release Your Inner Child

Time to spin up some fun! The carousel at Pullen Park has just reopened (since its November closure—because pandemic), finally giving you another outlet to get those kiddos outside and entertained. The park’s kiddie boats are also open, but the train will remain closed until March 29 for maintenance. Our rec: Make a day of it and bring a picnic to enjoy on the grass after a fun-filled day of family-friendly activities.

Bend + Sip

Stretchhhh on over to Durham for a yoga class in Hi-Wire Brewing‘s open-air taproom. The class takes place every Saturday at 11am and costs $5. BYOM (bring your own mat); Hi-Wire will provide the beer after the yoga sesh. Namaste!

Grab a Drink on a Patio

Warm weather = patio drinking! Three cheers for that! And just in time, Vita Vite reopened its Downtown location on Wednesday. Celebrate with a glass or two of vino and a charcuterie board out on the cozy covered patio. Or, if you’re feeling lucky, hit up Dram & Draught to extend your Paddy’s Day celebration with drink specials all weekend. Jameson, anyone?

Take a Hike

Umstead State Park | Photo courtesy of RDU Forest
Photo courtesy of RDU Forest

Nature is calling. There are tons of great hiking spots just outside of Raleigh, from Umstead State Park (which boasts 13 moderate trails and plenty of beautiful scenery) to Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area. Located about an hour outside of Downtown Raleigh, Occoneechee is a “mini-mountain” made up of more strenuous hikes (if you’re looking for more of a challenge) plus, there’s some great pit stops for eating and drinking on the way home.

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