There’s nothing like a long weekend to kick off the unofficial start to summer in Chapel Hill and Orange County. School’s out and so is the sun, and there’s no shortage of outdoor activities to entertain your whole crew while you take a well-deserved break from work. Take a look at our list of top picks for Memorial Day and head to our calendar for even more!

Last Fridays: Mosey on down Churton Street to the lawn of the Old Courthouse for a night of New Orleans blues, classic Soul and Americana with the Adrian Duke Project featuring Theresa Richmond. Art Galleries, shops, museums and historic sites remain open and the sidewalks will be abuzz with artists, food vendors, and craftspeople.

Last Fridays in Hillsborough

Movies in the Park: Is there anything better than a Friday night movie? An outdoor one, of course! After you’ve enjoyed Last Fridays, bring a blanket big enough for the whole family and enjoy a free showing of Despicable Me 3 at River Park. Concessions are available for purchase, too!

Fridays on the Front Porch: Speaking of beverages – you can head to Carolina Inn to enjoy #FOFP including live music, food trucks and a drink or two. Brooke McBride will be playing May 25, with Bulkogi Truck and Humble Pig providing the grub.

Memorial Day Weekend BBQ: What’s more Memorial Day-esque than a barbecue? Absolutely nothing! Head to Southern Season Saturday from 11-3 to enjoy live music, hamburgers, hot dogs and cobbler cooked the old-fashioned way on the Big Green Egg.

Weekend BBQ at Southern Season

JAWSFest Chapel Hill: Looking for a more nontraditional Memorial Day celebration? Enjoy JAWSFest, a fun-filled two day festival featuring live music at The Local 506, art, food trucks, a punk rock flea market at The Baxter and more. Activities start at noon on Saturday.

May Mayhem with Baby Goats: Spring Haven Farm provides fun for all ages during their May Mayhem event. Baby animals to interact with, face painting for youngsters and Tractor Train Express rides make for a fun filled weekend. Stop by Saturday or Sunday for just $12 admission.

Jazz Brunch at Weaver Street Market Carrboro: Enjoy music by Dana and Susan Robinson during the May 27th edition of Jazz Brunch at Weaver Street Market. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to soak in the sounds from 11-1. Talk about a Sunday Funday!

Auction at Leland Little: Cap off your long weekend with a 19-year strong tradition! The Annual Memorial Day Auction at Leland Little Auction and Estate Sales starts at 9 a.m. sharp Monday morning. You never know what great buys you’ll find!

Memorial Day Remembrance Event: Don’t miss a chance to honor the real reason for this long weekend. Head to the Orange County Veterans Memorial at 2501 Homestead Road for a 7:45 a.m. memorial service followed by a motorcycle rally and tour.

Veterans Memorial

And of course there’s no sweeter way to top off Memorial Day weekend than with a stop at Maple View Farm Country Store for a scoop or two. What are your plans for this weekend? Share with us in the comments below!


(photo credits: Weekend BBQ, Burger, Southern Season ; Veterans Memorial Chapelboro)