This upcoming weekend is Memorial Day weekend! If you’re staying in town, here are some events you should definitely check out to kick off the beginning of the summer for a lot of people.

Freedom Balloon Fest

WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest: Friday, May 22nd – Monday, May 25th

As the first hot air balloon festival to come to the Triangle region in nearly 25 years, the WRAL Balloon Fest has lots of exciting events planned at two locations: Bennett Bunn Plantation in Zebulon and Spring Forest Road Park in Raleigh. Come at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 22nd to enjoy the celebration and witness the spectacular Mass Ascension as hot air balloons from 15 states rise into a late-spring sky. After sunset, many balloons will either return to the field or stay in the air for you to enjoy a beautiful Balloon Glow.

Come back Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. to watch the Championship Competition Flights as pilots compete to see how well they can control their balloons.

Saturday and Sunday from 3:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. offer a special opportunity to get a taste of what it feels like to fly in a balloon as you enjoy a tethered balloon ride. After your ride, stick around for the meet-and-greet events where you can tour the balloon baskets, collect balloon cards and learn about the oldest form of manned flight.

Click here to visit the WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest website and learn more about this unique event.

Urban Mamas Seminar

Urbane Mama Seminar: Saturday, May 23rd

Urbane Mama, presented by The George School of Protocol, is an exciting etiquette seminar designed just for moms! Held at the University Club in Durham from 10am-5pm, this one-day event is all about “learning how to thrive personally and how to teach your children in the areas of etiquette confidently and joyfully in the most powerful way — by example.”

Join the fun to learn about:

  • Looking Your Best and Dressing for the Occasion
  • Creating Great First Impressions
  • Giving Introductions
  • Phone Etiquette
  • Dining
  • Correspondence
  • Conversation Skills
  • Effective Networking
  • Creating a Peaceful Home Environment
  • How to Get the Most Out of Family Meal-Time

Not only will this event help build your skills as a successful mother, but it will also propel you forward as a business professional by allowing you to construct yourself into the best you can be. Bring your contact cards and expect to make new friends!

Click here to visit The George School of Protocol and learn more. The registration cost of $150 includes the seminar, a delicious, formal five-course dinner, and take home educational material.


PNC Downtown Raleigh Movie Series: May 22 – June 26

This Friday, May 22nd, kicks off another one of PNC’s Downtown Raleigh Movie Series and this year’s theme is Flashback Friday – films from the 80s. Held in downtown’s City Plaza, festivities begin at 6pm. Food trucks will be on site each time but the schedule changes so keep an eye on the Facebook event page for updates. Movie show time is sundown – between 8:15 – 8:30pm and although some chairs are provided, bringing your own blankets and lawn chairs is encouraged (but no outside coolers).

Movies playing include:

  • Ghostbusters
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • The Goonies
  • Back to the Future
  • The Karate Kid
  • The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

More info on the event and specific dates movies are playing can be found here.