Hello August: Bluegrass, Beer, and Local Shopping


Welcome to August! The Summer may be winding down but the plethora of local events is not – check out these great happenings featuring bluegrass, beer, and local shopping:


Pickin in the plazaPickin’ in the Plaza

Presented by Pinecone – a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting traditional forms of music, dance and other performing arts – Pickin’ in the Plaza is downtown Raleigh’s free summer bluegrass concert series. The series runs throughout August on Thursdays from 5 – 10:30pm in City Plaza on Fayetteville Street. There’s an open jam at 5pm with main acts starting at 6:30pm.

You can bring your own chair and local craft brews are available for purchase, as is food from a variety of food trucks. Information on parking, the band schedule, and other FAQs can be found on the website. Only three more shows remain this summer so be sure to mark your calendar to attend!


Pop ShopPopShop Aug 2014 Square

Pop Shop is a limited-time retail store featuring a curated selection of apparel, jewelry, accessories, and couture pieces designed and produced by emerging designers. Redress Raleigh and the Raleigh Fashion Association are hosting the August Pop Shop at North Hills shopping center to feature products from designers with responsible production practices.

The shop is located at 4421 Six Forks Rd, Suite 109B – in the former Cool Sweats location next to Yogen Fruz.  The Grand Opening happens on Friday August 1st from 6-8pm and many of the featured Pop Shop designers will be in attendance! The store is then open Aug 2 – 31 on Wednesday – Sunday.


hops and shopHops and Shop Market

Combining eight local craft brewers and 40 local craft artisans, the Hops and Shop Market intends to promote and support local breweries and artisans as well as raise funds for local charity the Pretty in Pink Foundation.

Happening Friday August 1st from 5-10pm at Cobblestone Hall in downtown Raleigh, admission is $10 and gets you a sample glass and a punch card for 10 samples from the featured breweries. All admission fees go to the Pretty in Pink Foundation, a charity that ensures that quality, life-saving medical treatment is available to breast cancer patients residing in North Carolina, regardless of their ability to pay.