Welcome to Summer: Tour De Fat, Kirby Derby, and NC Fresh Catch!

This weekend is the first weekend of summer and there’s plenty of ways to celebrate – from the New Belgium Tour De Fat to the 13th annual Kirby Derby to the NC Fresh Catch Festival, these are just a few ways to enjoy yourself this weekend.


Fat Tire logoTour De Fat Durham

Including bikes, beer, and bemusement, the Tour De Fat is a rotating fun festival “best described by being here”. Featuring beers by New Belgium, a bike parade, bike contests, and even vaudeville acts, the day-long festival is free but proceeds from beer sales will go to local non-profits. You can also pre-register online if you want to participate in the parade and get fun swag. The event is at Diamond View Park on Saturday, June 21, and starts at 10am, with a schedule of bands and other shenanigans online.


Kirby Derby Past picKirby Derby

Along similar lines as the TDF, Kirby Derby is a throw-back neighborhood festival featuring such amusement as pinecars, a parade, “drag” racing, and a soapbox derby. Now in its 13th year and having outgrown its neighborhood long ago, the derby will have a couple of food trucks but is BYOB and reading the parking information online is highly suggested! Always a fun way to enjoy the evening – things kick off on Saturday, June 21, at 4pm – the event is a great way to see the crafty inventiveness in the city and is free to attend.



FreshCatch6.21.14NC Fresh Catch “Hwy 64 Summer Tour”

If you missed the Downtown City Park Tour from Fresh Catch, this weekend is your next chance to hang out in historic downtown Pittsboro and enjoy some great music and fresh and flavorful island-style cookin’! Happening from 3-8pm, on Saturday, June 21, musical acts from rockabilly to ska to soul/R&B will be happening while you enjoy such menu items as a Down East Clam Bake, Smoked fish, and Island-style Fish /n Chips. Cold beer from Carolina Brewery will be available. General Admission is $5 at the gate or in advance and Kids 12 and under are free. Fresh Catch intends to promote the richness of NC’s natural and creative resources through events such as the statewide concert series.