Weekend Picks: July 19th Segment on WPTF News Radio 680

Kristen here! I recently had the pleasure of meeting Donna King, the host of the Triangle's Morning News on WPTF News Radio 680. We both bonded over judging many delicious strawberry desserts during the State Farmers Market’s Strawberry Day dessert competition. After talking to Donna about a fun activity, of course involving ice cream, that my family likes to do in the summertime, she asked if I had any interest coming on her show on Friday mornings to tell others what to do in the Triangle area. I immediately said “yes!” Each Friday morning at 6:50am I call in and chat with Donna about my “Weekend Picks.” You can start tuning in here!

I wanted to share my Weekend Picks for the weekend of July 19th with our #TabletopTalk blog readers as well. Check them out below:

Movie Party with The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

Price: $8 Members, $10 Nonmembers. Children 6 and under free; ticket required.
Where: North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh
Date: Friday, July 19th at 6:30pm

Bring the kids and have them show off their Lego building skills; and we hear there’s even going to be a dance party! Join the fun activities from 6:30 to 8:30 pm and be sure to stick around for the outdoor movie screening of The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part beginning at 9pm. There will be plenty of food options like hot dogs, hamburgers and vegetarian options available through Iris concessions. You can also bring your own picnic!

Summerfest features The Embers

Price: Tickets are between $30-33, depending on what day you purchase them
Where: Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary
Date: Saturday, July 20th at 7:30pm

Keep the Carolina tradition of beach music and shag dancing alive! Join Koka Booth’s Summerfest tradition as popular beach music band, The Embers are welcome to the stage. Sing along and dance the night away on the lawn!

Pork, Pickles and Peanuts

Price: Free!
Where: Duke Homestead in Durham
Date: Saturday, July 20th from 10am. to 3pm

If you’re in North Carolina, chances are you love barbecue. Coming Pork, Pickles and Peanuts to vote for your favorite ‘que during a People’s Choice BBQ competition! Plus, costumed interpreters will be demonstrating historical cooking methods and serving boiled peanuts as well as pickled fruits and veggies. There will be live music and local vendors too.

Celebrate National Ice Cream Day at Maple View Ice Cream

Price: Free entry
Where: Maple View Ice Cream in Hillsborough
Date: Sunday, July 21st

Cool off during this hot weekend at Maple View Ice Cream on National Ice Cream Day! Bring the kiddos for a chance to meet with a calf and face painting. There will also be lawn games and lots of yummy ice cream.

One Giant Leap Festival

Price: Free entry
Where: North Carolina Museum of History, 5 East Edenton Street, Raleigh
Date: Sat, Jul 20 at 11am

If you love outer space like I do, join the North Carolina Museum of History to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11's lunar landing on Saturday. There will be plenty of indoor and outdoor celebrations including demonstrations, hands-on crafts and even a virtual-reality lab where you can "travel" to space and be on the moon. Hungry during the event? There will be plenty of food trucks!