Cary Cheap Thrills: 6/24/16 to 6/30/16

Cary, NC – This is a time of year when Cary is bursting with open-air concerts, festivals and family activities, and the best part is that many of them are free. As part of a new series at CaryCitizen, here’s a roundup of some of the free events from Friday, June 24 to Thursday, June 30, 2016. 

For a full list of free or inexpensive events around Cary and the Triangle, go to Triangle On The Cheap.

Starlight Concert Series – A Celebration of Bluegrass

Page-Walker Arts & History Center Garden, 119 Ambassador Loop

Friday, June 24, 6 PM

Starlight Concert Series has been bringing a wide variety of talented artists to Cary this summer and, partnering with Piedmont Council of Traditional Music (PineCone), continues this Friday with Celebration of Bluegrass. First, students from PineCone’s Bluegrass Camp will perform, followed by the Ash Breeze Band, a young group from Fayetteville starting to get attention for their folk, roots, bluegrass and gospel music. Feel free to bring a picnic dinner.

Yoga on the Promenade

Waverly Place, 2001 Kildaire Farm Rd.

Saturday, June 25, 9 AM

Every Saturday in June, CorePower Yoga has been offering a free one-hour Yoga class at Waverly Place. This Saturday is the final class. If you don’t have a mat, you can borrow one at no charge. This class will focus on the postures and fundamental principles of Vinyasa yoga.


An Afternoon with the Birds

White Plains United Methodist Church, 313 SE Maynard Rd.

Sunday, June 26, 2 to 5 PM

The American Wildlife Refuge rescues and rehabilitates birds of prey and provides refuge for birds unable to be released. It’s also dedicated to educating the public about these majestic birds. On Sunday, they’re bringing owls, hawks and other raptors to the gymnasium of White Plains United Methodist Church. You’ll have the chance to learn about them and to take plenty of pictures with them. All ages are invited, as long as visitors can respect the boundaries communicated by the handlers (Hint: Selfies are good. Touching the birds is not).

Chatham Street Chowdown Food Truck Rally

Chatham Street, Downtown Cary

Sunday, June 26, 5 to 9:30 PM

Come hungry because your favorite food trucks will be here ready to dish out their specialties. Just a few of the trucks you’ll find are Mr. Beignets, Cousins Maine Lobster, Little Dipper’s Italian Ice, Mac-Ur-Roni and Hibachi Xpress. Breweries and wineries will be on hand too. Bring money for food and drink, but enjoy the entertainment for free. Mikemickxer will be playing rockabilly, reggae, funk and old-time rock and roll from 5 to 7:00 PM and Trophy Husbands will be bringing their mix of Americana, R&B and Motown to the celebration from 7:30 to 9:30 PM. Future dates are July 31 and October 2.

Wind Down Wednesdays

Waverly Place, 2001 Kildaire Farm Rd.

Wednesday, June 29, 6 to 9 PM

Every Wednesday through July 27, Waverly Place is the place to spend your evening. The highlight is the live music — this week it’s Jim Quick and the Coastline, with their soul/blues/rock sound — but there’s more to enjoy too. Kids can play on the two playgrounds and cool off at the splash pad. The shops and restaurants will be open and many will be offering Wind Down Wednesday specials. Bring a lawn chair and relax. No outside alcohol, glass containers or coolers are allowed.

Story by Jody Mace from Triangle On The Cheap. Photos by Hal Goodtree and Brian Tomlinson.