Cary Cheap Thrills: 7/1/16 to 7/7/16

Cary, NC – Cary boasts several ways to celebrate Independence Day in a big way. Check out CaryCitizen’s roundup of Fourth of July festivals and fireworks. Looking for other free things to do this week? Read on. Here’s a roundup of some of the free events from Friday, July 1, to Thursday, July 7, 2016.

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Your Door to Cary

Cary Downtown Farmer’s Market, 135 W. Chatham St.

Saturday, July 2, 9 AM to 12 PM

Explore your creativity as you participate in a community art project. Artist Nate Key will be leading a mural painting event. Members of the community will paint the old metal doors of lockers from Cary Elementary and Cary High schools, now the Cary Arts Center. The completed mural, composed of the connected locker doors, will be on display Saturday, August 27, 2016.

Music in the Library—Contemporary Sounds with Pianist Charles Wolf

West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Dr.

Sunday, July 3, 3 PM to 4 PM

Cool off at the library as you enjoy the music of local pianist Charles Wolf, who will be playing classic hits.

Bond Park

Free Fishing Day

All public bodies of water

Monday, July 4

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission sets aside the Fourth of July every year as “Free Fishing Day.” Anyone can fish in any public body of water without getting a license. In Cary, the pond at Fred G. Bond Metro Bond is stocked with catfish, and there’s also crappie, largemouth bass and sunfish.  Choose from bank or pier access. Or cast your line at nearby Lake Crabtree County Park in Morrisville.

Wind Down Wednesdays

Waverly Place, 2001 Kildaire Farm Rd.

Wednesday, July 6, 6 PM 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 Bull City Syndicate, a fun band that plays a combination of funk, jazz and rock. 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.

Wine Tasting

Chatham Street Wine Shop, 111 W Chatham St.

Wednesday, July 6, 5 PM to 8 PM

Every Thursday, Chatham Street Wine Shop, a boutique wine shop and tasting bar in downtown Cary, offers free wine tasting. This Thursday, the tasting will feature four selections from Queen of Wines, a new Durham-based importer that specializes in wines from small, family-owned French vineyards. Some of the wines have never been imported to the United States before. In addition, TwoMore will be offering samples of organic, artisanal extra virgin olive oil from Tuscany. Chatham Street Wine Shop will have some crusty bread on hand to enjoy with that olive oil.

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Story by Jody Mace from Triangle On The Cheap. Photos by Jessica Patrick and Hal Goodtree.