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100 Events You Must See This Summer

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Each of the road trips we've suggested in this year's summer guide will last you for a weekend, perhaps three days. That leaves more than three months of opportunities to sample a wealth of Triangle events, from the annual American Dance Festival and Festival for the Eno to concerts in the amphitheater of the North Carolina Museum of Art and big shows in the area's music sheds.

For your planning purposes, we've gathered one hundred of those events into a handy pullout checklist. Put it on the refrigerator, and enjoy the summer.

May 24–29: ACC Baseball Championship, Durham Bulls Athletic Park, www.theacc.com

May 27–30: Freedom Balloon Fest, Fuquay-Varina, www.wralfreedomballoonfest.com

May 29: JAWSFest, The Baxter, www.baxterarcade.com

June 1: No BS! Brass Band, Duke Gardens, www.dukeperformances.duke.edu

June 2–5: Ginger Wagg's AndAlwaysWhy, The Torus Building, www.didaseason.com

June 3: Bronwen Dickey & John Lane, Quail Ridge Books, www.quailridgebooks.com

June 3 & 4: Curtis Eller & Bipeds Dance Company, The Shed, www.shedjazz.com

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June 4: Cyndi Lauper, Memorial Auditorium, www.dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

June 4: The Princess Bride, N.C. Museum of Art, www.ncartmuseum.org

June 5: Farm to Fork Picnic, Hurdle Mills, www.farmtoforknc.com

June 6: Body Games & Operator Music Band, Nightlight, www.nightlightclub.com

June 8: Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Motorco, www.motorcomusic.com

June 8: Leyla McCalla, Duke Gardens, www.dukeperformances.duke.edu

June 8-19: All My Sons, Kennedy Theatre, www.theatreraleigh.com

June 10: Ellie Goulding, Red Hat Amphitheater, www.redhatamphitheater.com

June 10: PT Scarborough Is a Movie, DSI Comedy Theater, www.dsicomedytheater.com

June 10–26: The Glass Menagerie, Raleigh Little Theatre, www.raleighlittletheatre.org

June 10–11: North Carolina Symphony's John Williams Festival, Koka Booth Amphitheatre, www.boothamphitheatre.org

June 10–12: real.live.people.durham's Feature Presentation, Trotter Building, www.didaseason.com

June 10–25: Tiny Engine Theatre Company's Cloud 9, Common Ground Theatre, Durham, www.cgtheatre.com

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June 11: Anti-HB 2 Benefit: MAKE, In the Year of the Pig, Bad Friends, Natural Causes, No Eyes, Organos, & Flesh Wounds; Kings; www.kingsbarcade.com

June 11: Jon Lindsay, The Pour House, www.the-pour-house.com

June 11: M83, Red Hat Amphitheater, www.redhatamphitheater.com

June 12: Tashi Dorji & Tyler Damon, Nightlight, www.nightlightclub.com

June 12: Dungen, Kings, www.kingsbarcade.com

June 12–25: Cirque de Vol's The Fringe Dwellers, Murphey School Auditorium, www.burningcoal.org

June 13: La Dispute & Des Ark, Lincoln Theatre, www.lincolntheatre.com

June 14: Frazey Ford, Loamlands, Motorco, www.motorcomusic.com

June 14: Diane Rehm, McIntyre's Books, www.fearrington.com

June 15: Skylar Gudasz, Duke Gardens, www.dukeperformances.duke.edu

June 16: Billy Strings & Town Mountain, American Tobacco Campus, www.americantobaccocampus.com

June 17: Kooley High, The Pinhook, www.thepinhook.com

June 17: Sarah Shook & the Disarmers with Blue Cactus, Cat's Cradle, www.catscradle.com

June 17–18: The Farm, Trust the Bus, www.culturemill.org

June 18: Labyrinth with Cirque de Vol, N.C. Museum of Art, www.ncartmuseum.org

June 18: Mad Skillz Plays Michael Jackson and Prince, Motorco, www.motorcomusic.com

June 19: Durham Father's Day Food Truck Rodeo with Kaira Ba, Durham Central Park, www.durhamcentralpark.org

June 19: Jim Lauderdale & Jeanne Jolly, Motorco, www.motorcomusic.com

June 20 & 21: Savion Glover & Jack DeJohnette, Duke's Page Auditorium, www.dukeperformances.duke.edu

June 21: Weezer & Panic! at the Disco, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek, www.livenation.com

June 23: Pere Ubu, Cat's Cradle, www.catscradle.com

June 24: All About America: Photographs by Burk Uzzle, Ackland Art Museum, www.ackland.org

June 24: Black Mountain, Cat's Cradle, www.catscradle.com

June 24: Kool Keith, Local 506, www.local506.com

June 24–25: Stephen Petronio Company, DPAC, www.americandancefestival.org

June 25: Cirque de Vol; The Hell No, & Mad Max: Fury Road; N.C. Museum of Art; www.ncartmuseum.org

June 25: Tim Heidecker, Neil Hamburger, & Jenn Snyder; Cat's Cradle; www.catscradle.com

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June 26: Mitski, The Pinhook, www.thepinhook.com

June 29: Aesop Rock, Cat's Cradle, www.catscradle.com

June 29: Mount Moriah, Duke Gardens, www.dukeperformances.duke.edu

July 1–2: Bill T. Jones & Arnie Zane Dance Company, DPAC, www.americandancefestival.org

July 2 & 4: Festival for the Eno with Hiss Golden Messenger & Nikki Hill, West Point on the Eno, www.enoriver.org

July 3: Martine Gutierrez, CAM Raleigh, www.camraleigh.org

July 5–7: John Jasperse, Reynolds Industries Theater, www.americandancefestival.org

July 6: Sierra Hull, Duke Gardens, www.dukeperformances.duke.edu

July 6: Modest Mouse & Brand New, Koka Booth Amphitheatre, www.boothamphitheatre.com

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July 7: Oak City 7 with Shirlette Ammons, Raleigh City Plaza, www.oakcity7.com

July 8: Kevin Smith Presents Yoga Hosers, Carolina Theatre, www.carolinatheatre.org

July 8–24: 10 by 10 in the Triangle, The ArtsCenter, www.artscenterlive.org

July 9: David Holt, David Wilcox, & David LaMotte; The Cary Arts Center; www.sixstringpresents.com

July 9: Aoife O'Donovan, Hayti Heritage Center, www.hayti.org

July 11: Heather Havrilesky, The Regulator Bookshop, www.regulatorbookshop.com

July 12: Steve Gunn, Kings, www.kingsbarcade.com

July 13: Chuck Palahniuk, The Regulator Bookshop, www.regulatorbookshop.com

July 13: The Quebe Sisters, Blue Note Grill, www.thebluenotegrill.com

July 13: William Tyler & Jake Xerxes Fussell, Duke Gardens, www.dukeperformances.duke.edu

July 13–August 7: Truth to Power 4, Pleiades Gallery, www.pleiadesartdurham.com

July 18: Flight of the Conchords, Koka Booth Amphitheatre, www.boothamphitheatre.com

July 18: Freakwater, The Pinhook, www.thepinhook.com

July 20–31: Violet, Paul Green Theatre, www.playmakersrep.org

July 22: Peter Frampton & Gregg Allman, Red Hat Amphitheater, www.redhatamphitheater.com

July 23: Big Lebowski The Dude Abides Party, N.C. Museum of Art, www.ncartmuseum.org

July 23: Dragged Into Sunlight, Kings, www.kingsbarcade.com

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  • Photo by Silvia Mautner
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July 23: Kool & The Gang, Bootsy Collins, Morris Day & The Time, Doug E. Fresh; Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek; www.livenation.com

July 24: Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle, Meymandi Concert Hall, www.dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

July 24: Digable Planets & Camp Lo, Cat's Cradle, www.catscradle.com

July 24: Gwen Stefani, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek, www.livenation.com

July 25: Marissa Nadler & Wrekmeister Harmonies, Cat's Cradle Back Room, www.catscradle.com

July 27: Black Twig Pickers, Duke Gardens, www.dukeperformances.duke.edu

July 29: Maxwell and Fantasia, Red Hat Amphitheater, www.redhatamphitheater.com

July 29–30: Paul Taylor Dance Company, DPAC, www.americandancefestival.org

July 30: Todrick Hall, Meymandi Concert Hall, www.dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

July 30: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Release Party, Flyleaf Books, www.flyleafbooks.com

August 3: Boris & Earth, Cat's Cradle, www.catscradle.com

August 6: History and Mystery: Discoveries in the NCMA British Collection, N.C. Museum of Art, www.ncartmuseum.org

August 7: Raleigh Evening Food Truck Rodeo, Fayetteville Street, www.downtownraleighfoodtruckrodeo.com

August 12: Dixie Chicks, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek, www.livenation.com

August 12: Nick Offerman & Megan Mullally, Durham Performing Arts Center, www.dpacnc.com

August 13: Iron & Wine, N.C. Museum of Art, www.ncartmuseum.org

August 13: Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, Durham Performing Arts Center, www.dpacnc.com

August 13: Tarocco: A Soldier's Tale, Fletcher Opera Theater, www.dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

August 18–21: Charlie Murphy, Goodnights Comedy Club, www.goodnightscomedy.com

August 19: Brian Wilson, Memorial Auditorium, www.dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

August 20: B.J. Barham, Lincoln Theatre, www.lincolntheatre.com

August 26: Ferris Bueller's Day Off, N.C. Museum of Art, www.ncartmuseum.org

August 26: David Liebe Hart, Pour House, www.the-pour-house.com

August 27: Piedmont Regulators, Saxapahaw Rivermill, www.saxapahawnc.com

August 31: Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art, Nasher Museum of Art, www.nasher.duke.edu

September 8: Dom Flemons Duo & The South Carolina Broadcasters, American Tobacco Campus, www.americantobaccocampus.com

September 8–10: Hopscotch Music Festival with Erykah Badu, Andrew Bird, Beach House, Young Thug, and more; Downtown Raleigh; www.hopscotchmusicfest.com

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