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Tour de Fat

When: Sat., June 25, 11 a.m. 2016

TOUR DE FAT & KIRBY DERBY

In the annals of annual area events, few are as devoted to pure fun as Raleigh's weird and wonderful Kirby Derby and Durham's beer-and-bikes convocation, Tour de Fat. This year, they fall on the same day, but, with a little schedule coordination, you can sample both. The traveling circus of New Belgium, the big brewery with the best values, Tour de Fat begins with a short, loud, costumed bike ride through Durham around eleven a.m. Then there's a silly fashion show, a game-show-based bike giveaway, live music, and plenty of brews and general revelry. It ends by five p.m., leaving you just enough time to hustle to Raleigh and gaze with wonder at Kirby Derby's fairy tale-themed parade, full of outrageous puppets, odd outfits, and warped storylines. The main event arrives at six p.m., when bold riders in homemade soapbox cars navigate unforgiving asphalt and the unpredictable Dead Man's Curve in a race for glory. It's been a brutal year in North Carolina—more than ever, yes, we'd like to party with our neighbors. —Grayson Haver Currin

DIAMOND VIEW PARK, DURHAM/KIRBY STREET, RALEIGH10 a.m.–5 p.m., free, www.newbelgium.com/4 p.m., free, www.kdd.gamil.com

Price: free

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