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‘An American Celebration’

The Triangle Wind Ensemble will perform at the sixth annual “An American Celebration” at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. The concert is a traditional Memorial Day weekend event that salutes American heritage and those who serve or have served in the military. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Bring blankets or lawn chairs and a picnic.

Tickets are $12 for lawn seating, $25 for table seats. For details, call 919-462-2025 or visit

Hob Nob Jazz series – May 29 show

The Koka Booth Amphitheatre will present its last show in the Hob Nob Jazz Series from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Outside Soul will perform. Tickets are $5; free for children 12 and younger. All seating and music will take place on the Crescent Deck. Pets are allowed. Patrons can bring food but no beverages.

For details, call 919-462-2025 or visit

Art open house

The Waverly Artists Group Gallery will host an open house from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 31, at ​302 Colonades Way, Suite 209, Cary. There will be art, music, food and wine. For details, visit

Cary Gallery of Artists reception

The Cary Gallery of Artists will hold its monthly feature reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 31, at 200 S. Academy St., Suite 120, Cary. The show will feature clay work by Jayne Cluggish, jewelry by Diane Starbling and “Marsh to Mountains” paintings by Wendy Musser. The show will run through June 25. For details, call 919-462-2035 or visit

‘Seven O’ Clock Rock’ series

The intersection of Chatham and Academy Streets in downtown Cary will host “Seven O’Clock Rock,” a series of themed community block parties this spring, complete with dance lessons and live entertainment. Dance lessons start at 7 p.m.; concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

The series will feature:

For information, call 919-469-4061 or search “Seven O’Clock Rock” at

‘Coffee with the Artist’

The Cary Gallery of Artists will hold its “Coffee with the Artist” series from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 1, at 200 S. Academy St., Suite 120, Cary. Wendy Musser, Jayne Cluggish and Diane Starbling will be on hand to talk about their art. For details, call 919-462-2035 or visit

Celebration of the Arts in Fuquay-Varina

The 10th annual Celebration of the Arts Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 1, in downtown Fuquay-Varina. The festival will feature more than 80 artists.

There will be a live auction for paintings from the En Plein Air Paint-Off held in April. Proceeds will be spilt between the artists and the Fuquay-Varina Downtown Revitalization Association.

For details, visit


The Umstead Hotel and Spa will host an art reception for Alabama artist Clem Bedwell from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 6, at 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary. Bedwell’s paintings, “Watershed,” will be on display through Sept. 30. For information, visit

N.C. Symphony’s Summerfest Series

The N.C. Symphony’s outdoor concerts, the Rex Healthcare Summerfest Series, begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. Concert-goers can bring picnics, blankets and lawn chairs as early as 5 p.m.

The series includes:

For tickets, call 919-733-2750 or visit

‘Sscapes… the Space Between’

Sscapes, a group of dancers, storytellers, musicians and vocalists, will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. Doors open at 7 p.m. Performers include Shana Adams, Jude Casseday, Tony Johnson, Glenna Batson, Jody Cassell, Melissa Pihos and Leah Wilks Dance. Tickets are $10 for general admission; $5 for seniors and students. For tickets, call 919-249-1120 or visit

Artist lectures

Artist Larry Soltzenberg will discuss stained glass at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at the West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary. To register, call 919-463-8500. Soltzenberg will also host a discussion at 4 p.m. Monday, June 24, at the Eva Perry Regional Library, 2100 Shepherd’s Vineyard Drive, Apex. To register, call 919-387-2100.

Apex Jazz Festival

The Apex Downtown Business Association will hold its third annual Apex Jazz Festival on Saturday, Sept. 21, in downtown Apex. Performances will be featured in a variety of outdoor and indoor venues along Salem Street. There will be a beer garden in conjunction with an outdoor stage located on the Apex Chamber of Commerce property. Tickets are $10 and go on sale in June.

Sponsors and volunteers are also needed for the festival. Sponsors should contact Sue Mooney at 919-608-6532 or Volunteers should contact Melissa Van at 919-303-3345 or

For details, visit