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The N.C. Symphony’s outdoor concerts, the Rex Healthcare Summerfest Series, will begin Saturday, May 23, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre.
The N.C. Symphony’s outdoor concerts, the Rex Healthcare Summerfest Series, will begin Saturday, May 23, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre. COURTESY OF JOE NEWBERRY

Cary box office gets next new home

The downtown box office will move to The Cary theater, Tuesday, March 3.

The box office has been at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., since 2011. With the change, the hours for the box office will change. The box office will be open Tuesday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to a news release.

A satellite office will remain at the Cary Arts Center Mondays from 4 to 8 p.m.

The box office sells tickets for events at the Cary Arts Center, The Cary theater and the Page-Walker Arts and History Center. Tickets also will be sold the day of the performance one hour before the event begins.

Tickets may also be bought at or by calling 800-514-3849.

Koka Booth Amphitheatre events are only sold at the amphitheatre box office at 8003 Regency Parkway.

Chatham Street Chowdown schedule announced

The Town of Cary has announced the dates for its food truck rodeo known as the Chatham Street Chowdown.

The food truck rallies, which started last year, will take over West Chatham Street in downtown Cary with 15 food trucks and a beer and wine garden. There will be seating available and live music.

They will be held Sunday, April 19, noon to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, July 26, 5 to 9:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 4, noon to 4:30 p.m.

N.C. Symphony Summerfest Series dates planned at Booth Amphitheatre

The North Carolina Symphony announced a variety of concerts to be held at Booth Amphitheatre as part of its annual Summerfest Series.

The season, which kicks off Saturday, May 23, will feature the symphony performing traditional classical music, ’80s tunes, Broadway songs, the music of Harry Potter and the Eagles.

They also will perform at the popular, free July 4 concert with fireworks.

This is the symphony’s 30th anniversary of performances in Cary and the 15th season at Booth Amphitheatre, according to the symphony.

Tickets go on sale April 24 at noon for the following shows:

May 23: Rhapsody in Blue & Dvorak’s New World Symphony. One selection features “Play With the Pros” with citizen musicians. If interested in becoming a citizen musician, contact Sarah Preston at 919-462-3969. The deadline is April 3.

May 30: Your Favorite Light Classics

June 6: Totally ’80s

June 12 and 13: White Night’s Russian Festival

June 19: An Evening of Broadway

June 20: Symphonic Wizardry featuring the music of Harry Potter

June 27: The Music of the Eagles

July 4: Independence Day concert. The free show includes fireworks. Gates open at 3 p.m.

July 9: The Hot Sardines (The symphony won’t perform at this show)

Most concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. but gates open at 5:30 p.m. for picnics before the shows and a pre-concert Instrument Zoo.

Ticket prices vary. Go to,, or call 919-462-2025. Tickets can be bought through Children 12 and under are admitted free on the lawn.

Booth Amphitheatre is at 8003 Regency Parkway in Cary.

From staff reports