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July 2012 events in Raleigh-Durham


July is packed with a plethora of things to do in the Raleigh-Durham area. Cities and towns throughout the Triangle will hold celebrations in honor of Independence Day. Sports teams like the Durham Bulls and Carolina RailHawks have home games throughout the month. Heading indoors to watch a show at Progress Energy Center can be a great way to beat the heat. Wherever your interests lie, you’ll find something to do.

1. El Anatsui : When I Last Wrote to You About Africa

July 1-29

El Anatsui : When I Last Wrote to You About Africa is an exhibit that’s in its last month at the North Carolina Museum of Art. The exhibit chronicles the career of El Anatsui, an artist from Africa who created works over a 40-year period. It includes some of his early woodwork made in Ghana and large metal wall sculptures created in his Nigeria studio. More than 60 works of Anatsui are on display. Tickets cost $10.

2. Durham Bulls Baseball at Durham Bulls Athletic Park

Throughout the month of July

Durham Bulls home games take place at 6:05 p.m. July 4; 7:05 p.m. July 5 and at 7:05 p.m. July 16-21. Other games take place at 5:05 p.m. July 22 and 7:05 p.m. July 23. Ticket prices start at $5.99, making for an affordable night out with friends or family.

3. Carolina RailHawks Soccer

7 p.m. July 3, July 7 and July 21

Cheer on the home team at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary as they play the Atlanta Silverbacks on July 3; Fort Lauderdale Strikers on July 7 and the Minnesota Stars FC on July 21. The July 3 game offers spectators to join the team on the field after the game to watch fireworks. Tickets start at only $10, with $5 tickets for children ages 3 to 5, making for a very reasonable night out for the sports-loving family. WakeMed Soccer Park is located at 201 Soccer Park Drive, Cary.

4. Independence Day Celebrations

various times; July 3 and July 4

Small town celebrations and big city fireworks displays are options for celebrating the Fourth of July in the Triangle. For a comprehensive list of events, click here.

5. Raleigh Coin Club and Stamp Show at the NC State Fairgrounds

10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. July 13-14; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 15

The 36th annual coin and paper money show sponsored by the Raleigh Coin Club is the biggest numismatic show in the state. Visitors can buy, sell and trade coins, paper money, stamps, tokens, gold and silver. Educational exhibits will also be on hand. More than 120 dealer tables will be set up in the Scott Building, with dealer appraisals available. Admission is free and open to the public.

6. “Oliver!” presented by North Carolina Theater at Progress Energy Center

7:30 p.m. July 17-22; 2 p.m. July 21-22

The North Carolina Theater production of “Oliver!” based on the Charles Dickens tale, is appropriate for all ages. The classic story centers around Oliver, a young runaway orphan, Artful Dodger, Fagin and his gang of pickpockets, Bill Sykes and Nancy. Tunes like “As Long as He Needs Me” and “Where is the Love?” will likely be familiar to many theater-goers. Performances run from July 17 through July 22. Tickets range from $16 to $75.

7. Back Porch Music on the Lawn at American Tobacco Campus

6 p.m. July 22

WUNC’s popular radio show “Back Porch Music” comes to life in this concert series. The July performance features Justin Robinson and the Mary Annettes. Blankets and chairs are welcome on the lawn, but food and drinks are not permitted. The lawn is surrounded by many restaurants on the American Tobacco Campus, providing spots for a pre- or post-show bite to eat.

8. Family Science Olympiad at Marbles Kids Museum

1 p.m. July 28

The Family Science Olympiad offers fun for all ages at Marbles Kids Museum. Families have the opportunity to work together to protect an egg from breaking during a two-story fall; to create and launch rockets; build a wind-capturing device and design and construct airplanes. The event is included with museum admission, which is $5 per person.

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