Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about making time to play, at local sports facilities, live music venues, indie movie theaters and fun places and spaces all around the Triangle.
Hardly a day goes by from Spring through early Fall that there isn’t some event, activity or performance at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre. Constructed in 2001, the unique amphitheatre is set among 14 acres of tall pines and next to Symphony Lake, blending seamlessly with the natural setting. That setting hosts a very diverse array of events, from 5K races and live music performances to outdoor movie screenings, food and beverage festivals and cultural events like the annual Cary Diwali (pictured above).
Depending on the event, up to 7,000 visitors can attend a performance at Booth Amphitheatre. Many enjoy bringing their own seating and picking a spot on the spacious lawn (where views are best for the annual 4th of July fireworks show). Some events, like the Movies by Moonlight series, allow us to bring our own picnics (including beer and wine) too. There’s one special movie event you might want to add to your calendar next month. It’s the grand finale for the season, the “Grease” Sing-a-long on August 23rd. Tickets are available in advance now and costumes are strongly encouraged.
The live music genres scheduled each season are fairly varied too, including the Hob Nob Jazz series, a series for country music fans and coming this fall a “Pickin’ in the Pines” Bluegrass series in partnership with PineCone. Of course, the NC Symphony Summerfest series is very popular. The Summerfest winds up its season this Saturday (July 12) with Around the world with The Von Trapps (note – the actual symphony will not be part of this concert).
Of course as an outdoor venue, weather can sometimes dampen a scheduled performance. For any event you attend at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, be sure to check the website for full details on seating, parking (and fees), when gates open and what is and isn’t allowed inside. All of those important to know details can vary by event and keeping informed makes the event all the more fun!