From Lobster Fest in Wilmington to the Parisian Promenade in Greensboro, check out these five things every North Carolinian should do during the month of June.
Dine on fresh lobster on Saturday, June 8. The Church of the Servant Episcopal in Wilmington plays host to this summertime tradition, where you can order your lobster live or cooked, to eat in or carry out. Don’t forget fresh sides, including corn on the cob, coleslaw, new potatoes, and sausage. Place your order by June 6. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. See website for a menu. (910) 473-1876 or cosepiscopal.ecdio.org.
Showy, rose-lavender-colored Catawba Rhododendron blooms its way up Grandfather Mountain this month. The first blooms appear at the lower overlooks in late May and reach the Swinging Bridge by the end of June. Join daily programs June 1 through 16, including guided walks, to celebrate this herald of summer. 1 p.m. Free with price of admission. (800) 468-7325 or grandfather.com.
The Lost Colony: Behind-the-scenes tour
Go backstage at Waterside Theatre, where for 76 years The Lost Colony has told the story of the disappearance of the first English colonists on Roanoke Island. Beginning May 31, hear fun facts about the show and see weaponry and stunt demonstrations up close. Tours are given Monday through Saturday, and last approximately one hour. Each tour is limited to 50 people and departs from the box office at 7 p.m. Tickets $7 per person or $25 for a family four-pack. (252) 473-2127 or thelostcolony.org.
Salute! N.C. Wine Celebration
Taste one of the many North Carolina wines offered at this festival in downtown Winston-Salem on Saturday, June 1. From noon until 6 p.m., sip luscious wines and enjoy delicious food selections. Also, come prepared to learn at the North Carolina Food & Wine University, where local chefs and winemakers reveal how to swirl, sniff, and savor wine varieties produced in the state. Tickets $20 in advance, $25 the day of the event. Ticket includes wristband for complimentary tastings at all participating wineries. (336) 354-1500 or salutencwine.com.
Imagine the sights, sounds, and smells of a spring afternoon in Paris. Now imagine yourself there. Visit Greensboro’s Tanger Family Bicentennial Garden on Sunday, June 2, for the garden’s annual Parisian Promenade. The event recreates the famous French city with sidewalk artists, live music, outdoor cafés, and more. Bring the family from noon to 5 p.m. to enjoy all the activities and to take in the garden’s elegant landscape. (336) 373-2199 or greensborobeautiful.org.