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Smyrna: Caviar Farm Tour & Tasting

What: Yep, there’s actual Carolina caviar. And you’ll feel super ~fancy~ during this tour and tasting at Marshallberg Farm — the largest producer of Russian sturgeon caviar in the U.S. — in Smyrna.

When: July 10

Where: 811 Straits Road, Smyrna, NC 28579

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Ridgeway: Cantaloupe Festival

What: Got a case of melon mania? Ridgeway’s cantaloupes are famous for their sweetness. Try some at this festival at the Ridgeway Festival Grounds.

When: July 13

Where: 660 U.S. Highway 1 South, Ridgeway, NC, 27563

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Lenoir: NC Blackberry Festival

What: Look, there are lots of great things about this celebration of our favorite summer berry held in Lenoir. But mainly, you need to know about the “World’s Largest Patchwork of Blackberry Cobbler”: Cobblers made by bakers from around the county become a huge purple patchwork quilt of piecrust. Count us in.

When: July 11-13

Where: 1909 Hickory Boulevard SE, Lenoir, NC 28645

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Kitty Hawk: Wright Kite Festival

What: Let’s go fly a kite! (music emoji) Watch huge kites soar, fly your own, take a free lesson with Kitty Hawk Kites, and get creative at the kite-making station at Wright Brothers National Memorial

When: July 13-14

Where: 1000 N Croatan Highway, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948

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Linville: Highland Games

What: Blaring bagpipes, dancers, and Celtic music will provide the backdrop as athletes compete in traditional Scottish games at MacRae Meadows on Grandfather Mountain.

When: July 11-14

Where: Grandfather Mountain near Linville, NC

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Raleigh: Destination SunFest

What: Fun and sun … flowers! Last year, Raleigh planted five acres of sunflowers. Now, they’re picture perfect. Frolic among the blooms and enjoy a Ferris wheel and carousel, food and drink, and live music in Dorothea Dix Park.

When: July 13

Where: 2105 Umstead Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603

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For our full list of July events, check out our Carolina Calendar.

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