WRAL summer guide: Stay cool with pools, free movies and more

7 July 2022

It’s summer in North Carolina — find festival and concert lists, our pool database and more right here.

Summer in North Carolina: Festivals, concerts and fun

Our NC festival guide features more than 100 events from the mountains to the coast and plenty right here in the Triangle. Some of our summer favorites include the NC Blueberry Festival (June 17-18), That Music Fest (June 24-25), Festival for the Eno (July 2 and July 4) and the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival (Aug. 5-6).

Festival For The Eno 6-7-12-18

We have also highlighted some of the biggest concerts at the Triangle’s most popular music venues this summer in North Carolina. The summer kicks off with The Doobie Brothers on June 11 and Backstreet Boys on June 25.

Summer movies

Need a place to cool off? Theaters across our area offer cheap or free movie tickets if families are willing to watch movies on weekday mornings. This list also features outdoor movies in our area this summer.

Summer movies

Road trips and more

Whether you’re planning a day trip or an entire vacation, summer in North Carolina is a great time to travel. Whether you prefer coastal destinations, lakes or mountains, there’s an idea for every family in our Nooks & Crannies guide.

Check out this list of some of our state’s best beaches and a guide to fun in while you’re in Wilmington visiting Wrightsville Beach.

You don’t have to travel far to see mountains. Here’s a guide to Hanging Rock State Park, about two hours from Raleigh, or a guide to planning a stay-cation.

Summer in North Carolina: Pilot Mountain

How to save gas this summer in North Carolina

Wondering how to save gas this summer? Despite gas prices at all-time highs, people are still traveling this summer. Read up on ways to save gas, like skipping the drive-thru and checking your tire pressure before longer trips.

You can use the WRAL Fuel Tracker from GasBuddy to find the least expensive gas in your area.

Ways to cool down

Our database of public pools can help you find a pool near you. Most pools offer day passes that can be purchased at the entrance or memberships to join for the entire summer.

NC swimming pools
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Other ways to cool down in summer in North Carolina: see a movie or got to a museum. Here’s a list of other ideas, from water balloon fights to patio dining to upgrading your outdoor space.

Don’t forget about heat safety! Take care of pets in the hottest months of the year by allowing them access to shade and water while outdoors and keeping their paws off sizzling streets during long walks.

Summer in North Carolina: Bark in the Park

Anyone can suffer from heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If you work outdoors or have a child who practices extracurricular activities outside, be aware of the different heat warnings and know when to stay indoors. We even have tips to cool down your car if you need to get somewhere in a hurry.

Finally, check out these tips to save money on your cooling costs. One tip? Get ceiling fans and make sure they’re spinning in the right direction for summer.

Summer fan direction

How to protect your family from mosquitos and ticks

Read up on ways to keep these pests out of your yard and the best way to prevent illness from tick bites this summer in North Carolina.

Australian scientists eradicate 80 percent of disease-carrying mosquitoes

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