Cary NC Concerts and International Celebrations Highlight Koka Booth Fall Lineup

When the scorching hot summer gives way to the crisp fall air, a drop in temperature is a given. However, at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, the Fall lineup at the premier venue for Cary NC Concerts will be heating up with world-class talent and some fun with an international flair.


The Koka Booth Stage will be filled with names like Wilco,Kacey Musgraves, and more for the Fall schedule.

Cary NC Concerts for September and October Brings Award-Winning Talent to the Stage

Three multiple-time Grammy award winners and a local act that has gone worldwide will fill out the Cary NC Concerts schedule for September and October. Following the scorching hot summer concerts and events at Koka Booth, it would appear the “stage temperature” will continue to rise.

Cary NC Concerts at Koka Booth Amphitheatre- September/October Lineup

  • Kacey Musgraves- Saturday, September 14
  • Mandolin Orange- Saturday, September 21
  • Wilco- Wednesday, October 16
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The Pickin’ in the Pines Cary NC Concerts/ bluegrass series is a Fall favorite at Koka Booth

“Pickin’ in the Pines”: The Fall Wednesday Tradition at Koka Booth

One thing helping to “heat up” that fall schedule at Koka Booth is its Wednesday night bluegrass series, “Pickin’ in the Pines.” The incredibly talented lineup set for September and into October will for sure be a highlight among the facilities’ Cary NC Concerts this fall. An array of North Carolina based talent that has traveled the country and the world will grace the Koka Booth stage every Wednesday night through October 2.

Pickin’ in the Pines 2019 September/October Schedule

  • Diamond Creek- September 18
  • Johnny Folsom 4/Patsy Cline Tribute- September 25
  • Lorraine Jordan and Friends –October 2

Celebrate “Around the World” at Koka Booth This Fall

The 2nd annual Tacos N’ Taps Festival returns to Cary on Saturday, October 5.

Yet another “red hot” series of events coming to Koka Booth Amphitheatre this Fall are several international-themed festivals. These feature many different cultural aspects of the country or continent featured. Likewise, each culture is represented at the events by authentic live music, entertainment, food, and beverages.

Upcoming International-Themed Events and Festivals at Koka Booth (Event Start Time in Parenthesis)

  • Asia Fest- Sat. Sept. 28 (11:00 a.m.) 
  • Tacos ‘N Taps- Sat. Oct. 5 (12:00 p.m.)
  • Triangle Oktoberfest-Fri/Sat. Oct. 18-19 (Fri. 5 pm, Sat. 12 pm) 
  •  NC Chinese Lantern Festival- Fri. Nov. 22- (6:00 p.m.)

Koka Booth Amphitheatre is located at 8003 Regency Parkway in Cary, just a few miles from your new home at Preston Retreat. for further information on their upcoming Cary NC Concerts and events, visit

Once Again, for 2019, Cary is the Absolute Best Place to Live in NC

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Do not adjust your screen. This is not an article that is being repeated. We understand with the incredible and lofty accolades received on a seemingly daily basis you may think you’ve seen this before. Well, that is because Cary continues to be recognized for being a great, community-oriented town that multiple publications have awarded. Once again, the publication handing out the award, in this case, are the experts at They have moved Cary up from number two in 2018 and named Cary as the 2019 Best Place to Live in NC.


Amenities like Downtown Park in Cary are one of many reasons that it continues to be honored with awards and accolades .

A Near Perfect Rating for the 2019 Best Place to Live in NC

HomeSnacks looks at eight separate sub-categories in reaching its final scoring totals, called “Snackability” ratings.
They rank each of these areas between 1-10 based on their own research and data. However, HomeSnacks also takes into account the actual words and recollections of residents of each town they analyze.
In their own “Snackability” analysis, the Best Place to Live in NC, Cary scored an incredible 9.5 out of 10. Of the 8 categories judged the town received 6 scores of 9/10 or better. Those areas with corresponding scores are listed below.

Each Category of “Snackabilitry” Rankings of 9/10 or Above for Cary becoming the Best Place to Live in NC.

  • Education (Schools,etc.)
  • Amenities (Entertainment, Food, etc)
  • Jobs/Employment
  • Housing
  • Diversity
  • Safety

The parks in Cary, for both recreational and educational purposes are second to none.

Residents Agree Cary Jobs, Schools,  Amenities, and More are “Fantastic”

The author of this Homesnacks blog post noted the high paying and plentiful amount of jobs puts Cary over the top as Best Place to Live in NC.
“If you don’t have a job in Cary, you’re most likely not trying very hard. The unemployment rate here is almost as low as you can get,” the author said.
As for reviews from a resident, Home Snacks heard all good things.  “I grew up in Cary and lived there until I moved away for college.” The resident continued,  “Cary is a place for everyone, great for seniors, great for raising kids, and great for young adults and professionals. The schools are fantastic, there is a great selection of food, activities, and experiences.”
He concluded, “It was a wonderful place for me to grow up and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for their forever home.”
To see more on the 2019 Best Place to Live in NC final rankings with Cary at number one, visit

Cary Lazy Daze Festival Returns for Year 43


The Cary Lazy Daze Festival will showcase the incredible arts and crafts of local artists on the weekend on August 25. This will be the 43rd annual rendition of the event, taking place at the Cary Town Hall Campus in Downtown Cary. All of the great fun and culture takes place just minutes from the Preston Retreat luxury new home community in Cary.

See All Genres and then Some at Cary Lazy Daze Festival

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Jewelry, made by ND Design of Canton, GA is just one of the many genres you will see at Lazy Daze.

At the 43rd annual Cary Lazy Daze Festival, there will be over 300 local artists featured throughout the two-day event. The 42nd annual event was voted by WRAL TV viewers as the 2018 “Best Festival” of the year.

The festivities will kick-off on Saturday, August 24 from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Day two of Cary Lazy Daze Festival will commence on Sunday, August 25 at 12:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.

At the 43rd annual Cary Lazy Daze Festival, you will see artists representing over 10 genres of art.

Some of the spectacular work you will see is in the following areas. (Click on link to see individual artists in each genre)


Thee will be four seperate stages at the event, featuring bands on each throughout both days

Cary Lazy Daze Festival Offering Best of Local Sounds

In addition to seeing the finest arts and crafts in the area, the festival will also feature sweet local sounds. There will be four stages of live music throughout both days. In addition to music, there will be other live performers both on the stages and roaming the festival grounds as well.

The official Cary Lazy Daze Festival page describes the live entertainment that you can expect to see and hear. “The festival will feature four stages with an eclectic mix of live entertainment, including jazz, bluegrass, reggae, rock, funk and more.” Likewise, it tells that there will be roving entertainers throughout the festival.

Over 25 Ways to Curb Your Hunger (and Thirst) at Cary Lazy Daze Festival

As if the beautiful artwork and sounds of the area aren’t enough, we suggest you bring an appetite to the festival. There will be over 25 local food and beverage vendors and food trucks on hand for this years’ event.


There will be over 25 food trucks and vendors on hand at the Lazy Daze festival.

A full listing of the Cary Lazy Daze Food Vendors is listed below.

BBQ and American Fare

Specialty Foods


In addition to all these incredible dining options, there will also be a beer garden on site. Likewise, it will feature a number of the areas top breweries and feature their unique flavors as well.

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With activities, games, and treats to enjoy, the Lazy Daze event is a blast for the kids

Lazy Daze for All Ages

Consequently, there will also be a lot of activities for the youngsters in attendance at the festival, too. There will again be the “Kids World” area, an outdoor play space. This area will be set in the Page-Walker Arts and History Center Gardens. Here the kids will find toys, crafts, food, and a children’s stage of performers.

A second “children’s area” at the festival will be indoors. Set inside the Herb Young Community Center, where the children can play sports and different activities also.

Great crowds are anticipated for the upcoming Lazy Daze arts and crafts festival.

No Matter How You Get There, Just Get There

There will have some limited parking for those who drive to the event. Likewise, several shuttles will be running and are free. The pick-up points are at Cary Towne Center or Green Hope High School.

For more information on all aspects of the Cary Lazy Daze Festival, visit the event page at

Blast Off at Cary Family Events as Bond Park Hosts Rocket Day


Do you have an aspiring, astronaut under your roof at your new home at the Preston Retreat community? Well, luckily for you on Saturday, August 24, the Cary Family Events schedule continues as Bond Park will host “Rocket Day.”


Fred G. Bond Metro Park plays host too many Cary Summer Events. This includes the August 24 Rocket Day.

Cary Family Events Letting You Launch on Your Own Time

On Saturday, August 24, it is time to take that model rocket and get ready for take-off as part of this most unique day among Cary Family Events. It is time to get that rocket ready and sign up with a group to run your very own hour-long rocket program. There are three different hour increments you can sign up for and then its time for lift-off!!!

There are several guidelines and safety regulations that you must follow. The Town of Cary has detailed these at their website. There are several areas in which these guidelines fall under listed below.

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Another Cary Summer Event, “Rockets with Dad,” may have prepared youngsters for Rocket Day.

Rocket Safety Parts and Materials for Cary Family Events

  • General Rocket Safety Code Materials– The nose, body, and fins of the rocket must be lightweight and non-metal parts
  • Rocket Motor– Only certified, commercially-made model rocket motors will be approved to launch
  • Ignition System– Electrical launch system and electrical motor ignitors are the only acceptable types
  • Rocket Launcher– Rockets launches can only start from a tower, rail, or launch rod. These places are must aim within 30 degrees of the vertical to ensure a safe launch
  • Size of Rocket- Model rockets to be used at these Cary Family Events has several sizes and weight specifics to follow.
  1. Rockets will not weigh more than 1,5000 grams. (53 ounces) at liftoff.
  2. Rockets will not contain more than 125 grams (4.4 ounces) of propellant or 320 newton-seconds (71.9 pound-seconds) of total impulse.
  3. In the case, a rocket weight more than one pound (453 grams) or has greater than 4 ounces (113 grams) you are responsible to check with FAA regulations before flying.

While it may seem easy, the actual launch of your rocket must follow safety regulations and guidelines.

The Launch, Safety, and Recovery of Your Rocket at Cary Family Events

  • Launch Safety- A proper and loudly stated countdown must be done at “take-off.” Also, you are responsible to be sure that all present will stand a minimum of 15 feet away from the point of launch. (30 feet if a larger rocket.)
  • Flight Safety- You will not launch your rocket into clouds, at targets, or near airplanes. Likewise, you can not add any flammable or explosive payload to your rocket.
  • Launch Site– All launches must take place outdoors in safe weather conditions. This includes being sure the winds are blowing at less than 20 mph. Also, check for dry gas to avoid the possibility of a grass fire.
  • Misfires- In case of a rocket not launching, first try pressing the button on the electrical launch system. If needed then remove launchers safety interlock or disconnect battery.
  • Recovery System- A streamer or parachute will be in all rockets as a recovery system. This ensures a safe and undamaged landing for each rocket. The material used for these will be fireproof and flame-resistan

“Launch” Into Bond Park Events all Summer

The Rocket Day at Bond Park figures to be a “blast” for all that participate. The town of Cary does ask that any participants fill out a waiver form. For any further information on Rocket Day or other upcoming events, visit


Photo Credits: Town of Cary





Bands, Bites, and Boats : A Winning Trio for Cary Summertime Events

Cary Summertime Events are plentiful and many of them take place right in the heart of town at Fred G. Bond Metro Park. However, few if any epitomize the gorgeous landscape of a Cary summer with the delicious local food options as the Bands, Bites, and Boats series. Held one Friday each month at the Boathouse at Bond Park, each week gives you a different offering of music and food. Unique to this series though is also the serenity of summer and ability to enjoy the night on the water.


A great array of delicious tastes will be available each month at Bands, Bites, and Boats. In October, the wood-fired goodness of Napoli Pizza will be at Bond Park

Those in attendance for this series of Cary Summertime Events can actually rent boats and enjoy from the lake. If your preference is to “keep it on land,” you are welcome to bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on and “soak in” the entire atmosphere. Bond Park hosts each Bands, Bites, and Boats, event and is located at 801 High House Road in Cary.

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Music: Garland Mason, Food Truck: Brooklyn Boys Pizza, Brew: Southern Peak

Starting at 5:00 pm and going until 8:00 pm, you can take an after-hour boat rental and enjoy the tunes of Garland Mason on August 2. Mason and his undeniable grooves will take the stage at 6:00 and his songs will fill the air until the event ends. The featured food truck for the August 2 evening of Cary Summertime Events is Brooklyn Boys Pizza. Locally renowned for their delicious New York-style pizza, stromboli, and calzones, they will be on hand throughout the night.

Likewise, Apex’s Southern Peak Brewery will be on hand serving and pouring their delicious types of craft beer. Much as they say on their own website, Southern Peak will look to bring to their “neighborhood brewery” to Bond Park. In doing so they will try to follow their slogan and “celebrate what craft beer truly is, innovative and fun.”

-Friday, September 6 -Cary Summertime Events- Bands, Bites, and Boats-

Music: E.G. Peters, Food Truck: Trash Talk,  Brew: Brueprint

While many Cary Summertime Events have come and gone by September, the Bands, Bites, and Boats series continues on. On this occasion, E.G. peters will get the music started around 5:30 pm and will no doubt have the whole place enjoying his smooth rhythms. Another unique food truck pulls in for September 6, as Trash Talk will be at Bond Park. Trash Talk is the idea of a former resident of Western NY, who brought one of the famous tastes of that area to her food truck in NC. Whether you opt for cheeseburgers or hot dogs, that main dish, the “Trash Plate” is a taste experience you won’t want to miss.


On August 2, the refreshing taste of Southern Peak Brewing will be available at Bands, Bites, and Boats.

Adding to the September 6 edition of these Cary Summer Events will be the brewmasters from Brueprint Brewery in Apex. They will bring their very own delectable selection of brews to be enjoyed as you soak in the sounds of the evening. They will no doubt also be encouraging all on hand to live by the Blueprint slogan. “Plan for a great time…Grab a Blueprint.”

-Friday, October 4 -Cary Summertime Events- Bands, Bites, and Boats-

Music: Garrett Cummings, Food Truck: Napoli Pizza Brew: Fortnight

Previewing last month, we noted many towns’ have wrapped summer events up by September. Consequently, the Cary Summertime Events, keep on rolling, technically into the fall and October! So, on October 4 the sweet music of Garrett Cummings will fill the Bond park night sky to the delight of all on hand. In addition, Napoli Pizza’s food truck of Carrboro will bring its delicious wood-fired pies to this final event of the season.

Fortnight Brewing Company of Cary will also be on hand to close out this series of Cary Summertime Events. Whether their “All You Need is Hops” IPA, “Carolina Amber,” or any of a host of their other options, Fortnight is a perfect compliment to close out the Bands, Bites, and Boats season.

Bond Park is located just a short few minutes away from your new home in the Triangle area’s number one luxury, new home neighborhood Preston Retreat. For more information on the Bands, Bites, and Boats series and all upcoming Cary Summertime Events, visit

Photo Credit: Town of Cary


What’s Smokin’, Pickin’ and Sippin’?: 10th Annual Cary Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival Enters “Beast Mode!”


For the tenth consecutive year the Cary Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival takes center stage at Koka Booth Amphitheatre. On both Friday, August 2 and Saturday, August 3, the event offers all the best in suds, sauces, smoked goodies, and much more.


There will be over 60 beers to sample at the Cary Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival

Over 60 Beers, Over 40 Bourbons, and a “Smoked Meat Onslaught”

At the official event site,, this event welcomes all to come out and be a part of the “10th Annual Pork-out in Cary.” They additionally speak of the return to Koka Booth and the non-stop BBQ over the two-day festival in greater detail. It begins saying, “The Triangle’s Favorite Smoked Meat Onslaught is back, with TEETH! Come and see what over 225,000 people nationwide have enjoyed.

The official Cary Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival website goes on to promote the tastes and sights of this “can’t miss event.” “Get ready to enjoy all those pleasures that true Southerners live by.” It goes on, “Beer, Bourbon, Barbeque, Boots, Bacon, Biscuits, Bluegrass and Smoked Beasts.”

As if that was not clear enough, the website sums up the activities in its conclusion. “It’s two great days of beer sippin’, bourbon tastin’, music listenin’, cigar smokin’, and barbeque eatin’.”


Large crowds will again be expected at Koka Booth Amphitheatre for the 10th annual event on Aug. 2-3

What’s Smokin’ at the 10th Annual Cary Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival

This may be somewhat of a loaded question, as there will actually be a lot “smokin'” at this two-day event! Once again in referring to the Cary Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival website, they explain exactly what will be smokin’ (and cookin’). Then on Saturday, the event takes a new turn when it enters…”Beast Mode!”

The following favorite areas will return for this years’ event. Likewise listed are items that will be cooked or smoked for your enjoyment at the festival.

BBQ Galore- This one goes without saying.  Enjoy the great barbeque selection from all the vendors onsite. It is noted that “the portions will be heavy and the prices low.”


Stop by the Shrine to the Swine area to get a taste of the delicious pulled pork BBQ

Just to name a few delicious items you can expect:

  • Pulled pork (from whole hogs)
  • Ribs
  • Brisket
  • Chickens
  • A Variety of Sausages
  • All the fixins’ you can imagine

The Shrine of Swine- The official description of this delicious area says this. “Yes, Your favorite is back. The Shrine features pulled pork, right from the source. Pork Worship at its finest!”

Beast Mode Saturday- Featuring the smoking of exotic meats to include the following.

  • Alligator
  • Lamb
  • Bison
  • Longhorn Rounds and much more

Smooth Sippin’ and Glass Tippin’ at the Cary Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival


If bourbon is your thing, come try over 40 kinds at Koka Booth during the two-day festival

The team at the Cary Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival asks that you please drink responsibly at this event. That being said, there will be over 60 beers and 40 different bourbons to choose from.

In addition, there will be seminars in the “Tasting Theatre” area with both master distillers and brewmasters. Plus, all in attendance will receive a commemorative glass to use for your tastings throughout.

The Tenth Annual Cary Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival runs from 6 pm- 10 pm Friday night, August 2. On Saturday, August 3, events start at noon and the festival ends at 6 pm.

For further details, including a full menu, ticket options, and much more visit the official event site at

Cary Named Best Place to Raise a Family in NC

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With all of the 2019 “Best of” rankings and polls being released, Cary may be the most honored town statewide. A recent study actually echoed another we covered recently done by In either case, Cary was named as the Best Place to Raise a Family in NC.

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Annual events and attractions for all ages are factors making Cary the Best Place to Raise a family in NC

The annual poll by Wallethub puts Cary as the number one Best Place to Raise a Family in NC for the second consecutive year. A June 20, 2019 blog post by Wallethub financial writer, Adam McCann went into details about the methods and areas of study used in naming the 2019 Best Place to Raise a Family in NC. There are four separate areas that the Wallethub team uses to determine the Best Place to Live in NC and each is detailed below.

Family Life, and Fun: Where to go, what to do, and how’s the weather?

Each of the four areas used in the rankings is worth a total of 25 points each. The first area is “Family, Life, and Fun.”

In determining this area’s score, Wallethub looks at each town’s attractions such as museums, theatres, playgrounds, etc. Additionally, they rank for the number of families with children aged 0-17. Lastly, they focus on commute time and average weather patterns.

Out of nearly 90 NC municipalities, Cary ranks number six overall in these areas.


Cary always ranks high for safety. The great relationships built between residents and local police and fire departments help keep the town safe

Education, Health, and Safety: How are the schools and are my children safe?

Consequently, the town of Cary also ranks sixth out of the 87 towns judged in this category too. They receive high marks for the quality of schools in the town. Likewise, Cary’s safety rating is very good, with a low violent and non-violent crime rate.

Other items playing into Cary being named Best Place to Raise a Family in NC from this category was the number of children with health insurance, number of pediatricians, and air quality.

Affordability and Socioeconomics: A pair of “Top Fives”

In each of these final 25 point areas of scoring, Cary boasted one of the top 5 highest scores. For the “Affordability” category, it was basically broken down into the overall cost of living and housing prices.


Affordability, including the pricing on new luxury homes at Preston Retreat, weighed into Cary’s high ranking.

Lastly, is “Socioeconomics,” which covers the number of two-parent families, unemployment, poverty and the like. Cary has very low rates in these areas, and thus, the top five rankings for Socioeconomics.

2019 Best Place to Raise a Family Rankings

Cary was listed as the Best Place to Raise a Family in NC with a score of 75.87 out of 100. Here are the full top 10 rankings from Wallethub.

  1. Cary-                 75.87
  2. Davidson-        75.17
  3. Morrisville-      74.77
  4. Waxhaw-          74.66
  5. Holly Springs- 72.18
  6. Apex-                 72.15
  7. Huntersville-   71.18
  8. Mooresville-    68.75
  9. Wake Forest-  68.69
  10. Weddington-   67.26

For more information on Cary being the 2019 Best Place to Raise a Family in NC, visit

Photo Credit: Town of Cary


“Biggest Ever” Cary July 4th Celebration at Koka Booth Amphitheatre


In our second part of the “Independence Day series”, we will focus on the Cary July 4th Celebration at Koka Booth Amphitheatre. In contrast to our first article, these events take place in the early afternoon through night time on July 4. Similarly, however, is the fact that both the events at the Arts Center and Bond Park and these have become Cary Independence Day traditions.

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The Cary Town Band (shown) will once again take the Koka Booth Stage on July 4.

Koka Booth to Be Location for “Biggest Ever” Cary July 4th Celebration

Starting at 3:00 p.m. and continuing until a scheduled 10:00 p.m finish, Koka Booth Amphitheatre takes over the days’ events upon completion at Bond Park. According to, this years’ Cary July 4th Celebration at Koka Booth is set to be bigger and better than ever.

“Celebrate our nation’s birthday in spectacular style at Booth Amphitheatre for the area’s biggest Independence Day celebration ever.” It continues, “Enjoy the beautiful setting and patriotic performances with the Cary Town Band and the North Carolina Symphony in what promises to make guests proud to be an American.”

In addition to musical performances, there will also be family-friendly activities and performances all day long. Finally, the Cary July 4th Celebration will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display.

Koka Booth July 4th Schedule of Events

  • 3:00 pm– Gates Open, attendees can set out blankets, lawn chairs, etc. on the lawn
  • 3:00- 5:00 pm– Live DJ for music and dancing
  • 3:00-7:00 pm– Kids’ Activities and Rides (50 ft. Ferris Wheel, “Berry-Go-Round, Magicians and live performances)
  • 4:30-6:00 pm– Ice Cream Eating Contests
  • 5:45-6:45 pm– Cary Town Band on Koka Booth Main Stage
  • 7:30- 8:30 pm– NC Symphony on Koka Booth Main Stage
  • 9:00- finish– July 4 Fireworks Display

“Pub Tickets” and Lawn Seating for July 4th Celebration at Koka Booth

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Shown is the NC Symphony during a previous performance at Koka Booth. They will take the stage prior to the fireworks.

The general admission seating on the spacious lawn at Koka Booth is free to the public and no tickets are required. However, there are “Special Reserved Seating” tickets that can be purchased for this event but must be purchased in blocks of 4.

More specifically the “blocks of 4” seating is at 4-seat pub tables and cost $160 for the entire table. Each 4-seat table purchased will receive several complimentary gifts. These include:

  • A Free Preferred Parking Pass
  • Pint of Lumpy’s Ice Cream
  • A loaf of Star Spangled Swirl Bread from the Great Harvest Bread Company.

Much like the event venues of earlier in the day, Koka Booth Amphitheatre is only a quick drive from your new luxury home at Preston Retreat. It is located at 8003 Regency Parkway in Cary.

For further details on this and all upcoming events in Cary, visit

Cary Independence Day Events: Red, White and Blue “Olde Time” Fun


With the end of June approaching, that means our nation’s birthday is growing near. For Cary residents, this means its time to start making plans for the “fun-tastic” Cary Independence Day Events taking place this year on July 3-4.

(This is part one in a two-part series on Cary Independence Day Events)


The Cary Arts Center (pictured) will host the Cary Town Band’s tribute to the veterans on Thursday, July 3.

Independence Eve Celebration at Cary Arts Center

Cary Arts Center will play host to the first of all Cary Independence Day Events on July 3. These festivities start at 6:30 p.m. with a “pre-show” performance by “Applause! Cary Youth Theatre.”

Following the youngsters, the Cary Town Band will take center stage at the celebration. They will pay tribute to our nation’s veterans at this years’ upcoming event.

Scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start, the Cary Town Band has become a tradition at the annual Cary Independence Day Events. In addition to honoring those who have served, Deborah Tilton, NC Army National Guard Specialist, will be answering, “What is a Veteran?”


The “Olde Time” Independence Day Celebration on Thursday, July 4 is at Fred G. Bond Metro Park

Olde Time Celebration and Cary Independence Day Events at Bond Park

Starting at 8:00 a.m. on our nation’s day of birth, the Fred G. Bond Metro Park will be the location for an “Olde Time” celebration.

It is encouraged to bring along the whole family to the days’ Cary Independence Day Events. After the 8:00 a.m start, activities for all ages will continue into the early afternoon.

The Cary Independence Day Events at the “Olde Time Celebration” Schedule

  • 8:00-10:00 a.m.- Fishing Tournament                                                                                                                                  Registration starts at 7:30 at Bond Park Boathouse. Prizes awarded in a variety of categories and age groups.
  • 9:30-10:30 a.m.- Parade Preparations
    Bring out your bike, tricycle, wagon, scooter, or kids battery-power vehicles and get ready for an “old-fashioned” parade! This years’ parade theme is “American Pride.” Thus, let’s see some stars and stripes, and a lot of creativity using the red, white, and blue. Supplies for decorating will be provided by Cary Teen Council.
  • 10:30 a.m.- finish- Parade in the Park
    Time to show off that “American Pride!” Take a walk, stroll, or ride along in the annual Parade in the park. The starting point will be the Kiwanis Shelter. The Cary Town Band will lead the parade playing some of their patriotic-best tunes.
  • 11:00 a.m- finish- Family Contests
    Another favorite part each year of these Cary  Independence Day Events! The whole family teams up for these friendly competitions in a variety of different age groups and events. A full listing of the events/contests scheduled are below.
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The sack race Is one of the many “Family Contests” scheduled for the Olde Time Celebration at Bond Park.

The “Family Contests” Scheduled Events

  • Donut Eating Contest
  • Watermelon Eating Contest
  • Lake Side Olympics
  • Sack Race
  • Egg and Spoon Race
  • Three-Legged Race
  • Seed-Spitting Contests

The Wednesday, July 3 Cary Town Band event is at the Cary Arts Center. This is located at 101 Dry Avenue in Cary. The Thursday, July 4 activities are at Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 801 High House Road, also in Cary. Both locations are only a short few minutes from your new home at the Preston Retreat luxury, new home community.

For more details on these great Independence Day Events, you can visit

(Photo Credit: Town of Cary)


What is the Safest City in America?…Of Course, it’s Cary!!!


At the end of March, the experts in “finding you the right place to live,” released one of the most anticipated studies of the year. The study analyzed 283 cities across the country with a population of 100,000 or above in several areas to gauge the safety of their respective residents. In the article, released on March 19, they summed up their findings, giving Cary the highest praise of all analyzed. “Taking the crown as the Safest City in America for 2019 is Cary,” it stated. “A classic example of everything that makes America great!”

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Events hosted by the Cary Police Department such as “Public Safety Day” (pictured) help give residents a comfortable and safe feeling.

For Love, Comfort, and Safety…Cary is the Spot!

In the Home Snacks blog post announcing the 2019 Safest City in America, blogger, Chris Kolmar begins with an overview of the annual poll. “We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort, and safety are at the top of everyone’s list,” he began. What followed was his first “tip of the cap” to the town of Cary. “For a lot of people who live in America, safety isn’t a problem, but we don’t all get to live in the safest cities unless of course, you live in Cary, North Carolina.”

The Top 10 Safest City in America Listing for 2019

  1. Cary, North Carolina
  2. Irvine, California
  3. Naperville, Indiana
  4. Port St. Lucie, Florida
  5. Allen, Texas
  6. Gilbert, Arizona
  7. Murrieta, California
  8. Thousand Oaks, California
  9. Frisco, Texas
  10. League City, Texas
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The Town of Cary’s wide variety of youth camps in the Summer and during the school year offer kids a safe way to make friends and have fun.

Residents Agree that Cary is Safe…and So Much More

A new feature to Home Snacks in their recent polls is actual resident feedback and comments about the individual cities. Echoing the sentiments of the town being named Safest City in America for 2019, one resident went even further in praising their hometown

“I grew up in Cary,” the Cary native began. “It is a town that I would recommend to anyone for any reason. Cary is a place for everyone, great for seniors, great for raising kids, and great for young adults and professionals.”

The review continued, “It is aa safe of a place to grow up as you will find. The schools are fantastic, there is a great selection of food, activities, and experiences.” The glowing recollection concluded, “It was a wonderful place for me to grow up and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for their forever home.”

How is it Decided That Cary is the Safest City in America?


The Cary Fire Department also adds to the feeling of safety in town with their connection to the community.

An obvious question, with a detailed and definitive answer. Home Snacks explains their ranking and analysis process in detail. Unlike some other sites and studies, they have a very thorough research model, covered in the blog post listing the results.

“While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn’t want to rely on speculation and opinion.” It continues, “Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI’s most recent report of crime (Sept 2018). Specifically, we analyzed the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year.”

A “Report Card” for the Safest City in America

In addition to the overall highest score for overall safety (9.5 out of 10), Home Snacks also handed out “grades” based on a score of 1-10 to all 283 municipalities analyzed. They call their report card type grading system their “SnackAbility” scores. It is safe to say when looking at the “report card” below that Cary is not only the Safest City in America but it also “graduates with Highest Honors!”

Cary, North Carolina “SnackAbility Report Card”


“Operation Medicine Drop” and other similar programs initiated by the town help keep drugs off the streets in Cary.

(Scores are graded 1-10, 10 being highest)

Overall Grade- 9.5

Safety- 9.5

Education- 9.5

Amenities 9.5

Jobs and Employment- 9.0

Housing- 9.0

Diversity- 9.0

Affordability- 8.0

Commute/Travel- 8.0

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The incredible homes at Preston Retreat are located in the heart of “America’s Safest City,” Cary, NC

One look at the “Report Card” above and the title of Safest City in America and it’s no wonder you are searching for new luxury homes in Cary. Luckily for you right in the heart of “Safe City USA,” is the luxury home neighborhood that “changed the game” in the Triangle area, Preston Retreat.

There are still several home lots available at Preston Retreat. Some incredible custom home builders in the area waiting to build your dream home at Preston Retreat. To see some of the spectacular homes and the sites available in the Safest City in America at Preston Retreat, visit

(All Photo Credits: Town of Cary)