10 Outdoor Dates Not To Miss This Spring

There's no denying springtime is a gorgeous time in the Oak City—that is if you can stand the pollen. Get out and enjoy the warmer weather with these 10 outdoor spring date ideas!

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Escape into Nature at the JC Raulston Arboretum

Visit one of NC State University's treasures, the JC Raulston Arboretum. Stroll through the beautiful gardens and learn about plants from all over the world.

Escape into Nature at the JC Raulston Arboretum
Free   .  JC Raulston Arboretum   .  Raleigh
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Step Into Spring at Art in Bloom

Add a little color to your day and visit NCMA's annual Art in Bloom exhibit, where thousands of gorgeous flowers will be arranged to mimic the museum's masterworks collection for four days only.

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Step Into Spring at Art in Bloom
$18   .  North Carolina Museum of Art   .  Raleigh
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Pick Your Poison at Whiskey Kitchen

As the name suggests, Whiskey Kitchen specializes in top notch whiskeys, pairing its libations with a stunning interior and your new favorite patio.

Pick Your Poison at Whiskey Kitchen
$$   .  Whiskey Kitchen   .  Raleigh
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Look Over Downtown with a Beer & Hot Dog at The Cardinal

The Cardinal, a hot dog and craft beer bar in Glenwood South, brings some of the best views of Raleigh. Grab a seat on the patio and enjoy!

Look Over Downtown with a Beer & Hot Dog at The Cardinal
$   .  The Cardinal Bar   .  Raleigh
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Sip Brews from All Over the Globe at World Beer Festival

Bottoms up! Now in its twelfth year, World Beer Festival returns to Raleigh to bring you over 200 beers from more than 75 breweries from all over the world spread across 3 acres of the NC State Fairgrounds.

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Sip Brews from All Over the Globe at World Beer Festival
$45   .  North Carolina State Fairgrounds   .  Raleigh
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Shake Your Hips at the Live & Local Spring Fest

Head to Hillsborough St. for a free music fest headlined by Chatham County Line, plus an art market, Raleigh Brewing brews, fun activities for the kiddos and even a bike valet.

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Shake Your Hips at the Live & Local Spring Fest
Free   .  2200 Hillsborough St   .  Raleigh
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Shag at the Midtown Beach Music Series

Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to do the shag! Every Thursday night this spring and summer, get ready for beach music vibes and some sweet Carolina Girl grooving.

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Shag at the Midtown Beach Music Series
Free   .  North Hills Commons   .  Raleigh
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Sip Up at Great Grapes Wine Festival

It's every wino's dream! Indulge in over 200 wines from over 20 wineries, great live music, good eats and crafts all in one place while soaking up the sunshine.

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Sip Up at Great Grapes Wine Festival
$33+   .  Koka Booth Amphitheatre   .  Cary
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Shut Down the Block at Raleigh Raw's One-Year Birthday Bash

Raleigh Raw is ringing in its one-year anniversary by shutting down the whole block! Come for kombucha cocktails, 3-on-3 basketball, slam dunk contests, five DJs, free fitness activities and more.

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Shut Down the Block at Raleigh Raw's One-Year Birthday Bash
$   .  Raleigh Raw Juice Bar & Cafe   .  Raleigh
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Party in the Park at HOOPLA

Now that the sun is shining and the temps are warmer, join NCMA for an outdoor party celebrating new sculptures and featuring food trucks, drinks, a DJ and aerial performers.

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Party in the Park at HOOPLA
Free   .  North Carolina Museum of Art   .  Raleigh
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