Everything You Must Do in April

April showers bring May flowers and a whole lotta events in Raleigh! From block parties to free fests to brew bashes galore, the warmer weather isn't the only reason to be excited about April.

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Catch The Mountain Goats at the Mid-Town Square Spring Fest

Alt rock band Oak and Ash is headlining this free spring block party to kick off NC Beer Month. Spend the day at Bond Brothers in Cary enjoying live tunes, food trucks, vendors and delicious beer!

Sat Mar 24, 12:00p
Catch Oak & Ash at the Mid-Town Square Spring Fest
Free   .  Bond Brothers Beer Company   .  Cary
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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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Taste Cask Ales at the Fourth Annual Casks On Fools

April is NC Beer Month and Crank Arm is honoring the holiday with its annual Casks On Fools, bringing together unusual casks from 20+ North Carolina breweries!

Sat Mar 31, 12:00p
Taste Cask Ales at the Fifth Annual Casks On Fools
$   .  Crank Arm Brewing Company   .  Raleigh
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Savor the Beauty of Brewery Bhavana

Recently named one of the 10 Best New Restaurants in America by Bon Appétit, Brewery Bhavana combines craft beer, dim sum, a bookstore and a flower shop into an unmatched aesthetic experience.

Savor the Beauty of Brewery Bhavana
$$   .  Brewery Bhavana   .  Raleigh
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Rock & Run the Rock n' Roll Marathon

Whether you're running it or you're just working the sidelines, the Rock n' Roll Marathon is an energy-packed affair for all.

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Rock & Run the Rock n' Roll Marathon
$39.99+   .  402 S Salisbury St   .  Raleigh
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Load Up on Carbs at the Rockin' Raleigh Spaghetti Dinner

Fuel your Rock 'n' Roll Marathon—whether you're running or cheering—with a good ol' spaghetti dinner block party, paired with music and Oskar Blues beer.

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Load Up on Carbs at the Rockin' Raleigh Spaghetti Dinner
$   .  Gravy   .  Raleigh
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Celebrate Six Years of Relish

Relish is turning six! Wish the comfort foods cafe and bar a happy birthday with live tunes, signature small batch whiskey, plus chalk and bubbles for the little ones.

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Celebrate Six Years of Relish
$   .  Relish Cafe & Bar   .  Raleigh
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Engage at the Ignite Creativity Summit 2017

If you have a penchant for the arts and your local community, join Ignite Creativity for a series of engaging speakers, panels and workshops to become inspired to create social change with your art!

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Engage at the Ignite Creativity Summit 2017
$50   .  VAE Raleigh   .  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 the NC State Fairgrounds to bring you over 200 beers from more than 75 breweries from all over the world.

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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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Get Fit With Wellness Wednesdays

It's back! On Wednesdays from 6:30–7:30p, head to the lawn at Midtown Park and get your sweat on! This free, outdoor workout series in the heart of North Hills is just the motivation your body needed.

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Get Fit With Wellness Wednesdays
Free   .  Midtown Park   .  Raleigh
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Pair Chandon, Cake & Flowers at Bittersweet

Bittersweet is saluting the spring season with a mid-week Wednesday Bubbles and Cake session! Chandon will be onsite pouring their signature bubbly, plus little cakes and flowers. Cheers!

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Pair Chandon, Cake & Flowers at Bittersweet
$$   .  Bittersweet   .  Raleigh
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Celebrate 75 Years of The Rialto

It's hard to believe that The Rialto has been around for 75 years, but we just can't imagine Raleigh without it! Pop bottles and eat birthday cake at a celebratory screening of 'Singing in the Rain.'

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Celebrate 75 Years of The Rialto
$10   .  The Rialto Theatre   .  Raleigh
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Join the Raleigh Pancakes & Booze Art Show

Pancakes, art, alcohol—need we say more? Join the annual Pancakes & Booze Art show to witness the works of 40+ emerging area artists, plus a free pancake bar.

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Join the Raleigh Pancakes & Booze Art Show
$5+   .  Lincoln Theatre   .  Raleigh
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Unwind at YogaFest NC

The sixth annual YogaFest NC returns to NC State for a day-long retreat focusing on all things yoga, healing and wellness. Limber up for classes, speakers and more!

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Unwind at YogaFest NC
$70   .  McKimmon Center   .  Raleigh
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Set Sail at the Carolina Sailing Club Open House

Ever wanted to take up sailing? Head to Jordan Lake to meet Carolina Sailing Club, where members will answer your questions and take you out on the lake.

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Set Sail at the Carolina Sailing Club Open House
Free   .  Vista Point Boat Ramp   .  Apex
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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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Gorge Yourself at the Beer & Bacon Fest

Don't miss this all-you-care-to-taste extravaganza featuring over 75 craft beers paired with 10 bacons from across the country!

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Gorge Yourself at the Beer & Bacon Fest
$69+   .  Koka Booth Amphitheatre   .  Cary
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Go on a Spring Fling at Dorothea Dix Park

Frolic at Dorothea Dix for an adults-only afternoon in the park, complete with games, obstacle courses, photo booths and more!

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Go on a Spring Fling at Dorothea Dix Park
Free   .  Flowers Field at Dorothea Dix Park   .  Raleigh
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Enjoy 'Cue, Brews & Tunes at 'Cuegrass

Join The Pit for a jam-packed day full of great 'cue, local brews and toe-tappin' bluegrass music at 'Cuegrass! Best part? It's all for a great cause.

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Enjoy 'Cue, Brews & Tunes at 'Cuegrass
$5   .  The Pit Authentic Barbecue   .  Raleigh
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Grub Out at the Fish & Foraging Easter Brunch

Piedmont Picnic Project and Post Fish Co. invite you over for Easter Brunch—but this isn't your average meal! Dine outdoors with cocktails, edible flowers, seafood, pastries and more!

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Grub Out at the Fish & Foraging Easter Brunch
$65   .  Fair Game Beverage Company Wine and Spirits   .  Pittsboro
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Gaze at the Stars at the Statewide Star Party

Head out to Prairie Ridge Ecostation and join the Statewide Star Party to look at the stars and planets through telescopes, learn about constellations and more.

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Gaze at the Stars at the Statewide Star Party
Free   .  Prairie Ridge Ecostation   .  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 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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Drink a Local Brew at Brewgaloo

Support your local economy! Drink NC beer, chow down on delicious food truck fare and go frolic around downtown Raleigh at this beer-infused block party.

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Drink a Local Brew at Brewgaloo
$$   .  Raleigh City Plaza   .  Raleigh
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Get Your Fill at the Shuck-n-Cluck Oyster Roast

Grub on chicken and oysters, sip on Top of the Hill brews and sway to live tunes while supporting Rebuilding Together's mission to help repair homes of low-income homeowners.

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Get Your Fill at the Shuck-n-Cluck Oyster Roast
$60   .  North Carolina State Fairgrounds   .  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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Celebrate City Farm's Bearthday

Combine Earth Day and City Farm's birthday and you're in for a nature-infused treat! Head to the urban farm for a free bazaar, coffee and tours in the morning and a (ticketed) concert at night.

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Celebrate City Farm's Bearthday
$   .  Raleigh City Farm   .  Raleigh
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Shop & Sip at the Spring Art Bazaar

Fair Game Beverage is hosting an art bazaar at its lush space in Pittsboro! Come for DJ beats, pastries, wine cocktails, craft beer and local makers.

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Shop & Sip at the Spring Art Bazaar
$   .  Fair Game Beverage Company Wine and Spirits   .  Pittsboro
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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.

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Sip Up at Great Grapes Wine Festival
$33+   .  Koka Booth Amphitheatre   .  Cary
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Drink with Washington at the State Capitol

Travel back to 1780 to snag a selfie with George Washington. The State Capitol Building opens its doors for a night of drinking, snacking and touring the new George Washington exhibit.

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Drink with Washington at the State Capitol
$20   .  North Carolina State Capitol   .  Raleigh
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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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Sail the Seas of Sour with Neuse River

Embark on a craft beer journey with Neuse River. You'll taste nine different sours while indulging in an oyster roast and seafood boil, all to benefit Make-A-Wish!

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Sail the Seas of Sour with Neuse River
$30+   .  Neuse River Brewing Company   .  Raleigh
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Down Lonerider Brews for Beagles

Raise funds for adorable beagles by sipping on Lonerider brews (including pup-inspired batches), eating food truck fare, jamming to live tunes and browsing local vendors.

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Down Lonerider Brews for Beagles
$   .  Lonerider Brewing Company   .  Raleigh
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Dine & Dance for a Cause at Rock for Refugees

Join Welcome Home Project for a concert and dinner, where donations will help fund the organization's efforts to secure furniture and household items for new refugee families.

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Dine & Dance for a Cause at Rock for Refugees
$15   .  Proof Five Points   .  Raleigh
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