Everything You Must Do in May

The sun is shining, the weather's getting warmer—time to hang out outdoors! With art fests, moonlit movies, a downtown farmers market, brew bashes and more, May promises lots of ways to soak up the sunshine in Raleigh!

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Savor Herons' Beer Dinner

Herons and Neuse River Brewing are joining forces to bring you the most exquisite beer dinner, featuring four courses and a sneak peek of the culinary collab between the exec chef and the brewery!

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Savor Herons' Beer Dinner
$85   .  Herons   .  Cary
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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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Catch a Movie by Moonlight at Dorothea Dix

Celebrate the coziest season with an outdoor screening of the comedy classic, Spaceballs. The 454 Grill food truck will be there servin' up locally made, NC fare to keep your belly full.

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Catch a Movie by Moonlight at Dorothea Dix
Free   .  Flowers Field at Dorothea Dix Park   .  Raleigh
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Laugh Out Loud at The CAKE Comedy Tour

The women of CAKE are taking the comedy scene by storm and touring the entire country. Don't miss this foursome when they make a stop in downtown Raleigh!

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Laugh Out Loud at The CAKE Comedy Tour
$25   .  Kings   .  Raleigh
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Make Floral Gift Wrapping & Shop Local Goods at The Flourish Market

Indulge in a ladies' night out, complete with bubbly, gourmet bites, local businesses and a Mother's Day-inspired workshop where you'll learn how to craft your own botanical gift wraps and toppers.

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Make Floral Gift Wrapping & Shop Local Goods at The Flourish Market
$45   .  The Flourish Market   .  Raleigh
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Party at CAM's Arthouse

Head to CAM for Arthouse, an annual event filled with arts, gourmet bites, dancing, drinks, auctions and fundraising for the modern art museum!

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Party at CAM's Arthouse
$200   .  CAM Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Make Your Own Fermented Dairy with Piedmont Picnic

Piedmont Picnic Project is going to teach you how to ferment dairy products. You'll learn the basics behind kefir, crème fraîche and buttermilk and take skills and ingredients home with you!

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Make Your Own Fermented Dairy with Piedmont Picnic
$15+   .  Raleigh City Farm   .  Raleigh
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Cheers to Compass Rose's Two-Year Anniversary

Compass Rose Brewery is turning two! Join the brewery for celebrations featuring craft brews and BBQ.

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Cheers to Compass Rose's Two-Year Anniversary
$   .  Compass Rose Brewery   .  Raleigh
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Visit the DTR Farmers Market

Support local! Shop at the Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market.

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Visit the DTR Farmers Market
$   .  City Plaza   .  Raleigh
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Get Out of Your Comfort Zone with Acro Yoga

Cirque de Vol now offers Acro Yoga classes, so to celebrate the new addition they're hosting a free workshop for all levels! This just might become your new favorite workout.

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Get Out of Your Comfort Zone with Acro Yoga
Free   .  Cirque de Vol   .  Raleigh
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Cheers to Four Years of Gizmo

Gizmo is turning four! Join the brewery for specialty brew releases, four food trucks, three live bands and a bunch of beer on draft!

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Cheers to Four Years of Gizmo
Free   .  Gizmo Brew Works   .  Raleigh
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Catch a Concert in the Nation's Largest Museum Park

The summer concerts at NCMA represent one of the Triangle's longest-running and most selective outdoor music series. Grab a seat in the expansive stone amphitheater and soak up the energy.

Don't miss the season opener on May 6—Mipso with River Whyless!

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Catch a Concert in the Nation's Largest Museum Park
$$   .  North Carolina Museum of Art   .  Raleigh
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Browse & Shop Apex PeakFest

For the past 30 years, PeakFest has attracted over 20,000 people to the streets of Historic Apex for an arts and crafts festival featuring jewelry, pottery, paintings and more!

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Browse & Shop Apex PeakFest
Free   .  Historic Downtown Apex   .  Apex
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Soak Up the Sun at Art in the Garden

The second annual Art in the Garden will add some sunshine to your Saturday with food trucks, visual art and live entertainment, all in the beautiful Rose Garden at Raleigh Little Theatre.

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Soak Up the Sun at Art in the Garden
Free   .  Raleigh Little Theatre   .  Raleigh
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Celebrate & Support Your Community at Out! Raleigh

Out!Raleigh Festival returns to downtown with a day's worth of outdoor fun and shenanigans in support of the LGBTQ community.

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Celebrate & Support Your Community at Out! Raleigh
Free   .  City Plaza   .  Raleigh
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Get Fit With Wellness Wednesdays

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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Revel in the Beauty of Ansel Adams' Masterworks

Ends May 7! Witness 48 stunning works of one of America's most celebrated photographers, from majestic landscapes to portraits, at the NCMA.

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Revel in the Beauty of Ansel Adams' Masterworks
$18   .  North Carolina Museum of Art   .  Raleigh
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Explore Italian Wines at Vidrio

Explore fine Italian wines paired with a four-course dinner at Vidrio, as a seasoned wine innovator guides you through each glass!

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Explore Italian Wines at Vidrio
$65   .  Vidrio   .  Raleigh
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Witness a Latte Art Throwdown at Sola

Triangle baristas are gathering at Sola for the ultimate latte art competition! Join the fun for brews, coffee, snacks and latte art in action!

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Witness a Latte Art Throwdown at Sola
Free   .  Sola Coffee Cafe   .  Raleigh
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Catch an NC Flick at Longleaf Film Fest

The Longleaf Film Festival is an annual juried fest that showcases NC-centric docs plus films from around the globe.

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Catch an NC Flick at Longleaf Film Fest
Free   .  North Carolina Museum of History   .  Raleigh
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Shop Till You Drop at The Handmade Market

The Handmade Market is rounding up dozens of local artists and vendors for an indoor and outdoor Saturday market! Find jewelry, home goods, stationery, bath products and more!

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Shop Till You Drop at The Handmade Market
Free   .  Marbles Kids Museum   .  Raleigh
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Get Artsy at Artsplosure

The 38th annual Artsplosure, an explosion of creativity in downtown Raleigh, brings together over 170 artists, local and nationally acclaimed performers, activities and much more to downtown Raleigh.

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Get Artsy at Artsplosure
Free   .  City Plaza   .  Raleigh
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Have Down-Home Fun at Got To Be NC Fest

Round up your friends and family for this three-day bash celebrating all things NC!

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Have Down-Home Fun at Got To Be NC Fest
Free   .  North Carolina State Fairgrounds   .  Raleigh
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Check Out Chic Chickens at Tour D'Coop

At Tour D'Coop, chicken coops are treated as an art form. Join the tour across Raleigh, Apex and Cary to learn about the wonderful world of poultry and its swanky, modern cribs.

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Check Out Chic Chickens at Tour D'Coop
$10+   .  Downtown Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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