The Weekender

Our curated list of the best things to do the weekend of April 20–23. You've worked hard this week, go have a little fun!

FRIDAY
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Laugh Out Loud at Dangling Loafer

We know you need a good laugh more often than once a month, but it's hard to pass up a cheap show. The Dangling Loafer offers a stand-up comedy show once a month at Kings.

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Laugh Out Loud at Dangling Loafer
$   .  Kings   .  Raleigh
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Do the Time Warp at Rialto's Rocky Horror

If you're not easily spooked and like a little underwear running to accompany an evening at the theater, head to the Rialto for one of our fave cult classics.

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Do the Time Warp at Rialto's Rocky Horror
$   .  The Rialto Theatre   .  Raleigh
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Hang Out at the Larry's Coffee Garden Party

Join Larry's Coffee, plus a mix of food trucks, breweries and artisan vendors, for an outdoor shindig featuring good bites, workshops, live tunes and fundraising for charity.

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Hang Out at the Larry's Coffee Garden Party
Free   .  Larry's Coffee   .  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: Embers ft. Craig Woolard
Free   .  North Hills Commons   .  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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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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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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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: Tasting Sampler Event
$45   .  Raleigh City Plaza   .  Raleigh
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Shop & Sway at RUNAWAY's New Carolina Release Party

Durham's fashion brand RUNAWAY is popping up at Lumina to kick off its New Carolina project. Shop and browse new designs and enjoy live performances.

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Shop & Sway at RUNAWAY's New Carolina Release Party
$   .  Lumina Clothing   .  Raleigh
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Explore Local Critters & Produce at the Piedmont Farm Tour

On April 22–23, spend your weekend outdoors and travel through Hillsborough, Pittsboro, Chapel Hill and beyond to discover over 30 of the Triangle's best and cutest farms.

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Explore Local Critters & Produce at the Piedmont Farm Tour
$30   .  Carolina Farm Stewardship   .  Pittsboro
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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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Explore Raleigh Botany by Bicycle

Bike 18 miles along the Walnut and Crabtree Creek trails to explore Raleigh's plant scene, learn about clean air projects, enjoy the spring weather and share a post-ride drink under the stars!

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Explore Raleigh Botany by Bicycle
Free   .  Moore Square   .  Raleigh
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Pop Into Sola's Pop-Up Market

Shop local, support local! Pop-in to Sola Coffee Cafe's Pop-Up Market for great gifts, clothing, home decor and jewelry.

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Pop Into Sola's Pop-Up Market: Sola Pop-Up Market
$   .  Sola Coffee Cafe   .  Raleigh
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Walk, Run or Bike for the Umstead

Love the Umstead? Show your support by taking on a walk, run or off-road bike tour while listening to live tunes and basking in the springtime sun!

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Walk, Run or Bike for the Umstead
$   .  William B. Umstead State Park   .  Raleigh
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Engage at TEDxRaleigh

Join the fifth TEDxRaleigh to engage with the community and discuss everything from neuroscience to jazz to birds at Lincoln Theatre.

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Engage at TEDxRaleigh
$60   .  Lincoln Theatre   .  Raleigh
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Celebrate Earth Day at Atlantic Gardening

Atlantic Gardening is hosting an Earth Day party for all ages on its gorgeous grounds that will feature bee demos, a raptor showcase with live owls and falcons, sales, giveaways, food, beer and more!

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Celebrate Earth Day at Atlantic Gardening
Free   .  Atlantic Gardening Company   .  Raleigh
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Have a Berry Good Time at the Garner Strawberry Fest

The annual Garner Strawberry Festival is back! Pop in for a day of games, vendors and all kinds strawberry-flavored fun.

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Have a Berry Good Time at the Garner Strawberry Fest
Free   .  Technology Drive   .  Garner
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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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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.

BONUS: Offline members get $5 off tickets to the nighttime concert with code OFFLINE42217. Hurry, offer ends this Friday at noon!

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Celebrate City Farm's Bearthday
$   .  Raleigh City Farm   .  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: Open Street Festival
$$   .  Raleigh City Plaza   .  Raleigh
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Shop the Locally Made Market

Over 20 artisan makers and vendors are coming together at the Loading Dock for an afternoon of shopping and giveaways.

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Shop the Locally Made Market
$   .  Loading Dock Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Shop & Swap with FashionSPARK

Time to spring clean! FashionSPARK is hosting a clothing swap where you can swap out your items for someone else's treasures!

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Shop & Swap with FashionSPARK
$5+   .  VAE Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Sip Mimosas & Embroider with Edge of Urge

Spend your Sunday afternoon sipping on mimosas while learning how to make adorable embroideries to take home! Bonus, this Sunday Funday benefits a local cause.

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Sip Mimosas & Embroider with Edge of Urge
$28   .  Edge of Urge   .  Raleigh
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Enjoy Brews & BBQ at the Common Cause Spring Fundraiser

Head to Trophy on Maywood this Sunday to enjoy cold beer, live Americana and delicious BBQ while raising funds for Common Cause NC, an org that's on a mission to end gerrymandering in our state.

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Enjoy Brews & BBQ at the Common Cause Spring Fundraiser
$20+   .  Trophy on Maywood   .  Raleigh
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