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The Weekender: 21Marbles, Mac & Cheese Cook-off + More

Our curated list of the best things to do the weekend of March 8-11. You've worked hard this week, go have a little fun!

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Stroll & Shop The Downtown Cary Food & Flea

The Downtown Cary Food & Flea is a monthly crafters market featuring local food trucks, craft beer, art, crafts, music and more.

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Stroll & Shop The Downtown Cary Food & Flea
Free   .  Ashworth Village   .  Cary
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Celebrate International Women's Day & Fundraise at Bittersweet

Bittersweet is throwing the ultimate International Women's Day celebration. Come revel in chair massages, awesome women owned businesses and fundraise for Planned Parenthood. Plus, bubbles and cake!

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Celebrate International Women's Day & Fundraise at Bittersweet
Free   .  Bittersweet   .  Raleigh
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Browse Handmade Goods at the State Farmers Market Spring Craft Fair

Attend the annual State Farmers Market Spring Craft Fair to browse hundreds of handmade crafts and treats. Regular vendors will be in attendance as always selling fresh fruit, vegetables and more.

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Browse Handmade Goods at the State Farmers Market Spring Craft Fair
Free   .  State Farmers Market   .  Raleigh
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Race to the Finish at Sola Hot Mini 5K

Sola is hosting their fifth annual Hot Mini 5K, named after its famed mini-donuts. Come out to support US veterans and get off to the races. Live tunes, good times and finish lines guaranteed.

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Race to the Finish at Sola Hot Mini 5K
$35+   .  Sola Coffee Cafe   .  Raleigh
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Show off Your Short Game at The Chip Off

Chippo is a game of skill that crosses golf with cornhole. Grab a partner and show off your short game skills at this bracket style tournament for your chance to win your very own Chippo boards.

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Show off Your Short Game at The Chip Off
$20   .  Lie + Loft   .  Raleigh
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Sing Your Heart Out For a Cause at the Lip Sync Battle Benefit

Whether you're a lip syncing superstar or just a connoisseur of a great lip sync performance, there's something for everyone at the Lip Sync Battle! All proceeds will go to TheGifted Arts.

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Sing Your Heart Out For a Cause at the Lip Sync Battle Benefit
Free   .  The Station at Person Street   .  Raleigh
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Join a Different Kind of March Madness at NCMA

Attend the battle of the artists at the NC Museum of Art's March Madness extravaganza. Pit works of art against once another, tournament style, to see who is the ultimate art champion.

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Join a Different Kind of March Madness at NCMA
Free   .  North Carolina Museum of Art   .  Raleigh
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Sample BBQ and Brews at the White Street BBQ Experience

Take over White St. in downtown Wake Forest for a day long BBQ block party. Sample various flavors of BBQ, jam out to live music, cheer on street entertainers and wash it all down with a cold brew.

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Sample BBQ and Brews at the White Street BBQ Experience
Free   .  White Street Brewing Company   .  Wake Forest
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Explore a Different Kind of Gin at Bittersweet

At Bittersweet's Gin Club, you'll sample four unique herbal gins and learn how they are made. At the end of the tasting, everyone will get to enjoy a cocktail crafted with their favorite gin.

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$45   .  Bittersweet   .  Raleigh
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Meet the Artists Behind the Creative Installations at North Hills

Take a walking tour of several art installations in North Hills and hear first-hand from about the projects from the artists. End the evening with a socializing and great brews at World of Beer.

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Meet the Artists Behind the Creative Installations at North Hills
Free   .  Park Central Apartments   .  Raleigh
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Unleash Your Inner Child at 21Marbles

Marbles is turning into an adult playground for 21Marbles. Romp through the museum for throwback games, hungry hungry humans, DIY arts and crafts and more. All while giving back with a drink in hand.

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Unleash Your Inner Child at 21Marbles
$10   .  Marbles Kids Museum   .  Raleigh
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Shop the Sola Pop-Up Market

Shop local, support local! Pop in to Sola Coffee Cafe's first Pop-Up Market of the year and pick up some great gifts for Valentine's Day or yourself. Get sweets, clothing, home decor and jewelry.

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Free   .  Sola Coffee Cafe   .  Raleigh
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Pedal for Progress with Oak City Cycling Project

Pedal for Progress in honor of International Women's Day with Oak City Cycling Project. Proceeds from this year's bike scavenger hunt will benefit Third Wave Fund. Prizes will be awarded!

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Pedal for Progress with Oak City Cycling Project
$13   .  Oak City Cycling   .  Raleigh
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Learn About Raleigh's Past and Decisions that Will Shape Its Future

Listen to a panel of current and former Raleigh leaders and members of the community as they discuss key decisions that made Raleigh what it is today and choices ahead that will shape its future.

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Learn About Raleigh's Past and Decisions that Will Shape Its Future
$10   .  City of Raleigh Museum   .  Raleigh
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Celebrate Three Years of Gallo Pelón

It's your favorite mezcaleria's three year anniversary and that calls for a celebration! Head over to Gallo Pelón to wish them a happy b-day and say 'Salud!'

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Celebrate Three Years of Gallo Pelón
Free   .  Gallo Pelón Mezcaleria   .  Raleigh
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Snag Locally Made Goods at the Hops & Shop Market

Hops & Shop is back for the second mobile market of 2018. Head to Big Boss Brewing to browse goods from local vendors and take advantage of all-day beer specials.

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Snag Locally Made Goods at the Hops & Shop Market
Free   .  Big Boss Brewing Company   .  Raleigh
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Compete in Drink Drank Drunk's Mac & Cheese Cook-off

Winner winner cheesy dinner! Join in on the goodness with Drink Drank Drunk's second annual Mac & Cheese Cook-Off. Make your prize-winning recipe or bring your appetite to taste others' creations.

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Compete in Drink Drank Drunk's Mac & Cheese Cook-off
Free   .  Drink Drank Drunk   .  Raleigh
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Celebrate the Music of Michael Jackson with the North Carolina Symphony

Get ready to rock the night away and celebrate Michael Jackson's multi-platinum career as the NC Symphony and an electrifying vocalist team up to take you through hit after hit from the King of Pop!

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Celebrate the Music of Michael Jackson with the North Carolina Symphony
$41+   .  Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts   .  Raleigh
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Learn to Make Delicious Dumplings at Kimbap

Put on your apron and get ready to learn the art of dumpling making from Kimbap's very own Chef Kim! Afterwards enjoy a glass of beer or wine and taste your creations!

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Learn to Make Delicious Dumplings at Kimbap
$70   .  Kimbap   .  Raleigh
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Play Rock Paper Scissors for the Showdown at Raleigh Beer Garden

Get competitive with rock, paper and scissors for a good cause. Bring a team and test your odds while enjoying a brew at Raleigh Beer Garden. The champions will get a prize and invite to the finale.

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Play Rock Paper Scissors for the Showdown at Raleigh Beer Garden
$10   .  Raleigh Beer Garden   .  Raleigh
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Catch a Movie by Moonlight at Dorothea Dix

Celebrate Spring 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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Movies by Moonlight at Dorothea Dix - Moana
Free   .  Flowers Field at Dorothea Dix Park   .  Raleigh
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Celebrate Bowie and All Things Glam at the Bowie Ball

The Sixth Annual Bowie Ball returns to Lincoln Theatre, bringing a night of glam madness, including (but in no way limited to) live performances, a photo booth, body painting, a Bowie lounge and more!

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Celebrate Bowie and All Things Glam at the Bowie Ball
$12.50+   .  Lincoln Theatre   .  Raleigh
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