The Weekender: 26 Events in Raleigh

Our curated list of the best things to do the weekend of May 18–21. You've worked hard this week, go have some 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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SATURDAY
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Shop Pop-Up Raleigh

Formerly Pop-Up Sunday, Pop-Up Raleigh is DTR's original monthly vintage market. Now it's coming at you bigger and better than ever before on Saturdays at Trophy Brewing on Maywood.

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Shop Pop-Up Raleigh
Free   .  Trophy on Maywood   .  Raleigh
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Past Experiences
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: Band of Oz
Free   .  North Hills Commons   .  Raleigh
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Wander the Lafayette Village Wine Walk

Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the European-like streets of Lafayette Village while sipping wine. Better yet, you'll support a local charity while doing it.

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Wander the Lafayette Village Wine Walk
$10   .  Lafayette Village   .  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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Cheers to Six Years of The Raleigh Wine Shop

The Raleigh Wine Shop is turning six, so it's time to pop bottles! Join the shop for a massive in-store sale and free tastings all weekend long, a party on Friday and a farmers market on Sunday!

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Cheers to Six Years of The Raleigh Wine Shop: Birthday Party
$   .  The Raleigh Wine Shop   .  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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Run the Race 13.1 Preview & Snack on Local Treats

Running the Race 13.1 this June? Get a warm-up and join lululemon Raleigh for a dash around beautiful Shelley Lake, followed by massages and snacks from locals Raleigh Raw, Happy + Hale and more!

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Run the Race 13.1 Preview & Snack on Local Treats
Free   .  lululemon   .  Raleigh
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Shop Local at the Midtown Farmers Market

Grab farm-fresh produce right in North Hills! The Midtown Farmers Market brings together food and other goods from local farmers all under one roof.

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Shop Local at the Midtown Farmers Market
$$   .  Commons at North Hills   .  Raleigh
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Cheers to Six Years of The Raleigh Wine Shop

The Raleigh Wine Shop is turning six, so it's time to pop bottles! Join the shop for a massive in-store sale and free tastings all weekend long, a party on Friday and a farmers market on Sunday!

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Cheers to Six Years of The Raleigh Wine Shop: Sunday Market & Fundraiser
$   .  The Raleigh Wine Shop   .  Raleigh
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Help Rescues in Need at the Pawfect Junction Salon Event

Support rescue pups and hang out with a couple too at the Junction Salon & Bar this Sunday while enjoying a drink, entering (cash only) raffles and shopping local vendors.

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Help Rescues in Need at the Pawfect Junction Salon Event
Free   .  The Junction Salon & Bar   .  Raleigh
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Pair Barks & Brews at Neuse River

Grab a brew and hang out with a bunch of adorable, adoptable dogs! What better way to spend a lazy Sunday afternoon?

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Pair Barks & Brews at Neuse River
Free   .  Neuse River Brewing Company   .  Raleigh
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Shop & Sip at the Living A Beautiful Life Event Series

Head to the Oxford Green for a pop-up event with a mission to make you find your best style. There'll be a happy hour with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, curated goods for purchase and good vibes!

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Shop & Sip at the Living A Beautiful Life Event Series
$20   .  Oxford Green At Lafayette Village   .  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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Bend & Flow at Bond Bros

Wind down your weekend with a Sunday morning, donation-based Vinyasa yoga flow in the taproom at Bond Brothers Beer Co. in Cary.

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Bend & Flow at Bond Bros
$5   .  Bond Brothers Beer Company   .  Cary
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Eat Your Way Through Downtown at the Raleigh Food & Wine Festival

Raleigh Food & Wine Festival returns for four days of foodie goodness. Select restaurants will host specials, dinners and classes Thursday–Saturday, and Sunday there'll be a tasting party at Mulino.

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Eat Your Way Through Downtown at the Raleigh Food & Wine Festival
$$   .  Downtown Raleigh   .  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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Crank for a Cause at Crank Arm

Crank Arm's Crank For A Cause brings free YMCA stationary cycling classes and cycling challenges to the taproom to benefit Oaks & Spokes, making biking more accessible and safe for all.

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Crank for a Cause at Crank Arm
Donation   .  Crank Arm Brewing Company   .  Raleigh
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Celebrate Three Years of Brüeprint Beers

Brüeprint is celebrating three years of brewing beer with food trucks galore and local grub galore, special brew releases, a dunk tank, live music and more!

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Celebrate Three Years of Brüeprint Beers
Free   .  Brüeprint Brewing Company   .  Apex
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Bring Your Pooch to Pups N' Pints

BarkHappy is hosting Pups N' Pints at Fortnight for an afternoon of giveaways and dog-friendly fun! Grab a pint and frolic with other adorable pups.

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Bring Your Pooch to Pups N' Pints
$10+   .  Fortnight Brewing Company   .  Cary
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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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Sip into Summer at Fair Game Bev

Triangle Land Conservancy and Fair Game Beverage Co. are teaming up for an afternoon of delicious, unique drinks and local nature. Take tours and grab a stiff drink, proceeds will benefit TLC!

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Sip into Summer at Fair Game Bev
Free   .  Fair Game Beverage Company Wine and Spirits   .  Pittsboro
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Eat Among the Flowers at Flora & Food Trucks

If you like flowers and food, then this is the event for you! Head over to Fairview Garden Center for tasty food trucks and have a lunch date with a couple of rose bushes.

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Eat Among the Flowers at Flora & Food Trucks: Cousins Maine Lobster + Citizen Pops
$   .  Fairview Greenhouses and Garden Center   .  Raleigh
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Cheers to Six Years of The Raleigh Wine Shop

The Raleigh Wine Shop is turning six, so it's time to pop bottles! Join the shop for a massive in-store sale and free tastings all weekend long, a party on Friday and a farmers market on Sunday!

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Cheers to Six Years of The Raleigh Wine Shop: Discounts Galore
$   .  The Raleigh Wine Shop   .  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.

Past
Get Artsy at Artsplosure
Free   .  City Plaza   .  Raleigh
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