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The Weekender: Artsploure, Low Country Boil & Brews, Art in the Park & More!
Wednesday, May 16 2018

Our curated list of the best things to do in Raleigh the weekend of May 17–20!

PS. Watch the weather and check for rainouts! And when in doubt, hit the Alamo Drafthouse!

Thursday
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Indulge in Bubbles & Cake at Bittersweet

Thursday is one of the least popular days of the week—all the Hump Day happiness has faded and we're lusting for the weekend. How to make Thursday cool? Champagne and cupcakes, duh!

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Indulge in Bubbles & Cake at Bittersweet
$   .  Bittersweet   .  Raleigh
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Saturday
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Midtown Farmers' Market

The warmer weather brings a lot of great things — including the return of the Midtown Farmers' Market! 

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Midtown Farmers' Market
$$   .  North Hills   .  Raleigh
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All Weekend
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Special Screenings at the Alamo Drafthouse Raleigh 568 fire icon

The Alamo Drafthouse is serious about offering the best films, food and drinks all in one seat! Now the team that started it all in Austin, Texas is bringing the popular cinema experience to Raleigh!

The Alamo is celebrating the opening of Deadpool 2 and RBG! If you wanna score free comics and hang with OG Deadpool writers check out the Alamo's Ultimate Comics screening + party on May 19.

If you're ready to get rowdy with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, this is the only screening you'll be able to bang a gavel, hoot, holler and cheer!

NOW OPEN: Alamo Drafthouse Raleigh
$   .  Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Light the Woods with Sound 12109 fire icon

Come out to Dix Park for a first-of-its-kind sound and light show in the beautiful oak trees of Flowers Field! Bring a blanket and picnic under the stars while you enjoy different music each night!

Multiple Day Event
Light the Woods with Sound at Dorthea Dix
Free   .  Flowers Field at Dorothea Dix Park   .  Raleigh
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Immerse Yourself in Light, Color and Sound at NCMA 1169 fire icon

This expansive exhibit full of intriguing visuals and mixed media pieces featuring creates an immersive and participatory environment, where viewers are encouraged to engage with the works on display.

Multiple Day Event
Immerse Yourself in Light, Color and Sound at NCMA
TBD   .  North Carolina Museum of Art   .  Raleigh
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Past Experiences
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Activate Good: Shelter Program Tutors with Salvation Army

Volunteer to help children staying at the shelter with homework and reading assistance on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings while their mothers are in class. There's no better feeling.

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Activate Good: Shelter Program Tutors with Salvation Army
Free   .  1863 Capital Blvd   .  Raleigh
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Blondes vs Brunettes Beer Olympics

Grab your friends and compete in the Blondes vs. Brunettes Annual Beer Olympics. Enjoy drink specials and play water pong and other games of skill to raise funds benfiting the Alzheimer's Association.

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Blondes vs Brunettes Beer Olympics
$15-$80   .  Lucky B's   .  Raleigh
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Battle of the Bags Cornhole Tournament

Back for the third year in a row, the Battle of the Bags Cornhole Tournament will be hosting YOU at Trophy on Maywood to raise awareness and funding for Haven House.

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Battle of the Bags Cornhole Tournament
Free   .  Trophy on Maywood   .  Raleigh
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Family Day: Light Play

Tell a story with light! As a part of the You Are Here exhibit, artist collective OMAi will be leading a series of storytelling sessions specifically for kids age 3-18. 

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Family Day: Light Play
Free+   .  North Carolina Museum of Art   .  Raleigh
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Midtown Bluegrass with The Lil Smokies with Big Fat Gap

The Midtown Bluegrass Series returns to North Hills with amazing bluegrass bands from around the country to enjoy on the lawn at Midtown Park for a fun-filled afternoon of tunes, craft beer and food.

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Midtown Bluegrass with The Lil Smokies with Big Fat Gap
Free   .  Midtown Park   .  Raleigh
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2018 Got to be NC Festival

It's a good 'ol, down-home, North Carolina-style celebration! The Got to be NC Festival is in its 11th year celebrating this state's rich agricultural history. 

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2018 Got to be NC Festival
Free   .  North Carolina State Fairgrounds   .  Raleigh
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Barnyard Birthday Bash

Enjoy a fun-filled day of family activities and wish the goats at Oak View County Park a happy birthday at their annual Barnyard Bash!

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Barnyard Birthday Bash
Free   .  Historic Oak View County Park   .  Raleigh
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Artsplosure - The Raleigh Arts Festival

Artsplosure is a weekend-long celebration of creativity that brings together over 180 artists, dozens of local and nationally acclaimed performers and creative family activities to downtown Raleigh.

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Artsplosure - The Raleigh Arts Festival
Free   .  Artsplosure   .  Raleigh
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Low Country Boil and Brews

Get ready for a day of pot, after seasoned pot, of a finger-licking Low Country Boil at the Flying Saucer and pair it with a special flight of tasty brews.

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Low Country Boil and Brews
$   .  Flying Saucer Draught Emporium   .  Raleigh
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Hamiltunes at Burning Coal Theater

Let your voice ring out. Sing the part of your favorite character from the acclaimed musical "Hamilton" live on stage at the Burning Coal Theater. The revolution has begun!

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Hamiltunes at Burning Coal Theater
$10   .  Burning Coal Theatre Company   .  Raleigh
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(PREMIUM PERK) Sip in Style at The Great Gatsby Ball: Casino Night

Throw back to the Roaring Twenties with a night to remember at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, including Casino games, themed cocktails and lots of prizes. Period attire is a must!

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(PREMIUM PERK) Sip in Style at The Great Gatsby Ball: Casino Night
$135+   .  North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences   .  Raleigh
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