The Weekender: Live & Local Spring Fest, Watts & Ward Anniversary Party & More

Our curated guide of the best things to do the weekend of April 12–15.

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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Friday
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Sip and Socialize at Iris After Dark

Welcome the weekend with NCMA's new evening experience, Iris After Dark! Every Friday night, roam the galleries while you sip wine & beer, enjoy small plates and jam to local music with friends.

Weekly
Sip and Socialize at Iris After Dark
$$   .  North Carolina Museum of Art   .  Raleigh
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Pump Up Your Friday with Free Espresso

Another reason to celebrate the end of the work week! Stop by Jubala on Friday mornings to get a free espresso shot and add a little extra oomph to your day.

Weekly
Pump Up Your Friday with Free Espresso
$   .  Jubala Village Coffee   .  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! 

Weekly
Midtown Farmers' Market
$$   .  North Hills   .  Raleigh
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Sunday
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Sunday Funday Yoga at Neuse River Brewing

Come for the yoga, stay for the beer! Neuse River Brewing is hosting Sunday Yoga rain or shine for a perfectly zen end to the weekend.

Sun Apr 15, 11:00a
Sunday Funday Yoga at Neuse River Brewing
$10   .  Neuse River Brewing Company   .  Raleigh
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All Weekend
Immerse Yourself in Light, Color and Sound at NCMA 1746 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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Put Your Mind to the Test with Mazes & Brain Games 819 fire icon

Put your thinking cap on and test your brainpower with over 60 different mind-boggling 3-D puzzles, mazes and full-body games at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences' latest brainy exhibit.

Multiple Day Event
Put Your Mind to the Test with Mazes & Brain Games
$5   .  North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences   .  Raleigh
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Past Experiences
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Science Cafe: Brains Know Better

Learn how human brains keep getting better (and outperforming computers) in this talk with Duke Brain Sciences Professor John Michael Pearson at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.

Past
Science Cafe: Brains Know Better
Free   .  North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences   .  Raleigh
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Watts & Ward Anniversary Party

Celebrate Watts & Ward's birthday with a night of incredible craft cocktails and three different musical acts performing cool jazz tunes in this intimate underground lounge with speakeasy vibes.

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Watts & Ward Anniversary Party
$   .  Watts & Ward   .  Raleigh
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BrickUniverse Raleigh LEGO Fan Expo

This is the ultimate LEGOs lovers experience with amazing LEGO creations to explore, special edition LEGO sets for sale and hands-on building zones to channel your own creative spirit.

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BrickUniverse Raleigh LEGO Fan Expo
$15/$18   .  Raleigh Convention Center   .  Raleigh
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Parkside's 2nd Annual Hot Wing Contest

It's time to show off your true skills with Parkside's second annual hot wing challenge. Finish 6 Carolina Reaper wings for a prize, or just enjoy some other 75 cent wing varieties.

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Parkside's 2nd Annual Hot Wing Contest
Free   .  Parkside   .  Raleigh
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Jam out at Friday Night on White

Presented by White Street Brewing, Friday Night on White is a free concert series in downtown Wake Forest. The Magic Pipers are kicking off the season with a night filled with funky jams for the fam.

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Jam out at Friday Night on White
Free   .  Wake Forest   .  Wake Forest
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20th Annual Lebanese Festival

Get a taste of Lebanon right here in downtown Raleigh at the 20th annual Lebanese Festival. The event will feature authentic Lebanese food, cooking demos, performances and more.

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20th Annual Lebanese Festival
Free   .  City Plaza   .  Raleigh
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GO PELON on the Gallo Patio

Word on the street is that bald heads are in! Ok, so you don't have to go cold turkey with your 'do, but come out to support St. Baldricks and the brave souls who're facing the clippers for a cause!

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GO PELON on the Gallo Patio
$   .  Gallo Pelón Mezcaleria   .  Raleigh
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Art Happy Hour: The Symbolism of Flowers

Sip on wine and enjoy snacks while you learn the basics of painting flowers in watercolor under the direction of botanical illustrator Preston Montague.

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Art Happy Hour: The Symbolism of Flowers
$25-35   .  Artspace   .  Raleigh
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Cheers to Nine Years of Isaac Hunter's

Believe it or not, it's been nine whole years since Isaac Hunter's opened on Fayetteville Street, and they're throwing an all-day party to celebrate!

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Cheers to Nine Years of Isaac Hunter's
$   .  Isaac Hunter's Tavern   .  Raleigh
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Carolina Rollergirls Double Header at Dorton Arena

The Carolina Rollergirls are bringing the Raleigh roller derby scene back to its roots at Dorton Arena! This event is benefitting Social Justice Storytime.

Past
Carolina Rollergirls Double Header at Dorton Arena
$10+   .  J.S. Dorton Arena   .  Raleigh
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Crank for a Cause 2018

Head over to Crank Arm to pedal for a cause at their annual stationary bike challenge. Register for Crank for a Cause to support Oaks & Spokes, feast on bbq and down some brews.

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Crank for a Cause 2018
$10   .  Crank Arm Brewing Company   .  Raleigh
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Hops & Shop at The Carter Building

Support your local artists! Make your way through artist studios, vintage jewelry and clothing, craft cosmetics vendors - all while sipping on local craft beer.

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Hops & Shop at The Carter Building
$   .  Shop Local Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Yellow Dog Cookie Run

Running for cookies? Count. Us. In! Start at Runologie and end at Yellow Dog Bread Co. for a sweet reward for your hard werk!

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Yellow Dog Cookie Run
Free   .  Runologie   .  Raleigh
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Live & Local Spring Fest 2018 on Hillsborough Street

Get festive with your community at Live & Local. Ring in spring with unique art, music, food and NC beer. Enjoy live performances all day and a food truck rodeo!

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Live & Local Spring Fest 2018 on Hillsborough Street
Free   .  Hillsborough Street   .  Raleigh
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Dance All Day at the PRIME Music Festival

The Red Hat Amphitheater will be jumping with this multi-genre music festival featuring an all-star lineup of artists performing a wild mix of pop, hip-hop and electronic dance music.

Past
Dance All Day at the PRIME Music Festival
$40-$90   .  Red Hat Amphitheater   .  Raleigh
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Get All Up In Your Feelings at Raleigh's Emo Night

It's time to get sad ya'll! The party returns to Deep South this time so get ready to rock your skinny jeans and party to killer DJ sets at this Emo Rock fest!

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Get All Up In Your Feelings at Raleigh's Emo Night
$12/$15   .  Deep South the Bar   .  Raleigh
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