All The Best Things to Do in Raleigh in February

Tuesday, Jan 29 2019

February in Raleigh isn't just reserved for candy hearts and romance, there are also plenty of opportunities to treat yo'self, learn something new or dig into something delicious. So take your pick between can't-miss events, new places to explore and old favorites that are just too good to pass up this time of year! Don't just think about it, go do it!

Best Events This Month

Drink Up Views at Level 7 at Level7
Photo by @level7rooftopbar

Visit the Rooftop Igloo at Level 7

For a sophisticated vibe and sweeping views—and a new rooftop igloo just for winter—look to Level7. Shoot up to the seventh floor of the AC Hotel and settle down for drinks in an atmosphere you won't find elsewhere in Raleigh.

Drink Up Views at Level 7
$$   .  Level7   .  Raleigh
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New Business Openings

Transfer Co. Food Hall at Transfer Co. - Olde East
Photo by @fairweatherral

Transfer Co. Food Hall (Soft Open)

Transfer Co. will bring a bustling food hall to a once abandoned building five minutes from Fayetteville St. Expect it to be filled with local food vendors, plus space for you to sit and enjoy!

Transfer Co. Food Hall
-   .  Transfer Co. - Olde East   .  Raleigh
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Burial Beer Taproom at Burial Beer Co.
Photo by @transfercofoodhall

Burial Beer Taproom

Asheville's Burial Beer Co. has arrived in Raleigh with its new experimental taproom—The Exhibit—which marries exquisite craft beer with art in Transfer Co. Food Hall.

Burial Beer Taproom
$   .  Burial Beer Co.   .  Raleigh
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Locals Oyster Bar at Local's Oyster Bar
Photo by @localsoysterbar

Locals Oyster Bar (Soft Open)

Local's Oyster Bar is serving up, well, local raw oysters and other fresh NC seafood dishes in Transfer Co. Food Hall.

Locals Oyster Bar
$$   .  Local's Oyster Bar   .  Raleigh
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SOFT OPEN: Che Empanadas at Che Empanadas
Photo by @linmetals

Che Empanadas (Soft Open)

This Transfer Co. Food Hall vendor serves up the best Argentenian empanadas on this side of the equator. Come for sumptuous meat and veggie fillings wrapped in the crispiest crusts. 

SOFT OPEN: Che Empanadas
$   .  Che Empanadas   .  Raleigh
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Rockin' Rolls Sushi Express (Raleigh) at Rockin' Rolls Sushi
Photo by @bullcitybritt

Rockin' Rolls Sushi Express +331 fire icon

Get ready to have your concept of sushi rocked. Not only is everything at Rockin' Rolls Sushi Express all-you-can-eat, but it's all delivered to you via rotating conveyor belt.

Rockin' Rolls Sushi Express (Raleigh)
$   .  Rockin' Rolls Sushi   .  Raleigh
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Atlantic Lounge at Atlantic Lounge
Photo by @lkrunch

Atlantic Lounge

Raleigh's got a new members-only speakeasy—do you have the key to get inside? This exclusive spot offers classic cocktails, a vintage vibe and the perfect club for the community to cheers together.

Atlantic Lounge
$$   .  Atlantic Lounge   .  Raleigh
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Cotton House Craft Brewers at Cotton House Craft Brewers
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Cotton House Craft Brewers (Cary)

Setting up shop in a cozy historic home right in the heart of Downtown Cary, Cotton House Craft is brewing up artisan beer with natural ingredients, including hops grown on their farm in Liberty, NC. 

Cotton House Craft Brewers
$   .  Cotton House Craft Brewers   .  Cary
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Pine State Coffee at Pine State Coffee
Photo by @pinestatecoffee

Pine State Coffee

Local roaster Pine State Coffee has finally opened its own digs! Head over to their Mordecai for some of the best local brews, snacks and a small market to come.

Pine State Coffee
$   .  Pine State Coffee   .  Raleigh
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Sushi Mon at Sushi Mon
Photo by @sushimon_raleigh

Sushi Mon

This intimate new sushi and Japanese small plates restaurant is serving up some of the best sashimi (and more) that the Triangle has to offer. 

Sushi Mon
$$   .  Sushi Mon   .  Raleigh
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The Davie at The Davie
Photo by @thedaviestpub

The Davie Pub

Grab a drink at this new neighborhood pub in the old Calavera location. The second floor boasts cozy leather chairs, plenty of drinks and giant windows for enjoying the view.

The Davie
$   .  The Davie   .  Raleigh
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Falafel & Co.  at Falafel & Co.
Photo by @falafelandcoinc

Falafel & Co. (Soft Open)

Falafel & Co. is a Mediterranean market and bar in Brookside Market, selling hard-to-find international ingredients and treats alongside wine and more! They'll soon be opening a restaurant as well.

Falafel & Co.
$   .  Falafel & Co.   .  Raleigh
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Oak Steakhouse at Oak Steakhouse Raleigh
Photo by @Oak Steakhouse

COMING SOON: Oak Steakhouse

There have been whispers about this, but now it's official—Oak Steakhouse is coming to The Dillon Raleigh in 2019! And this isn't your grandma's steakhouse...

Oak Steakhouse
$$$   .  Oak Steakhouse Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Trending & Old Favorites

Catch an Indie Film at the Rialto at The Rialto Theatre
Photo by @chillmandan

Catch an Indie Film at the Rialto

It's the month of love (and the month of staying inside), so why not visit this date-spot favorite? Raleigh's Rialto Theater hosts an eclectic list of movies that will attract even the savviest of independent film gourmands. Check out some of the other most popular date spots in the Triangle.

Catch an Indie Film at the Rialto
$   .  The Rialto Theatre   .  Raleigh
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Grab a Slice at Oakwood Pizza Box at Oakwood Pizza Box
Photo by @oakwoodpizzabox.nc

Grab a Slice at Oakwood Pizza Box

February 9 is National Pizza Day, and we'll be revisiting all of our favorites: like Oakwood Pizza Box. The growing food scene on Person St. is now home to a great spot to fill up on simply perfected thin crust pie, garlic knots & a pitcher of margaritas!

Grab a Slice at Oakwood Pizza Box
$   .  Oakwood Pizza Box   .  Raleigh
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Score Funky Fashions at Edge of Urge at Edge of Urge
Photo by @eversolovely

Shop for the Funkiest Valentine's Gift at Edge of Urge

You're sure to find some treasures at Edge of Urge, Raleigh's coolest and quirkiest boutique.

Score Funky Fashions at Edge of Urge
$   .  Edge of Urge   .  Raleigh
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Past Experiences

Corks & Cakes Wine and Cupcake Flights at The Wine Feed
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Corks & Cakes Wine and Cupcake Flights

The Wine Feed invites you to pair four cupcakes from The Cupcake Shoppe with four perfectly curated wines. Best Valentine's Sunday ever!

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Corks & Cakes Wine and Cupcake Flights
$18   .  The Wine Feed   .  Raleigh
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Krispy Kreme Challenge 2019 at North Carolina State University
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Krispy Kreme Challenge 2019

Not for the faint of stomach—2400 calories, 12 doughnuts, 5 miles, 1 hour. The mantra of the Krispy Kreme Challenge epitomizes the test of physical fitness and gastrointestinal fortitude.

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Krispy Kreme Challenge 2019
$30+   .  North Carolina State University   .  Raleigh
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Big Frosty Beer Festival 2019 at Raleigh Beer Garden
Photo by @getstealz

Big Frosty Beer Festival 2019

Raleigh Beer Garden is bringing together 15 area breweries for an afternoon of limited edition, seasonal winter pours. Live tunes and good food included!

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Big Frosty Beer Festival 2019
$40   .  Raleigh Beer Garden   .  Raleigh
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Marbles Family Heart Hop at Marbles Kids Museum
Photo by @marblesraleigh

Marbles Family Heart Hop

Dance the night away during this festive best at Marbles family Valentine's party. There will be everything from the Foxtrot to the Floss, so hop on it!

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Marbles Family Heart Hop
$15+   .  Marbles Kids Museum   .  Raleigh
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The Love Hangover 20th Anniversary at Neptunes at Neptune's Parlour
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The Love Hangover 20th Anniversary at Neptunes

Bring your sweetheart or your broken heart and jam out to some epic live music. Performing duos take the stage and play love songs to hold forth on love in all of its many guises.

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The Love Hangover 20th Anniversary at Neptunes
$10   .  Neptune's Parlour   .  Raleigh
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SAD Valentine's Day Party at Boxcar Bar + Arcade
Photo by @boxcarral

SAD Valentine's Day Party

Celebrate the single life while supporting the Hands For Hearts Foundation. There will be cocktail concoctions, fairy floss,  and tons of dancing all night long.

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SAD Valentine's Day Party
Free   .  Boxcar Bar + Arcade   .  Raleigh
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North Carolina Book Festival at Self Guided Tour
Photo by @ncbookfestival

North Carolina Book Festival

The NC Book Festival provides a diverse slate of local, national, and international writers and artists. This event takes place in venues throughout Raleigh, as features special guest speakers.

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North Carolina Book Festival
Free   .  Self Guided Tour   .  Raleigh
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Videri Chocolate Run at Runologie
Photo by @downtowndates

Videri Chocolate Run

Runologie is hosting a special Valentine's Day Run Club. The loop is planned out so you can swing by Videri Chocolate Factory and grab a sweet treat for you and your boo.

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Videri Chocolate Run
Free   .  Runologie   .  Raleigh
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Date Night Series: Cupcake Design and Sip at Growler USA - Raleigh
Photo by @baking_with_rach

Date Night Series: Cupcake Design and Sip

Don't let anyone tell you, you can't have dessert before dinner. You and your bae will get to decorate six cupcakes while enjoying a flight of beer.

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Date Night Series: Cupcake Design and Sip
$62   .  Growler USA - Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Cupid's Undie Run at Solas
Photo by @cupidrunraleigh

Cupid's Undie Run

Join in this brief fun run that takes place in the middle of a huge party. Run one mile, dance, party and help find a cure to neurofibromatosis all in your undies.

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Cupid's Undie Run
$40   .  Solas   .  Raleigh
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Drunk Black History at VAE Raleigh
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Drunk Black History

Drunk Black History combines Black storytellers, true stories, improve and a whole lot of drinks. Local Black creatives share their favorite moments of Black History and Improv Noir reenacts them.

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Drunk Black History
$10   .  VAE Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Adult Night at the Museum: Speakeasy at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
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Adult Night: Speakeasy

Think: Night at The Museum but boozier. Head to the Museum of Natural Sciences to throw down some clams, sip on the giggle water, and cut a rug to live jazz music at this speakeasy-themed adult night.

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Adult Night at the Museum: Speakeasy
$15+   .  North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences   .  Raleigh
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Love in the Times of the Day Presented by Carolina Ballet at Fletcher Opera Theater
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Love in the Times of the Day Presented by Carolina Ballet

This is a ballet for lovers, and just in time for Valentine's Day! Robert Weiss has brought paintings by Czech artists to life in this beautifully done ballet.

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Love in the Times of the Day Presented by Carolina Ballet
$35+   .  Fletcher Opera Theater   .  Raleigh
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Raleigh Film Premiere of 𝘈𝘵 𝘔𝘪𝘥𝘯𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 featuring Sidecar at CAM Raleigh
Photo by @sidecarsocialclub

Raleigh Film Premiere of 𝘈𝘵 𝘔𝘪𝘥𝘯𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 featuring Sidecar

The night will kick off with a premiere of At Midnight, a film short that features a local Raleigh favorite, Sidecar Social Club. Then you get to jam out with Sidecar during their live set.

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Raleigh Film Premiere of 𝘈𝘵 𝘔𝘪𝘥𝘯𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵 featuring Sidecar
Free   .  CAM Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Axe Your Ex at Southern Charred
Photo by @raleighhiddengems

Axe Your Ex

Looking for an alternative Valentine's Day event? Why not throw some hatchets at pictures of those who have broken your heart. Get sweet vengeance, a taco bar and plenty of axe-throwing fun.

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Axe Your Ex
$30   .  Southern Charred   .  Raleigh
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Drake Party: Fake Real Love at The Ritz
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Drake Party: Fake Real Love

From "Best I Ever Had" to "In My Feelings," you know you'll get to dance the night away at this epic bash that's been touring across the country.

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Drake Party: Fake Real Love
$10   .  The Ritz   .  Raleigh
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Viewing Party: See Curry In A Hurry on Food Truck Nation at Morgan Street Food Hall & Market
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Viewing Party: See Curry In A Hurry on Food Truck Nation

Local food truck legend and Morgan Street Food Hall vendor Curry In A Hurry is being featured on The Cooking Channel's Food Truck Nation—and they're throwing a viewing party to celebrate!

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Viewing Party: See Curry In A Hurry on Food Truck Nation
Free   .  Morgan Street Food Hall & Market   .  Raleigh
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Watch The Oscars at the Rialto at The Rialto Theatre
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Watch The Oscars at the Rialto

What better way to watch the Oscars than in the company of other film enthusiasts in a retro theater?

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Watch The Oscars at the Rialto
Free   .  The Rialto Theatre   .  Raleigh
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People's Cocktail Competition With Coronato Pop-Up at Fox Liquor Bar
Photo by @foxliquorbar

People's Cocktail Competition With Coronato Pop-Up

Here's how it works: Fox's bartenders each make a drink to compete for a charity. When you buy their drink, you vote for the charity—and the winning one gets all the proceeds. Plus, there's pizza!

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People's Cocktail Competition With Coronato Pop-Up
Cost of food and drink   .  Fox Liquor Bar   .  Raleigh
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All The Best Things to Do in Raleigh in February
All The Best Things to Do in Raleigh in February