All The Best Things to Do in Raleigh in January
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All The Best Things to Do in Raleigh in January

Thursday, Dec 20 2018

You know the drill—our complete guide to the best of January in and around Raleigh. 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!

Know of a great event we missed? Email editor@offlinemedia.net and let us know!

New Business Openings

Fount Coffee + Kitchen at Fount Coffee + Kitchen
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NOW OPEN: Fount Coffee + Kitchen

This chic new coffee shop is bringing craft coffee, a fully gluten-free menu and afternoon imbibing to the heart of Research Triangle Park.

Fount Coffee + Kitchen
$   .  Fount Coffee + Kitchen   .  Morrisville
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Laugh it Out at Raleigh Improv at Raleigh Improv
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COMING SOON: Laugh it Out at Raleigh Improv

Raleigh Improv is bringing some of the best comedians from around the country to the Triangle, along with a full food and bar menu for a guaranteed good time. 

Laugh it Out at Raleigh Improv
$$   .  Raleigh Improv   .  Cary
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Transfer Co. Food Hall at Transfer Co. - Olde East
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COMING SOON: Transfer Co. Food Hall

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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Trending & Old Favorites

Find Some Chill at Heirloom Brewshop   at Heirloom
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Find Some Chill at Heirloom Brewshop

Heirloom Brewshop is soon to be your new favorite spot in Raleigh's Warehouse District for coffee, tea and more!

Find Some Chill at Heirloom Brewshop
$   .  Heirloom   .  Raleigh
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Take an Aerial Class at Cirque de Vol at Cirque de Vol
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Take an Aerial Class at Cirque de Vol

Ever wanted to perform an aerial act like the performers in the circus do? Try it out with an aerial, silks, trapeze, lyra or acro class at Cirque de Vol!

Take an Aerial Class at Cirque de Vol
-   .  Cirque de Vol   .  Raleigh
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Open Jam & Zero-Stakes Art Making at Imurj
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Open Jam & Zero-Stakes Art Making

Whether music or visual art is more your thing, head to Imurj every Tuesday night to get your juices flowing. Jam out on instruments, or use the provided art supplies to create with others. 

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Open Jam & Zero-Stakes Art Making
Free   .  Imurj   .  Raleigh
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Past Experiences

Inspiration Run With Fleet Feet at Fleet Feet Raleigh
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Inspiration Run With Fleet Feet

Kick off your New Year's resolutions with a group 5k first thing on January 1. You'll be rewarded with some post-run refreshments—and the feeling of starting your year off strong. 

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Inspiration Run With Fleet Feet
Free   .  Fleet Feet Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Basement Battle: First Friday Art Competition at Imurj
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Basement Battle: First Friday Art Competition

Watch Imurj's next gallery show come together before your very eyes. Artists will battle to create the coolest work with just an hour and a black marker—and you'll get to vote for the winner!

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Basement Battle: First Friday Art Competition
Free   .  Imurj   .  Raleigh
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Grungefest: Holiday Hangover at The Ritz
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Grungefest: Holiday Hangover

Get grungy with tributes to some of your favorite bands, like Foo Fighters, Green Day and Range Against the Machine. 

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Grungefest: Holiday Hangover
$10   .  The Ritz   .  Raleigh
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Oak City Brewing Birthday Bonfire at Oak City Brewing Company
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Oak City Brewing Birthday Bonfire

It's worth the drive to celebrate three years of Oak City Brewing, complete with tons of beer, food trucks, live music and a giant bonfire to keep you warm on this winter afternoon.

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Oak City Brewing Birthday Bonfire
Cost of drinks & food   .  Oak City Brewing Company   .  Knightdale
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The 2019 Great Cover Up at Kings at Kings
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The 2019 Great Cover Up at Kings

Enjoy four nights of rocking out to live covers of all your favorite songs at this annual festival—all in the name of charity, of course. 

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The 2019 Great Cover Up at Kings
$10   .  Kings   .  Raleigh
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Reflect Local Artist Showcase at The Ritz
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Reflect Local Artist Showcase

Feel all cultured by donning your nicest cocktail attire and heading to this party where you can appreciate all that local artists have to offer.  

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Reflect Local Artist Showcase
$22+   .  The Ritz   .  Raleigh
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The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art at North Carolina Museum of Art
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[LAST CHANCE] The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art

Enormous flowers, luscious color, and desert landscapes. See this famous artists work and influence in new ways at this exhibit.

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The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art
$6+   .  North Carolina Museum of Art   .  Raleigh
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Mutts & Marshmallows at WakeMed Soccer Park
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Mutts & Marshmallows

Run with your pups (or on your own) and get rewarded for your hard work with all the hot chocolate you can drink. All proceeds support the SPCA of Wake County!

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Mutts & Marshmallows
$35+   .  WakeMed Soccer Park   .  Cary
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Calabash Style Lobster Boil at Raleigh Beer Garden
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Calabash Style Lobster Boil

Break the January chill (and your New Year's diet) with this massive lobster boil in the Raleigh Beer Garden heated tent. Featuring tons of lobster, scallops, easy-peel shrimp and New Belgium drafts.

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Calabash Style Lobster Boil
$35+   .  Raleigh Beer Garden   .  Raleigh
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Astronomy Days at NC Museum of Natural Sciences at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
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Astronomy Days at NC Museum of Natural Sciences

From comet crafts to solar observing, lectures to rocket launches, space enthusiasts of all ages will learn something new about our massive universe at this free festival. 

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Astronomy Days at NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Free   .  North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences   .  Raleigh
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Winter Wonderland at Bond Park at Bond Park Community Center
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Winter Wonderland at Bond Park

Snow or shine, you'll get to tube down a great snowy hill at the Bond Park Winter Wonderland. It's fun for the whole family, just make sure to register ahead of time!

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Winter Wonderland at Bond Park
$19+   .  Bond Park Community Center   .  Cary
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Champagne and Chocolate Festival at North Carolina Museum of Art
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Champagne and Chocolate Festival

Treat yo' self to a glass of champagne and a tasting of tons of fine chocolates—think of it as an early Valentines Day gift for YOU!

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Champagne and Chocolate Festival
$24+   .  North Carolina Museum of Art   .  Raleigh
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Fire & Ice Dinner at Mura
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Fire & Ice Dinner

Enjoy the best of both worlds at this lavish dinner showcasing live high-end rustic wood fire cooking next to live wild game & sashimi carving stations—with craft cocktails and ice carving to boot!

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Fire & Ice Dinner
$70   .  Mura   .  Raleigh
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The Triangle's Largest Chinese New Year Festival 2019 at North Carolina State Fairgrounds
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The Triangle's Largest Chinese New Year Festival 2019

Join in on this massive traditional Chinese celebration of the Lunar New Year! There will be performances, tons of authentic Asian cuisine and more opportunities to learn about and enjoy the culture.

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The Triangle's Largest Chinese New Year Festival 2019
TBA   .  North Carolina State Fairgrounds   .  Raleigh
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African American Theater Preview at Raleigh Little Theatre
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African American Theater Preview

Get a sneak peek at the wonderful African American plays and musicals that will hit the stages in 2019 with this incredible revue featuring eight local companies and endless talent. 

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African American Theater Preview
$15   .  Raleigh Little Theatre   .  Raleigh
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Exhibition: bauhaus.photo at NC State College of Design
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Exhibition: bauhaus.photo

This unique collection of photos from this avant-garde art school usually lives in Germany, but Raleigh is the first stop on its US tour! Escape the cold and dive into some thought-provoking images. 

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Exhibition: bauhaus.photo
Free   .  NC State College of Design   .  Raleigh
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Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
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Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox

Sway away the night to your favorite modern hits sung with a throwback twist. Imagine a cross between "Now That's What I Call Music" and a jazzy speakeasy lounge, and you're getting the idea.

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Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox
$35+   .  Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts   .  Raleigh
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NC Chinese Lantern Festival 2018 at Koka Booth Amphitheatre
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[LAST CHANCE] NC Chinese Lantern Festival 2018

With 20 displays, each comprised of hundreds of parts and thousands of LED lights, an evening stroll through the NC Chinese Lantern Festival in Cary might just blow your mind.

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NC Chinese Lantern Festival 2018
$15   .  Koka Booth Amphitheatre   .  Cary
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Free Family Saturday + Indoor Block Party at CAM Raleigh
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Free Family Saturday + Indoor Block Party

CAM Raleigh is offering up a Free Family Saturday event that comes with an indoor block party! Enjoy their epic half court inside while taking part in all the food, drinks, and art.

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Free Family Saturday + Indoor Block Party
Free   .  CAM Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Triangle Restaurant Week at Downtown
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Triangle Restaurant Week

Taste your way around the Triangle with special 3-course lunch and dinner menus at the best of the best Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding area restaurants.

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Triangle Restaurant Week
$15+   .  Downtown   .  Raleigh
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Inspired to Eat Better at Fleet Feet Raleigh
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Inspired to Eat Better

Nutrition can be overwhelming if you don't know where to begin. Instead of stressing yourself out over it let Chris Newport, nutritionist and head coach at The Endurance Edge, help you out.

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Inspired to Eat Better
Free   .  Fleet Feet Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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African American Cultural Celebration 2019 at North Carolina Museum of History
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African American Cultural Celebration 2019

Kick off Black History Month with a bang thanks to this annual event featuring more than 75 musicians, storytellers, dancers, chefs, historians, playwrights, authors, artists, reenactors, and more.

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African American Cultural Celebration 2019
Free   .  North Carolina Museum of History   .  Raleigh
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Raleigh Roasts Coffee Festival at City of Raleigh Museum
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Raleigh Roasts Coffee Festival

Can't get enough of your favorite brew? Sample some of the best coffee in town and celebrate all that we love about cafe culture in Raleigh at this festival. 

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Raleigh Roasts Coffee Festival
$5   .  City of Raleigh Museum   .  Raleigh
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All The Best Things to Do in Raleigh in January
All The Best Things to Do in Raleigh in January