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The Weekender: Drink With a Dino, Tacopalooza + More

Wednesday, Aug 15 2018

Our curated list of the best things to do the weekend of August 16 - 19. You've worked hard this week, go have a little fun!

All Weekend

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Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week +954 fire icon

This week-long dining event is one you won't want to miss! During Restaurant Week chow down on all the culinary talent the heart of the capital has to offer. The best part? It all starts at $5!

Multiple Day Event
Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week
$5+   .  Downtown Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Free Rides at CycleBar for Back to School Blast

Get ready to get your cycle on! During events on Saturday and Sunday CycleBar will be hosting free cycle rides. Swing by and enjoy an epic block party, or Shop Small Pop Up Market with Cycle Bar.

Multiple Day Event
Free Rides at CycleBar for Back to School Blast
Free   .  CYCLEBAR   .  Raleigh
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Activate Good: School Store Volunteers Needed

Help kids in our community "shop" for their new school supplies at the Families Together School Store!

Multiple Day Event
Activate Good: School Store Volunteers Needed
Free   .  3800 Hillcrest Dr   .  Raleigh
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Drive Into the Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre

NC's oldest drive-in is alive, well and under an hour outside the Triangle! Cozy up in your car, grab some classic concessions and kick back for a night of retro fun under the stars.

Drive Into the Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre
$8   .  Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre   .  Henderson
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Thursday

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Third Thursday- Shop Small DT Raleigh

Triangle area shoppers are invited to #shopsmall by revisiting downtown Raleigh favorites, and discovering new ones you've yet to experience. Get ready for a big night of engaging retail experiences!

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Third Thursday- Shop Small DT Raleigh
Free   .  Downtown Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Science Cafe: Did Evolution Make You Do It?

Discuss some common human behaviors and how evolution may (or may not) be able to "explain" them! Learn how things like road rage and intense ACC rivalries are related through evolution.

Thu Aug 16, 7:00p
Science Cafe: Did Evolution Make You Do It?
Free   .  North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences   .  Raleigh
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Nerd Nite Raleigh

It's really no wonder why Nerd Nite is held in over 100 cities every month. It's like the Discovery Channel with beer. Hear fun, 20 minute presentations from three speakers while you drink along!

Thu Aug 16, 7:00p
Nerd Nite Raleigh
$3   .  Kings   .  Raleigh
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Raleigh Night Market +528 fire icon

The best of Raleigh's creativity at your fingertips. Stroll down the cobblestone streets under the twinkling market lights while checking out local food, drink, and craft vendors!

Thu Aug 16, 6:00p
Raleigh Night Market
Free   .  306 Parham St   .  Raleigh
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Wine Walk for Charity

Every third Thursday come and get your wine on! Stroll through the village center and pop into local shops and restaurants for some great wine tastings, all proceeds go to the months featured cause.

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Wine Walk for Charity
$10   .  Lafayette Village   .  Raleigh
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Friday

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Have a Drink with Dinosaur +704 fire icon

Drafts + dinos—what else could you possibly need? Hit up NC Museum of Natural Sciences for this one-of-a-kind evening with 20+ local breweries, hands-on demos, live tunes and more. 

Fri Aug 17, 7:00p
Have a Drink with Dinosaur
$30+   .  North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences   .  Raleigh
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The Bar Exam Hip-Hop Showcase

A definitive Hip-Hop showcase that features twelve artists who are competing to represent NC at this years A3C Festival and Conference in Atlanta. Who will pass the bar, and who will pass the mic?

Fri Aug 17, 9:00p
The Bar Exam Hip-Hop Showcase
$10+   .  The Pour House Music Hall   .  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
$6.50   .  The Rialto Theatre   .  Raleigh
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Saturday

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Summer Daze Music Festival +744 fire icon

Don't miss the inaugural Summer Daze Music Festival at North Hills! Artists like Shwayze, Surfer Blood, WONDR, Nance and more will be rocking out on the main stage as you dance the day away.

Sat Aug 18, 12:00p
Summer Daze Music Festival
$22.50+   .  Midtown Park   .  Raleigh
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[Worth the Drive] Durham Distillery Splash into Cocktails Launch Party

Durham Distillery is the first to do it, and they're doing it in style! The first ever canned cocktail (in North Carolina) is ready to hit stores near you. Check them out at this epic release party.

Sat Aug 18, 12:00p
Durham Distillery Splash into Cocktails Launch Party
Free   .  Unscripted Durham   .  Durham
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Free Workouts on The Dillon Rooftop

Six weeks of free fitness on the breathtaking Dillon sky terrace. Check out the calendar and hit up these wellness classes lead by local studios!

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Free Workouts on The Dillon Rooftop
Free   .  The Dillon   .  Raleigh
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REI Lake Party: Lake Raleigh

Paddle on down the river, or enjoy the scenic views from land during a hike. Come enjoy a relaxing day on the shoreline, and take part in one of REI's epic outdoor classes.

Sat Aug 18, 1:00p
REI Lake Party: Lake Raleigh
Free   .  Lake Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Sidewalk Slam IV: A Mini Music Fest

Sidewalk Slam is back for round four. The Pour House, Kings, and Slim's Downtown have epic line ups for a night full of jamming out with local favorites.

Sat Aug 18, 8:00p
Sidewalk Slam IV: A Mini Music Fest
$8+   .  The Pour House Music Hall   .  Raleigh
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Honey Bee Day at the Raleigh Farmer's Market

Head down and check out what all the buzz is about, Raleigh Farmer's Market is celebrating Honey Bee Day. Starrlight Mead will be handing out free samples of wine, and selling whole bottles!

Sat Aug 18, 9:00a
Honey Bee Day at the Raleigh Farmer's Market
Free   .  State Farmers Market Restaurant   .  Raleigh
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Drink Beer And Throw Hatchets At The Corner Biergarten

Beers are flowin' and axes are throwin'! Grab a beer and test your axe throwing skills down at The Corner Biergarten.

Sat Aug 18, 3:00p
Drink Beer And Throw Hatchets At The Corner Biergarten
Free   .  TCB - The Corner Biergarten & Bottle Shop   .  Fuquay Varina
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Raleigh Kids Expo

Keep your kids entertained all day with bounce houses, face painting, balloon animals, laser tag, character meet & greets, photo booth, and more!

Sat Aug 18, 10:00a
Raleigh Kids Expo
Free   .  JD Lewis Multipurpose Center   .  Raleigh
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Mojito Lounge Grand Opening

Mojito Lounge is having its Grand Opening! All are welcome to celebrate the opening and party down with West End Mambo and Ricardo Diquez & The Tropic Orcheastra.

Sat Aug 18, 10:00p
Mojito Lounge Grand Opening
Free   .  Mojito Lounge   .  Raleigh
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Movies By Moonlight: Jurassic Park

Relax under the stars with this this featured flick. Grab a spot in the park, a refreshing cone of ice cream, and enjoy.

Sat Aug 18, 7:30p
Movies By Moonlight: Jurassic Park
Free   .  Dorothea Dix Park   .  Raleigh
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Sunday

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[Worth the Drive] Tacopalooza 2018

You love tacos. We love tacos. Let's get together and eat some of the best tacos in the Triangle from your favorite local food trucks! Local beers will be on tap to quench your thirst.

Sun Aug 19, 12:00p
Tacopalooza 2018
$   .  Knightdale Station Park   .  Knightdale
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3rd Annual Lyrics Still Matter Showcase

Raw, uncut hip hop is being brought to you in its purest form. Lyricism is in the forefront during the 3rd Annual Lyrics Still Matter showcase.

Sun Aug 19, 9:30p
3rd Annual Lyrics Still Matter Showcase
$10+   .  Imurj   .  Raleigh
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Stuff You Missed in History Class Live

Celebrate your inner nerd and see this well-loved history podcast live. Their podcast covers everything from the weird, to the wonderful, to the scary, and you can expect the same at this show.

Sun Aug 19, 8:00p
Stuff You Missed in History Class Live
$28+   .  Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts   .  Raleigh
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