The Weekender: Pop-PupAlooza, Kickoff to Christmas + More
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The Weekender: Pop-PupAlooza, Kickoff to Christmas + More

Wednesday, Nov 14 2018

Our curated list of the best things to do the weekend of November 15 - 18. You've worked hard this week, go have a little fun!

Thursday

Dr. Seuss' The Grinch: The IMAX 2D Experience at IMAX Theatre at Marbles
Photo by @marblesraleigh

Dr. Seuss' The Grinch: The IMAX 2D Experience

Marbles IMAX presents The Grinch. Based off of Dr. Seuss' beloved holiday classic. Watch as the Grinch makes an evil plan to steal Christmas, only to have his heart changed by a young girl.

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Dr. Seuss' The Grinch: The IMAX 2D Experience
$9+   .  IMAX Theatre at Marbles   .  Raleigh
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Third Thursday- Shop Small DT Raleigh at Downtown Raleigh
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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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Free   .  Downtown Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Friday

Dorothea Dix Park: University Remix at Transfer Co.
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Dorothea Dix Park: University Remix

University and college students it is your time to shine! Head down to Transfer Co. Food Hall and help craft the vision of Dorothea Dix Park, enter to win Dreamville tickets, and eat some local food.

Fri Nov 16, 6:00p
Dorothea Dix Park: University Remix
Free   .  Transfer Co.   .  Raleigh
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Complimentary Thanksgiving Tasting at The Wine Cellar Outlet Raleigh
Photo by @thewinecellargroup

Complimentary Thanksgiving Tasting

Uncork something new during this Complimentary Thanksgiving Tasting. Taste your way through handcrafted wines that pair perfectly with a Thanksgiving day feast.

Fri Nov 16, 5:00p
Complimentary Thanksgiving Tasting
Free   .  The Wine Cellar Outlet Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Pure Barre Raleigh Toasts to 8 Years at Vita Vite Midtown
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Pure Barre Raleigh Toasts to 8 Years

Pure Barre Raleigh turns eight years old and is ready to celebrate! Toast to tucking with them at Vita Vite, and enjoy free classes all day long, plus some surprises and giveaways.

Fri Nov 16, 5:00p
Pure Barre Raleigh Toasts to 8 Years
Free   .  Vita Vite Midtown   .  Raleigh
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Yates by Night: Whoo's Out There? at Historic Yates Mill County Park
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Yates by Night: Whoo's Out There?

Head out on an Owl Prowl and discover the kinds of owls and other night-time birds that are found outside at night. Learn about what they eat, where they live, and what they sound like!

Fri Nov 16, 5:00p
Yates by Night: Whoo's Out There?
$1   .  Historic Yates Mill County Park   .  Raleigh
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Experimental & Noise Music Showcase at The Wicked Witch
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Experimental & Noise Music Showcase

Wicked Witch is hosting their seasonal showcase of talented experimental and noise acts. This lineup is sure to deliver a night of epic entertainment.

Fri Nov 16, 6:30p
Experimental & Noise Music Showcase
$10+   .  The Wicked Witch   .  Raleigh
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The November Dangling Loafer Feat Jeremy Alder at Kings + Neptune
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The November Dangling Loafer Feat Jeremy Alder

The Dangling Loafer gathers the best comics from the area for one gut-busting night. Head to Neptune's to laugh along with Raleigh's longest running comedy showcase.

Fri Nov 16, 8:00p
The November Dangling Loafer Feat Jeremy Alder
Free   .  Kings + Neptune   .  Raleigh
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Demonstration: The Flowers of Georgia O’Keeffe with Steve Taras at North Carolina Museum of Art
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Demonstration: The Flowers of Georgia O’Keeffe with Steve Taras

Steve Taras demonstrates how to create art from the garden. Inspired by The Beyond: Georgia O'Keeffe and Contemporary Art he uses fresh flowers to create art. Stick around after for wine and cheese.

Fri Nov 16, 2:00p
Demonstration: The Flowers of Georgia O’Keeffe with Steve Taras
$24+   .  North Carolina Museum of Art   .  Raleigh
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Some Assembly Required at Adam Cave Fine Art
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Some Assembly Required

Artwork from Scott Rolfe, Tisha Weddingtion, and Metallicity Jewelry Designs will be on display and available for sale. Peruse their artwork and find your favorite new piece.

Fri Nov 16, 7:00p
Some Assembly Required
Free   .  Adam Cave Fine Art   .  Raleigh
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Free Wine Tasting with Sammy of Country Vintner at Taylor's Wine Shop
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Free Wine Tasting with Sammy of Country Vintner

Taylor's Wine Shop is serving up free Friday night wine with Sammy of Country Vintner. So swing by and get to sipping on some delicious reds, whites, and rosés.

Fri Nov 16, 6:30p
Free Wine Tasting with Sammy of Country Vintner
Free   .  Taylor's Wine Shop   .  Raleigh
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Ready or Not: Throwback Dance Party at The Haymaker
Photo by @haymakerraleigh

Ready or Not: Throwback Dance Party

Hip-Hop and R&B hits from the 90s and 2000's will be playing all night long. Swing by for live paintings that will be auctioned off, raffles from local businesses, and of course, DANCING!

Fri Nov 16, 9:00p
Ready or Not: Throwback Dance Party
Free   .  The Haymaker   .  Raleigh
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Give Gala 2018: The Worst Fundraiser Ever at Marbles Kids Museum
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This award-winning 'no money' charity event asks you to give a gift or talent to critically-ill children and their families. These small acts of kindness mean the world to those in need.

Fri Nov 16, 7:30p
Give Gala 2018: The Worst Fundraiser Ever
Free   .  Marbles Kids Museum   .  Raleigh
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Do the Time Warp at Rialto's Rocky Horror at The Rialto Theatre

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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$6.50   .  The Rialto Theatre   .  Raleigh
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Saturday

Christmas Parade Burrito Breakfast at State of Beer
Photo by @bobbybauerlein

Christmas Parade Burrito Breakfast

The perfect way to watch the Raleigh Christmas parade is on the State of Beer patio with a warm breakfast burrito in hand - obviously! So swing by to enjoy all of the holiday merriment. 

Sat Nov 17, 9:30a
Christmas Parade Burrito Breakfast
Free   .  State of Beer   .  Raleigh
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Raleigh Christmas Parade Watch Party at Dram & Draught
Photo by @Dram&Draught

Raleigh Christmas Parade Watch Party

If you're not bold enough to brave the cold and the crowds Dram & Draught has got your back. Head there for a viewing of the annual Christmas Parade with special hot chocolate, coffee, and cider.

Sat Nov 17, 8:00a
Raleigh Christmas Parade Watch Party
Free   .  Dram & Draught   .  Raleigh
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Lighting of The Tree at Lafayette Village
Photo by @carrieschlegel75

Lighting of The Tree

All those holly jolly vibes are starting to come out. Head down to Lafayette Village for their annual tree lighting ceremony and see all the lights twinkle in the moonlight. 

Sat Nov 17, 3:00p
Lighting of The Tree
Free   .  Lafayette Village   .  Raleigh
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Babypalooza Raleigh 2018 at Marbles Kids Museum
Photo by @gotobabypalooza

Babypalooza Raleigh 2018

Marbles Kids Museum will be host to all of the amazing services and products that are available locally for mom's, moms-to-be, families, and kids. Shop around all of these amazing local vendors.

Sat Nov 17, 9:00a
Babypalooza Raleigh 2018
Free   .  Marbles Kids Museum   .  Raleigh
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Artspace Gala 2018 at Artspace
Photo by @francie_pantz

Artspace Gala 2018

Celebrate creativity at the Artspace Gala. They are serving up an evening of fine art, food, and fun. This gala will benefit Artspace and the Triangle arts community.

Sat Nov 17, 6:30p
Artspace Gala 2018
$175+   .  Artspace   .  Raleigh
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Old Skool Day Party at TJ's Night Life
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Old Skool Day Party

Triangle Old Skool Entertainment Group is serving up a day of Old Skool fun. DJ Special Gee -Mr. Cheeks will be keeping you entertained all night long.

Sat Nov 17, 4:00p
Old Skool Day Party
$15+   .  TJ's Night Life   .  Raleigh
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Holiday Sip & Shop at North Hills at North Hills
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Holiday Sip & Shop at North Hills

The sights and sounds of the holiday season will be in full swing! Sip on complimentary beverages while you shop for everyone on your list this year.

Sat Nov 17, 12:00p
Holiday Sip & Shop at North Hills
Free   .  North Hills   .  Raleigh
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Lake Johnson Trail Clean Up at Lake Johnson Park
Photo by @Triangle YP - Civitan Club

Lake Johnson Trail Clean Up

Join the Triangle YP - Civitan Club while they do their part in cleaning up the Lake Johnson Trail. Afterward, head to Trophy Tap and Table for lunch and a drink!

Sat Nov 17, 11:30a
Lake Johnson Trail Clean Up
Free   .  Lake Johnson Park   .  Raleigh
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Heat Adventure Race at HEAT - Studio Gym
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Heat Adventure Race

Gather your team of four and get ready to solve clues and complete fitness challenges throughout downtown Raleigh to earn points. Once you have enough point you get a map and you're on your way!

Sat Nov 17, 10:00a
Heat Adventure Race
$25   .  HEAT - Studio Gym   .  Raleigh
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Goth Night at The Wicked Witch
Photo by @slay_or_eliminated

Goth Night

You're invited to the biggest goth night in town! Get ready to get your grave rave on with DJ Dies A Lot, and DJ Bela Lugosi's Dad. Goth tracks will be doing all night long.

Sat Nov 17, 10:00p
Goth Night
$10+   .  The Wicked Witch   .  Raleigh
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Roots + Culture - A Danceable Feast at Rebus Works and pH seven
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Roots + Culture - A Danceable Feast

Root & Culture is the name and the theme of the evening. This is a multi-course meal placing focus on root vegetables and fermented/cultured foods crafted by Chef Kim hunter and Chef Ryan McGuire.

Sat Nov 17, 8:00p
Roots + Culture - A Danceable Feast
$42   .  Rebus Works and pH seven   .  Raleigh
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Offline Premium Friendsgiving at Raleigh Beer Garden

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Announcing Offline Premium Friendsgiving: a chance for us all to come together (guests too!), stuff our faces, get boozy and give thanks. We'll handle everything—all we need is you awesome folks.

Sat Nov 17, 6:00p
Offline Premium Friendsgiving
$18+   .  Raleigh Beer Garden   .  Raleigh
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NC State Annual Holiday Crafts Fair 2018 at The Crafts Center at NC State University
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Get all your holiday goods from local makers at one of the largest holiday craft fairs in Raleigh!

Sat Nov 17, 10:00a
NC State Annual Holiday Crafts Fair 2018
$3   .  The Crafts Center at NC State University   .  Raleigh
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23rd Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration at North Carolina Museum of History
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23rd Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration

Get a firsthand opportunity to learn about the state's American Indian culture past and present. There will be storytellers, artists, dancers, and musicians from eight state-recognized tribes.

Sat Nov 17, 11:00a
23rd Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration
Free   .  North Carolina Museum of History   .  Raleigh
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Annual Tree Lighting at North Hills at North Hills
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Watch as the Christmas Tree gets lit in the North Hills Commons. This year there will be snow slopes, trackless train rides, crafts, and a vendor village to get a jump start on your holiday shopping.

Sat Nov 17, 3:30p
Annual Tree Lighting at North Hills
Free   .  North Hills   .  Raleigh
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74th Annual Raleigh Christmas Parade at Raleigh
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Join in all the merriment and get ready for the Holiday season. The 74th annual Raleigh Christmas parade is hitting the streets of downtown and you'll definitely want to be there. 

Sat Nov 17, 10:00a
74th Annual Raleigh Christmas Parade
Free   .  Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Pop-PupAlooza Dog Park at Dorothea Dix Park
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Unleash your canine during this epic pop-up dog park event at the Athletic Field in Dix Park. There will be four acres for the pups to roam, while the humans enjoy some food and beer vendors.

Sat Nov 17, 11:00a
Pop-PupAlooza Dog Park
Free   .  Dorothea Dix Park   .  Raleigh
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Activate Good - CORRAL Farm Day at 3620 Kildaire Farm Rd
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Activate Good - CORRAL Farm Day

Volunteer to join the team a the CORRAL Riding Academy for a farm tour and an opportunity to get your hands a little dirty with the work of the farm. Families are welcome.

Sat Nov 17, 9:30a
Activate Good - CORRAL Farm Day
Free   .  3620 Kildaire Farm Rd   .  Cary
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Activate Good: Craft for Causes Family Volunteer Day 2018 at Lynnwood Brewing Concern
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Activate Good: Craft for Causes Family Volunteer Day 2018

Get your family together and head out for a day of arts and crafts. Float from table to table creating crafts, enjoy the free pizza, and enter a raffle for five Disney park tickets in Orlando!

Sat Nov 17, 1:00p
Activate Good: Craft for Causes Family Volunteer Day 2018
Free   .  Lynnwood Brewing Concern   .  Raleigh
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Saturday Shake DJ Dance Night at Imurj
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Saturday Shake DJ Dance Night

Dance all night with a live DJ set with Imurj's resident DJ, Oak City Slums, every Saturday night. No cover to get in, just your best moves. 

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Saturday Shake DJ Dance Night
Free   .  Imurj   .  Raleigh
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Activate Good: Warmth for Wake at Raleigh
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Activate Good: Warmth for Wake

Cut, split and deliver donated firewood to low-income residents of Wake County. There will be two separate locations, so sign up for the one that is most convenient for you and get to chopping.

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Activate Good: Warmth for Wake
Free   .  Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Breakfast Burrito Fundraiser at Raleigh City Farm
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Breakfast Burrito Fundraiser

Raleigh City Farm is hosting an epic pop-up burrito fundraiser. Swing by for a delicious Saturday morning burrito made by Chef Oscar of The Cortez Seafood + Cocktail and Jose and Sons.

Sat Nov 17, 10:00a
Breakfast Burrito Fundraiser
Purchase of Food   .  Raleigh City Farm   .  Raleigh
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Sunday

Vintage Rug Sale at Trophy on Maywood at Trophy on Maywood
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Vintage Rug Sale at Trophy on Maywood

Persian rugs, rug pillows, and rug Christmas stockings will in abundance for you to purchase. Grab a beer, and enjoy all of these vintage gems.

Sun Nov 18, 12:00p
Vintage Rug Sale at Trophy on Maywood
Free   .  Trophy on Maywood   .  Raleigh
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8 Years of Style: Holiday Fashion Show at CAM Raleigh
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8 Years of Style: Holiday Fashion Show

Oh me, oh my, Art of Style is turning eight! To celebrate they're throwing an epic Holiday fashion show, so grab your pals and check out the most sought after Holiday Party of the season.

Sun Nov 18, 7:00p
8 Years of Style: Holiday Fashion Show
$40   .  CAM Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Santa Paws 5K at Dorothea Dix Park
Photo by @SPCA of Wake County

Santa Paws 5K

Enjoy the largest dog-friendly race in the Triangle—with plenty of holiday cheer. 

Sun Nov 18, 8:00a
Santa Paws 5K
$25+   .  Dorothea Dix Park   .  Raleigh
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Cranksgiving 2018 at Crank Arm Brewing Company
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Cranksgiving 2018

Ride through Raleigh and shop for food to donate to the Raleigh Rescue Mission. It is time for everyone to come together and give back. make sure to bring your bike, lock, and money for groceries.

Sun Nov 18, 1:00p
Cranksgiving 2018
Donations   .  Crank Arm Brewing Company   .  Raleigh
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All Weekend

The Art of Science and Innovation at North Carolina Museum of Art
Photo by @KathleenCaron

The Art of Scince and Innovation

Images record precious moments and unlock mysteries within the body. This exhibition showcases just a few examples of how UNC School of Medicine researchers have used images to understand the body.

Multiple Day Event
The Art of Science and Innovation
Free   .  North Carolina Museum of Art   .  Raleigh
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Repticon Raleigh Reptile Show at NC State Fairgrounds - Kerr Scott Building
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Repticon Raleigh Reptile Show

Repticon Raleigh Reptile Show draws an attendance of 10,000 people. They come from all over to see and interact with these reptiles.

Multiple Day Event
Repticon Raleigh Reptile Show
$12   .  NC State Fairgrounds - Kerr Scott Building   .  Raleigh
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Choose Your Own Oz at Burning Coal Theatre Company
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Choose Your Own Oz

The audience has the opportunity to play playwright! Change everything, from Dorothy's footwear to Toto's species and see where the story ends up during this fresh fast-paced adventure.

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Choose Your Own Oz
$12   .  Burning Coal Theatre Company   .  Raleigh
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I Am My Own Wife at Umstead Park UCC
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I Am My Own Wife

Enjoy Doug Wright's one-man play. This true story follows Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a transvestite and celebrated antique dealer who navigated through the Nazis and the Communists.

Multiple Day Event
I Am My Own Wife
$15   .  Umstead Park UCC   .  Raleigh
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Night at the Museum at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
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Night at the Museum

Find out what really happens when the lights go out in the museum. This is your chance to sleep among the dinosaurs, tree frogs, or coastal fish for a unique overnight experience.

Multiple Day Event
Night at the Museum
Membership + $50   .  North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences   .  Raleigh
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Moonlight in the Garden at the Arboretum at JC Raulston Arboretum
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Experience JC Raulston Arboretum's Moonlight in the Garden. After dark, enjoy local food trucks, listen to live music and stay warm around the fire pits as you toast a marshmallow or two.

Multiple Day Event
Moonlight in the Garden at the Arboretum
$10/$20   .  JC Raulston Arboretum   .  Raleigh
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Past Experiences

VIVA Raleigh Grand Opening at VIVA Mexican Kitchen
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VIVA Raleigh Grand Opening

VIVA Kitchen is opening up their newest location and it's in Raleigh! Swing by and grab some free tacos, sample your way through some tasty tequila, and jam out with one of the best DJs in Raleigh.

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VIVA Raleigh Grand Opening
Free   .  VIVA Mexican Kitchen   .  Raleigh
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Artist Member Spotlight at Imurj
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Artist Member Spotlight

Imurj will be the host to some epic live music. Swing by and check out these local talents as they hit the stage and keep you entertained all night long.

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Artist Member Spotlight
Free   .  Imurj   .  Raleigh
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All Things Stout Day at Brice's Brewing Company
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All Things Stout Day

All things Stout, all day long! The taps will be flowing, and growlers will be getting filled. Check out the lineup and make sure to swing by and try them all!

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All Things Stout Day
Purchase of Beer   .  Brice's Brewing Company   .  Raleigh
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Science Cafe: Life Before the Dinosaurs at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
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Science Cafe: Life Before the Dinosaurs

Before the dinosaurs roamed the Earth it was ruled by an array of bizarre amphibians, reptiles, and protomammals. You will be introduced to all of the weirdest creatures in prehistory.

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Science Cafe: Life Before the Dinosaurs
Free   .  North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences   .  Raleigh
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Skate with the Canes at PNC Arena
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Skate with the Canes

Head to PNC Arena for the 21st annual Skate with the Canes event. You will have all-access, behind-the-scenes looks into the locker rooms, and will get to meet the players in small groups.

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Skate with the Canes
$85   .  PNC Arena   .  Raleigh
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Holiday Open House at SuzAnna's Antiques at SuzAnna's Antiques
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Holiday Open House at SuzAnna's Antiques

The Vintage Village will be opening up for this epic event filled with trees, antiques, and Santa. Get your Joanna Gaines on and find the perfect thing for your home, or to give as a gift.

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Holiday Open House at SuzAnna's Antiques
Free   .  SuzAnna's Antiques   .  Raleigh
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The Bittery Grand  Opening w/ Soda Fountain! at Crude Bitters and Sodas & The Bittery
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The Bittery Grand Opening w/ Soda Fountain!

Celebrate the (re)opening of Crude bitter's cocktail supply shop and their BRAND new soda fountain and mocktail bar. Cheers to local Raleigh imbibing!

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The Bittery Grand Opening w/ Soda Fountain!
Free   .  Crude Bitters and Sodas & The Bittery   .  Raleigh
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Cameron Village Holiday Open House at Cameron Village
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Cameron Village Holiday Open House

Start your holiday shopping off with a bang at this festive block party. You'll get to enjoy aerialists and performers on every corner, a real snow slide and more. Plus you could win serious goodies!

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Cameron Village Holiday Open House
Free   .  Cameron Village   .  Raleigh
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The Weekender: Pop-PupAlooza, Kickoff to Christmas + More
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