The Weekender: All Your Last-Minute Valentine's Plans
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The Weekender: All Your Last-Minute Valentine's Plans

Tuesday, Feb 12 2019

Our curated list of the best things to do the weekend of February 14 - 17. You've worked hard this week, go have a little fun!

Thursday

Free Country Twostep Dance 101 Series at Southern Star Ballroom Center
Photo by @kdeshort

Free Country Twostep Dance 101 Series

Bring the passion of Honky Tink back to Raleigh! Learn some basic Country Two-step moves and take the dance floor like a champ.

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Free Country Twostep Dance 101 Series
Free   .  Southern Star Ballroom Center   .  Raleigh
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Friday

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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Do the Time Warp at Rialto's Rocky Horror
$6.50   .  The Rialto Theatre   .  Raleigh
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Saturday

Raleigh's Great Drunk History Walking Tour at Raleigh
Photo by @isaachunters

Raleigh's Great Drunk History Walking Tour +1442 fire icon

The history of Raleigh begins at the bar. Relive the history of the Capital City's drunken past on the most famous Drunk History Walking tour.

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Raleigh's Great Drunk History Walking Tour
$30   .  Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Free Vinyasa Flow Class at City of Raleigh Museum
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Free Vinyasa Flow Class

Grab your mat and show up to this free vinyasa flow class in the City of Raleigh Museum. All levels are welcome to join in for this slowly building series of asanas.

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Free Vinyasa Flow Class
Free   .  City of Raleigh Museum   .  Raleigh
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Saturday Shake DJ Dance Night at Imurj
Photo by @dogon_photoz

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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Midtown Farmers' Market at North Hills
Photo by @midtownfarmers

Midtown Farmers' Market

The warmer weather brings a lot of great things — including the return of the Midtown Farmers' Market!

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Midtown Farmers' Market
$$   .  North Hills   .  Raleigh
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Shop Pop-Up Raleigh at Trophy on Maywood
Photo by @Raleigh What's Up

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Formerly Pop-Up Sunday, Pop-Up Raleigh is DTR's original monthly vintage market. Now it's coming at you bigger and better than ever before on Saturdays at Trophy Brewing on Maywood.

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Shop Pop-Up Raleigh
Free   .  Trophy on Maywood   .  Raleigh
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All Weekend

Activate Good: Concession Stand Volunteers at 902 Wake Forest Rd
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Activate Good: Concession Stand Volunteers

The Salvation Army of Wake County is in need of volunteers to help run the concession stand during its winter basketball games.

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Activate Good: Concession Stand Volunteers
Free   .  902 Wake Forest Rd   .  Raleigh
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Al Norte al Norte: Latino Life in North Carolina at City of Raleigh Museum
Photo by @José Galvez

Al Norte al Norte: Latino Life in North Carolina

This photography display features work of Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist and Triangle resident José Galves. It chronicles diversity and strength of the state's growing Latino community.

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Al Norte al Norte: Latino Life in North Carolina
Free   .  City of Raleigh Museum   .  Raleigh
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Epic Axes at Southern Charred at Southern Charred
Photo by @chloemcawesome

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Addicted to axes like the rest of us? Join Epic Axes every Thursday through Sunday at Southern Charred for a couple rounds of ax throwing.

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Epic Axes at Southern Charred
$35 per person, per hour   .  Southern Charred   .  Raleigh
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Love in the Times of the Day Presented by Carolina Ballet at Fletcher Opera Theater
Photo by @carolinaballet

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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The North Carolina Roots of Artist Ernie Barnes Exhibit at North Carolina Museum of History
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The North Carolina Roots of Artist Ernie Barnes Exhibit

Celebrate this incredible Durham native. You'll get to see Ernie Barnes' iconic paintings, important artifacts to Ernie's history, and even some pieces that have never been seen by the public before.

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The North Carolina Roots of Artist Ernie Barnes Exhibit
Free   .  North Carolina Museum of History   .  Raleigh
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Past Experiences

Singles Awareness Day Reverse Stoplight Party at Aloft Raleigh
Photo by @kristinademarais

Singles Awareness Day Reverse Stoplight Party

Aloft is throwing a reverse spotlight party for all the singles out there! Single? Wear red. Taken? Wear Green. If it's complicated, wear yellow. Then get ready to party!

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Singles Awareness Day Reverse Stoplight Party
Free   .  Aloft Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Kings Karaoke at Kings
Photo by @orenbailey

Kings Karaoke

After Love Hangover 20th Anniversary at Neptunes head up the stairs and let the songs roll on. Enjoy some local talents as they take the stage and show off their singing abilities.

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Kings Karaoke
Free   .  Kings   .  Raleigh
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Brisket Cook Off at 1111 Clifton St
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Brisket Cook Off

Two briskets are going head to head to see who will win the peoples choice. As an added bonus, there will be a chili cook-off for you to judge as well.

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Brisket Cook Off
Free   .  1111 Clifton St   .  Raleigh
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D3 Chili Cook-Off at Drink Drank Drunk
Photo by @cetemen8332

D3 Chili Cook-Off

Drink, Drank, Drunk is hosting their second Chili Cook-Off. Spice up your Sunday by tasting some delicious bowls of chili.

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D3 Chili Cook-Off
Free   .  Drink Drank Drunk   .  Raleigh
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Sweetheart Super Shop at Little City Brewing
Photo by @littlecityral

Sweetheart Super Shop

Little City Brewing is bringing the Super Shop back! Jam out to 90s love songs, eat your feelings with pizza, sip on delicious brews, and make custom V-day buttons.

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Sweetheart Super Shop
Free   .  Little City Brewing   .  Raleigh
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Lovers and Losers Fest at The Maywood
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Lovers and Losers Fest

Valentine's Day doesn't have to suck! The Maywood is hosting some epic bands for a night of jams and good times.

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Lovers and Losers Fest
$8   .  The Maywood   .  Raleigh
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35th Annual VAE Gala at VAE Raleigh
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35th Annual VAE Gala

VAE is throwing their biggest gala to date! It will be a wondrous experience filled with amazing art, tasty food, and fabulous cocktails.

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35th Annual VAE Gala
$150   .  VAE Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Get Sad, Sing Bad: Emo Karaoke at Imurj
Photo by @emoraleigh

Get Sad, Sing Bad: Emo Karaoke

Show off your pipes during Get Sad, Sing Bad. This night will be packed with emo karaoke singing from a variety of Raleigh talents.

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Get Sad, Sing Bad: Emo Karaoke
Free   .  Imurj   .  Raleigh
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Bombshell Beer Tasting at Taylor's Wine Shop
Photo by @bombshellbeer1

Bombshell Beer Tasting

Hang out at Taylor's Wine Shop on Valentine's Day and try out some tasty beers. There will be free Bombshell Beer at the shop for you to sip on.

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Bombshell Beer Tasting
Free   .  Taylor's Wine Shop   .  Raleigh
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SOFA Artist Hangout and Studio at North Carolina Museum of Art
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SOFA Artist Hangout and Studio

Socialize Often with Friends and Art! Get together with new and old art friends, chill, and create. Bring your own project or use the provided materials to create something on the spot.

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SOFA Artist Hangout and Studio
$5+   .  North Carolina Museum of Art   .  Raleigh
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4th Annual Valentine Schmalentine Pink Party at Hibernian Pub
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4th Annual Valentine Schmalentine Pink Party

Valentine's Day isn't your thing? It's not Hibernians either! Party your day away at the Pub on Glenwood with special Pink Drink specials, a live DJ, and food all day long.

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4th Annual Valentine Schmalentine Pink Party
Free   .  Hibernian Pub   .  Raleigh
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Beginner's Screenprinting Workshop at Imurj
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Beginner's Screenprinting Workshop

Learn how to print your own images using screens and stencils during this hands-on 3-hour workshop. Ariana Gershman will be there to give helpful DIY tips and methods for printing designs.

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Beginner's Screenprinting Workshop
$40   .  Imurj   .  Raleigh
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Exhibition: bauhaus.photo at NC State College of Design
Photo by @mchantalg

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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Eat & Drink Your Heart Out: Valentine's for All at Hummingbird
Photo by @hummingbirdral

Eat & Drink Your Heart Out: Valentine's for All

Humminbird is offering a special four-course pre-fixe menu for one night and one night only. Lovers, love-haters, and everyone in between are welcome.

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Eat & Drink Your Heart Out: Valentine's for All
$65   .  Hummingbird   .  Raleigh
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Saints & Scholars Anti-Valentines Party at Saints & Scholars Pub and Bottle Shop
Photo by @rocksolidsw

Saints & Scholars Anti-Valentines Party

Saint's and Scholars is throwing a very anti-valentine's day celebration so you can ignore all the gross love happening around you. Swing by for live music and beer and some great vibes.

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Saints & Scholars Anti-Valentines Party
Purchase of Beer   .  Saints & Scholars Pub and Bottle Shop   .  Raleigh
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Brice's Turns Two at Brice's Brewing Company
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Brice's Turns Two

Two years have passed since Brice's Brewing Company opened their doors. Swing by and celebrate with them with live music, delicious brews, and better company.

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Brice's Turns Two
Free   .  Brice's Brewing Company   .  Raleigh
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RESONANCY at Neptunes at Neptune's Parlour
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RESONANCY at Neptunes

RESONANCY is an ongoing performance series that explores the vast and evolving landscape of percussive arts. Check out the schedule and see who Neptunes has in their lineup.

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RESONANCY at Neptunes
$10   .  Neptune's Parlour   .  Raleigh
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Special Event: Valentine's Day Dinner and Drinks Tour at Downtown
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Special Event: Valentine's Day Dinner and Drinks Tour

Treat your Valentine to a night out in Downtown Raleigh. You will get to sample delicious eats and drinks throughout the city.

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Special Event: Valentine's Day Dinner and Drinks Tour
$87   .  Downtown   .  Raleigh
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NCMA Cinema: Girls About Town at North Carolina Museum of Art
Photo by @GirlsAboutTown

NCMA Cinema: Girls About Town

Girls About Town is a story of two good-hearted, gold-digging party girls and how they exploit their rich escorts with a clear conscience. Relax and enjoy this pro-sisterhood, risqué comedy.

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NCMA Cinema: Girls About Town
$5+   .  North Carolina Museum of Art   .  Raleigh
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General Community Self Defense at LGBT Center of Raleigh
Photo by @lgbtcenterofraleigh

General Community Self Defense

The LGBT Center of Raleigh is hosting a free self-defense course that is open to all gender and sexual identities and their community allies.

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General Community Self Defense
Free   .  LGBT Center of Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Parliament's Cocktails & Chocolate for Single Awareness Day at The Parliament
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Parliament's Cocktails & Chocolate for Single Awareness Day

Parliament is giving all the singles somewhere to party on Valentine's Day. Join in for Singles Awareness Day. One is the loneliest number, so don't stay home all alone.

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Parliament's Cocktails & Chocolate for Single Awareness Day
$8   .  The Parliament   .  Raleigh
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Solas Comedy show featuring Rob Little at Solas
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Solas Comedy show featuring Rob Little

Enjoy a night filled with gut-busting laughs and a variety of comics. The comedian who won comedian of the year in Maxim magazine, Rob Little, will take the stage for some added entertainment.

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Solas Comedy show featuring Rob Little
$30   .  Solas   .  Raleigh
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Bring Back The Scene: Emo Night at Kings
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Bring Back The Scene: Emo Night

Let's throw it back to the days when emo was really emo and saved your angsty teenage soul. Head to Kings and rage to your favorite emo hits from the good old days.

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Bring Back The Scene: Emo Night
$5+   .  Kings   .  Raleigh
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Foxy Brown Movie Screening at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Raleigh
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Foxy Brown Movie Screening

Bold, black, and beautiful best describe Foxy Brown. Watch as Foxy goes on a hunt to find out who murdered her man, and she exacts revenge on them.

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Foxy Brown Movie Screening
$5   .  Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Raleigh   .  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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Raleigh Hawaiian Bar Crawl at Tapworks
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Raleigh Hawaiian Bar Crawl

Get rid of your winter blues with an epic Raleigh Hawaiian Bar Crawl. Throw on your best Hawaiian shirt and crawl your way down Glenwood.

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Raleigh Hawaiian Bar Crawl
$15   .  Tapworks   .  Raleigh
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La Cueva Underground Dance Night at Imurj
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La Cueva Underground Dance Night

Dance the night away with your sweetheart during this special Valentine's Day edition of La Cueva. Learn some Bachata steps then take the floor for some competition.

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La Cueva Underground Dance Night
$10   .  Imurj   .  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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Yoga with Naomi at Pelagic Beer & Wine
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Yoga with Naomi

Start your Saturday with a morning stretch and beer! This class is a 60-minute vinyasa flow with a certified instructor. The cost includes a draft beer, cider or mimosa after class!

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Yoga with Naomi
$12   .  Pelagic Beer & Wine   .  Raleigh
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Dream Date 90s Dance Party at Ruby Deluxe
Photo by @rubydeluxeraleigh

Dream Date 90s Dance Party

D N L T M S and Luxe Posh will both bee in the DJ booth keeping your Valentine's Day exciting. There will be tons of 90s bops playing all night long.

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Dream Date 90s Dance Party
Free   .  Ruby Deluxe   .  Raleigh
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The Body Party at Ruby Deluxe
Photo by @rubydeluxeraleigh

The Body Party

An event created for, by, and about Black Femmes. A true celebration and revelation of Black and Brown Bodies in the world where they face constant discrimination.

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The Body Party
$5   .  Ruby Deluxe   .  Raleigh
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Art in the Park: Colorful Valentines at Historic Yates Mill County Park
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Art in the Park: Colorful Valentines

Head to Yates Mill County Park for a day of arts and crafts. All ages are welcome to come and create a special valentine for your friends and love bugs.

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Art in the Park: Colorful Valentines
Free   .  Historic Yates Mill County Park   .  Raleigh
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Anti-Valentine's Ride at Crank Arm Brewing Company
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Anti-Valentine's Ride

Enjoy a leisurely history ride that will highlight four or five historical sites in downtown Raleigh. There will be an off-beat Valentines themed interpretation of the sites, that will remain factual.

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Anti-Valentine's Ride
Free   .  Crank Arm Brewing Company   .  Raleigh
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Moulin Rouge Movie Party at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Raleigh
Photo by @city_boi_92

Moulin Rouge Movie Party

Let your inner romantic come out as you watch Christian fall into a doomed love affair with Satine, the most beautiful girl at the Moulin Rouge. Bring your boo for an epic date night.

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Moulin Rouge Movie Party
$12   .  Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Valentine's Dinner in the Dark at 1731 Trawick Rd
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Valentine's Dinner in the Dark

Spic things up this Valentine's Day with a whole new dining experience. Awaken your senses of taste, sound, smell, and touch by taking away your sight while you dine on a delicious 4-course meal.

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Valentine's Dinner in the Dark
$20   .  1731 Trawick Rd   .  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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Videri Chocolate Run at Runologie
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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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SAD Valentine's Day Party at Boxcar Bar + Arcade
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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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Locals Oyster Bar: Valentine's Day Dinner at Local's Oyster Bar
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Locals Oyster Bar: Valentine's Day Dinner

Secure your spot for Locals Oyster Bar Valentine's Day Dinner. It will be a three-course prix fixe menu that is sure to satisfy you and your boo.

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Locals Oyster Bar: Valentine's Day Dinner
Purchase of Food   .  Local's Oyster Bar   .  Raleigh
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Big Frosty Beer Festival 2019 at Raleigh Beer Garden
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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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'Cupid is Stupid, So I'm Dating Vodka' Valentine's Day Party at The Architect Bar & Social House
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'Cupid is Stupid, So I'm Dating Vodka' Valentine's Day Party

Whatever your relationship status, celebrate it with expertly-crafted cocktails, belly dancers, drunk karaoke and a DJ all night long.

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'Cupid is Stupid, So I'm Dating Vodka' Valentine's Day Party
$25+   .  The Architect Bar & Social House   .  Raleigh
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The Weekender: All Your Last-Minute Valentine's Plans
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