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Your Complete Guide to May in Raleigh: 10 Events Not To Miss + More
Monday, Apr 30 2018

You know the drill! Our complete guide the best of May—awesome events, new places to explore and more!

10 Events Not To Miss
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Light the Woods with Sound 12109 fire icon

Come out to Dix Park for a first-of-its-kind sound and light show in the beautiful oak trees of Flowers Field! Bring a blanket and picnic under the stars while you enjoy different music each night!

Multiple Day Event
Light the Woods with Sound at Dorthea Dix
Free   .  Flowers Field at Dorothea Dix Park   .  Raleigh
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NC Sugar Rush Dessert Festival 2113 fire icon

It's a celebration of sugar at this all-dessert event. Enjoy samples of sweet treats from over 20 local vendors serving up everything from frozen treats to delicious donuts and pies. Yum!

Sun May 27, 1:00p
NC Sugar Rush Dessert Festival
$   .  Downtown Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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BONUS EVENTS:
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The Raleigh Pancakes and Booze Art Show

Pancakes, booze AND art? It doesn't get much better than that. Browse through rows of work from 50+ local artists while indulging in the pancake bar (yes, you read that right!)

Thu May 31, 7:00p
The Raleigh Pancakes and Booze Art Show
$10+   .  Lincoln Theatre   .  Raleigh
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OTHER FUN STUFF:
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NOW OPEN: Alamo Drafthouse Raleigh 568 fire icon

The Alamo Drafthouse is serious about offering the best films, food and drinks all in one seat! Now the team that started it all in Austin, Texas is bringing the popular cinema experience to Raleigh!

NOW OPEN: Alamo Drafthouse Raleigh
$   .  Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Immerse Yourself in Light, Color and Sound at NCMA 1169 fire icon

This expansive exhibit full of intriguing visuals and mixed media pieces featuring creates an immersive and participatory environment, where viewers are encouraged to engage with the works on display.

Multiple Day Event
Immerse Yourself in Light, Color and Sound at NCMA
TBD   .  North Carolina Museum of Art   .  Raleigh
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KEEP YOUR EYES OUT FOR: Morgan Street Food Hall & Market

A huge food hall is coming to downtown Raleigh. Think 22,000 sq.ft dedicated to amazing local food ventures. You can mix up your meal between spots, shop local food vendors and hang on a pretty patio.

Coming Soon: Morgan Street Food Hall & Market
-   .  Morgan Street Food Hall & Market   .  Raleigh
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May the Fourth Be With You at Adult Night

Fight in the ultimate laser tag battle, sip themed cocktails and hang with your favorite droids as you explore other galaxies at NC Museum of Natural Sciences' Star Wars-themed Adult Night.

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May the Fourth Be With You at Adult Night
$15+   .  North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences   .  Raleigh
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Catch a Movie by Moonlight at Dorothea Dix

Celebrate Spring with an outdoor screening of the comedy classic, Spaceballs. The 454 Grill food truck will be there servin' up locally made, NC fare to keep your belly full.

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Catch a Movie by Moonlight at Dorothea Dix
Free   .  Flowers Field at Dorothea Dix Park   .  Raleigh
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Celebrate & Support Your Community at Out! Raleigh

Out!Raleigh Festival returns to downtown with a day's worth of outdoor fun and shenanigans with live music, food trucks and local vendors in support of the LGBTQ community.

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Celebrate & Support Your Community at Out! Raleigh
Free   .  Fayetteville Street   .  Raleigh
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Low Country Boil and Brews

Get ready for a day of pot, after seasoned pot, of a finger-licking Low Country Boil at the Flying Saucer and pair it with a special flight of tasty brews.

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Low Country Boil and Brews
$   .  Flying Saucer Draught Emporium   .  Raleigh
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Sip and Savor at the Great Grapes Wine & Food Festival

What better way to celebrate Spring than with wine? Pick from hundreds of wines from over 22 wineries al fresco at Cary's Booth Amphitheatre.

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Sip and Savor at the Great Grapes Wine & Food Festival
$33+   .  Koka Booth Amphitheatre   .  Cary
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SPCA Dog Walk and Woofstock

Make it a day to remember with a day of doggie activities from costume contests, dog races, musical sit contest and more. There will be music and food trucks for the humans!

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SPCA Dog Walk and Woofstock
$45   .  Koka Booth Amphitheatre   .  Cary
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Score Unlimited Samples from NC's Best Restaurants + Breweries at Thrive NC

Chow down on fare from the Triangle's biggest names in food + beer! Thrive NC is bringing out 50+ local restaurants and breweries and featuring live demos from Ashley Christensen and Vivan Howard.

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(PREMIUM PERK) Score Unlimited Samples from NC's Best Restaurants + Breweries at Thrive NC
$30   .  City Market   .  Raleigh
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Crown Local Royalty at the 10th Annual Bee Ball

It's the 10th Anniversary of Raleigh's best party. Come out to dance the night away and crown the Bee Ball's royalty winner and help raise money to make Raleigh a better place!

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Crown Local Royalty at the 10th Annual Bee Ball
$10   .  The Maywood   .  Raleigh
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Art in the Garden at Raleigh Little Theater

The annual Art in the Garden will add some sunshine to your Saturday with food trucks, visual art and live entertainment, all in the beautiful Rose Garden at Raleigh Little Theatre.

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Art in the Garden at Raleigh Little Theater
Free   .  Raleigh Little Theatre   .  Raleigh
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Artsplosure

Artsplosure is a weekend-long celebration of creativity that brings together over 180 artists, dozens of local and nationally acclaimed performers and creative family activities to downtown Raleigh.

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Artsplosure - The Raleigh Arts Festival
Free   .  Artsplosure   .  Raleigh
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