The Weekender: 27 Awesome Things To Do in Raleigh This Weekend
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Our curated list of the most awesome events and best things to do in Raleigh during the weekend of September 14-17. You've worked hard this week, go have a little fun!

FRIDAY
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Sway to Your Favorites at Friday Night Tributes
Free
Midtown Park
Park at N Hills St
Fri September 29, 7:00p - 9:00p

On Friday nights, mosey over to Midtown Park for a feel-good music series that'll have your hips shakin' in no time. Bring a chair and prepare to belt out old favorites as cover bands take the stage!

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Laugh Out Loud at Dangling Loafer
$
Kings
14 W. Martin St
Fri October 20, 8:00p - 9:00p

We know you need a good laugh more often than once a month, but it's hard to pass up a cheap show. The Dangling Loafer offers a stand-up comedy show once a month at Kings.

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Do the Time Warp at Rialto's Rocky Horror
$
The Rialto Theatre
1620 Glenwood Ave
Fri September 29, 11:30p

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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SATURDAY
Shop Pop-Up Raleigh
Free
Trophy Brewing & Taproom
656 Maywood Ave
Sat October 21, 12:00p - 5:00p

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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Past Experiences
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Ignite Raleigh with Local Artists at SPARKcon
Free
Downtown Raleigh
Fayetteville St.
Thu September 14 – Sun September 17

This not-so-typical arts festival showcases local talent and lets you get in on the fun, too. Head out to DTR September 14–17 to witness amazing performances and to be inspired!

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Work Out to Help Pups at Puppies, Pilates and Lattes
$20
City Market
215 Wolfe St
Thu September 14, 6:00p

This is more than your average 'stretch and sip' yoga class. Try a fusion of Pilates, Barre and Yoga at PBX's class. Afterwards, relax with a cold brew while you meet cute pups available for adoption!

This experience has 4 bookmarks and 101 views.
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Appreciate Grapes at the State Farmers Market
Free
State Farmers Market
1201 Agriculture St
Fri September 15, 11:00a

Grape Day is your opportunity to appreciate grapes in all their delicious forms, from aged wines to freshly picked fruit and more.

This experience has 34 bookmarks and 218 views.
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Dash & Dance at the Color Vibe
$29 - $65
Triangle Town Center
5959 Triangle Town Blvd
Sat September 16, 8:00a

Break out your brightest whites for the Color Vibe 5K! You know the drill—wear white, get splattered with vibrant pops of color and cross the finish line to dance like no one's watching.

This experience has 16 bookmarks and 174 views.
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Cheers to Five Years at White Street Brewing's Anniversary Celebration
Free
White Street Brewing Company
218 S White St
Sun September 17, 12:00p

White Street is kicking off their 5th year with a birthday celebration! Join the crew for a day of great food, live music, giveaways and of course, tons of beer (new releases + some fav oldies)!

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Get a Sneak Peek at the Alamo Pop-up at SPARKcon
Free
Trophy Tap and Table
225 S Wilmington St
Thu September 14 – Sat September 16

The Alamo Drafthouse is set to open their very first location in NC later this year but you can get a taste of what the Alamo will have to offer during this special three-night run during SPARKcon.

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Dying to Belong - A Classic Lifetime Movie at Dix Park
Free
Flowers Field at Dorothea Dix Park
Umstead Dr
Thu September 14, 7:00p

Lifetime is partnering with Dix Park to offer a free screening of the classic Lifetime movie, "Dying to Belong". Enjoy complimentary wine, popcorn and popsicles while you snuggle up under the stars.

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Plan a Date Night at Sip & Shop
Free
The Carter Building
14 Glenwood Ave
Fri September 15, 5:00p

Ready for a date night? Spend a romantic evening with your true love, sipping vintage cocktails, strolling through art studios and shops and enjoying dinner from the Cousin's Maine Lobster food truck.

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Creep Your Way Around BugFest
Free
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
11 West Jones St.
Sat September 16, 9:00a

If it's creepy and crawly, chances are it's at this all-day affair at the Museum of Natural Science, celebrating all things dragonflies this year.

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Taste Argentine Elegance at the Weinert Wine Dinner at so•ca Raleigh!
$65+
so•ca
2130 Clark Ave
Sun September 17, 6:00p

Get a taste of Mendoza, Argentina at this special event dinner hosted by so•ca and Seaboard Wine. It promises to be a five-course tasting adventure!

This experience has 4 bookmarks and 102 views.
Laugh Out Loud at the No Poetry Comedy Deluxe SPARKcon Standup Showcase!
Free
Ruby Deluxe
414 Fayetteville St
Thu September 14, 8:30p

Sometimes we all need a good laugh just to get us through the work week. Luckily, the No Poetry Comedy crew is stoked to present a special mid-week standup comedy showcase during SparkCON this year!

This experience has 12 bookmarks and 99 views.
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Peep Local Fashion at the Wear What You Are Fashion Show
Free
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 East South Street
Fri September 15, 8:30p

fashionSPARK is going all out this year. Their annual show will go down in the fountain outside Duke Energy Center! Grab a spot for the show and don't forget to hit up the after party at Bare Bones!

This experience has 16 bookmarks and 328 views.
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Run the Bond Brothers 5k
$40
Bond Brothers Beer Company
202 E Cedar St
Sat September 16, 10:00a

Bond Brothers is hosting their first 5k for charity! Their inaugural run will benefit children across the nation. Don't miss the post-race block party with live music, food trucks and plenty of beer!

This experience has 1 bookmarks and 77 views.
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Chow Down at the Mac & Cheese Throwdown
$45+
Relish Cafe & Bar
5625 Creedmoor Road
Sun September 17, 6:00p

You had us at Mac & Cheese. Relish is hosting the ultimate throwdown, featuring area chefs and bartenders showing off their skills to support The Hope Center at Pullen and to celebrate Mac & Cheese.

This experience has 21 bookmarks and 743 views.
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Do Not Miss the Naughtiness at SPARK Afterdark
Donation
Kings
14 W. Martin St
Thu September 14, 9:00p

CircusSPARK is bringing sultry vibes to DTR with their annual burlesque show, SPARK Afterdark! Head to King's for a night of erotic poetry, chair dancing and titillating burlesque performances!

This experience has 8 bookmarks and 268 views.
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Celebrate Oktoberfest with Weiner Races at Lafayette Village
Free
Lafayette Village
8480 Honeycutt Road
Sat September 16, 12:00p

Get down at Lafayette Village's Oktoberfest. In addition to festive food, drinks and live tunes, this Oktoberfest is also featuring Weiner dog races to benefit charity.

This experience has 110 bookmarks and 1076 views.
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Celebrate Oak City Brews During Raleigh Beer Week
$
Raleigh
Sun September 17 – Sun September 24

Raleigh's beer scene is truly one of the best and we love to celebrate our suds! Praise the pint all week long at 30+ venues that'll host tastings, special tappings, food and drink pairings and more!

This experience has 23 bookmarks and 959 views.
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Say Cheers at Nickelpoint's Oktoberfest & 3 Year Anniversary Party
Free
Nickelpoint Brewing Co.
506 Pershing Road
Sat September 16, 12:00p

Nickelpoint Brewing is celebrating three years with an Oktoberfest-themed birthday party! Get ready for German style beers, authentic German food and music as well as activities like Stein Hoisting!

This experience has 77 bookmarks and 298 views.
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Celebrate with Bikes, Bands + Brews at Crank Arm's 4th Anniversary Block Party
Free
Crank Arm Brewing Company
319 W Davie St
Sat September 16, 12:00p

Crank Arm is kicking off their 4th b-day with an AM bike parade followed by a day-long block party with food and live music! They may even pull out special archived sour beers & barrel aged rarities!

This experience has 55 bookmarks and 280 views.
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Sway to Smooth Jazz at The Apex Music Festival
$10
Historic Downtown Apex
Sat September 16, 3:00p

The Apex Music Festival returns to the beautiful downtown Apex area for a full day of local jazz music and bar-hopping through town.

This experience has 171 bookmarks and 1203 views.
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Get Down at the 5th Annual 'The Dude Abides' Party
$10+
North Carolina Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Rd
Sat September 16, 5:30p

Raise a White Russian to 'The Big Lebowski' notable, 'Smokey', who will be rocking live tunes and sitting down for a Q&A at NCMA's 5th Annual 'The Dude Abides' party prior to the film's screening.

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Enjoy Gourmet Cuisine On-the-go at the Brier Creek Food Truck Festival
Free
Brier Creek
8010 Arco Corporate Dr
Sat September 16, 11:00a

There's an end-of-Summer party happening in Brier Creek and it's going to be stocked with over 30 of Raleigh's best food trucks all in one place! It'll be an afternoon you won't want to miss.

This experience has 15 bookmarks and 122 views.
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Be Irish Twice a Year at the Halfway to St. Paddy's Day Block Party
Free
Hibernian Pub
311 Glenwood Ave
Sat September 16, 12:00p

Hibernian is shutting down the block to celebrate that we are halfway to St. Patrick's Day! Party with Irish delights ranging from food and drinks to live tunes from Rattle & Hum (a U2 tribute band).

This experience has 14 bookmarks and 206 views.
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