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
Laugh Out Loud at Dangling Loafer
$, Kings, Raleigh
Fri December 15, 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, Raleigh
Fri December 01, 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 on Maywood, Raleigh
Sat December 16, 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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Ignite Raleigh with Local Artists at SPARKcon
Free, Downtown Raleigh, Raleigh
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, Raleigh
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!

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Appreciate Grapes at the State Farmers Market
Free, State Farmers Market, Raleigh
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.

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Dash & Dance at the Color Vibe
$29 - $65, Triangle Town Center, Raleigh
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.

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Cheers to Five Years at White Street Brewing's Anniversary Celebration
Free, White Street Brewing Company, Wake Forest
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, Raleigh
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, Raleigh
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, Raleigh
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, Raleigh
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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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!

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Laugh Out Loud at the No Poetry Comedy Deluxe SPARKcon Standup Showcase!
Free, Ruby Deluxe, Raleigh
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!

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Peep Local Fashion at the Wear What You Are Fashion Show
Free, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh
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!

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Run the Bond Brothers 5k
$40, Bond Brothers Beer Company, Cary
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!

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Chow Down at the Mac & Cheese Throwdown
$45+, Relish Cafe & Bar, Raleigh
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.

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Do Not Miss the Naughtiness at SPARK Afterdark
Donation, Kings, Raleigh
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!

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Sway to Your Favorites at Friday Night Tributes
Free, Midtown Park, Raleigh
Fri November 24, 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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Celebrate Oktoberfest with Weiner Races at Lafayette Village
Free, Lafayette Village, Raleigh
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.

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Celebrate Oak City Brews During Raleigh Beer Week
$, Raleigh, 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!

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Say Cheers at Nickelpoint's Oktoberfest & 3 Year Anniversary Party
Free, Nickelpoint Brewing Co., Raleigh
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!

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Celebrate with Bikes, Bands + Brews at Crank Arm's 4th Anniversary Block Party
Free, Crank Arm Brewing Company, Raleigh
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!

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Sway to Smooth Jazz at The Apex Music Festival
$10, Historic Downtown Apex, 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.

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Get Down at the 5th Annual 'The Dude Abides' Party
$10+, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh
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, Raleigh
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.

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Be Irish Twice a Year at the Halfway to St. Paddy's Day Block Party
Free, Hibernian Pub, Raleigh
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).

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