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25 Things to Do in Raleigh This Week, Feb. 3–9

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From exhibits celebrating Black History Month to theatre performances to the annual Krispy Kreme Challenge, there’s lots of fun events going on in Raleigh this week.

Through 5/1
Blackbeard’s Queen Anne’s Revenge, 1718

Arrrgh! Channel your inner Jack Sparrow, and get your pirate on with this deep-dive into the legend of Blackbeard and the Golden Age of Piracy, on view now at the North Carolina Museum of History.

Through 5/11
I Carry Them On My Back, Of Course

Culture vultures are gonna want to make their way to Meredith Art Galleries’ newest exhibit, I Carry Them On My Back, Of Course!—presented by The Black on Black Project and funded in part by the Kenan Fund, and featuring artist Alexandria Clay’s body of work, which, “through a series of multimedia collages that construct ideal worlds, followed by an expanding practice in portraiture, aims to bring a specific, emotional trial to light, and to make known the invisible efforts that sustain her community.”

Feb., ongoing
Free Workouts for American Heart Month

Join the City of Raleigh in celebration of American Heart Month with various Heart Health Month activities, including water exercise and park workouts.

Feb., ongoing
Raleigh Comedy Bus Tour 

Didja know that after Sir Walter died, his wife kept his head in a red velvet bag for almost 30 years? … All aboard this private on-demand comedy bus tour (so a feel trip, if you will)—making fun of Raleigh’s history one joke at a time. BYOB (and wine).

Doggy Date Night

Treat your fur baby to date night at Transfer Co. Food Hall for treats (Captain Cookies is offering pumpkin-peanut butter dog treats and Mama Crow’s will have a dog-friendly menu (!))—plus toys from local pet supply vendors.

NC State vs. Florida State

It’s the ladies lighting up Tobacco Road, y’all. Catch the Wolfpack women as they notch another W over the Noles.

Esther Povitsky

“Hot for her name,” the self-deprecating deadpan funnywoman (aka “Little Esther”) brings her distinctly modern storytelling on the trials of being a 30-something in today’s world to Goodnights.

2/3 & 5, weekly
Music Bingo

All the Bingo ladies (and gents) get your fix at Lonerider Brewing Company’s Wake Forest “hideout” Thursday (7–9pm) and Saturdays (9–11pm) for the February return of this tuneful weekly iteration of music bingo with music (obv), prizes and drink specials—and bragging rights, obv.

Triangle Wine & Food Experience

You’re the wine that I want. Sip back, relax and get uncorked at this annual TWFE premier wine and food event to benefit the Frankie Lemmon School & Developmental Center. Pouring one on for charity? Twist our arms…

Romeo & Juliet

If you’re wondering wherefore art thou Romeo, find him with his beloved Juliet in this highly acclaimed Carolina Ballet rendition of the Shakespeare epic tragedy of doomed young lovers—think dramatic sword fights, breathtaking dance, stunning costumes and lush scenery—led by artistic director Robert Weiss and set to Prokofiev’s magnificent score.

Afrolatinidad: The History of Salsa From Africa to the World

Celebrate Black History Month with The Diamante Arts & Cultural Center by learning about the importance of music and dance.

First Friday: The Black & White Affair (@ the sheraton hotel raleigh) 

It’s finally Friday! Immerse yourself in art and music in downtown Raleigh to unwind from your long week.

2/4–5,  weekly (Friday/Saturday)
Raleigh Pub Crawl/Haunted Adventure Tour

Can’t decide where to get weekend drinks? No problem! The Tobacco Road Tours’ Raleigh Pub Crawl and Haunted Adventure will have you drinking the best beer while exploring the haunted side of Raleigh.

Margaret Cho

Cho brings her raunchy (and riotous) brand of comedy to four must-see shows at Raleigh Improv.

Greater Tuna

“One of the best times you can have sitting down!” Tuna, Texas, population 2 is comprised completely by the zany duo that is Ira David Wood IV and David Henderson in this Theatre in the Park tour-de-farce of two actors, 20 characters and infinite laughs.

Gardening in the South

Get your green thumbs ready for spring via this lecture at JC Raulston Arboretum—sponsored by Leaf & Limb—in which Leanne Kenealy Atkins and horticulturist and NC State professor/director of the horticultural substrates laboratory Brian Jackson Ph.D. discusses potting media options for successful container gardens.

Krispy Kreme Challenge

Will run for doughnuts! 2,400 calories, 12 doughnuts, 5 miles, 1 hour. ’Tis the story of this 18th annual Raleigh running tradition from NCSU’s Memorial Belltower through historic DTR to Krispy Kreme (where runners pause to down a dozen doughnuts) and back—this year taking place virtually. Nearly 5,500 people plodded the pavement in 2020 for pillowy perfect treats and bragging rights of their physical and gastric prowess, simultaneously adding to the now cumulative total donation to UNC Children’s Hospital of a whopping $1.6 million. See, doughnuts are good for you. Can you stomach it? 

Las Cafeteras

Jump into “a world where many worlds fit” as Las Cafeteras remixes Afro-Mexican beats, Son Jarocho rhythms and hip-hop to create a magnetic sound and undeniable energy via NC State LIVE’s popular spring program, open to the public.

Lunar New Year Celebration & Market

Happy New Year (take two)! Triangle Pop-Up is hosting a Lunar New Year celebration and market this Saturday at Big Boss Brewing featuring two AAPI-owned food trucks and a group of AAPI stand-up comedians on the main stage. ​​

NC State vs. Notre Dame

Look for the Wolfpack to beat the luck outta the Irish.

Lyrical Variations

Shift happens. Take one half-step at a time over to the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle’s UpClose Chamber Music Series event of the season, Lyrical Variations, featuring the acclaimed Verona Quartet and special guest cellist Caroline Stinson at Durham Arts Council’s PSI Theatre, featuring Bartok’s String Quartet No. 3 and Schubert’s Cello Quintet in C Major.

Kay Yow Celebration Run/Walk

“When life kicks you, let it kick you forward.” Propel yourself in the fight against all cancers affecting women as you lace up for this annual run/walk.

Valentine’s Drag Brunch

Mimosas, brunch and drag queens! Head over to Heyday Brewing for its debut Valentine’s Drag Brunch. Yasss, queen!

Play4Kay Game

In this seventh annual #Play4Kay game, the Wolfpack women’ll take the sting outta the GA Tech Yellow Jackets while they honor Kay Yow and help punch cancer in the mouth.

NC State vs. Wake Forest 

Go Deacs… back to Winston with a loss that is.

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