11 Things to Do in Raleigh This Week, Jan. 5–11


Through 1/8
NC Chinese Lantern Festival

The fan-fave fest promises to be lit again this year. Stroll 40+ awe-inspiring Chinese lantern displays and stay for the captivating cultural performances nightly. Glow on! boothamphitheatre.com

Through 1/14
Illuminate Art Walk

See DTR lit up (literally!) for the holiday season as you stroll parts of Fayetteville Street and Glenwood South taking in large-scale interactive and light-based art pieces. … And not to be missed is the new centerpiece exhibit, Sonic Runway, a special installation with the ability to convert audio into light patterns shooting down a long corridor of arches (!). #ItsLit⁠. downtownraleigh.org

Through 1/16

“We’ll go ice skating; then eat a whole roll of Tollhouse cookie dough as fast as we can; then we’ll snuggle.” ’Tis the season to live it up like Buddy the Elf at Raleigh’s festive Rockefeller-esque ice skating rink at Red Hat. redhatamphitheater.com

Hurricanes v. Predators

Take warning, Predators… this is Canes country. nhl.com

Winter Full Moon Walk 

Enjoy a moonlit walk through NCMA’s Museum Park as a guide helps you experience nature and art in the dark. Prepare to be over the moon! ncartmuseum.org

Donnell Rawlings

It’s getting down to “the wire” with actor, comedian and podcast host Donnell Rawlings taking the stage at Goodnights for two nights of livin’, laughin’ and lovin’ life. goodnightscomedy.com

Erica Rhodes

Actress, writer and comedian Erica Rhodes (Modern Family, New Girl, Veep) is back at Goodnights to tease 20-year-olds, tell personal stories and more. Watch out, millennials. goodnightscomedy.com

Running Outside the Lines for Make-A-Wish

If a jog is a wish your heart makes, grab your running shoes and run outside the lines for this 5K supporting kids with critical illnesses and their families. Run, run as fast as you can! runsignup.com

1/10, ongoing
Bands at Brookside: James Vicari

Drink in cold brews and live jams at Brookside Bodega’s recurring music event. … Time to play at the patio! brooksidebodega.com

Stargazing at The Willard

Calling all super stars! Gaze at Jupiter, Mars and the constellation of Orion with the Raleigh Astronomy Club while sipping celestial-inspired cocktails. Sounds over the moon! thewillardraleigh.com

Taylor Swift Trivia

If you think you know T. Swift all too well, make your way to Chubby’s Tacos for some Swiftie trivia—from song titles and lyrics to facts about the singer herself. You’re gonna wanna stay up til midnight to study… chubbystacos.com


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