12 Things to Do in Raleigh This Week

First Friday Market + Movie Night

“Is there anyone here who’s not an alien?” Pull up to Moore Square’s pop-up for food trucks, games and a free screening of Men in Black. @popupcarolinas

Rachel Bay Jones

“Today, no matter what else, today at least you are you.” Appreciate the Dear Evan Hansen alum as she takes the stage at Theatre Raleigh in Concert. theatreraleigh.com

TayTay Party

“This night is sparkling, don’t you let it go.” Swifties are bound to have the “best day” at this Taylor Swift-inspired dance party. Be sure to dress as your fave era! lincolntheatre.com

2023 North America Yu-Gi-Oh! World Championship Qualifier

Got (card) game? Find this qualifying competition bringing in card connoisseurs by the droves—and highlighting the “first and largest major esports competition for a card game genre to be held in Raleigh’s history”—with winners having the chance to travel to Tokyo for the world championship round. Ready, set, duel! raleighconvention.com

Raleigh Tattoo Arts Festival

Get inked up—literally; and by some of the world’s best tattoo artists at that—at the world’s largest tattoo convention tour at the NC State Fairgrounds. Also making their mark are vendors, sideshow entertainment and live human suspension. worldtattooevents.com

Dirty Dancing Outdoor Movie Showing
“So I carried a watermelon?” Fete the cult-classic film and have the time of your life with this showing under the stars at NCMA. Nobody puts Baby in a corner… ncartmuseum.org

RBC Summer Party

Summer’s in full swing… so spend the afternoon enjoying live tunes, yard games, food truck fare and warm weather fun at Raleigh Brewing Company. Let’s brew this! raleighbrewing.com

Summerfest: Tango Caliente

Wanna dance? Move those feet over to Koka Booth Amphitheatre for a tango performance sure to excite. ncsymphony.org

Tears For Fears & Cold War Kids
Find us careless in our summer clothes, splashing around in the muck and the mire as the indie rock band brings the house down. walnutcreekamphitheatre.com

Barcelona Wine Bar Benefit 

Wine down for a good cause at this uncorked event celebrating unsung bottles that deserve a bit more recognition—with a portion of each purchase/ticket benefiting A Place at the Table. Cheers to charity! barcelonawinebar.com

Brennan Clark

Bop over to the Bodega for strummin’, swayin’ and sippin’ on the patio—aka a summer night well spent! brooksidebodega.com

Matchbox Twenty

There’s no feeling “unwell” when this rockin’ band is around! Forget about the real world for a while and jam the night away at Walnut Creek. concerts.livenation.com

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