14 Things to Do in Raleigh This Week, May 25–May 31

Through 6/30

Find fiber artist/print maker extraordinaire Claire Kiester debuting her solo art exhibition, Tasty at the Sertoma Art Center—with a reception taking place May 27. Let’s get this party arted! clairekiester.com

Pop-Up-Market and Pizza Party

What’s a party without pizza?! Swing by Boxcar to nosh on pies, play games, listen to live music and shop. … Name a better way to spend your Thursday night—we’ll wait. theboxcarbar.com

Wine Tasting

Where there’s a wine, there’s a way! Sip some, ahem, sour grapes in the form of two bubbly wines and two rosés with the pros at Killjoy. Sippin’ into summer indeed! killjoycocktail.com

Carolina Mudcats Friday Night Fireworks

Take us out to the ball game (!). See the Carolina Mudcats take on the Down East Wood Ducks—then end your Friday funday with a bang—literally—via postgame fireworks. Let’s play ball! milb.com


You’ll be amazed at the concerts, educational panels, limited merch, unique artwork and more at Raleigh’s premier Japanese animation and culture convention. animazement.com

5/26, 28
NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship

Re-lax, bro. See chicks slinging sticks for a spring sports event showcasing some of the finest female collegiate lacrosse stars. It’s giving “speak softly and carry a big stick” vibes. ncaa.com

The Backseat Lovers

We’ve been “waiting to spill” this one. … Nobody likes a backseat driver… unless it’s this alt American rock band making a splash on the charts. Let’s rock! concerts.livenation.com

Eddie 9V

“Beg, steal and borrow” with this soulful croonin’ musician at Transfer Co. Food Hall. 


The Living Conservatory

Giving us butterflies—like, actually—is the NC Museum of Natural Science’s living conservatory. Feel like flying by? naturalsciences.org 

5/27, ongoing
Summerfest 2023

It’s summertime and the livin’ is easy—esp. at NC Symphony’s concert series under the stars at Koka Booth. Pro tip: Each week, roving judges will select the best picnic before the concert to win prizes. May the best spread win! ncsymphony.org

Five County Family Sunday

Discounted baseball tix? Say no more. Folks from Wake, Franklin, Nash, Johnston or Wilson counties can score $7 tix to this Carolina Mudcats game versus the Down East Wood Ducks, while all attendees will have the chance to play catch on the field after the game. Batter up! milb.com

NC Sugar Rush

Hankering to satiate your sweet tooth? Head to City Plaza for desserts all day—plus live music, a DJ and a slew of vendors. Here we crumb! ncsugarrush.com

Ryan Adams & the Cardinals

Come pick me up, take me out as the ultimate Heartbreaker bends the boards at Red Hat. Oh, My Sweet Carolina, indeed. redhatamphitheater.com

The Weight of Everything We Know

“The limit does not exist!”—for love, physics and everything in between. Observe the undeniable weight of relationships and mathematics via this romantic comedy tale. Time to get astro-physical. theatreraleigh.com

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