15 Things to Do in Raleigh This Week, April 28–May 4

From festivals and wine tastings to concerts and art markets, there’s lots of things to do in Raleigh this week.

Al Strong Presents

Get into the swing of things with a ma-jazz-tic night on the rooftop featuring live jazz! Look over downtown Durham and enjoy cocktails and snacks while two-time Grammy-nominated artist Al Strong soothes you. thedurham.com 

Fashion Fest

It’s called fashion, sweetie. And Raleigh Magazine is the media partner for this ultimate local fashion, food and shopping experience coming to Smoky Hollow. Think fashion show directed by Models for Charity, VIP experiences, live music, a DJ, local restaurants and bars, and 50+ locally owned boutiques and businesses (!)—plus a silent auction benefiting The Women’s Center. Get your shopping bags ready and we’ll see ya there! @raleighfashionfest

Martha Redbone

You’ll be up on your feet as Martha Redbone connects her Native and African American Kentucky roots with fiery old-time mountain gospel singing and the eclectic grit of Brooklyn via NC State LIVE’s popular spring program, open to the public. live.arts.ncsu.edu

Nine Inch Nails

You’re going to get what you deserve as NIN gets “closer” to rocking out Red Hat. redhatamphitheater.com 

Spring Wine & Brew Walk

Get ready to sip, shop and stroll! A $25 donation to the Kay Yow Cancer fund gets you a sampling of wine and beer—plus live art demo viewings. Get your drinking hat (and walking shoes!) ready to help kick cancer! waverlycary.com

Willard Wine Tasting: South Africa

Travel halfway across the globe—er, take in the Raleigh skyline at The Willard Rooftop while enjoying three wines and a small cheese and charcuterie plate. Because wine not?! thewillardraleigh.com 

Dan Cummins: Symphony of Insanity Tour

Mix knowledge with a sense of humor, and you get Dan Cummins. From Pandora to The Tonight Show to Goodnights, he’s traveled far to see you belly laugh, and no topic is off limits when you have a literal symphony of insanity. goodnightscomedy.com

Snarky Puppy

Spark, spunk and snark collide as Snarky Puppy hoofs it to Raleigh for a night of music that defies genres. dukeenergycenterraleigh.com 

4/29 & 4/30
Weekend of Art

Kick-art May and immerse yourself in this legendary community-fueled spectacle of imagination (returning after a four-year hiatus!). Events include a Mardi Gras-style parade and a handmade market featuring over 50 local artists. Let the good times roll! hillsboroughartscouncil.org

4/29–5/1, 5/6–8
23rd Annual HerbFest

Herb your enthusiasm through this annual Wake Forest spring fest featuring certified organic grown, non-GMO, heritage/heirloom varieties of herbs, vegetables, perennials and more. herbfest.net

Ring of Fire

Salute the “Man in Black” with this deep dive into his life via classic hits, including “I Walk The Line” and “A Boy Named Sue.” dukeenergycenterraleigh.com


Who’s the biggest diva in Raleigh? Head to RLT to find out who takes the crown in a night of glitz and glam. raleighlittletheatre.org

Spring Plant Sale

Calling all bloomers! JC Raulston Arboretum is having a plant sale featuring several local nurseries, so grab your buds (AKA fellow plant lovers) and head over for some greens. jcra.ncsu.edu 

Triangle Race for the Cure

I pink I can! Pound the pavement to raise funds for Susan G. Komen—the world’s leading nonprofit breast cancer org… and help punch cancer in the mouth. komen.org/trianglerace

Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Festival

Gonna get chip-faced! Wine, cheese and chocolate… sample a smorgasbord as you explore the unique shops at Lafayette Village. lafayettevillageraleigh.com

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