16 Things to Do in Raleigh This Week, Feb. 10–16

Love—and sports!—is in the air! Here are 16 things to do in Raleigh for Valentine’s Day and Super Bowl weekend, and throughout the rest of the week.

Through 2/16
Fresh Air

If you’re looking for some “fresh air,” head to Charlotte Russell Contemporary to peep this two-person art exhibition before it ends! charlotterussellcontemporary.com.

Imagine Dragons

If you’re feeling radioactive, “all systems go” to PNC Arena for Imagine Dragons’ Mercury Tour. pncarena.com

Dancing in the Street: The Music of Motown

It ain’t just your imagination. Putting the heart and soul into your Valentine’s weekend, the NC Symphony and guest-star singers belt smash hits by the likes of Motown marvels like Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, Lionel Richie, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder and, of course, The Temptations. ncsymphony.org

Ballet Hispánico

Fete 50 years of Ballet Hispánico with a night of powerful Latinx stories come to life through breathtaking dance by this world-renowned company via NC State LIVE’s popular spring program, open to the public. Live.arts.ncsu.edu

Crafty Galentine’s Party

No need to wine about being single on Valentine’s Day—Crafty’s won’t let you be alone. Celebrate your best gal pals with a wine flight and chocolates. craftybeerwinespirits.com

Cinch’s World’s Toughest Rodeo

It’s more than an 8-second ride! Tell everyone to “buck off” (had to) and make your way to PNC to peep some of the world’s toughest cowboys and cowgirls turn and burn in a heart-racing night of rodeo revelry. worldstoughestrodeo.com

Dino & Dragon Stroll 

“Hold onto your butts!” Get up close and personal with totally lifelike and life-size dinos and dragons via North America’s  only walk-up tour. We’re talking animatronics, sound technology (roar!), moving heads… you’ll think they’re alive. Hey, it promises to be rawr-some but as we learned from Jurassic Park, “if something chases you, run!” dinostroll.com

Drive-In Movie at Dix Park

Skip the movie theater and treat your special someone to a blast-from-the-past via a free drive-in movie showing of The Big Sick at Dorothea Dix Park. Keep it extra authentic with some grub from one of the on-site food trucks dishing everything from tacos to treats. dorotheadixpark.org

Galentine’s Day Concert

Jazz hands! … Jazz up your Valentine’s Day with NC Master Chorale’s concert featuring the music of pop and jazz divas at Transfer Co. Food Hall. Get it, girls! transfercofoodhall.com

Galentine’s Day in the Studio (Designed for Joy)

Aca-suce me? It’s only the best day of the year. Grab your gals and paint the town in this lovely Designed for Joy event featuring the Ladies in Red (aka NCSU’s premier all-female a cappella), a Bouquet Bar hosted by local Trader Joe’s stores, and more—all to support work for women in crisis in Raleigh. Yup, it’s going to be aca-awesome. designedforjoy.com

2/13, ongoing
Pretty in Pink Scavenger Hunt

Grab your girlfriends for Search in the City’s Pretty in Pink Scavenger Hunt. Whether you’re looking for a fun way to celebrate Valentine’s day or you just want to explore downtown Raleigh, this is sure to be a hunt for fun. searchinthecity.co

Galentine’s Drag Brunch

Two words: Drag Brunch. Grab your gals for waffles (with lots of whipped cream a la Leslie Knope of course) and a show at Young Hearts Distilling. trophybrewing.com/young-hearts-distilling

Super Bowl LVI

Is it the Packers year? The Brady Bowl? We can’t predict the winner but we can predict the best places to tune into the big game—or how to max out your watch party. raleighmag.com

Variaciones Concertantes

Immerse yourself in music inspired by the atmosphere of Argentina through Alberto Ginastera’s Variaciones Concertantes at Carolina Theatre. carolinatheatre.org 

Vegan Brews ’n’ BBQ

National Football Hangover Day and Valentine’s Day collide with Meatless Monday—and what better way to celebrate (or drown your sorrows) than vegan brews ’n’ Q at Big Boss? bigbossbrewing.com 

Dillon Francis and Young Gravy

Hop on the gravy train for Dillon Francis and Young Gravy’s Sugar, Spice and Everything Ice Tour at the Ritz. ritzraleigh.com

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