16 Things to Do in Raleigh This Week, July 21–27


Pathologies of the Paleozoic

Dr. Megan Whitney, a vertebrate paleontologist specializing in paleohistology, reveals how scientists study disease in the fossil record as part of NCMNS’ Life Before Dinosaurs exhibit. Can you dig it?!  naturalsciences.org

7/21, ongoing
Tacuterie Thursdays

One-upping taco Tuesday is Young Hearts Distilling with its new Tacuterie Thursdays featuring boards with 12 tortillas, your choice of meat or veggie options, and all the fixins’. Add a margarita pitcher pairing for the full experience! Taco ’bout a solid night out. trophybrewing.com/young-hearts-distilling 

Dave Matthews Band

And all the ants are marching to Walnut Creek to see ’90s rockers DMB “two step” back to the local stage. Lights down, you up! walnutcreekamphitheatre.com


If you need us we’ll be hangin’ tough with NKOTB for their Mix Tape Tour feat. Salt-N-Pepa, Rick Astley and En Vogue. The right stuff, indeed. pncarena.com

Pony Bradshaw

Giddy on up to The Pour House to catch GA-based Pony Bradshaw and Chip Robinson take the stage. thepourhousemusichall.com

Peak City Pig Fest

Time to get jiggy with some piggies in Apex for the two-day Peak City Pig Fest featuring a BBQ competition, live music, food trucks, a beer garden and more. Just try not to hog all the food (!).  peakcitypigfest.com

7/22, 29
Movies by Moonlight

Lights, camera, action! As summer nights heat up, head to Koka Booth for an outdoor movie under the stars—literally—with Raya and the Last Dragon July 22 & Jungle Cruise July 29! boothamphitheatre.com


Chaos abounds in this RLT Teens on Stage and Teens Backstage program about a Greek muse who descends from the heavens of Mount Olympus to Venice Beach, California, in 1980 in an attempt to inspire a struggling artist to achieve the first roller disco (!). Just roll with it… raleighlittletheatre.org

Taking Shape

Blend the rules a little at Charlotte Russell Contemporary’s Taking Shape exhibition, which features works from several artists whose focus is to use color and shape to create interpretations of our environment. charlotterussellcontemporary.com

4th Annual Super Duper Duck Splash

Rub-a-dub-dub and head to WRAL Soccer Park for the fourth annual Super Duper Duck Splash. Adopt a rubber duck for $5 (all proceeds benefit local youth nonprofit initiatives!) and watch the race go down for your chance to win cash and other prizes. duckrace.com 

Dog Days of Summer Party

We’re officially in the dog days of summer, so what’s more appropriate than bringing your four-legged friends with you on a night out? Party with your pup at Gizmo Brew Works and enjoy live music, food and beer—natch. It’s sure to be a brew-tiful night! gizmobrewworks.com

Raleigh Summer Market

It’s never too late for some seasonal shopping! The Raleigh Summer Market, hosted at Market Hall, will feature over 30 local vendors (think Bella Ruth Co., Bofemme, Evercoast Candles and more), so you can shop til you drop, all while supporting local. mademkt.com

9th Anniversary Block Party

Get spoked because Crank Arm is taking hoppy hour to the next level to celebrate its ninth anniversary with a block party featuring beer (don’t miss the rare and vintage pours), bands, food and a 10- to 15-mile bike ride! crankarmbrewing.com 

Cary’s Downtown Chowdown

Dig out those stretchy pants…  Cary’s Downtown Chowdown is back for a food-filled afternoon feat. some of the best bites in the Triangle—plus craft beer and wine vendors, and live music. townofcary.org

Rooftop Jazz Brunch

Sax in the city, anyone? Head to The Willard for an eggs-cellent three-course prix fixe brunch alongside music from pianist Jonathan Markow and his trio. thewillardraleigh.com

Whole Hog Holler

BBQ, bluegrass and beer. Need we say more? Join Sam Jones BBQ for the return of this live music event series that sizzles. Xoxo, hogs and kisses! samjonesbbq.com


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