16 Things to Do in Raleigh This Week, May 9–15

Through May 31
Aperitivo Experience
It’s giving Amalfi Coast. Indulge in imported small bites, refreshing specialty cocktails and good vibes at this monthlong happy hour. Cin cin! ilfalo.com

Anna Akana
She’s got a restraining order and a stacked lineup of stories—so you’ll no doubt get a chuckle or two from this comedian, actress and writer whose humor only gets darker. goodnightscomedy.com

Ginspiration: Gin Tasting Mixer With Sutler’s
Gin and bear the last bit of the workweek with a taste of local liquor from Sutler’s Spirit Co., topped off with mixers from Fever Tree. Cheers! peckandplume.com

Sum 41 
A Canadian rock band ventures South to deliver some seriously bangin’ tunes worth showing out for. That pretty much sums it up! redhatamphitheater.com

Carlos Conducts Stravinsky Suite From The Firebird
Set your night on fire with a seriously hot performance at Meymandi Concert Hall via a revamped classic brought back to life. Compliments to the conductor! ncsymphony.org

Early Birds 
Ready to rave(n)? Grab your binoculars and camera, and make for the great outdoors for a self-guided birding and exploring sesh. Let’s fly! naturalsciences.org

Longleaf Film Festival
Grab the popcorn and screen free indy films with NC connections at this iconic annual juried film fest. ncmuseumofhistory.org

Prokofiev Romeo & Juliet
For a show that slays (like, actually), listen up as the NC Symphony showcases the sounds of star-crossed love and tragedy. Where art thou tickets? martinmariettacenter.com

Vintage Market
Old-fashioned is in style! Shop around an elevated vintage extravaganza feat. 230+ unique vendors repping 16 states. ncstatefair.org 

Appraisal Fair
Trash or treasure? Haul your fine art, modern furniture, coins, and any other trinket or treasure you want to learn more about to the City of Raleigh Museum to get a solid evaluation from specialists from the Leland Little Auctions. cityofraleighmuseum.org

Heritage Month Celebration
Honor the beauty of AAPI culture at Dix Park via authentic food trucks, entertainment and cultural immersion. shoplocalraleigh.org

National Dog Mom Day Festival
Spoiler alert: Dog days are here. Paw-lease bring your pooch to delight in the grand opening of Woofie’s premier pet care, a pup-up market, countless treats and endless belly rubs. What’s not to love? thedogmomsofdurham.com

Nature Creators
Creative minds think… different? That’s the point! Explore your building and collaborating abilities to make sculptures and creations come to life surrounded by nature. Don’t worry, it will come nature-ally! naturalsciences.org

World Oddities Expo Raleigh
Normal is so boring! Embrace your weird side with a variety of artists, booths, guest speakers and performers encouraging you to let your freak flag fly. Oh, woe to thee! ncstatefair.org 

The Amity Affliction
It’s hardcore! Take your darkest outfit and your loudest singing voice to The Ritz for a stellar show via a band bringing the beats from Down Under. livenation.com

Matt Friend
Sure to make an impression, this comedian is known for his 250+ celeb voices ranging from The Simpsons to Jennifer Coolidge. May the mimicking begin! goodnightscomedy.com

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