17 Things to Do in Raleigh This Week, Aug. 11–17

22 & good 4 u

Well good for you, you look happy and healthy. … And good for us that this Taylor Swift x Olivia Rodrigo DJ-run dance party is coming to The Pour House (!). Grab some face stickers, don your best red ’fit, and get ready to dance the night away to your fave pop tunes. 22andgood4u.com 

Longleaf Hotel Takeover With Women’s Social Club

We’re all about women supporting women (and their small businesses!). Sip and socialize at this mixer event and hear from two inspiring female entrepreneurs/girl bosses. Who run the world?! thelongleafhotel.com

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

“Imma bee, imma bee”… attending this Tony Award-winning musical comedy at the Raleigh Little Theatre that highlights six slightly interesting competitors. Sounds spell-binding. raleighlittletheatre.org

We Ate Dinosaurs: Getting to Know our Synapsid Ancestors

Before dinosaurs, there was another species who roamed the land and sea: synapsids, aka “proto-mammals.” Get schooled on these unusual creatures via this lecture by NCMNS paleontology curator Christian Kammerer as part of the museum’s Life Before Dinosaurs exhibit. naturalsciences.org

OUTSOUTH Queer Film Festival

Grab a colorful glimpse of today’s LGBTQ+ life and community at this four-day film festival featuring 106 short and 18 feature-length films from around the globe. carolinatheatre.org

Desert Terrarium Workshop

Learn how to create a mini desert environment in your home that doesn’t succ via Urban Pothos’ plant workshop. With a focus on cacti and succulents (plus guidance on design and care!), this event gets two green thumbs up. urbanpothoshouseplantshopnc.com

E.T. Movie Party

E.T. phone home… This heart-wrenching fan-fave sci-fi classic is turning 40 (feel old yet?)! Join the celebration at Marbles IMAX  with a movie party, crafts and a chance to try your hand at creating an E.Tea Green Pineapple Smoothie. Sounds out-of-this-world. marbleskidsmuseum.org

Skywatching – Perseid Meteor Shower

Keep your eyes on the skies! Join Morehead Planetarium staff and Raleigh Astronomy Club volunteers for a viewing of  the Perseid Meteor Shower through telescopes at Dix Park. Talk about a starry night! dixpark.org

D.L. Hughley

From stage to screen to page (and he’s a bestselling author to boot), famed funny man D.L. Hughley brings his comic flair to Raleigh for a three-night run. improv.com

Cocktails & Cuisine Class: Gin Workout

Can we get three cheers for a class that’ll  up your cocktail game?! Learn how to mix three gin drinks—plus get tips on what fare pairs best with them—from The Willard’s skilled bartenders. thewillardraleigh.com

Keith Urban

Somebody like you is exactly who this country crooner wants to see at the Creek. walnutcreekamphitheatre.com

Meet the Pack

The Pack is back (!). … For the first time since 2019, Meet the Pack—an opp for fans and students to meet football players, grab an autograph and snag some sweet merch is returning. Oh, howl yeah! pncarena.com

Houseplant 101

Plant yourself in a class focused on helping you grow as a plant parent… you even get to pot a plant to take home! Unbe-leaf-able, indeed. copperlineplants.com

Ice Cream Social and Market

Did you hear the scoop? Hartwell has teamed up with Bold Batch Creamery for an ice cream social and mini-market benefiting the Carolina Abortion Fund. Grab a cone for a cause! hartwellraleigh.com

Treats Pop-Up: Bad Oven

Oh, sweet! Filipino sweet shop Bad Oven is popping up at The Willard with its signature ube-flavored desserts to satisfy all your eager sweet tooths. thewillardraleigh.com

Social District Celebration Kickoff

Crank Arm is kicking off Raleigh’s first social district in the best way possible—a “Parade of Travelers” starting at 10:30am. (Um, yeah, you’re gonna wanna call in “sick” to work!) Make your way from Crank Arm to The Pour House and back with brews in hand, natch, and live tunes along the way. Now that’s a parade we can get behind! crankarmbrewing.com

8/17, 25
Candlelight: A Tribute to Taylor Swift

Sparks are gonna be flying at this intimate, candlelit event featuring a string quartet performing some of T. Swift’s most popular songs—think “Love Story,” “Enchanted,” “All Too Well” and “Lover”—at the historic Merrimon-Wynne House. feverup.com

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