17 Things to Do in Raleigh This Week, Aug. 4–10


Calling all sad bois and girls. LANY is bringing its heart-wrenching tunes to Red Hat for a night of, well, tears probably—both the happy and sad kind. redhatamphitheater.com 

Ian Bagg

You just know Canadian comedian Ian Bagg has some funny stories to tell. He moved to NYC to live in a youth hostel; winded up on the Late Night With Conan O’Brien (among others); and—fun fact—is the only known comic to have worked for famed director/producer Judd Apatow and not become a multibillionaire. So, yeah, you can assume his show at Raleigh Improv is going to be one for the books. improv.com

Christmas in August

Christmas is coming early this year at Burial with its Other Half collab can takeover/tap release/Christmas in August party! Head to the taproom for holiday-inspired slushees (um, genius for cooling off while maintaining the holiday spirit!), a DJ spinning ’80s and ’90s NYC hip-hop, an exclusive DTR T-Shirt release, and brews from Burial and Other Half, natch. Ho, ho, ho, indeed. burialbeer.com

Five for Fighting

Five for Fighting’s Grammy-nominated John Ondrasik is going to be Raleigh’s very own “Superman” for the night—and you won’t wanna miss it. dukeenergycenterraleigh.com 

Oak City Arsenal Season Opener

Raleigh’s premier Arsenal supporters club is posting up at Lonerider for the season, with the season opener kicking things off with a bang—think an open beer tab (up to $300!), free pizza, and fresh Oak City Arsenal shirts and stickers available for purchase. COYG! @oakcityarsenal

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival

Time to go hog wild on 60+ beers, 40+ bourbons, BBQ and bluegrass galore—plus allll the fixins, local vendors and more. Talk about a smoke show. cary.beerandbourbon.com

The Father

See the world through the eyes of a man with dementia via this sobering and emotionally intense Theatre in the Park production starring Ira David Wood III in the leading role. theatreinthepark.com

RaleighWRLD Festival

It’s a Raleigh world and we’re all just living in it. Come out to Dix Park for a fun-filled festival with food trucks, vendors, live music and performances, giveaways, community donation drives, and more. raleighwrld.co

Sweat Then Sip

Wye Hill is raising the barre (and the actual bar!) with a 45-minute Pure Barre class, followed by brunch and signature mimosas—NTM, an incredible view of Downtown. Yoganna wanna grab a ticket! wyehill.com  

NC Pet Expo

NC’s ulti-mutt pet expo at the State Fairgrounds is the pet lovers’ place to be. The pawty includes a pet costume contest, small dog race, animal food drive, pet fashion show and more. ncpetexpo.com 

Black Representation in the Arts: Building Momentum for Lasting Change Panel Discussion

Join CAM Raleigh for a panel discussion about Black representation in the arts, including talks about the role of art in injustice and healing—with panelists including Stephen Hayes, Clarence Heyward, Allen Mask, Natasha Powell-Walker and Lakea Shepard. camraleigh.org

Vendor Open House

Olde Raleigh Distillery is turning its house into a home for local vendors across the Triangle specializing in rentals, music, photography, catering and more to showcase their creative offerings. And the creative juices will be flowing indeed, as each ticket includes a craft cocktail! olderaleighdistillery.com 

On Your Feet!

In the famed words of Chandler Bing, “either that or Gloria Estefan was right and, eventually, the rhythm is going to get you.” Get on your feet for the inspiring true story of Cubans Gloria and Emilio Estefan’s rise from humble beginnings to international sensations against the heart-pounding beats of the Miami Sound Machine. dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

8/10–31, ongoing
Alley Twenty Six Whiskey Wednesdays

Pour your heart out at Alley Twenty Six each Wednesday, where a different unique bottle of whiskey will be served at a break-even price. Try a Barrell Private Release “Peach Cobbler” on Aug. 10, or a Smooth Ambler Old Scout Single Barrel Rye “Dietz Hometown Treatz” on Aug. 17. alleytwentysix.com

Cookie Decorating Class with Oakwood Cookie Co.

Enjoy sweet skyline views and sip on some vino while you decorate summer-themed cookies—with the help of cookie extraordinaire Taylor Whitworth of Oakwood Cookie Co., of course—that are almost too pretty to eat… almost. thewillardraleigh.com 

REO Speedwagon

We “can’t fight this feeling” that you should go to Walnut Creek to see REO Speedwagon perform their hit tunes live. livenation.com

8/10, ongoing
Noon Tunes

Celebrate “high noon” with Noon Tunes at City Plaza—featuring local musician Elora Dash—while you enjoy lunch outside. downtownraleigh.org

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