18 Things to Do in Raleigh This Week, April 6–April 12

Austin Meade

Abstract artist alert! Join this quirky musician for a night of jams—loser mentalities only.  thepourhousemusichall.com

LIVE@Lake Raleigh

Ready for that lake life? NC State’s free outdoor concert series returns to Lake Raleigh once again, serving up all the singin’ and swayin’ vibes. See you by the water! live.arts.ncsu.edu

Sakura Festival

It’s cherry blossom season! Join O-Ku to taste the flavors of spring via speciality chef tastings, themed cocktails and festive fun. o-kusushi.com

The Cherry Orchard

You’re guaranteed to both laugh and cry during this quirky dramedy spotlighting the socioeconomic divide between workers vs. landlords. burningcoal.org

Peace Love & Rage: A Divorced Dad Rock Dance Party

Calling all lovers of divorced dad rock classics (yes, it’s a thing)! Come out to rock—and rage—to the likes of Limp Bizkit, Foo Fighters, Rage Against the Machine, Nickelback and more. thepourhousemusichall.com

The Taylor Party: Taylor Swift Night

Polish up real nice for this T. Swift-inspired dance party feat. all of Tay’s most iconic tunes you know all too well. taylorswiftnight.com 

K9 Spring Fling

Ruff day? Unleash the stress with some furry friends via this community canine soiree featuring vendors, adoptable pups, food trucks and a doggie Easter egg hunt. Sounds like a paw-ty. k9springfling.com

Midtown Square Spring Festival

Food trucks, music and good vibes all the way! Spring has sprung… and it’s time to celebrate with a fab fair weather fest. bondbrothersbeer.com

Museum Untold Tour 

Who needs Night at the Museum when you can take a fun, fast-paced and engaged tour of the NCMNS?! Um, we want to know what’s buried below the dinosaur exhibit… naturalsciences.org

Print Your Heart Out Class

Perfect your printing game via this three-hourlong class with Alanah Reid teaching participants traditional techniques for creative and compelling print creations. Keep calm and print on! artspacenc.org

BIG INK at Artspace

“Aww, you guys made me ink!” … Witness the “Big Tuna”—aka a giant portable printing press—churn out large woodblock prints created by local artists using traditional Japanese chisels. artspacenc.org

League Championship Series (LCS) Spring Finals 

It’s game time. Witness the peak of competitive League of Legends play to conclude the LCS 2023 Spring Split. pncarena.com

Easter Brunch Buffet at The Durham

Hoppy Easter! Celebrate with a special seder buffet complete with carving stations (Prime rib! Smoked salmon! A seafood bar!), French toast, oodles of pastries, veggies, charcuterie and more delish bites. How egg-cellent. thedurham.com

Canes v. Red Wings
Red Wings take flight back to Motor City with an L. pncarena.com

Mead Pairing Dinner

We’re all about the perfect pairing. … Roll up hungry for chef David Mitchell’s locally sourced and globally inspired five-course meal that comes with a mead pairing for each dish. Ready to celebrate “humanity’s first alcoholic beverage” with a swig? plateskitchen.com

Nature Play Day

It’s officially play outside season. … Find fort building, bubbles, paint, puppets and more at this nature play day. Hope you’re willing to get messy. naturalsciences.org

Riding With Compassion

Ready to ride? Cycling 1,600 miles up the East coast, find Compassionate Care ALS zooming through the City of Oaks on its way to the finish line in Falmouth, Massachusetts, in support of those affected by ALS. ccals.org

Carolina Mudcats Opening Week

You’re crazy, Wildcat—er, Mudcat. … Buy some peanuts and Cracker Jacks at the opening week of our very own baseball team facing off against the Salem Red Sox. Batter up! milb.com

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