18 Things to Do in Raleigh This Week, May 26–June 1

Through 6/19
Sacred Spaces, Sacred Stories

“And right there where we stood was hallowed ground…” The COR Museum’s newest exhibit explores Raleigh’s first African American burial ground, Mount Hope Cemetery, nee 1872. cityofraleighmuseum.org

Little River Band

It’s time for a “cool change” as Little River Band brings its big act to town—leaving you “reminiscing” the night for years to come. boothamphitheatre.com

Taste Tour of the Mediterranean

’Glyphs or it didn’t happen (OK, ’Grams’ll do). Walk like an Egyptian over to Vidrio for a multicourse cultural dinner experience filled with authentic Egyptian menu items by 2021 NC Chef of the Year Saif Rahman. vidrioraleigh.com

Willard Wine Tasting Class: Germany

Prost! Join The Willard Beverage Manager Conrad Most on the rooftop as he discusses regional varietals of German wine. thewillardraleigh.com

Wine & Brew Walk

Uncork your weekend at Waverly Place’s sip, shop and stroll sesh, including live demos from a local artist—plus raffle tickets for a chance to win a piece of original art. It’s a win-win—or should we say wine-wine! waverlycary.com

Air Plant Terrarium Workshop

Can you dig it? Urban Pothos is hosting a workshop at Hartwell for attendees to build a stylish habitat for an air plant (and get an air plant to go with it!). All materials are included—plus you get a free drink. Grow on and get a ticket! urbanpothoshouseplantshopnc.com

RuPaul’s Drag Race Superstar

“The punchlines won’t flatline” as RuPaul’s Drag Race sensation Alyssa Edwards’ one-diva show makes a pit stop in Raleigh on her “Life, Love and Lashes” tour. dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

Unscripted Durham Memorial Day Weekend Poolside Party

Take your MDW poolside and celebrate the start of summer with live music from local DJs, free boozy pops, and a rooftop grill out with burgs and hot dogs at Unscripted Durham’s The Patio. Splish, splash! unscriptedhotels.com

Birdwatching at Dix Park

We can’t stop raven about this beginner-friendly, free Dix Park birding experience. No egrets! dixpark.org

Bourbon Blending Workshop

​​”Don’t be fooled by the rocks that I got.” Olde Raleigh Distillery’s master blender is leading a deconstructed blending workshop of Olde Raleigh’s latest small-batch bourbon release. Attendees will get to try their hand as a whiskey blender and attempt to recreate the blend. Cheers! eventcreate.com

Pauli Murray: Imp, Crusader, Dude, Priest

Take a peek inside the life of Rev. Dr. Pauli Murray, a 20th century human rights activist, educator, lawyer, poet and Episcopal priest who was a key player in the fight for African American, women’s and LGBTQIA+ rights. ncmuseumofhistory.org

5/28, Saturdays
True Crime & Curious Tales Raleigh Walking Tour

Talk murder to me. True crime junkies are gonna wanna swap binge watching for this walking tour highlighting Raleigh’s history of murder, mayhem and other strange happenings. eventbrite.com

Neptunes Comedy Presents: Ryan Erwin

Raleigh’s fave “pretty potato” is bringing the laughs to Hartwell with special guests Harrison Tweed and Bridget Callahan—plus, there’s gonna be food trucks and a fully stocked bar (!). eventbrite.com

Jesse McCartney 

Get your beautiful soul over to The Ritz to see Jesse McCartney perform—and live out your inner childhood dreams. livenation.com

Bunker Labs National Veterans in Residence Showcase

Calling all veterans! Bunker Lab’s biannual Veterans in Residence Showcase spans 23 cities and three virtual cohorts, and celebrates over 400 veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs launching startups and businesses. Aka peek networking. eventbrite.com

Sinisterhood: Keeping It Creepy Tour

Funny meets spooky via hosts Christie Wallace and Heather McKinney’s comedy podcast, Sinisterhood. On Wednesday, the duo is recording live from Goodnights to give an enlightening—and haunting—take on Raleigh’s own Mordecai House history. Boo! goodnightscomedy.com

Islands in the Alley

It’s always 5 o’clock when you’re on island time… and there’s no better place to enjoy a tropical bev than Alley Twenty Six during its Islands in the Alley retro-themed pop-up featuring tropical food and drinks nodding back to the era of Trader Vic and Don the Beachcomber. If you need us, you know where to find us… alleytwentysix.com

6/1, Wednesdeays
Wellness Wednesdays

Hot girl (and boy!) summer is here! Get that beach bod via free fitness opps—from Barre to boxing—at Midtown Park every hump day. Feel the burn! northhillsevents.com

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