20 Things to Do in Raleigh This Week, Aug. 18–24

Moms Demand Fundraiser

It’s time to take action. Young Hearts Distilling is footing the bill for apps and drinks so that patrons will donate to Moms Demand in its mission to help end gun violence. #EnoughIsEnough momsdemandaction.org

Women’s Equality Day Gala

Channel the “power of the pearls … and the women who wear them” at League of Women Voters of Wake County’s swanky soiree featuring Dix Park Conservancy CEO Janet Cowell as keynote speaker. Let’s go girls! lwvwake.org

Women’s Social Club Mixer with 321 Coffee

Oh, we love this a latte. 321 Coffee is hosting Women’s Social Club at its new DTR location in order to share the story of how the “people-focused coffee” shop came to be—followed by a private tour of their new digs. Cool beans! 321coffee.com

Lux Paint + Pour Back to the 90’s Event

We are totally buggin’ for this creative celebration featuring bumpin’ beats, chef-selected snacks, and an open bar to get those artistic impulses flowing. Color us intrigued! mccormickcreations.com

Smokey Robinson

The Motown maestro’s really got a hold of us. See ya at Booth. boothamphitheatre.com 

Throwback Night at Wake County Speedway

Hop on the fast track to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Wake County Speedway—aka “America’s Favorite Bullring.” Up to 40 racers are expected to be in attendance. “If you ain’t first, you’re last!” wcspeedway.com

Audio Advice Live

If you like the sound of sampling premier audio equipment and bopping to some sick tunes like never before… listen up! Audio Advice’s premier audio and video event—held this year at the Sheraton Hotel—will also allow attendees to network with and ask advice from industry experts, product managers, engineers and more. live.audioadvice.com

321 Coffee Grand Opening

Words cannot espresso how excited we are for 321 Coffee to open its highly anticipated Bloc[83] location! Come out for coffee (natch) and community—plus limited-edition merch and a raffle for custom-painted 321 Coffee Nike Air Force Force 1 shoes (!). 321coffee.com

Daddy Daughter Luncheon

Calling all girl dads! Treat your pops to lunch at Your Pie and hear passages from Grammy-nominated musician, educator and former Durham city councilman Pierce Freelon’s newly released children’s book, Daddy Daughter Day. Too sweet! yourpie.com

Dog Days of Summer at The Great Raleigh Trolley

Humid summer days can be a bit ruff—especially for your canine. … Take a break from the heat and sip on a cold beer or cocktail from the Tap Yard Garden Bar while strolling through the Pop-Up Dog Daze Market feat. local dogcentric vendor partners; then hit up TW’s Italian Ice for a tasty (and more importantly, frozen!) treat. Classic rock band Tigerlily will be providing the tunes, and Cause for Paws will be on-site with some furry friends looking for forever homes. That’s so fetch! greatraleightrolley.com

Kevin Hart

You’re gonna wanna get “nightschooled” as funny man “Flip” (aka Pollstar’s comedy touring artist of the decade) brings his charming and disarming brand of comedy to PNC for a “Reality Check.” pncarena.com

The Roaring 20s Kirby Derby

Ready to go for a spin? In honor of its 20th anniversary, Kirby Derby is hosting a Roaring ’20s-themed parade, pinebox mini car race and soapbox Derby. “It’s fabulous, fantastical and fanatical.” kdd.gamil.com

The Secret Garden Soiree Festival

“The ultimate R&B experience” is landing at Fred Fletcher Park, complete with R&B tunes (natch) from local DJs and live bands, food trucks, local vendors, backyard games, and a Champagne wall (!). Talk about a great way to close out summer. @followthedj

Walnut Creek Wetland Park’s Mud Day 

Get down in the dirt (literally) at the fourth annual Mud Day, featuring a mud kitchen, crafts, food trucks and an obstacle course ending with a mud pit. Time to get your hands (and possibly your whole body) dirty! raleighnc.gov

Yoga on the Patio at Brookside Bodega

Stay Zen by stretching out with Brookside Bodega’s very own Jessie of Yoga Vibes during a 90-minute yoga session. … A bottle of vino from the market is sure to keep the chill vibes going all day long. Namaste! brooksidebodega.com

8/20, 9/3
Neon Nights Scavenger Hunt

Get your ne“on” and grab the glow sticks for a fun hunt on and around Fayetteville Street. The winning team’s future is looking bright. searchinthecity.co

Jack Johnson

All that time sitting, waiting, wishing finally paid off as the tunester croons it out at the Creek. walnutcreekamphitheatre.com

Rooftop Jazz Brunch 

Swing by the Willard for a three-course brunch while enjoying tunes from pianist Jonathan Markow and his trio … plus enjoy full access to the Willard bar. So smooth! thewillardraleigh.com

Island Wine Dinner

Hey, beaches! Bendito is bringing the island vibes to Raleigh with chef Kevin Ruiz’s five-course wine pairing menu. Blessed, indeed. benditonc.com

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