20 Things to Do in Raleigh This Week, March 10–16

From wine tastings and foodie events to concerts, theater performances and art exhibits (see: Art in Bloom kicking off March 16!), there’s lots of things to do in Raleigh this week.

A Night at the Opera: Beethoven

Dun-dun-dun-dun. The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle presents BEERthoven, A Night at the Opera—aka opera under the stars at Durty Bull Brewery—featuring acclaimed opera soloists from The Juilliard School’s Institute for Vocal Arts. Up the benevolent factor to your night of beer and Beethoven with suggested donations in advance or at the door to benefit The COT Education Fund, allowing us to continue to bring music into our area schools. thecot.org

Hurricanes vs. Avalanche

Sorry, Avaholics. Hurricanes blow away avalanches… . nhl.com


The most famous half-Persian comedian in the world lands at Goodnights for a night of high-energy performances on a variety of mainstream topics. goodnightscomedy.com

Taste Tour of the Mediterranean

Just try not to falafel in love with Vidrio’s Taste Tour of the Mediterranean, led by NC Chef of the Year, Executive Chef Saif Rahman. The first in a new monthly dinner series = Destination: Morocco! Stay tuned, as each month the Mediterranean destination and menu inspo will change, taking diners on a five-course culinary cultural tour. Reserve here. vidrioraleigh.com

Free Wine Tasting

Get a sip of this. Falls Village Wine & Beer is hosting a free wine tasting from 5:30–7:30pm featuring both Old World and New World vinos. Um, you had us at Bourdeaux. fallsvillagewineandbeer.com

Snow White

“Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?” Carolina Ballet’s highly anticipated balletic interpretation of Snow White features unique ​​new sets, costumes and of course … “the seven of them!” carolinaballet.com

Dream Theater

The “view from the top of the world”? For Dream Theater it clearly transcends time, answers the call and may involve aliens, sleeping giants and invisible monsters. Take in these hits (and other lyrical faves) via the Grammy-nominated band’s tour on the heels of its 15th studio album. dreamtheater.net

Oyster Shucking 101

Shuck, yeah! If the thought of shucking your own oysters makes you cringe (or if you’re not even sure how to eat them properly), Current Wellness’ class will teach you everything you need to know—and you’ll get to enjoy three different oyster varieties from the North Carolina coast, along with wine and beer pairings. currentwellnessraleigh.com

Double Barrel Benefit

Let the music play… WKNC-FM’s 18th annual fundraiser features two nights of live tunes from North Carolina-based artists and bands. Night one performances include Black Black Haüs, NunAfterHours, Basura and Sweet Homé, while night two features Elijiah Rosario, BANGZZ, Kenny Wavinson and Permanent. wknc.org

Official St. Patrick’s Bar Crawl

If you’re down to paddy this St. Patrick’s Day, Bar Crawl Live’s sixth-annual Paddy’s crawl is just what the doctor—er, leprechaun?—ordered. Don your green and enjoy free entry to over five bars in DTR—plus food and drink specials. Somebody pinch me! barcrawllive.com

Paw-rents Night Out

Even paw-rents need a well-deserved break from their furry friends. Leave Fido at home and head to Lonerider at Five Points for a beagle-themed menu and BeagleJuice—with 10% of sales supporting Triangle Beagle Rescue. And don’t worry, they’ll have doggie bags to bring home to your pup(s). loneriderbeer.com

St. Patrick’s Day Block Party

Apologize to your liver in advance and strap on your big boy and girl underoos—then break out your kilt, get your green on and go wild at this perennial Glenwood South Paddy’s Block Party feteing Irish and Celtic culture via plenty of pints, bites, bands—maybe even that legendary Jameson ice luge. Either way, it promises to shamrock your world. downtownraleigh.org

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Keep calm and stay lucky by heading to Downtown Raleigh for the 38th annual Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day Parade. raleighstpats.org

Triangle Outdoor Fest

Take a hike this weekend—literally—with the inaugural Triangle Outdoor Fest, featuring guided hikes and bike rides throughout the day, workshops, classes, vendors, food trucks, beer & bevs, and swag—all to benefit Triangle Land Conservancy and its MO to create a healthier and more vibrant Triangle by saving the places we love and the land we need. gearupforadventures.com

Wings of the City Community Picnic

Dix Park’s Wings of the City exhibit is—literally—spreading its wings and leaving Raleigh, but before the popular exhibit officially closes, Dix Park is hosting a community picnic that celebrates Mexican culture and builds community through art, live music and food. Attendees will also be able to create works of art inspired by Wings that will be later displayed at the Mexican Consulate in Raleigh (!). dorotheadixpark.org

Selection Sunday

Hoop, there it is. Whether you’re pullin’ for the Wolfpack women (#WPN!), those Devils or Heels down the road, or just can’t wait to bust your bracket (let’s be honest), Selection Sunday is where it all begins for the men’s and women’s road to Final Four. ncaa.com

Winter Seafood Jubilee

Seas the day by heading to Trophy Maywood for Locals Seafood’s eighth annual Winter Seafood Jubilee featuring roasted oysters, catfish po’boys, cider from Botanist and Barrel, and an exclusive beer from Locals and Trophy called Oyster Nipper Gosé, brewed with Core Sounder Oysters. During the event, Locals is also launching its Roast to Coast oyster shell recycling program with RS Shorelines. All discarded shells from the Jubilee will be collected and sent to the NC coast to be used in coastal restoration efforts. Aw, shucks. localsseafood.com

Jimmy Eat World

Here to remind us that “It just takes some time… you’re in the middle… everything’ll be just fine… everything, everything’ll be alright, alright” is Jimmy Eat World rockin’ The Ritz while repping their newest album (fittingly dubbed Surviving) in this Surviving the Truth Tour, featuring Dashboard Confessional. “Vindicated,” indeed. jimmyeatworld.com

The Way Down Wanderers

Can a song help save you? Find out by seeing the angelic-sounding Way Down Wanderers at The Pour House. thepourhousemusichall.com

Art in Bloom

Talk about seeds of change. See ya, winter… and hello, spring! Bloom up some fun at this longtime Raleigh tradition, as the perennial five-day fest returns feteing floral designers via ’Grammable gigantic floral installations interpreting museum works. ncartmuseum.org

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