21 Things to Do in Raleigh This Week, April 7–13

Whether you’re looking for a laugh or a wine tasting, a group fitness class or a bar crawl, we’ve got you covered with plenty of fun events going on around town this week.

Through May 31
Down Home: Jewish Life in NC

Immerse yourself in the history of NC Jewish culture with this free exhibit at the Capitol, created by Jewish Heritage North Carolina. jewishnc.org

Wellness Wednesdays

We’ve been waiting all winter for this—Wellness Wednesdays are back! Kick off the first wellness day with Pure Barre and #GetYourFitOn. northhillsevents.com

Free Wine Tasting

Wine down through Falls Village Wine & Beer’s free wine tasting, which includes both Old World and New World wines from Italy, Argentina and California. fallsvillagewineandbeer.com

Lakeside Concerts

Free concert? Yes, please! LIVE @ Lake Raleigh is returning with live music, food trucks and lake views. Kicking off the series is NPR Tiny Desk Judge’s pick, The Collection. liveatlakeraleigh.com 

National Empanada Day

It’s one of the tastiest days of the year! Get BOGO empanadas at Transfer Co. Food Hall to celebrate National Empanada Day—there’s nada that sounds better. transfercofoodhall.com

Steve Byrne

Get Byrne’d by stand-up comedian and actor Steve Byrne, who’s stopping in Raleigh to share some laughs while on his 2022 tour. improv.com

Gershwin Piano Concerto

The key to happiness is good music. NC Symphony is serving up a night of piano playing so pacifying, you won’t be able to handle it. ncsymphony.org 

Canes vs. Islanders

Cane’t wait to put the L in isLander… PN-see ya later! pncarena.com

4/8 & 10
The Magic Flute

Whistle the night away with this memorable Singspiel (meaning there’s passages of spoken dialogue between the musical numbers) written by Mozart himself and highlighting iconic opera characters and fierce solos. Classic! ncopera.org

90s Bar Crawl 

“The music will be bumpin’ and the fits will be fly.” Use this blast to the past to booze through the ’90s with NC Bar Crawl, and dance the night away at your favorite Raleigh bars. Yeah, baby! barcrawllive.com

Bon Jovi

We’ve got to hold on to what we’ve got—and right now that’s a night of belting Bon Jovi faves at PNC. Livin’ on a prayer, indeed. pncarena.com 

Yappy Hour

Take a pitcher—it’ll last longer… and you’re gonna wanna add this day of beer, bites and paw-fect pet vendors with your fur child at Dix Park’s dog park to your (already full of Fido) camera roll. Paws in! dixpark.org

Historic Oakwood 33rd Annual Garden Tour

Life’s a garden, dig it! And dig into the Oakwood Garden Club’s 33rd annual self-guided walking garden tour in Historic Oakwood—donning your best garden hat, obviously. historicoakwood.org

New Hope Valley Railway 2022 Season Opens

All aboard! New Hope Valley Railway is letting Raleighites hop on the bandwagon and get on track to learn about trains, railroad equipment and obv get a unique view via railroad. triangletrain.com

Canes vs. Ducks

Hurricanes are here to send Cali quacking—and they don’t give a duck. pncarena.com

Run Club x Trophy

Run like the wind! Trophy is kicking off its spring running season with nOg Run Club at its Maywood location on Monday—and stay tuned for more running routes, beer specials, food trucks and live trivia. trophybrewing.com

Transfer Co. Comedy Experience

Need a laugh? Join Transfer Co. Food Hall for a night of jokes (from Maddie Wiener and Kenyon Adamcik), food and drinks. transfercofoodhall.com

Stone Cold and the Jackal

It’s time for a checkup… Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson from ABC soap opera General Hospital are touring the country and stopping in Raleigh—and you’ll be anything but stone cold during this night of laughter, music and hijinks. goodnightscomedy.com 

Mindful Museum: Tai Chi in the Park

Find your new muse through Tai Chi at the NCMA… Just take a deep breath and roll with it. Can we get an om? ncartmuseum.org

Mt. Joy

Here’s a “silver lining”: Mt. Joy is stopping in Raleigh to bring all the good vibes to The Ritz. ritzraleigh.com

An Evening With David Sedaris

Dress your fam in corduroy and denim and head to DTR for an ab workout—er, to laugh it up with Raleigh’s own sardonic social critic, scribe and all-together satire sorcerer David Sedaris for an evening feat. all-new stories (plus audience Q&A and book signing). dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

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