21 Things to Do in Raleigh This Week, May 12–19

It may be a rainy weekend, but there’s lots going on in Raleigh this week—from the Longleaf Film Festival to Shred Fest to the NC Museum of Natural Sciences’ highly anticipated Life Before Dinosaurs exhibit.

5/12, 13 
Movies by Moonlight

Lights, camera, action! As summer nights get longer (and warmer!), head to Koka Booth for an outdoor movie among the stars—literally. Cruella is playing May 12 and Sing 2 is on May 13! boothamphitheatre.com

Aly & AJ

“You’re not living till you’re living…” with Aly and AJ, so head to Lincoln Theatre for the “greatest time of the year.” lincolntheatre.com 

Longleaf Film Festival

This 8th annual indie film fest is finally back at the NC Museum of History, so don’t let the curtain fall without seeing unique independent and local films—and shoving your face with popcorn, natch. longleaffilmfestival.com

Oak City Shred Fest

Wheels—er, wheel—up! The only head-to-head Onewheel racing event on the East Coast is back in Raleigh for a stoke-filled weekend of Onewheel events, live music, camping, paddle boarding and much more. See here for more deets. oakcityshredfest.com

AIDS Walk & 5K Run

Might as well put your hot girl (or boy!) walk to good use. Participate in the 2022 AIDS Walk & 5K Run at Dix Park to support the Alliance of AIDS Services-Carolina’s commitment to “educating, supporting and connecting the community to nonjudgemental and compassionate prevention, care and support.” aidswalkand5krun.itsyourrace.com

Bowstring’s Spring Music Fest

Brews and tunes—name a better duo, we’ll wait. Bowstring will be rockin’ out all day long with a full day of tunes from local musicians, plus local vendors, cocktails, beer, pizza and more. Cheers to that! bowstringbrewyard.com 

Brave the Shave

A no hair day is a good hair day, especially when the proceeds go to benefit St. Baldrick’s, the biggest nongovernment funder of childhood cancer research grants. And if you want to hold onto your precious locks, you can always volunteer or donate! stbaldricks.org

FRESH Sounds Concert Series

Triangle-based versatile multi-instrumentalists and singer-songwriters Larry Bellorín and Joe Troop are serving up “music with no borders” during their fusion performance of Venezuelan and Appalachian folk music. artspacenc.org 

Summer Salute

“I love beach music…” Let The Embers (and others) waft you to “far away places” as you ride the wave to summer via North Ridge Country Club’s 19th annual beach blast benefiting Transitions LifeCare. It’s a vibe. summersalute.com

True Crime & Curious Tales

Calling all true crime junkies, conspiracy theorists and wannabe detectives. This Raleigh Walking Tour takes you back in time through the City of Oak’s most interesting historical true crime stories and other offbeat tales. See ya later, litigator! raleighwalkingtours.com 

Life Before Dinosaurs 

Step back in time (about 290 million years!) and experience the age of dinosaurs through this highly anticipated exhibit at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences—it promises to be raur-some (had to). naturalsciences.org 

5/15, ongoing
Summer Concert Series

School’s out for summer, so BYOB (bring your blanket) to Pullen Park or Fred Fletcher Park on select Sundays through August. raleighnc.gov

Skywatching at Dix Park

Why did the alien go to Saturn? … To go ring shopping. Take date night to the next (interstellar) level via out-of-this-world fun at Dix Park feat. telescopes with a side of tunes from the Triangle Sax Ensemble. The sky’s the limit on brownie points. dixpark.org 

Treat Pop-up at The Willard

Satiate your sweet tooth at The Willard Rooftop, where Little Blue Macaron will be popping up with its artful French macarons in flavors like lavender & honey, browned butter vanilla, almond & berry jam, and more. thewillardraleigh.com

Casting Crowns 

It’ll be a “glorious day” at PNC with Casting Crowns casting light (and live music!) on Raleigh. pncarena.com

Dancing With the Carolina Stars

Join Carolina Theatre in celebrating the Triangle’s best and brightest as they dance it out Dancing With the Stars-style. Cheer on your fave A-list star (competitors include Ricky Moore, Nicole Thompson, Sen. Mike Woodard & Wool E. Bull—yes, the Durham Bulls mascot); and don’t sleep on the auction—or that complimentary speciality drink. Break a leg! carolinatheatre.org 

Rex Orange County

Loving is easy, and so is going to Red Hat to see Rex Orange County for a night of calming jams. redhatamphitheater.com 

Rise & Stride Race to End Hunger

Join the race to end hunger! Strap on your running shoes and take part in Rise Against Hunger’s annual virtual 5K or 10K race. runsignup.com 


“Rock and Roll All Nite” at Walnut Creek for KISS’ End of the Road World Tour. livenation.com 

May Wine Club

What’s there to wine about when you can mingle with Raleigh Founded community members and try new vinos?! Nothing. The answer is nothing. Sip, sip, hooray! raleighfounded.com 

Open Mic at Improv Raleigh

Got jokes? Time to “stand up” and give your comedic skills a test-drive. Hey, if Mrs. Maisel can do it… improv.com

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