21 Things to Do in Raleigh This Week, Sept. 21–27

Through Spring 2024
Stranger Times 

“Friends don’t lie.” If you’ve ever dreamed of attending Hawkins Middle School with Dustin and Lucas, the Museum of Durham History’s newest exhibit comparing the pandemic with The Upside-down was made for you. museumofdurhamhistory.org 

The Aesthetic Lounge and Spa Raleigh’s 2nd Anniversary Celebration

Look good, feel good. Party with Raleigh’s lux aesthetic med spa to celebrate two years of boosting confidence and ensuring relaxation. PSA: the celebration includes an open bar and a Louis Vuitton giveaway (!). lookbeautifulraleigh.com

Crowded Table Club: Women of Pop Dance & Drive!

Get down with your fave gal group at this dance party/essentials drive combo event. Bring some necessities for women and girls in need—think shampoo, tampons, body wash—and get ready to jive away the night with a DJ, movement artist and drinks. #Slay. eventbrite.com

Fall Pop-Up

Ring in autumn by perusing a slew of seasonal essentials—from permanent jewelry to wide-brimmed hats to candles and more—and stay for the vibes. Fall-elujah, indeed! @modeconsignment

Mac Ayres

Put all your cards on the table! The independent New York artist is “getting to us again” as he graces The Ritz with his soft and sad R&B tunes. livenation.com

National Car-Free Day

Dust off your bikes! Car dependency has a big impact on climate change—cars and trucks are responsible for 20% of all carbon emissions. By going car-free, you reduce emissions and reduce inequity along with a truckload of other benefits. wakeupwakecounty.org 

Trunk Show

Bedazzle your day and meet the artist behind Uli Amsterdam jewelry while shopping her conversational statement pieces at C.T. Weekends. ctweekends.com


These Georgia natives are set to give it “the old college try” in Raleigh. Get ready to sing along and sway to some Southern twang-indie rock. Every song is a winger! lincolntheatre.com

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4

Everyone is Russian to grab tickets to the 19th century composer’s orchestration dedicated to his mysterious pen pal, Nadezhda von Meck. ncsymphony.org

Oktoberfest at TheMixx

Guten tag! Eat, drink and be merry at TheMixx via a ~mix~ of traditional Oktoberfest festivities, including German fare like bratwursts and pretzels, and live music by special guest Kyle Lindley. bottlemixx.com

Launch Party: The Houseplant Hippie x Curate Downtown Collaboration

Nowhere to grow? Satisfy all your houseplant—and mimosa!—needs at the launch of The Houseplant Hippie’s new houseplants-on-demand delivery biz (plus in-store pickup based in Curate) while wandering through the work of 60+ NC makers and artists. facebook.com

Brier Creek Fall Food Truck Festival

Prepare your bellies for a food truck nosh sesh. … Head to the Brier Creek Corporate Center for bites, bounce houses, brews and the 12-piece upbeat band Sleeping Booty. Happy truck chasing! briercreekeats.com 

Chris Tucker

Whether you prefer Rush Hour or Silver Linings Playbook, everyone will get a laugh from this well-rounded actor and comedian. dpacnc.com

Karina Rykman w/ Guerilla Toss

Pop off! Psychedelic beats found. Take a joy ride with “thick bass, ethereal synths, disco-funk guitar and silky, inviting vocals.” Vibes = immaculate. thepourhousemusichall.com

Lil Yachty 

“iSpy” a night of dancing, moshing and rapping at The Ritz starring Lil Boat (believe it or not, he does more than just features!). P.S. Get hype or prepare to be drenched—the self-identified “king of teens” is known to spray his audience with water (!) when the energy is low. livenation.com 

Taylor Schiess

If you haven’t been to Brookside Bodega’s weekly local music series, you’re late to the game. Grab some bites and brews and kick back for some soulful live tunes. brooksidebodega.com

NC Defense Summit

This year’s Summit is bridging the gap between veterans and employers with powerful employment opportunities, military child care opportunities and military spouse employment initiatives. defensecommunities.org

Chimney Swift Gathering

Chim chim cher-ee! Gather at Transfer. Co to see flocks of Chimney Swifts dip, dive and roost through Raleigh—starring a flock that has been paying the building an annual visit for over a decade. facebook.com

Killjoy Wine Tasting

Happy Wine Wednesday! Fuel all your vino needs with samples of albariño, rosè, shiraz and pinot noir—plus a chat with Patrick Greene of Johnson Brothers – Mutual Distributing. Hey, wine not? killjoycocktail.com

Stargazing at the Willard

Reach for the stars (and planets!) with the Raleigh Astronomy Club while Saturn is directly opposite of the sun—aka boosting the best visibility of the year. Sounds far out! thewillardraleigh.com

Beethoven Symphony No. 2

Compose yourself and give that pitch some vibrato via an evening with the orchestra. ncsymphony.org

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