22 Things to Do in Raleigh This Week, July 14–20

Fill your cal with our Best Bets of the week—from concerts to free movies to wine tastings and more.

7/14, ongoing
Cinema in the Square

Looking for some family fun, or maybe a romantic date night? Look no further than Downtown Raleigh Alliance’s free (!) movie night series, kicking off with The Lion King—and we aren’t lion when we say you won’t wanna miss it. downtownraleigh.org

Summer Sidewalk Sale

Marilyn Monroe once said happiness is not in money, but in shopping. … And we couldn’t agree more. Head to North Hills for its annual Summer Sidewalk Sale with over 75% off—plus the chance to win a $500 gift card for yet another shopping spree. See you on the sidewalks! visitnorthhills.com

Big Time Rush

The BTR boys are back with a stop at Red Hat during their Forever Tour with special guest Dixie D’Amelio. It’s gonna be a “big night!” redhatamphitheater.com

Chris Brown & Lil Baby

“Errybody’s” flocking to Walnut Creek for Chris Breezy and Lil Baby—a night you’ll remember forever. livenation.com

NC Courage Pride Night

Got pride? NC Courage is hosting a pride night match (with pride jerseys) following the NCFC’s pride festival, which will feature local LGBTQ+ and LGBTQ+-friendly businesses, artists and entertainers, and kid-friendly activities. nccourage.com

King Bach

The “King of Vine” has become one of the most influential names on the internet since the app was shut down in 2016—from starring in To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before to the upcoming comedy feature film Where’s the Money—making him a must-see at Goodnights. goodnightscomedy.com

7/15–17, 22–24
Open Garden Days at Juniper Level Botanic Garden

The Juniper Level Botanic Garden is in full bloom, and you’ve only got two weekends this summer to check it out! Save the date for an unbeleafable outing. jlbg.org 

Adult Prom REDO

Keep calm and think prom. Jump back in time for an adult prom redo at The Ritz, where you can dance the night away in your tuxedos and gowns—and enjoy some Champagne, a photobooth and corn hole. As a bonus, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to SAFEchild. Best. Prom. Ever. universe.com

Barenaked Ladies

If I had a million dollars, we wouldn’t have to eat Kraft dinner—but we would! … We’d just eat more. So, buy yourself a green dress (but not a real green dress—that’s cruel) and rock over to Red Hat as the quintessential Canadian rock band returns to rock out Raleigh. redhatamphitheater.com

Blending Over Backwards – Whiskey Tour & Tasting

Need something to lift your spirits? Join Olde Raleigh Distillery owner Brandon McCraney for a behind-the-scenes tour of the distillery, followed by a tasting from Olde Raleigh’s newest unique blended batch. It’ll be a pretty neat experience (literally). olderaleighdistillery.com

Love Local Summer Artisan Market

Mix, mingle and shop your heart out at Hartwell’s summer market, where the local love will be on full blast with a curated lineup of local makers and small businesses from around the Triangle, as well as permanent retailers and artists at Hartwell—NTM there will be wine, bubbly or beer, and music from local artist J Candeed. hartwellraleigh.com 

Movies on the Lawn: Moana

You’ll “long to be” watching Moana at Dix Park. Costumes encouraged. dixpark.org

Orchestra Noir

Celebrate the cultural achievements of African American pioneers across all genres of music—from hip-hop to classical to R&B—via this acclaimed orchestra. dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

Dino & Dragon Stroll

Ever wondered what it would be like to come face to face with a T-Rex? Well, now you can find out. *Cue Jurassic Park theme song.* This interactive experience allows kids and adults alike to get close and personal with dinos and dragons (!). Plus, bring food items to donate to Stomp Out Hunger. raleighconvention.com 


Stuntin’ is a habit. Watch the two most successful rival cheer programs in the country, Navarro College and Trinity Valley Community College, perform never-before-seen stunts and performances that are sure to have you on the edge of your seat. redhatamphitheater.com

CMF Drag Brunch

Drag yourself to brunch to see the talents of Miss Gay NC America faves Devida (emcee), Michelle Warren, Vivian Vaughn, Kirby Kolby and Paris Brooks-Bonet at Five Star. fivestarraleigh.com

Farm to Glass

Where does your wine come from? What do words like “organic” and “sustainable” mean in terms of wine? WSET Level 3-certified Rachel Brody will answer all these questions and more via this wine workshop in partnership with Copperline Plant Co.—and, of course, you’ll be able to drink some wine as well! Chardon-heeey! copperlineplants.com

Kingdom Folk Part Two “I Will Survive”

Make it a family affair as major names such as Trisha Mann-Grant, Maurice Lauchner, and Small Fire (of Tyler Perry’s The Family Business fame) take stage for this high-energy comedy written and directed by Maria Boykin-Parker. dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

NCMA Groove

Feelin’ groovy? DJ Thoro is back at the NCMA for another Joy of Soul DJ set feat. classic soul, R&B, jazz, Afro-Caribbean, hip-hop and funk music—to name a few of the soul-bending genres that promise to move you. ncartmuseum.org

Treats Pop-Up: Bites of Sam

Bring out your inner cookie monster because The Willard is hosting Bites of Sam, a cookie creator who sells extra-large cookies stuffed with things like Nutella, cheesecake, Reese’s Cups and more. Drooling yet? thewillardraleigh.com

Wonderpuff 5th Birthday Celebration

Celebrate Wonderpuff’s 5th birthday with music, dancing and sweet deals. And don’t forget to BYOG (bring your own glitter)! ohwonderpuff.com 


Oh oh yeah. The MMMBop brothers are back on the heels of their new album Red Green Blue to rock out The Ritz and stir up your “child at heart.” ritzraleigh.com

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