22 Things to Do in Raleigh This Week, May 18–May 24

Through 6/30

Find fiber artist/print maker extraordinaire Claire Kiester debuting her solo art exhibition, Tasty at the Sertoma Art Center—with a reception taking place May 27. Let’s get this party arted! clairekiester.com

Maz Jobrani

Ready to go “back to school?” Join comedian, actor and podcast host Jobrani—who also makes regular appearances on the likes of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, among others—at one of his five (!) stellar shows. Let’s get laughin’! improv.com

Sleeping Beauty

Spellbinding smooches are on point in Robert Weiss’ retelling of the famed tale based on the work of the Brothers Grimm, feat. music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. carolinaballet.com

Malbec & Empanadas

Can we get an empanad-yeah?! Sample wine and have a good time via this educational and, most importantly, sip-sational class. Cheers! vitishouse.com

A Sneaker Ball

Feelin’ sneaky? Raise awareness for kidney disease via the North Carolina Parent Teacher Association’s elegant soiree with a purpose complete with dinner, live entertainment, raffles/giveaways, dancing and karaoke. Let’s kick it! allevents.in

Okey Dokey

Okey dokey, artichokey. Show up and show out for an eclectic mix of indie rock, psychedelia and early ’60s pop that’s sure to get you groovin’. thepourhousemusichall.com

The Wood Brothers

Let’s take it back to the root(s). The Wood Brothers’ acoustic beats are sure to hit the head and heart—and make the hips sway the night away. ncartmuseum.org

Got to Be NC Festival

Oh, for the love of NC! It doesn’t get more Carolina than this fest feat. three down-home days digging all things NC via family entertainment, agricultural shows, live music, local food and bev vendors, and more. gottobencfestival.com

Bootcamp for Biscuits

Burpees are a bit more bearable with biscuits to look forward to afterward (amirite?!). Belly up for a bootcamp-style workout followed by the flaky delicacy—all benefiting A Place at the Table. Ready to work up an appetite? tableraleigh.org

Brunch Fest

On Saturdays, we brunch (!). Come starving for local brunch-themed bites and sips via a slew of your fave local vendors. How delish! facebook.com

Peggy Payne Book Reading

Calling all bookworms! Flip on over to Quail Ridge Books for a meet and greet with author Peggy Payne as she debuts her new novel, My Life On Earth And Elsewhere! Happy reading! mcintyresbooks.com

5/ 20
The Purple Flower

“The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” Set your sights on this immersive performance of Marita Bonner’s award-winning one-act play about the years post-slavery in America at Shelley Lake Park… with predictions about the future. blackandunknownbards.com


Woof, there it is! Have a howling-good time via the first annual Woofstock feat. live music, catered fare, free caricatures and giveaways. How paw-some! @weststdog

Artsplosure – The Raleigh Arts Festival

Raleigh’s original and longest-running arts fest, this “artsplosion” transitions DTR into a two-day arts and culture mecca feat. a 175-countrywide-artist eclectic Art Market showcasing works across myriad mediums—plus live performances touting emerging national and regional acts, Kidsplosure, and unique installations you’ll def be drawn to. artsplosure.org 

Gettin’ Piggy With It!

Feelin’ porky? See what all the hogwash is about with Jake Wood of Lawrence Barbecue at Trophy Brewing’s Maywood Hall & Garden via this event touting tons of fun via phenom pitmasters, local brews and live tunes. The best part? It’s all in support of the Frankie Lemmon School. Pig out for charity! @gettinpiggy_nc


What’s your emergency? If your plant is in dire need of some TLC, bring it over to the experts for repotting, pest treatment and more. Two green thumbs up! copperlineplants.com

Annual Gala and Online Auction to End Human Trafficking

“Committed to ending human trafficking through empowerment, prevention and advocacy,” Shield North Carolina is hosting its second annual gala and online auction with Mark Boyle of WRAL on the mic. Take up your shield. shieldnc.org

Supper Club 

There’s no party like a dinner party—so take your dinner plans to new heights via Height’s House’s always-classy supper soiree. Come hungry! heightshousenc.com

Adaptive Tai Chi in the Park

Have a yen-ing for tai chi? Pull up for an evening of adaptive martial arts all about mastering intentional and mindful movements. How slow can ya go? ncartmuseum.org

The Loop Raleigh Opening Event

Calling all social butterflies! For fun on repeat, join The Loop’s inaugural event at Bowstring Brewyard feat. food, drinks and jewelry shopping via Heir Raleigh. Ready to meet some gal pals? @theloopraleigh

Rafi Bastos

Tall, funny and with an accent like Dracula (really), this trailblazing Jewish-Brazilian comedian is bringing his quick wit and observational humor to the City of Oaks. goodnightscomedy.com

5/24, bi-monthly
Whitaker & Atlantic Live Music Lounge

Ya like jazz? Join in on this recurring jazz series for sultry sounds, cocktails and eats complements of Hummingbird. Give us some sax. whitakerandatlantic.com

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