23 Things to Do in Raleigh This Week, May 2–May 8

Four Chairs and a Table
Time to shop for chairity. Browse a smattering of The Green Chair Project selects, sip on a glass of vino and exhibit your wit with a game of mahjong—all for a good cause. thegreenchair.org

Queens of the Stone Age
Bask in the obscenery. Rocking out since 1996, this band of Seattlites is poised to take Raleigh by storm. Ready to get stoned, queens—and kings? redhatamphitheater.com

Brass Transit Play Chicago 
Chicago, “you’re the inspiration.” Hone in on the hits and be transported to the land of pizza and The Bean via a melodious symphony. ncsymphony.org

Return of the Jedi
Lightsabers at the ready! View moments from the film with your eyes as your ears take in iconic melodies from Star Wars via live symphony. May the force be with you! martinmariettacenter.com

Say Anything
We’d do or say anything to attend. Celebrate the 20th anny of this LA-based band’s iconic breakthrough album, Is A Real Boy, at The Ritz. livenation.com

Mary Santora
Watch out, Raleigh—here comes the “Best of the Midwest.” With a history of laughs to prove her appeal, it’s worth it to catch a quick-witted Ohio sillywoman take the stage. goodnightscomedy.com

NCSU vs. Pitt (Softball)
Wolfpack women put the Panthers in their place at Dail. Yes, pitches! gopack.com

43rd Annual Apex PeakFest
Hit your *peak* with a smattering of vendors, food trucks, live music and street performers as Downtown Apex is transformed into a bustling street fair. Festival season has arrived! apexpeakfest.com

Big Spoon Roasters’ Birthday Bash
Spoons up for 13 years of handcrafted nut butters/bars a la this NC-based health food brand via tastings, games, contests and more. You’d butter believe it’ll be a good time! facebook.com

Eric Sorrels
Calling all (sensitive) chameleons! Witness this multitalented master of all trades (acting, singing, directing, arranging, songwriting) show some love to all of his musical mentors. Cue the *aws.* theatreraleigh.com

May the 4th Be With You
Go to Downtown Cary Park you will… when you join the resistance (or embrace the dark side!) and costume up to join a galaxy far, far away for trivia, jedi training, a silent disco and more. downtowncarypark.com

Spring Works
Breaking (dance) news! Take a beat and be whisked away by two iconic performances brought to life at Martin Marietta: Who Cares? and Alice in Wonderland. How en pointe!  caryballetcompany.org

Dixie Gun and Knife Show
Gunning for a fun weekend? Show out to buy, sell and trade all kinds of military keepsakes—and ultimately become the sharpest in town. ncstatefair.org 

5/4–5, weekends
The Raleigh Market
Forget spring cleaning, do some spring shopping via hundreds of selects from a slew of vendors. Do it for the thrill of the hunt… ncstatefair.org 

Cinco de Mayo Lawn Party
It’s a Cinco de Mayo Bamba bash! Kickstart your fiesta with good eats and live music by local band SteamRoom Etiquette out on the Taco Bamba lawn. @tacobamba 

Salt & Lime Cinco de Mayo Party
Feliz Cinco de Mayo, amigos! Salt & Lime is opening the doors to both locales this Sunday for Raleighites to fiesta till they’re faint thanks to a lineup of margs and Mexican beers on special. Bottoms up! saltandlimecabo.com

The Golden Gals Live!
“It’s like life is a giant weenie roast, and I’m the biggest weenie!” Settle in your seat for an original performance via a Rose-colored lens featuring fave moments from The Golden Girls—along with unforgettable additions. martinmariettacenter.com

Indoor Yoga
Stay Zen and bend toward mind and body connection as you get centered and stretched out on a self-care Sunday in The Chapel at Dix Park. dixpark.org

Foo Fighters
Give it your everything or nothing at all at Coastal Credit Union via an acclaimed Seattle-based band sure to throw a monkey wrench in your evening. livenation.com

NCSU vs. Norfolk State ⚾
Hey, batter. Norfolk slated to strike out against the Pack at Doak (🤞). gopack.com 

Thy Art Is Murder
Meet Australia’s “extreme metal titans” as they shred the stage with rock and heavy metal. All bodies may or may not hit the floor. lincolntheatre.com

Madison Beer
Feelin’ reckless? Spin on over to The Ritz to revel in the melodies of this get-you-in-your-feels singer/songwriter. And you’ll never feel more alive… livenation.com

Vibrant Vignettes
Don’t be afraid to draw outside the lines at a Connect + Create workshop showcasing color blending and drafting techniques with colored pencils. Ready, set, draw! dixpark.org

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