23 Things to Do in Raleigh This Week, Nov. 17–23

2022 Turkey Ball

Without feather ado… putting the spirit of giving in the season, your $45 ticket lets you have a ball (!) while sponsoring a local family’s Thanksgiving turkey. Gobble, gobble, good. mulinoraleigh.com

Benny T’s Vesta Anniversary Party

Hey, hot stuff! Spice it up and celebrate Raleigh-made Benny T’s Vesta dry hot sauce’s 15th birthday (!) with specialty food, cocktails, merch and samples at Whiskey Kitchen. And, naturally, be sure to ask your server for Benny T’s to sprinkle on everything. bennytsvesta.com

Ice Skate Giveback Days: Thanksgiving Food Drive

Giveback to those in need this giving season! Fenton and Dorcas Ministries are working together to support Cary community members with a food drive. Donate your nonperishable pantry items and receive $3 off your skate rental from Fenton Skate Shop (!). … Because being charitable is always cool. fentonnc.com

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

Well, cello there. Robert Weiss’ interpretation of Maurice Bejart’s Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 is a can’t-miss. dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

Caitlin Krisko & The Broadcast

Hailing from Asheville, this powerhouse soul rock band delivers powerhouse female vocals with a combo of soul, blues and psychedelia sounds. Rock on! thepourhousemusichall.com

DTR Tree Lighting

Start off the holiday season light in DTR with the annual tree lighting (natch!), vendors, food and a photo with Santa. Happy holidays, indeed. downtownraleigh.org

Steve Trevino

“America’s favorite husband” offers a lighthearted and laughable take on fatherhood, husbandhood and lifehood in general during what’s sure to be a relatable night of laughs. improv.com

27th Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration

Celebrate American Indian heritage with an all-day event highlighting the cultural, historical and scientific contributions of American Indians in NC. ncmuseumofhistory.org

Family Volunteer Day

Kick off the holiday season this year with kindness! Gathering families around the Triangle to volunteer together, Activate Good helps kiddos (plus their parents) learn about local causes and help serve the community together. Happy holidays, indeed! activategood.org

Handmade Paper Lanterns

“And at last we see the light.” … Craft your own paper lantern to bring to the Museum Park on Dec. 10 for its annual Winter Lantern Walk and/or Hillsborough’s Solstice Lantern Walk Dec. 21. It’s gonna be lit! ncartmuseum.org

Light the Square

For a tree-mendous time, take a quick drive over to Fenton for its first annual tree lighting event feat. performances, a laser light show, delicious drinks and an appearance from the man in red himself. Talk about a glow up! fentonnc.com

Family Volunteer Day

Activate Good is bringing back its beloved family volunteer day in-person at Marbles Kids Museum. ’Tis the season of giving back! activategood.org

Night of Lights 5K

What’s more lit than an evening jog? Running a 5K around Dix Park lit up with holiday lights. event.racereach.com

Raleigh Christmas Parade

“Oh, my God! Santa, here?! I know him! I know him!” Spot Santa—and the others—from the streets or the couch (on ABC11) in the largest Xmas parade between DC and Atlanta. Buddy would be so proud. grma.org

The Taylor Party: Taylor Swift Night

Calling all Swifties! “Can’t stop, won’t stop groovin’” during this T. Swift-inspired dance party feat. all your faves, naturally. Are you ready for it? taylorswiftnight.com 

North Hills Tree Lighting

Sleigh your holiday at North Hill’s annual tree lighting event complete with crafts, food trucks, vendors, face painting and live music. visitnorthhills.com


Bibim-bop on over to this two-day fest featuring Korean food, K-pop merch, cultural lessons and taekwondo. ncstatefair.org

The Rink

Ice, ice baby. Figure-eight your way into the holidays with the return of Raleigh’s festive Rockefeller-esque ice skating rink at Red Hat. redhatamphitheater.com

Mandolin Friendsgiving 

Belly up to Mandolin for a family-style fall feast featuring all your fave Turkey Day fare, with a portion of proceeds going to Now Serving, a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide prepped meals to people in need. Time to get stuffed! mandolinraleigh.com

Santa in Winter Wonderland

Find the jolly old man himself spreading holiday cheer and snapping pics with the kiddos—and cheery adults. Do it for the ’Gram! fentonnc.com

Cozy Candlelit Sound Bath for Gratitude

Celebrate your #blessings with the community during a reading of a Native American Thanksgiving prayer and bathe in soundscapes crafted to nourish your mind and body. You’ll be thankful to relieve some stress! doseyogaraleigh.com

Oyster Pop-Up

Aww, shucks! Want to add some NC coastal flair and flavor to your Thanksgiving Day celebrations? Head to State of Beer to pick up a package of oysters to bring home… or ask to have them shucked on the spot to enjoy with a brew. Slurp on!⁠ merabrothersoysters.com

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The Polar Express

All aboard! Baritone Scott MacLeod and a chorus of children will join the NC Symphony to bring the magic of this beloved holiday book/movie to life. “Seeing is believing.” ncsymphony.org

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