24 Things to Do in Raleigh This Week, March 2–8

Through 4/9
LuminoCity Festival

Alice in Wonderland meets immersive light show via this lit fest at Pullen Park featuring a motion dino world, famous cherry blossom experience and fun for the whole family. How T rex-cellent. luminocityfestival.com

A Night At Transfer Co. Bourbon & Burial Beer Co.

Hey, brew. Belly up to try new brews and four new bourbons from Burial and Transfer Co. with a free cocktail as soon as you walk through the door. NTM there will be fare from Che Empanadas and Mama Crows. So come hungry! burialbeer.com

Daphnique Springs

Care for some Inside Jokes? Head to Goodnights to see this comedy queen, actor and writer deliver a “punchline” or two. goodnightscomedy.com

Jeff Dunham

Everyone’s favorite ventriloquist stopping by for his Still Not Canceled Tour—and bringing his posse of puppets, natch. Catch all your faves—from grumpy old man Walter to Achmed the Dead Terrorist—and relish in an evening of absurdity. pncarena.com


An Evening to Ignite

Feelin’ spacy? Blast off to join the Merrimon-Wynne House and Band Together for a soiree supporting The No, Woman, No Girl Initiative, a nonprofit benefiting local gals (!). Be sure to wear a galactic-glam ’fit for a night of games, drinking, dancing and fun. To infinity and beyond! merrimonwynne.com

Compass Rose Kitchen Grand Opening

Fridays are for friends, food and fun, so head to the grand opening of Compass Rose Brewery’s kitchen, complete with live music, tons of food/drinks, and a superb DJ spinnin’ beats. compassrosebrewery.com

Early Birds at Prairie Ridge 

The early bird gets the worm… and spots the best birds, obv. BYO binoculars and get ready to bird out. It’s #SquawkinSeason! naturalsciences.org

First Friday Market & Movie Night

For live entertainment, a free movie (The Princess Bride, anyone?), local vendors and food trucks, head to Moore Square’s First Friday market. As you wish… popupcarolinas.com

Red Baraat Festival of Colors

Well color us intrigued! Join this joyful band and its lead dhol player Sunny Jain as they mix together music, Bollywood visuals and dancing for an amazing show celebrating the Indian holiday Holi. live.arts.ncsu.edu

Adam Carolla 

“Don’t do your best, do my best.” Adam Carolla, of the No. 1 daily downloaded podcast in the world The Adam Carolla Show, is rollin’ into Raleigh with his rantings and ravings for two nights of comedy gold. goodnightscomedy.com

Girls’ Hockey Celebration

Girls are cool. And the Carolina Hurricanes are adding icing to the cake via its three-daylong event recognizing hockey gals of all ages and skill sets. So lace up your skates for hockey skills clinics, competitions, a panel discussion with local female faces, and a Canes games of course. nhl.com

Open Garden Days at Juniper Level Botanic Garden

I beg your garden?! Stroll through this spectacular plant sanctuary (aka heaven on earth for plant lovers) that’s only open to the public eight weekends a year (!). Drawing greenery enthusiasts from across the globe, this “Eden of rare plants” deserves two green thumbs up. … And a visit from you! jlbg.org

The Digital Wilds

Explore the connections between human-made digital technology and the natural world through this second edition of Cosmic Rays Digital, presented by Chapel Hill’s Cosmic Rays Film Festival, at Lump Gallery. Think computerized bivalves, botanical fakery, species séances and vegetal matrices. … It’s out of this world! cosmicraysfilmfest.com 

Alan Doyle

Find this Canadian croonin’ tunes inspired by his Newfoundland roots with modern musical melodies (country, Americana and folk) mixed into his signature sound. See you by the stage? alandoyle.ca

Raleigh Brewing 10th Anniversary Party

Cheers to 10 years in beer! To fete a decade of hoppy accomplishments and memories, Raleigh Brewing is throwing its biggest anniversary party ever. Hop to it! raleighbrewing.com

Raleighwood Fest

The first of what is anticipated to be an annual concert series is slated to take place at Transfer Co. this Saturday with a slew of local musicians reppin’ myriad genres—from hip-hop to R&B. Get ready to groove! eventbrite.com

Umstead Trail Marathon

If you have a case of the runs, slip on your sneakers and take a light 26.2 foray into the forest. Can you make it to the finish? umsteadmarathon.com

3/4, Saturdays
Winter Farmers Market

Winters don’t have to be fruitless! Find produce picks, seafood, meats and baked goods galore at this North Hills minimarket. Stay fresh! visitnorthhills.com

Starting 3/4
Sign of the Times

Harry Styles isn’t the only one showcasing a “Sign of the Times.” The NC Museum of History’s latest exhibit about protest explores themes of racial and social justice, civic duties, environmental activism, and more across NC. ncmuseumofhistory.org

ACC Wrestling Championship

Seeking some knockout plans for your Sunday? Throw down for a day packed with the NC State squad aiming to secure the fifth consecutive ACC Wrestling Championship dub. How’s that for a hit? theacc.com

F1 Bahrain Grand Prix Watch Party

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines… for a race day watch party at The Davie (!). Drivers/race attire is highly encouraged. thedavie.com

Raleigh Boutique Warehouse Sale

Closet in need of an upgrade? Look no further than this boutique sale touting some of the most stylish shops in the area—all at a discount (!). Sale, yeah! facebook.com

March Madness Vintage Market

Ball is life. … And so is shopping from 25+ vintage apparel vendors, shooting hoops, snapping pics and playing a video game or two. What a score! transfercofoodhall.com

3/6, weekly
Yoga in the Park

We’re bending over backwards because it’s finally warm enough for outdoor yoga again! Tranquility and flexibility? Om, yes please! dorotheadixpark.org

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