24 Things to Do in Raleigh This Week, Nov. 10–16

11/10, 12, 17–19
Moonlight in the Garden

Take a moonlit stroll through the JC Raulston Arboretum for a magical experience complete with live music, food trucks and a hot cup of apple cider to sip. So lit. jcra.ncsu.edu


Who says playtime is only reserved for the kiddos? With games, Nerf battles, music, drinks (obviously!) and more, your inner child is sure to make an appearance during this adults-only event. Game on! marbleskidsmuseum.org

Southern Soul Music

Post up as Miami’s own funnyman Marvin Dixon hosts this hot group of soul stars (think Tucka, Calvin Richardson, Sir Charles Jones and others) feat. your fave soulful hits. dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

Veterans Day Barbecue Lunch

As a thank you to veterans who have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces, the Farm Credit Association of North Carolina is partnering with local BBQ joints Prime Barbecue, Southern Smoke BBQ and Buxton Hall Barbecue to offer a free plate o’ pulled pork. Time to pig out! farmcreditofnc.com

Veterans Day Art Show

This free four-day art exhibit at Durham’s Tobacco Wood Brewing Company features original pieces created by NC Armed Forces veterans of all backgrounds, art levels and branches of service. tobaccowoodbrewing.com


Hot off his August Showtime stand-up special Regular Black, the comedian/actor (Louie Benders, etc.) bends the boards at Improv. improv.com

Vintage Market Days

“Can we go thrift shopping?” Scour through this upscale vintage market to snag original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry and more. Happy hunting! ncstatefair.org

Balloon Bash Adventure Scavenger Hunt

Prepare to be blown away by this challenge to seek out secret locations and perform aerial challenges to collect balloons—whoever has the most at the end wins gifts from local businesses! downtownraleigh.org

Cocktails & Cuisine Class: Rye Whiskey

Ready to up your cocktail game? Reserve a spot for this cocktails and cuisine class at The Willard to get schooled on three cocktails made with rye whiskey—with food pairing to boot. Bottoms up! thewillardraleigh.com


“Can I call you tonight” … to bop over to The Ritz for Dayglow’s People in Motion Tour?! (Clearly, yes.) livenation.com

NC State v. Boston College

State clips Eagles’ wings for the W. gopack.com

Darwin Day 

Calling all fun guys—and gals! Meet fungi scientists, create fungus crafts and even name your own fungus as part of the NC Museum of Natural Science’s Darwin Day celebration. naturalsciences.org

Fortnite FNCS Invitational

Gamers, console yourselves. Epic Games is hosting its first in-person Fornite tournament since the pandemic… and it’s sure to beat a battle royale. We ain’t playin’! epicgames.com

11/12, ongoing
St. Nick’s: Raleigh Jolly Pop-Up House

Hey, holiday fanatics! For an over-the-top and interactive Christmas experience, head to House of Art for its holiday pop-up feat. festive drinks, pics with Santa and magical music. And that’s a wrap! stnicksnc.com

An Evening Funkraiser With the Holt Brothers Foundation

Funk it up with DJ Big Fella and NiiTO, food from Angus Barn, a silent auction and more to benefit the Holt Brothers Foundation programming for children who have a parent or guardian with cancer. holtbrothersfoundation.org

Finding Gratitude : Candle Making Experience at NCMA

For an enlightening evening, join the NC Museum of Art and Usu Company Candles for an in-depth tutorial on candle creation. Sounds too hot to candle (!). ncartmuseum.org

Holiday Walk-Around Wine Tasting

There’s no need to wine this holiday season, especially at this festive wine tasting featuring 25 handpicked wines from Rocks + Acid’s Paula de Pano. Sip, sip hooray! marketandmoss.com

Moore Square Vintage Market

Shopping secondhand is so in! Peruse 40 vintage vendors at NC’s biggest vintage bazaar to find old-school goodies of all types and eras. So stylish! ncvintagebazaar.com

Party With the Pugs

If the pug life chose you, you’re gonna wanna head over to the fairgrounds for a pawty benefiting Pawsitively Pugs Rescue and feat. vendors, a DJ, raffle, photog and Running of the Pugs (!). ncstatefair.org

Picnic + Wine Pop-Up

Take your picnic next-level at The Meadows’ 150 acres of natural preserve (!). The urban winery’s leisurely event will feature a tasting of three brand-new The Meadows Winery wines, live music, and the op to purchase a charcuterie board from Grazin Gals. themeadowsraleigh.com

TEDx Raleigh 2022

10 speakers, 10 ideas, 10 minutes. … Get inspired from a host of accomplished local innovators, educators, researchers, entrepreneurs, artists and performers. downtownraleigh.org

Supper Club Chef Series

Cook up cuisine for a cause with chef Jamie Davis of The Hackney through this fun and interactive class helping raise funds for the Ripe For Revival Mobile Market Program, an organization that helps serve the food insecure throughout central and eastern NC. riperevivalmarket.com

Reading Country: Music and Prose

Marissa R. Moss, author of Her Country, comes to the NC Museum of History as part of The Power of Women in Country Music to chat the most successful women on the country scene in the last 20 years. ncmuseumofhistory.org

William Peace University Tree Lighting

For a tree-mendous evening, head to William Peace University for its annual tree lighting, complete with snacks and free fam photos that’ll be perf for your Christmas card. ’Tis the season! peace.edu

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