26 Things to Do in Raleigh This Week, March 16–22

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

HBCU Trivia Night: Breaking the Bias

Let’s get trivial. Tout your smarts on BIPOC women-identifying icons and put your name in the pot to win some pretty cool prizes from Black-owned businesses around town. May the odds be ever in your favor! wunc.org

March Hoops

Ball is life. Don your fave jersey and belly up to Sports & Social for a few weeks of friendly competition, game day grubbin’ and rooting for your fave team(s). Let the March Madness commence. sportsandsocial.com

Pasta Making 101

Life is full of pasta-bilities, esp when you’re “cooking with class” and the guidance of chef Pamela Clark. Choose from linguine, pappardelle or spaghetti—and enjoy Italian-inspired bites and wines as you cook. After all, the best part of cooking is the eating, right? youarejoyworthy.com

Skate Union Station

Roll up to Union Station for a pop-up skate park event feat. a live DJ, food truck fare and wheels of fun. skateraleigh.com

Ky’s Kandles – Spring Collection Launch Party

All about that ambiance? Join Curate’s launch event for Ky’s Kandles for an exclusive shopping experience and free drinks (!). Smell, yeah! trianglepopup.com

Locals Seafood Pop-Up

“Just keep swimming.” If you’re all about the motion in the ocean, sink your teeth into small seafood plates and oysters by chef Zack Gragg—paired with delish sips to boot. Aww, shucks! theraleighwineshop.com

St. Patrick’s Day at Lonerider Brewing

Seeing—er, sipping, green? For green beer, specialty cocktails, music and food trucks, channel the luck of the Irish at Lonerider’s Saint Patrick’s Day soiree. loneriderbeer.com

Winter Jam 2023

Get ready to jam out with artists and groups including We the Kingdom, Jeremy Camp and Newsong. Rock on! pncarena.com

Art in Bloom Chef’s Table

Edible art? We’re all about it. Join executive chef Rich Carter as he spins up an array of artistic eats in celebration of Art in Bloom. ncmafood.com

In the Air Tonight: The Music of Phil Collins & Genesis
I can feel it coming in the air tonight as the aptly named tour takes stage in DTR. Grab tix so you can say you “saw it with my own two eyes.” martinmariettacenter.com

Micheal Colyar 

You might know him from Black-ish, The Princess & The Frog or Martin, but now you can catch the “King of Venice Beach” bringing a few nights of sillies and style. goodnightscomedy.com

Fancy Nancy: The Musical

Into the finer things in life? Find Fancy Nancy and her friends flouncing around the stage for a perfectly posh musical performance. Ooh la la, indeed! raleighlittletheatre.org

Homegrown Beer & Music Festival 

Beer me, Blazer. Ball out at this daylong live music and beer drinking dest feat. local musical talent. bowstringbrewyard.com

Layers of Color: Watercolor Pouring

Grab your paintbrush and work on your watercolor skills during this workshop that’ll touch on various techniques—perfect for all levels of artists. Brush away! ncartmuseum.org

Raleigh Roasts 2023

Take a sip of Raleigh’s thriving cafe culture over in Moore Square with a morning of java, jams and tastes from local coffeehouse hubs. … It’ll be the (coffee) beans knees. raleighnc.gov

Sugar on Top Comedy Show

Hey, sweet thang. If you’re in the mood for some sweet sillies, roll up to Anisette Sweet Shop’s show featuring a slew of local comedians, drinks and delectable baked treats. And feel free to bring Fido! sweetanisette.com

Yoga & Mimosas

If you’re willing to bend for alcohol, belly up and dog down for an hourlong vinyasa flow followed by a complimentary mimosa. Namaste, yeah! unitayoga.com

23rd Annual Lebanese Festival

Food, music and belly dancing combine at this annual fest celebrating culture through nonstop fun, sweets, beer/wine and more. tlacnc.org


Spread your wings and break out your best moves for this meticulously crafted dance party curation designed for you to dive in and move. Word. between2clouds.com

Monster Jam 

Fancy mayhem? You’re in luck. Backflipping, two-wheeling, high-flying 12,000-pound four-wheel racing machines take over PNC arena for two days of can’t-miss fam-friendly fun that promises to crush your weekend. monsterjam.com

Playthrough Gaming Convention

Gamers are gonna wanna head to NC’s largest gaming convention for panels, tourneys and a plethora of games (natch)—from video and arcade games to eSports and tabletop games. Game. On. playthroughgc.com

Get Sad, Sing Bad

It’s time to bring your sad girl solos out of the shower. Sing your heart out at this emo karaoke jam sesh. … Is there a better kind? tapyardraleigh.com

Tobacco Road Marathon

“Flat, fast and fun,” is what we like to hear about a marathon course, and so is the route for the tried and true Tobacco Road Marathon. See you at the start line? tobaccoroadmarathon.com

TVF Vegan Mac & Cheese Cook Off

You mac me smile. And so does this 7th annual vegan cook-off for arguably the best meal in the world. Say (vegan) cheese! trianglevegfest.com

Charcuterie 101 

Calling all char-cuties! No board-em found here at this charcuterie building, wine sippin’ and socializin’ event. Stay cheesy! youarejoyworthy.com

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