26 Things to Do in Raleigh This Week, March 23–29

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

Canes v. Rangers

Take warning—Canes will put the pedal to the puck. nhl.com

National Puppy Day at Moore Square

Put your paws in the air for this pawsome event, complete with a comedy viewing of Best in Show, pet-themed vendors, contests and more. And feel free to bring your furry friend(s) along! raleighnc.gov

Willard Wine Tasting Class: Lebanon

“You’re the wine that I want!” … Sip as you look out at the Raleigh skyline with this wine tasting class centered on the tastes of Lebanon. Sip, sip, hooray! thewillardraleigh.com

Return to the Titanic Presentation 

“I’ll never let go, Jack. I’ll never let go.” Join research professor/scientist Dr. Steve Ross as he shares his presentation on the world’s most infamous shipwreck. naturalsciences.org

Bring Out Yer Dead

Take a stroll down “Shakedown Street” for an evening of singin’ and swayin’ to this Grateful Dead tribute band. lincolntheatre.com

Tray Wellington Band w/ Matt Phillips

Chill out with this band’s banjo bluegrass, jazz, rock and more at Transfer Co. Food Hall. transfercofoodhall.com

Trevor Noah Tour

Noah one’s gonna wanna miss this Off The Record comic’s tour—of The Daily Show and Comedy Central fame. Bring on the sillies! dpacnc.com

COLORS: a colorful dance party experience 

Taste the rainbow and dance your heart out at this curated, colorful and cool dance party experience complete with a slew of rooms giving off different hues and a lineup of artists, DJs and producers. Well, color us intrigued. between2clouds.com

Cocktails & Cuisine Class: Shaken Not Stirred

We’re all shook up for this cocktail class feat. three cocktails—plus food pairings—that you can easily recreate in our own kitchen. Warning: Sip will go down. thewillardraleigh.com

Floral Portraits: Powerful Women

Girl power, meet flower power. In honor of Women’s History Month, create a floral portrait of the most important and influential woman in your life using a variety of colors, patterns and textures. artspacenc.org

Lecrae: The Final Church Clothes Tour

“Spread the Opps,” and see Christian music singer/rapper belt it out at The Ritz. concerts.livenation.com

Live Your Dream Awards Celebration

“Umm, follow your dreams,” and grab a spot at Soroptimist International’s luncheon to honor the winners of Raleigh’s Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women, also featuring guest speaker Chasta Hamilton, educator, entrepreneur, and author of Trash The Trophies. soroptimistraleigh.org


Cheers to seven years of Clouds Brewing (!). Celebrate with a German Oktoberfest followed by an Irish Saint Patrick’s Day with live music and entertainment, food and beer. Prost! cloudsbrewing.com

National Spring Season Opener

Ladies and gentlemen, rev your engines for Harley-Davidson’s official kickoff to motorcycle riding season ahead of its 120-year anny. Let’s ride! ride.tobaccoroadhd.com

Paint Splatter Party

Show yourself some love and embrace the mess via Joy Worthy Co.’s third anniversary splatter soiree, where each participant will receive a canvas to squirt, shoot or brush. Sounds like a cathartic/creative way to release some stress, tbh. youarejoyworthy.com

Recess: All Grown Up

Silly kids. Recess is for grown-ups! The young at heart are gonna wanna post up at the Dix Park playing field for games, inflatables and a ride on the mechanical bull… all while jamming to ’90s hits, sipping on drinks via a few local breweries, and feasting on food truck fare. Adulthood rocks! dixpark.org

Spring Block Party

It’s time to spring into the warm season with a parking lot party hosted by Brookside Bodega and The Optimist feat. live music, food trucks, games for the kiddos and more. Now that’s what we call a spring fling! brooksidebodega.com

Spring Blooming 

Haven’t you heard? It’s March mat-ness season, and we’re celebrating with a soothing vinyasa flow paired with live sounds and zero-proof cocktails. What better way to enter a new season feeling balanced? unitayoga.com

Tap Yard Grand Opening

We’d tap that. And by that we mean, Tap Yard, aka our city’s first one-acre neighborhood bar/beer garden/live music space. The grand opening event will include everything from a free yoga sesh and vendor market to food and live music. Cheers! tapyardraleigh.com

Triangle LUNGe Forward
Take steps against lung cancer via this fam-friendly 17th annual walk and celebration featuring onstage commemorations of hope and survivorship, food truck, kids dash awards, a bounce house, and more. boothamphitheatre.com

Who’s Bad (The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band) 

Just “Beat It” and transport yourself back to the time of prime tunes from the man, the myth, the legend himself Michael Jackson. It’s gonna be a thrilling evening! lincolntheatre.com

Canes v. Bruins

Canes send Bruins belly up. nhl.com

Allyship in Hospitality

Join a lineup of fierce local female hospitality titans and learn/converse about allyship in the hospitality industry. … We’ll take a bite outta that! glasshousekitchennc.com

Tennis: Pollen 2023 Tour
Let’s make a mistake tonight” at the Ritz that promises to haunt you—in the best way possible. livenation.com

Stargazing at The Willard

Alexa, play “Starman,” please. For stellar views of the stars and space, take the trip to The Willard for views of the moon, Mars and maybe Venus (!). That’s, like, totally far out!  thewillardraleigh.com

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