26 Things to Do in Raleigh This Week, Oct. 27–Nov. 2


Champagne & Friends

Grab your pals for a night of bubbly and Champs knowledge (history, production methods, styles and how to read the labels) at Vitis House. Cheers! vitishouse.com

Cinema in the Square

Who ya gonna call?! Get in the ghostly spirit this Halloween weekend through this free showing of Ghostbusters: Afterlife at Moore Square. downtownraleigh.org

Feeding Motherhood

Eat, drink and make a difference for moms and babies in need at this annual March of Dimes fundraising event. signaturechefs.marchofdimes.org

NC State vs. Virginia Tech

The Hokies are in for a proper pounding as they face the Wolfpack at Carter-Finley. gopack.com

Spencer Bland and Jordan Huggins Live Album Recording

Don’t worry, his last name doesn’t define his comedy. Comedian, writer and podcaster Spencer Bland and his fellow Bop or Flop podcast host headline Goodnights while recording their very first comedy album (!). goodnightscomedy.com

To Fall in Love, Drink This

If your ideal evening involves a good book and a glass of wine, this one’s for you. Head to Heights House and join Alice Feiring, author of To Fall in Love, Drink This, for a Q&A while sipping samples from wine sommelier Paula de Pano. Time to wine down! exploretock.com

Dark Raleigh Walking Tour

Take a walk on the dark side—if you dare. Learn about Raleigh’s macabre past during this true crime Downtown walking tour feat. tales of city statesmen, leaders and residents, all with a troubled past. eventbrite.com

Adult Nights: Nocturnal by Nature

It’s spooky season and this Adult Night at NC Museum of Natural Sciences promises to be the most frightful of them all. Sip themed cocktails while you dance among dinos, get a little facetime with creepy-crawlies, play games & much more. naturalsciences.org

Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York Islanders

Cane’t wait for the Hurricanes to put the L in Islander. nhl.com

J Candeed w/ Newspaper Taxis

J Candeed’s upbeat and optimistic sound blends the elements of a variety of genres, while alt-rock band Newspaper Taxis delivers the smooth grooves. nightriderraleigh.com

Stronger Together Power of Women in Country Music

“Man! I feel like a woman!” … Experience the history of women in country music—from the early years and post-World War II to the emergence of Nashville as a country music mecca—via this traveling GRAMMY Museum exhibit at the NC Museum of History. ncmuseumofhistory.org

The Music of Harry Potter

Settle in for a spellbinding night of magical music via this NC Symphony concert featuring scores from the Harry Potter movies. How wand-erful! ncsymphony.org

Splash Car Wash Night of Nightmares

Ready for splashes, spooks and a spotless car? The second annual haunted car wash is back due to popular demand, with benefits going toward the Longleaf School of the Arts. As you get your car cleaned, try not to scream over sights from scary clowns, bloodthirsty zombies, ghostly graveyards, a haunted swamp shack and other spooks. Boo! splash-carwash.com

Brunch-Based Launch Party

What if you could wake up and smell the coffee and bourbon? Well, consider your prayers answered Olde Raleigh Distillery’s brunch-based launch party—in celebration of its Coffee Cask-Finished Bourbon and Barrel-Aged Bourbon Coffee Beans—in collaboration with Workbench Roasters and Real McCoy’s. It’s a brew-tiful thing! olderaleighdistillery.com 

Boxcar Halloween Party

Bring your spooky spirit and dress up your doggos to compete in the #BoxcarBowows costume contest, taking place throughout the day at Boxcar. When night falls, don your scariest fit get in the spirit for an evening party complete with live music, drinks and games. theboxcarbar.com

Cary’s Great Pumpkin Carve

“It’s the Great Pumpkin [carving], Charlie Brown!” Choose the perfect pumpkin to carve for this family-friendly fest featuring showings of classic Halloween specials. #SquashGoals. townofcary.org


Clouds Brewing’s annual traditional Oktoberfest celebration returns with live music from The Little German Band & Dancers, Cloudstoberfest beer, food trucks, traditional contests (think a stein-holding competition), and more. Prost! cloudsbrewing.com 

Day of the Dead 5K

Despite the fact that running may leave you feeling dead, don’t be a lazy bones and lace ’em up for Centro’s Day of the Dead 5K race, complete with painting, prizes and a place for people to put offerings for their loved ones. fsseries.com

Fall Fest

The Optimist and Brookside Bodega are teaming up for their first Fall Fest feat. food trucks, music, trick-or-treating and games. Grab your ghouls and go! brooksidebodega.com 

Olde Raleigh Distillery Halloween Party

Hey, Hallo-queens! Olde Raleigh Distillery is hosting its first annual Halloween party this year and it’s sure to be a scream! olderaleighdistillery.com

Pumpkin Picnic Festival

Oh my gourdness! Have all the fall fun at this fam event with carnival games, inflatable slides and costume contests at Mordecai Historic Park. Can we get a boo-yah?! raleighnc.gov

Crank for a Cause

Put the pedal to the metal for a cause via Crank Arm Brewing’s 12-mile bike ride fundraiser, which includes stops at three Downtown breweries. Sounds like a wheelie good way to get a workout (and a brew) in! crankarmbrewing.co

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Washington Capitals

Capital Ws are—hopefully—in order for the Canes as they take on the Washington Capitals. nhl.com

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The Market at NCMA

Knock off the nice list and#ShopLocal by popping over to this Triangle Pop-Up on the first Saturday of each month for handmade gifts and goodies. Happy shopping! trianglepopup.com

Plant Lovers’ Tour

Don’t wet your plants. …  Join Tim Alderton at JC Arboretum for a sweet stroll through fall foliage to learn about “unbe-leaf-able highlights of the garden.” It’s sure to knock your stalks off! ncsu.edu

Yoga in the Park

Have any flex time in your schedule? Squeeze in a yoga sesh at Dix Park! Namaste. dixpark.org


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