28 Things to Do in Raleigh This Week, June 22–June 28


Through 7/1
National Women’s Theatre Festival 

Make a scene at the eighth annual festival featuring workshops, performances and industry conservations supporting women and other underrepresented genders in theater. Props! womenstheatrefestival.com 

Beyond Water Screening

Water you even doing if not attending the screening of this docu highlighting the value of clean water at Marbles’ IMAX Theatre?! Let’s flow! eventbrite.com

Folds of Honor

Hey, Bud(weiser)! Feast your eyes on the famed Budweiser Clydesdales at the weekly Midtown Beach Music Series while celebrating Folds of Honor, a nonprofit org focused on helping families of fallen/disabled U.S. service members obtain educational opportunities. Can we get a yay and a neigh?! foldsofhonor.org

Joy Porch Party

If combining fashion and philanthropy while supporting women emerging from vulnerable situations is something right up your alley, join local nonprofit Designed For Joy at a porch party feat. their vibrant leather bags and jewelry. Let’s flaunt fashion for a good cause! designedforjoy.com

Properly Planting Perennials & Veggies

Just growing your green thumb? This event’s for you. Learn all the basics of gardening, from the best mulch and soil to how to plant and install your outdoor vegetation. It’s time to veg out (!). logantrd.com

Reimagining Blackness

Make yourself an ally at Artspace and take in the curated exhibit, Maroon while expanding your understanding of Black identity via a lineup of guest panelists from multiple art backgrounds highlighting what it means to be Black and queer. artspacenc.org 

The Ries Brothers

There’s no need to be blue(s). Check this musical duo hailing from the Sunshine State for beats blending rock, blues, funk and reggae. thepourhousemusichall.com

The Pink Hulk: One Woman’s Journey to Find the Superhero Within

Tough gals wear pink. Find Manhattan-based solo show artist Valerie David telling her story of hope and inspiration throughout her battle (and success in beating!) cancer not once, not twice, but three times (!)—plus enjoy an audience talkback after the show. So strong, indeed. womenstheatrefestival.com

Village District Sidewalk Sale

Stroll and shop this way! Spend the weekend shopping at all your fave Village District retail spots for sales on sales on sales. facebook.com

GAG Presents Girls Room Pride

I’d U-Haul with you. … Post up at Junction West with the girls for this queer women nonbinary-focused party with four queer DJs droppin’ beats hosted by local queer party organizer GAG in partnership with Charlotte-based Girls Room for a party created and curated by queer women as a safe place for all. raleighpridenc.com

My Brother, My Brother and Me

Dishing live advice are three brothers, Justin, Travis and Griffin McElroy, of the My Brother, My Brother and Me podcast, whose modern wisdom and advice will surely help you out of any pickle. Don’t be shy! martinmariettacenter.com

PineCone People’s Square Dance

Don’t be a square… or maybe do (!). Lace up those groovin’ shoes and dance the night away at Transfer Co. Food Hall. May the dancing commence! pinecone.app.neoncrm.com

Raleigh Burlesque Sweet 16 Anniversary Show

“It’s burlesque!” Celebrate 16 years of burlesque with legendary local dancers at Lincoln Theater via a swanky black-tie event including raffles, cocktails, exclusive VIP gifts and kitschy decor. Dance is how we do it! lincolntheatre.com

TR in Concert Series

Kick off the premiere of Theatre Raleigh’s newest series with two-time Tony award winner Norbert Leo Butz. The series features Broadway stars as well as Raleigh performers. Ready to break a leg?! theatreraleigh.my.salesforce-sites.com

Turning Red Outdoor Movie

You just red our mind! Grab some popcorn and, ahem, turn in at the North Carolina Museum of Art for their outdoor screening of Pixar’s Turning Red. ncartmuseum.org

Botanist and Barrel 6th Birthday

She’s so six-y! Cheers to six years of Botanist and Barrel with wine, popsicles, food truck fare from chef Ade’s Beninese food truck, and live tunes. botanistandbarrel.com

GAG, Queen

We’re all born naked and the rest is drag. … This one’s for the dancing queens. Post partying at Out! Raleigh Pride, werk it over to The Ritz as Raleigh Pride and Live Nation go all out for their biggest party with a GAG-hosted drag queen dance extravaganza—followed by a steady flow of Raleigh-based drag queen performances. Slay! livenation.com

NC Hops Fest

Feeling hoptimistic? Get a taste of North Carolina’s best brews at the third annual Hops Fest at the NC State Fairgrounds feat. ciders, beers, live music and vendors. Cheers! shoplocalraleigh.org

Out! Raleigh Pride

We’re here, we’re queer—and we’re ready to get loud and proud and paint Raleigh rainbow-colored for the 11th installment of Out! Raleigh Pride, the inclusive fam-friendly fest that promotes acceptance and diversity via a fun-filled day on Fayetteville Street with scores of live entertainment, artists, vendors, activities, a KidsZone—and bites and brews—all to benefit the LGBT Center of Raleigh. Pride is for everyone! outraleigh.com

PrideFest 2023

Be loud, be proud and embrace diversity and inclusion at this year’s Fayetteville PrideFest. And celebrate the LGBTQ+ community right with vendors, live entertainment, food and art displays. fayettevillepride.org

Sorcerers Soiree

Feeling spellbound? Hop on your broom and fly on over for a few rounds of magical trivia, craft vendors and delish eats from a slew of food trucks. tapyardraleigh.com

Summerfest: Harry Potter vs. Star Wars

In a battle of wands vs. light sabers, who will reign supreme? You be the judge as NC Symphony performs ballads from two of the biggest film franchises. “Do or do not, there is no try…” ncsymphony.org

Vinyl & Vino

Willing to dig for vinyl? Grab a glass of vino complements of Chatham Hill Winery and sort through thousands of CDs, LPs and more. Please don’t stop the music!  theraleighmarket.com

Brunch at The Casso

On Sundays we brunch! Belly up to The Casso for a Sunday funday that’ll fill your belly with sourdough French toast, grilled corn, petitas eggs, mimosas and more. thecassoraleigh.com

Let’s Have a Kiki!

Let me be perfectly queer… there’s no better way to slay Sunday Funday than for this love-out-loud dance party at Cuya feat. themed cocktails, guests from the drag community, and DJs. To boot, a portion of all proceeds from Let’s Have a Kiki! Drag Is NOT a Crime will go to the ACLU’s Drag Defense Fund. @cuyaraleigh

Triangle Vegfest

It’s not easy being green. Whether you’re a plant-based eater, health conscious or simply “veggie curious,” this fest is sure to produce some wholesome and healthy fun that can’t be beet. trianglevegfest.com

Escape to the Island Patio Party

Change your clock to island time and enjoy a boozy Caribbean-themed cuisine at Plates feat. rums from Outer Banks Distilling. Ready to rum-ble? plateskitchen.com

Whitaker & Atlantic Live Music Lounge

Ya like jazz? Join in on this recurring jazz series for sultry sounds, cocktails and eats complements of Hummingbird. Give us some sax. whitakerandatlantic.com


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