31 Things to Do in Raleigh This Week, June 1–June 7

The Art of the Brick Raleigh

It’s playtime! The most famous LEGO exhibition in the world—from Exhibition Hub and Fever, the same team behind the successful Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience—will feature 90+ LEGO sculptures from artist Nathan Sawaya, both originals and reimagined versions of famous masterpieces like Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” and Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” at Pleasant Valley Promenade. Lego!⁠ theartofthebrickexpo.com 

Through 6/11
The Weight of Everything We Know

“The limit does not exist!”—for love, physics and everything in between. Observe the undeniable weight of relationships and mathematics via this romantic comedy tale. Time to get astro-physical. theatreraleigh.com

Through 6/30

Art is for all. Explore this inclusive exhibition at Artspace feat. 37 NC women and nonbinary artists spanning a slew of styles and backgrounds. That’s the art we like to see. myfourdots.com

Through 6/30
De Colores Art Exhibition

Grab a look at amazing art from an array of artists reppin’ “the rich diversity and creative power of the Latino/x and Hispanic community.”diamanteartsculturalcenter.org

Jessica Kirson

A hilariously relatable comedy powerhouse, this comedian, consultant, producer and writer is sure to make you giggle with her vulnerability, silly characters and sheer funniness. goodnightscomedy.com

UNC Health Championship 

For a tee-rific time, go for the green at the Raleigh Country Club via fare complements of Empire Eats, volunteer opps and themed days. Fore! unchealthchampionship.com

Pride Month

“Not gonna hide my pride.” Love out loud throughout the whole month of June via a slew of Pride events—from parties to runs to themed drinks and more. raleighmag.com

Triangle Word Clash

Calling all wordsmiths! Witness poet teams from around the state flaunt their best poetry prose and, ahem, slam the competition. ncmuseumofhistory.org

6/1, Thursdays
Midtown Beach Music Series

“Wasted away again in Margaritaville”—er, North Hills! Answering the call of summertime is this highly anticipated annual beach music concert series taking place at Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park every Thursday evening. BYO beach chair. visitnorthhills.com

Urban Soil

Looking for a soil mate? Sway the night away to the sounds of NC roots rock that’ll keep ya #grounded. thepourhousemusichall.com

NCHSAA Softball State Championships

Game face: on. Catch these softball champs swingin’ and slidin’ at NC State for an evening sure to steal your attention. Just take it one pitch at a time… nchsaa.org

2023 Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) Summer Games

Cheer on over 1,300 athletes at this very special sporting event feat. basketball, bowling, gymnastics, powerlifting, swimming and volleyball. And don’t miss Friday’s opening ceremony highlighting performances by Special Theatre Arts of Raleigh (STAR), Catch 22 a cappella singers and Cirque de Vol. Ready to go for the gold? sonc.net

USA Fencing Raleigh SJCC & Division II North American Cup

What’s the point? Well, the first USA Fencing event ever hosted at the Raleigh Convention Center (!) is taking place this week. Looking sharp, indeed. usafencing.org

To Market, To Market: A Group Exhibition

“This little piggy went to the market.” … And this art exhibit is honoring time-honored traditions—from flower markets and flea markets to fish markets, spice markets, fruit markets and more. BRB, we’re mark(et)ing our calendar (!). galleryc.net

Hands on a Hardbody

How far are you willing to go to drive away with the “American Dream?” Journey with 10 Texans as they compete to keep one hand on a truck in this based-on-a-true story roots-rock musical tale. raleighlittletheatre.org

Bubbles and Brisket
If you like beef cuts and you cannot lie, moo-ve over to Smoky Hollow for NC F&B Podcast’s third annual Bubbles & Brisket bonanza feat. all the brisket and Champs you can handle. ncfbpodcast.com

Family Fun Fest!

Corral the fam for fun at the museum via crafts, music, storytelling and more. Hands up for hands-on fun! ncmuseumofhistory.org

Haven Farm Grand Opening

New haven: found. Come out to Knightdale for the grand opening of Haven Farm’s garden gift shop/venue space with a yoga sesh, fab food truck fare, customized cocktails and more to boot. haven-farm.com

Raleigh’s International Food Festival
Crimped hair, don’t care! Rock your best ’70s and ’80s fits at City Plaza for a costume contest; get caught on the kiss cam; go on a scavenger hunt; and shake what yo’ mama gave ya for the dance party TikTok challenge (winner gets a prize!)—all to work up an appetite to feast on bites and bevs from 60+ countries. Raleigh’s gone global! ncvibes.com

Summertime Beer Fest 

Sign us up for summertime sips! For the second year in a row, tap into 25+ NC beers and take home a commemorative glass from Clouds Brewing Taproom. Cheers! cloudsbrewing.com

Summerfest: The Music of Whitney Houston
Higher love found as the NC Symphony fetes Whitney with a night of powerhouse ballads by The Prom Queen of Soul. And “IIIIAAAAEEII… 🎶ncsymphony.org

Tequila Lunch

What doesn’t tequila us makes us stronger. Enjoy this four-course tasting menu in the garden complements of chef Lam Nyugen and Multicultural Ambassador Patron Erica Marcello. Hey, it’s worth a shot. @rosewaterkitchen

V Foundation’s 30th Anniversary Gala

Cheers to 30 years! The V Foundation for Cancer Research is celebrating this milestone with a cocktail reception and wine-pairing dinner at Reynolds Coliseum, hosted by 1985 Wolfpack graduate and NC State Athletics Director of Content Strategy Jeff Gravley and famed sports anchor Jay Harris. “Don’t give up, don’t ever give up!” v.org

NC Outdoor Living Show 

Nature is pretty neat. Make friends with outdoor enthusiasts all weekendlong at the NC State Fairgrounds for workshops, tastings, a “battle of the beards” and more. ncoutdoorlivingshow.com

NCAA Division II Baseball Championship

Take us out to the ball game(s)… for two classifications of the NCHSAA Baseball State Championships slated to slide into Holly Springs’ Ting Park. Play ball! ncaa.com

Pay-What-You-Can Food Truck Rodeo

For fab fare, fun and friends, roll up to A Place at the Table’s second-annual food truck soiree. Let’s dig in! tableraleigh.org 

Satisfaction (The International Rolling Stones Tribute Show)
You can’t always get what you want—but you can get what you need as this rock ’n’ roll tribute band treads the boards in Raleigh for the Stones 60th anny. lincolntheatre.com

Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers 

Sometimes that’s just the way it is.  … So make some noise for some ’Flicted fun with this seasoned musician famed for his 1986 Grammy-winning debut album with The Range and part-time membership with Grateful Dead. martinmariettacenter.com

Hot Summer Nights

Free your mind…! Everyone but scrubs and waterfall chasers (it wasn’t me) should spend a hot summer night with beautiful girls (and boys)—er, TLC, Shaggy, En Vogue + Sean Kingston. walnutcreekamphitheatre.com

Lifelong Hike: Picture Creek

Take a walk on the wild side—literally—through the world’s largest population of the endangered smooth coneflower in peak bloom during this trek at Picture Creek nature preserve. naturalsciences.org

Wine 101 Classified “R”

There’s no need to wine when you’re learning all about the grape deets of the drink. And as chef Doreen Colondres says “one life is not enough to taste all the grapes in the world.” Cheers to that. vitishouse.com

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