31 Things to Do in Raleigh This Week, May 4–May 10

Through 6/30

Find fiber artist/print maker extraordinaire Claire Kiester debuting her solo art exhibition, Tasty, at the Sertoma Art Center—with a reception taking place May 27. Let’s get this party arted! clairekiester.com

“Exploring Color: Introducing New Vibrant Works of Cassie Adams

Well, color us intrigued. Experience the aura of Cassie Adams’ artwork—consisting of a one-of-a-kind combo of detailed photographs and digital handmade drawings made with a lineup of mediums: pencil, marker, pastel and oil crayon. We’re totally blended by the light. galleryc.net

5/3, weekly
Wellness Wednesdays

Put “Fitness” by Lizzo in the queue. Work up a sweat via a slew of fitness classes catering to different interests, ages and body types for just $5 a class. Let’s cardi-go! visitnorthhills.com

Grateful Dub

Merging the music of The Grateful Dead with reggae is this tribute band shredding the stage for a night of rock, soul and beats. lincolntheatre.com

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Hey, jedis! Space out to the symphonic sounds of Star Wars—just stay away from the dark side. And may the force be with you… ncsymphony.org

5/4, 18
LIVE@Lake Raleigh

All about that lake life? NC State’s free outdoor concert series returns to Lake Raleigh once again, serving up all the singin’ and swayin’ vibes. See you by the water! live.arts.ncsu.edu

5/4, 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 feat. the likes of Liquid Pleasure, Spare Change and The Embers—taking place at Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park every Thursday evening through June. BYO beach chair. visitnorthhills.com

Opens 5/5
‘Pour Me Another’ Exhibit 

Drunk history is the best kind of history. … Grab a gulp of the good stuff and sip your way through the story of our state as told through the beer, wine and spirit industries’ evolution over the years. Ale yeah for education! cityofraleighmuseum.org

Nirvani: A Nirvana Tribute Experience

“Come as you are” for this alternative Raleigh-based band’s show that’s sure to slay. thepourhousemusichall.com

2023 Team Raleigh Memorial Bicycle Ride

Ready to ride? Send off over 50 law enforcement officers representing agencies from around NC, Texas and Virginia before they roll out to DC in honor of all officers that have perished in the line of duty. bike2dc.com

Fest in the West

Howdy, partner! Take a blast to the past with food trucks, drinks from local breweries, live tunes, activities for the tots and a pie-eating contest. Empty plates, full bellies, can’t lose (!). festinthewest.com

Free Comic Book Day 2023 

Let’s get graphic! Find local comic book biz Capitol Comics celebrating free comic books all day (!) and tons of other items on sale for this annual effort to bring new readers into the fold. Happy reading! capitolcomicsnc.com

Herbfest 2023

Chive, laugh, love via a homegrown fest feat. live music, painting and all the herbs your heart desires. C’mon… cumin and stay awhile. herbfest.net

Spring Garden Party

Are you a succa for spring? Celebrate the fab fair weather with a stroll in the garden feat. amazing art displays, walks and talks with the experts—and bring home a plant baby or two from the greenhouse. Here comes the sun… flowers! jlbg.org

Vietri Spring Warehouse Sale

Ciao, bella! Nab handcrafted Italian tableware and home decor (dinnerware, flatware, glassware, garden products) via this semi-annual sale touting exclusively imported Italian treasures that are slightly flawed or discontinued. Sale, yeah! vietri.com

My Wonderful Birthday Suit

Rainbows, moonbeams and magic—oh, my! Unwrap this wholesome story of friendships in question with the lesson of “it’s what’s on the inside that truly makes us special.” Aw! raleighlittletheatre.org

Get Your Rear in Gear

It’s time to kick colon cancer to the curb. Put your running shoes on for a 5K jaunt through a giant inflatable colon—yes, really—and help support colon cancer screenings. Ready to run? donate.coloncancercoalition.org

Hands-on History: Sew a Stitch

We’re in stitches. Fine tune your sewing skills with tailor Andy Sterlen and explore examples of historic clothes after completing your masterpiece. Sew far, sew good. ncmuseumofhistory.org

Spring Movie on the Lawn

Mental health awareness and movies? Say no more. Stream Inside Out and have a ball with fam-friendly activities for an evening sure to amp up those endorphins. dixpark.org

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 

I pink I can! Lace up to save the tatas and raise funds for Susan G. Komen—the world’s leading nonprofit breast cancer org… and help punch cancer in the mouth. komen.org

5/6, Saturdays
Midtown Farmers’ Market

How spud-tacular! Find this proud-to-be “producers-only” farmers market touting local, sustainable and family-farmed foods. So fresh. visitnorthhills.com


Do you even build? Make your way to this Minecraft convention filled with build battles, costume contests, meet and greets, and more. Go ahead… get your game on. minevention.com

Indoor Yoga at the Chapel

What better way to spend self-care Sunday than an inside stretch sesh centered on community and connection. Let’s lean into being our best selves! dixpark.org

Kevin James

“Safety never takes a holiday.” … Don’t miss this comedy king (of queens!) making his way to Raleigh for a night of funnies. Grown-ups, only. livenation.com

Maria Bamford

“Weakness” is this revered experimental comedian’s brand—and she owns it. The voiceover star—known for roles in Big Mouth, BoJack Horseman and Bob’s Burgers—is sure to make you weak in the knees with laughter during her one-night stint in Raleigh. goodnightscomedy.com

Olivia Jean

Chew on this musician’s “bubblegum garage” sounds sprinkled with experimentation and creativity. Ready to rock out? thepourhousemusichall.com

Champagne & Friends

Life is the bubbles! School yourself on the background and prestige of Champagne and a slew of other sparkling wines with your buds and chef Doreen Colondres. Plus, learn the correct way to open, pour and pair your bubbly bevs. Cheers! vitishouse.com

DTR Plant Week: Paint a Pot

Care for a craft-ernoon? Celebrate #DTRPlantWeek by painting your own planter—and bring home a new plant baby to boot (!). We give it two green thumbs up.  copperlineplants.com 


Are you ready to be loved? Don’t know… but we’re ready to show some love to our flute playin’, self-love singin’ queen. “It’s About Damn Time,” indeed. pncarena.com

Triangle Businesses for Good Summit: The Future Workforce

Dolla make ya holla? Connect with community and learn about corporate social responsibility and what they’re looking for in future employers. Yay learning! invitedclubs.com

5/10, bi-monthly
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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