36 Things to Do in Raleigh This Week, Sept. 14–20

Bert Kreischer

For a dose of that good ole “razzle dazzle,” throw down with this “middle-aged party boy” whose silliness sells out arenas. We came, we saw, we conquered. pncarena.com

The Nature of Oaks: An Author’s Talk with Doug Tallamy

Branch out and talk about the nature of oaks in the City of Oaks (!) with author and conservationist Doug Tallamy as he speaks for the trees. How pine! eventbrite.com


Get rollin’ to the Creek to live out your inner “rockstar” as this famed Canadian rock band takes the stage to belt out all your fave hits. Take a photograph, it’ll last longer (*wink wink*). livenation.com

Foundation of Hope Galas

“Two nights, two incredible events,” find elegant events serving excellent bites and bevs, silent and live auctions, and special guest speakers at the Angus Barn—all supporting research to conquer mental illness. walkforhope.com

Jazz in the Square

Want some sax? The widely anticipated jazz series is back with a new lineup, plus F&B vendors. See ya at Moore Square. downtownraleigh.org


An on-pointe performance can be expected via this heated tale of a prince and an enchanted bird feat. energy, rhythms and architecture. How im-peck-able. carolinaballet.com

Live Art at Conlon Family Skatepark

Roll up to Raleigh’s new skatepark to spot local artists painting the concrete barriers—and don’t forget to grab some grub at the Wandering Wolf food truck! skateraleigh.com

Stayin’ Alive: One Night of the Bee Gees

Feeling like “more than a woman?” Pull on your bell-bottoms and feather boas to get down with this Bee Gees tribute band keeping those ’70s disco vibes alive and well. … You should be dancing! carolinatheatre.org

Lynyrd Skynyrd & ZZ Top

Calling all sharp-dressed men (and women!). Flock to Walnut Creek to feel free as a bird via OG rock ballads you may have forgotten about but will still manage to sing along to. Are we right or wrong?!  livenation.com

9/15, ongoing
North Hills Nights

My lipgloss is poppin’, my lipgloss is cool. … Join North Hills for a live music tribute to the Y2K era featuring all your favorite hits, drinks and snacks. Plus, lots of room to one step, two step (!). visitnorthhills.com

Craig Robinson

“BTB” (bring that booty) for a good time as everyone’s favorite The Office warehouse guy—NTM his roles in This Is the End and Hot Tub Time Machine—brings the funny to Raleigh. improv.com

NC Pollinator Plant Festival & Open Garden

Bee so for real—you won’t want to miss thousands of late summer and early fall pollinator plants surrounding your path as you stroll through serene gardens and greenhouses. Ready, set, bloom! jlbg.org

Opening  9/16
Furniture: Crafting a North Carolina Legacy

Make yourself at home with the NC Museum of History’s exhibit on the home furniture industry, spotlighting everything from the economic impact to the evolution of furniture style. Sofa-bulous! ncmuseumofhistory.org

Art on the Patio

Channel your inner Larry Gagosian and bid on exquisite pieces of art in a silent auction while sipping on drinks and hors d’oeuvres—with all funds benefiting the Joel Lane Museum House. joellane.org

Artist at Work: Chair Seat Weaver 

Look at that weave! Celebrate spiders and watch Sue Fisher do her thing (i.e. spin up some art you can sit on!). ncmuseumofhistory.org

BugFest 2023

You’re so fly. Creep and crawl your way through 100+ exhibits, games and activities sure to be the bees knees. May the ant-ics begin! naturalsciences.org

Culture & Golf

The Artist Lounge is fostering a welcoming environment for new Black golfers—topped off with cigars, food from Oak City Eats, music and a pool (bring your swimsuit!). Fore! @theartistloungeraleigh

Escazu’s 15th Anniversary

If chocolate is your kryptonite, party with this local sweet shop for its fabulous 15th anny feat. food trucks, coffee, doughnuts and a DJ. … Sounds choc full of fun! @escazuchocolates

Hops for Hope

Sample 30+ beers curated by corporate teams and some of the Triangle’s best breweries (including our own brew made with Crank Arm!) at Midtown Park in North Hills while enjoying live music, food trucks and fun activities—all in support of flying kids to life-saving care. childrensflightofhope.org

NC State vs. VMI

Game face: on! Spend your Saturday watching the Pack pummel the Kangaroos back Down Under at Carter-Finley. #WITH gopack.com

Sola Hot Mini 5K

Let’s sprint toward a cure! Lace up those sneaks and pound the pavement for ALS research (and in memory of late Sola owner Jeanne Luther) with Sola Coffee Cafe for the 10th year running. solahotmini5k.com

USA Today Wine & Food Experience

Come hungry to Dix Park for a culinary adventure feat. fare from acclaimed and emerging local chefs, a slew of sip opps, and live tunes—all in support of Shop Local Raleigh. Here’s to eating and drinking for a good cause! wineandfood.usatoday.com

Girls! Girls? Girls.

Who run the world? Girls! Girls? Girls. This satirical one-woman play by Broadway producer Marjuan Canady gives perspective on the current state of Black womanhood. Be sure to stick around after the show for a post-show talk back. raleighnc.gov

Last Stop on Market Street

Settle into your seat for an inspirational performance that seeks to answer a few of life’s many questions. And we’ve got an easy Q for you—will you be attending? raleighlittletheatre.org

How To Drink Australian Book Event

G’day mate! Wine down with master sommeliers Jane Lopes and Jonathan Ross for wine sampling, eats complements of Ajja, and their release of “the modern wine bible.” ajjaeats.com

The Joy of Latinx Music

Go ahead, get saucy—er, salsa-y!—via NCMA’s DJ mixes of some of the best Latinx bops to bump your head (and hips!) to, from salsa and bachata to merengue, reggaeton and samba. So groovy! ncartmuseum.org

La Fiesta del Pueblo

Que fay? Party your way to the Triangle’s largest celebration of Latin culture and diversity complete with educational booths, free health screenings and Venezuelan band Zeta. elpueblo.org

Noah Cyrus

The “hardest part” of attending Miley Cyrus’ sister’s performance will be stopping yourself from crying in the club. Worth trying though! Pro tip: Splurge on VIP tix for a private three-song performance from the sappy singer. lincolntheatre.com


Happy Oktoberfest—ahem, Sprokoberfest! Don your finest lederhosen and join Crank Arm for live music, German food and lots of beer, natch. Prost! crankarmbrewing.com

Bubbles & Ice

Find bubbles, ice and everything nice via this Peck & Plume event pairing Moët & Chandon’s legendary French champagnes with housemade sorbets from chef Jason Daniels. No Champagne, no gain. opentable.com

City and Colour

Keep it vibrant and vivacious at The Ritz for Dallas Green as he paints the town with his lyrics and melodies. Let’s play! livenation.com

The Cocktail Series, Part 2

Raise your spirits and customize your own old-fashioned with the help of Whiskey Kitchen’s bartenders. Choose from Elijah Craig bourbon or rye—then learn how to mix it up with the experts. whiskey.kitchen

Coffee & Culture

Chow down on a continental breakfast and coffee at the Marbles Kids Museum while celebrating the culture of art with local artists and organizations. Let’s get cultured! secure.qgiv.com

Erin Rae

“Accept your humanness” and lighten up with Nashville-based singer-songwriter Erin Rae at the Pinhook. It’s giving cosmic country and indie folk sounds—and it’s sure to leave your heart singing. etix.com

Swift Night Out

Bird is the word! Dig out your binoculars for an evening of chimney swift-watching and avian-themed drinks (!). Let’s fly. thewillardraleigh.com


“Furnishing homes. Changing lives.” … Take a seat at Green Chair Project’s annual fundraising event at its DTR HQ feat. home decor pieces from 40+ industry leaders to benefit the nonprofit’s MO to help Wake County families in need offset housing costs through essential home furnishing items. thegreenchair.org

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