April 13, 2018

Grand Opening Party at Midtown Yoga
It’s their grand opening weekend! Join in free classes all day (all classes are first come, first serve) and even more free activities on Saturday. The first 25 Yogis at each class on Saturday gets the chance to pop a balloon for discounts on packages and retail! Free; Saturday, 8:30 am-Sunday, 5 pm; 200 Park at North Hills Street, Suite 111, Raleigh, NC 27609

Sundays are for the Girls
Make you Sunday a Funday Sunday with a Yoga Class with Emily Wallace, omelette station, MY Mimosas, braids by parlor blow dry bar, and raffle prizes! BYOM (bring your own mat). 

Southern Women’s Show
Shop, sample and share the fun at the Triangle’s favorite event for women. Discover hundreds of boutiques filled with the latest fashions, trendy jewelry, gourmet treats, health and beauty, and so much more. Enjoy fashion shows, top chefs and celebrity guests. $10+; Friday-Sunday; 1025 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607

Fashion for Breakfast
Join in for a VIP brunch of croissants, coffee and champagne while you shop with 20% off! Also join in style talk with Lauren Caldwell Fisher of LC Style Report. Saturday, 8:30-10 am; Park Road Shopping Center, 4145 Park Road, Charlotte, NC 28209; 704.525.9552

6th annual Carrboro Open Streets
The annual Carrboro Open Streets event encourages community building through a variety of free activities. Weaver Street will be closed off to traffic during the event, which was started in 2013 by Carrboro Bicycle Coalition. Some of the activities include dancing, yoga, bike riding, rock climbing, and getting a smoothie from a bike blender. Sunday, 12-4 pm; 100 N Greensboro St, Carrboro, NC 27510

CMF38 April Raleigh Drag Brunch
Join in the CMF38 April Raleigh Drag Brunch, featuring VersageEden Parque-DivineVivian Vaughn & Kirby Kolby. Music is by DJ Robert. Tickets; Sunday, doors: 11:30 am, show: 12:15 pm; 511 West Hargett St, Raleigh, NC

The Downtown Cary Wine & Beer Crawl
The Downtown Cary Wine & Beer Crawl features three locations: Chatham Street Wine Market, Pharmacy Bottle & Beverage and The Verandah! Chatham Street Wine Market will be serving some of their most popular wines: a red, a white and a rosé! They focus on selecting wines from family-owned vineyards and pride themselves on having different options than other Cary wine shops. The Pharmacy will be serving a red and a white wine perfect for warmer weather as well as a craft brew! They’ll also have homemade trail mix available for your enjoyment! The Verandah (located inside the Mayton Inn) will be pouring a red, a white and a craft beer and they’ll also be offering house-made, fresh biscuits with homemade pimento cheese and honey butter! Wine and hors d’oeuvres included in ticket price. $30; Saturday, sign in: 2:45 pm; The Pharmacy Bottle and Beverage, 120 E. Chatham St, Cary, NC 27511

Grand Opening of The Wine Feed Durham
The Wine Feed Durham is celebrating its Grand Opening with special events this weekend. Celebrate with free wine tastings all weekend, a movie, a free intro to wine class, and more. On Friday, from 4-8 pm join in wine tastings, cheese and meat platters, and live music, from 7-9:30 pm, join in movie night. Bring your own chair for a movie in the pine & poplar event venue. Saturday events include free wine tastings from noon to 5 pm, and specials on food and wine from 5-10 pm. On Sunday, from 12-3 pm, get free bubbles as you taste of range of sparkling wines, from 3-7 pm, enjoy free wine tastings and 6-7 pm, there will be a free Sommelier-led Introduction to Wine Class. Friday-Sunday; 307 South Roxboro St, Durham, NC

Italian Food and Beer Festival
The Italian Food and Beer Festival will feature Italian foods, drinks, beers, wines, crafts, clothing, jewelry, salons, and more. There will be a kid’s area that will feature inflatables, face painting, carnival games, an opportunity to play a few popular Italian games and more! For the Beer Lovers, there will feature up to 15 Imported Italian Beers for you to sample, buy and enjoy. For the Wine Drinkers, there will be over 20 imported wines that will bring the Italian flavors to Cary! There will be only 2,000 tickets for the Italian Beer and Wine Garden, so, get your tickets early. Tickets here; Saturday, 11 am-6 pm; 107 Edinburgh S Dr, Cary, NC 27511

BBQ and Beer Fest
YES RDU Mobile Food Association is hosting a BBQ contest for you to be the judge of the best BBQ themed dish! The Food Truck Lineup includes: Longleaf Swine BBQ, Morfa Empanadas, The Humble Pig, Daddy Bob’s Barbeque, Merry Franksters, and Boricua Soul Food Truck. Desserts are from: JAM Ice Cream and Cocoa Forte, along with beer from the new Vecino Brewing Co and live music from the local bluegrass trio Carolina Heelsplitters. Sunday, 12-4 pm; Knightdale Station Park, 810 First Ave, Knightdale, NC 27545; 919.217.2332

Pints for Paws Craft Beverage Festival
Join APS of Durham for a new Pints for Paws craft beverage event where you can sample a selection of local beverages from Durham-based craft brewers and have a great time while benefiting Animal Protection Society of Durham. Meet the local craft brewers, enjoy live music, local food trucks, and bring your crowd-friendly dogs (on leash of course). 100% of the proceeds will benefit Animal Protection Society of Durham to care for animals in need. This event promises to find the intersection of craft beverage and animal lovers. $40; 1058 W Club Blvd, Durham, NC 27701; 919.672.4166

The Mezcal Collective and Panorama Mezcal Present: “The Mezcal Cocktail Mission”
This multi-city cocktail competition with Pelotón de la Muerte aims to develop an original cocktail that belongs to mezcal using only four ingredients (including the garnish). As the cocktail scene booms, the Mezcal Collaborative, Panorama Mezcal and Pelotón de la Muerte are working towards innovating new mezcal forward cocktails that become synonymous to the spirit. Just as an “Old Fashioned” is synonymous with whiskey and bourbon, this multi-city cocktail competition is challenging industry tastemakers to create the first ever cocktail that can be uniquely identified with mezcal worldwide. Mixologists are encouraged to be as creative as possible with the idea that less is more and simple is better because cocktails must be replicable at home or at any reputable cocktail bar. The competition will be judged on taste, appearance, originality, and cocktail name. Every ingredient must be readily available and house-made syrups or infusions are prohibited. Each cocktail must contain at least one ounce of Pelotón de la Muerte mezcal and no more than one ounce of any other spirit.The six finalists from San Francisco and New York competitions will be flown to Mexico City to compete with fellow bartenders from Mexico, London, Australia and Japan. Aside from being recognized as the inventor of the world’s ‘signature mezcal cocktail’, the ultimate winner will be awarded an all-expense paid, five-day trip for two to Michoacán, Mexico. The winner and their guest will explore the beautiful colonial town of Morelia, tour some the best mezcal palenques in the state, and then head west to experience Charanda (its own DO of r(h)um) and finally, in Raicilla country where they’ll spend time in the quaint beach town of Playa Azul. $15; Sunday, 3-6 pm (also April 23rd & May 14th); Tres, 130 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA

2nd Friday ArtWalk in Chapel Hill and Carrboro
The second Friday of every month, head to Chapel Hill and Carrboro for an ArtWalk. Experience live music, food, activities, hands-on art demos, discounts, and more. Download a map to help make sure you don’t miss anything. 27 venues are highlighted on the map, everything from the Ackland Art Museum at UNC to Open Eye Cafe in Carrboro. Free; Friday, 6-9 pm; 101 S Columbia St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Friday Night on White in Wake Forest
The Town of Wake Forest and Downtown Wake Forest, Inc. present a music series, Friday Night on White. The concerts will take place the 2nd Friday of each month, April through September, along South White Street. Food trucks will be on hand, and beer will be available for purchase from White Street Brewing. Coolers are not allowed. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged. Free; Friday, 6 pm; South White Street, Wake Forest

Lebanese Festival
Taste a bit of Lebanon right here in the Triangle. Join in a day filled with Delicious Lebanese food, Dancing & Musical Performances and Fun Activities! Event Highlights include authentic Lebanese food & desserts, belly dancing, traditional Lebanese Dabke performances; Lebanese wine; cooking demos; and more. Saturday, 11 am-7 pm; 400 block Fayetteville St, Raleigh

North Carolina Azalea Festival
The North Carolina Azalea Festival is Wilmington’s annual community celebration and the largest festival of its kind in the state. Founded in 1948, the Azalea Festival is a full week of natural beauty, big-name entertainment, festive galas, fun family events and Southern hospitality come together. Join in art, tours, concerts, a street festival, fireworks, parades and even a boxing match. This year, headliners include Billy Currington, 38 Special, and Ludacris. For community pride and springtime pageantry, the North Carolina Azalea Festival has no equal! Wednesday through Sunday; Wilmington, NC

Live and Local Hillsborough Street
Artsplosure, the presenter of its namesake spring festival since 1980 and First Night Raleigh since 1991, is partnering with Live it Up! Hillsborough Street, to bring its signature programming to Raleigh’s most iconic and beautiful street. Expect some unuique arts and crafts activities, a diversity of music and dance. Artists and crafters will be exhibiting and selling their original works, along with lots of food, beer, and beverages will be available from on-site food trucks, Raleigh Brewing Company, and Hillsborough Street merchants. Saturday, noon-7 pm; Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27605

Wake Forest Food Truck Rodeo
The Wake Forest Food Truck Rodeo returns  this weekend! Just about everything and anything that is served from a truck will be featured! Order up savory food and desserts, along with visiting the beer tent provided by Brooks Street Bowl. In addition, kids will have fun in the Kid’s Zone that will include face painting by Paint Savvy, a bouncy house, road chalk, hula hoops, ball toss and bubble fun! You can also walk over to Brooks Street Bowl and get special discounts on bowling while you’re there. Don’t forget to pick up your free appetizer coupon from one of our volunteers while you’re here from Texas Roadhouse! The Food Truck Rodeo will be held rain or shine. Most of the trucks accept credit cards. Sunday, 12-4 pm; The Renaissance Center, 405 S Brooks St, Wake Forest, NC 27587

Watts and Ward Anniversary
The Downtown Raleigh speakeasy, Watts & Ward, is celebrating its one year anniversary. They are celebrating with live music at 6 pm from The Hot Club of Raleigh, Reinert & Sours, and Alan Thompson closes out the night with jazz fusion. Enjoy music while sipping craft cocktails that Watts & Ward has become known for. Friday, 4 pm; 200 South Blount St, Raleigh, NC 27601; 919.834.2720

All American Tattoo Convention
This unique convention gives some of the best tattoo artists in the U.S. the opportunity to showcase their talents in the setting of Fort Bragg, home to “some of the bravest heroes in the world.” Experience all that this three-day convention has to offer: Tattoo Contest, All Veteran Parachute Team, Air Born Aerial Performers & Fitness, Emcee Johnny “Awesome” Ivey, Ms. All American Pin-Up Contest and Fayetteville Roller Derby Rogue Rollergirls. $25+; Friday-Sunday; 1960 Coliseum Dr, Fayetteville, NC 28306

By Whitney

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