February 21, 2020

Mardi Gras Celebration At Hummingbird

Celebrate Mardi Gras with Sazeracs, Hurricanes, a seafood boil, gumbo, muffulettas and more! There will be live music by the Atomic Rhythm All Stars and DJ Nick Speaks. Costumes are encouraged. $35/advance, $40/door; Sunday, 3 – 6 pm; 1053 E. Whitaker Mill Rd, Suite 111, Raleigh, NC 27604

Mardi Gras at Transfer Co.

Transfer Co. Food Hall will celebrate Mardi Gras with a variety of activities, including three special New Orleans-inspired beers from Burial, King Cake, live music and a parade. There will be three Special New Orleans Inspired Beers from Burial Beer Co. (Taproom opens at 12 pm), Haydels King Cake at the Burial Taproom, menu featuring Big Easy eats from various vendors in the Transfer Co. Food Hall, live music, kid activities and parade (5 pm), Mardi Gras cocktails at the Transfer Co. Bar, masks, beads and more! Sunday, 12 pm; 500 East Davie Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

2020 Wake Forest Mardi Gras

Join in a fun-filled day in downtown Wake Forest presented by Primrose School of Heritage Wake Forest and Thomas G. Walters: Allstate Insurance. The Wake Forest Mardi Gras Street Festival invites you to visit the heart of Wake Forest and experience all our downtown has to offer. The event will offer a variety of fun things to do, including a costume processional, children’s activities, and assorted contests for people of all ages. One of the day’s highlights is the Mardi Gras processional. The lineup will begin at 12:45 pm in town hall’s Centennial Plaza, 301 S. Brooks Street, and the processional gets underway at 1 pm. The route will extend from town hall, up East Owen Avenue, and north along South White Street before ending at Jones Plaza, intersection of South White St. and Jones Avenue. Saturday, 11 am – 3 pm; South White St, Wake Forest, NC 27587

Ponysaurus Brewing Co. Fourth Annual Chili Cook-Off

Grab your crockpot, secret ingredients, and competitive spirit because it’s time for Ponysaurus Brewing Co.’s Fourth Annual Chili Cook-Off! Show off your chili chops, drink delicious Ponysaurus beer, and compete for the grand prize of, you guessed it, more food, & beer! One grand prize winner will be selected by Ponysaurus Brewing’s esteemed panel of judges including Clayton Anderson of Whiskey Kitchen, Jacob Boehm of Snap Pea, and Billy Cotter of Dashi & Toast. If you’re more taste-tester than competitor, there will be a People’s Choice award – just donate a non-perishable food item to PORCH-Durham to vote! Sunday, 12 – 3:30 pm; 219 Hood St, Durham, NC 27701

8th Annual Bull City Food and Beer Experience

Delicious local restaurants are getting paired with breweries from across the nation. Unlimited food and beer samplings will be spread throughout all three floors at DPAC, plus the On Stage Experience will bring guests up onto the performing arts stage to showcase even more food, beverages and live music. This year’s event will raise funds for the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association and Band Together. Help two great causes and indulge in the finest food and beer the Bull City area has to offer! $78.50; Sunday, 4 pm; 123 Vivian St, Durham, NC 27701

Flannels & Frost

This February, pull on your boots and coats, and come play outside at Flannels & Frost, DRA’s newest winter activation in partnership with City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation, & Cultural Resources. Join us for a celebration of cold weather with live music, hot beverages, and sweet treats, plus activities like: S’mores Roasting, Wood Carving Demo, Arts + Crafts, Igloo Tent, Book Nook, Interactive Ice Sculpture, Inflatable Axe Throwing, Photo Opps
and more! Free; Saturday, 2 – 6 pm; 226 E Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601

NC Book Festival

The NC Book Festival provides a wide variety of audiences access to a diverse slate of local, national, and international writers and artists. Formerly hosted on a rotating basis by the libraries at NC State, UNC-CH, and Duke, the festival will now take place at venues throughout Raleigh, including Kings, Neptunes, HQ Raleigh, NC State University’s Hunt Library, Quail Ridge Books, So & So Books, and others. There will be readings, panels, demos, and lectures from award winning presenters and performers, the festival will showcase both traditional and non-traditional genres such as comic books and graphic novels. See the full schedule here. Friday – Sunday; HQ Raleigh, 310 S Harrington St, Raleigh, NC

By Whitney

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