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SPARKcon 2019 SPARKcon, the totally-weird, totally-awesome creativity festival that takes over downtown Raleigh each Sept., is truly a grassroots event. The “for the people, by the people” approach uses an open-source planning process that allows more than 2,000 artists to be involved each year. Dance, fashion, music, film, food—if you can name it, you can find an event for it at the festival that spans nearly 15 city blocks. The festival has taken big steps to make it even more...

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Wednesday: SLT Grand Opening Stop by the studio and take a class for some free swag, food, and goodies. The founder, Amanda Freeman, will also be down here to teach some classes. Signup for the newsletter to get these updates at sltnyc.com or follow us on instagram @sltnyc. Don’t forget to use the promo code “CAMERON VILLAGE” for half off your first class. Wednesday – Friday, 6 am – 7:30 pm; 445 Daniels St, Raleigh, NC 27605 Paint & Punchlines This paint night...

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MRG30 Festival Merge Records is turning 30 this year! Every five years, they celebrate their birthday with a multi-day music festival, and this summer’s event—which they’ve dubbed MRG30—is shaping up to be one of the best ever! MRG30 will take place July 24–27, 2019, in Carrboro and Durham, NC. The 4-day festival will celebrate the best of Merge, both present and future, by featuring an amazing lineup of more than 30 bands. Artists performing on Friday: A Giant Dog, The...

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Vintage Market Days® of the N.C. Triangle: Simply Spring Event Vintage Market Days is an upscale vintage-inspired indoor/outdoor market featuring original art, antiques, clothing, jewelry, handmade treasures, home décor, outdoor furnishings, consumable yummies, seasonal plantings & more! The Market is a three day event in varying communities throughout the country and each Vintage Market Days is a unique opportunity for vendors to display their talents and passions. Whether your thing is upcycled, repurposed, and authentically original merchandise or live music and great...

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Krispy Kreme Challenge One of America’s most unique running events (and toughest eating events!), the Krispy Kreme Challenge requires competitors to run five miles, eat a dozen doughnuts at the halfway point and hit the finish line in under one hour. Started in 2004 with just a handful of North Carolina State University students, the annual event now draws nearly 8,000 runners decked out in costumes along with plenty of media attention. For the curious, those doughnuts total 2,400 calories and...

Thanksgiving Week & Black Friday

Tuesday: $1 Ice Cream and Tea for Rise Against Hunger Want to give back around Thanksgiving? We definitely do! Join at Milk Lab and just by simply enjoying a cup of rolled ice cream or tea we can make a difference to help end global hunger. All proceeds – including gratuities – will be donated to Rise Against Hunger. Limited to 1 product per person (Tea or Ice cream). Tuesday, 11:30 am – 10 pm; 6418 Tryon Rd, Cary, NC 27518 Free...

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Monday: NACE Cares: Bites and Pints Hosted by the Triangle’s local chapter of NACE (National association of catering and events), this fundraiser benefits the US Veterans Corp. Bites & Pints Challenge brings together 16 chefs to compete on bite sized food paired with local beers and you get to vote on your favorites! Not only is the entire night a competition, but there is also a silent auction filled with goodies from all over the Triangle, like hotel stays &...

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Tuesday: Morgan Street Food Hall Opens It’s finally here! Morgan Street Food Hall is a new lifestyle dining concept (and don’t confuse it with a food court.) The food hall features local eateries and restaurants as well as local food retailers. Morgan Street Food Hall introduces the concept of cross meal ordering, where different meals are enjoyed in a shared seating area. Dining options are from Bella’s Wood Fired Pizza & Tapas, Boba Brew, Carroll’s Kitchen, Cocoa Forte, Cousins Maine Lobster, Cow...

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Monday: Stump! Trivia Kings Dining & Entertainment offers Stump! Trivia every Monday night in the Lounge! Come see why they were voted “Best Trivia in the Triangle” by the readers of the INDYWeek! Join your host, Trivia Jockey Jason, as he offers up fun and challenging trivia questions for players of all levels. All you need is a group of 2-6 players and they have prizes for the top teams, including $50 for first place. Free; Monday, 7 pm; 141 Park...

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Tuesday: The ZEN Succulent is Open This modern terrarium and plant craft business based in Durham, that is now open in downtown Raleigh! Created by the mother/daughter team Margaret and Megan George, The ZEN Succulent has a modern take on traditional terrariums. The shop is a celebration of their love for urban planting, and their delight in color. Each terrarium is created by hand featuring natural and preserved plants and sea life. The ZEN Succulent hand mixes their own soil and uses locally sourced plants...