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NC ‘Cuegrass The Pit’s 11th Annual ‘Cuegrass Festival returns to the warehouse district of downtown Raleigh with a jam-packed day full of great ‘cue, local brews and toe-tappin’ bluegrass music! They’re closing down the streets around The Pit and firing up the pig cookers to serve plenty of their famous Eastern North Carolina-style barbecue and a selection of locally made beers. On the stage, checkout the following bands: Kate Rhudy; Hank, Pattie & The Current; Old Habits; and Will Hoge;...

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Live & Local Spring Fest 2019 Hear, see, eat, and drink local at Live & Local Spring Fest 2019! This festival is a community festival presented by Artsplosure in partnership with Live It Up! Hillsborough Street. Join your community in celebrating the unique art, music, food and beer of North Carolina. Come out to Hillsborough Street for an afternoon of performances on the Live & Local Main Stage, a Kid’s Zone with performances and craft activities for the youngest members...

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Dreamville Festival Curated by platinum-selling rapper and N.C. native, J.Cole, Dreamville will be a one-day, multi-stage festival at downtown Raleigh‘s Dorothea Dix Parkwith a one-of-a-kind celebration of local culture, food and art that also features a curated selection of music performers blending together some of today’s biggest national acts with exciting up-and-comers (full lineup coming soon!). $79-$399; Saturday, noon – 11 pm; 2105 Umstead Dr, Raleigh, NC 27603 Ealdwine Grand Opening The newest retail shop in downtown Raleigh, Ealdwine, opens its doors on...

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Monday: Fullsteam Brewery and Pompieri Pizza Kitchen Takeover Pompieri Pizza and Fullsteam Brewery are collaborating for a kitchen and tap takeover! Pompieri Pizza’s Sous Chef Kevin Goller prepares appetizers in Fullsteam Brewery’s kitchen. Gnudi, Beer Cheese Arancini (made with Fullsteam Brewery beer) and Italian Poutine will be on the menu for the night. Starting March 21, Four Fullsteam Brewery beers will be on tap at Pompieri Pizza, and they’ll have a Fullsteam-inspired pizza on the menu for a limited time....

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Monday: Cooking for a Classic The Third Annual Cooking for a Classic features 8 top Triangle chefs competing in a tournament-style format while raising funds for the Lucy Daniels Center! Your evening will include six plated courses by two chefs; a silent auction of chef-designed packages; and a cocktail bar featuring local brews, spirits and wines for purchase. Vote anonymously along with expert guest judges to see who moves on to the next round and ultimately wins a classic Jeep Scrambler...

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Wake Forest Mardi Gras Street Festival Join in a fun-filled day in downtown Wake Forest on Saturday, March 2, during the Wake Forest Mardi Gras Street Festival presented by Primrose School of Heritage Wake Forest and Thomas G. Walters: Allstate Insurance. This family-friendly celebration is scheduled from 11 a.m.to 3 p.m. and admission is free. The Wake Forest Mardi Gras Street Festival invites area residents to visit the heart of Wake Forest and experience all our downtown has to offer. The event will offer a variety...

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Adult Night: Speakeasy Celebrate the roaring 1920s at the Adult Nights: Speakeasy. Get the lowdown on Prohibition in NC, test your chemical sense, crack the bootlegger’s code, know your onions with popular ’20s slang and more, featuring a private Member entrance under the Globe. The VIP Experience (6 – 7 pm) means you get to sample whiskey from around the world and learn the unique process behind each one at Whiskey University, presented by Mystic Farm & Distillery. $25, $15/...

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Hawaiian Bar Crawl Aloha! Grab your friends and your Hawaiian shirt for this Hawaiian themed Bar Crawl in the middle of February. Raleigh Hawaiian Bar Crawl Tickets Include complimentary ‘party favor’ and Hawaiian lei upon starting the bar crawl at Tapworks; a $5 gift card to spend at Tapworks upon starting the bar crawl; and a free food item (to be used at a later date) at Tapworks upon finishing the bar crawl and posting once to your social media account with the hashtag...

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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...

New Years Eve

First Night Raleigh First Night Raleigh, a downtown Raleigh New Year’s Eve celebration for more than 25 years, is an all-day event with more than 100 performances (music, dance, theater, comedy and more) across 35 venues. There are tons of kids activities, a 90-foot-tall Ferris wheel and a countdown to midnight, where, a giant acorn drops from the sky as the clock strikes 12 and fireworks go off. Monday; Downtown Raleigh. NC New Year’s Eve Gala at the Nature Research...