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Thursday: Hopscotch Music Festival These three days are filled with nearly 150 bands, 12 venues in downtown Raleigh, and 50 totally-free day parties. The acts—and genres—are as wide ranging as the venues they play in. Headlining acts in recent years have included Angel Olsen, Big Boi, Solange, Run The Jewels, Margo Price, The Flaming Lips and more. $35 – $225; Thursday – Saturday; Various locations around Downtown Raleigh...

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Monday: Mat Pilates at Aillea Start off your week by lengthening, strengthening, and energizing during the Pilates class at Aillea Raleigh. Monday, 5:45 – 6:45; 2032 Cameron St, Raleigh, NC 27605; 919.747.9030 Tuesday: Patio Pairings: NC Sour Beer + Ceviche Join in a NC Sour Beer + Ceviche Patio Pairing. You’ll get to sample Sierra Nevada’s OtraVez, Wicked Weed’s Watermelon & Dragonfruit Burst, and Mother Earth’s Mojito Berlinerweisse with a full pour of your favorite! Chef has crafted fresh NC...

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Tuesday: Reserve Tickets for The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art and Candida Höfer in Mexico Visit the special exhibitions The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art and Candida Höfer in Mexico at the North Carolina Museum of Art for free, through the Duke Energy Free Day. These are ticketed exhibits, with tickets normally costing $18. Reserve tickets here; Monday, 12 – 8 pm; N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, East Building, Raleigh, NC Thursday: Greet the Season with Durham Symphony’s Holiday Pops The Durham Symphony Orchestra invites...

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International Festival of Raleigh Now in it’s 33rd year, this three-day event, a comprehensive platform for local ethnic communities and artists to present their culture, serves more than 25,000 attendees in downtown Raleigh each year. More than 70 ethnic groups participate to present a variety of arts, cuisine, dance, textile design and cultural expression from across the globe. Art exhibits, dance competitions, sidewalk cafés, main stages for music, vendor booths and more make for fun finds and discoveries. Friday –...

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Wednesday: 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...

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Monday: Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC Pampers Pets in Celebration of the “Year of the Earth Dog” To celebrate the Chinese Lunar Year of the Earth Dog, Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC  is treating four legged guests to an exclusive luxury experience. All year, dog lovers and their pets can indulge in luxury surroundings and specialized amenities during their stay. Pets x MO honors the special bond between pet and owner and the impact they have on our lives. Guests traveling with their furry companions...

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Tuesday: Sam’s Groovy Tuesday Featuring: The City Dirt Duo Enjoy a live music show featuring The City Dirt Duo. The City Dirt Duo is a side project of Urban Soil, intended for smaller venues and more intimate settings. Featuring Gregory Meckley on violin and vocals, and Eric Chesson holding down the acoustic guitar and vocals. There is a strong emphasis on acoustic music and the native Appalachian and bluegrass traditions of North Carolina as well as healthy doses of Urban...

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Raleigh Roasts The City of Raleigh Museum will be hosting Raleigh Roasts, an event that celebrates Raleigh’s café culture. We have invited local businesses into the museum from 9 am- noon to provide museum visitors with samples and sell their products. Visitors to museum can purchase a $5 wristband that will allow them to sample freely as well as receive a complimentary City of Raleigh Museum coffee mug. Confirmed vendors include Larry’s Coffee, Lucettegrace, Raleigh Coffee Company, Rise Biscuits Donuts...

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Tuesday: Second Tuesday at Sono The Downtown Raleigh Alliance hosts the Second Tuesday Mixer, a free networking social for our community, on the second Tuesday of every month. Join local professionals from across the area for a networking and social event, 2nd Tuesdays. The event brings together people from across different professional industries to network, socialize, and experience great venues across downtown Raleigh. Admission to the event is free and newcomers are always welcome. Free; Tuesday, 5:30 – 7:30 pm; 319 Fayetteville St, #101, Raleigh, NC 27601; register...

New Year, New You!

New Year! New You! Come taste healthy recipes and hear from national speaker and personal trainer, Loretta Koeth, on how to make 2018 your best year ever! The New Year is a great time to put your health first. Learn how to have more energy, sleep better, get fit, lose body fat and still get to eat real food! Tickets are required: contact Julie Marshall: 919.649.3696 or jpjuliem@gmail.com. Tuesday, 6 pm; The Cary Theater, 122 E Chatham St, Cary, NC...