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Thursday: Art in Bloom One of the can’t-miss events of the year at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Art in Bloom is a four-day festival of art and flowers. More than 50 floral interpretations inspired by the museum’s galleries, some more than 10 feet tall, are created on-site by world-class designers and showcased throughout the museum’s West Building (have your cameras ready!). The ticketed event invites participants to attend presentations and workshops, dine at Iris and shop for one-of-a-kind gifts....

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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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Cupid’s Undie Run In 2010, a group of do-gooders, led by co-founders Brendan Hanrahan, Chad Leathers and Bobby Gill, dropped their pants and ran through the D.C. cold to raise money for research to help end neurofibromatosis (NF), a rare genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body. They ran in their undies because those affected with NF can’t cover up their tumors, so they decided to strip down in solidarity.Since 2010, Cupid’s Charity was created...

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Monday: Into The Fog duo at Durham Beer & Banjos Into The Fog is a string band out of Wilmington, NC that has sounds from bluegrass to folk to Rock n’ roll. The band consists of guitar, dobro, mandolin, and banjo. After competing in the Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition, Into the Fog is quickly making a name for themselves throughout North Carolina. Beer & Banjos is hosted by Alan Barnosky — a Durham flat-picking guitarist and songwriter whose style...

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Indoor Block Party Join CAM to celebrate Above the Rim presented by PNC, an exhibition featuring sixteen artists exploring the joy and community of basketball. There will be basketball activities for all ages, free food by Kind Snacks and NC State Howling Cow Ice Cream, dance performances by the Raleigh Rockers, shoot hoops with the Raleigh Firebirds, art activities by Above the Rim artists, music, and special guests. Food and supplies drive for Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina...

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Short Walk Wines Bubbles Bash! Join in an all day free tasting of some of our favorite sparkling wines! Just in time for New Years, come try new wines every few hours! With a wide range of prices and styles, they are sure to have bubbles for every budget and palate! Free; Saturday, 12 – 7 pm; Short Walk Wines, 123 E Martin St, Raleigh, NC Raleigh Block Party Christmas Raleigh’s Christmas Party you don’t want to miss! Free show .Come...

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Raleigh Christmas Parade A Raleigh tradition for more than 70 years, the Raleigh Christmas Parade is the largest parade of its kind between Atlanta and Washington, D.C. The parade—filled with marching bands, dancers, classic cars, super heroes and more— marches through downtown Raleigh for two hours along a 1.4-mile route that draws a crowd of 60,000 spectators. Saturday, 9:40 am; Downtown Raleigh, NC North Hills Tree Lighting This year’s Tree Lighting event will feature snow slopes, trackless train rides, kids...

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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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North Carolina State Fair The largest annual event in the state, the North Carolina State Fair draws one million visitors through the gates each October, marking what many consider to be the unofficial beginning of the fall season. Eleven days of high-flying rides, deep-fried foods, live music, stunt shows and other entertainment (including nightly fireworks) has been a can’t-miss event for generations of families—the 2017 version of the North Carolina State Fair marked the 150th year of the event! Thursday...

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Taste of China: Chinese Cuisine & Culture Festival Authentic Chinese ethnic cuisines from different regions of China will light up your day and comfort your stomach. Enjoy continuous entertainment including the dragon and lion dances, martial arts demonstrations, folk and traditional dances, musical performances, children’s pavilion activities, Chinese culture and history booths and more. Visitors can also shop at souvenir, arts, and crafts booths. Don’t miss NCLady’s food tasting booth (free) & Daily Vita’s Ginseng Tea tasting booth (free). Saturday,...