May PlanAhead: Your Raleigh events calendar

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Happy May, Raleigh. 🌼 Flowers have bloomed, trees are green again, and the city is alive — we’re also ecstatic about fun local events coming up like Artsplosure, the return of Moore Square Market + outdoor concerts. Read on for all the top events happening this month in the City of Oaks.

Sunday, May 1 — Sunday, May 8

Sun., May 1 

  • Racing for Rescues | Sun., May 1 | 8:30-11:30 a.m. | Dix Park | $40 | Support rescue dogs as you run or walk this race and enjoy complimentary snacks, beverages, a photo booth, and adoptable dogs. 🏃‍♂️
  • Moore Square Market | Sun., May 1 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Moore Square, 200 S. Blount St. | Free | Pick-up local produce, artisanal goods, and enjoy live music downtown. 🍓
  • The Kick Back Sneaker Expo | Sun., May 1 | 12-5 p.m. | Raleigh Convention Center | $20+ | Attend this sneaker expo and shop with a variety of vendors to buy, sell, and trade with. 👟
  • Jersey Boys | Sun., May 1 |1 p.m. + 7 p.m. | DPAC, 123 Vivian St., Durham | $33.50+ | See the Tony + Grammy Award winning play in person as you witness the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.  
  • Shrek the Musical | Sun., May 1 | 3 p.m. | Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary | $18+ | Take your family to see everyone’s favorite ogre live on the stage.
  • Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle | Sun., May 1 | 3 p.m. | Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham | $32.70 | Hear Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2, Pejaveic’s Two Songs, and De Falla’s The Three Cornered Hat. 🎻
  • Bling + Sip: Mother’s Day Edition | Sun., May 1 | 1-3:30 p.m. | Crafts Made By You, 312 W. Chatham St., Cary | $110 | Bling your own cup while enjoying charcuterie and mocktails + supporting the nonprofit, No Woman, No Girl. 

Mon., May 2 

  • Creating a Gluten Free Kitchen | Mon., May 2 | 6-8 p.m. | Raleigh Founded, 310 S. Harrington St. | Free | Attend this event to learn how to navigate gluten-free inclusion in your eatery. 🥖
  • STEMposium | Mon., May 2 | 9-11 a.m. | The McKimmon Conference and Training Center, 1101 Gorman St. | Free | Meet inspired educators + dedicated business partners and see the impact of strategic business school partnerships and project-based learning.
  • City Nature Challenge | Mon., May 2 | Times vary | Prairie Ridge Ecostation, 1671 Gold Star Dr. | Free | Snap photos of plants, animals, and fungi + submit them to the iNaturalist app to show the world what biodiversity can be found in NC. 🍃
  • Air Hockey Tournament | Mon., May 2 | 9-11 p.m. | Boxcar Bar + Arcade, 330 W. Davie St. | Free | Arrive by 8:45 p.m. to claim your seat in the tournament + compete for prizes.
  • From IA to Teacher: WPU Teacher Licensure Info Session | Mon., May 2 | 6-7 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Attendees can hear from William Peace University counselors + faculty as they discuss application requirements and program details.*

Tues., May 3 

  • Yak Attack | Tues., May 3 | 8 p.m. | The Pour House | $10+ | Listen to this Portland-based electronica trio perform original songs like “Bacaw” + “Jellied Fire.”
  • PBS Preview Screening | Tues., May 3 | 7-9 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Join Austin + Sarah McCombie of Chatham Rabbits for a preview screening of their new series, “On the Road with Chatham Rabbits.” 🎥
  • Paint & Sip Class | Tues., May 3 | 6 p.m. | Norse Brewing Company, 203 Brooks St., Wake Forest | $40 | Enjoy craft brews while you participate in a step-by-step painting class. 🎨

Wed., May 4  

  • Josh Cellars Jazz Series | Wed., May 4 | 5:45 p.m. | Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary | $5+ | Hear this quintet perform jazz music + visit with the folks from Second Chance Pet Adoptions while you’re there. 🎶
  • Tar Heel Tales | Wed., May 4 | 1-1:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | For children ages 5-8, learn all about how past summers were the same and different than now. ☀️
  • What’s in the Box | Wed., May 4 | 10-10:45 a.m. | NCMA | $8+ | Allow your preschoolers to enjoy movement + play while letting their creative juices flow. 
  • Wellness Wednesday | Wed., May 4 | 6-7 p.m. | Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park, North Hills | $5 | Midtown Yoga will lead a class designed for all fitness levels. 🧘

Thurs., May 5 

  • John Hood, Forest Folk | Thurs., May 5 | 7 p.m. | Quail Ridge Books | Free | Hear author John Hood speak on his latest book, “Forest Folk.” 📚
  • History + Highballs | Thurs., May 5 | 7 p.m.| Free | Virtual | Join the NC Museum of History as experts explore the Mecklenburg Resolves. 
  • Shirley Caesar & The Caesar Singers | Thurs., May 5 | 7:30 p.m. | Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts | $20+ | Hear this Grammy Award winning artist perform traditional African American Gospel music.
  • Midtown Beach Music | Thurs., May 5 | 5-9 p.m. | Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park, North Hills | $5+ | Listen to live beach music mixed with Motown, oldies, and R&B to support the Ronald McDonald House + Designed for Joy. 🎶
  • House of Art Pop-Up Bar | Thurs., May 5 | 6 p.m.-1 a.m. | 306 E. Hargett St. | Free | Have fun at this interactive social museum showcasing artists through drinks, decor, music, and events. 

Fri., May 6

  • Tori Amos | Fri., May 6 | 8 p.m. | Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts | $32.85+ | Hear this singer perform songs from her latest album, Ocean to Ocean. 
  • Women Rock! | Fri., May 6 | 8 p.m. | Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts | $34+ | Hear the NC Symphony perform songs by women who rock, like Carole King, Tina Turner, and Janis Joplin. 🎸
  • Bike Bonanza | Fri., May 6 | 4-7 p.m. | Raleigh Union Station | Free | Ride with the City of Raleigh staff to learn about how the bike share system works. 🚲
  • First Friday | Fri., May 6 | Times vary | Free | Celebrate First Friday in Raleigh with various businesses like the Haymaker + Designed for Joy.
  • Cupcake and Bourbon Tasting | Fri., May 6 | 7-9 p.m. | The Loading Dock, 216 E. Lenoir St. | $59 | Learn how to decorate tasty cupcakes that come with a bourbon pairing. 🧁
  • Volleyball Open Play + Drinks | Fri., May 6 | 6:30-10:30 p.m. | MAC Sports & Entertainment, 8924 Midway W. Rd. | $15+ | Enjoy music, drinks, and four hours of free-play volleyball in the sand. 🏐
  • International Food Festival | Fri., May 6 | 5-9 p.m. | Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St., Holly Springs | Free | Celebrate different cultures from around the world as you enjoy a variety of food from local restaurants + food trucks representing more than 12 countries. 🥨

Sat., May 7

  • AJR – The OK Orchestra Tour | Sat., May 7 | 7:30 p.m. | Red Hat Amphitheater | $128+ | Hear this popular band perform songs from their fourth studio album, “OK ORCHESTRA.”
  • Hands-on History | Sat., May 7 | 12-3 p.m. | NC Museum of History | Free | Explore sunken history at the museum with archaeologists, real artifacts, and a canoe making demonstration. 
  • NCMA Cinema: Fiesta! Quinceañera | Sat., May 7 | 2-4 p.m. | NCMA | $5+ | Watch this documentary that follows three Latinx girls and a drag artist as they celebrate their quinceañera. 🎥
  • Midtown Farmers Market | Sat., May 7 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | The Commons, 4191 Main at North Hills St. | Free | The Commons, 4191 Main at North Hills St. | Free | Buy local, family-farmed foods + shop from local artisans.
  • Wine Walk | Sat., May 7 | 2-5 p.m. | 4321 Lassiter at North Hills | $25 | Benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund as you visit stores to shop + taste various wine selections. 🍷
  • Boho Braids! | Sat., May 7 | 1:30-3:30 p.m. | The Loading Dock, 1053 E. Whitaker Mill Rd. | $59 | Learn three unique braiding styles featuring accessories + colorful hair pieces as you enjoy snacks and bubbly.
  • A Place at the Derby | Sat., May 7 | 4 p.m. | Watts & Ward | $60 | Celebrate the 148th run for the roses at this Kentucky Derby celebration while supporting local restaurant, A Place at the Table. 👒
  • Derby Party | Sat., May 7 | 1-8 p.m. | Transfer Co. Food Hall, 500 E. Davie St. | Free | Dress up in your best Derby outfit + join this party featuring full coverage of the race. 🏇
  • Art Auction and Wine Tasting | Sat., May 7 | 4-7 p.m. | Wine & Beer 101, 1228 Heritage Links Dr., Wake Forest | Free | Attend this art auction + wine tasting as you listen to live music + support Purr Partners.🍷

Sun., May 8 

  • Picnic & Paint | Sun., May 8 | 12-2 p.m. | Dix Park | $69+ | Celebrate Mother’s Day while you paint in the park and enjoy charcuterie, bubbly, and scenic views. 🎨
  • Mother’s Day Yoga | Sun., May 8 | 4-5:15 p.m. | Dose Yoga, 415 N. Harrington St. | $30 | Spend time with your child (ages 5-12 recommended) at this non-heated, light-hearted yoga session meant for all levels. 🧘‍♀️
  • Freddie Gibbs| Sun., May 8 | 8 p.m. | The Lincoln Theatre, 126 E. Cabarrus St. | $27.50+ | See the rapper perform live with artists MIKE + Redveil on “The Space Rabbit Tour.” 
  • Slingshot Festival | Sun., May 8, 13-15 | Times vary | The Fruit, 305 S. Dillard St., Durham | $20+ | Enjoy music + the electronic arts with performers and creatives from across the globe. 🎵
  • Moore Square Market | Sun., May 29 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Moore Square, 200 S. Blount St. | Free | Shop from local vendors with farm fresh produce and artisanal goods.

Monday, May 9 — Sunday, May 15

Mon., May 9 

  • Yoga in the Park | Mon., May 9 | 6-7 p.m. | Dix Park | Free | Grab your yoga mat and water bottle and head to Flowers Field to increase your strength and flexibility at this outdoor yoga class. 
  • 25th Annual Scholars’ Golf Classic | Mon., May 9 | 10:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. | Prestonwood Country Club, 300 Prestonwood Pkwy., Cary | $20+ | Raise money for Cary Academy’s Scholarship Fund to help the school extend its education to an economically diverse population. ⛳️
  • Cake Decoration I | Mon., May 9 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Wynton’s World, 969 N. Harrison Ave., Cary | $65 | Learn the basics and fundamentals of cake decorating during this hands-on class. 🎂
  • Air Hockey Tournament | Mon., May 9 | 9-11 p.m. | Boxcar Bar + Arcade, 330 W. Davie St. | Free | Arrive by 8:45 p.m. to claim your seat in the tournament + compete for prizes.

Tues., May 10

  • The Offspring | Tues., May 10 | 8 p.m. | Red Hat Amphitheater | $29.50+ | Hear the rock band perform with special guest Radkey on the “Let the Bad Times Roll Tour.” 🎸
  • Spring Cottage Foodscape Tour | Tues., May 10 | 6-8 p.m. | JC Raulston Arboretum | $20+ | Join local gardener + author Brie Arthur for a tour of the spring garden and foodscape while learning about various seasonal species. 💐
  • Pony Ride | Tues., May 10 | 6:30 p.m. | 201 Corcoran St., Durham | Free | Meet at the bull statue to take a leisurely ride through downtown Durham, ending at Ponysaurus for local pints and prizes. 
  • Old News: What’s New in Paleontology | Tues., May 10 | 1-1:45 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Join Dr. Christian Kammerer + dive into research and discoveries made by paleontologists around the world.

Wed., May 11

  • Lucius | Wed., May 11 | 8 p.m. | The Lincoln Theatre, 126 E. Cabarrus St. | $27.50+ | Hear this band perform their indie-pop anthems live. 🎶
  • History @ High Noon: River Bridge | Wed., May 11 | 12-1 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Listen to coordinators of the exhibit “River Bridge: Sunken Secrets” as they discuss uncovering the artifacts + researching the objects’ origins. 
  • History Adventures: Hoe a Row | Wed., May 11 | 1-2 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Children (ages 9-12) will learn about the Horne Creek Living History Farm + how people in NC used to live on farms. 
  • Wellness Wednesday | Wed., May 11 | 6-7 p.m. | Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park, North Hills | $5 | Orangetheory Fitness will lead a class designed for all fitness levels. 💪
  • Pint & Paint | Wed., May 11 | 6 p.m. | Crave Hot Dogs & BBQ, 1028 Oberlin Rd. | $45.50 | Join this step-by-step painting class to learn how to paint a bright sunflower. 🌻

Thurs., May 12

  • David Arnold | Thurs., May 12-Sat., May 14 | Times vary | Raleigh Improv, 1224 Parkside Main St., Cary | $22+ | Laugh out loud with this stand-up comedian, sitcom writer, and actor. 
  • Lunchtime Lecture | Thurs., May 12 | 12 p.m. | NCMA + virtual | Free | Join Mellon Foundation Assistant Curator Maya Brooks as she discusses the “Altered Environment” exhibition and how landscape photography considers people’s impact on the environment. 🌿
  • Midtown Beach Music | Thurs., May 12 | 5-9 p.m. | Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park, North Hills | $5+ | Listen to live beach music mixed with Motown, oldies, and R&B to support the Ronald McDonald House + Designed for Joy. 🎶
  • Raleigh Job Fair | Thurs., May 12 | 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 1707 Hillsborough St. | Free | Find your next job at this event featuring companies from industries including biotech, health, and retail. 
  • Midtown: (Un)Real Estate Forum | Thurs., May 12 | 8:30-10 a.m. | First Citizens Center, 4300 Six Forks Rd. | Free for members, $25 for nonmembers | Learn about new projects coming to Midtown + hear expert analysis on the Triangle market.* 

Fri., May 13

  • John Crist | Fri., May 13 | 7 p.m. | Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts | $27.60+ | Laugh along with the comedian + viral video creator on his “Fresh Cuts Comedy Tour.”
  • Longleaf Film Festival | Fri., May 13-Sat., May 14 | Times vary | NC Museum of History | Free | Attend this festival to view independent films with connections to the Tar Heel state. 🎥
  • Aly & AJ | Fri., May 13 | 8 p.m. | Lincoln Theater, 126 E. Cabarrus St. | $32.50+ | Throw it back to the mid-2000s and see these sisters perform original songs on their “A Touch of the Beat Tour.” 🎸
  • Slingshot Festival | Fri.,May, 13- Sun., May 15 | Times vary | The Fruit, 305 S. Dillard St., Durham | $20+ | Enjoy music + the electronic arts with performers and creatives from across the globe. 🎵
  • House of Art Pop-Up Bar | Fri., May 13 | 6 p.m. | 306 E. Hargett St. | Free | Hang out in this interactive social museum featuring decor, drinks, music, and art. 

Sat., May 14

  • Dance Gavin Dance | Sat., May 14 | 7:30 p.m. | The Ritz, 2820 Industrial Dr. | $88+ | Hear the California rock band perform songs like “Synergy” + “We Own the Night.”
  • Peppa Pig’s Adventure | Sat., May 14 | 2 p.m. | DPAC | $29.50+ | See Nick Jr.’s top-rated kids show come to life on the stage. 
  • Intro to Digital Anime Art | Sat., May 14 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | NCMA | $150+ | Join illustrator David Anyanwu to learn how to draw digital anime art. 🎨
  • Special Film Event: “Crip Camp” | Sat., May 14 | 2-4 p.m. | NCMA | Free | This Oscar nominated documentary is about a summer camp that inspired community among teens with disabilities — registration is required. 🎥
  • Midtown Farmers Market | Sat., May 14 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | The Commons, 4191 Main at North Hills St. | Free | Buy local, family-farmed foods + shop from local artisans.🍅
  • True Crime and Curious Tales | Sat., May 14 | 2-3:45 p.m. | 109 E. Jones St. | Free | Take this walking tour to learn all about Raleigh’s most interesting true crime stories. 
  • Life Before Dinosaurs | Sat., May 14 | Various times | NC Museum of Natural Science | $6+ | Step back in time to 290 million years ago to learn about life before dinosaurs as you explore artwork and fossils on the opening day of this exhibit. 🦕
  • Flowers Plantation Spring Family Fun Fest | Sat., May. 14 | 2-6 p.m. | 4879 Hwy. 42 East, Clayton | Free | Family-friendly fun, food trucks, inflatables, yard games, arts + craft vendors, and more.*

Sun., May 15 

  • The Willard Dessert Pop Up: Little Blue Macaron | Sun., May 15 | 2-5 p.m. | The Willard Rooftop Lounge | Free | Try out artful French macarons from a Raleigh-based pastry chef offering flavors like lavender + honey, browned butter vanilla, and almond and berry jam. 🍪
  • NCMA Dance Gumbo | Sun., May 15 | 5-6 p.m. | NCMA | Free | Join this group exercise class that incorporates a variety of dance and cultural movement. 💪
  • Skywatching at Dix Park | Sun., May 15 | 9:30 p.m.-12 a.m. | Dix Park, Big Field | Free | Join staff from the Morehead Planetarium to view the Lunar Eclipse at the park. 💫
  • Moore Square Market | Sun., May 29 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Moore Square, 200 S. Blount St. | Free | Shop from local vendors with farm fresh produce and artisanal goods.
  • The Block Party | Sun., May 15 | 2-6 p.m. | Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary | Free | Support minority-owned food trucks, retailers, and vendors while enjoying live music + entertainment. 

Monday, May 16 — Sunday, May 22 

Mon., May 16

  • Global Doughnuts | Mon., May 16 | 10 a.m. | Sur La Table, 4421 Six Forks Rd. | $79 | Travel around the world with this cooking class where you’ll learn to make three types of doughnuts — French beignets, Mexican churros, and Italian bomboloni. 🍩
  • Rex Orange County | Mon., May 16 | 6:30 p.m. | Red Hat Amphitheater | $65+ | Jam out with this indie-singer songwriter who rose to fame after features on Tyler the Creator’s “Flower Boy” album. 🎸
  • Casting Crowns | Mon., May 16 | 7 p.m. | PNC Arena | $22.75+ | Join this band as they perform original songs like “Scars in Heaven.” 🎵
  • Rise & Stride | Mon., May 16-Sun., May 22 | Times vary | Locations vary | $40 | Run a 5k or 10k with this charity to end the hunger facing children around the world. 
  • Air Hockey Tournament | Mon., May 16 | 9-11 p.m. | Boxcar Bar + Arcade, 330 W. Davie St. | Free | Arrive by 8:45 p.m. to claim your seat in the tournament + compete for prizes.
  • Abstract Dreamcatcher Paint & Sip | Mon., May 16 | 6 p.m. | Norse Brewing Company, 203 Brooks St., Wake Forest | $40 | Learn step-by-step how to paint an abstract dreamcatcher while sipping on brews. 🎨

Tues., May 17

  • Floral Design Class | Tues., May 17 | 6:30-8 p.m. | The English Garden Raleigh Florist, 6309 Angus Dr. | $85 | Learn how to design a bouquet of peonies in a range of colors and varieties. 💐
  • State of Cycling | Tues., May 17 | 12-1 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Hear local experts speak on important cycling matters including bike lanes, bike commuting, and bike share news within the city.  🚲
  • Primary Election | Tues., May 17 | Various times | Various locations | Free | Make your voice heard + vote in the May Primary Election for congressional and local races. 
  • NC State Baseball | Tues., May 17 | 6 p.m. | Doak Field, 1081 Varsity Dr. | $7+ | Watch the State’s baseball team compete against UNCG.
  • Hamilton | Tues., May 17 | 7:30 p.m. | DPAC, 123 Vivian St., Durham | $179+ | See the opening night of this popular broadway show that tells key moments in the story of America + features a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, and R&B. 🎭
  • 2022 State of Cycling – A Commute Smart Raleigh Virtual Event | Tues., May 17 | 12-1 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Join CommuteSmart to hear about the state of cycling in the City of Raleigh — including the latest in bike infrastructure and commuting tips + best practices.🚲*

Wed., May 18

  • Great British Baking | Wed., May 18 | 10 a.m. | Sur La Table, 4421 Six Forks Rd. | $79 | You might even get a Hollywood Handshake if you do a great job in this class.
  • Mordecai Happy Hour | Wed., May 18 | 4-6 p.m. | Mordecai Beverage Co., 2409 Crabtree Blvd. | Free | Mingle with other Raleigh Founded community members and try out a new wine tasting for the month. 
  • Artful Storytime | Wed., May 18 | 10:30-11 a.m. | NCMA | Free | Bring your children to this event so they can look, listen, and move as they make connections with original works of art. 
  • Burpees & Beer | Wed., May 18 | 6-7 p.m. | Compass Rose Brewery, 3201 Northside Dr. | Free | Workout with beer-themed exercises at this 45-minute session + reward yourself with a brew afterwards. 🍺
  • Wellness Wednesday | Wed., May 18 | 6-7 p.m. | Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park, North Hills | $5 | Title Boxing will lead a class designed for all fitness levels. 💪

Thurs., May 19

  • Carolina Ballet: Giselle | Thurs., May 19 | 7:30 p.m. | Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts | $27.15+ | See a ballet filled with romance, heartbreak, tragedy, and love, as ethereal spirits rise from their graves to dance at night. 🩰
  • Distinguished Lecture Series | Thurs., May 19 | 7 p.m. | Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts | $47.15 | Join the NC Museum of History to hear the Pulitzer Prize winning political journalist George F. Will talk about a glimpse of what the future holds for public affairs + public policy.
  • Midtown Beach Music | Thurs., May 19 | 5-9 p.m. | Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park, North Hills | $5+ | Listen to live beach music mixed with Motown, oldies, and R&B to support the Ronald McDonald House + Designed for Joy. 🎶
  • Raleigh Night Market | Thurs., May 19 | 5-9 p.m. | Moore Square | Free | Attend downtown’s night market to find local music, entertainment, artisans, food, and drink.
  • Sylvan Esso | Thurs., May 19 | 7 p.m. | Durham Athletic Park, 500 W. Corporation St., Durham | $53.75 | Hear these Durham natives perform original songs with special guest, Moses Sumney + Vagabond. 🎶

Fri., May 20

  • Old Crow Medicine Show | Fri., May 20 | 8 p.m. | NCMA | $33+ | Jam out with this string-band in the NCMA’s museum park. 🎶
  • Joe Hero presents “A concert for Taylor” | Fri., May 20 | 8:30 p.m. | Lincoln Theatre, 126 E. Cabarrus St. | $10+ | Attend this benefit concert to celebrate the life of the Foo Fighter’s drummer Taylor Hawkins + to raise funds for MusiCares. 
  • Bike to Work Day | Fri., May 20 | 7-9 a.m. | Various locations | Free | Bike to work + stop at one of multiple pit stops for bike swag, snacks, and encouragement. 🚲
  • Comedy Show | Fri., May 20 | 8 -10 p.m. | Transfer Co. Ballroom, 500 E. Davie St. | $15+ | Enjoy a night of laughs with headliner Ryan Erwin.
  • NC State Baseball | Fri., May 20 | 6:30 p.m. | Doak Field, 1081 Varsity Dr. | $7+ | Watch State’s baseball team compete against Wake Forest University. ⚾

Sat., May 21

  • Croissants from Scratch | Sat., May 21 | 9 a.m. | Sur La Table, 4421 Six Forks Rd. | $79 | Learn from a professional chef instructor how to make two types of croissants. 🥐  
  • Tim McGraw | Mon., May 2 | 7 p.m. | Coastal Credit Union Music Park | $29.50+ | See this country music star perform with singer-songwriter Russel Dickerson. 🎸
  • The Museum Lives in Me Book Launch | Sat., May 21 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. | NCMA | Free | Celebrate the launch of the new children’s book and listen to a talk + reading from its author, Victoria Scott-Miller. 📚
  • NCMA Cinema | Sat., May 21 | 2-4 p.m. | NCMA | $5+ | Watch these short films made by + about North Carolinians and their diverse experiences throughout the state. 
  • Artsplosure | Sat., May 21-Sun., May 22 | Times vary | Fayetteville St. | Free | See over 175 juried artists and crafts-people exhibit original work while you enjoy live music + one-of-a-kind art installations.
  • Greenway Ride | Sat., May 21 | 4-6 p.m. | Honeycutt Park, 1032 Clear Creek Farm Rd. | Free | Celebrate Bike Month by taking a ride on the greenway and learn some maintenance tips from a cycling expert. 🚲
  • Blues & Brews Festival | Sat., May 21 | 5 p.m. | Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St., Durham | $55+ | Enjoy this annual music and beer festival that offers unlimited 12 oz pours from NC breweries. 🍺

Sun., May 22

  • John Mulaney: From Scratch | Sun., May 22 | 7 p.m. | PNC Arena | $34.50+ | Laugh along with this two-time Emmy and WGA award-winning writer, actor, and comedian. 🎭
  • Fault Lines: Artists in Conversation | Sun., May 22 | 2-3:30 p.m. | NCMA | Free | Join artists from the Fault Lines exhibit as they speak on their relationships to nature + how their artwork explores environmental issues. 🎨
  • Kidd G | Sun., May 22 | 8 p.m. | Lincoln Theatre, 126 E. Cabarrus St. | $20+ | See this TikTok rapper perform with Robyn Ottolini. 🎶
  • Moore Square Market | Sun., May 29 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Moore Square, 200 S. Blount St. | Free | Shop from local vendors with farm fresh produce and artisanal goods.
  • Peace of Mind | Sun., May 22 | 1-5 p.m. | Peace in the Forest, 701 N. Main St., Wake Forest | Achieve mental, emotional, and physical wellness at this special event featuring EFT tapping, mindfulness practices, and breathwork. 

Monday, May 23 — Sunday, May 29 

Mon., May 23

  • Nurse & Nursing Assistant Hiring Event | Mon., May 23 | 12-4:30 p.m. | 850 S. Main St., Holly Springs | Free | Attend this hiring event to potentially join the team at UNC Health Rex.
  • Disney Villains Trivia | Mon., May 23 | 7 p.m. | Chubby’s Tacos, 4711 Hope Valley Rd., Durham | Free | Test your Disney villain trivia knowledge while enjoying authentic tacos.✨
  • Air Hockey Tournament | Mon., May 23 | 9-11 p.m. | Boxcar Bar + Arcade, 330 W. Davie St. | Free | Arrive by 8:45 p.m. to claim your seat in the tournament + compete for prizes.
  • PineCone Bluegrass Jam | Mon., May 23 | 7-9:30 p.m. | Transfer Co. Food Hall, 500 E. Davie St. | Free | Grab a bite to eat while you enjoy live music. 🎶

Tues., May 24 

  • The Lumineers | Tues., May 24 | 7:30 p.m. | Coastal Credit Union Music Park | $35+ | Jam out with this folk-rock band as they play popular hits like “Ophelia” and “Ho Hey.” 🎵
  • Thai Flavors | Tues., May 24 | 4 p.m. | Sur La Table, 4421 Six Forks Rd. | $79 | From Pad Thai to Stir Fry, you’ll learn about the five major flavors of Thai cuisine — sweet, salty, bitter, sour, and spicy. 🇹🇭
  • Nature Play Day | Tues., May 24 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Prairie Ridge, 1671 Gold Star Dr. | Free | Bring your child (ages 7 and younger recommended) for a fun play day with special materials like fort-building equipment, puppets, costumes, bubbles + paint. 
  • Music Bingo | Tues., May 24 | 7-9 p.m. | Woody’s at City Market, 205 Wolfe St. | Free | Grab a drink and see if you can recognize popular tunes during this game of music bingo.
  • Women’s Leadership Conference | Tues., May 24 | 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | Raleigh Convention & Performing Arts Complex, 500 S. Salisbury St. | $150+ | Join the Raleigh Chamber for this women in leadership conference + hear from keynote speaker Rebecca Ryan.

Wed., May 25

  • Wellness Wednesday | Wed., May 25 | 6-7 p.m. | Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park, North Hills | $5 | CorePower Yoga will lead a class for all fitness levels. 
  • Pint & Paint | Wed., May 25 | 6 p.m. | Heywood Brewing Company, 5301 Tin Roof Way | $40 | Learn to paint at this step-by-step class while enjoying some craft brews. 🖌️
  • Viably Practice Pitch Night | Wed., May 25 | 6-8 p.m. | WeWork, 1 Glenwood Ave. | Free | Practice pitching your business idea and receive feedback in a safe space. 💼
  • Business Education Lunch & Learn | Wed., May 25 | 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | Prestonwood Country Club, 300 Prestonwood Pkwy., Cary | $40+ | Jackie Joy with Selling From The Heart will discuss how to take your business to the next level. 

Thurs., May 26

  • History + Highballs | Thurs., May 26 | 7 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Park Ranger Tom Avery of Cape Hatteras National Seashore will discuss the history of the Bodie Island Lighthouse. 🌊
  • Taste Tour of the Mediterranean: Egypt | Thurs., May 26 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Vidrio, 500 Glenwood Ave. | 6:30 p.m. | $85 | Immerse yourself in a multi-course cultural dinner experience filled with authentic and elevated Egyption cuisine. 
  • Midtown Beach Music | Thurs., May 26 | 5-9 p.m. | Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park, North Hills | $5+ | Listen to live beach music mixed with Motown, oldies, and R&B to support the Ronald McDonald House + Designed for Joy. 🎶
  • Robert Glasper | Thurs., May 26 | 8 p.m. | Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts | $49+ | Hear the Grammy + Emmy awards winner perform to see how he bridges musical and artistic genres.

Fri., May 27

  • Carolina Fear Fest | Fri., May 27-Sun., May 29 | Times vary | 4285 Trinity Rd. | $35+ | Celebrate all things horror with thrills and chills during this event featuring unique vendors, celebrity guests, panels + entertainment. 
  • Deon Cole | Fri., May 27 | 7:30 + 10 p.m. | Goodnights Comedy Club, 861 W. Morgan St. | $39+ | See the comedian and actor from shows like “Grown-ish” and “Black-ish” perform live. 🎤
  • Alyssa Edwards | Fri., May 27 | 8 p.m. | Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts | $50+ | See this star from shows like “RuPaul’s Drag Race” + “Dancing Queen” perform her next show, “Life, Love, and Lashes.” 💄
  • Animazement | Fri., May 27-Sun., May 29 | Times vary | Raleigh Convention Center | $65+ | Attend this anime convention that celebrates popular Japanese visual culture. 

Sat., May 28

  • Mastering French Macarons | Sat., May 28 | 9 a.m. | Sur La Table, 4421 Six Forks Rd. | $79 | Treat yourself on a Saturday morning and learn how to make this quintessential French cookie.
  • Midtown Farmers Market | Sat., May 28 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | The Commons, 4191 Main at North Hills St. | Free | Buy local, family-farmed foods + shop from local artisans.🌽
  • House of Art Pop-Up Bar | Sat., May 28 | 6 p.m. | 306 E. Hargett St. | Free | Hang out in this interactive social museum featuring decor, drinks, music, and art. 
  • EnRage Against the Machine | Sat., May 28 | 7:30 p.m. | Tin Roof, 300 Glenwood Ave. | $10 | Rock out with this Rage Against the Machine tribute band from Charlotte. 
  • The Last Dance | Sat., May 28 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Durham Athletic Park, 500 W. Corporation St., Durham | Free | This photo exhibition highlights photojournalist Al Drago’s work photographing the NCCU Eagles baseball team. ⚾

Sun., May 29

  • Herbie Hancock | Sun., May 29 | 8 p.m. | NCMA | $55+| Hear the musical icon perform live in the sixth decade of his professional career.
  • Moore Square Market | Sun., May 29 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Moore Square, 200 S. Blount St. | Free | Shop from local vendors with farm fresh produce and artisanal goods.
  • Spring Works | Sun., May 29 | 2 p.m. + 7 p.m. | Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts | $36+ | Hear classical + contemporary works at this ballet accompanied by the Triangle Music Philharmonic. 🩰
  • Ryan Erwin | Sun., May 29 | 6-9:30 p.m. | Hartwell, 620 W. South St. | $8+ | Join Neptunes Comedy for a fun night as you laugh along with comedian Ryan Erwin.

Monday, May 30 — Tuesday, May 31

Mon., May 30

  • Memorial Day Remembrance | Mon., May 30 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | Veterans Freedom Park, 1517 N. Harrison Ave., Cary | Free | Take part in this remembrance featuring a patriotic ceremony, speakers, and music.
  • Trivia Night with Andy | Mon., May 30 | 7-9 p.m. | Big Boss Brewing Company, 1249 Wicker Dr. | Free | Test your trivia knowledge + try out the arcade or some craft brews while you’re there. 
  • Air Hockey Tournament | Mon., May 30 | 9-11 p.m. | Boxcar Bar + Arcade, 330 W. Davie St. | Free | Arrive by 8:45 p.m. to claim your seat in the tournament + compete for prizes.

Tues., May 31 

  • Nature Creators | Tues., May 31 | 10:30-11:30 a.m. | Prairie Ridge, 1671 Gold Star Dr. | Free | Take your kids (7 years old and younger recommended) to the nature playspace so they can create artwork and connect with the natural world around them.
  • Jesse McCartney | Tues., May 31 | 8 p.m. | The Ritz, 2820 Industrial Dr. | $30+ | Hear the pop-artist sing some of his hits on “The ‘New Stage’ Tour.
  • Oil Paintings | Tues., May 31 | 11-4 p.m. | Gallery C, 540 N. Blount St. | Free | This is the last day to view David Addison Pickel’s paintings inspired by the bodies of water surrounding NC and beyond. 🖼️