Plus, Art in Bloom at the NCMA
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City Editor Anne here. Art in Bloom is underway at the NCMA and this year’s flower creations are stunning. Although the event is sold out, there are other ways to join the fun, like taking in the exhibition virtually or trying floral-inspired cocktails at The Willard. Pro tip: If you don’t have a ticket to Art in Bloom, you can still visit the NCMA this weekend — the East Building and Museum Park will remain open to the public.

Here are nine more fun events happening this weekend, Friday, March 17-Sunday, March 19.
Friday, March 17
  • St. Patrick’s Day Weekend | Friday, Mar. 17-Saturday, Mar. 18 | 12 p.m.-2 a.m. | Boxcar Bar + Arcade, 330 W. Davie St., Raleigh | Celebrate the Irish with a special cocktail menu, live music, and games.
  • St. Patricks Day Party | Friday, Mar. 17 | 4-10 p.m. | Oaklyn Springs Brewery, 2912 N. Main St., Fuquay-Varina | Free | Listen to live music from Dudley Baggett (6-9 p.m.) and drink green beer.
Saturday, March 18
  • Raleigh Roasts | Saturday, Mar. 18 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Moore Square, 201 S. Blount St., Raleigh | $7-$13 | This annual event celebrates Raleigh’s vibrant cafe culture and coffee roasters.
  • Books + Flowers Grand Opening | Saturday, Mar. 18 | 11 a.m.-5 p.m. | Gather Goods Co., 417 Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary | Free | Explore the new shop, build your own bouquet, and enjoy refreshments.
  • HOMEGROWN Beer & Music Festival | Saturday, Mar. 18 | 1-9 p.m. | Bowstring Pizza and Brewyard, 1930 Wake Forest Rd., Raleigh | $32-$38 | This live music festival features music from some of NC’s hottest talent including Duck, Rebekah Todd, and Boulevards.
  • Sugar On Top Comedy Show | Saturday, Mar. 18 | 7 p.m. | Anisette Sweet Shop, 209 Bickett Blvd, Raleigh | Free | Local comedians Tony Castleberry, Greg Capra, Victoria Quiett, and Helen Wildy will perform.
  • Monster Jam | Saturday, Mar. 18-Sunday, Mar. 19 | Times vary | PNC Arena, 1400 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh | $15-$80 | Witness world-class drivers and recognizable trucks tear up the dirt and compete in intense competitions of speed and skill.
Sunday, March 19
  • Beats and Brunch | Sunday, Mar. 19 | 12-4 p.m. | Killjoy, 116 N West St, Raleigh | $10-$260 | Enjoy music, cocktails, and food in a chill environment.
  • Poses & Popsicles | Sunday, Mar. 19 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Raleigh Popsicles Co., 119 E. Hargett St., Ste. 110, Raleigh | $12 | Children will practice yoga, meditation, and mindfulness exercises through music and games.

We have a calendar filled with events and activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.

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Editor’s Pick
An aisle runs between potted and hanging plants in a covered outdoor market.

Find fresh produce at the NC State Farmers Market.


Photo by RALtoday

  • Who brews the best beer in the City of Oaks? We’re looking to you to help determine Raleigh’s best brewery. Remember to cast your vote in our survey before Monday, March 20 at 12 p.m. + tune in for the next round in next Tuesday’s newsletter.
  • Spring is in the air and local farmers markets are flourishing. Shop local produce at these six farmers markets in and around the City of Oaks.
Great Escapes
Our guide to Helen, GA
NOOGAtoday | Helen part two
Get a taste of Germany in a small town in Georgia. | Photo by @stephdantravel
Check out Helen, GA, an alpine village that’s known for its nature scenes, having one of the best Oktoberfest celebrations in the country, and transforming into a winter wonderland.

From polka dancing, eating Bavarian cuisine + spending time in the mountain scenery, here’s how you can make some cherished memories in Helen.
  • Take a trip to Germany without leaving the country. The town is known for its Bavarian architecture, German cuisine + drinks, and for throwing one of the best Oktoberfest celebrations in the country from September 7-October 29.
  • Learn: Stop by the Helen Arts and Heritage Center to learn more about Helen’s history, check out art exhibits from local artists, and even take classes like pottery + painting.
  • VRBO: Spectacular mountain chalet, short walk to downtown + activities ($270/night)
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  • Summer travel is just around the corner. On our radar: this mid-century modern stay in Martha’s Vineyard. For something a little more tropical, our pick is this seaside cottage in St. John. If international travel is calling your name, this charming home along the French Riviera is for you.*

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