Plus, escape to Baton Rouge
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Today's Note
City Editor Cat here. I can't wait to eat my way through City Plaza this Saturday, June 3 at Raleigh's International Food Festival. Downtown will be filled with food, desserts, wine, and beer from 60 countries and there will be dancing and music. Keep reading for 10 more exciting things happening this weekend.
Friday, May 26
  • Animazement 2023 | Friday, May 26-Sunday, May 28 | Times vary | Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh | Enjoy concerts, panels, artwork, and more at this Japanese animation and culture convention.
  • Carolina Fear Fest | Friday, May 26-Sunday, May 28 | Times vary | NC State Fairgrounds - Jim Graham Building, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh | $35-$125 | Celebrate all things horror with celebrity guests, shopping, and unique entertainment.
  • WCKD WKND 2023 | Friday, May 26 | Times vary | The Wicked Witch, 416 W. South St., Raleigh | $15-$60 | The Triangle’s only goth music festival returns with DJs and dance parties for three days.
Saturday, May 27
  • Soul Yoga | Saturday, May 27 | 9:30-10:30 a.m. | CAM Raleigh, 409 W. Martin St., Raleigh | $15 | This class provides attendees of all skill levels and backgrounds with an interaction between mind, breath, and soul.
  • African American History Walking Tour | Saturday, May 27 | 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | 23 W. Hargett St., Raleigh | $20 | Learn about the history of Black Main Street.
  • Children’s Entrepreneur Market | Saturday, May 27 | 12-3 p.m. | Fortnight Brewing Company, 1006 Southwest Maynard Rd., Cary | Free | Support young entrepreneurs as they showcase their unique products and services from homemade crafts, artwork, and jewelry to pet-sitting services, lawn care, and tech support.
  • The Backseat Lovers | Saturday, May 27 | 7 p.m. | The Ritz Raleigh, 2820 Industrial Dr., Raleigh | $120-$425 | See this alt-rock band perform live on the Waiting To Spill World Tour.
Sunday, May 28
  • NC Sugar Rush | Sunday, May 28 | 12-5 p.m. | City Plaza, 443 Fayetteville St., Raleigh | Free | Dessert vendors will be on site to satisfy your cravings for sweets, including vegan desserts and pet treats.
  • “Be A Kid Again!” Dinner with Chef Lemar Farrington | Sunday, May 28 | 7-9 p.m. | Joy Worthy Co., 131 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh | $89 | Join Chef Farrington as he elevates your favorite childhood foods.
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From the editor
A morning bun from Boulted Bread's new location.

Wake up early for the Morning Bun at Boulted Bread.


Photo by RALtoday

  • In case you missed it, Boulted Bread moved and is now open at its new, larger bakery. Head to 328 Dupont. Cir. to grab a sweet or savory treat (you won’t regret it).
  • Looking for a tasty, local lunch spot that doesn’t break the bank? We’re here for you, Raleigh. Check out our list of 25+ places where a lunch for one costs $12 or less.
Plan Ahead
Great Escapes
Our Guide to Baton Rouge, LA
State Capitol Park, Baton Rouge
Visit the Capitol Gardens for a break from the big city bustle. | Photo by @evrentrx
One thing we love about Baton Rouge is how much pride the city has in its history. The food, the music, and the people are all a reflection of the rich cultures that make this city so special.
  • Why go? The rich Creole and Cajun cultures here make for an unforgettable food experience. We suggest booking a food tour for any fellow food nerds.
  • Outdoors: Baton Rouge Zoo. Newly-renovated and just 15 minutes from the heart of downtown, this is a great family-friendly excursion.
  • Vrbo: Going with a group? This charming stay offers four bedrooms + a full kitchen. (~$285/night)*
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