Dine Out Downtown began in 2020 as a way to help support local restaurants affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The local event took place during two weekends in Oct. + Nov. and brought in ~250 individuals for table service.
The Downtown Raleigh Alliance recently announced that it is relaunching the initiative beginning Sat., April 3 from 5–9 p.m.
Here’s what you can expect: Every Saturday (weather permitting) in April, May, and June, visitors are invited to enjoy dinner from local restaurants as they dine outdoors on closed streets + listen to live music. Each Saturday will explore a different downtown location.
• April 3 | Fayetteville St. • April 10 | Glenwood South • April 17 | Warehouse District • April 24 | Fayetteville St.
How can you participate? Look at the list of participating restaurants each week and check availability for extended outdoor restaurant seating (you may also make a reservation). If you’re not quite comfortable dining out yet, you can also support Dine Out Downtown by ordering take-out from a local restaurant and eating outside at an open table provided by DRA.
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Weather ○77º | Showers | 70%chance of rain 🌧️
Development ○ Trinsic Development Services has filed a rezoning request for a 16.2-acre, mixed-use development at the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and Estes Dr. The proposed development — called Aura — would feature 419 apartments and townhouses + 15,000 sqft of commercial space. 🏠 (Chapelboro)
Health ○ A new UNC program is seeking to increase the number of Black doulas in NC. The program will use funding from the C. Felix Harvey Award (a $75,000 grant) to train 20 Black women from the Triangle area as birth doulas. Learn more about the program here. 🍼
Edu ○NC State recently launched its Data Science Academy — an effort to meet the growing needs of data science research, education + expertise in NC. The academy aims to make data sciences courses available to all students regardless of major and create an undergraduate data science minor. 💻 ○US Foods is now accepting applications from Wake Tech students for this year’s scholarship program — which gives students $20,000 to support their continued education + professional culinary training. Learn more and apply here. 🧑🍳
Community ○Mark your calendar. The Town of Cary virtually celebrates its 150th anniversary on Sat., Apr. 3. Starting at 8 p.m., residents will enjoy a short video honoring Cary’s past and present — followed by musical performances by the Chatham Rabbits + Hiss Golden Messenger. Tune in here. 🎶
Dish ○Lawrence Barbecue is hosting a pop-up Thurs., Apr.8. The event will be a part of St. Roch’s Friends With Benefits monthly dinner series. Chef Jake Wood will preview multiple dishes from his forthcoming restaurant — including the bacon-cured brisket sando, grilled oysters + classic pulled pork platter. 🍽️ (Raleigh Magazine)
Arts ○ Local visual artists are invited to submit artwork for Sertoma Arts Center’s 2022 Gallery Program. All mediums are welcome to apply, as well as solo + group artist shows. Submissions are due by Weds., June 30. Click here for more information. 🎨
Ranked ○ The Research Triangle ranked No. 8 on Savills’ list of the top 20 science cities in the world— next to Beijing, Tokyo + London. The list is based on multiple factors including human capital, lifestyle indicators, and the flow of funding into each city. 🧪(Triangle Business Journal)
Coronavirus ○The Friday Center — located at 100 Friday Center Dr., in Chapel Hill (near Meadowmont) — is offering leftover vaccines at the end of each day. UNC Health advises individuals interested in receiving a vaccine to follow this Twitter account, which will alert people of any remaining doses — between 4:15 + 4:30 p.m. 💉(WRAL)
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Finance ○ This no annual fee, cash back credit card has a $200 bonus offer + 3% cash back on the category of your choice (think: online shopping, dining, travel, or home improvement).More perks? 0% interest for 15 months plus a 75% bonus reward for qualified customers. Ⓟ
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The tulips have bloomed at Eno River Farm and are ready to go home with you. The farm (located at 2127 St Marys Rd.) is now inviting visitors to cut their own tulips. Each stem is $1 + sanitized scissors and buckets will be provided. Eno River Farm is open Mon.–Thurs. from 9–6 p.m. and Fri.–Sun. from 9–7 p.m. 🌷
ProTip: Want to reward yourself after all the hard work cutting tulips? Head to the on-site creamery for some homemade ice cream.
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Learn ○ The Ambient Life of a Story | Wed., Mar. 31 | 7–8:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Award-winning author Donna Washington will teach a workshop on how to bring stories to life with sound. 📚
Outdoors ○ SAGE Walk and Talk | Wed., Mar. 31 | 10–11 a.m. | Various locations | Free | SAGE — an advocacy & service organization for the LGBTQ+ senior community — is hosting their weekly walk and talk. 🥾
Film ○ Godzilla & Kong | Wed., Mar. 31 | TBD | Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre | $8 | Enjoy the big screen from the comfort of your car. 🎥
PlanAhead ○ Mat Yoga in the Garden with Stef | Thurs., Apr. 1 | 11 a.m.–12 p.m. | The Well Fed Community Garden, 1321 Athens Dr. | $10 | An outdoor yoga class for those looking to relax in nature.
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.