GIVEAWAY. Brewgaloo is the largest North Carolina craft beer festival celebrating all things local. This two-day event April 21–22 in downtown Raleigh features over 110 craft breweries from North Carolina, local food trucks, vendors and bands. We’ve partnered with Brewgaloo organizers Shop Local Raleigh to offer a pair of tickets for Brewgaloo’s Friday Night Block Party April 21 from 6–10 p.m. Enter to win by filling out this form. We’ll choose a winner Wednesday, March 29.
A TIME OF NEED. The Triangle restaurant scene is pulling together to support Eddie, the kitchen manager at The Pickled Onion (8511 Cantilever Way, Raleigh) after he suffered a recent stroke. The restaurant will hold a patio parking lot party on Saturday, March 25, 1–8 p.m. The event will feature live music and raffles. A GoFundMe page is available for Eddie, who has spent nine years at the restaurant.
VOTING UPGRADES. The Wake County Board of Elections and Board of Commissioners has approved the purchase of hundreds of specialized ballot-marking devices that will help nearly 18,000 visually impaired people with intuitive interfaces, touch screens, headphones, audio-tactile keypads and braille legends. These devices will be available at every Wake County precinct and Early Voting location.
SKILLS TRAINING. Classic Training Academy in Raleigh (8362 Six Forks Road, Suite 203) will host a ribbon cutting on Friday, May 12, 2–4 p.m. Classic Training Academy is accredited through the North Carolina Community Colleges and offers training as a nurse aide, phlebotomy technician, medication aide, home care provider, pharmacy technician and more.
WOMEN IN SONG. The North Carolina Museum of History will close The Power of Women in Country Music exhibit on Sunday, April 2. To celebrate the exhibit, the museum will host a finale concert as part of its Southern Songbird Series on Saturday, April 1 at 7 p.m. The event will include performances by Eliza Meyer, Alice Gerrard, Kay Justice and Ginny Hawker.
GROWNUPS ONLY. PBR Cary hosts adult spring break on Friday, March 24, 8 p.m.–2 a.m. There is no cover charge before 10 p.m. for those wearing spring break attire, and beachy drink specials will be served all evening. Take pictures in the spring break photo booth and have a chance to win a cooler filled with swag.
Grownups can head over to Dorthea Dix Park’s Flowers Field in Raleigh this Saturday, March 25, noon–5 p.m., for Recess: All Grown Up. Listen to DJ Luxe Posh play ’90s throwbacks and party music, ride a mechanical bull, ascend a climbing wall, try your and (or back) at breakdancing, throw a few axes, play yard games and enjoy a variety of food trucks.
JERSEY GIVEAWAY. Dress for Success Triangle, Merz Aesthetics and NC Courage will be helping Dress for Success collect gently used purses and work bags from fans at the mobile Confidence Boutique at the WakeMed stadium entrance during the game this Saturday, March 25, noon–1:30 p.m. Those who donate will be entered to win an official 2023 NC Courage jersey.
MAKING ROOM. Need more room in your home, attic or office? NCMondernist accepts donations of Modernist furniture, contemporary art, architecture magazines and architecture books. The group will make arrangements for pickup. Contact Rebekah Laney at 865.414.5800 if you have a donation. You can also discuss modernist architecture with NCModernist’s George Smart in the latest Talk of the Triangle podcast.
PICK A POOCH. Unscripted Durham is partnering with The Animal Protection Society of Durham (APS) for a special adoption event on Saturday, March 25, 2–6 p.m. Guests are invited to mingle and enjoy cocktails with APS adoptable dogs for a social hour at the Studio inside Unscripted. Visitors will be able to provide dog treats to the on-site dogs courtesy of Oliver’s Collar.
GAMBLING FUN. Olde Raleigh Distillery hosts Casino Night on Saturday, March 25, 7–10 p.m.—a fundraiser for American Heroes for North Carolina. Tickets are available for players and nonplayers (standing room). Prizes are included. Gamblers receive buy-in chips, dinner from Armando’s, and an Olde Raleigh cocktail for $75.00! If gambling isn’t your thing, you can still enjoy the free food and cheer on your favorite players for $25.00.
TRAFFIC TANGLE. The North Carolina Department of Transportation plans to rebuild the intersection where Interstate 40 meets U.S. 1, U.S. 64 and I-440 at the Crossroads shopping area, according to the News & Observer. NCDOT is seeking feedback on the plan for the interchange, where Raleigh meets Cary. Construction will begin in late 2025.
IMMERSE YOURSELF. “Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience” takes place at Pleasant Valley Promenade (6240 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in April, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. The exhibit features a 20,000-square-foot light and sound show including two-story projections of the artist’s most famous works. The visit takes 60–75 minutes.
KIDS NIGHT OUT. Drop children ages 5–10 off for a kids-only evening of hands-on fun during Kids Night Out at the Museum of Life and Science in Durham Friday, March 24, 5:30–8:30 p.m. They will eat pizza, play games, explore exhibits and work together on science experiments while parents enjoy a few hours to themselves.
NEW NOSHES. The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar in North Hills has introduced several new menu items, perfect for the entire family. The Not From Nashville Chicken Sandwich is among the sandwich additions. If you like milkshakes, enjoy a lemon meringue pie shake or a bedrock blast shake that includes Fruity Pebbles cereal. The kids are sure to love that, as well as the Malaysian chicken lollipops.
FOODIE NEWS. Chef Kyle Teears from Craften in Knightdale took home the $10,000 grand prize Wednesday at Cooking for the Kids, a competition benefitting Overflowing Hands that features some of the Triangle’s premier chefs, with guests and culinary judges deciding which chef advances to the next round. Teears’ menu included grilled, baked and cloister honey-glazed sweet potato (appetizer), chargrilled Wagyu sirloin (main course), and sweet potato crust Cheerwine chess pie (dessert).
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille in Raleigh just unveiled a brand-new menu honoring active and former military across the Triangle that gives local heroes the opportunity to enjoy the Perry’s Rare and Well Done dining experience. This includes three courses for $39. Active and former members of the military can choose from six choices for each course, including soup or salad, a lunch-cut portion of Perry’s pork chop or filet mignon, an 8-ounce side and a dessert. See the full menu details here.
CONCERT NEWS. Grammy-winning artists Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers will perform in Raleigh’s Meymandi Concert Hall at the Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, June 6 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 17 at 10 a.m. and are available at the venue box office and online. Hornsby is best known for his 1986 hit, “The Way It Is.”
Toad the Wet Sprocket comes to the Carolina Theatre of Durham on the All You Want Tour with special guest Marcy Playground on Monday, June 12, at 8 p.m. The band is known for hits such as “All I Want” and “Something’s Always Wrong.” The event includes meet-and-greet options.
HIPPITY, HOPPITY. The Easter Bunny is visiting Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh March 18–April 8. Reserve a spot on the springtime set for photos, and select one of six golden eggs for a chance to win a $25 gift card to Ultimate Comics and a bath balm from LUSH. Each visitor receives one egg with a small toy prize—and a chance to win more.
VISUAL BEAUTY. The 2023 Brewster International Kaleidoscope Expo comes to Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley from May 18–21. The event is called “Flights of Imagination” and several exhibiting artists will be on hand. The Brewster Kaleidoscope Society is a group of artists who design and create kaleidoscopes. Learn more about the expo here.