Skate Raleigh Breaks Ground, St. Patrick’s Day Fun, Art Blooms in Raleigh and Beyond

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GROUNDBREAKING. Skate Raleigh will break ground on the Conlon Family Skatepark project on Wednesday, March 22 at 9 a.m. Located on Dortch Street between West Street and Capital Boulevard, the park will provide a safe environment for kids and adults with amenities that will drive economic activity. 

NEW MAGAZINE! Are you ready for the debut isse of Triangle Family magazine? Pick up a copy at our launch party on Saturday, March 18, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., at Sassool in Cary. We’ll also have copies of the March/April issues of Triangle Family’s sister magazines, Midtown and 5 West. Enjoy delicious bites from Sassool, enter a giveaway and meet members of Triangle Family’s staff. Can’t wait to see you there!

GO GREEN. Stop by any Dram & Draught through through Sunday, March 19, for a special Irish coffee made in partnership with The Dead Rabbit Pub in New York City. You can also enjoy a Bushmills Irish whiskey flight and plenty of Guinness. Dram & Draught has Triangle locations in Raleigh, Cary and Durham. 

Meanwhile at Boxcar Bar + Arcade in Raleigh on Friday, March 17, there will be a St. Patrick’s Day cocktail menu, $3 Fireball shots and DJ Handsome Robb, 8–11 p.m. Then on Saturday, March 18, there will be $5 Boxcar green tea shots and live music from 22 Strings (3–6 p.m.) and DJ Atlas (8–11 p.m.). Looking for more St. Patrick’s Day fun? Triangle on the Cheap has a great list of celebrations here

Unscripted Durham invites guests to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Friday, March 17 with festive Irish-inspired cocktails and bites. Highlights include specialty cocktails such as an Irish Old Fashioned (Jameson Orange, orange bitters, simple syrup, muddled cherry and orange); Luck of the Irish (Jameson, peach schnapps, pineapple juice, and Sprite); Pot of Gold (Jameson Black Barrel, cranberry juice and raspberry liquer); and Baby Guinness (coffee liqueur layered with heavy cream). Light bites will include reuben sliders.

Photo by Melissa Wistehuff

ART BLOOMS! The North Carolina Museum of Art’s annual “Art in Bloom” exhibit, which runs March 15–19, is so popular, it has already sold out! The museum’s East Building and park will remain open to the public during the exhibit. The East Building closes at 5 p.m. each day. The museum’s staff encourages all visitors to arrive on campus early, allowing ample time for parking and walking to the galleries. Learn more about “Art in Bloom” here.  Photo by Melissa Wistehuff.

The annual Biltmore Blooms celebration runs April 1–May 25. New this spring, guests can explore Italian-themed experiences that complement Biltmore’s newest exhibition, “Italian Renaissance Alive.” Thousands of daffodils, crocus and Biltmore’s iconic tulips are emerging across the grounds. The tulips that honor George Vanderbilt’s Dutch heritage are a mix of red, orange, purple, apricot, white and yellow blooms in the Walled Garden.

The 34th annual Oakwood Garden Tour is set for Saturday, April 15 and Sunday, April 16, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. The private gardens on this year’s walking tour range from small, intimate patio settings to large gardens and even include a babbling pond. Guests can enjoy tea and refreshments from local establishments such as Tin Roof Teas, Yellow Dog Bakery and Posh Nosh Catering. 

FUNDRAISING. The Sanderson High School Foundation hosts the Midtown Throwdown doubles tennis tournament at Quail Hollow Swim & Tennis Club in Raleigh on Saturday, March 25, 1–9 p.m. The tournament includes adult and student brackets. Sign up individually ($50) or as a doubles team ($100). The event raises funds for strategic needs at the high school.

TAKE A SIP.  Olde Raleigh Distillery hosts Casino Night on Saturday, March 25, 7–10 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for American Heroes for North Carolina. Armando’s will provide wings, mozzarella sticks, penne alla vodka  and caesar salad. A cocktail is included with ticket purchase. Tickets are available for players and nonplayers (standing room). Prizes are included.

Homegrown Beer and Music Festival is set for Bowstring Pizza and Brewery (1930 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh) on Saturday, March 18, 1–9 p.m. Live performances from North Carolina musicians include Duck, Rebekah Todd, Boulevards, Sam Fribush Organ Trio and Isaac Hadden Organ Trio. 

The Friends of the City of Raleigh (COR) Museum will host a Raleigh Roasts fundraising event on Saturday, March 18 in the city’s historic Moore Square Park, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Guests can taste coffee, tea and treats from local vendors while enjoying live music and food trucks. A VIP tasting with mimosas and other goodies is available for museum members at 9 a.m.

Photo courtesy of Search in the City

SCAVENGER HUNT. Search in the City presents the Take Me Out to the Ball Game Scavenger Hunt on select Sundays, two hours prior to Durham Bulls home games. The photo-and-go hunt is a 90-minute event that involves finding a variety of bulls around Durham. The first hunt takes place on April 2 at 3:05 p.m. Teams of 3–6 are recommended. 

SOCCER GAMING. The National Women’s Soccer League will go virtual across all platforms on FIFA 23 and EA Sports beginning Wednesday, March 15. All 12 NWSL teams, including the North Carolina Courage, will be present within Kick Off, Tournament Mode, Head-to-Head season/Co-op seasons and Online Friendlies. FIFA 23 will include four NWSL stadiums, along with authentic kits, starheads, trophies and celebrations.

Photo by Magdalena Stefanek Photography

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.

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