Raleigh Events

Monday Music and Comedy Night
May 29, 2017
Times: 9pm
Venue: O'Malley's Pub & Restaurant
Area: Midtown Raleigh
Admission: Free

O'Malley's neighborhood pub has been serving up refreshing pints, tasty cocktails and savory meals since 1996.

WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest
May 26 – 29, 2017 (Recurring Daily)
Times: Fri., 2-10:30pm; Sat.-Sun., 6am-10:30pm; Mon., 6am-noon
Venue: -- NA --
Area: Fuquay-Varina
Admission: Free

A truly unique, admission-free, family oriented event is coming to Fuquay-Varina this coming Memorial Day Weekend - the Third Annual WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest. Gather with friends and family for outdoor fun as dozens of hot air balloons fill the sky in celebration and remembrance. More than 30 balloon pilots and teams will compete.

WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest will invite the public to a mass ascension of all participating balloons, followed by a balloon "glow" just after sunset on Friday at Fleming Loop Park in Fuquay-Varina. Events continue on Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings with competition balloon flights. Each afternoon/evening spectators will enjoy a mass ascension and a balloon glow with a few of the balloons providing tethered rides benefiting charities.

When the balloons aren't flying, you're invited to enjoy a wide variety of N.C.-based foods along with N.C. State Fair inspired foods as well (40+ different food lines and vendors are planned). Take in live local and regional musicians, enjoy field games for all ages, visit a Merchant, Arts and Craft Village presented by the Fuquay-Varina Chamber of Commerce, watch a Chef's Challenge and more.

8th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition
July 17, 2015 – June 15, 2017
Venue: Downtown Cary
Area: Cary

Cary Visual Art, with support of the Town of Cary, is pleased to present the 8th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, as we celebrate the 19th year CVA's presence as the non-profit public art organization in our community. This exhibition will be juried by Clifford Chieffo. 10 Artists were selected to display their work in Downtown Cary from July 17, 2015, through June 17, 2016.

Dream Big: Engineering Our World
Starting: February 24, 2017 (Recurring Daily)
Times: Visit the event website for show times
Venue: Wells Fargo IMAX Theatre at Marbles
Area: Downtown Raleigh
Admission: TBA

Dream Big: Engineering Our World is the first film of its kind for IMAX® and giant screen theatres that will transform how we think about engineering. From the world's tallest buildings to underwater robots and a solar car race across Australia, Dream Big celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, and shows how engineers push the limits of innovation in unexpected and amazing ways.

Exhibition: "Color Song" by Margie Sawyer and Dawn Rozzo
April 29 – May 31, 2017 (Recurring Daily)
Times: Mon.- Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 1-5pm
Venue: Little Art Gallery and Craft Collection
Area: Midtown Raleigh
Admission: Free

Little Art Gallery and Craft Collection presents "Color Song," paintings by Margie Sawyer and mixed media collage works by Dawn Rozzo. Both are N.C. artists. An opening reception and Meet the Artists will be held on Sat. from 3–5pm.

Exhibition: North Carolina and World War I
April 8, 2017 – January 6, 2019
Times: Mon.-Sat., 9am-5pm; Sun., noon-5pm
Venue: North Carolina Museum of History
Area: Downtown Raleigh
Admission: Free

This free, interactive multimedia exhibit will commemorate the centennial of U.S. entry into World War I and focus on N.C.'s role in the War to End All Wars on the western front in France and Belgium. Visitors will experience a re-created trench warfare environment to discover what life was like for Tar Heel soldiers.
Photo credit: North Carolina Museum of History 

Extreme Weather 3D
Starting: February 3, 2017 (Recurring Daily)
Venue: Wells Fargo IMAX Theatre at Marbles
Area: Downtown Raleigh
Admission: $6+

Weather has always been one of the most dynamic and complex forces shaping our planet, but now it's intensifying in varied and complex ways. Extreme Weather takes us to the frontlines where few have gone. Follow researchers and everyday heroes as they uncover surprising connections to help us understand and adapt to our ever-changing weather.

Ladies Night
March 20 – June 5, 2017 (Every Monday)
Times: 7-10pm
Venue: Hard Knocks
Area: North Raleigh
Admission: Ladies free with $5.99 yearly membership

On Most Mondays, ladies get to enjoy Free Unlimited Combat just for being a member and shooting us a Like on Facebook. Easy, right? You'll enjoy your choice of a military replica weapon for each mission/round of laser tag along with a different scene per mission in one of our 3 8'000 square foot urban themed arenas. Hard Knocks likes to keep you on your toes, so Ladies Night doesn’t happen during summer vacation or school holidays/vacations. Gentlemen, there are also a few options to show off your manly man skills in the arena too, including the Hoo-Rah Pass with unlimited combat from 7-10pm at select locations. 21 and up? Visit the bar as well for a great selection of popular bottled beers with awesome bucket specials!

Memorial Weekend at Chatham Hill Winery
May 27 – 29, 2017 (Recurring Daily)
Times: Sat. 11am-8pm; Sun. 1-5pm; Mon. 11am-5pm
Venue: Chatham Hill Winery and Event Venue
Area: Cary

Stay-Cation? If so, hang around with Chatham Hill Winery all weekend. They'll be tasting wine, doing some touring of the winery, sampling wine from the tank and you can even bring your lawn chair and relax in the 'vineyard' (for us that means two rows of vines in the grass!) and chill. They'll have BBQ sandwiches available for purchase Saturday and Sunday and they'll be firing up the Wine Slushy machine!

RACE: Are We So Different?
April 22 – October 22, 2017 (Recurring Daily)
Times: Mon.-Sat. 10am-5pm; Sun. noon-5pm
Venue: North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Area: Downtown Raleigh
Admission: Free, but tickets are required

What does the word “race” mean to you? This award-winning exhibition looks at race through the lens of science, history and personal experiences to promote a better understanding of human variation. Interactive exhibition components, historical artifacts, iconic objects, compelling photographs and multimedia presentations offer visitors an eye-opening look at this important and timely subject.