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Our curated list of the best things to do the weekend of October 22 - October 25. You've worked hard this week-go have a little fun.
Celebrate 10 Years of Mura
Wish Mura 'Happy Birthday' at their Masquerade Bash. It's their day, but you'll be feeling all the love with a Blue Fin tuna carving station, sushi rolling, ice luge, sake tasting, champagne and more. Yeah, Mura is throwing down for the big 1-0. A decade of serving up delicious sushi in North Hills deserves a big ol' celebration, so that's exactly what they planned. Join them for a masquerade cocktail party featuring a whole lotta eats-Blue Fin tuna, a sushi rolling station, passed hors d'oeuvres-and plenty of sake and champagne to wash it down with. There will be live music, magic and raffles with the proceeds going to the Tammy Lynn Center.
Tickets are $65, grab one here. (Photo via @murasushi)
Visit the NC State Fair
Eat something deep fried and ride the ferris wheel! The NC State Fair is heading to town. Food and agriculture take the stage at the NC State Fair. Not only can your homemade Cheerwine jelly win a ribbon from the home preservation competition, but you could walk away with a pretty penny for your goat or steer. The State Fair is about celebrating food and agriculture in North Carolina while creating healthy competition and has hundreds of (rather unhealthy) foods, from deep fried cookie dough to your traditional corn dogs. There are also a wide variety of carnival games and rides for you to enjoy! And you definitely won't want to miss taking your picture with the largest pumpkin in NC, top! (Photo via @raleighfoodpics)
Pop Up Wine Dinner at 214 Martin
214 Martin is turning up the swank on a Thursday as they team up with Chatham Hill Winery for a wine dinner that's sure to wow. 214 Martin is off-the-beaten path, tucked away back in City Market in DTR. They're doing it up for an evening of fancy eats and drinks, all perfectly paired for the ultimate palate pleasing adventure. You know an evening that starts out with brie, bacon jam and a Chenin Blanc is gonna be a good one! Check the full four course menu here. A wine maker from Chatham Hill will be in attendance to give you a rundown on all the delicious wine you'll be sipping. Grab your $65 ticket here (remember: 5 wines, apps and 4 courses). (Photo via @214martinst)
Sip & Create with Late Night DIY
Get your sparkle fix and DIY your own project with one of Raleigh's quirky-cute boutiques and a glass of wine. We're always psyched to hear about local partnerships, especially when two of Raleigh's sweetest boutiques are joining forces! Periodically, Edge of Urge and Ornamentea host DIY bashes, where you'll make earrings, keychains or something else spunky and sip on wine-all for just $7. In need of a little mid-week love or an early girls night out? Sounds like you've got yourself a date! (Photo via @edgeofurge)
Live It Up for Day of the Dead
Look alive, Raleighites! Day of the Dead celebrations are taking over DT Raleigh with a festive 5K and street fest. Pick out your face paint and pull on your running shoes, it's time for the 5th annual Day of the Dead 5K and Street Festival. Join Centro and your fellow Raleighites in celebrating the impermanence of life with some of the most comforting things-friends, food, flowers and face paint.
If you're not interested in running (zero judgement from us), don't worry, you can still participate in the fun. Expect standard street fest fare-food trucks, local beer and live music as well as some Day of the Dead twists-face painting, a costume contest (why not take your Halloween duds for a test run?), local art and traditional Day of the Dead alter offerings.
Most importantly, the proceeds from the event go to helping the Brentwood Boys and Girls Club provide a safe, stable and productive after school program to the Latino community. Over the last few years, they've contributed over $35,000 to the cause and sponsored hundreds of kids to participate in the 5k or 100 yard dash. That's certainly something we can support! (Photo via @jaydalauren)
Ward off the Cold Season with a Medicinal Herb DIY
Cold season-ain't nobody got time for that! Learn how to beat the misery this year with a workshop on immunity boosting medicinal herbs at Ramble Supply from the fine folks at Full Flower Herbs. We're never in the mood for a runny nose or a nasty cough and we doubt you are either! Ramble Supply and Lindsay Perry of Full Flower Herbs are here to help with a class + DIY session dedicated to the medicinal herbs that can help you stay healthy this winter. You'll learn and discuss specific herbs for supporting and building the immune system, with a focus on growing, foraging, and making your own plant medicine and make (and taste!) elderberry syrup. Everyone will take home an 8 ounce jar of syrup, as well as the recipe and detailed handouts on the material discussed. This yummy remedy will be essential to your winter medicine chest.
RSVP to reserve your spot at firstname.lastname@example.org! (Photo via @fullflowerherbs)
Family-Friendly Fun at the Haunted Mordecai Festival
The annual Haunted Mordecai Festival is back for their family-friendly event of sweet and spooky entertainment. Join the fun at Mordecai Historic Park for the annual Haunted Mordecai Festival on the lawn. This family-friendly event will have crafts and games, a face painter, bounce house, live music and costume contests. Bring your family, dogs and get ready to have some Halloween fun! (Photo via @piczbyz)
Grab a Coffee from WEEKEND
Raleigh's superstar cold brew coffee company is only open in warmer weather. Join them from April until the cold settles in for coffee, tea and homemade poptarts on the patio. Slingshot Coffee's Saturday and Sunday spot is just what the weekend ordered. A cozy patio with top notch cold brew coffee, hot coffee from Counter Culture and homemade poptarts from Yellow Dog Bread Co. is exactly what we need to kickstart our weekend plans or laze away the day. You can also snag ice cream sandwiches from Parlour, nut butters from Big Spoon and other locally made treats.
WEEKEND will be open 8a-2p every Saturday and Sunday until patio weather is no more (probably October). Note: seating is only available outside, but they will still be open when it rains. (Photo via @slingshotcoffee)
Hit the Hops & Shop Market
Browse the Hops and Shop Market, NC's craftiest market, to sample local craft brews, shop the goods of local artisans, snack on free food and support a non-profit. The Hops and Shop Market unites local brew, arts and crafts vendors, farmers and non-profits every month for an event that's not to be missed. The cause rotates every month, check here for more details on each month's non-profit. And the best news of all is a percentage of the beer sales goes to that months selected charity or non-profit! (Photo via @zassdesign)
Pop In to the Pop-Up Market
Peruse local goods and vintage finds at a flea market-style shopping market stocked with food trucks and craft beer, and in support of a good cause. The POP-UP Market is kicking off their 2015 schedule this Sunday! It's a flea-market style, monthly event that gives local businesses, artists and the community a chance to mingle. It's not just art, antiques or food trucks, it's a handpicked mix of all that and more! Goods range from the small (beautiful handmade cards) to the large (revamped vintage furniture).
Every Pop-Up is accompanied by beer and food trucks, and supports a charity. Join them the last Sunday of every month April-November from 12-5p. (Photo via @iamheatherregan)
Suit Up for the Monster Dash
Give your Halloween costume a literal test run at the Monster Dash 5k. "Cameron Village is hosting the Monster Dash, a Halloween themed family-friendly festival featuring a 5k competitive race, 1-mile fun run and 100-yard Monster Dash for the little ones. There will be a costume contest for adults, children and teams (this is a family event so slutty nurse, firefighter, hamburger, whatever costumes stay in the closet!).
A Kids Zone will be provided courtesy of the Alexander Family YMCA. (Photo via @nataliemaiser)
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