The best things to do in Raleigh this weekend, Nov. 5- Nov. 8

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

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Our curated list of the best things to do the weekend of November 5 - November 8. You've worked hard this week-go have a little fun.

DIY Terrariums for First Friday

Ramble Supply Co. - Combine your love for tiny plants and wine on First Friday. Ramble Supply is hosting a DIY terrarium bar with tiny plant experts The Zen Succulent.

"Join Ramble Supply for a special First Friday event featuring the expertise of The Zen Succulent. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Megan George will help you craft your own terrarium with sand, stone, moss and air plants. There will be wine to fuel your creativity! The event is designed to be drop in, so you can arrive anytime between 6 and 9p, but we'd advise reserving a spot beforehand. Space is limited!"

RSVP at to hold your spot. A ticket is $35 and includes all materials. And yes, wine is a material! (Photo via @thezensucculent)

Pop Bottles for the FLIGHT Pop-Up Shop Grand Opening

FLIGHT Pop-Up - Raleigh FLIGHT is a brand new pop-up shop in DTR with proceeds going to improving Raleigh. That's something we can rally behind. You know what else we can get behind? A grand opening with cake and bubbly!

"FLIGHT is a fund to propel urban projects--projects that'll make Raleigh awesome. FLIGHT Pop-Up Shop will help fuel the cause. Yeah, it's pretty badass and 100 percent in the spirit of FLIGHT's mission, collaborating and activating an urban space into something colorful, creative and charitable!"

Some of Raleigh's ambitious visionaries, makers and awesome citizens, including Deco Raleigh and Edge of Urge, are partnering to offer a unique, curated collection of amazing goods, most of which you won't be able to find anywhere else in Raleigh (including at either store involved!). It'll only be around for two months, so come be a part of the the opening event on First Friday. There will be cake, snacks, and you better believe they'll be poppin' bottles to celebrate!

10 percent of all sales fuel the FLIGHT fund. The event is free. (Photo via @flightraleigh)

Sunday Funday Champagne Class

Bittersweet Raleigh - Pop bottles at Bittersweet's special course covering all things sparkling wine. You'll learn about seven varieties of bubbly from around the globe and, more importantly, taste seven varieties.

"Any Sunday spent at Bittersweet would be considered a Sunday Funday, but throw in Champagne 101, and we're in for a real treat. Yes, Bittersweet's latest installment is all things Champagne, Prosecco, Cava and more. If you enroll you will get to try 7 different types of bubbly, learn the difference between Cava, Champagne, Prosecco and more from a certified Sommelier and Specialist of Wine. To keep you thinking straight, there will be three desserts that pair well with these lovely wines. You will also have the option to buy any of the wines at wholesale price (an offer hard to resist, especially with our bellies full of bubbles and our heads a little fuzzy).

Bittersweet's classes sell out fast, so call (919) 977-3829 ASAP to sign up! $40."

(Photo via @bittersweetraleigh)

Warrior Pose with Yoga for Veterans

The Stockroom - Join "You Call This Yoga" for a donation-based yoga class in the beautiful setting of The Stockroom 230. Proceeds from the class support their new programming for military personnel and veterans.

"Spend Veterans Day with You Call This Yoga and a local yogi immersing yourself in a unique kundalini yoga experience in The Stockroom 230. The class is open to all levels and is donation-based, so pay what you can! All proceeds will help You Call This Yoga with new programming for military personnel, veterans and their families. The class begins at 6p, but it's recommended you arrive early. Snag a spot here.

You Call This Yoga is dedicated to helping the physically challenged and under-served improve their life with yoga."

(Photo via @thestockroomat230)

See Bond Like You've Never Seen Him Before

IMAX Theatre at Marbles - Dress the part as you join Marbles for a special viewing of the new Bond movie Spectre. There will be a martini bar and costume contest. Remember, shaken, not stirred.

"If you've been waiting to see Daniel Craig take the screen as Bond again, you wanna do it right. Join Marbles for a special IMAX viewing party of Spectre equipped with drink specials (you better believe there will be martinis) and a costume contest. Props to anyone who comes as Jinx (aka Halle Berry's Bond Girl)!

Doors open at 5:45 p.m. and the show begins promptly at 7 p.m.. A ticket to the 7 p.m. show gets you into the event and the after party. All ticket and bar proceeds will go to Marbles Kids Museum. Following the movie, Adam Pitts will perform at the London Bridge Pub to close out a great night!" $14

(Photo via @bigbigfoodie)

Hit BBQ & Bluegrass Before Chatham County Line

The Ritz- Raleigh - Pre-game the Chatham County Line concert with a BBQ & Bluegrass benefit for Triangle Family Services. Feast on good eats and drinks before entering the show. The Ritz has been a staple of live music in Raleigh for years, but a recent face lift has elevated it from a well-worn venue to a place that feels brand spankin' new.

Major renovations include new restrooms, stage, sound & lights, air conditioning, an outdoor patio and an all new VIP area upstairs. It's a whole new Ritz Raleigh with the same attitude of the old Ritz! $10

(Photo via @jkline919)

Grand Opening Party with Singin' in the Rain and the Gregg Gelb Jazz Quintet

North Carolina Museum of Art - Celebrate the reopening with live music and drinks before the screening of Singin' in the Rain.

"The NCMA recently unveiled their totally refurbished SECU Auditorium with features like all-new seating and a 2K digital cinema projection system. They've upped their game, including their policy on food. Concessions will be allowed in the theater for the first time ever.

To celebrate the reopening, NCMA will show two masterpieces of American cinema plus a cult classic inspired by M. C. Escher. It's best to purchase tickets in advance!" $9+

(Photo via @singinau)

The Handmade Market

Cobblestone Hall - The Handmade Market is a gathering of over 50 of Raleigh's best indie artists in the area. Come browse, buy and find some inspiration from fine art, jewelry, paper goods, home accessories and more.

"The Handmade Market is one of the many maker shows put on by The Handmaidens, a group of local movers and shakers in the indie craft movement. This indoor designer craft market features fine art, apparel, jewelry, accessories, housewares, paper goods, and more, so you can find something awesome for yourself (you deserve it!), start your holiday shopping early, grab a surprise gift for a friend or just check out all the amazing local talent.

This show is special because the over 50 juried artists were picked and organized by The Handmaidens. The market runs most of Saturday 11/15, but you can get a sneak peek for $5 (and get your shopping done early) Friday from 7-9 p.m." Free

(Photo via @thehandmaidens)

Watch Raleigh's 'No Hand King' on the Big Screen

Rialto Theatre - You've seen him poppin' wheelies around town, now you can see him on the big screen. Local filmmaker Patrick Shanahan directed a documentary about Raleigh's No Hand King.

"You've definitely seen Rodney Hines pedaling around town on a bike decked out in American flags. Here's your chance to get to know the real Rodney Hines, aka the No Hand King, through an intimate documentary from local filmmaker and artist Patrick Shanahan. Catch a sneak peek here.

Come out to the Rialto Theatre on Glenwood for private screenings at 6 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. It's $10 at the door (bring cash) and there will be wine, beer and movie snacks available for purchase." $10

(Photo via @mboykin33)

Bop Over to Tir na nOgs for Beer and Banjos

Tir na nOgs Irish Pub - Every Tuesday, wash down your favorite IPA's and tasty bar eats with some bangin' bluegrass, folk or Americana!

"Tir na nOgs announced it will close on 11/22/15 after 18 years in business. It's not all sad news though. Neighboring restaurant, Bida Manda, will take over the space for an exciting new concept. The concept is said to feature a brewery, flower shop, bookstore and dim sum shop.

Looking to liven up the start of your week but couldn't make it out to Tir na nOgs Monday Comedy Night? No problem! Make a move for Moore Square on Tuesday and settle in for a few hours of Beer and Banjos in our favorite, Irish pub. These guys are highlighting the greatest acoustic all-stars out there.

Nothing sets the stage for banjo sounds better than the pub's rustic, laid-back interior. Come out each week to see what local or national banjo-strummin' and guitar-pluckin' acts will be gracing the Tir na nOg stage next!" Free

(Photo via @beerandbanjos)

Kick Off the Holiday Season at the Holiday Bazaar

City Market - After the DTR Christmas Parade, hit the City Market Holiday Bazaar for the chance to shop local vendors, snack on baked goods, listen to carolers and pay Santa a visit.

It's never too early to get your holiday shopping started. Browse the City Market Bazaar for gifts for you, the family or to deck out your house for the season. The market starts after the Christmas parade, so you'll really be in the spirit to get some shopping done. Things get more festive with appearances by carolers, The Oakwood Waits, Raleigh City Ballet's "Nutcracker" and Santa. Santa will be doing photos for the kids' perfect Christmas card opportunity! FREE

(Photo via @tericatherine)

Watch the Carolina Hurricanes

PNC Arena - Come watch the Hurricanes blow away their opponents, where icing means more than just a cupcake topping.

The Carolina Hurricanes play in the Metropolitan Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). They are the only major league professional sports team to play in Raleigh. They were transplanted to Raleigh from Hartford Connecticut in 1997. Since then, they've won two conference championships (2001-02, 2005-06) and one Stanley Cup (2005-06). $

(Photo via @tericatherine)

Hit the Hops & Shop Market

City 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! FREE

(Photo via @zassdesign)


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