Our curated list of the best things to do the weekend of November 19th - November 22nd. You've worked hard this week-go have a little fun.
Gather Goods, Raleigh-- Come learn how to make beautiful, natural, seasonal wreaths using local flora. These long-lasting wreaths are a perfect way to decorate your home, celebrate the season or give as a unique gift.
"Gather is undergoing a big transition! It's relocating from Cary to Raleigh and that means a little confusion! Their new shop is located at 715 N. Person Street, but the entrance is is located near Oak City Cycling at 212 E. Franklin Street. All classes will be taught at this location from now on and the shop will open in late October/early November!
Gather is kind of perfect. Especially if you're an arts entrepreneur, love shopping local and always looking to get your hands dirty with another project. Gather functions as a beautiful (and plant filled) gift shop and classroom featuring curated selection of artisanal products, such as local foods, plants and terrariums, jewelry, apparel and accessories, note cards, the list goes on...
Gather also hosts classes and workshops for those eager to expand their horizons. Classes range from floral arranging and crafting to classes on how to launch a new biz." $50 (Photo via @gathercreatives)
The Carrack Modern Art, Durham-- Even art un-enthusiasts will become fans of all the incredible and unconventional art when Third Friday takes over the Bull City.
"Durham is an artsy city, but during every Third Friday of the month it gets particularly full of eclectic art and people. Artists and audiences collide in a cultural explosion at Third Friday, a day dedicated to self-guided tours of Durham's artistic hotspots. There are a ton of things to see and visit during Durham's art explosion and locations can change each time, so it's probably best to keep up with their calendar to stay up to date on where to venture and art-hang! Durham Fresh Daily has some useful maps too.
Highlights: Golden Belt (originally a historic textile mill that has now been repurposed into an aggregate of lofts, studios, restaurants and shops) comes alive with music, art exhibits, local talents and more. If you wanna learn up on the local arts scene or just on art in general, this is your go-to spot. Other must-dos include Durham Arts Council, Pleaides Gallery, the Carrack, and the Makery.
Don't know where to begin? Don't worry. We recommend newcomers just mosey around town and follow wherever music and bright colors take you. You're bound to find something amazing!" Free (Photo via @the_carrack)
Edge of Urge, Raleigh-- Come make yourself a custom leather cuff, drink some wine and celebrate DIY (aka doin' it yo-self) with Ornamentea and Edge of Urge!
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! $7 (Photo via @edgeofurge)
The Durham Hotel, Durham-- Sound Salon, a monthly listening party with DJs, vinyl and lots of dancing, takes over the rooftop at The Durham Hotel.
Kickoff your weekend by dancing on the roof! Head over to The Durham Hotel for Sound Salon, a monthly listening party hosted in different spaces throughout Durham, where local DJs show off their skills and you get to boogie all night long. This particular installment will feature Karin S, DJ Don Knotts, Frankfurther and lots and lots of retro jams. Admission is free. FREE
(Photo via @aelsbeth)
Kings, Raleigh-- We know you need a good laugh more often than once a month, but it's hard to pass up a cheap show. The Dangling Loafers perform stand up comedy once a month at Kings Barcade.
"On the third Friday of every month, the Dangling Loafers put on a stand-up show at the Kings Barcade-- and it'll probably be the highlight of your month if you enjoy a good chuckle. You'll laugh a lot, and you'll definitely laugh hard (i.e. be careful when taking a sip of your drink during the middle of a joke, you might spray it everywhere while laughing). They bring in at least one featured comedian every month, along with some of the top notch local comedians! The show runs from 8-9:30 pm, so don't be late!
By the way, this is great date idea for settling those first date jitters and for people who are already coupled up and just want to wind down with some comic relief after a tough week!
City Plaza, Raleigh-- Grab your mittens and scarves! Head over to the Ipreo Raleigh Winterfest Ice Rink to show off your skatin' skills.
"Make your way to the heart of downtown Raleigh for the city's premier holiday event. The Ipreo Raleigh Winterfest is a two-month long extravaganza featuring an outdoor skating rink with natural ice. Grab your friends, family or a date (really anyone but Tonya Harding) to strap on some skates and have some toe-numbing fun. It doesn't matter if you're on par with Michelle Kwan or you're more inclined to be clinging to the sides (that's where we'll be), you're sure to have a good time gliding across the ice and soaking up the festive decorations and lights adorning Fayetteville Street.
Make sure you check the rink hours! $10 includes a skate rental." $10
(Photo via @downtownraleighalliance)
The Pinhook, Durham-- "The Pinhook: a bar for partying and PBR."
The above teaser is the perfect epitaph for this Durham staple, but we hope it never ever ceases. The Pinhook has a bar with various cocktails and great brews for a killer price, but it's the whacky interior- giant spider, free-for-all dance poles, glitter, a mural of a panda holding a beer and shooting rainbows from its mouth (yep)- and the hyper-energy events that keep it in our hearts. If it isn't a concert, it's a dance party, and we're just gonna put it out there- the parties are even bigger, better, and wilder than the shows. Grab some dancey friends, a sick pair of kicks, and vogue the night away (with a beer can in hand, of course)! $ (Photo via @taylovebug)
Crank Arm Brewing Company, Raleigh-- Oaks & Spokes is presenting the second annual Cranksgiving Raleigh - a food drive meets bike ride aimed at collecting food donations in support of the Raleigh Rescue Mission.
"The second annual mobile food drive kicks off at Crank Arm Brewing. If you sign up you'll be doing double duty - cruising around Raleigh on your bike and collecting food donations to support Raleigh Rescue Mission. You'll ride from grocery stores to farmers markets collecting goods and then return to Crank Arm for a celebratory weigh-in, raffle and some brews. Registration is free, but it's recommended that your bring $15-20 in cash to buy goods.
Last year's event, Raleigh's first Cranksgiving, was a success with over 620 pounds of food collected including frozen turkeys, hams and more. If riding isn't your thing, you can still come out to Crank Arm to support the event" FREE (Photo via @hamptonscranksgiving)
Doyle's Vineyard, Durham-- Movies and wine go together like Hall & Oates, Burt & Ernie, and PB&J. Soak in the breeze on the lawn while sipping local wine from Doyle's Vineyard - there's nothing more romantic!
The quaint Doyle's Vinyard opens its lush outdoor space to moonlit movie gazing. And did we mention it's free? Roll up after 6p (movies start at 8p, but you'll wanna get there early and claim your space!), bring some lawn chairs, and enjoy blockbuster classics with local vino (or soda and water for purchase if you're packin' some little ones), food truck desserts and wine slushies!
Weather got you down? No worries - if it's too cold, then the screening will take place in the "cave", their equally classy indoor drinking area. Cheers! FREE (Photo via @doylesvineyard)
North Hills, Raleigh-- Enjoy coffee and hot cider as you knock out some holiday shopping and earn Christmas Cash. Stick around to watch for the annual tree lighting celebration.
"North Hills is hosting a Holiday Sip & Shop - you sip on complimentary coffee and hot cider while shopping around North Hills. You'll earn Christmas Cash along the way.
Stick around until 6p for the annual Tree Lighting Celebration, a family friendly event that kicks off at 4p with live music. The tree lighting will be followed by pictures with Santa, face painting, Christmas crafts and more." FREE (Photo via @visitnorthhills)
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