Can't wait for the weekend? Our fun picks will help you get through the work week.
Take a Summer Fruit Desserts Class at A Southern Season in Chapel Hill and learn how to make seasonal treats from baking expert Caroline Bretherton. Tickets are $45. The class starts at 6 p.m.
Triangle Rising Stars is like Disney's High School Musical - in real life! This regional competition brings together high school musical theater students from Central and Eastern North Carolina to perform and compete for the chance to represent the Triangle in the national finals in New York City. Tickets are $10 for the 7 p.m. DPAC show.
Catch indie pop bands Dear Blanca, Keath Mead and Weird Pennies at Cat's Cradle starting at 8:30 p.m.
Riverdance starts at DPAC tonight and continues through Sunday, Drawing on Irish traditions, the show is known for capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures in an exciting blend of dance, music and song.
Deep South's Open Mic Night has been voted the "Best of Open Mic" for six years in a row by The Independent. Musicians of all ages can try it Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in downtown Raleigh.
Spirits and chocolate - a great combination, right? Come celebrate one of the best cocktails around, the Negroni, at Crude Bitters and Sodas in Raleigh as part of the Negroni Week Fundraiser with Crude and Videri Chocolate. You'll sample the classic negroni and then have some fun playing around with bitters and pairing the cocktails with Videri Chocolate while learning about the history of Count Negroni.
The Durham Bulls' wildly popular Bark in the Park event gives you the chance to bring your four-legged friends out to the ballpark. The game starts at 7 p.m.
Love the sound of a New Orleans-style brass band? Then you might enjoy the Dirty Dozen Brass Band at Motorco Music Hall in Durham tonight at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $17.
Learn how you can be involved in fighting the global water crisis while having some drinks and playing games at Wine To Water: Just One Shift at Boxcar Bar + Arcade in downtown Raleigh. Boxcar will be donating 15 percent of bar sales to the nonprofit from 4 p.m. to midnight.
Critically acclaimed singer-songwriter James McCartney, the only son of Paul and Linda McCartney, will play at Local 506 in Chapel Hill tonight at 9 p.m.
Tonight at the Midtown Beach Music Series at North Hills, catch Spare Change at 6 p.m.
95.3, the Triangle's alternative music station, is hosting a free block party/concert at Red Hat Amphitheater tonight at 7 p.m. No ticket is required to see Lord Huron & Nathaniel Rateliff and The Night Sweats, but get there early to beat the crowds.
Also at 7 p.m., it's DURM Night at the Durham Bulls Baseball Park. In a celebration of the city of Durham, the Bulls will wear special jerseys designed by the Durham-based clothing company.
B.o.B will perform at the Lincoln Theater in downtown Raleigh tonight at 8 p.m.
Everyone loves the movie Jumanji - and tonight you can watch it outdoors on a giant inflatable screen in Raleigh City Plaza. Food trucks and craft beer stands open at 6 p.m., and the movie (no ticket required!) starts at sundown.
Ellie Goulding will perform at Red Hat in Raleigh starting at 6:45 p.m. Tickets start at $35.
Let's hope it's a good weekend for outdoor shows! Country superstar Miranda Lambert will perform with Kip Moore and Brothers Osborne at Walnut Creek on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
Get more picks for this month on our best bets calendar, and check back on Thursday for our official picks for the weekend.