Raleigh, N.C. — Can't wait for the weekend? Our fun picks will help you get through the work week.
Worried you missed the WRAL Freedom Balloon Festival? You didn't! The celebration continues in Fuquay-Varina early Memorial Day morning with events from 5:30 a.m. til noon.
Keep celebrating Memorial Day with some vino at Chatham Hill Winery in Cary from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. You can take a tour, sample wine and try the winery's famous wine slushie.
Feeling like some Monday night baseball? You're in luck. The Durham Bulls will take on the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders in a 5 p.m. home game.
Art-lovers will enjoy The Best of North Carolina, an exhibition featuring paintings and prints that celebrate our beautiful state. Admission is free at Gallery C in downtown Raleigh (on N. Blount Street) from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The band Mrs. Musician will play at Cat's Cradle at 8 p.m. on Tuesday evening. The cover is $8.
It's also Open Mic night at Deep South in downtown Raleigh, a free event that starts at 7:30 p.m. This open mic is open to artists under 18 (as long as a parent accompanies them).
Later, enjoy an elegant evening at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club starting at 6 p.m. Grilling on the Terrace is a four-course dinner that includes local, seasonal foods prepared by Chef Cunningham paired with drinks from the Durham Distillery.
Visit the Pour House Music Hall at 9 p.m. for a local comedy and rock show featuring five hilarious, talented performers. It's the best of both worlds, and admission is just $12 at the door.
You'll want to mark this one on your calendar - Science of Eats is a collection of local restaurants, breweries and food science experts at the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science. You'll enjoy food and hands-on experiments that teach you what happens to your brain when you eat sugar, how your genes affect your perception of flavor and more.
Two Thursday evening music series return tonight - enjoy local music at the American Tobacco Campus' Back Porch Music on the Lawn or at Park West Village's Live in the District.
A three-day Farm to Fork Picnic Weekend kicks off tonight at 6 pm at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw with a sustainable dinner, ice cream, square dancing, kids activities and more. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for kids 8-12. Kids under 8 are free.
Then, it's Innovatours 2016, an event that gives you a chance to tour two pop-up marketplaces with 65 businesses, bars, co-working spaces and more. The event starts at 5 p.m. as part of downtown Raleigh's First Friday and continues until 8 p.m.
Catch Karate Kid on the big screen outdoors in downtown Raleigh at 6 p.m. Food trucks, craft beer and more are all part of the PNC Downtown Raleigh Movie Series.
Ready to laugh? Comedian Dave Coulier (Joey from Full House!) will be at Goodnight's in Raleigh from at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights. Purchase tickets online.
Get more picks for this month on our best bets calendar, and check back on Thursday for our official picks for the weekend.