Raleigh, N.C. — After the bad weather we experienced over the weekend, it's time to get out of the house! Our fun picks will help your work week feel more like a weekend.
The PineCone Bluegrass Jam at Busy Bee Cafe in downtown Raleigh is a great way to relax after work. Enjoy drinks, food and bluegrass music from local musicians - there's no cover.
Another option for music-lovers is an Open Mic Night at Local 506 in Chapel Hill. Music starts at 8:30 p.m., and this event is also free.
Love art? This show is not to be missed. Stop by the NCMA by 5 p.m. to check out their latest exhibit, Rolling Sculpture: Art Deco Cars from the 1930s and 40s.
Or, see Rent, an exciting musical that follows seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out, at DPAC at 7:30 p.m. The show continues all week.
Need a good laugh and a laid-back night with friends? Try Open Mic Night at Goodnights Comedy Club. Starting at 8 p.m., the event features 20 plus comedians and local brews.
Join fellow artists at Chatham Street Wine Market in downtown Cary from 6-7:30 p.m. for Corks & Clay. Similar to a "wine and design" class, participants will enjoy tasty vino while painting and glazing handmade vases from Cary Pottery. Vases, underglazes and instruction will be provided, as well as a glass of wine of your choice. Purchase tickets before the event for $25.
See Bronze Radio Return with Air Traffic Controller at Motorco in Durham at 8 p.m.
Ever played Disco Bingo? Now's your chance. From 6-9 p.m. at the Durham Armory, enjoy food, beverages and competitive bingo complete with huge prizes. Play 10 games for $15. All proceeds benefit the community impact of the Junior League of Durham & Orange Counties.
The Turnpike Troubadours will perform with Dalton Domino at the Lincoln Theatre in downtown Raleigh at 8 p.m. Tickets are $27.
It's a big day in Raleigh - because the State Fair opens today with rides, crafts, exhibits and some brand-new foods to try! The fair continues all day, every day through October 23.
See Dracula at Theatre in the Park in Pullen Park at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the show are $24.
Carolina Ballet will perform Don Quixote at 8 p.m. at the Duke Energy Center in downtown Raleigh. Watch as the tarnished knight and his loyal sidekick bring scenes of love and battles with windmills to the stage, leaving the audience filled with humor and pathos. Tickets start at $32, and performances will continue all weekend.
Come to Durham tonight for a Bull City Bar Crawl. The fun starts at 10 p.m. at Brightleaf Square and repeats on Friday.
A food truck rodeo will be in Cary today from 4-8 p.m. as part of the SAS Championship golf tournament. The rodeo is free and open to the public.
Don't miss this Halloween event - for adults - at Kidzu Children's Museum in Chapel Hill. CrafterDark- Nightmare at the Museum will feature beer, cocktail tastings, food from Al's Burger Shack, a costume contest and a dance party. There will also be a photo booth, zombie video game lounge and museum-wide mystery game. Tickets are $30 per person.
The Muse Masquerade is a magical evening of performances, tarot readings, interactive experiences, live poetry, theater, music, art, drag and dancing at 21c Museum Hotel in Durham. Tickets start at $37 for the 8 p.m. party.
The World Beer Festival starts in Durham today. Guests will get a tasting glass with unlimited four-ounce tastings from over 200 of the finest beers, access to the Art of Beer Experience for beer ingredient samplings, pairings, educational seminars and more. The fun starts at 4:30 p.m. and continues until 8:30 p.m. The event resumes on Saturday.
The International Festival of Raleigh starts today at 10 a.m. at the Raleigh Convention Center with 60 ethnic groups, 25 international food vendors, non-stop music and world-bazaar shopping. The fun continues until 10 p.m., but the festival will resume on Saturday and Sunday.
Get more picks for this month on our best bets calendar, and check back on Thursday for our official picks for the weekend.