What's on Tap

What's on Tap

19 Triangle events to check out this week

Posted September 26
Updated October 9

Wide Open Bluegrass 2014

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You can play bluegrass music or just enjoy listening at the PineCone Bluegrass Jam at Busy Bee Cafe in downtown Raleigh. There's no cover, and the music starts at 7 p.m.

Battle it out to win season tickets to upcoming Carolina Hurricanes games, personalized jerseys and more by reserving a spot at the Arena Club at PNC Arena at 6 p.m. 32 seats are up for grabs, and winners and their guests will enjoy free food at The Puck Starts Here.

A Welcome to Raleigh Party starts at 6 p.m. at The Market Hall in downtown Raleigh. There will be bluegrass music, food and a full bar at this event meant to welcome the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) to the Triangle. Tickets are $10.


Provenance and Nickelpoint Brewing Company will host a beer dinner at 120 E. Martin Street at 5:30 p.m. A $65 per person ticket includes a cocktail hour, a four-course dinner and four beers. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Wake County Big Sweep, a litter clean-up program.

Join in on a Q&A session and book signing with the authors of "North Carolina Beer & Breweries," a guide to everything beer in our state. A flight of beer and four tapas-style appetizers will be provided. The event takes place at Real McCoy's at 7 p.m.

The IBMA's (see above) Bluegrass Ramble, an innovative showcase of music with over 200 performances in various downtown Raleigh clubs, starts tonight. The shows continue through Thursday at the Lincoln Theater, The Pour House, Kings, Architect Bar, Vintage Church and the Raleigh Convention Center. Check our event listing for the complete schedule.

Tycho at Hopscotch 2015

See Tycho, an American ambient music project led by Scott Hansen, at The Ritz in Raleigh at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $25.


The Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market will celebrate their last market of the season with a Bluegrass Breakdown featuring BBQ from The Pit, beer from Deep River Brewing and bands along with the usual selection of food and more. It's all at City Plaza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The TerraVitta Festival kicks off with an East Meets West Dinner at the Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery in Chapel Hill at 6 p.m. Tickets are $105 for the dinner featuring creations by top chefs from North Carolina's mountains and coast.

Violent Femmes

The Violent Femmes, an acoustic punk band, will perform at the North Carolina Museum of Art at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $32.

See The Dandy Warhols, an American rock band, at Cat's Cradle at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25.


The IBMA's Awards Show at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts is one of the largest bluegrass events of the week. Watch at 7:30 p.m. as almost two dozen awards are handed out to recognize the top achievements across the industry.

peachy keen

Peachy Keen, a boutique in Cary, will host its Peachy Wears Hope Fall Fashion Carnival tonight from 7-10 p.m. Attendees can shop for a great cause (benefiting Headbands of Hope) and enjoy an evening of fashion, food and drinks. The event kicks off with a cocktail hour at 7 p.m. with local craft beer, a variety of wines and much more. Show-goers can then enjoy popcorn, fried chicken and sweets while they shop and watch the show.

Step back in time and attend the opening reception of the Rolling Sculpture: Art Deco Cars from the 1930s and 40s exhibit at the NCMA. Starting at 7 p.m., there will be hors d’oeuvres, signature cocktails, live jazz, and, of course, classic cars.


The Wide Open Bluegrass Festival starts today with a free "StreetFest" in downtown Raleigh and a ticketed stage at Red Hat. Both events start at 11 a.m. and continue until midnight.

2015 WOB Festival

A great TerraVitta event continues tonight with the Hill Fire: Pits, Spits & Grills Dinner at Carrboro Town Commons. Tickets are $85 for the dinner featuring dishes from local restaurants.


As part of Final Friday, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will be showing “Anaconda” and crushing some conspiracy theories about giant snakes from 6 to 9 p.m. In addition to the movie, guests can enjoy trivia, live snakes, snacks and more. Admission is $5.

Enjoy a Zac Brown Band tribute performance at North Hills between 7 and 9 p.m. as part of the shopping center's Friday Night Tributes Series, a free "feel good" music series.

Justice for Koda

Pets and beer - what could be better? The Pet Adoption Event at Bottle Revolution gives attendees the chance to enjoy their favorite brews while donating to Second Chance Pet Adoptions and learning more about rescuing a new friend.

Get more picks for this month on our best bets calendar, and check back on Thursday for our official picks for the weekend.


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