Groundhogs, Super Bowl cookoff lead our weekend best bets
Posted January 30, 2014
Updated February 1, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — Groundhog Day, the Super Bowl and live music all highlight our picks for this weekend in the Triangle.
“Last Comic Standing” winner John Heffron plays Goodnight’s Comedy Club Thursday through Saturday. He has become a regular on VH1 satire shows like “I love the 80s: 3D.” Tickets start at $18.
Saturday is jam-packed with events:
12th Annual Durham MLK/Black History Month Parade: A Durham tradition returns this year, honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. and kicking off Black History Month. This year's theme is "Celebrating Black Women in American Culture." The parade will start at WG Pearson Elementary School at noon, proceed down Fayetteville Street and end at NCCU.
Annual Native American Powwow: This family-friendly event features music, dancing, arts, crafts and food. American Indian dancers, musicians and artists from across North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia will educate the crowd about the region's rich American Indian culture. Tickets are $5.
Ipreo Raleigh Winterfest: Saturday is the last day to skate at the outdoor ice rink in Raleigh City Plaza. It will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and admission is $9.
Raleigh PD Super Polar Plunge: It's chilly, but that won't stop folks from taking the plunge Saturday morning at the Raleigh Police Department Super Polar Plunge presented by Flow MINI. Crazy costumes are encouraged! There is a minimum donation fee of $50, benefiting Special Olympics athletes from NC.
NC Fresh Catch Winter Oyster Tour: This tour makes its second stop at Motorco in Durham Saturday evening. There will be live music and delicious food created by local chefs. Tickets are $6 in advance.
The Lift Benefit: Women for Success, the giving network for Dress for Success, hosts The Lift Benefit at Solas on Saturday night. Live entertainment and complimentary appetizers are part of this fundraising event. Tickets are $40 per person or $75 per couple.
And on Sunday it is Groundhog Day and the Super Bowl!
Tailgate Masters Cookoff: Watch local "Tailgate Masters" show off their skills in a friendly competition Sunday afternoon at West 94th Street Pub in Durham. Contestants will prepare any tailgate food item, and a free public tasting will immediately follow the judging. The winner receives a prize package!
Raleigh Groundhog Day Celebration: Sir Walter Wally, Raleigh's favorite groundhog, will predict a longer winter or a quick return to spring during a ceremony at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. The event is free, and kids can meet Sir Walter Wally, learn about groundhogs and other critters and listen to storytime.
Garner Groundhog Day Celebration: Garner's own Mortimer the groundhog will make a prediction at White Deer Park this Sunday. There will be plenty of free activities for the whole family, like crafts, games and learning about a variety of live animals.
Finally, this is the last weekend for the Porsche by Design exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Visitors will be eligible for prizes, so make sure you check it out before it closes on Feb. 2.