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The week ahead: First Night, Kwanzaa

Posted December 28, 2014
Updated December 29, 2014

2014 First Night Raleigh, N.C. Revelers gather on Fayetteville St, in anticipation of the Acorn Drop and the celebration for bringing in the new year. (Chris Baird / WRAL Contributor)

— It's almost 2015! 

Here are our picks for the final days of 2014 and the first few of 2015. 

Monday 

Enjoy some hockey and see the Canes take on the Montreal Canadians at PNC Arena. Tickets start at $34. 

Tuesday 

The Town of Cary hosts its 20th annual Kwanzaa Celebration at the Cary Arts Center. Enjoy performances by Chuck Davis and the African American dance ensemble and check out the vendor marketplace. There will also be a children's village. Doors open at 11 a.m. and performances start at 3 p.m. Admission is free. 

Wednesday 

Raleigh will usher in 2015 at the annual First Night celebration downtown. Starting at 2 p.m. with the children's celebration, there will be performances, music, fireworks and more. There is an early acorn drop at 7 p.m. and then the traditional one at midnight. Admission buttons are on sale now. 

Across town, The Avett Brothers are playing a special NYE show at PNC Arena. Tickets start at $44.50. 

In Durham, Bull City New Year's Eve celebration will be held at The Cookery. There will be a variety of food stations, a DJ and a wine and champagne bar. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Durham Branch of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Tickets are $150 a couple or $80 for an individual ticket. 

Thursday 

The Durham Armory will host Kwanzaafest 2015 with performances, music, face-painting and food. The doors open at noon for this free celebration. Performances start at 2 p.m. 

Friday 

The Bull City is busy this week and it is definitely the place to be Friday night if you love seafood. The Blues & The Blues presented by NC Freshcatch will include live music and great seafood Friday night from 6-11 p.m. at the Durham Armory. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Food and drink will be sold separately inside. Part of the night's proceeds willb e going to the Ellerbe Creek Watershed. 

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  • disgusted2010 Dec 30, 2014

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    The extreme posts generate more "hits" and allows WRAL to charge more for advertising. Its no news, its a business. WRAL is a liberal bastion until a dollar is involved and then they show their true color, GREEN.

  • OGE Dec 30, 2014

    I am white, but my daughter has been learning about Christmas, Hanukah and Kwanzaa in school. I will be taking her to one of the Kwanzaa celebrations.

  • Black HelicoptersNFood Insurance Dec 30, 2014

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    I received a "content warning" in my email yesterday when replying to a RACIST comment. Seems WRAL does not people with non-extreme opinions.

  • Larry Lynch Dec 30, 2014
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    welcome to the world of WRAL...

  • sweet D Dec 29, 2014

    "ikarumba"

  • delilahk2000 Dec 29, 2014

    CENSORBAIT........THAT IS WHAT THE MEDIA IS ALL ABOUT THESE DAYS..........THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT THE TRUTH.......JUST A NEWS STORY..........KWANSA DOES NOT EVEN DESERVE TO BE NOTED.........

  • Ty Shrake Dec 29, 2014
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    No, but Black is and there is no point in pretending that Kwanzaa isn't about being black. The creator of Kwanzaa stated as much himself. It's silly and uninformed to suggest otherwise.

  • Kenny Dunn Dec 29, 2014
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    The fact a story including Kwanzaa generates so many comments speaks volumes about those commenting.

  • Tammy Rush Dec 29, 2014
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    "Unlike Kwanzaa race isn't the focus of the holiday."

    African is a race?

  • Ty Shrake Dec 29, 2014
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    The article is about Kwanzaa, not ancient European history.

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