Raleigh, N.C. — Work weeks in the Triangle are filled with exciting events that will make you feel like the weekend is here already. Here are some of our favorites.
Plates Kitchen in downtown Raleigh will host a five-course wild game and wine dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. North Carolina-sourced game dishes will each be paired with the perfect Davis Family wine. Tickets are $79.
Join Go Global NC at A Southern Season in Chapel Hill for a 7 p.m. dinner and learning experience. During the two hour meal, you'll sample multiple dishes that represent Kuwait and Palestine while the chef, Raja Almohtadi, and her son, the Railhawks' Nazmi Albadawi, will demonstrate how to cook the dishes and explain more about the food's history and Almohtadi's personal history with the food.
Tonight is the last night to participate in The Durham Hotel's guided constellation tour featuring cocktails, music and more. The event starts at 8 p.m.
O'Malley's Tavern on Glenwood Avenue hosts a free music and comedy night every Monday. As always, there will be plenty of food and drink available.
Find local vegetables, fruit, seafood, eggs, cheese, bread, flowers, ready-to-eat meals and more at the Chapel Hill Farmers Market. The market is open every Tuesday this season in the University Place parking lot from 3 to 6 p.m.
Piedmont Restaurant in Durham will host a Seasons of the Sea dinner tonight featuring a five-course menu that will pay homage to an array of storied southern chefs. The dinner is $65 per person and an extra $25 with cocktail pairing, and proceeds will benefit NC Catch.
Form a team of friends and family and get over to Crank Arm Brewing for their weekly trivia night. The game starts at 7 p.m.
The Durham Bulls open a homestand tonight with the first game of a three-game set against the Syracuse Chiefs. The game starts at 7 p.m.
Known for their classic pop, heart-felt rock and tuneful blue-eyed soul music, Parachute and Kris Allen will perform at Cat's Cradle at 8 p.m. Tickets are $21.
The Lark and the Loon will perform at Neptune's in Raleigh at 9 p.m. Cover is $5.
Stop by the Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market in City Plaza between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The market is open every Wednesday through October.
La Vita Dulce Expresso & Gelato Cafe will host Wine Down Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m., featuring free samples, live music on the patio, discounts on all wine and free gelato for kids.
Deep South in downtown Raleigh Wednesday will host Open Mic Light, the "light" version of open mic featuring acoustic performers, duos, spoken word, comedy and pianists starting at 8 p.m. The nightly winner will receive a $15 bar tab.
The Graduate will be screened at three theaters in Raleigh, Cary and Apex tonight in celebration of the film's 50th anniversary. Shows start at 2 or 7 p.m.
Liquid Pleasure will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. at North Hills tonight as part of the free Midtown Beach Music series.
Parizade in Durham will host a French Wine Dinner at 6:30 p.m. featuring five courses paired with a selection of wines from Queen of Wines.
The Cameron Crawl, a two-day shopping-center wide event at Cameron Village, starts today at 4 p.m. with a series of special events, live music, exclusive merchandise and sales and promotions. Participating restaurants will also host beer and wine education and/or food tastings on their patios. The event ends at 7 p.m. and repeats Friday.
One of our favorite events at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park is back tonight -- Bark in the Park welcomes spectators and their pets to the stadium for $1 concessions and a pre-game dog parade. Tickets are just $7.99 for humans and $5 for dogs, which is donated to Second Chance Pet Adoptions. The parade starts at 6:15 p.m., and the game starts at 7 p.m.
"Good Wife" star Alan Cumming is taking his one-man show to DPAC tonight at 7:30 p.m. Alan will tell stories and sing sappy songs in this cabaret of curiosities.
Vanilla Ice, Salt N Pepa with Spinderella, Color Me Badd, Coolio and Tone Loc & Young MC will perform at PNC Arena at 7 p.m. as part of the I Love The 90s tour. Tickets start at $41.
Starting at 5 p.m., embark on a Wine Walk through the shops at Waverly Place in Cary. A $10 donation to the Kay Yow cancer fund gets you a tasting glass, so you can sample wine while you shop the boutiques until 8 p.m.
The three-day Art of Cool Festival in downtown Durham starts today, featuring forward thinking jazz, alternative soul and mature hip hop music in its mission to expand the audience of jazz as well as innovative thought.
The Fayetteville Dogwood Festival, known as one of the biggest in the southeast, features a midway/carnival, food vendors, live entertainment, inflatable/bounce houses, arts and crafts, a classic car show, a street fair with shopping and more. The festival starts at 6 p.m. and continues through Sunday.
Trevor Noah, the host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central, is coming to DPAC on Friday at 7:30 and 10 p.m. Come see his unique take on world politics and American culture.
It's Final Friday in downtown Cary, so art galleries will stay open late and Chatham Street Wine Market will host a free wine tasting from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be food from the Baguettaboutit food truck, live music and more.
The Raleigh Little Theatre will present James and the Giant Peach at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $9.
Get more picks for this month on our best bets calendar, and check back on Thursday for our official picks for the weekend.