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Weekend Best Bets: Durham tower lighting, Black Keys

Posted December 4, 2014
Updated December 5, 2014

The Black Keys played the Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek in Raleigh on July 11, 2013.

— Lots of holiday events happening this weekend, but there are a few non-holiday concerts and parties that you might want to check out! Our picks for the weekend are: 

The Black Keys - This duo from Akron, Ohio, will rock PNC Arena Friday night. Tickets start at $35. 

American Tobacco Tower Lighting - In its 10th year, the annual lighting ceremony will feature community choral groups and other surprises. The event starts at 6 p.m. Friday. It is free and open to the public. 

12th Annual Gingerbread Benefit - Triangle Family Services will host its 12th annual Gingerbread Benefit on Sunday at The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary. This daylong fundraising benefit features more than 25 beautifully constructed gingerbread houses donated and created by area celebrity chefs. Tickets are $25 per guest.

More holiday events: 

Parades - Garner and Apex are each holding Christmas parades on Saturday. The Garner parade is at 2 p.m. in downtown. Apex's parade is downtown at 5 p.m. Morrisville and Knightdale are also having parades this weekend. Go Ask Mom has a complete list of all area holiday parades!

Jingle Bell Run/Walk - This fun and festive event helps raise money to find a cure for arthritis. Wear holiday themed costumes and run or walk a 5K route or 1-mile route. Those under the age of 10 can join in the Reindeer Dash! WRAL's own Lynda Loveland will emcee this Saturday morning race that starts at St. Mary's School in Raleigh. 

Durham Holiday Fun Fest - Sledding, pony rides, bounce houses, arts and crafts, live music and a visit with Santa round out the fun at this annual event. The event is from 1-6 p.m. Saturday at Rock Quarry Park. 

Scandinavian Christmas Fair - Head to the Holshouser Building at the N.C. State Fairgrounds on Saturday for a day of live music, Nordic folk dancing and homemade Scandinanvian food. This annual celebration will also include crafts and imported items. The fair is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults and children 7 years and younger are admitted for free. 

Non-holiday events: 

Movember 'Stache Bash - Movember Team RDU will be celebrating Movember and sharing final team rankings during a bash Sunday night. The public is invited to party with music from Bull City Syndicate and enjoy food from Rocky Top Hospitality. There will also be a silent auction. It all happens from 7-10 p.m. at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. Tickets are $35.  

22nd Annual Boylan Heights Arts Walk - Enjoy a stroll through this historic neighborhood and shop for special holiday gifts. More than 100 artists will be showing and selling their artwork on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 

Bubbles: A Sparkling Holiday Affair at Washington Duke Inn - An evening of festive fizz is ahead Friday night. There will be a sample flight of four champagnes and sparkling wines. There will be holiday canapes and festive music. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and is $18 a person. 

Cinderella - Enjoy this musical comedy at Raleigh Little Theatre this weekend. Tickets are $33. The show runs every weekend through Dec. 19. 

John Oliver - "The Daily Show" alum will bring his stand-up show to the DPAC Friday night with two shows. Tickets start at $39.50. 


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