Weekend best bets: Hot Chocolate Run, An American in Paris
Posted January 5
Updated January 6
Raleigh, N.C. — Some holiday events are wrapping up this weekend, and some new events are just getting started. Here's your guide to weekend fun in the Triangle.
It's First Friday in downtown Raleigh. Make sure to check out our guide before heading out to the fun and double check to make sure events are still happening amid the winter weather.
Sports and outdoors
Hurricanes Homegrown Series - This special series continues Friday night as the Carolina Hurricanes take on the Boston Bruins. The featured brewery is Appalachian Mountain Brewery and Bold Rock Cider, and there will be limited edition T-shirts designed by Runaway and music from The Love Language.
Hot Chocolate Run and SPCA Doggie Dash - Wakemed Soccer Park in Cary is the site of this run on Sunday. Runners have the option of a one mile, 5K or 10K race, and all proceeds from the doggie dash go to support Wake County SPCA.
Run for Young 5K - This race takes place at the Christ Episcopal Church in downtown Raleigh on Sunday at 2 p.m. in memory of church member and Wakefield High School senior Sadiki Young, who was killed in 2007 in an alcohol related accident. A percentage of proceeds from race registration fees will go toward local high schools with high participation numbers in the race for safe driving education programs. The remainder of proceeds goes to the Christ Church Youth Ministry Endowment Fund, which grants funds and scholarships to Christ Church youth and young adults for community projects, retreats and events.
NOTE: N.C. Chinese Lantern Festival at Booth Amphitheatre will be closed until Tuesday. The outdoor LED light exhibit runs through Jan. 15.
Fundraiser for Hiroshi Arakawa - Kings in downtown Raleigh will hold a fundraiser Friday night for Hiroshi Arakawa, a local musician who was injured in a car accident in November. His girlfriend was killed in the wreck, and he remains in ICU. Friday night's show will feature Curtis Eller, Massive Grass and Hank, Pattie and The Current. Admission is $10.
An American in Paris - The Tony Award winning musical about an American soldier and a mysterious French girl plays DPAC through Sunday.
Taylor Williamson - The "America's Got Talent" runner up will be at Goodnights Comedy Club in Raleigh Thursday through Saturday.
Ed Stephen and the Paco Band - Share small plates with friends and enjoy a glass of wine while the band plays in the lobby-turned-lounge in the west building of the N.C. Museum of Art on Friday night. Admission is free.
Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 4 - The North Carolina Symphony will perform this and Brahm's Symphony No. 1 on Friday and Saturday at Meymandi Concert Hall.