Raleigh, N.C. — Here are our top picks for weekend fun.
Harlem Globetrotters - See the world famous basketball team at PNC Arena on Saturday.
St. Paddy's 8K - The nOg Run Club will hold its 9th annual running of the St. Paddy’s on Saturday at Raleigh Beer Garden. Don you best kilt and take to the streets of downtown Raleigh. After the run, there will be a celebration behind the Raleigh Beer Garden with live Irish music, food and beer.
All American Marathon - The City of Fayetteville and Fort Bragg will host this 4th annual marathon and half marathon on Sunday. This run boasts a unique inside look at the largest U.S. military installation, ending with a finish festival celebration.
For the foodies
Cloud's Brewing Anniversary - This Glenwood South brewery will be celebrating its first anniversary on Saturday with a party featuring food trucks, live music and more. Pre-sale tickets are $6 and tickets are the door are $10. Admission includes custom anniversary stein and beer!
Escazu Sundae Bar - This Raleigh chocolate shop will celebrate its birthday by turning into an ice cream sundae bar on Saturday at 1 p.m. There will be three kinds of ice cream (one dairy free) and eight choices of toppings. There will also be ice cream sandwiches and push-ups. In addition to birthday cake, there will be complimentary bubbles or beer and a chocolate pairing. Fifteen percent of all sales will be donated to The Urban Ministries of Wake County.
Rodeo on Rosemary - Head to Chapel Hill on Sunday for the city's first official food truck rodeo. The Rodeo on Rosemary will take place 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Rosemary Street between Henderson and North Columbia Streets.
Boricua Soul and Durty Bull Beer Dinner - On Sunday, Boricua Soul Food Truck and Durty Bull Brewing Company join forces four a four course meal at Durty Bull’s Taproom.
Brightleaf Square Taste and Sip Tour - Bites of Bull City and Southern Food and Drink will host this behind-the-scenes tour of historic Brightleaf Square in downtown Durham on Saturday. Tickets are $50.
Festival of Laughs - Mike Epps, Bruce Bruce, Rickey Smiley and Tony Rock bring their comedy tour to PNC Arena Friday night.
Pat "Mother Blues" Cohen - For years, Pat sang in New Orleans six nights a week, performing at a wide array of venues including the House of Blues, until Katrina destroyed her home. She relocated to North Carolina and has recently started touring with the Music Maker Blues Revue. See her Friday night at The Bullpen in Durham.
Kennedy Center Bon Voyage with the NC Symphony - The NC Symphony is one of just four orchestras in the country performing at the SHIFT festival in Washington, D.C. Get a preview of their concert program Friday night at Meymandi Concert Hall.
Seven Stories - Kings in downtown Raleigh hosts this storyteller series on Sunday. Each story will have a connection to mental health. Tickets are $5.
Three Dog Night - The legendary music icons are celebrating their fourth decade together. See them perform Friday night at Carolina Theatre of Durham.
JohnnySwim - This husband-and-wife R&B duo play Cat's Cradle Friday night.
NC Symphony presents Unremembered - Experience an intimate performance at CAM Raleigh with composer Sarah Kirkland Snider's 13-part song cycle featuring North Carolina Symphony musicians and guest artists DM Stith, Padma Newsome (The National) and Shara Nova (My Brightest Diamond). See it Saturday night.
Triangle Brass Band - The program features special guest artist trumpet virtuoso Jens Lindemann, who has been described as "part ballet dancer, part gymnast and part magician." See it Sunday at Meymandi Concert Hall.
St. Baldrick's at Rally Point - For the second time, Rally Point is teaming up with the Parrot Heads of North Carolina to help St. Baldrick's Foundation fight childhood cancer. The event will be Saturday starting at 1 p.m. Whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer or donate, you will be helping this important non-profit.
Clothing Drive at Bottle Revolution - Bottle Revolution on Lake Boone Trail is having a fund raiser/clothing drive on Friday for Note in the Pocket, which helps provide clothes for impoverished and homeless Wake County School Children. A dollar of every draft sold that day will go to the charity, and the bottle shop will be accepting new and used children's clothing and cash donations.
NCSU Water Walk - Head to The Oval on N.C. State's Centennial Campus on Sunday for this event, which helps support Wine to Water's NCSU chapter. From a global perspective, the average woman carries more than 40 pounds 6 km every day to supply the needs of her family and community. Some take up to six trips a day. Take a (water) walk in these global shoes and see how time efficient you can be carrying 5L of water 1.5 miles.
There will be prizes for those with the best time to water ratio.
Holi Festival - Holi is known as the festival of colors. Help celebrate this yearly event and support Asha for Education's mission to provide basic education to underprivileged children in India. This year's festival will be held at Morrisville Community Park on Sunday and will feature vibrant colors, heart-throbbing music by DJ Ronak, bollywood dance and more family-fun. Tickets are still available.
Blondes vs. Brunettes "A Night to Remember" - This annual cocktail party and silent auction will be held at SkyHouse Raleigh Friday night.
Touch a Truck - The Junior League hosts this event Saturday at the Streets of Southpoint in Durham. The event allows children to see and touch heavy machinery and meet the people who build, protect and serve Durham and Orange Counties. Tickets are $5.