Weekend best bets: Great Cover Up, Mardi Gras Kickoff
Posted January 7, 2016
Updated January 8, 2016
Raleigh, N.C. — Lots of fun events happening this weekend in the Triangle. Our picks:
The Great Cover Up - Kings Barcade hosts this nightly series of local bands playing covers. Shows are Wednesday through Saturday. Tickets are $7 on Wednesday night and $10 for the other nights. This year's nonprofits are InterAct, Kidznotes and The Beehive Collective.
Carolina's Funniest - DSI Comedy Theater will host some of the funniest comedians in the Carolinas Thursday and Friday during the Carolina's Funniest Comic competition. Admission is $10.
Drag Me to the Ball - This masquerade ball will be held Saturday night at the Sheraton in downtown Raleigh. There will be a plated dinner, an evening of performances by six of RuPaul's Drag Race stars and eight local divas. General admission tickets are $40. If you want dinner too, opt for the $60 tickets.
The Red Hot Mardi Gras Season Kick-Off - Durham Mardi Gras will host this event Saturday night at Blue Note Grill in Durham. The show will feature three fantastic musical groups mixing the best of Louisiana and North Carolina: Boom Unit Brass Band, The Bulltown Strutters and MSA Cajun Band. The $8 cover charge helps keep this year's events on Mardi Gras Day free of charge.
The Book of Mormon - The Tony award-winning musical wraps up its run at DPAC this weekend. Tickets start at $75, but there are nightly lotteries for cheaper tickets.
NCMA Winter Screening Opening Night - The series kicks off Friday night with the new digital restoration of the 1949 British film noir, The Third Man. Before the screening, acclaimed mandolinist Tony Williamson performs the theme from The Third Man along with other selections. Tickets are $10 for museum members and $12 for non-members.
Three Kings Day Parade - This annual event celebrates includes and parade and activities in downtown Cary. The fun starts at 1 p.m. Saturday. Events are free to attend and open to the public. NOTE: This event has been canceled due to weather.
Emily Saves the Orchestra - Head to Meymandi Concert Hall Saturday for this family-friendly production. During a performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Emily, a spunky 10-year-old, is drawn out of her seat and onto the stage by the strains of the beautiful music, but her bold behavior brings her more than she has bargained for. She soon finds herself face to face with the terrible monster Cacopholous in a battle to save music. Shows are at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets start at $25.
Winter Wonderland at Bond Park - The Town of Cary hosts its 6th annual Winter Wonderland Friday and Saturday. The event includes one-hour sledding sessions. Registration is required. Tickets are $20 per person for each session. NOTE: This event has been moved to Jan. 22-23.