By Kathy Hanrahan, Out and About editor
RALEIGH, N.C. — Celebrate your Valentine's Day weekend with our picks!
Valentine's Day Fun
Love At First Pint: A Very Durham Dating Game (Fullsteam Brewery, 726 Rigsbee Avenue, Durham) - Think of this as "The Dating Game" but with beer. In addition to singles participating in the dating game, couples can also play "The Newlywed Game" live on stage on Friday night to see how well they know their partner.
Valentine's Day TOGA Party (Boxcar Bar + Arcade, 621 Foster Street, Durham) - Sip on Valentine's Day signature cocktails and enjoy a build-your-own soft pretzel bar with over 15 sweet toppings during this party Friday night at Boxcar in Durham.
Valentine's Day Love Stories & Broken Hearts Walking Tour (200 North Blount Street Raleigh) - Think outside the box of chocolates this Valentine's Day and take your sweetheart on this entertaining walking tour featuring historic local love stories, some of which ended tragically in broken hearts! Tours are Friday through Sunday.
Axe Your Ex (Southern Charred , 510 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh) - Ever felt like throwing axes at your ex? This Valentine's Day you can bring in a picture of your ex and make it your bullseye. Southern Charred is hosting this event Friday night. For $5, you get five throws.
Valentine's Day Mini Market (The Durham Hotel, 315 East Chapel Hill Street, Durham) - Shop for your sweetheart (or treat yourself) as three Durham-based businesses -- Sweets by Shayda, Bright Black Candles and Blossom & Bone Florals -- pop up in the lobby on Friday morning with swoon-worthy wares for Valentine's Day.
The Valentine Weekend: L.O.V.E Show (Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem Street, Apex) - The L.O.V.E SHOW is a live music entertainment event that takes you on a journey through love featuring famous songs, unique ballads and comedy. See it Saturday at Halle Cultural Arts Center in Apex.
Romance in the Air (William Peace University, Kenan Auditorium, 15 E Peace St, Raleigh) - The North Carolina Master Chorale's 16-voice chamber choir, along with jazz trio, will present Romance in the Air, an evening of love (and, to be honest, breakup) songs to celebrate St. Valentine on Saturday.
Silent Disco Valentine's Day Dance (Raleigh Beer Garden , 614 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh) - Party, dance and drink the night away on Friday night.
Single's Awareness Day (SAD) (Boxcar Bar + Arcade , 330 West Davie Street, Raleigh) - Celebrate Valentine's Day with drink specials and a DJ Friday night.
Valentine's Day champagne tasting (Unscripted Hotel , 202 Corcoran Street, Durham) - Celebrate an Unscripted Hotel Valentine's Day with a tasting tour with Moet & Chandon on Friday. The tour includes live music and a four course menu.
Carolina Skies: Valentine Edition (Morehead Planetaruim & Science Center, 250 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill) - Celebrate Valentine's Day under the stars Friday and Saturday night at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. You will explore the legends of love told by ancient cultures about constellations and other sky objects.
Food, Theatre, Comedy, Music
2020 Big Frosty Beer Festival (Raleigh Beer Garden , 614 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh) - This fourth annual event includes a line-up of local, regional and national breweries, plus live music on Saturday afternoon at Raleigh Beer Garden. Tickets are $40 and include a sampling mug.
Lit AF Tour hosted by Martin Lawrence (PNC Arena, 1400 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh) - Martin Lawrence hosts this comedy show on Saturday night at PNC Arena featuring Michael Blackson, Lil Duval, Bruce Bruce and Benji Brown.
Celebrate Valentine's Day with Ms. Pat (Raleigh Improv, 1224 Parkside Main Street, Cary) - After surviving a life of struggle and hardship, Ms. Pat brings an honest, in your face and hilarious perspective to her shows. See her on stage at Raleigh Improv through Saturday.
Special Event: Valentine's Weekend With Beth Stelling (Goodnight's Comedy Club/The Grille at Goodnight's, 861 W. Morgan St., Raleigh) - Enjoy a night of laughter with writer, actress and stand-up comedian Beth Stelling Thursday through Saturday at Goodnights.
Mean Girls (Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., Durham) - This hilarious hit musical is based on the film. See it at DPAC through Sunday.
Kinky Boots (Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts - Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, 2 E. South St., Raleigh) - This musical is the winner of six Tony Awards, a Grammy Award and features 16 original songs by pop icon Cyndi Lauper.
Arlo Guthrie (Carolina Theatre of Durham, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham) - Arlo has become an iconic figure in folk music with a distinguished and varied career spanning almost 60 years. See him on stage Friday night.
2020 North Carolina International Auto Expo (North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh) - In its 33rd year, this auto expo features vehicles and attractions at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. The show runs Thursday through Sunday.
Pop-Up Raleigh (Trophy Brewing, 656 Maywood Ave., Raleigh) - Pop-Up Raleigh features more than 40 local artists, makers and vintage collections at Trophy on Maywood on Saturday afternoon.
Cats and Dogs
Pawfect Match Adoptathon (Boxcar Bar + Arcade (Durham), 621 Foster Street, Durham) - Find your Pawfect valentine at this Dog Warriors Rescue adopt-a-thon event at Boxcar in Durham on Sunday.
Woof You Be Mine? (Milk Bar, 410 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh) - Lending Paws A Hand will bring some adoptable pups to Milk Bar on Saturday.
Cat Show: It's TICA time (NC State Fairgrounds - Holshouser Building, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh) - Cats from all over the world will be competing Saturday and Sunday at this event at the N.C. State Fairgrounds.
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