DELICIOUS DRINKS. Queen of Wines hosts a tasting tour of South Africa with five wines from Rickety Bridge Winery at Peck & Plume (301 South Academy Street, Cary) on Tuesday, April 25 at 6 p.m. The evening includes a four-course dinner from Peck & Plume executive chef Jason Daniels. Tickets are $130. Peck & Plume also welcomes back Domaine Sick-Dreyer for a meet and greet on Thursday, April 27, 4:30–6 p.m. Ask questions, taste four wines, and enjoy light bites for this encore appearance of Sick Dreyer wines. Space is very limited as this will be a more personal experience. Tickets are $40 per person. To purchase tickets to both events, email .
Waverly Place and Kay Yow Cancer Fund will host a Wine & Brew Walk (302 Colonades Way, Cary) on Thursday, April 27, 5–8 p.m. Participating Waverly Place merchants will treat guests to a sampling of red, white and sparkling wines, as well as craft beers to sip as you stroll, shop and save. One randomly selected guest will win four tickets to see Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre on Saturday, April 29 at 7 p.m.
Brewgaloo returns to downtown Raleigh on this weekend on Friday, April 21, 6–10 p.m., and Saturday, April 22, 1–9 p.m. The 11th annual craft beer festival attracts more than 50,000 people each year. Brewgaloo features more than 100 craft breweries, 50 food trucks and local bands.
AIR SHOW. The U.S Navy Blue Angels will headline the Wings Over Wayne Air Show at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro on Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21. Ceremonies begin at 10 a.m. with flying exhibitions scheduled from 11 a.m.–4:30 p.m. The Blue Angels attracted more than 200,000 spectators to Seymour Johnson for their previous performance in 2017. All-day admission is $10.
LEGO ART. Nathan Sawaya’s “Art of the Brick Exhibit” will debut in Pleasant Valley Promenade (6240 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh), beginning in mid-May. The exhibit will showcase a display of LEGO art, with more than one million bricks transformed into 90-plus sculptures by artist Nathan Sawaya.
STEM FUN. The Triangle SciTech Expo takes place this Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. The expo, which is being sponsored by Biogen in partnership with the North Carolina Science Festival, assembles scientists, experts, researchers, specialists and technical professionals from universities, organizations and industry businesses to engage visitors in the excitement of science and technology. The programs are designed for all ages and stages of learning, and families are encouraged to attend.
FINE ARTS. “World Ballet Series: Cinderella” comes to Carolina Theatre of Durham on Thursday, May 11 at 7 p.m. Cinderella is performed by a multinational cast of 40 professional ballet dancers. The production of Sergei Prokofiev’s passionate score features more than 150 hand-sewn radiant costumes and handcrafted sets.
ON YOUR BIKES! Marbles Bike Rodeo, a free event open to the public on Hargett Street between Blount and Person streets, takes place Saturday, May 6, 9:30 a.m.–noon. Bring your bike or trike and helmet, and get rolling at this event for all ages and skill levels. Participate in a Pedal Parade, Bike Blast Obstacle Course, traffic garden, STEAM play and spin art. Dress up your bike or trike with some bike bling and have a healthy snack. If you plan on visiting the museum as well, purchase admission in advance.
KIDS AND SENIORS. Camp Fusion will host a week-long summer camp program for both seniors and kids at the Keyauwee program center in Sophia, North Carolina June 24–29. The program aims to bridge the generational gap and provide a unique opportunity for seniors and kids to interact and learn from each other. The stay-away camp includes three hot meals, lodging and a camp T-shirt.
MUSIC ON MAIN. The Streets at Southpoint in Durham kicks off its Music on Main concert series this weekend with Dear Sister on Saturday, April 22, 6–9 p.m. Head over to the Cinema Circle Stage for the performance. The series lasts through September 30. May performances include Mel Melton on May 6, Davis Messina on May 13, and Big Time Shine on May 20.
DERBY PARTIES. Sports & Social, located at 301 Fenton Gateway Drive, Cary, will host Derby Days on Saturday, May 6 at 3 p.m. on the second floor and rooftop. Enjoy event favorites such as Kentucky hot brown sandwiches and mint juleps. A $500 cash prize will be awarded for the best hat. Tickets are available online. Dram and Draught gets in on the racing fun May 6, noon–9 p.m., at its Raleigh, Durham and Cary locations with a Kentucky Derby Watch Party. Enjoy mint juleps and drink specials, and participate in a hat contest. Hat contest winners will be announced after the main race ends, and a donation will be made to an equine charity.
RACKET SPORTS, ANYONE? Swing Paddle & Racquet is planning to open a $70 million tennis and pickleball entertainment complex in the Brier Creek area of Raleigh in late 2024. The facility will be located at 6121 Mt. Herman Road. The 45-acre campus will offer tennis, pickleball, padel, ping pong, and beach tennis courts, along with retail for all levels, and innovative food and beverage options.
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