Hey all, we’ve made it to February. As always, here’s a quick list of some fun things to do in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill. Stay warm and have a great February!
When: Saturday, February 3, race starts @ 8 am
With the tagline “2400 calories, 12 doughnuts, 5 miles, 1 hour” The Krispy Kreme Challenge is an event unlike any other. The idea is to run 2.5 miles, eat a dozen doughnuts and run 2.5 more miles. While this may sound like a horrible idea, it is one of the most famous and unique events in Downtown Raleigh. An exercise in madness originally started as a dare among a group of NC State students, the race now raises money for the UNC Children’s Hospital and has over 6,000 runners compete each year. Thousands more come out to watch the race and it is definitely worth seeing.
Where: Carrboro Century Center
When: Monday, February 5, 7 pm
The Carrboro Century Center will be hosting an event to celebrate the life of Frederick Douglass and explain a little about who he was and what he did. Several community members will be presenting and light refreshments will be provided.
Where: Raleigh Marriott City Center
When: Saturday, February 10, 6-11 PM
The VAE is a nonprofit organization founded by artists to support the development of the Triangle’s creative community. They hold numerous events including SPARKcon and each year the VAE puts on a Gala to raise money for the coming year. There will be an auction of donated works as well as a raffle. Check it out for an early Valentine’s Day evening that also supports local art!
When: Saturday, February 11, 12-4 pm
If you really want to mix it up this Valentines day then take a ride out to Spring Haven Farm in Chapel Hill. You’ll get the chance to meet the sustainable farm’s livestock as well as take a hayride. This would be a great activity for the whole family and children three and under get in free. You’ll even get the chance to take a picture with your favorite goat!
Where: Hayti Heritage Center
When: Thursday, February 15 – Saturday, February 17
Put on by the Hayti Heritage Center and focusing on Durham’s African American heritage, the annual film festival screens works by and about those of African decent. The three day event includes screenings of full-length films, documentaries, shorts and more from local, national and international filmmakers.
Where: Downtown Durham
When: Friday, February 16, 6-9 pm
Every 3rd Friday Durham’s art scene shows what it has to offer. Much like 1st Friday in Raleigh, art galleries and art studios are open late and Downtown Durham is flooded with live music. But don’t be confused, this isn’t Raleigh’s 1st Friday in a different location. Durham very much has its own scene and vibe and 3rd Friday is a great way to experience it.
When: Thursday, February 22 6:30-10 pm
A great excuse to enjoy local wine as well as cheese and chocolate and maybe, just maybe, learn something. Experts will explain how soil and sun affect color and flavor as visitors try a wide variety of wines. Ticket price includes all drinks and food samples and food trucks will be on site for larger meals.
When: Friday, February 23, Saturday February 24, 7:30 pm
A movie experience like no other, watch Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in HD while the NC Symphony performs Oscar-winner John Williams’ score. Even those that aren’t die-hard Harry Potter fans can appreciate watching a movie in this kind of venue with a live, professional symphony playing the soundtrack. For two nights only!
Where: Sono Sushi, Downtown Raleigh
When: Every Tuesday, 5:30-7 pm
Popular Sushi restaurant Sono holds wine & sake specials every Tuesday night. Chef Hyun-Woo Kim will serve his choice of sushi rolls while Certified Sake Adviser James Wang will give guests a wide variety of sakes and wines, all for only $10 per person.