Where: NC State Memorial Bell Tower to Krispy Kreme on Peace Street
When: Sat, Feb 1, 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. Registration is closed but it is definitely a spectacle worth seeing.
Where: PNC Arena, Raleigh
When: Thu-Sun, Feb 6 – 9
Like the Jurassic Park movies? Like dinosaurs? Just want to try something new? According to the event website “Your trip to Isla Nublar takes a terrifying turn after the Indominus rex escapes and causes chaos in the park! The adventure continues as you join forces with a team of scientists to unravel a corrupt plan and save Jeanie, an all-new dinosaur, from a terrible fate.” Featuring the movie’s original score and production consulting from Steven Spielberg, the Jurassic franchise unfolds before you in person!
When: Sat, Sun Feb 8, 9 and Sat, Feb 15
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 a couple, the whole family or a bunch of friends. You’ll even get the chance to take a picture with your favorite goat!
Where: Hayti Heritage Center
When: Thu, February 13 – Sat, February 15
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 Hillsborough
When: Sat, Feb 15, 10 am – 4 pm
Historic Hillsborough will be abuzz with historic re-enactments, demonstrations, crafts, games, colonial dancing, firepit cooking and more. The event remembers the short time when British General Cornwallis occupied the town during the war and attempted to recruit loyalist soldiers (largely, unsuccessfully).
Where: Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh
When: Sat, Feb 22, 1 – 4 pm
For kids of all ages, Marbles is providing children with a chance to meet real professionals and explore their interests. Last year included a diverse range of professions including individuals from ABC11 News, the Raleigh Fire Department and the Carolina Tiger Rescue.
Where: Carolina Theatre, Durham
When: Fri, Feb 28, Sun, Mar 1
“Created in 1999, The NEVERMORE Film Festival is a juried competition festival which programs brand-new genre feature and short films from around the world. The festival seeks submissions for narrative feature and shorts with an emphasis on horror, science fiction, dark fantasy, animation, mystery/suspense, and action-thrillers.” Individual tickets are $10 and ten-passes are $80.