Out & About in Wake County: January / February 2023

1. Enjoy a guided moonlit stroll to experience nature and art at night on January 6 with the Winter Full Moon Walk at the North Carolina Museum of Art. This free event is only offered once every season and is for ages 16 and up. ncartmuseum.org

Winter Full Moon Walk

2. Spend a day with your furry friends at WakeMed Soccer Park on January 7 for Mutts & Marshmallows, where several course maps will be offered for you and your pup. Everyone who finishes their race will win a big mug of hot chocolate. You can also participate in a virtual race. Registration is required, and all proceeds go to support Wake County SPCA. spcawake.org

Mutts & Marshmallows

3. Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo brings a night of family fun and entertainment to Raleigh’s PNC Arena. Fans will experience the best in cowboy athletes as they compete to qualify for the multimillion-dollar Nation Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas. Expect edge-of-your-seat action, eight seconds at a time in bull riding, saddle bronc riding, and bareback riding. worldstoughestrodeo.com

Cinch World’s Toughest Rodeo

4. The world famous Shen Yun Performing Arts is starting a new tour with brand-new production, and one of the first stops is the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts from January 21–22. Shen Yun is a performance of classical Chinese dance, along with a range of traditional Chinese ethnic and folk dance, bel canto solos, and orchestra blending Eastern and Western traditions. It presents a cultural heritage with thousands of years of history, as well as heartwarming stories that will uplift you. shenyun.org

5. Join in on the statewide kickoff of Black History Month with the North Carolina Museum of History to celebrate and honor the history of African Americans. On January 28, the 22nd Annual African American Cultural Celebration will showcase local musicians, artists, historians, storytellers, and much more. ncmuseumofhistory.org

African American Cultural Celebration

6. The ultimate test of food and fitness returns to Raleigh on February 4. The Krispy Kreme Challenge is a nationally publicized charity race that requires participants to run 2.5 miles, eat 12 doughnuts as quickly as possible, and then run another 2.5 miles. All proceeds are donated to the North Carolina Children’s Hospital to support patients and their families. Costumes encouraged! krispykremechallenge.com

Krispy Kreme Challenge

7. Rocky Mount nonprofit Ripe for Revival is teaming up with Raleigh chef Saif Rahman of Vidrio for the third in a chef series of dinners called Reviving the Supper Club. At this interactive, virtual cooking class, diners buy a ticket for $150 for a meal that serves two people. A box of ingredients and the recipes are shipped to their homes. At 6:30 p.m. on February 7, log in for a livestream event and cook along with chef Rahman. Proceeds pay for food to supply Ripe for Revival’s pay-what-you-can mobile markets, which serve the food insecure in towns like Zebulon and others in eastern NC. riperevivalmarket.com.

8. Spanning from gospel, R&B, and smooth pop to the arrival of disco, Dreamgirls is a musical that mirrors the glamorous and electrifying rise of groups like The Supremes, The Marvelettes, The Temptations, and The Shirelles during a time in American musical history when rhythm and blues blended with other styles of popular music to create a new American sound. Playing at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium from February 7–12. nctheatre.com

9. Carolina Hurricanes Fan Fest, a free, outdoor family-friendly event, returns to downtown Raleigh on February 17, featuring street hockey and ice skating, Canes alumni, local vendors, inflatables, and more on Fayetteville Street from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. shoplocalraleigh.org/carolina-hurricanes-fan-fest

Carolina Hurricanes Fan Fest

10. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart had a genius that proclaimed itself early, developed swiftly, and vanished all too soon. Relive his music as the North Carolina Symphony and NC Master Chorale perform Mozart’s Requiem from February 24–25 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. ncsymphony.org

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