Out & About in Wake County: March / April 2024

1. Carolina Ballet is excited to embark on a new world-premiere ballet set to the story of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, featuring live music with a new score from composer Aaron Severini. The show will run from March 7–24 at the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh. With brand-new sets and costumes, this is The Little Mermaid like you’ve never seen it before! carolinaballet.com/the-little-mermaid

2. Don’t forget to wear green at this year’s Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival on Saturday, March 16, at 10 a.m. Following the parade there will be food, live music, Celtic-inspired arts and crafts, traditional Irish dance, and child-friendly activities on Leprechaun Lane. raleighstpats.org

3. The North Carolina Museum of Art is hosting Art in Bloom from March 13–17, a perennial favorite among visitors, showcasing stunning floral designs based off of existing artwork within the museum. Proceeds from the event will support museum programming and exhibitions and benefit the NCMA Foundation, Inc. ncartmuseum.org

4. Lace up your running shoes for the 14th Tobacco Road Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday, March 17! The full marathon features over 20 miles of the American Tobacco Trail, and the remainder of the course is flat and fast with a downhill finish. tobaccoroadmarathon.com

5. See some of your favorite WWE Superstars in person as WWE Monday Night RAW returns to Raleigh on March 18 at PNC Arena. pncarena.com/events/detail/wwe-monday-night-raw

6. Put on your party sombrero and go south of the border for the Tacos ’N Taps Festival at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre on April 6. Enjoy an all-you-care-to-taste beer and tequila festival served alongside some of the Triangle’s best tacos and Mexican food, plus great music, margaritas, contests, and many surprises. cary.tacosntaps.com

7. On April 6–7, The Dreamville Festival — an outdoor weekend music celebration curated by hip-hop superstar J. Cole — will bring together local residents and travelers alike to enjoy incredible music performances at Dorothea Dix Park. Since its launch in 2018, Dreamville has become one of the largest annual events in the state and one of today’s most popular artist-led festivals in the world. dreamvillefest.com

8. Raleigh’s Fayetteville Street will come alive from noon to 6 p.m. on April 20 for the NC ’Cuegrass Festival with great barbecue, local brews, and toe-tapping bluegrass. While this is a free-flowing event, you can also enjoy a large covered area with draft beer options, plenty of seating and shade, and a comfortable place to enjoy the festival. cuegrass.com

9. The 11th Annual Festival of Legends — a local fairy festival featuring Medieval combat, mythical monsters, amazing acrobats, fantastic food, and mesmerizing magicians — will celebrate “Shiny Things” on April 27–28 at Sugg Farm in Holly Springs.

10. North Carolina’s largest craft beer festival returns! Brewgaloo runs from April 26–27, and the fun begins Friday night with a sampler event from 6–10 p.m. featuring limited releases, barrel-aged and sour beers. Saturday’s street festival spans the length of Fayetteville Street and fills downtown Raleigh from noon to 8 p.m. with more than 110 NC craft breweries, local food trucks, and vendors. With two stages featuring local bands all day long, this lively festival is sure to be a good time for all. shoplocalraleigh.org/brewgaloo

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