Holiday festivities begin in the Triangle this weekend with the Tree Lighting at North Hills and the Raleigh Christmas Parade downtown. See my recent post for a full list of holiday events going on now through December. Don’t worry though, there is plenty of other non-holiday stuff happening this weekend if you aren’t quite in the holiday spirit just yet! I’ll be taking a break from the blog next week to enjoy time with family and hope you all have a happy and safe Thanksgiving! Here are my picks for the weekend:
Friday November 22nd
Coffee Brewing Demo & free tasting at Videri Chocolate
Stop by Videri Chocolate in the Raleigh Warehouse District this Friday between 6-8pm for a cool coffee brewing demonstration using the innovative Impress Coffee brewer. There will be free samples (tastings). You can also take a self guided tour of there chocolate making operations at Videri. Bonus: Make sure you stop by the bottle shop Tasty Beverage next door while you are down that way.
Jo Gore Performs at Sola Coffee & Cafe’– North Raleigh
This Friday Sola plays host to musical guest Jo Gore. I’ve seen Jo and her partner Bo perform as an acoustic duo several times. They are a truly amazing duo and are not to be missed. Music by Jo Gore along with dinner at Sola makes for the perfect Friday evening date night. Get there early for the best seating! Music starts around 7:30pm.
Saturday November 23rd
Raleigh Christmas Parade
Yes it’s still November, but the Raleigh Christmas Parade is not to be missed. Fantastic Floats, music, and entertainers cruise through downtown to huge crowds. My favorite spot to watch is on Fayetteville Street near the capital building.
Pipe-Band Pub-Night w/ Bag Pipers at Tir Na Nog
Yeah Bag Pipers! Join the members of the Wake & District Public Safety Pipes and Drums as they celebrate yet another tremendous year together. This year the “Pipe-Band Pub-Night” will feature performances by members of Wake and District, the NCSU Pipe Band and My Three Kilts. It will be an evening full of piping, drumming, dancing, singing and meriment. They will have special edition FOR OUR FALLEN t-shirts, hats and mason-jar pint glasses available for sale. A $4 cover charge is being requested with proceeds for our fallen; there will be a toast to our fallen at 10:00 pm.
North Hills Tree Lighting
Stop by North Hills this Saturday from 4-8pm for a day of Holiday activities. Vendor Village, Live Music, Train Rides, and Santa. The highlight of the night will be the lighting of the Christmas Tree. You may even see me out there playing my trombone!
Rent Party at The Cookery in Durham
Housing for New Hope’s Inaugural Rent Party will gather the community together for a night of live music and the city’s best culinary creations to raise funds to help families and individuals move from homelessness to home. All funds raised will help support security deposits, rent, utility deposits and associated costs of establishing sustainable housing for the homeless.
Sunday November 24th
Carrboro Film Festival
The idea behind the Carrboro Film Festival is to promote local area shorts films that are twenty minutes or less. The first year, the response was incredible, with nearly 100 entires. From those, a day filled with fabulous films was created, and that tradition has continued over the years. Saturday, November 23rd. at the ArtsCenter and the Century Center and Sunday, November 24th. at the Century Center! One day ticket is$10 and 2 day pass: $15
Sunday Night Swing Dancing – Raleigh Elks Lodge
The biggest weekly swing dance party in the Triangle. Celebrating 8 years of great Lindy, West Coast Swing and Slow Blues dancing. You can expect lots of friendly dancers who are supportive and welcoming to first time attendees. Cash bar, great air conditioning, set in a comfortable, smoke free atmosphere. No partner is necessary – all welcome.
See website for more info
Bonus Pick for Monday November 25th
“All Souls” Presented by NC Opera & CAM Raleigh
Falling somewhere between the categories of melodrama, radio play and opera, All Souls is a setting of nine excerpts from the novel All Souls Day. It will be performed by the New Music Raleigh chamber orchestra under conductor Timothy Myers and featuring Canadian vocalist Ashleigh Semkiw. Seating in this venue is limited, so get your tickets today! Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online or over the phone at 919.792.3850. Performance is Monday, November 25 at 7:30 pm. CAM Raleigh @ 409 W. Martin Street, Raleigh, NC 27601.
For more information, visit http://www.ncopera.org/performances/all-souls