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There isn’t much naturally special about the weekend of April 20 (except Earth Day), so you’re probably wondering why we’d recommend such a random time to visit. For no intentional reason other than that Greater Raleigh is an exceptionally happening and fun-filled place, this weekend is absolutely brimming with events, much more so than usual.

Bring in the Spring with some fun in the sun. The Cuegrass Festival has been an annual hit, hosting one of downtown Raleigh’s largest block parties complete with delicious barbecue and fixin’s from The Pit, not to mention awesome live bands. Get artsy by attending a performance of Leaving Iowa at Raleigh’s Theatre In The Park, or mix your love of food and the arts at the Great Grapes! Art, Music and Wine Festival at the Town of Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre.

Adrenaline Junkies can have the time of their lives with a few N.C. State baseball home games and Carolina Mudcats home games to choose from throughout the weekend. Even aside from baseball, the sports scene will be especially happening, with the ACC Tennis Championship and the North American Table Tennis Olympic Trials at Bond Park, both taking place in Cary.

The performance arts will be going strong during this weekend, with Steel Magnolias and Passport to Wales both set to be performed by the N.C. Theatre and N.C. Symphony, respectively. The Raleigh Amphitheater will host the intoxicating DAYGLOW show, a high-energy fusion of music, art, dance and paint that forms the world’s largest paint party. The Carolina Ballet will also be at the Progress Energy Center, with a dazzling performance of Carmina Burana.

Make sure to get your laughs over the weekend with the belly-rolling humor of the comedians performing at the World Series of Comedy at Goodnight’s Comedy Club. Or watch clowns, dancers and artists perform daring feats at the Cole Brothers Circus at the N.C. State Fairgrounds.

On top of all this, Raleigh will host the area’s largest grand opening, possibly ever! The new Nature Research Center wing at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will open its doors for the first time on April 20, complete with a 24-hour celebration. This will be the largest all-night party downtown Raleigh has ever seen!

There sure isn’t a shortage of fun things to do in Greater Raleigh April 20-22, and we’re positive you’ll leave wishing the weekend had lasted a little longer so you’d have had time to fit in even more!

November is a busy month at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. From live tours fit for the children to classic performances you’ll enjoy, there’s something for everyone this month.

Kids will adore YoGabbaGabba! Live!: It’s Time to Dance! , which features a state-of-the-art, high-energy performance and production that will have everyone singing and dancing along. Gather up your preschoolers and other young children on Nov. 1st and let the fun begin.

The Cake Boss fans will get a chance to interact with Buddy Valastro on Nov. 4th, as he shares stories from behind his hit TV series, answers audience questions and gives a live demonstration of the techniques that have made him one of the most renowned cake artists in the nation.

On Nov. 11th and 12th, get swept away by the beautiful compositions of Liszt and Rachmaninoff, performed by the North Carolina Symphony. A pre-concert talk will be hosted on Friday, and a Meet the Artists event will take place on Saturday.

From Nov. 24th to 27th, witness the beautiful performance of the Carolina Ballet in Robert Weiss’ ballet set to Igor Stravinsky’s Concerto for Two Solo Pianos. The performance opens with the company’s popular Cinderella set.

View the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts event calendar for more.

Are you craving a good belly laugh? If so, then Mel Brooks’ The Producers is definitely for you. Winner of a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards, this outrageously hilarious stage adaptation was  one of the biggest hits to ever land on Broadway.

This production is by the North Carolina Theatre and lasts from Feb. 12th through the 20th at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts.  This ridiculous spectacle follows two would-be producers as they attempt to make a fortune by producing a sure-fire bomb.  You’ll be rolling with laughter as you watch Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom sing and dance their way through the greatest showbiz scam that there ever was.

The Producers is just in time for Valentine’s Day, so get your special someone the great gift of tickets to this hilarious show. You can receive $35 tickets in the mezzanine with discount code “ULLA” or save up to $10 per ticket with discount ticket “MAXANDLEO”.  For more information, visit this site.

We’ve all got a favorite holiday story, and luckily for Greater Raleigh, there are plenty of performances going on throughout December.  Two of these performances, A Christmas Carol and A Christmas Story, are sure to blow you and your family away.  Seeing both is optional, but seeing at least one of them is definitely a must!

The Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts will host the spectacular performance of the timeless holiday classic movie, A Christmas Story.  This story follows a nine-year-old named Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas.  This show is perfect for families but is sure to entertain people of all ages.  To find tickets, visit this site.

Theatre In The Park has created an original musical comedy adaptation of A Christmas Carol, based on the book by Charles Dickens and adapted for the stage.  Approximately 30,000 people attend this local tradition, which first premiered in 1974.  Tickets can be found here.


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