What’s going on this week? Here are 12 of our Best Bets.

Brewgaloo 2014
Brewgaloo 2014

There’s a lot going on this week. Here’s your cheat sheet of can’t-miss events around town.


The stuff of your craft beer dreams returns to downtown Raleigh with a Friday Block Party and tasting sampler event featuring barrel-aged and sour beers, and the staple Saturday Street Fest with 110-plus North Carolina breweries available by the glass or taste — plus food trucks, vendors, local bands and plenty of people-watching perfection. Designated drivers need not purchase a ticket (shout out for being responsible!). Block Party, City Plaza, Raleigh. April 26, 6-10 p.m., one price to enter ($35-$45). Street Fest, all of Fayetteville Street, Raleigh. April 27, 2-10 p.m., price by pint or taste. $30 for 25 drink tickets redeemable for pint (5 tickets) or 3-ounce pour (2 tickets). Prices do not include handling fees. shoplocalraleigh.org/brewgaloo/

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Cary Spring Daze Arts & Crafts Festival

If you’re in Cary, sate your appetite for spring arts and crafts fests under the shady canopy at Bond Park with the 26th installment of the annual #CarySpringDaze event, with over 170 North Carolina artists, entertainment across five stages, fab fare, a Wellness Challenge, and an Earth Day celebration to boot. Bond Park, Cary. April 27, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Parking is limited at Bond Park, so look for the free shuttles. One shuttle leaves the Town Hall parking deck from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every 20 minutes. Another shuttle leaves every 30 minutes from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from Green Hope High School. The Bond Park Community Center has lots for ride-share passengers. If it rains, the festival will be April 28 from 1 to 6 p.m. townofcary.org/recreation-enjoyment/events/festivals/spring-daze-arts-and-crafts-festival/

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Spring Jazz Brunch

Up your brunch game with a backdrop of Raleigh’s skyline at the 21-older Spring Jazz Brunch at Dix Park, featuring music from Peter Lamb and the Wolves, plus local food truck fare and adult sips from Trophy Brewing and Bedlam Vodka. Dix Park, Raleigh. April 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free, but register as tickets are limited. dixpark.org/event/spring-jazz-brunch

Melissa Etheridge

You’re gonna “want to come over” to the Carolina Theatre when multiplatinum raspy rock star Melissa Etheridge puts on The Medicine Show, including songs from the new album of the same name, which just dropped in April. With a pair of Grammys, five Platinums and an Oscar to boot, the radical rock rarity really is in many ways the “only one”—making this a can’t-miss. 309 W. Morgan St., Durham. May 2, 8 p.m. From $68. carolinatheatre.org/events/melissa-etheridge-medicine-show

Paradise Bazaar

Think market and mayhem, in the indoor-outdoor market celebrating local vendors: from vinyls and art/crafts to food, beer, music cosmic light projections — oh, and there’s magic bus painting. Ya know, just your typical Saturday. PS37, 600 Foster St., Suite B, Durham. April 27, Market, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Afterparty 6-10 p.m. Free to enter market. ps37.space

Kinshop Spring Market

Grab the fam and Fido for some spring shopping at Kinshop. The $5 ticket gets you live music, photo booth opps, a succulent make and take, access to cocktails and food, and, of course, plenty of fab shopping. Junction West, 310 S. West St., Suite 110, Raleigh. April 28, VIP preview hour 11 a.m.-noon; general admission, noon-6 p.m. $5 at the door; 5-and-under free. kinshopnc.com/spring19


That howl you hear is your dog’s freedom cry (think super-dramatic like Mel Gibson a la “Braveheart”). The specially crafted 4-acre fenced pop-up dog park is at Dix Park, where Rover is allowed off-leash to run and romp to his heart’s content. Small dogs have a separate area (safety first, friends!). Not to be left out of the fun, humans can enjoy food and beer, plus plenty of pet-themed vendors for their four-legged friends. Happy tails to you, indeed! Dix Park, Raleigh. April 27, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. dorotheadixpark.org/event/pop-pupalooza-dog-park-3

Bark in the Park

Take your best friend (the furry one) out to the ballgame. The Bulls’ super-popular Bark in the Park is back for five games this season, the first of which is this week. All canine ticket proceeds benefit Second Chance Pet Adoptions… like “Bull Durham” meets “Lady and the Tramp” — and everyone wins. Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham. April 29, 6-10 p.m. Five-game package $70; individual human tickets $9, canine ticket $5 (please select outfield reserve section)..secondchancenc.org/2019-bark-in-the-park

Fairest Creatures 2019: The Sonnets of William Shakespeare

What better way to fete the Bard’s birthday than with an annual reading of 154 of his sonnets (1-77 one night, 78-154 the next)? Pequod Productions will hold its fourth annual event, giving you the chance to listen — and if you like, sign up as a reader. Sonorous Road Theatre, 3801 Hillsborough St., Suite 113, Raleigh. April 28 and 29, 7-10 p.m. each night. Free. sonorousroad.com


Post up at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham for four days of art, technology and music at Moogfest. There’s plenty of free stuff, in addition to a variety of ticket options. 201 W. Main St., Durham. April 25-28. From $249. moogfest.com

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NCCU’s Jazz Festival

Jazz up your week with a ticket to NCCU’s 29th annual Jazz Fest featuring accomplished student musicians from the Jazz Studies Program and such renowned professional artists as Grammy-nominated Nnenna Freelon (April 26), and saxophonists Brian Miller and James Gates (April 27). April 22-27. All events free and open to the public, with donations to the Department of Music encouraged. nccu.edu

Goodguys 5th North Carolina Nationals

If hot rods and horsepower fuel you, you’re about to have the best weekend ever. Amassing over 1,500 hot rods, customs, classics, muscle cars and trucks, the event features exhibits, swap meet, cars for sale, a car show, a Saturday night demo, AutoCross racing and more fun for the whole fam. N.C. State Fairgrounds, Raleigh. April 26-28. Tickets from $10, 6-and-under free. good-guys.com/ncn-2019