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The Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo, pictured in 2013, features more than 50 food trucks spread out along Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh
The Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo, pictured in 2013, features more than 50 food trucks spread out along Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh

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

Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo

Downtown Raleigh’s Food Truck Rodeo season officially has resumed, and the first of four scheduled events will park on Fayetteville Street for Cinco de Mayo, shutting down the entire street and serving up 50 dessert carts and food trucks (let’s taco bout some Mexican?!). Stretchy pants recommended, and sombreros could be fun, but please leave the fur babies at home for this one. Fayetteville Street, Raleigh. May 5, noon-6 p.m. Free to attend, food for

“Beautiful, The Carole King Musical”

Immerse yourself in the legacy of iconic singer Carole King in her meteoric rise to music legend as the passionate young Brooklyn girl Carol Klein who fought her way into the spotlight — with plenty of personal hurdles along the way as she finds her true voice. The must-see inspiring true story features such favorites as “I Feel the Earth Move,” “One Fine Day” and, of course, title song “Beautiful.” Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham. May 7-12, times vary. From $34.50. A digital rush lottery will offer a limited number of $30 seats. Enter the day before each performance. Seat locations for singles and pairs will vary.

Sarah Bockel stars as the title character the production of “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.” Here, she performs King’s “Natural Woman.” Matthew Murphy Courtesy of Broadway in Columbia

OUT! Raleigh Festival

If you love love — and hugs, and fun — the ninth annual #OutRaleigh2019 is where you’ll wanna spend at least some of your Saturday. The free family-oriented event aims to spread inclusiveness and bring the community together over live entertainment, local vendors, artists, food, a KidsZone and a beer garden. The Free Mom Hugs organization will be dishing out hugs and smiles in front of ABC11 TV station. Fayetteville Street, Raleigh. May 4, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free, but donations welcome.;

Beach Music

If “there ain’t no other kind of music in the world that gives [you] quite the thrill,” pull out your shag swag because beach music is back filling the air at North Hills on Thursdays with the 12th season of Midtown Beach Music Series. North Hills, The Commons, 4191 Main at North Hill St., Raleigh. May 9, and Thursdays through Aug. 15, 6-9 p.m.

Midtown Music Fest

Celebrate spring with the fifth annual art & music fest at on the lawn at North Hills, with four bands (think original tunes and popular covers), interactive art exhibits, a vendor village, food trucks, local brews and spirits, flame throwers, hip-hop dancers, stilt walkers and more, to benefit VAE Raleigh. Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park, Raleigh. May 4, 3-9 p.m. Free.

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PAW Patrol Live!: Race to Rescue

Grab the tots and swap Nick Jr. for DPAC: It’s time for a live ruff-ruff rescue as the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race and Mayor Goodway is MIA for her race against Mayors. DPAC, Durham. May 4-5, times vary. From $24.50.

Tacos ’n’ Tequila Crawl

Would it even be Cinco de Mayo without tacos and tequila? Bring your amigos to “get taco’d.” Tickets include four free tacos, free sombrero, drink discounts, plenty of party opps, a taco eating contest and more. Kick-off party starts at Noir, 425 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. May 4, 2-10 p.m. From $19.99.

Unleashed Spring Fling

Pile your pups and peeps — even ol’ Oliver the cat — in your Honda Pilot and fetch yourself a good time with the sixth annual #K9SpringFling dog and cat fundraiser. Many rescue groups will be on-site, as well as vendors. But don’t miss the hunt your pooch was born to sniff out: a massive Doggie Easter Egg Hunt with thousands of eggs filled with various prizes. It promises to be totally “pawsome.” N.C. State Fairgrounds, Raleigh. May 5, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Donations encouraged.


The Junior League of Raleigh’s Touch-A-Truck event gives kids of all ages a chance to touch trucks large and small (think emergency trucks, construction equipment, big rigs, mobile machinery), while helping others. Proceeds go to BackPack Buddies Program, feeding food-insecure children in Wake County. Oh, and if the trucks didn’t move you, kids get to meet Wake County’s first responders, truck operators, builders and helpers. There’s also face painting, food trucks, a bounce house (portends of future naps!) and more. Spring Hill Lot, 701 Barbour Drive, Raleigh (enter through Dix Park). May 4, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (with a quiet hour from 9-10 a.m. for kids sensitive to light and sound). From $6.

Wellness Wednesdays at The Dillon

Start your morning off by getting shredded en plain air above the city with Shred415 (which is slated to open a space in the building later this summer), part of The Dillon’s Wellness Wednesdays series on the Sky Terrace. (Other series events are 5:30-6:30 p.m.). 223 S. West St., Raleigh. May 8, 7 a.m.-8 a.m. Free and open to the public.

Charity fashion show

Couture rocks the catwalk to benefit cancer research, patient care and awareness in this annual charity fashion show featuring emerging and celebrity designers. Fashion for a cause, indeed. The Durham Armory, 212 Foster St., Durham. May 5, 6-9 p.m. $25.