While the royals are busy making an American princess on the world’s stage this weekend, here’s everything you should absolutely consider doing around town — even if you must don your best British wedding garb while you do it. (If you’re looking for more to do this weekend, try these options.)
Art takes over Fayetteville Street in Raleigh
Artsplosure takes over DTR for the 39th time with a host of art, music and entertainment. More than 170 artists have been selected for this year’s juried Art Market. Oh, and the mini-me’s will totes dig Kidsplosure.
ART MARKET HOURS: Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
PERFORMANCES: Check the schedule here.
The 2018 Midtown Bluegrass Series kicks off with the Sunday Ramble in the Park for its fourth installation with North Carolina’s own Big Fat Gap (3 p.m.) and The Lil Smokies (4:30 p.m.). Pre-game with a youth jam sesh with Jef Walter and Carolina PineCones members (2 p.m.). Free.
Low Country Boil and Brews
The livin’ is easy at Flying Saucer’s Low Country Boil and Brews (Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) for daylong shrimp plates, plus special flights for pairing.
If GloSo is your scene, post up at Milk Bar for its 2-year anny weekend throwdown, celebrating all weekend long (May 18-20). Think drink specials, surprises and more. Friday, check out the new The Happy Gilmore cocktail launch (Deep Eddy’s Tea vodka, fresh lemon juice and simple syrup; on sale for $8). Saturday, stop by for $2 singles or $10 buckets of Tecate of Dos Equis; $5 frozen cocktails and a DJ form 2 to 5 p.m., with live music by Autumn Nicole from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, post up for $2 singles or $10 buckets of Miller Lites; $10 mimosa carafes, with a DJ from 2 to 5 p.m. and Jared Stout Band from 5 to 8 p.m.
Great Gatsby Ball
Party a la Roaring ’20s Vegas-style as The Great Gatsby Ball: Casino Night 2018 returns to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences for a second year, Saturday May 19 to benefit homelessness prevention and outreach. GA $135, includes two drink tickets and $1000 in gaming chips.
Yoga + Beer
Yoga and beer? Namaste. Breathe, bend and brew with Olya Carlin @ Bond Brothers Beer Company in Cary. BYO mat. Suggested donation $5 (accepted day of, does not include beer or food). Crispy Gyoza food truck will be on-site for lunch. Limited to 50 spots. Please reserve here.
Celebrate a merge of art and tech via interactive neon audio experiment Light the Woods With Sound at Dix Park, where Raleigh-based neon artist Nate Sheaffer will debut his interactive public art installation, with varying performances Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings, May 11-27.