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10 Events in Raleigh to Make the Most of Winter


The year is coming to an end, but the fun won’t end in Raleigh over the winter months! From New Year’s Eve celebrations to galas for good, there’s something going on that everyone can enjoy. These ten winter events in Raleigh will have you happily crawling out of your cozy blanket cocoon.


First Night Raleigh 2018

Ring in the New Year at the 27th Annual First Night Raleigh 2018! Enjoy nearly 100 different music, theater and other performances in over 35 venues in the Downtown area. A ferris wheel is a romantic way to get a new perspective on our city, and the Fayetteville F5 amusement ride will get your adrenaline pumping! If you’re looking for a new hobby to pick up, check out the daytime DIY Festival from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the NC Museums of History and Sciences. Just make sure you’re on Fayetteville Street right before midnight for the WRAL Countdown to Midnight and the famous Raleigh Acorn Drop!


Boodle Fight and Boodle Night

Forget the typical New Year’s Eve festivities and celebrate at MOFU Shoppe with a “boodle fight!” This Filipino Military tradition involves a feast placed a long table lined with bamboo leaves. Every participant, regardless of rank, stands shoulder to shoulder and eats together as a symbol of camaraderie, brotherhood and equality. It’s called a “fight” because traditionally the feast is eaten with your hands and everyone must fend for themselves. MOFU will provide bibs and disposable gloves so you can go at it and keep your festive outfit mess-free! Stay after dinner for Boodle Night and sip special drinks featuring Boodle British London Dry Gin while dancing to music played by DJ Zach Nobel. Make it until midnight for a champagne toast.


New Year’s Eve with John Heffron

Laugh your way into 2018 with New Year’s Eve with John Heffron! Skip the chaos of the bars and enjoy a fun night of food and drinks from the comfort of Goodnight’s lounges and showroom. The late show includes party favors and a champagne toast at midnight.


iHeartMedia and G105 2018 New Year’s Eve Celebration

The Triangle’s Official 2018 New Year’s Eve Celebration will be a party like none other, with the newly-crowned Miss North Carolina 2018 counting down to midnight. This 21-and-over event will be held at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel in Downtown Raleigh and will span across three ballrooms. Each ballroom will feature a different DJ, and The Redline Band will be performing live! Tickets include party favors, a photo booth, coat check and a VIP option with free champagne and access to an open bar and food table.


Triangle Restaurant Week 2018

Celebrate Raleigh’s thriving food scene with Triangle Restaurant Week, a week-long celebration of culinary excellence featuring approximately 60 Raleigh-area restaurants. From Jan. 22nd – 28th, each participating restaurant will offer special, three-course menu options at fixed pricing. It’s the perfect chance to indulge in fine local cuisine without breaking the bank!


African American Cultural Celebration

Kick off Black History Month on Jan. 27th with the African American Cultural Celebration to celebrate our state’s diverse heritage and culture! The event features more than 75 musicians, storytellers, dancers, chefs, historians, playwrights, authors, artists, reenactors and more. It’s the perfect time to learn something new!


Krispy Kreme Challenge

Krispy Kreme Challenge race in Raleigh, NC


Do you think you love doughnuts? Do you think you love them enough to stomach twelve of them and run five miles all in one hour? The Krispy Kreme Challenge on Feb. 3rd is the ultimate test of your physical fitness and gastrointestinal fortitude. This nationally-publicized charity race is also the number one tradition to complete before graduating from North Carolina State University (NCSU). The challenge begins at the Memorial Belltower on campus, and runs 2.5 miles through historic Downtown Raleigh to Krispy Kreme. After ingesting one dozen glazed doughnuts, it’s time to run 2.5 miles back to the belltower! All proceeds from the Krispy Kreme Challenge are donated to the N.C. Children’s Hospital.


Mardi Gras Masquerade Party

Experience a taste of New Orleans at the annual Mardi Gras Masquerade Party on Saturday, Feb. 3rd! Get inspired by the culture and traditions of the Crescent City, which is also the birthplace of jazz music. With your ticket, you’re eligible to receive event sponsored giveaways, and you can enjoy networking, dancing, exquisite Creole cuisine and much more!


For the Love of Art Gala & Fundraiser

The 34th Annual For the Love of Art Gala & Fundraiser on Feb. 10th dedicates an entire evening to celebrating creativity! Each year, VAE’s creative community gathers to raise a glass to the accomplishments of the previous year and fund the next. Bid in the silent auction, dine with other art lovers at the buffet dinner and participate in a live auction at the end of the night all for a great cause!


Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ – In Concert featuring the North Carolina Symphony

Audiences will be able to relive the magical adventure of Harry Potter’s second year at school like never before! The North Carolina Symphony will perform John Williams’ otherworldly score as the film plays in high definition at Duke Energy Center. The concert plays Feb. 23rd and 24th at 7:30 p.m. both nights.


We hope you have fun at these winter events in Raleigh! If you’re out and about and find yourself looking for a new home in our city, we hope you’ll take time to drop by Park Central Apartments for a look at the first high-rise apartment community in the Midtown District of North Hills. Visit Park Central online at to schedule a tour or call us directly at (844) 816-7095.


Hope to see you soon!


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