Things to Do in Raleigh, N.C.: February 2016
Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 1pm by Ryan Smith
Now, at the North Carolina Museum of History...
Billy Graham and His Journey of Faith
Lifelong Learners have many options in Feb., ranging from thought-provoking museum exhibits to events celebrating Black History Month. The North Carolina Museum of History presents the free exhibit N.C.'s Favorite Son: Billy Graham and His Remarkable Journey of Faith (through 7/10), which explores the life of Billy Graham and his ministry spanning several decades. Visitors to the 5,000-square-foot exhibit will discover the roots of a N.C. dairy farmer's son and how he became a worldwide ambassador of the Gospel. Retrace Graham's steps through personal memorabilia, interactive displays and compelling multimedia that help bring his story to life. Extreme Mammals continues (through 3/27) at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences where you'll learn about the diverse world of mammals and their history; the fascinating mammals featured, big and small, surprise and intrigue audiences of all ages.
Celebrate Black History Month in Raleigh, N.C., with a selection of more than 50 African-American heritage attractions to explore, including landmarks and markers in art, business, education, medicine, politics, religion and more. If you're looking for events at which to celebrate, the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre welcomes Bright Star Touring Theatre for their performances of African Folktales (2/4) and Freedom Songs: The Music of Black History (2/18).
From Dunks to Doughnuts
Follow in the storm chase at PNC Arena when the Carolina Hurricanes NHL hockey team takes to the ice against the Pittsburgh Penguins (2/12), New York Islanders (2/13), Winnipeg Jets (2/16), San Jose Sharks (2/19), Tampa Bay Lightning (2/21), Philadelphia Flyers (2/23), Boston Bruins (2/26) and St. Louis Blues (2/28). See the schedule here. NCSU's men's basketball team takes on Wake Forest (2/13), Clemson (2/20) and North Carolina (2/24) leading into the start of March Madness with the 2016 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship First and Second Rounds (3/17 and 19) at PNC Arena. Speaking of basketball, the Harlem Globetrotters (2/27) celebrate their 90th anniversary world tour showing off their skills to fans of all ages at PNC Arena. Can't miss: Indulge in the friendly competition where doughnut eating and running collide. A Raleigh tradition continues with Krispy Kreme Challenge 2016 (2/6). Embark on the five-mile journey, downing 12 doughnuts before you continue the race back to the finish line :: All Adrenaline Junkie events
Artful Happenings for All
Throw on your leather jacket or your pink skirt and join Danny and Sandy as they take the stage in Grease (2/9-14), presented by the North Carolina Theatre. In recognition of the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, Carolina Ballet presents Love Speaks (2/4-5 and 6-21), a tribute with popular love sonnets and a world premiere by choreographer in residence Zalman Raffae. If your musical taste extends into classical music, you'll enjoy the North Carolina Symphony's presentation of The Firebird (2/12-13). Make your way through the gallery walk in downtown Raleigh, filled with art, food and music during First Friday (2/5). Can't miss: Broadway Series South presents Shaping Sound (2/2). Take in the invigorating dance styles and musical mash-ups that bring this show to life through captivating choreography, reimagining the way you see dance :: All Creative Genius events
Time for a Raleigh Roadtrip
Three-time GRAMMY Award®-winner R. Kelly (2/11) hits the PNC Arena stage with "The Buffet Tour" featuring his new singles "Backyard Party" and "Marching Band." Head to the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts where you'll sing along to all the songs during Invincible: A Glorious Tribute to Michael Jackson (2/19), and Third Day and Brandon Heath make a stop at the venue during the "Lead Us Back" tour (2/25). With a touch of R&B and some funk, The Jones Family Singers (2/21) put their own spin on gospel music at the Garner Performing Arts Center. Can't miss: If you missed them during Ipreo Raleigh Winterfest in Dec., you can see them during their "Roadtrip to Raleigh." Follow in the journey as American Aquarium (2/5 and 6) heads back to their roots in Raleigh in a show to make you feel right at home :: All Music Maniac events
Plenty for the Foodie
Raleigh favorite Trophy Brewing Company has officially opened its new location on Maywood Ave.-continue in the fun and check out their new taproom! Experience what Raleigh has to offer with Tobacco Road Tours, which has introduced their new tours. Meet the bar owners and learn about the origins of cocktails during the Craft Cocktail Tour, with stops at Rye Bar & Southern Kitchen, Coglins Raleigh: The 80's & 90's Bar, Common 414 and Circa 1888. Tobacco Road Tours is also offering a Culinary & Culture Tour with a behind-the-scenes look at a selection of Raleigh favorites. Can't miss: Take in the growing traditions of farm-to-table at the State Farmers Market, Raleigh, open 365 days a year. Pick up seasonal fruits and veggies or make a stop at the N.C. Seafood Restaurant with fresh seafood and N.C. culinary traditions :: All Foodie events
Photo of Billy Graham courtesy Billy Graham Evangelistic Association