February Events: What’s Happening in Raleigh (includes Black History)

Hello friends! We are doing our best to share with you what Raleigh events are happening each month. When we say Raleigh, we may also include events throughout Wake County and the Triangle region!

Raleigh events in February

The beauty of living in Raleigh is we’re within easy access to incredible places, events, and Raleigh attractions within a 30-minute drive. That’s why we love it.

So if we find a cool event in Chapel Hill or Durham that we think it’s worth driving to, we’ll share it so you can continue to enjoy this vibrant Raleigh lifestyle. Never let an imaginary boundary line spoil your fun.

Having said that, we cannot include everything, and we don’t always know everything that’s going on, so if you have any suggestions on cool events in Raleigh, leave them in the comments below.

We also update our email community every Friday with more Raleigh events, news, cool finds and happenings, so be sure to join us. It’s free and the best way to keep connected.

We’ll also sometimes share personal things happening for our family during the month. Simply because our community love following what we are doing (live on Instagram). Our lives are dedicated to exploring, discovering cool things to do in Raleigh and just living large.

Black History Month

Estey Hall, Shaw University
Estey Hall, Shaw University

February is Black History Month. It’s celebrated throughout Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and the rest of the Triangle, with festivals, storytelling, performances, lectures and much more.

This month presents a great opportunity to explore the many Black American heritage sites and historical attractions in Raleigh. Here is an in-depth post sharing Black history and cultural experiences in Raleigh. For now, here are a couple:

  • Estey Hall: is the oldest standing building at Shaw University and the first women’s dormitory constructed for the purpose of educating African American women in the USA.
  • Mordecai Historic Park shares the stories of the 200 African American slaves who lived on Mordecai Plantation between the American Revolution and the Civil War.
  • The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Gardens are a key stop on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail and is also the first public park in the USA solely devoted to Dr. King.
  • Pope House Museum is the only African-American house museum in the state of North Carolina. It offers a glimpse into the life of one of Raleigh’s most intriguing citizens, Dr. Manassa Thomas Pope, who was the only African-American man to run for mayor of a Southern capital in the midst of the Jim Crow Era.
  • North Carolina Museum of History has exhibits which share the African American story and their contributions to the history of North Carolina. “The Story of North Carolina” exhibit which includes a lunch counter from a 1960 Salisbury, N.C., sit-in during the American civil rights movement.

While we always recommend you support local black-owned businesses in the Triangle, make this the month you go the extra mile and consciously seek them out and show your support.

  • Black Friday Market: This retail department store in the heart of downtown Raleigh allows black owned businesses, creators and artists to sell their products commission free under the one roof, or in their online store.
  • Zen Succulent: Plant lovers rejoice with this modern terrarium and plant craft business full of unique greenery and handcrafted gifts from emerging makers. 
  • Houseplant Hippie: is a cool mobile unit filled with plants. You’ll find Kay at many local markets. Even better have her consult with your home and help you create a plant oasis (with tips on how to keep them alive)
  • Nashona is a fantastic new boutique store downtown filled with vibrant African fabrics and products handcrafted from Tanzania.
  • No Woman No Girl: Fantastic local non-profit founded by Shirnetta J Harrell to provide essential items to those women and girls in our community at risk.

21st Annual African American Cultural Celebration, Jan 29, 2022

Where: Virtual 10:30pm – 4pm Register here

This years free online event is centered on the theme Black People, Green Planet: Environmental Justice. For over 20 years, this celebration has brought together African American community members, organizations, authors, artists, musicians, filmmakers, scholars, and more, around a central theme to highlight the contributions that African Americans, past and present, have made to North Carolina’s history and culture.

NC MLK Black History Month Parade & Block Party, Feb 5, 2022

Where: Burlington Avenue, Durham 11am- 4pm

The 19th annual North Carolina MLK Black History Month Parade and Block Party. Will feature DJs, Bounce Houses, Food Trucks, Vendors, Face Painting, and more, making this event “For the Entire Family For the Entire Day.” Parade starts at 12pm.

African-American Genealogy Symposium, Feb 12, 2022

Where: City Of Raleigh Museum – Virtual Event 10 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Register here

Listen to a variety of speakers discuss four different topics related to Black History:

  • Uncovering the stories of those who were enslaved at the Spring Hill Plantation, where Dix Park is today.
  • Investigating a compilation of newspaper ads for enslaved individuals who ran away from plantations in North Carolina.
  • Uncovering individual narratives for the nearly 140 enslaved workers employed at the Capitol.
  • Slave petitions project at UNC Greensboro

Black American Music Series, Feb. 13, 2022

Where: Hayti Heritage Center 6 – 7:30pm

The Hayti Heritage Center will be hosting their Black American Music Series with a tribute to jazz legend Charlie “Bird” Parker feautring Sam King. Learn more

Bazaar For Black History Month, Feb 19, 2022

Where: Transfer Food Hall 12-5pm

Come support Black Owned Business at Transfer Food Hall. This is a free event and will be from 12-5PM.

Pop-up Museum at Dix Park, until Feb 27, 2022

Where: Dorothea Dix Park – Chapel Event Center / Tuesdays & Wednesdays – 10am-2pm, Saturdays – 10am-4pm & Sundays- 12-5pm

Dix Park’s first-ever Pop-up Museum hosts two inspiring black-history exhibits: Plantation to Park, presenting the layered history of Dix Hill and We Built This, a showcase of Black architects and builders in North Carolina.

North Carolina Museum of Art exhibition on architect Phil Freelon, Feb 26 – May 15, 2022

Where: NCMA EAST BUILDING, LEVEL B, JOYCE W. POPE GALLERY

A free exhibition highlighting the career of storied NC architect Phil Freelon, who designed the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. This exhibition critically examines his work, which includes museums, libraries, cultural centers, and public parks, with a focus on his projects that foreground African American communities and identities

Where: Halle Cultural Arts Center, Apex

Celebrating Black History Month with artwork by Charlton Cole. Reception: Friday, February 25, 6pm-8pm 

Week 1: Tues 1st – Sun 6th

This week, our family will be traveling to Charlotte for the Billie Eilish concert (our daughters are big fans.) Craig and I will be lunching at the Mayton Inn, Cary for the first time and we’ll be watching the NC State women’s basketball team take on Florida State at James T. Valvano Arena at William Neal Reynolds Coliseum.

Groundhog Day 2022 Feb 2, 2022 (12-1pm)

It feels like we’ve been stuck in Groundhog Day for 2 years now. And in true pandemic fashion, you can join the shadow ceremony virtually. Give us an early Spring please! Hosted by NC Museum of Natural Sciences. See more here.

First Friday, Feb 4th 2022

Where: Downtown Raleigh

First Friday is celebrated on the first Friday of each month at locations throughout Downtown Raleigh. Art galleries and studios are open late with rotating exhibits and artist talks. Exhibitors feature artists, music, and special offers. Retailers and restaurants can offer discounts and specials. There’s something for everyone. First Friday is free and open to all.

Big Frosty Beer Festival, Feb 5, 2022

Where: Raleigh Beer Garden 12- 4pm

Gather in the Raleigh Beer Garden outdoor space to sample a wide variety of beer and cider from local, regional, & national breweries There will also be food and live music. Ticket price includes a complimentary sampling mug with unlimited samples.

Krispy Kreme Challenge, Feb. 5, 2022 (virtual)

Krispy Kreme Challenge, Raleigh
Flashback to 2020 Krispy Kreme Challenge

Another year, another catastrophic absence of this FUN live running event. But, not completely. You can join in the fun virtually.

The Krispy Kreme Challenge is one of the most unique things to do in Raleigh, and possibly the most unique run in the USA. All you have to do is run 5 miles return from NC State Belltower to the Krispy Kreme on N. Person St. Take a quick pit stop there to eat a dozen doughnuts and then run back!

During the old, fun days, the race would see about 8,000 people participate, many in costumes. Suitable for all ages and walking is also encouraged. Of course, devouring doughnuts is optional.

Watch the video of our Krispy Kreme run in 2020:

NC Songwriters in the Round, Feb 6, 2022

Where: Lincoln Theater 6-10pm

A great night of music from some great North Carolina songwriters at the Lincoln Theater. Support local artists. Featuring Jason Adamo, Eric Holljes (of Delta Rae), Paige King Johnson, Mysti Mayhem, Abigail Dowd, Brent Jordan (of Porchlight Apothecary), Stephen Jenkins, John Sierra Get your tickets here.

Week 2: mon 7th – sun 13th

Imagine Dragons, Feb. 10, 2022

Where: PNC Arena

We have two tickets (YAY) and are ready to rock out to one of our favorite current rock bands, Imagine Dragons. Coming to Raleigh to celebrate their latest release, “Mercury – Act 1” I’m ready for All The Acts!

Dancing in the Street: The Music of Motown, feb. 10 – 12

Where: Meymandi Concert Hall at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts

Relive the Magic of Motown with the North Carolina Symphony and guest-star singers as they perform smash hits made famous by artists like Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, Lionel Richie, Diana Ross, The Temptations, and the one and only Stevie Wonder. Get ready to dance to hits including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “My Girl,” “Superstition,” and many more! . See more here.

Valentine’s Drive In: The Big Sick, Feb 12, 2022

Where: Dorothea Dix Big Field, 7pm – 9:30pm Gates open 5:30pm)

Turn the nostalgia up on your romance with a movie under the stars. Tickets are free but required to book in advance. Get yours here. Food Trucks will be on-site for food and beverages.

Dino Stroll, Feb 13

Where: Raleigh Convention Center 10-5pm

Dinosaur lovers will enjoy walking back into history along side life-size animatronic dinosaurs. Standing over 25 feet tall and over 60 feet long, they’ll be moving their heads, blinking their eyes, spraying water and so much more. This is an interactive and educational adventure. Advance purchase tickets required.

Week 3: Mon 14th – sun 20th

Monster Jam, Feb 19 – 20, 2022

Where: PNC arena

Engineered to perfection, the 12,000-pound Monster Jam trucks push all limits in Freestyle, Skills, Donuts and Racing competitions. Monster Jam is action packed fun for the whole family. Must like loud noises! See more here.

Great Backyard Bird Count, Feb 18

Where: Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park at North Carolina Museum of Art 10-12pm

An annual worldwide citizen-science event to count and track birds. Come to the Museum Park to help collect this important data and learn more about birds in the process. See event here.

Week 4: mon 21st – mon 28th

This week, I (Caroline) am on a 7 day tour of Jordan with Globus Tours, on assignment with our other site, ytravelblog.com This will be about my 50th country visited!

NC State vs. UNC, February 26, 2022

Where: PNC Arena

BIG ACC basketball game in a BIG stadium between big rivals in the Men’s Basketball. If you don’t have ticket’s, head to any local sports bar to watch the action!

Body Mind Spirit Expo, Feb 26 – 27, 2022

Where: Kerr Scott Building at North Carolina State Fairgrounds

Learn from an incredible selection of the nation’s finest psychics and mediums, the best in alternative health, wellness tools, products, and resources. Also featuring live performances of music, dance, and spoken word.

ONGOING RALEIGH EVENTS

Exquisite Creatures: The Art of Christopher Marley: through March 20, 2022

Where: North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Exquisite Creatures is a collection of 350 stunning three-dimensional displays of rare (and real) organisms from all over the world, including a goliath birdeater tarantula from French Guiana; a Gaboon viper from Tanzania; and a zebra mantis shrimp from South China Sea.

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