Jan
13
Sat
Fayetteville Street Tour @ City of Raleigh Museum
Jan 13 @ 2:00 pm
Fayetteville Street Tour @ City of Raleigh Museum | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States

The heart of Raleigh’s history is centered on “North Carolina’s Main Street” also known as Fayetteville Street. This half-mile long street has a rich and colorful past, whose buildings and stories have helped shape the Raleigh we know today. In honor of this legacy, the City of Raleigh Museum will offer a one hour, one mile walking tours every Saturday at 2 p.m. Tours will highlight the people, places, architecture, and political movements that make up more than 200 years of Raleigh’s history. Tickets can be purchased at the museum on the day of the tour and space is limited. Tours are subject to cancellation due to extreme weather.

Jan
20
Sat
Raleigh Roasts @ City of Raleigh Museum
Jan 20 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Raleigh Roasts @ City of Raleigh Museum | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States

The City of Raleigh Museum is hosting Raleigh Roasts, an event that celebrates Raleigh’s café culture. Larry’s Coffee, Lucette Grace, Raleigh Coffee Company, Rise Biscuits and Donuts, Benelux Coffee, and Escazu Chocolates will be providing patrons with samples and selling their products. Visitors can purchase a $5 wristband that will allow them to sample freely and includes a complimentary COR coffee mug. Chatham Rabbits Music Co. will provide entertainment, playing acoustic music throughout the event.

Fayetteville Street Tour @ City of Raleigh Museum
Jan 20 @ 2:00 pm
Fayetteville Street Tour @ City of Raleigh Museum | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States

The heart of Raleigh’s history is centered on “North Carolina’s Main Street” also known as Fayetteville Street. This half-mile long street has a rich and colorful past, whose buildings and stories have helped shape the Raleigh we know today. In honor of this legacy, the City of Raleigh Museum will offer a one hour, one mile walking tours every Saturday at 2 p.m. Tours will highlight the people, places, architecture, and political movements that make up more than 200 years of Raleigh’s history. Tickets can be purchased at the museum on the day of the tour and space is limited. Tours are subject to cancellation due to extreme weather.

Jan
26
Fri
“KHAAANNN!” – N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences Shows “Star Trek II” @ N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences
Jan 26 @ 7:00 pm
“KHAAANNN!” – N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences Shows “Star Trek II” @ N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States

It is the 23rd century. Admiral James T. Kirk (William Shatner) is an instructor at Starfleet Academy and feeling old; the prospect of attending his ship, the USS Enterprise, on a two-week training cruise for cadets does not make him feel any younger. But the cruise becomes a deadly serious mission when his old nemesis Khan Noonien Singh (Ricardo Mantalban) appears after years of exile determined to give Kirk a dirt nap.

Prior to the movie, beginning at 5:30, check out movie-themed science stations to learn everything you ever wanted to know about the science behind the Star Trek saga. After the movie, hear from a guest speaker to find out what “Star Trek II” got right or wrong, scientifically speaking.

This event features the A/V Geeks’ Skip Elsheimer guiding a fun night of trivia and tongue-in-cheek commentary on popular science-themed movies as well as samples from his vault of 24,000+ short films. Dinner (such as sliders or tacos), drinks (including NC beer and wine) and popcorn are available for purchase before the show.

Jan
27
Sat
Chinese New Year Celebration @ Dorton Arena, NC State Fairgrounds
Jan 27 all-day
Chinese New Year Celebration @ Dorton Arena, NC State Fairgrounds | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States

The Triangle’s largest Chinese New Year Festival. Enjoy performances, authentic Chinese food & drink for purchase and family-friendly activities.

NC Museum of Natural Sciences: Astronomy Days @ North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Jan 27 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
NC Museum of Natural Sciences: Astronomy Days @ North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences  | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States

From telescope crafts to solar observing, special presentations to rocket launches, space enthusiasts of all ages will be educated and entertained when the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences hosts Astronomy Days. Special guest NASA Astronaut Lee Morin visits this year to discuss his work on the International Space Station as part of this year’s event theme: Space Telescopes and Missions.

During the STS-110 Space Shuttle mission in 2002, Capt. Lee Morin participated in two space walks to install the S-Zero Truss on the International Space Station; this was the first time the station’s robotic arm was used for spacewalking (and the first time that a crew’s spacewalks were based from the station’s Quest Airlock). He will recount highlights of this mission during his presentation — “Transforming Fantasy: Building a Space Station” — together with an overview of his work on the Orion Program, America’s new multipurpose spacecraft for manned deep-space exploration. Morin’s presentations take place on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and again Sunday at 2 p.m.

Additional presenters include Dr. Murthy Gudipati, Project Scientist on the Rosetta Mission to comet 67P and the Europa Clipper mission to (you guessed it) Jupiter’s moon Europa. Gudipati will discuss the exciting science and potential public impact surrounding these missions. Dr. Klaus Pontoppidan, Deputy Project Scientist on the James Webb Space Telescope, will talk about the science and technology goals of JWST, NASA’s premier observatory over the next decade. And Museum astronomers will discuss their current research in “Using the Keck Telescope to Study Young Stars” (Dr. Rachel Smith), and the amazing interstellar mission, Voyager, in “Voyager’s Trek to the Stars” (Dr. Patrick Treuthardt) during their presentations on Saturday.

New this year you can also discover the wonders of deep space as you learn about different telescopes, from Hubble to the new James Webb Space Telescope. You can even create and take home your very own mini Hubble! See what it is like to be on the surface of Mars with the Curiosity rover in our Virtual Reality experience. Or discover the unknown universe along with PhD Comics creator Jorge Cham and physics professor Daniel Whiteson.

Additionally, aspiring rocketeers can gaze at the 40-foot working models of the Tripoli Rocketry Association. Sun worshipers can peer at the Sun (safely) through solar telescopes provided by the Raleigh Astronomy Club. All visitors can make and blast off their own bottle rocket on the Museum plaza, find out how much they weigh on different moons and planets, or meet live animals of the constellations (like the bearded dragon, which represents the constellation Draco). There will also be themed face painting (small fee) plus a visit from representatives of NASA’s Langley Research Center.

Astronomy Days is presented in collaboration with the Raleigh Astronomy Club and with additional support from NC Space Grant. Astronomy Days exhibitors include NC State University, Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI), CHAOS (Chapel Hill Astronomical and Observational Society), Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, and SAS Curriculum Pathways.

17th Annual African American Cultural Celebration @ NC Museum of History
Jan 27 @ 10:30 am – 4:30 pm
17th Annual African American Cultural Celebration @ NC Museum of History | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States

Join the statewide kickoff to Black History Month at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. Named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, the 17th annual African American Cultural Celebration will feature more than 75 musicians, storytellers, dancers, chefs, historians, playwrights, authors, artists, reenactors, and more.

Fayetteville Street Tour @ City of Raleigh Museum
Jan 27 @ 2:00 pm
Fayetteville Street Tour @ City of Raleigh Museum | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States

The heart of Raleigh’s history is centered on “North Carolina’s Main Street” also known as Fayetteville Street. This half-mile long street has a rich and colorful past, whose buildings and stories have helped shape the Raleigh we know today. In honor of this legacy, the City of Raleigh Museum will offer a one hour, one mile walking tours every Saturday at 2 p.m. Tours will highlight the people, places, architecture, and political movements that make up more than 200 years of Raleigh’s history. Tickets can be purchased at the museum on the day of the tour and space is limited. Tours are subject to cancellation due to extreme weather.

Jan
28
Sun
NC Museum of Natural Sciences: Astronomy Days @ North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Jan 28 @ 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm
NC Museum of Natural Sciences: Astronomy Days @ North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences  | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States

From telescope crafts to solar observing, special presentations to rocket launches, space enthusiasts of all ages will be educated and entertained when the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences hosts Astronomy Days. Special guest NASA Astronaut Lee Morin visits this year to discuss his work on the International Space Station as part of this year’s event theme: Space Telescopes and Missions.

During the STS-110 Space Shuttle mission in 2002, Capt. Lee Morin participated in two space walks to install the S-Zero Truss on the International Space Station; this was the first time the station’s robotic arm was used for spacewalking (and the first time that a crew’s spacewalks were based from the station’s Quest Airlock). He will recount highlights of this mission during his presentation — “Transforming Fantasy: Building a Space Station” — together with an overview of his work on the Orion Program, America’s new multipurpose spacecraft for manned deep-space exploration. Morin’s presentations take place on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and again Sunday at 2 p.m.

Additional presenters include Dr. Murthy Gudipati, Project Scientist on the Rosetta Mission to comet 67P and the Europa Clipper mission to (you guessed it) Jupiter’s moon Europa. Gudipati will discuss the exciting science and potential public impact surrounding these missions. Dr. Klaus Pontoppidan, Deputy Project Scientist on the James Webb Space Telescope, will talk about the science and technology goals of JWST, NASA’s premier observatory over the next decade. And Museum astronomers will discuss their current research in “Using the Keck Telescope to Study Young Stars” (Dr. Rachel Smith), and the amazing interstellar mission, Voyager, in “Voyager’s Trek to the Stars” (Dr. Patrick Treuthardt) during their presentations on Saturday.

New this year you can also discover the wonders of deep space as you learn about different telescopes, from Hubble to the new James Webb Space Telescope. You can even create and take home your very own mini Hubble! See what it is like to be on the surface of Mars with the Curiosity rover in our Virtual Reality experience. Or discover the unknown universe along with PhD Comics creator Jorge Cham and physics professor Daniel Whiteson.

Additionally, aspiring rocketeers can gaze at the 40-foot working models of the Tripoli Rocketry Association. Sun worshipers can peer at the Sun (safely) through solar telescopes provided by the Raleigh Astronomy Club. All visitors can make and blast off their own bottle rocket on the Museum plaza, find out how much they weigh on different moons and planets, or meet live animals of the constellations (like the bearded dragon, which represents the constellation Draco). There will also be themed face painting (small fee) plus a visit from representatives of NASA’s Langley Research Center.

Astronomy Days is presented in collaboration with the Raleigh Astronomy Club and with additional support from NC Space Grant. Astronomy Days exhibitors include NC State University, Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI), CHAOS (Chapel Hill Astronomical and Observational Society), Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, and SAS Curriculum Pathways.

Feb
2
Fri
First Friday Raleigh @ Downtown Raleigh
Feb 2 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
First Friday Raleigh @ Downtown Raleigh | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States

First Friday is a free self-guided tour of downtown’s cutting edge cultural hot spots. Local art galleries, art studios, alternative art venues, and museums stay open late the first Friday of every month to welcome thousands of art-seeking enthusiasts downtown.