The next week or so provides a plethora of things to do – from celebrating the season of love with any of the Valentine’s events and specials happening at local stores and restaurants to starting the Mardi Gras party season with street festivals and carnivals. Below is just a selection of unusual Triangle local events to take advantage of this weekend and next week.
A one-night-only event on Thursday February 12 starting at 7:30, Dancing Pros Live features a few dancers from the well-known Dancing With the Stars TV program and is hosted by Alan Thicke. Ten of the world’s most professional dancers compete live on stage and the audience gets to vote! A variety of dance styles – from Samba to Cha-Cha to Tango to Swing – and sumptuous costumes, a gorgeous set, and singing by The Voice’s Angel Taylor make this a high-energy experience of top talent. Held at the Durham Performing Arts Center, tickets range from $40 – 85 (plus fees).
Started in 2000, The Love Hangover is now an international concert happening in 6 cities with 38 shows and 350+ performers. The one happening in Raleigh is on Sunday, February 15, at Kings Barcade at 7:30pm. Playing “songs to heal broken hearts and break whole ones” local musicians will be paired as duos to sing songs about love in all of its glory: the agony, the joy, the anger, the pain, the passion, etc. Tickets are only $8, the event is all ages, and the show often sells out so buying them in advance online is heavily suggested.
WRAL’s Out and About team has put together a great list of multiple Mardi Gras events. Fat Tuesday is officially on Tuesday, February 17th but the celebrations start this weekend and continue throughout next week. From Durham’s 3rd annual Big Parade to “Valentine’s Gras” at Motorco to a street festival on Fayetteville St in downtown Raleigh, there is something for everyone to enjoy the fantastic food, culture, costumes, and general revelry of New Orleans without travelling outside the Triangle.