Social Events in Raleigh, North Carolina This Week

Let’s explore social events in Raleigh, NC happening this week. Local events are a great way to meet new people and make new friends. Look through this page and consider going out and socializing during one of these social events.

Social events are great and offer a world of possibilities. You can make new friends, learn new skills, see things from different perspectives and it’s fantastic for your mental health. And never before has companionship and being able to spend time with others been as important as it is today.

You probably remember being a kid and going up to another person your age and saying, “Do you want to be friends?” and that was pretty much that. Friend made. Alas, it’s not quite as simple now that we’re grown up, but it doesn’t have to be as difficult or as awkward as we think. There are thousands of people out there who would love to meet up with others, finding them just takes a bit of help and that’s what we’re here for.

On this page, we hope you’ll find some interesting events in Raleigh where you can make some new friends.

Local Groups’ Events in Raleigh

Tenko Do Martial Arts Class

Tenko Do Martial Arts Class

◦ When: Wednesday, May 22nd

◦ Where: 824 N Bloodworth St

Join the Raleigh Tenko Do Martial Arts Meetup Group for a special class on Tenko Do which has a modern twist on MMA techniques. This event is perfect for beginners as well as seasoned practitioners looking to sharpen their skills and learn new techniques. Our experienced instructor will provide a comprehensive overview of Tenko Do which is a combination of 35 years of experience, Okinawan karate, (…)

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Build Your First Dagger Module

Build Your First Dagger Module

◦ When: Wednesday, May 22nd

◦ Where: 3915 Beryl Rd #130

One of Dagger’s very own will be in town, Kyle Penfound, and he will be leading you through the best way to build your Dagger Module.

Join your fellow Daggernauts for a night of mingling, coding, and lightning talks. We’ll start the event off with a tutorial on how to build your own Dagger module, and then we’ll end the night with lightning demos from anyone who would like to show off their modul(…)

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May Yoga at Mini Acres Farm

May Yoga at Mini Acres Farm

◦ When: Wednesday, May 22nd

◦ Where: Mini Acres Farm

Let’s gather at Mini Acres Farm for another nourishing and energizing yoga class as we celebrate the mild days of May.

Parking opens at 5:45

We’ll meet at Mini Acres Farm just outside Downtown Raleigh where there is plenty of space to park, set up your mat for practice and enjoy nature. You are invited to join for yoga and relax on the farm property as we meet in conscious community with other y(…)

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Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Club: THE LATHE OF HEAVEN by Ursula K. Le Guin

Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book Club: THE LATHE OF HEAVEN by Ursula K. Le Guin

◦ When: Thursday, May 23rd

◦ Where: Quail Ridge Books

Buy your copy from Quail Ridge Books and get a 21% discount! [https://www.quailridgebooks.com/science-fiction-fantasy-book-club](https://www.quailridgebooks.com/science-fiction-fantasy-book-club)

A classic science fiction novel by one of the greatest writers of the genre, set in a future world where one man’s dreams control the fate of humanity.

In a future world racked by violence and environme(…)

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Scaling for Technology Startups

Scaling for Technology Startups

◦ When: Wednesday, May 22nd

◦ Where: MacGregor Downs Country Club

Join us at Triangle Digital Product and Technology Meetup to explore the key strategies and best practices for designing to scale within technology startups. In this session, we will dive deep into the challenges and opportunities that come with scaling processes in a fast-paced startup environment. Our expert speakers will share their insights on how to effectively align team efforts, optimize pr(…)

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Democrat discussions

Democrat discussions

◦ When: Saturday, May 25th

◦ Where: Cantina 18

Come and hang out over drinks and chips & dip to discuss politics with fellow democrats. We will talk about things like specific policies we support and our ideal candidates for the next election cycle. Join in the conversation. (Please be respectful and listen to others voices with kindness.) Together we can make a difference.(…)

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Single payer healthcare (new date)

Single payer healthcare (new date)

◦ When: Saturday, May 25th

◦ Where: Lucky Tree

**Let’s discuss single payer healthcare**
Single payer healthcare is another great idea that is getting ruined. Even though I agree that specking about ideals and “perfect situation in vacuum” having government paying for healthcare seems like the most humane solution. However, I am not big proponent of talking about idealistic scenarios in vacuum.
Here are some example articles to read:
Some defi(…)

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Walk + Social! Mondays are for the Dogs at Crank Arm Brewing (cross posted)

Walk + Social! Mondays are for the Dogs at Crank Arm Brewing (cross posted)

◦ When: Monday, May 20th

◦ Where: Crank Arm Brewing Company

https://www.meetup.com/crank-arm-cycling-running-yoga/events/rmhqwsygchbbc/

This is a cross-posted event. “Mondays are for the dogs!
Bring your well behaved and leashed pooch for a social dog walk.
No organized routes just you and your four legged friend out for a fun evening.”

I plan to arrive at 6:30 pm and take off for about a 45 min walk around downtown at approximately 6:40 pm. I will retur(…)

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Founders Local Practice Pitch Night (Free)

Founders Local Practice Pitch Night (Free)

◦ When: Wednesday, May 22nd

◦ Where: Raleigh Founded – North Street

Are you an entrepreneur or startup founder planning to fundraise? Practice nailing your pitch in a safe environment first and get feedback.

Whether you are tossing around an idea to see if it has some sticking power or you’re preparing to actively start fundraising, this is the event for you!

At Founders Local Pitch Nights, we’ve created a safe place to practice pitching what you are building an(…)

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The Creative Act: A Way of Being by Rick Rubin

The Creative Act: A Way of Being by Rick Rubin

◦ When: Saturday, May 25th

◦ Where: Starbucks

# **Let’s read *The Creative Act: A Way of Being*, by legendary music producer Rick Rubin.**

Many famed music producers are known for a particular sound that has its day. Rick Rubin is known for something else: creating a space where artists of all different genres and traditions can home in on who they really are and what they really offer. He has made a practice of helping people transcend thei(…)

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Mid Week Pick Me Up- Music Bingo at Bull City Ciderworks

Mid Week Pick Me Up- Music Bingo at Bull City Ciderworks

◦ When: Wednesday, May 22nd

◦ Where: Bull City Ciderworks Cary

Get ready to put your music knowledge to the test and join me for a fun evening of Musical Bingo! We will be meeting at the Cary location. I registered through Eventbrite using this link: [Music Bingo](https://www.eventbrite.com/e/weekly-music-bingo-ciderworks-cary-tickets-884859547727)

Hope to see you there.(…)

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Join us in Cary to talk stock ideas and strategies

Join us in Cary to talk stock ideas and strategies

◦ When: Saturday, May 25th

◦ Where: Fortnight Brewing Company

Join the Stocks and Investing Club for drinks and friendly conversation on stock strategies. Whether you are a beginner looking to learn the basics of the stock market, or an experienced trader seeking advanced techniques, this event will provide valuable insights. Our group is very laid back and welcoming, but we don’t normally talk about day trading or crypto.

Come network with fellow individua(…)

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🍾🥂✨ Healthy, Wealthy, & Wise Rooftop Sunset Cocktails & Convos w/ Miss Martine

🍾🥂✨ Healthy, Wealthy, & Wise Rooftop Sunset Cocktails & Convos w/ Miss Martine

◦ When: Tuesday, May 21st

◦ Where: AC Hotel – Level 7 Rooftop Bar

Our cocktails & conversations theme for this month is the positive feedback loop between healthy, sustainable living and sustainable wealth-building. Encouraged to bring friends and colleagues.

Leading up to the event, introduce yourself and connect with other like-minded individuals around topics like farmsteading, self-subsistence, healthy living, wealth-building, celebrating Caribbean culture,(…)

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Folks, THIS is Apache Kafka

Folks, THIS is Apache Kafka

◦ When: Monday, May 20th

◦ Where: Deutsche Bank

**Abstract**
On day one of Green Bay Packers’ training camp each season, legendary coach Vince Lombardi stood before his team holding a “pigskin” and said: “Gentlemen, THIS is a football.” This highlights the importance of the basic fundamentals of any subject. In an ecosystem like Apache Kafka, it’s imperative that we understand the pieces and parts that compose this “highly scalable event stream(…)

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Poetry Critique

Poetry Critique

◦ When: Tuesday, May 21st

◦ Where: WXYZ Lounge at the Aloft Hotel

Hey everyone! Join us for our next poetry critique at the WXYZ Lounge of the Aloft Hotel!

We will be starting at 7:10 ish after most people have arrived.

At this event, everyone has an opportunity to read a poem they’ve written and are looking for critique on. We ask that you have specific feedback people can focus on, or to state if you’d just like positive review only.

Please remember to uplo(…)

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Grillin’ and Chillin’ – Memorial Day Weekend Cookout & Games

Grillin' and Chillin' - Memorial Day Weekend Cookout & Games

◦ When: Saturday, May 25th

◦ Where: ClemCon

ClemCon is hosting a Memorial Day Weekend Gaming Event!
Come out and join us for some grillin’ and some chillin’!
We will be providing the meats and drinks. You bring a side or a snack and lets game on!
I will have plenty of fun ClemCon swag and roll off for some fabulous prizes.
Have a drink, listen to some music, play some games, make some friends!
Play anything from our game collection or bring(…)

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WOWW – Women of Wealth and Wisdom

WOWW - Women of Wealth and Wisdom

◦ When: Monday, May 20th

◦ Where: 7501 Creedmoor Rd

**WOWW – Women of Wealth and Wisdom**

WOWW – Women of Wealth and Wisdom is a monthly meeting that will explore all the topics and areas of our lives to empower us to create our wealth, retain our wealth, grow our wealth and protect our futures.
Each month we will discuss a variety of topics. Come learn, grow and network.

***Are you ready to uplevel and take control of your aging journey?***

Ple(…)

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Bitcoin and Freedom Technologies – Freedom Tech Workshop

Bitcoin and Freedom Technologies - Freedom Tech Workshop

◦ When: Thursday, May 23rd

◦ Where: The Loading Dock — Dock 1053

Bitcoin is a critical technology in terms of freeing our money from the undue influence of the cantillionaires. But bitcoin alone cannot free all captured networks. This workshop will explore other freedom technologies taking shape around bitcoin and other protocols. This will be an open discussion of technologies intended to promote human freedom. Topics will include, but are not limited to:

* [(…)

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Cary Connections Meeting

Cary Connections Meeting

◦ When: Monday, May 20th

◦ Where: Hope Community Church

Business owners and professionals introducing themselves and their businesses.(…)

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The Power of Window Functions

The Power of Window Functions

◦ When: Tuesday, May 21st

◦ Where: 4300 Edwards Mill Rd

Window functions have nothing to do with the Windows operating system but provide a “window” in a data set when used in SQL queries. They are powerful, set-based methods to view data in unexpected ways. Window functions provide easy, set-based solutions to solve some common problems:

* Using running totals
* Performing operations on intervals
* Identifying data gaps and islands
* Performing aggre(…)

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Tips to meet people at social events

You can make more friends at one party by showing interest in them than in a month by trying to meet people online. Meeting new people and making genuine connections in local events can be fun and easy if you go with the right mindset.

When it comes to meeting new people, nothing beats showing up in the real world. But none of the tips will work if you are not coming from the right place. Keep an open mind when attending social events. Reframe strangers as potential friends, it will make it much easier to approach conversations and fully engage in them.

When choosing an event, keep an eye on interesting themes, something you can relate to. Meeting new people in the context of mutual interest increases your chances of being friends.

Research events with the types of people you want to meet. They could be people in your age group, your field of work, or a specific neighborhood. Do not be too strict though, loosen up a little bit from your expectations.

Go where people are intentionally looking to make friends such as networking events where it feels normal and expected to walk up and introduce yourself.

In this digital era, apps and websites are the most convenient solutions for finding out about local events. If you are not sure where to look for events happening in Raleigh, you can try out Visitraleigh.com, Downtownraleigh.org, or Triangleonthecheap.com.

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