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What’s going on this week? Here are 9 of our Best Bets.

Bull’s mascot Wool E. Bull holds up the 2017 Triple A National Championship trophy as the Bulls open the 2018 season in April.
Bull’s mascot Wool E. Bull holds up the 2017 Triple A National Championship trophy as the Bulls open the 2018 season in April. cliddy@newsobserver.com

There’s a lot going on this week. Here’s your cheat sheet of can’t-miss events around town.

1. Durham Bulls Fan Fest

If you plan it, they will come. Kick off the baseball season with this official Durham Bulls season kickoff — for free. The Fan Fest features batting practice on the field, photo ops with the Governors’ Cup trophy and a free raffle (grand prize is a night in the Bulls Team Suite for you and 20 friends), plus food trucks, discounted merch, the chance to grab tickets for the season’s biggest games (think opening night, Star Wars Night, Lollygagger Night, etc.) and more. Oh, and got chops? National anthem auditions are taking place prior (3-4 p.m.). Play ball! Durham Bulls Athletic Park, 409 Blackwell St., Durham. March 2, 5-7 p.m. Free. milb.com/durham

2. Mardi Gras Party

Fat Tuesday is upon us. Laissez les bons temps rouler (“Let the good times roll”)! Break out the beads and purple and green garb, and gear up for a Sunday Funday “Fat Tuesday” celebration at Neuse River Brewing Company focused around indulgence — like a special Hurricane beer; fresh shucked NC oysters via Oysters Carolina, who will be on-site; and Mel’s Minis Food Truck — all while you groove to Boom Unit Brass Band (3-4 p.m.), get caught up in a spontaneous parade and get FAT. 518 Perish Road, Raleigh. March 3, 2-5 p.m. Free. neuseriverbrewing.com

3. Fat Tuesday at The Big Easy

Bourbon Street converges on Fayetteville Street at The Big Easy Downtown, where the “Big Easy” party is coming to you. Get up in mask, feathers, boas, etc. and get your N’awlins groove on to the tunes of Groove5, and enjoy party favors, king cakes, Hurricanes and more. 222 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. March 5, 8 p.m. Free. bigeasync.com

4. First Friday

Walk off the winter blues with a host of hot events for March’s First Friday. Our picks? The Cocktails and Conversation featuring the works of Paul Friedrich at Sir Walter Coffee, and opening receptions at Artspace: “Monolights,” by Brent Morris; “In the Arches, We Cave,” by Mariam Stephan; and “National Print Invitational,” curated by Bill Fick and Judy Jones. Times and locations vary, Raleigh. March 1. Free. downtownraleigh.org/first-friday-raleigh

5. Food Hall Lunch Bag Comedy Tour

Food hall meets funny at Morgan Street Food Hall, where the Lunch Bag Comedy Tour lands on Friday with top area comedians, including Drew Robertson, Aaron Ransom, Matt White, and Mike Mello. Go, laugh, live. 411 W. Morgan St., Raleigh. March 1, 8:30-10 p.m. Free. morganfoodhall.com

6. Hurricanes Alumni Game

Take warning. The Revolution returns as Hurricanes alumni take the ice once more for a free-to-the-public matchup (optional contribution to Carolina Hurricanes Foundation at the door welcome). Some confirmed players include Sean Hill, Bates Battaglia and more. 1400 Edwards Mill Road, Raleigh. March 3, 1:30 p.m. Free. nhl.com/hurricanes

7. Time for Tots: Kitchen Gadgets

Whip up some knowledge (and food!) at this North Carolina Museum of History event, where your kid (ages 3 to 5) can view gadgets past and present, and then use them to make some yummy grub. 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. March 5, 10-10:45 a.m. tickets $5 per child, free for MOHA members. ncmuseumofhistory.org

8. KoreaFest

Into K-pop, K-drama, K-beauty, K-fashion? Or Korean food, art and history? Immerse yourself in Korean culture (and food, history and fun) at this third installment of KoreaFest with games, classes, activities and much more, plus slated performances by K-pop girl group H.U.B., former member of BP Rania Alex Reid; singer-songwriter DABIT; singer-songwriter David Oh (cast member of “We Got Married”); local rap group 919K; hip-hop emcee HeeSun Lee and Youn Duck Kyung Dance Co. And for the shoppers, there will be vendors. Kerr Scott Building, Hillsborough Street, Raleigh. March 2, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. General admission $15, Celeb meet & greet tickets $30. nckoreafest.com.

9. Tinkering & Drinkering

The kid and adult in you are about to go on the best date ever. Remember Shrinky Dinks? Dig LEGOs? Spend a night at Raleigh Brewing Co. trifling with such toys, plus KEVA blocks, needle felting, Perler beads, leather working — and even a co-op video game — whilst imbibing a cold one . The event is a collaboration between the brewery and the N.C. Museum of Life and Science for a night of “tinkering & drinkering.” 3709 Neil St., Raleigh. March 7, 6-8:30 p.m. $10 suggested donation for materials and supplies. lifeandscience.org

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