What to do this weekend in the Triangle

Sunny days are coming this weekend, but come Saturday night, most North Carolinians will be inside. As the NCAA Tournament draws to a close, the folks at the Triangle have only one thing in mind:the semifinal game between longtime rivals Duke and UNC.

This year marks the first time the two college basketball teams will meet in the tournament, a statistical anomaly that has mostly kept the Triangle from becoming a dumpster fire every March. So if you’re a basketball fan, prepare for chaos. And if not, well… get ready for chaos.

Clash of the Titans

The Duke vs. UNC game airs at 8:49 p.m. Saturday on TBS. The Triangle’s sports bars will be on tap, so if you’re planning on heading to Franklin Street, downtown Durham or downtown Raleigh, be prepared for a loud, crowded and crazy night. The people will remember the legendary car fire in 2001 after a fan party on Franklin Street got out of control. This year, vandalism like this is even more likely, so stay safe and stay sober.

If you don’t plan to watch the game, avoid the city center. Even if you plan on watching the game, I recommend hosting a watch party from the comfort of your own home, where you don’t have to search for parking and where you can drink as many beers as you want. You can stream the action on the TBS app, NCAA March Madness Live app, TBS.com and NCAA.com. And if you’re an NC State fan, sit back and enjoy the show. May be try to send wrong path from ju-ju UNC beforehand.

First Friday Fundraiser: Support Ukraine

If you’re looking for a non-sporting event, head to Gallery C in downtown Raleigh for an evening of Ukrainian food, music and art, all in support of the Ukrainian people. The guest of honor is Olen Kozlova-Pates, founder of the Ukrainian Volunteer Network of the Carolinas, who has worked for eight years to help Ukrainians and promote their culture in the Carolinas.

Proceeds from the fundraising event will go to the non-profit organization Revived Soldiers Ukraine, which has been providing medical and humanitarian support to the people of Ukraine since 2014.

Self-guided paddle tours

With the big game this weekend, there’s a lot of appeal for some to get as far away from civilization as possible. If you want to be inaccessible, consider taking a self-guided canoe, kayak, or paddleboard trip on Falls Lake. A short ride takes two and a half hours, while a long ride will take half your day, at four hours. The spring weather also means it’s not too hot on the water yet. Tours cost between $30 and $40.

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