30 Things to Do in Raleigh This Week, Oct. 13–19


The NC State Fair is finally here!—plus other happenings to check out around town this week.

Bob’s Burgers Skeeball Tournament

“Let me see your ‘everything is okay’ face.” Bop over to Boxcar for a Bob’s Burgers-themed skeeball and b-ball tournament. Don temporary tattoos, mustaches, stickers and maybe even a full character-themed fit if you’re really feelin’ it. May the games begin! theboxcarbar.com

Gardening Workshop

We give this one two green thumbs up! Bloom into a better gardener and grow that plant knowledge via this workshop with Atlantic Gardening Company. dixpark.org

Raleigh City Council Meet & Greet

Join us (!) and Midtown Raleigh Alliance for a candidate meet and greet at Bowstring Pizza & Brewyard. Plus, register online and you’ll get your first drink on us! raleighmag.com

N.C. State Fair

“Nothing could be finer” than the annual NC State Fair! Make your way to the State Fairgrounds for fried food galore (NTM giant turkey legs, ice cream, etc…), rides and attractions, competitions and more good ’ole Southern fun. ncstatefair.org 

Dracula and the Masque of the Red Death

Sink your teeth into this bloodcurdling show returning to the stage just in time for spooky season. dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

Capital Club 16 Oktoberfest

For the 13th year running, Capital Club 16 is featuring all the Oktoberfest essentials (think beer, Bavarian food and bumpin’ music). Get ready to oompah all night! capitalclub16.com

Gabi’s Ghostly Gala

Calling all guys and ghouls! Whitaker & Atlantic is hosting a spooky soiree to support the special abilities community. Can we get a boo-yah? whitakerandatlantic.com

NC Beer Night 

Feelin’ crafty? Roll up to the NC State Fair’s NC Beer Night for an exciting assortment of craft beers and educational opps on the process of brewing. After all, why be salty when you can be malty? ncstatefair.org

Saint Augustine’s Homecoming Kickoff Party

Honey, I’m home… coming! Experience the sounds and swagger of NiiTO and DJ Lonnie B & DJ Assassin at this sure-to-be-pumpin’ party. lincolntheatre.com

Campbell Open House 

Future camels can catch a glimpse of what their lives could look like at Campbell University, with an opportunity to speak to campus representatives, hear about the admissions process, tour campus and learn about academic programs. Happy hump day! calendar.campbell.edu

Chelsea Cutler

“Stay next to me” at The Ritz for Chelsea Cutler’s When I Close My Eyes tour. livenation.com

Falling for Local

Oh my gourdness! Show some local love while enjoying all kinds of fall fun—think food trucks, local vendors, hay rides, lawn games, a pumpkin patch and more. Ya better beleaf it’ll be a blast. shoplocalraleigh.org

Fall on the Farm

Get on your high horse and saddle up for Corral’s annual fam-friendly mane  event filled with horses, pumpkin decorating and other fun fall activities. corralriding.com

Howl-O-Ween Pup Crawl

Oh, hot dog! Dress up Fido for Cause for Paws’ eerie-sistible event feat. best-dressed prizes, raffles, VIP swag, food, drinks and more. Time to get unleashed! cfp-nc.org

Hispanic Latinx Heritage Celebration

Celebrate the final day of National Hispanic Heritage Month with an afternoon of Latin American music, food and crafts at Botanist and Barrel. Eat authentic Argentinian cuisine from Asadito Food Truck, bop to bossa nova and musica latina tunes, and check out multiple handcrafted vendors. botanistandbarrel.com

NC Wine Festival

Wine not head to Koka Booth to sip your way through exclusive wines and specialty cocktails during this annual fest?! After all, it’s wine o’clock somewhere… ncwinefestival.com

North Hills Wine Walk

There’s no need to wine when there’s a good cause involved. Go for a walk, drink wine and benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Sip, sip, hooray! kayyow.com

Oak City Fit Fest

Fitness is fab. Join the Raleigh Event Collective’s Oak City Fit Fest for yoga, spin and trampoline classes—plus peruse a slew of local health and wellness vendors. We’re jumping for joy! @raleigheventcollective


Grab a beer and go for the gold at Trophy Brewing’s Oktrophyfest, complete with fare from Capital Club 16, live music, local vendors and Oktoberfest bier (natch). Bottoms up! trophybrewing.com

Red Bull Chariot Race

Calling all fearless, fun and, ahem, may we say, energized Raleighites! The Red Bull Chariot Race is taking place in DTR for the first time ever—and yes, it’s as fun as it sounds. Think you’ve got the wiiings to compete? redbull.com 

Yoga and Mimosas

Will bend for alcohol. Grab your crew and head to Hummingbird for an hourlong vinyasa flow class by Unita Yoga—followed by free mimosas (!). We’ll cheers to that! hummingbirdraleigh.com

2022 Walk to End Alzheimers

Don some purple and take a stroll at the NCMA to honor both those affected by Alzheimer’s and help raise money for Alzheimers care, support and research. alz.org

Powers Concealed: Egúngúns From Africa and America 

Translating to “powers concealed” and referring to both masquerade and the embodiment of the supernatural power resident in ancestors, Egúngúns is an eye-opening exhibit on the global hypercontemporary art form. ncartmuseum.org

Legends of the Lawn

If you’re sexy and you throw it, roll up to compete in lawn games (think bocce, cornhole, croquet, kanjam and kubb) to win The Golden Mallet—plus raise money for local orgs. legendsofthelawn.com

Community Pizza & Pickleball Tournament

Grab a slice of ’za then slice up the pickleball courts while fundraising for V for Victory, a nonprofit charity benefiting local families battling cancer. Sounds like a big dill. dprplaymore.org

Doug Stanhope

While his jokes can be vulgar and are “certainly not for everybody,” Doug Stanhope continues to keep it raw and real since his start in 1990–minus the mullet. improv.com

Greta Van Fleet

If you dream in gold, you’re gonna wanna get tix for Greta Van Fleet’s sophomore album tour at PNC Arena. pncarena.com

Fall Cookie Decorating Class

If you’re a smart cookie, hit up The Willard for a cookie decorating class complete with a glass of wine and a skyline backdrop. Sounds like a pretty sweet time! thewillardraleigh.com

Pusha T

We wanna push ya (get it?) to check out Pusha T at The Ritz. “If you know you know.” livenation.com

Film Fest 919

Film buffs, rejoice! Enjoy a slew of some of the finest feature films over the course of five days at this fab film fest. filmfest919.com


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