31 Things to Do in Raleigh This Week, Sept. 15–21


There’s a host of fun events happening in Raleigh this week—from fests to fundraisers to football and more!

Through 10/2

“Let It Go” and make the trip to DPAC for the Broadway musicial Frozen–including 24 performances and 12 new numbers by the film’s songwriters. Well, the show never bothered us anyway… dpacnc.com

Gary Allan

A modern day outlaw, multiplatinum country artist Gary Allan is bringing his Ruthless energy to Duke Energy Center following the release of his first new album in eight years. dukeenergycenterraleigh.com 

Kanki 50th Anniversary Celebration

If you wanna maki the best of your evening, roll up to Kanki for a 70s-themed celebration of its 50th year. With a throwback menu, best-dressed contest, guest chefs, dancing and a DJ, this event is sure to be totally groovy! kanki.com

Raleigh Chamber’s 134th Annual Meeting

Oh, for the love of Raleigh! Sit in on the Raleigh Chamber’s annual meeting to hear updates on regional accomplishments, then stick around with an outdoor party on Lichtin Plaza. … And make sure to explore the themed tents celebrating NC livin’—plus plenty of food, drinks and live music. raleighchamber.org

The Grass Is Dead

“Run for the Roses” to Lincoln Theatre for a night of bluegrass-y rock (think Grateful Dead x Old Crow) and fiddling around. lincolntheatre.com

The Office Trivia

In the wise words of Michael Scott, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” So take a shot and test your knowledge of The Office during Junction West’s trivia event! junctionwestnc.com

Design Imperatives: Place. Community. Planet.

Think and do! This NC State College of Design conference will feat. mobile workshops, discussions and speakers (including NCSU Chancellor Randy Woodson!) who will offer ideas on “how individuals, companies, local governments and other institutional partners can work together to address and resolve the challenges of today and tomorrow.” design.ncsu.edu

Alec Benjamin

What’s better than Jesus in LA? Alec Benjamin in DTR. Roll up to The Ritz for his The (Un)Commentary Tour with Sara Kays. ritzraleigh.com

Lavell Crawford

Can a brother get some love? Rising star comedian Lavell Crawford is bringing his giant-sized talent to Raleigh Improv for a night of laughs. improv.com

Pride and Prejudice

We’re so in love… It’s “a truth universally acknowledged” that you’ll ardently admire this spunky modern take on Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice. raleighlittletheatre.org

Asia Fest

Also known as the Greater Triangle Dragon Boat Festival, the seventh annual fan fave will feature ~100 exhibits and activities. Think cultural displays, games, performances and dragon boat races, natch—NTM a variety of ethnic foods and delicacies. boothamphitheatre.com 

Avi Kaplan

Float on a dream (and good music!) at Avi Kaplan’s show at Lincoln Theatre. lincolntheatre.com


Ready to find your soil-mate? Bug out at the largest bug-centered event of its kind in the country with over 100 exhibits, crafts, games, activities and more. Snailed it! naturalsciences.org 

Generation Radio Live in Concert

Rock on and give back to NC firefighters and paramedics with this concert featuring musical legends like Rascal Flatts’ Jay Demarcus and Tom Yankton, Chicago’s Jason Scheff, and Tom Petty’s Steve Ferrone. theriseaboveband.com 

NC State vs. Texas Tech

Raider red is about to meet Raleigh red in a bloodbath under the lights at Carter-Finley. gopack.com

Oberlin Village BBQ

Go hog-wild for pulled pork from City Barbecue, live music by the John Brown Jazz Band and a historic Oberlin trolley tour. brownpapertickets.com


Guten tag! Get autumn started with at Gizmo Brew Works’ free (!) Oktoberfest Celebration…with live music, food and craft beer (natch). Oh, ja! gizmobrewworks.com

Transfer Co. Pop-Up Market

Show your local love via this unique market experience—in collaboration with Roshambo Pop-Up Market and Transfer Co. Food Hall—that combines local food, music and shopping. It’s the ultimate trifecta for a stellar Saturday. transfercofoodhall.com

Wu-Tang Clan & Nas

Get in a NY State of Mind at Walnut Creek with legendary hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan and East Coast rapper Nas. One love! livenation.com 

Yappy Hour

We’ll collie you later! Bring your pooch to Dix Park for Yappy Hour, which will feature a paws-itive  assortment of local pet vendors for Fido, and food and beer for all the dog moms and dads. So pawsh! dixpark.org

Start Talking: Fischer/Shull Collection of Contemporary Art

Stop talking and start gawking at NCMA’s new exhibit feat. pieces amassed over the past three decades (and still ongoing!) from the collection of Hedy Fischer and Randy Shull. ncartmuseum.org

Canes 5K

Let’s break the ice! Trade your skates for running shoes for the 9th annual Canes 5K at PNC Arena. Registration includes a Hurricanes home ticket, T-shirt, breakfast and a beer (!) to boot. Take warning… nhl.com

Fall Fundraiser

You’re always guaranteed a seat at A Place at the Table’s fall fundraising event! The pay-what-you-can-cafe will be serving up a spectacular night with Rocky Top catering and a silent auction. Sold. tableraleigh.org

Hidden Palate Speakeasy Brunch Party

You had us at brunch. Explore your hidden palate with this speakeasy brunch party at a secret location. Oh, the mystery! hiddenpalate.com

NC State LIVE 50th Anniversary Block Party

Kick off NC State LIVE’s golden anny season with an afternoon of interactive craft-making, cake, and a spectacular giant puppet performance by Squonk feat. two giant puppet hands the size of a house (!). live.arts.ncsu.edu

NCMA Groove

Feelin’ groovy? Music + joy + people come together for an afternoon of Latinx, Caribbean and Pan-American tunes, including salsa, bachata, merengue, reggaeton, samba and more. ncartmuseum.org

Rooftop Jazz Brunch

Head up to The Willard rooftop to nosh on shrimp and grits, eggs Benedict, and the signature hot honey chicken and waffle sandwich as you’re serenaded by pianist Jonathan Markow. We love this one a brunch! thewillardraleigh.com

9/20, ongoing
Bands at Brookside

Belly up to Brookside Bodega every Tuesday for a rotating selection of boppin’ bands, tasty bites and beer to boot! brooksidebodega.com

Crooked Coast

“Rise & shine” for Crooked Coast’s genre-defying show at The Pour House. thepourhousemusichall.com 

Stargazing at The Willard

Keep your eyes on the skies from The Willard rooftop. … Set your sights on Jupiter and Saturn and sip on a celestial-inspired cocktail as you gaze. Sounds out of this world! 


Taste Tour of Greece

Transport your taste buds to the tropical paradise of Greece via Vidrio’s multicourse meal. Opah! vidrioraleigh.com


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