39 Things to Do in Raleigh This Week


Through 10/9
Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week

Hit up DTR on an empty stomach for a taste of our city’s thriving food scene. Bon appetit! downtownraleigh.org

Through 10/14
Rise Against Hunger Chef Showdown

If you’re against hunger… please stand up. Rise Against Hunger is hosting its second annual Starts With a Meal Chef Showdown on social media this week, with seven chefs and TV personalities from across the country and around the world creating recipes inspired by the regions where Rise Against Hunger works to alleviate hunger. Vote by liking, commenting or sharing your fave videos! riseagainsthunger.org

Belts & Beers

Buckle up for brews and a custom leather belt workshop (!) at Unlikely Professionals, where you’ll spend the evening sipping, cutting and crafting. Don’t let this opportunity go to waist (had to)! downtownraleigh.org

Fall Hootenanny & Foodie Festival

Hay, there! Head to Phillips Farm in Cary for this Southern hootenanny feat. 30+ local food and bev vendors, live music, farm-style fun (think field games and cow train rides), seasonal fall decor for sale, and more. nceatandplay.com

History and Highballs 

Dying to learn more about NC’s haunted history? History and Highballs is teaming up with The Ghost Guild for cocktail sips and spooky legends surrounding our state. So spooky! ncmuseumofhistory.org

PIP’s Love is Art Auction

Every doggo is a diamond in the ruff. Perfectly Imperfect Pups is hosting its first-ever Love is Art auction, complete with art and pet adoptions… proving anything is paw-sible where precious pups are concerned. pipsrescue.org

Movies in the Garden: Hocus Pocus

“I’ve put a spell on you” not to miss a night of Hocus Pocus in the park. Cheers, witches! raleighlittletheatre.org

Nikki Lane

Good jeans? Good genes. Catch Nikki Lane’s Denim and Diamonds tour at Lincoln Theatre for a night full of country music croonin’. lincolntheatre.com

Raleigh Beer Garden Oktoberfest

’Tis the Wiesn! For an un-beer-lievable, caravan over to Cary’s eigth annual Triangle Oktoberfest for beer and brat consumption (natch), wiener dog races (!), yodeling contests and a German car display. Danke schon! triangleoktoberfest.org

Sixth Annual Pink Ribbon Classic

Time to treasure the chest and raise funds to fight breast cancer at North Ridge Country Club’s sixth annual event featuring pickleball, golf and tennis, followed by a Pink Party and live auction. Thanks for all the mammeries! komen.org

Arnez J

“Run, jump, spin, slide and slip,” to Arnex J’s charismatic (and agile?!) comedic performance. Bonus: His shows are polished and profanity-free. Talk about funnies for the whole fam! improv.com

10/6, 10/13
Jazz in the Square

Get jazzy with it through DRA’s outdoor music series on Thursdays in Moore Square feat. Dupresha Townsend on Oct. 6 and the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble on Oct. 13. downtownraleigh.org

10/6, ongoing
North Hills Nights

You’re gonna wanna tune in to North Hills’ fall music series at Coastal Credit Union Park featuring both party bands and tributes. Rock on! visitnorthhills.com

Art-Fueled Dance Party

Don your dancing shoes for this DJ-filled DTR dance party complete with drinks and decorations. A little (art) party never hurt nobody… between2clouds.com

Brandi Carlile

She is beauty, she is grace; she is country, she is pop. … See this all-around Americana singer-songwriter steal the show at DPAC with a special solo performance. And this one is coming “right on time.” dpacnc.com 

Hartwell Raleigh’s First Birthday Celebration

Happy birthday, Hartwell! Celebrate this community space with a shopping sesh at its designated makers market. Oh, be still our beating hartshartwellraleigh.com

The Hive

You’d better bee-lieve Bee Downtown and senior living community Woodland Terrace’s Hive Tour is worth all the buzz! Attendees will have the chance to don a beekeeper suit and tend to the hives on campus for an experience that’s sweeter than honey. bee-downtown.com

Katt Williams

Comedy titan and Emmy Award-winning actor Katt Williams expertly weaves laugh-out-loud comedy with thought-provoking social commentary during his World War III tour. pncarena.com

Maxwell: The Night Tour 

Pop “off” because R&B legend Maxwell is bringin’ his soul singin’ to town. See ya there! redhatamphitheater.com

Museum After Dark

This is gonna be better than A Night At The Museum! Experience the NC Museum of History after dark, complete with a lineup of written word artists, and beer and wine from Harlem Brewing Company. “Listen up, Kemosabe!” ncmuseumofhistory.org

Cirque Dances With Troupe Vertigo

Bend over backward for this performance presenting astonishing aerial acts, feats and contortions. Time to flip out! ncsymphony.org

A Benefit for InterAct

It’s time to end the cycle! Pull up to Pour House for a lineup of live music, with tickets going toward InterAct’s mission to help end domestic violence in Wake County. thepourhousemusichall.com

Intertribal Pow Wow

Oh, (pow)wow! This visually stunning and inspirational event at Dix Park will feature dancing, music and vendors showcasing the culture of indigienous communities living throughout the state today, and representatives from all eight NC tribes. dixpark.org

Judah & the Lion

Get your roar on with Judah & the Lion at The Ritz. Nothing makes us feel “happy again” like live music! livenation.com

Kings and Things

Calling all (drag) kings! Unlikely Professionals is hosting its first drag king show—with a 70s theme to boot. No fragile masculinity found here. edgeofurge.com

NC State vs. Florida State

Back the Pack as they silence the war chant at Carter-Finley. #WITH! gopack.com

Open Art Studio

Don’t worry, be artsy. Iris Coffee Lab is hosting an open art studio this Saturday—complete with live music and caffeinated drinks (natch). Pour it up! iriscoffeelab.com

Triangle Barkitecture

All about that pug life? Raise some money for doggos that have it a little ruff at this paw-some pet architecture and design fundraiser. Sounds like a ball! aiatriangle.org

Victory Lap

Jasmine’s Smart House, a new transitional home/homeless shelter, is hosting its first annual event with Drea Kelly (yup, as in R. Kelly’s ex-wife), during which ​​survivors from all walks of life will share their personal stories. It’s just one more lap in the finish line of ending domestic violence and homelessness! jasminesmarthouse.org 

A Modern Vision: European Masterworks from The Phillips Collection

If life’s a blank canvas, paint part of yours via a stop at NCMA as DC’s world-renowned Phillips Collection descends on Raleigh feat. paintings by 50+ iconic artists like Degas, van Gogh, Monet, Picasso & more. ncartmuseum.org

Haunting at The Pour House Circus Show

The Pour House is kickin’ off Halloween month with a frightful circus show feat. the best circus and sideshow acts in the Triangle—from burlesque and pole dance to acro yoga, drag king/queens, contortion and more. Fangtastic! thepourhousemusichall.com

Leroy’s Taco Pop-Up

Taco ’bout the collab you never knew you needed… Trophy Brewing, Leroy’s Tacos n Beer and Jon G’s Barbecue are teaming up for a “mega friends taco pop-up” at Trophy Maywood—and you’re not gonna wanna miss it. Birria tacos for the win! lawrencebarbecue.com

WakeMed Children’s Family Fun Day

Oh my gourd! You’re gonna wanna bring the fam to Booth for pumpkin carving, painting, games and more—NTM live music performances and a chance to be part of the music yourself via the NC Symphony’s Instrument Zoo. Wild! boothamphitheatre.com

Walk for Hope

Slip on your sneaks for a stroll in solidarity with those in our community living with mental illness via Foundation of Hope’s 34th annual fundraising walk/run at Angus Barn. walkforhope.com

SAS Championship HBCU Invitational

Who’s your caddy? Tee up for the SAS Championship for fun on the fairway, featuring golfing and community activities. Stay swingin’! saschampionship.com

Fall Beer Dinner

You really autumn know about Trophy’s seasonal beer dinner featuring five fall-influenced plates of fare developed by chef Sam Paskoff. Life is gourd! trophybrewing.com

Carolina Hurricanes vs. Columbus Blue Jackets

The Canes are gonna put the Blue Jackets through the stinger. Take warning! nhl.com

History at High Noon: Graveyard of the Atlantic

Did you know that North Carolina is dubbed the Graveyard of the Atlantic?! Joe Schwarzer, director of the North Carolina Maritime Museum System, is spilling stories on how our state got the spooky pseudonym at the NC Museum of History. ncmuseumofhistory.org

Spooky Movie Night at Paragon Theaters

Who you gonna call?! Head to Paragon Theaters at Fenton for a night of spooktacular fun and a special viewing of Ghostbusters: Answer the Call. fentonnc.com


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