Things to Do

Top 8 Things to Do in Raleigh This Month


Summer may be winding down but there’s still tons of fun to be had in the City of Oaks while the days are still long and the weather is warm. Add these eight upcoming events to your September calendar.


Hopscotch Music Festival – Sept. 7-10

Four days. 120 bands. Don’t miss the premiere of the most exciting underground festival in America, happening right here in our city! The Hopscotch Music Festival returns to downtown Raleigh this month. Known for adventurous lineups featuring almost every genre imaginable, memorable performances and a fan-friendly atmosphere, music fans definitely don’t want to miss out!


Greek Festival 2017 – Sept. 8-10

Now in its 36th year, the Raleigh Greek Festival will be held over three days in the Jim Graham Building at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. Taste delicious, handmade, authentic Greek food that has been handed down for generations, including gyros, souvlaki and pastries. The festival will also feature cooking demos and dance performances.


Guinness Oyster Festival – Sept. 9

Sing, dance and feast at the Annual Molly Malone Guinness Oyster Festival at City Market. The festivities begin on Saturday, Sept. 9th at 1 p.m., as the pipes and drums of Irish music fill the Market Hall. Enjoy fresh oysters and other food from vendors inside the hall. A Scottish baker will also be on-site serving up freshly baked bread. Raise your glass of Guinness and sing along with traditional sea shanty sing-along music.


18th Annual Caniac Carnival – Sept. 17

Things to Do in Raleigh this Month



Celebrate the beginning of the new season with the Carolina Hurricanes at the 18th Annual Caniac Carnival on Sunday, Sept. 17th. Watch two free Hurricane training camp practices, get an autograph from your favorite players, play interactive games, enjoy live music and unleash your inner foodie at more than 15 food trucks. The free event will be held at PNC arena, and free parking will also be available.


Mac & Cheese Throwdown/Showdown for Hope – Sept. 17

A mac & cheese throwdown for charity? Count us in! The Second Annual Mac & Cheese Throwdown For Hope is your chance to taste and judge the best macaroni and cheese dishes in Downtown Raleigh. Participating restaurants and food trucks include Oak City Meatball Shoppe, Rise Biscuits + Donuts, The Wandering Moose and event host, Relish Craft Kitchen & Bourbon Bar. But that’s not all! The event will also feature a craft cocktail bartender competition between Dram & Draught and Relish. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Hope Center at Pullen.


Wide Open Bluegrass – Sept. 29-30

A weekend of beer, barbecue and bluegrass sounds like music to our ears! Wide Open Bluegrass is the closing event for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass week in Downtown Raleigh. The festival features the best traditional and acoustic musicians in our local community. Buy a ticket for the main stage event at Red Hat Amphitheater, or check out the free street festival along Fayetteville Street, which includes five music stages, a dance tent, BBQ championships and art, food and shopping vendors.


Live & Local: Roots Fest – Sept. 23

Celebrate the roots of North Carolina music and arts at this year’s Roots Fest. The free festival on Saturday, Sept. 23rd will feature artists, games, food and other entertainment. The main stage will be located at the corner of Hillsborough Street and Enterprise Street, and a second stage will be in front of Freshberry at Pogue Street. Roots Fest is dog-friendly, so feel free to bring your furry friend!


Triangle Hops for Hope – Sept. 23

Get ready for a day of fun and beer at Triangle Hops for Hope on Sept. 23rd! More than 900 people will gather to sample one-of-a-kind casks of beer made by local breweries, all for a noble cause. Which of the 25 teams will go home with awards and bragging rights? Get your tickets and see for yourself! General admission tickets include entry to the event, a tasting glass, cask list for unlimited tasting and live music. Proceeds will raise money for Children’s Flight of Hope.


Which of these upcoming events are you going to pencil in on your September calendar? We hope that you’ll also make some time to come and visit us! We’re always more than happy to show you around our community. You can also schedule a tour online or give us a call at 800.528.1282.


Hope to see you soon!