The Best Things to Do In Raleigh in November
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The Best Things to Do In Raleigh in November

Tuesday, Oct 30 2018

You know the drill—our complete guide to the best of November in and around Raleigh. With Halloween events wrapping up and holiday ones kicking into action, there's plenty of festive fun to be had. Take your pick between can't-miss events, new places to explore and old favorites that are just too good to pass up this time of year! Don't just think about it, go do it!

Not-to-Miss Events

Give Gala 2018: The Worst Fundraiser Ever at Marbles Kids Museum
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This award-winning 'no money' charity event asks you to give a gift or talent to critically-ill children and their families. These small acts of kindness mean the world to those in need.

Fri Nov 16, 7:30p
Give Gala 2018: The Worst Fundraiser Ever
Free   .  Marbles Kids Museum   .  Raleigh
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The Raleigh Pancakes & Booze Art Show at Lincoln Theatre
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This pop-up art show has been making its way across the nation and is now landing in Raleigh. Grab a steaming pile of flapjacks and check out over 60 local artists.

Thu Nov 29, 7:00p
The Raleigh Pancakes & Booze Art Show
$13+   .  Lincoln Theatre   .  Raleigh
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2018 Trophy Trot 10K at Runologie
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2018 Trophy Trot 10K

Earn your Thanksgiving meal by starting it off on the right foot with Runologie's Trophy Trot 10K. Get a medal and a beer with every race entry!

Thu Nov 22, 8:00a
2018 Trophy Trot 10K
$30+   .  Runologie   .  Raleigh
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Moonlight in the Garden at the Arboretum at JC Raulston Arboretum
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Experience JC Raulston Arboretum's Moonlight in the Garden. After dark, enjoy local food trucks, listen to live music and stay warm around the fire pits as you toast a marshmallow or two.

Multiple Day Event
Moonlight in the Garden at the Arboretum
$10/$20   .  JC Raulston Arboretum   .  Raleigh
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Annual Tree Lighting at North Hills at North Hills
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Watch as the Christmas Tree gets lit in the North Hills Commons. This year there will be snow slopes, trackless train rides, crafts, and a vendor village to get a jump start on your holiday shopping.

Sat Nov 17, 3:30p
Annual Tree Lighting at North Hills
Free   .  North Hills   .  Raleigh
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Finally Friday: The Nightmare Before Christmas at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Photo by @100_days_of_christmas

Finally Friday: The Nightmare Before Christmas

Science meets the Cinema during this installment of Finally Friday. Join in and celebrate the 25th anniversary of Tim Burton's most famous stop-motion animated adventure.

Fri Nov 30, 5:30p
Finally Friday: The Nightmare Before Christmas
$2+   .  North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences   .  Raleigh
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Pop-PupAlooza Dog Park at Dorothea Dix Park
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Pop-PupAlooza Dog Park

Unleash your canine during this epic pop-up dog park event at the Athletic Field in Dix Park. There will be four acres for the pups to roam, while the humans enjoy some food and beer vendors.

Sat Nov 17, 11:00a
Pop-PupAlooza Dog Park
Free   .  Dorothea Dix Park   .  Raleigh
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Cameron Village Holiday Open House at Cameron Village
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Start your holiday shopping off with a bang at this festive extravaganza. You'll get to enjoy aerialists and performers on every corner, a real snow slide and more. Plus you could win some goodies!

Thu Nov 15, 5:00p
Cameron Village Holiday Open House
Free   .  Cameron Village   .  Raleigh
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Santa Paws 5K at Dorothea Dix Park
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Santa Paws 5K

Enjoy the largest dog-friendly race in the Triangle—with plenty of holiday cheer. 

Sun Nov 18, 8:00a
Santa Paws 5K
$25+   .  Dorothea Dix Park   .  Raleigh
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Cranksgiving 2018 at Crank Arm Brewing Company
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Cranksgiving 2018

Ride through Raleigh and shop for food to donate to the Raleigh Rescue Mission. It is time for everyone to come together and give back. make sure to bring your bike, lock, and money for groceries.

Sun Nov 18, 1:00p
Cranksgiving 2018
Donations   .  Crank Arm Brewing Company   .  Raleigh
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Night at the Museum at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
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Night at the Museum

Find out what really happens when the lights go out in the museum. This is your chance to sleep among the dinosaurs, tree frogs, or coastal fish for a unique overnight experience.

Multiple Day Event
Night at the Museum
Membership + $50   .  North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences   .  Raleigh
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74th Annual Raleigh Christmas Parade at Raleigh
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Join in all the merriment and get ready for the Holiday season. The 74th annual Raleigh Christmas parade is hitting the streets of downtown and you'll definitely want to be there. 

Sat Nov 17, 10:00a
74th Annual Raleigh Christmas Parade
Free   .  Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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NC Chinese Lantern Festival 2018 at Koka Booth Amphitheatre
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With 20 displays, each comprised of hundreds of parts and thousands of LED lights, an evening stroll through the NC Chinese Lantern Festival in Cary might just blow your mind.

Multiple Day Event
NC Chinese Lantern Festival 2018
$15   .  Koka Booth Amphitheatre   .  Cary
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23rd Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration at North Carolina Museum of History
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23rd Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration

Get a firsthand opportunity to learn about the state's American Indian culture past and present. There will be storytellers, artists, dancers, and musicians from eight state-recognized tribes.

Sat Nov 17, 11:00a
23rd Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration
Free   .  North Carolina Museum of History   .  Raleigh
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NC State Annual Holiday Crafts Fair 2018 at The Crafts Center at NC State University
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Get all your holiday goods from local makers at one of the largest holiday craft fairs in Raleigh!

Sat Nov 17, 10:00a
NC State Annual Holiday Crafts Fair 2018
$3   .  The Crafts Center at NC State University   .  Raleigh
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Activate Good: Craft for Causes Family Volunteer Day 2018 at Lynnwood Brewing Concern
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Activate Good: Craft for Causes Family Volunteer Day 2018

Get your family together and head out for a day of arts and crafts. Float from table to table creating crafts, enjoy the free pizza, and enter a raffle for five Disney park tickets in Orlando!

Sat Nov 17, 1:00p
Activate Good: Craft for Causes Family Volunteer Day 2018
Free   .  Lynnwood Brewing Concern   .  Raleigh
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Trending and New Business Openings

NOW OPEN: Heirloom Brewshop   at Heirloom
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Heirloom Brewshop is soon to be your new favorite spot in Raleigh's Warehouse District for coffee, tea and more!

NOW OPEN: Heirloom Brewshop
$   .  Heirloom   .  Raleigh
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NOW OPEN: Junction West Bar & Event Space at Junction West
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Take in View and Brews at Junction West Bar +910 fire icon

Junction West, a massive bar and event space in the warehouse district in downtown Raleigh, is the after-work hangout we've been dreaming of.

NOW OPEN: Junction West Bar & Event Space
-   .  Junction West   .  Raleigh
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NOW OPEN: Wilson's Eatery at Wilson's Eatery
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Grab a Bite and a Beer Wilson's Eatery +892 fire icon

Beer fans will enjoy the best of both worlds and be able to order great grub and beer with Lynwood Brewery's new restaurant next to their production facility in Raleigh.

NOW OPEN: Wilson's Eatery
$   .  Wilson's Eatery   .  Raleigh
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NOW OPEN: Experience Authentic Japanese Dishes at O-Ku at O-Ku Sushi
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Experience Authentic Japanese Dishes at O-Ku

Opening Friday, October 12 at The Dillion in Raleigh's warehouse district, O-Ku will offer an exciting menu of elevated sushi and sashimi options and traditional Japanese dishes.

NOW OPEN: Experience Authentic Japanese Dishes at O-Ku
$   .  O-Ku Sushi   .  Raleigh
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Always a Good Idea

The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art at North Carolina Museum of Art
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Enormous flowers, luscious color, and desert landscapes. See this famous artists work and influence in new ways at this exhibit.

Multiple Day Event
The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art
$6+   .  North Carolina Museum of Art   .  Raleigh
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Expand Your Skillset at Artspace at Artspace
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Expand Your Skillset at Artspace

Artspace is an amazing spot in downtown Raleigh to expand your mind. With a class line up ranging from Shibori Dying to iPhone Photography to Figure Painting, there's a little something for everyone.

Expand Your Skillset at Artspace
$$$   .  Artspace   .  Raleigh
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Wander the Wilderness at William B. Umstead State Park at William B. Umstead State Park
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Wander the Wilderness at William B. Umstead State Park

Tucked away between the RDU airport and the town of Cary lays a beautiful little park where you can spend hours getting lost in nature. And by little, we mean over five-thousand and a half acres.

Wander the Wilderness at William B. Umstead State Park
Free   .  William B. Umstead State Park   .  Raleigh
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Past Experiences

21Marbles: Wizarding World at Marbles Kids Museum
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21Marbles: Wizarding World

Play like a kid again in this epic Wizarding World themed night at Marbles. There will be activities like nerf battles, human foosball, and more. So grab a drink and get to playing.

Past
21Marbles: Wizarding World
$10+   .  Marbles Kids Museum   .  Raleigh
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2018 City of Oaks Marathon at 3803 Computer Dr
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2018 City of Oaks Marathon

HIt the pavement for Raleigh's City of Oaks Marathon. There are different race length options, so sign up for the one that works for you and get ready to run!

Past
2018 City of Oaks Marathon
$49+   .  3803 Computer Dr   .  Raleigh
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Come Together for the Coast: Community Lunch at Fayetteville Street
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Come Together for the Coast: Community Lunch

One thousand neighbors will gather together on Fayetteville Street for a delicious Sunday Lunch. Snag your ticket and be part of that group! Proceeds go to those affected by Hurricane Florence.

Past
Come Together for the Coast: Community Lunch
$25   .  Fayetteville Street   .  Raleigh
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Adult Science Fair Project Party at HQ Raleigh
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Adult Science Fair Project Party

Are you ready to get nerdy with it? Throw back to your childhood science fair days with tri-fold boards, weird experiments with no parental help allowed, and—now—with booze!

Past
Adult Science Fair Project Party
$5 Suggested Donation   .  HQ Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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OMAi Mapping Stories at Dorothea Dix at 60 Ruggles Dr
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OMAi Mapping Stories at Dorothea Dix

OMAi, an Austrian artist collective, is coming to Raleigh for an interactive animation projection series. Check out one, or all of the four sessions with complementary artist workshops, and more.

Past
OMAi Mapping Stories at Dorothea Dix
Free   .  60 Ruggles Dr   .  Raleigh
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Fall Fireside Dinner at Edwards Mill Bar & Grill
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Fall Fireside Dinner

Edwards Mill Bar & Grill chef has concocted an epic four-course dinner thoughtfully paired with beverages and full of Fall flavors. Snag a fireside seat and dig into this epic dining experience.

Past
Fall Fireside Dinner
$39   .  Edwards Mill Bar & Grill   .  Raleigh
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Darwin Day at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
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Darwin Day

Learn about Darwin's theories of natural selection and what they have done for the world of science, research, and education. Then, meet some scientists who are continuing his work.

Past
Darwin Day
Free   .  North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences   .  Raleigh
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Dia de los Muertos at Neuse River Brewing Company
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Dia de los Muertos

Celebrate Dia de los Muertos and honor those who are no longer with us, but live on in spirit. There will be special beer releases, commemorative glasses, El Molcajete food truck, and more.

Past
Dia de los Muertos
Free   .  Neuse River Brewing Company   .  Raleigh
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First Annual NY Cat Film Festival at The Cary Theater
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First Annual NY Cat Film Festival

The NY Cat Film Festival is coming to NC to shine a light on the human-animal bond between human and felines. For too long it has been invisible, and now it is brought to the forefront through film. 

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First Annual NY Cat Film Festival
$7   .  The Cary Theater   .  Cary
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Arts After Dark: Around the World in One Night at Imurj
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Arts After Dark: Around the World in One Night

Experience cultures from around the globe through art, dance and tasty refreshments. Your ticket includes an art project to take home and a giant dance party!

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Arts After Dark: Around the World in One Night
$30   .  Imurj   .  Raleigh
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[Worth the Drive] N.C. Whirligig Festival at 301 Goldsboro St S
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[Worth the Drive] N.C. Whirligig Festival

Every year this art festival attracts more than 60,000 visitors with their giant sculptures made from recycled industrial materials. Check out these works of art, as well as over 200 vendors.

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[Worth the Drive] N.C. Whirligig Festival
Free   .  301 Goldsboro St S   .  Wilson
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The Best Things to Do In Raleigh in November
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