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

Friday, Sep 28 2018

You know the drill—our complete guide to the best of October in and around Raleigh. It's a busy month, with lots of events that were postponed because of hurricane Florence. 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

The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art at North Carolina Museum of Art
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[OPENING] The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art

Enormous flowers, luscious color, and desert landscapes. See this famous artists work and influence in new ways at this exhibit.

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The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art
$6+   .  North Carolina Museum of Art   .  Raleigh
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Trending and New Business Openings

NOW OPEN: Lola's Beach Bar at Lola's Beach Bar
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NOW OPEN: Lola's Beach Bar

Lola's is bringing summer vibes all year long to Raleigh's Five Points neighborhood.

NOW OPEN: Lola's Beach Bar
-   .  Lola's Beach Bar   .  Raleigh
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Drink Up Wine & Art at Vita Vite North Hills  at Vita Vite Midtown
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NOW OPEN: Vita Vite North Hills

Get ready to clink glasses in Midtown—Vita Vite has opened a second location of their swanky wine bar in North Hills! 

Drink Up Wine & Art at Vita Vite North Hills
$   .  Vita Vite Midtown   .  Raleigh
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Take in the View (and Some Drinks) at Junction West Bar at Junction West
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COMING SOON: Junction West Bar & Event Space

Junction West, a massive bar and event space coming to the warehouse district in downtown Raleigh in the fall of 2018, is the after-work hangout we've been dreaming of.

Take in the View (and Some Drinks) at Junction West Bar
-   .  Junction West   .  Raleigh
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Find Some Chill at Heirloom Brewshop   at Heirloom
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COMING SOON: Heirloom Brewshop

Opening in 2018, Heirloom Brewshop is soon to be your new favorite spot in Raleigh's Warehouse District for coffee, tea and more!

Find Some Chill at Heirloom Brewshop
$   .  Heirloom   .  Raleigh
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Roll Into Milk Lab in Cary at Milk Lab
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Milk Lab in Cary

Enjoy Thai style hand-rolled ice cream with unlimited toppings made right before your eyes at Milk Lab in Cary! Pair your treat with a delicious assortment of boba milk teas made with organic milk.

Roll Into Milk Lab in Cary
$   .  Milk Lab   .  Cary
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Always a Good Idea

Bike the Greenway at NC Art Museum at North Carolina Museum of Art
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Bike the Greenway at NC Art Museum

There is nothing more relaxing than a bike ride with your best bud on a sunny day. Good thing Raleigh has an extensive Greenway that has developed into a 100-mile, 3700-acre system and continues to grow!

Bike the Greenway at NC Art Museum
-   .  North Carolina Museum of Art   .  Raleigh
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Past Experiences

SPARKcon 2.0 at SPARKcon
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SPARKcon 2.0

SPARKcon comes back to the streets of Raleigh for year number 13! This year will feature over 200 showcases and events within the world of art, dance, design, music, comedy, circus, and more.

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SPARKcon 2.0
Free   .  SPARKcon   .  Raleigh
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La Cueva Underground Dance Night at Imurj
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La Cueva Underground Dance Night

This Latin themed dance night will feature a perfect mix of Kizomba, Bachata, and Salsa to keep you dancing all night long. With instructions from Steven Messian get ready to dance the night away!

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La Cueva Underground Dance Night
$8   .  Imurj   .  Raleigh
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Visit the NC State Fair at North Carolina State Fairgrounds
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Visit the NC State Fair

Eat something deep fried and ride the ferris wheel! The NC State Fair is bringing hometown lovin' to Raleigh.

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Visit the NC State Fair
$   .  North Carolina State Fairgrounds   .  Raleigh
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Join the Fall Festival at Hill Ridge Farms at Hill Ridge Farms
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Join the Fall Festival at Hill Ridge Farms

Take the short trek to Hill Ridge Farm for a full-on farm party. From pumpkins to hayrides to a corn playhouse, there's no shortage of fall fun to be had.

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Join the Fall Festival at Hill Ridge Farms
$14   .  Hill Ridge Farms   .  Youngsville
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Fallfest at Dorothea Dix Park at Flowers Field at Dorothea Dix Park
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Fallfest at Dorothea Dix Park

Dorothea Dix hosts their first ever Fallfest! Live music will be jamming all day long, with lawn games, a pumpkin patch, and hayrides to fulfill all your Fall time needs.

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Fallfest at Dorothea Dix Park
Free   .  Flowers Field at Dorothea Dix Park   .  Raleigh
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Dracula Presented by the Carolina Ballet at Fletcher Opera Theater
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Dracula Presented by the Carolina Ballet

In the spirit of all things spooky, Dracula returns to the stage by popular demand! Described as hauntingly theatrical and seductively beautiful, this is one you won't want to miss!

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Dracula Presented by the Carolina Ballet
$35+   .  Fletcher Opera Theater   .  Raleigh
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Celebrate Oak City Brews During Raleigh Beer Week at Downtown Raleigh
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Celebrate Oak City Brews During Raleigh Beer Week

Raleigh's beer scene is truly one of the best and we love to celebrate our suds! Praise the pint all week long at 30+ venues that'll host tastings, special tappings, food and drink pairings and more!

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Celebrate Oak City Brews During Raleigh Beer Week
$   .  Downtown Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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33rd International Festival of Raleigh at Raleigh Convention Center
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33rd International Festival of Raleigh

Over 50 local ethnic communities collide for the 33rd Annual International Festival of Raleigh. Taste all the international cuisine and check out a variety of cultural exhibits and goods.

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33rd International Festival of Raleigh
$6+   .  Raleigh Convention Center   .  Raleigh
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Movie By Moonlight: Halloween Double Feature at Dorothea Dix Park
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Movie By Moonlight: Halloween Double Feature

Dorothea Dix is hosting an extra special Movies by Moonlight addition in honor of Halloween. Enjoy a double feature of Casper and Beetlejuice projected onto the big screen in the park.

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Movie By Moonlight: Halloween Double Feature
Free   .  Dorothea Dix Park   .  Raleigh
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The 2nd Annual Sir Walter Smoke-Off at 101 Blair Dr
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The 2nd Annual Sir Walter Smoke-Off

You're invited to taste the best barbeque the North Carolina has to offer. Try over two dozen BBQ teams delicious BBQ then decide who you want to win the people's choice award. 

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The 2nd Annual Sir Walter Smoke-Off
$10+   .  101 Blair Dr   .  Raleigh
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Splatterfest Raleigh at 1017 Main Campus Dr
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Splatterfest Raleigh

Alright Raleigh, it's time to get your splatter on! Get colorful during Splatterfest Raleigh while creating a giant community art mural on the Centennial Campus.

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Splatterfest Raleigh
Free   .  1017 Main Campus Dr   .  Raleigh
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Mordecai Paranormal Reveal 2018 at Mordecai Historic Park
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Mordecai Paranormal Reveal 2018

Mordecai's official paranormal investigation team, aka The Ghost Guild, is ready to share their findings. Learn what sort of paranormal activity is happening right here in Raleigh.

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Mordecai Paranormal Reveal 2018
Free   .  Mordecai Historic Park   .  Raleigh
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VHStival: Rewind Your Mind at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Raleigh
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VHStival: Rewind Your Mind

Celebrate the glory of the enduring and iconic video format during this weekend-long festival. Check out the eight different screenings, with special appearances and other analog-driven events.

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VHStival: Rewind Your Mind
$80   .  Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Nashbash 2018 at Whiskey Kitchen
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Nashbash 2018

Raleigh's newest block party is hitting the streets! Nashbash 2018 is bringing together local artists, makers, and musicians from the area for one epic event to raise money from some great causes.

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Nashbash 2018
Free   .  Whiskey Kitchen   .  Raleigh
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Shuckin' & Shaggin' Oyster Roast at North Carolina State Capitol
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Shuckin' & Shaggin' Oyster Roast

Get ready for a whole lot of shuckin' and shaggin' during the NC State Capitol Oyster Roast. There will be live music, local NC beer, wine, and LOTS of oysters!

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Shuckin' & Shaggin' Oyster Roast
$75+   .  North Carolina State Capitol   .  Raleigh
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Taste of China: Chinese Cuisine & Culture Festival at North Carolina State Capitol
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Taste of China: Chinese Cuisine & Culture Festival

Get your fill of authentic cuisines from different regions of China during this cultural celebration. Your stomach will be happy while you watch martial arts demonstrations, folk dances, and more.

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Taste of China: Chinese Cuisine & Culture Festival
Free   .  North Carolina State Capitol   .  Raleigh
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Annual Kilt Night Raleigh with Scotland's Albannach at The Maywood
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Annual Kilt Night Raleigh with Scotland's Albannach

Kilt Night is back and better than ever! The Maywood will be host to two live bands, food trucks, and more with the perfect amount of space to spread out and enjoy the night. 

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Annual Kilt Night Raleigh with Scotland's Albannach
$20+   .  The Maywood   .  Raleigh
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Hotel Horror 4: A Haunted Halloween Party at Aloft Raleigh
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Hotel Horror 4: A Haunted Halloween Party

For one night only, Downtown Raleigh's hippest hotel transforms into a Hotel of Horror. Test your skills in the Haunted Escape Room, enter the costume contest, and enjoy all the spooky good times.

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Hotel Horror 4: A Haunted Halloween Party
Free   .  Aloft Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Festa Italiana Raleigh at Tucker Street
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Festa Italiana Raleigh

Save the date for the first ever Festa Italiana. This old-school Italian street festival will feature an abundance of food trucks, vendors, and some classic Italian entertainment.

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Festa Italiana Raleigh
Free   .  Tucker Street   .  Raleigh
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Pop-Up Outdoor Office at Union Station at Raleigh Union Station
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Pop-Up Outdoor Office at Union Station

Are you ready for a more inspired workday? The pavilion at Union Station is going to temporarily be transformed into an outdoor co-working space. Get ready to #workatunion!

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Pop-Up Outdoor Office at Union Station
Free   .  Raleigh Union Station   .  Raleigh
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Nightmare on South Street at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
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Nightmare on South Street Halloween Party

Get ready to get spooky with Raleigh's newest Halloween Party! Enjoy some classic Halloween events, as well as a costume contest, and a special showing of Carolina Ballet's Dracula.

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Nightmare on South Street
$100+   .  Raleigh Memorial Auditorium   .  Raleigh
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Bugfest at NC Museum of Natural Sciences at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
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Bugfest at NC Museum of Natural Sciences

Experience over 100 exhibits, crafts, games and activities all about bugs! These year's theme is arthropods: crayfish and other crustaceans.

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Bugfest at NC Museum of Natural Sciences
Free   .  North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences   .  Raleigh
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Mac Throwdown and Bartender Showdown for Hope 2018 at City Market
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Mac Throwdown and Bartender Showdown for Hope 2018

Mac & Cheese and craft cocktails...sounds like a perfect day! Try the best local mac and cheese and craft cocktails then vote on your favorite to win this years prize.

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Mac Throwdown and Bartender Showdown for Hope 2018
$25   .  City Market   .  Raleigh
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Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest at Lynnwood Brewing Concern
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Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest

Get your dog into their spookiest costume and head down to Lynwood Brewing. Prizes will be awarded for best dog costume, and best person + dog team costume.

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Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest
Free   .  Lynnwood Brewing Concern   .  Raleigh
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Brunch Festival '18 at Koka Booth Amphitheatre
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Brunch Festival '18

What happens when a beer festival meets breakfast foods? BRUNCH FEST. Sample and sip your way through some of the best brunch bites and booze the Triangle has to offer.

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Brunch Festival '18
$59   .  Koka Booth Amphitheatre   .  Cary
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Kirby Derby 2018 at Harvey Hill at Dix Park
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Kirby Derby 2018

If you don't know about this Raleigh classic yet you're missing out. Race a boxcar down the hill or take a seat on the sideline and watch the shenanigans ensue.

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Kirby Derby 2018
Free   .  Harvey Hill at Dix Park   .  Raleigh
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The Rocky Horror Show Live at Koka Booth Amphitheatre
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The Rocky Horror Show Live

It's Time Warp time! Cary's Booth Ampitheatre presents the live musical version of the cult classic The Rocky Horror Show. Coming to the stage for two nights of live theater genus.

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The Rocky Horror Show Live
$18+   .  Koka Booth Amphitheatre   .  Cary
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The Best Things to Do In Raleigh in October
The Best Things to Do In Raleigh in October