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

Friday, Aug 31 2018

You know the drill—our complete guide to the best of September in and around Raleigh. September is a huge month in the Triangle, and there are definitely some worth-the-drive events all over so get ready to pack your calendar. 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!

Must-Do Events

[CANCELLED] Dreamville Festival 2018 at Dorothea Dix Park
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Dreamville Festival 2018

J.Cole's inaugural festival is launching in North Carolina! Get ready to dance all day in Dorthea Dix park.

[CANCELLED] Dreamville Festival 2018
$109+   .  Dorothea Dix Park   .  Raleigh
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Friday Night Tribute Series at Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park
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Friday Night Tribute Series

Live music will fill the air for eight consecutive Fridays! Check out the lineup, and grab your spot in the lawn for bands playing everything from 60's hits to current day favorites.

Friday Night Tribute Series
Free   .  Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park   .  Raleigh
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[POSTPONED] Apex Music Festival at 210 N Salem St
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Apex Music Festival

Thousands of fans flood the street every year for the Apex Music Festival. Join them this year and catch a variety of local acts from Rock to R&B for a night of music, food trucks, and craft beer.

[POSTPONED] Apex Music Festival
$15+   .  210 N Salem St   .  Apex
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Trending & New Openings

Snag a Boozy Slushie at Taco Bell Cantina at Taco Bell Cantina
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NOW OPEN: Taco Bell Cantina

You heard us right: A Taco Bell WITH BOOZE is now open on Hillsborough.

Snag a Boozy Slushie at Taco Bell Cantina
$   .  Taco Bell Cantina   .  Raleigh
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Taste a Little of Everything at Morgan Street Food Hall at Morgan Street Food Hall & Market
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NOW OPEN: Morgan Street Food Hall

Get ready for all the local eats at the first food hall in downtown Raleigh!

Taste a Little of Everything at Morgan Street Food Hall
$   .  Morgan Street Food Hall & Market   .  Raleigh
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Pour Yourself a Drink at Tapworks on Glenwood at Tapworks
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NOW OPEN: Tapworks

Tapworks, a new self-serve taproom in Glenwood South, is now open for business! With 50 completely self-serve taps of beer, cider, and wine, the power is in your hands.

Pour Yourself a Drink at Tapworks on Glenwood
$   .  Tapworks   .  Raleigh
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Always a Good Idea

Explore the Beauty of Jordan Lake at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
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Explore the Beauty of Jordan Lake

Jordan Lake is the perfect day trip. Just minutes outside of the main Triangle area, this natural space provides stunning views and activities for all, from camping to swimming to fishing and more.

Explore the Beauty of Jordan Lake
Free   .  Jordan Lake State Recreation Area   .  Apex
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Drive Into the Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre at Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre
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Drive Into the Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre

NC's oldest drive-in is alive, well and under an hour outside the Triangle! Cozy up in your car, grab some classic concessions and kick back for a night of retro fun under the stars.

Drive Into the Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre
$8   .  Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre   .  Henderson
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Past Experiences

SPARKcon 2.0 at SPARKcon
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SPARKcon XIII

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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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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Hopscotch Music Festival at Red Hat Amphitheater
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Hopscotch Music Festival

Hopscotch hosts over 130 acts performing within Raleigh's highly walkable downtown over three days. It has been described as "America's (secretly) best festival!"

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Hopscotch Music Festival
$35+   .  Red Hat Amphitheater   .  Raleigh
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Spice Things Up with 11th Annual Pepperfest at Briar Chapel's Great Meadow Park
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Spice Things Up with 11th Annual Pepperfest

Brewers and chefs and peppers, oh my! This festival celebrates all the Piedmont has to offer. Did we mention there are 500 lbs of peppers involved?

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Spice Things Up with 11th Annual Pepperfest
$30   .  Briar Chapel's Great Meadow Park   .  Chapel Hill
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Free Workouts on The Dillon Rooftop at The Dillon
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Free Workouts on The Dillon Rooftop

Six weeks of free fitness on the breathtaking Dillon sky terrace. Check out the calendar and hit up these wellness classes lead by local studios!

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Free Workouts on The Dillon Rooftop
Free   .  The Dillon   .  Raleigh
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Activate Good: Commemoration of the 9/11 Day of Service at Red Hat Amphitheater
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9/11 Day of Service

Spread random acts of kindness around the Triangle with one of these volunteer opportunities. This annual 9/11 Day of Service honors those lost lives with service project to benefit over 40 projects.

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Activate Good: Commemoration of the 9/11 Day of Service
Free   .  Red Hat Amphitheater   .  Raleigh
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Beericana Beer & Music Festival at Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Park
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Beericana Beer & Music Festival

Join over 70 breweries, 15 food trucks, 3 great bands, and a few thousand of your closest friends for the 5th Annual Beericana Craft Beer and Music Festival Saturday, September 8th! 

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Beericana Beer & Music Festival
$$   .  Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Park   .  Holly Springs
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Wide Open Bluegrass Festival at Red Hat Amphitheater
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Wide Open Bluegrass Festival

Get ready for a foot-stompin' good time! Snag a ticket to a main stage event or head to the the free street fest to enjoy 100 bluegrass artists across downtown Raleigh. 

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Wide Open Bluegrass Festival
Free / $50+   .  Red Hat Amphitheater   .  Raleigh
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6th Annual Wiener Dog Races at Lafayette Village
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6th Annual Wiener Dog Races

Help raise awareness and donations for local animal advocate groups and have a blast doing so. Sign your furry friend up, or go and enjoy wiener dogs racing down the track.

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6th Annual Wiener Dog Races
$15   .  Lafayette Village   .  Raleigh
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Sip + Shop at the Diamonds Direct Trunk Show at Diamonds Direct Crabtree
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Diamonds Direct Trunk Show (plus their biggest promo of the year!)

Diamonds Direct is unleashing their biggest promo of the year, right alongside a Christopher Designs Trunk Show—if you're on the hunt for some fine jewelry, this weekend is a total must! 

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Sip + Shop at the Diamonds Direct Trunk Show
Free   .  Diamonds Direct Crabtree   .  Raleigh
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NC Pride at Night Festival & Celebration at Downtown
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NC Pride at Night Festival & Celebration

Honor the past 30 years of Pride in Raleigh and celebrate the future on Harrington St. 

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NC Pride at Night Festival & Celebration
Free   .  Downtown   .  Raleigh
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2018 African American Cultural Festival at Fayetteville Street
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2018 African American Cultural Festival

Fayetteville Street gets taken over by The African American Cultural Festival this Labor Day! Enjoy a diverse range of wonderful performing artists while celebrating African American culture.

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2018 African American Cultural Festival
Free   .  Fayetteville Street   .  Raleigh
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Oktoberfest at Lafayette Village at Lafayette Village
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Oktoberfest at Lafayette Village

A party is happening throughout the village! Head down the Lafayette Village and sip on over 20 fall style beers and food for this years annual Oktoberfest.

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Oktoberfest at Lafayette Village
Free   .  Lafayette Village   .  Raleigh
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Storytelling Festival at Historic Oak View County Park
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Storytelling Festival

Enjoy a day filled with sun and stories!

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Storytelling Festival
Free   .  Historic Oak View County Park   .  Raleigh
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Belgian Beer Festival at Neuse River Brewing Company
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Belgian Beer Festival

Get your hands on the best of Belgian inspired but Carolina crafted beers at this festival.

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Belgian Beer Festival
$25+   .  Neuse River Brewing Company   .  Raleigh
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Carry the Water NC 5K at Dorothea Dix Park
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Carry the Water NC 5K

Help support the clean water projects going on in India by participating in this fun 5K. Best part, after running a little over three miles all are welcome back for a free picnic in the park!

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Carry the Water NC 5K
$20+   .  Dorothea Dix Park   .  Raleigh
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Rappel Down a Raleigh Skyscraper at Wells Fargo Capitol Center
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Rappel Down a Raleigh Skyscraper

Go 'Over the Edge' for Special Olympics North Carolina. Raise $1,000 and test your limits with a 30 story rappel down a one of Raleigh's tallest skyscrapers!

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Rappel Down a Raleigh Skyscraper
$1,000 fundraising   .  Wells Fargo Capitol Center   .  Raleigh
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Hippie Tribe Fest at Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Park
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Hippie Tribe Fest

Hippie Tribe festival is taking over Holly Springs and bringing live music, goods, food trucks and more!

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Hippie Tribe Fest
$5 - $10   .  Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Park   .  Holly Springs
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City of Oaks Pirate Fest at North Carolina Museum of History
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City of Oaks Pirate Fest

2018 marks 300 years since the notorious pirate Blackbeard roamed the Carolina coast and lost his life—enjoy pirate-themed festivities in honor of his memory. 

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City of Oaks Pirate Fest
Free   .  North Carolina Museum of History   .  Raleigh
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Groove in The Garden at Raleigh Little Theatre
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Groove in The Garden

Over 1,200 roses set the stage at one of Raleigh's most beautiful venues where some of the best local bands will play at Groove in the Garden! Add in a side of local eats and you can count us in!

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Groove in The Garden
$10/$15   .  Raleigh Little Theatre   .  Raleigh
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Boozin' Through The World of Wizardry Harry Potter Bar Crawl at Raleigh
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Boozin' Through The World of Wizardry Harry Potter Bar Crawl

Grab your wand (actually, you get one with your ticket!), don your robes, and get ready to take over the best muggle bars. 

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Boozin' Through The World of Wizardry Harry Potter Bar Crawl
$30+   .  Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Tacos 'N Taps Festival at Booth Amphitheatre
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Tacos 'N Taps Festival

This is NACHO average taco festival! Throw on your party sombrero and get ready to head south of the border for some foodie fun with all-you-can-taste tacos, dueling margaritas, and more!

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Tacos 'N Taps Festival
$39+   .  Booth Amphitheatre   .  Cary
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The Best Things to Do In Raleigh in September
The Best Things to Do In Raleigh in September