The Weekender: 24 Awesome Things To Do in Raleigh This Weekend

Our curated list of the most awesome events and best things to do in Raleigh during the weekend of October 12-15. You've worked hard this week, go have a little fun!

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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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Cheers to Six Years at Calavera

Calavera is celebrating six years of servin' up the best tequila and empanadas in town! Join the birthday festivities for giveaways, drink specials, new menu items and more!

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Cheers to Six Years at Calavera
Free   .  Calavera Empanadas and Tequila   .  Raleigh
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Get Creative at the Pancakes & Booze Art Show

The Pancakes & Booze Art Show brings together NC's most talked about up-and-coming artists plus bevs, music, live art and, of course, a free pancake bar—need we say more?

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Get Creative at the Pancakes & Booze Art Show
$5   .  Lincoln Theatre   .  Raleigh
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Treat Your Senses at Cary Diwali

Treat your senses to a day of cultural experiences from all walks of life including mesmerizing performances, an Indian bazaar, culinary displays, interactive yoga sessions, art and even fireworks!

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Treat Your Senses at Cary Diwali
Free   .  Koka Booth Amphitheatre   .  Cary
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Sip & Socialize at Pints For A Purpose

Join Trophy on Maywood for a free event supporting Meals on Wheels complete with live music, cornhole, a food truck, raffles and more.

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Sip & Socialize at Pints For A Purpose
Free   .  Trophy on Maywood   .  Raleigh
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Watch a Bone-Chilling Tale as The Carolina Ballet Presents The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow

Dare to watch as The Carolina Ballet brings the macabre tale of Ichabod Crane and his doomed courtship with Katrina Van Tassel to the stage with their new ballet, The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow.

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Watch a Bone-Chilling Tale as The Carolina Ballet Presents The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow
$36+   .  Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts   .  Raleigh
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Pair Dumplings and Cocktails at the MOFU & Moonshine Specialty Dinner

MOFU Shoppe and Pinetop Distillery are joining forces to host a special event dinner featuring moonshine cocktails and exclusive dishes that will be available for one night only!

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Pair Dumplings and Cocktails at the MOFU & Moonshine Specialty Dinner
$   .  MOFU Shoppe   .  Raleigh
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Celebrate Bare Bones' First Year

Bare Bones is celebrating it's 1st year with an evening of special feature dishes and a Fullsteam anniversary beer, which you can snag for free if you're one of the first 50 people in the door!

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Celebrate Bare Bones' First Year
Free   .  [CLOSED] - Bare Bones   .  Raleigh
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Fall into Autumn at Logan's Annual Harvest Festival

Celebrate the season and make fall memories at Logan's Annual Harvest Day Festival. Pick a pumpkin, go on a hayride, enjoy festival games, taste food samples and more!

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Fall into Autumn at Logan's Annual Harvest Festival
Free   .  Logan's Garden Shop   .  Raleigh
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Pair Wine & Cupcakes at The Wine Feed

Join The Wine Feed for Corks & Cakes, where you'll pair delicious cupcakes from The Cupcake Shoppe with four carefully selected wines. It's the ultimate Sunday Funday!

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Pair Wine & Cupcakes at The Wine Feed
$18   .  The Wine Feed   .  Raleigh
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Celebrate 10 Years of Deep South The Bar

Deep South is turning 10 and they're ready to rock with a weekend-long celebration! Head to the Warehouse District's favorite corner bar for three nights of free shows, drink specials and surprises!

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Celebrate 10 Years of Deep South The Bar
Free   .  Deep South the Bar   .  Raleigh
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Show Some Love at Little City Brewing

Show the greater community some love by hitting Little City Brewing for a hurricane relief event. Grab a drink, buy a raffle ticket (prizes you actually want) and laugh with five local comics.

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Show Some Love at Little City Brewing
Free   .  Little City Brewing Company   .  Raleigh
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Sip & Sway at Friday Night on White

On the second Friday of each month, live music, vendors, activities and craft beer lovers line Wake Forest's South White Street.

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Sip & Sway at Friday Night on White
Free   .  White Street Brewing Company   .  Wake Forest
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Shop the Sola Pop-Up Market

Shop local, support local! Pop in to Sola Coffee Cafe's Pop-Up Market for great gifts, clothing, home decor and jewelry.

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Shop the Sola Pop-Up Market
Free   .  Sola Coffee Cafe   .  Raleigh
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Party on the Blacktop at House of Hops

Grab a friend, or two, and head to House of Hops to grab a brew and a bite from a round up of three rotating food trucks every month.

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Party on the Blacktop at House of Hops
Free   .  House of Hops   .  Raleigh
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Learn About the Latest at Science Cafe: Autonomous Cars

Spend an evening learning everything there is to know about self-driving cars and how tech will shape our future at NC Museum of Natural Sciences' Science Cafe.

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Expand Your Mind at the Science Cafe
Free   .  The Daily Planet Cafe   .  Raleigh
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Sway to Your Favorites at Friday Night Tributes: Yachty by Nature

Mosey over to Midtown Park for some feel-good music that'll have your hips shakin' in no time. Bring a chair and prepare to belt out old favorites as cover bands take on a night of '70s & '80s soft rock tributes.

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Sway to Your Favorites at Friday Night Tributes
Free   .  Midtown Park   .  Raleigh
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Run the Oktoberfest 8K with nOg

Calling all lads and lasses for this 8K charity jaunt around downtown! Free beers are awarded at the finish line and yes, lederhosen are strongly encouraged.

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Run the Oktoberfest 8K with nOg
$33   .  Raleigh Beer Garden   .  Raleigh
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Pick Up a New Plant at the NCSU Pi Alpha Xi Fall Plant Sale

Stop by NCMA to peruse the amazing autumn selection of veggie and edible plants, pumpkins, fall flowers, trees and more at the Pi Alpha Xi Fall Plant Sale.

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Pick Up a New Plant at the NCSU Pi Alpha Xi Fall Plant Sale
Free   .  North Carolina Museum of Art   .  Raleigh
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Pick Up a New Plant at the NCSU Pi Alpha Xi Fall Plant Sale

Stop by NCMA to peruse the amazing autumn selection of veggie and edible plants, pumpkins, fall flowers, trees and more at the Pi Alpha Xi Fall Plant Sale.

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Pick Up a New Plant at the NCSU Pi Alpha Xi Fall Plant Sale
Free   .  North Carolina Museum of Art   .  Raleigh
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Create and Connect at Art It Up!

Art It Up! is taking over the Hillsborough Street district for a full day of arts and culture festivities! Celebrate with local vendors, dance and theatre performances, comedy, yoga, food and more!

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Create and Connect at Art It Up!
Free   .  Hillsborough St   .  Raleigh
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Treat Yo'Self at the Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Fest

No, you're not dreaming. On October 14, indulge in the finer things in life at Lafayette Village's annual NC Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Festival!

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Treat Yo'Self at the Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Fest
$25+   .  Lafayette Village   .  Raleigh
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Enjoy BBQ, Bluegrass and Brews at Oak and Smoke

Join Oak City Brewing for a jam-packed day of great BBQ, brews and toe-tappin' bluegrass music at their 2nd Annual BBQ and Bluegrass festival! Best part? It's all for a great, dog-friendly cause.

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Enjoy BBQ, Bluegrass and Brews at Oak and Smoke
Free   .  Oak City Brewing Company   .  Knightdale
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Go Neon at the GlowRage Paint Party

What do you get when you mix washable neon paint, heart pounding jams and tons of black lights? The ultimate glow paint party experience! Get amped up and get crazy when the paint starts flying.

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Go Neon at the GlowRage Paint Party
$20+   .  Lincoln Theatre   .  Raleigh
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