The Weekender: 27 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 September 14-17. You've worked hard this week, go have a little fun!

FRIDAY
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Laugh Out Loud at Dangling Loafer

We know you need a good laugh more often than once a month, but it's hard to pass up a cheap show. The Dangling Loafer offers a stand-up comedy show once a month at Kings.

Monthly
Laugh Out Loud at Dangling Loafer
$
+ 584 interested
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Do the Time Warp at Rialto's Rocky Horror

If you're not easily spooked and like a little underwear running to accompany an evening at the theater, head to the Rialto for one of our fave cult classics.

Monthly
Do the Time Warp at Rialto's Rocky Horror
$
+ 319 interested
SATURDAY
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Shop Pop-Up Raleigh

Formerly Pop-Up Sunday, Pop-Up Raleigh is DTR's original monthly vintage market. Now it's coming at you bigger and better than ever before on Saturdays at Trophy Brewing on Maywood.

Monthly
Shop Pop-Up Raleigh
Free
+ 912 interested
Past Experiences
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Ignite Raleigh with Local Artists at SPARKcon

This not-so-typical arts festival showcases local talent and lets you get in on the fun, too. Head out to DTR September 14–17 to witness amazing performances and to be inspired!

Multiple Day Event
Ignite Raleigh with Local Artists at SPARKcon
Free
+ 615 interested
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Work Out to Help Pups at Puppies, Pilates and Lattes

This is more than your average 'stretch and sip' yoga class. Try a fusion of Pilates, Barre and Yoga at PBX's class. Afterwards, relax with a cold brew while you meet cute pups available for adoption!

Thu Sep 14, 6:00p
Work Out to Help Pups at Puppies, Pilates and Lattes
$20
+ 4 interested
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Appreciate Grapes at the State Farmers Market

Grape Day is your opportunity to appreciate grapes in all their delicious forms, from aged wines to freshly picked fruit and more.

Fri Sep 15, 11:00a
Appreciate Grapes at the State Farmers Market
Free
+ 34 interested
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Dash & Dance at the Color Vibe

Break out your brightest whites for the Color Vibe 5K! You know the drill—wear white, get splattered with vibrant pops of color and cross the finish line to dance like no one's watching.

Sat Sep 16, 8:00a
Dash & Dance at the Color Vibe
$29 - $65
+ 16 interested
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Cheers to Five Years at White Street Brewing's Anniversary Celebration

White Street is kicking off their 5th year with a birthday celebration! Join the crew for a day of great food, live music, giveaways and of course, tons of beer (new releases + some fav oldies)!

Sun Sep 17, 12:00p
Cheers to Five Years at White Street Brewing's Anniversary Celebration
Free
+ 7 interested
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Get a Sneak Peek at the Alamo Pop-up at SPARKcon

The Alamo Drafthouse is set to open their very first location in NC later this year but you can get a taste of what the Alamo will have to offer during this special three-night run during SPARKcon.

Multiple Day Event
Get a Sneak Peek at the Alamo Pop-up at SPARKcon
Free
+ 7 interested
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Dying to Belong - A Classic Lifetime Movie at Dix Park

Lifetime is partnering with Dix Park to offer a free screening of the classic Lifetime movie, "Dying to Belong". Enjoy complimentary wine, popcorn and popsicles while you snuggle up under the stars.

Thu Sep 14, 7:00p
Dying to Belong - A Classic Lifetime Movie at Dix Park
Free
+ 9 interested
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Plan a Date Night at Sip & Shop

Ready for a date night? Spend a romantic evening with your true love, sipping vintage cocktails, strolling through art studios and shops and enjoying dinner from the Cousin's Maine Lobster food truck.

Fri Sep 15, 5:00p
Plan a Date Night at Sip & Shop
Free
+ 16 interested
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Creep Your Way Around BugFest

If it's creepy and crawly, chances are it's at this all-day affair at the Museum of Natural Science, celebrating all things dragonflies this year.

Sat Sep 16, 9:00a
Creep Your Way Around BugFest
Free
+ 167 interested
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Taste Argentine Elegance at the Weinert Wine Dinner at so•ca Raleigh!

Get a taste of Mendoza, Argentina at this special event dinner hosted by so•ca and Seaboard Wine. It promises to be a five-course tasting adventure!

Sun Sep 17, 6:00p
Taste Argentine Elegance at the Weinert Wine Dinner at so•ca Raleigh!
$65+
+ 4 interested
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Laugh Out Loud at the No Poetry Comedy Deluxe SPARKcon Standup Showcase!

Sometimes we all need a good laugh just to get us through the work week. Luckily, the No Poetry Comedy crew is stoked to present a special mid-week standup comedy showcase during SparkCON this year!

Thu Sep 14, 8:30p
Laugh Out Loud at the No Poetry Comedy Deluxe SPARKcon Standup Showcase!
Free
+ 12 interested
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Peep Local Fashion at the Wear What You Are Fashion Show

fashionSPARK is going all out this year. Their annual show will go down in the fountain outside Duke Energy Center! Grab a spot for the show and don't forget to hit up the after party at Bare Bones!

Fri Sep 15, 8:30p
Peep Local Fashion at the Wear What You Are Fashion Show
Free
+ 16 interested
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Run the Bond Brothers 5k

Bond Brothers is hosting their first 5k for charity! Their inaugural run will benefit children across the nation. Don't miss the post-race block party with live music, food trucks and plenty of beer!

Sat Sep 16, 10:00a
Run the Bond Brothers 5k
$40
+ 1 interested
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Chow Down at the Mac & Cheese Throwdown

You had us at Mac & Cheese. Relish is hosting the ultimate throwdown, featuring area chefs and bartenders showing off their skills to support The Hope Center at Pullen and to celebrate Mac & Cheese.

Sun Sep 17, 6:00p
Chow Down at the Mac & Cheese Throwdown
$45+
+ 21 interested
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Do Not Miss the Naughtiness at SPARK Afterdark

CircusSPARK is bringing sultry vibes to DTR with their annual burlesque show, SPARK Afterdark! Head to King's for a night of erotic poetry, chair dancing and titillating burlesque performances!

Thu Sep 14, 9:00p
Do Not Miss the Naughtiness at SPARK Afterdark
Donation
+ 8 interested
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Sway to Your Favorites at Friday Night Tributes

On Friday nights, mosey over to Midtown Park for a feel-good music series that'll have your hips shakin' in no time. Bring a chair and prepare to belt out old favorites as cover bands take the stage!

Weekly
Sway to Your Favorites at Friday Night Tributes
Free
+ 229 interested
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Celebrate Oktoberfest with Weiner Races at Lafayette Village

Get down at Lafayette Village's Oktoberfest. In addition to festive food, drinks and live tunes, this Oktoberfest is also featuring Weiner dog races to benefit charity.

Sat Sep 16, 12:00p
Celebrate Oktoberfest with Weiner Races at Lafayette Village
Free
+ 110 interested
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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!

Multiple Day Event
Celebrate Oak City Brews During Raleigh Beer Week
$
+ 23 interested
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Say Cheers at Nickelpoint's Oktoberfest & 3 Year Anniversary Party

Nickelpoint Brewing is celebrating three years with an Oktoberfest-themed birthday party! Get ready for German style beers, authentic German food and music as well as activities like Stein Hoisting!

Sat Sep 16, 12:00p
Say Cheers at Nickelpoint's Oktoberfest & 3 Year Anniversary Party
Free
+ 77 interested
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Celebrate with Bikes, Bands + Brews at Crank Arm's 4th Anniversary Block Party

Crank Arm is kicking off their 4th b-day with an AM bike parade followed by a day-long block party with food and live music! They may even pull out special archived sour beers & barrel aged rarities!

Sat Sep 16, 12:00p
Celebrate with Bikes, Bands + Brews at Crank Arm's 4th Anniversary Block Party
Free
+ 55 interested
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Sway to Smooth Jazz at The Apex Music Festival

The Apex Music Festival returns to the beautiful downtown Apex area for a full day of local jazz music and bar-hopping through town.

Sat Sep 16, 3:00p
Sway to Smooth Jazz at The Apex Music Festival
$10
+ 171 interested
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Get Down at the 5th Annual 'The Dude Abides' Party

Raise a White Russian to 'The Big Lebowski' notable, 'Smokey', who will be rocking live tunes and sitting down for a Q&A at NCMA's 5th Annual 'The Dude Abides' party prior to the film's screening.

Sat Sep 16, 5:30p
Get Down at the 5th Annual 'The Dude Abides' Party
$10+
+ 44 interested
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Enjoy Gourmet Cuisine On-the-go at the Brier Creek Food Truck Festival

There's an end-of-Summer party happening in Brier Creek and it's going to be stocked with over 30 of Raleigh's best food trucks all in one place! It'll be an afternoon you won't want to miss.

Sat Sep 16, 11:00a
Enjoy Gourmet Cuisine On-the-go at the Brier Creek Food Truck Festival
Free
+ 15 interested
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Be Irish Twice a Year at the Halfway to St. Paddy's Day Block Party

Hibernian is shutting down the block to celebrate that we are halfway to St. Patrick's Day! Party with Irish delights ranging from food and drinks to live tunes from Rattle & Hum (a U2 tribute band).

Sat Sep 16, 12:00p
Be Irish Twice a Year at the Halfway to St. Paddy's Day Block Party
Free
+ 14 interested
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