The Best Things to Do in Raleigh in August
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The Best Things to Do in Raleigh in August

By Erin Greenawald
Friday, Jul 27 2018

You know the drill—our complete guide to the best of August in Raleigh. 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!


Trending & New Openings

Eat Fresh Latin American Fare at Bartaco at bartaco North Hills
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NOW OPEN: Bartaco

This popular chain for fresh Latin American cuisine and juicy cocktails has landed in North Hills! 

Eat Fresh Latin American Fare at Bartaco
$   .  bartaco North Hills   .  Raleigh
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Get Craft Cocktails and Coffee at Fig at Fig
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NOW OPEN: Get Craft Cocktails and Coffee at Fig

Fig is serving up coffee, craft cocktails, and tapas in Oakwood. Come for the food and libations, stay for the massive patio and rustic-modern vibe!

Get Craft Cocktails and Coffee at Fig
$   .  Fig   .  Raleigh
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Fill Up on American Eats at Edwards Mill Bar & Grill at Edwards Mill Bar & Grill
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NEW MENU: Limited-Edition All Mac N' Cheese Menu at Edwards Mill

With plenty of American fare on the menu, your favorite local beers on tap, a dozen screens to catch the game and a pretty patio, Edwards Mill Bar & Grill has you covered for almost any occasion.

Fill Up on American Eats at Edwards Mill Bar & Grill
$$   .  Edwards Mill Bar & Grill   .  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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OPENING SOON: Morgan Street Food Hall

Get ready for all the local eats. Morgan Street Food Hall will be opening in August. This will be the first food hall in downtown Raleigh, and we got a peek inside.

Taste a Little of Everything at Morgan Street Food Hall
$   .  Morgan Street Food Hall & Market   .  Raleigh
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Always a Good Idea

Take a Weekend Trip to Saxapahaw, NC at Saxapahaw
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Take a Weekend Trip to Saxapahaw, NC

Get major Asheville vibes (without the Asheville drive) with this perfect weekend (or even day) trip from the Triangle.

Take a Weekend Trip to Saxapahaw, NC
$$   .  Saxapahaw   .  Saxapahaw
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Dine at Raleigh's Oldest Restaurant at Mecca Restaurant
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Dine at Raleigh's Oldest Restaurant

An iconic, family-owned diner, Mecca has been serving up unpretentious, comfort food & drinks in DTR since the 1930s. Hit up this old-school mainstay for the burgers and daily specials.

Dine at Raleigh's Oldest Restaurant
$   .  Mecca Restaurant   .  Raleigh
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Local Escape: Treat Yourself to "Cow to Cone" Ice Cream  at Maple View Ice Cream
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Local Escape: Treat Yourself to "Cow to Cone" Ice Cream

Get out of town for a bit and treat yo'self! Hit Maple View Farms for some homemade ice cream, fresh air and a little rocking chair relaxing.

Local Escape: Treat Yourself to "Cow to Cone" Ice Cream
$   .  Maple View Ice Cream   .  Hillsborough
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Past Experiences

2018 NC Japan Festival at North Carolina State Fairgrounds
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2018 NC Japan Festival

In the 13th year of this celebration of Japanese culture, it's getting bigger and better than ever. There will be delicious food, entertainment, and—best of all—a karaoke contest. 

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2018 NC Japan Festival
$5+ (kids free)   .  North Carolina State Fairgrounds   .  Raleigh
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Skywatching at Dix Park for The Perseid Meteor Shower at Dorothea Dix Park
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Skywatching at Dix Park for The Perseid Meteor Shower

Relax under the stars and get ready to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower! Telescopes will be provided for you to view a variety of deep sky objects.

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Skywatching at Dix Park for The Perseid Meteor Shower
Free   .  Dorothea Dix Park   .  Raleigh
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Vintage Market Days of the NC Triangle at North Carolina State Fairgrounds
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Vintage Market Days of the NC Triangle

So many treasures to be found at this "Southern Charm" vintage market! Browse original art, antiques, and so much more to beautify your home.

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Vintage Market Days of the NC Triangle
$5+   .  North Carolina State Fairgrounds   .  Raleigh
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Have a Drink with Dinosaur at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
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Have a Drink with Dinosaur

Drafts + dinos—what else could you possibly need? Hit up NC Museum of Natural Sciences for this one-of-a-kind evening with 20+ local breweries, hands-on demos, live tunes and more. 

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Have a Drink with Dinosaur
$30+   .  North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences   .  Raleigh
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Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week at Downtown Raleigh
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Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week

This week-long dining event is one you won't want to miss! During Restaurant Week chow down on all the culinary talent the heart of the capital has to offer. The best part? It all starts at $5!

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Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week
$5+   .  Downtown Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Tube The Neuse at Neuse River Trail
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Tube The Neuse

Want to float down the river before the end of summer? Grab your wackiest tube, sunscreen, and cold one (or more) for this 3.5 hour long ride!

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Tube The Neuse
Free   .  Neuse River Trail   .  Raleigh
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Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival at Downtown Cary
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Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival

Take to the streets and celebrate all the art, music, and food that Cary has to offer. This festival has gone 42 years strong for a reason!

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Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival
Free   .  Downtown Cary   .  Cary
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(OFFLINE PERK) Snag A Sweet Deal on Soccer Tickets  at WakeMed Soccer Park
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(OFFLINE PERK) Snag A Sweet Deal on Soccer Tickets

The World Cup may be over but soccer season is still going strong at NCFC.  What's more? they've got special events (lucha libre night, anyone?) AND Offline users are getting 20% off tickets. Score!  

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(OFFLINE PERK) Snag A Sweet Deal on Soccer Tickets
$10+   .  WakeMed Soccer Park   .  Cary
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Monster Drawing Rally 2018 at North Carolina Museum of Art
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Monster Drawing Rally 2018

Seventy-five artists take the stage for this fabulous live drawing event! You'll get to spy as sketches morph into gorgeous works of art—and even purchase a piece to take home.

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Monster Drawing Rally 2018
SOLD OUT   .  North Carolina Museum of Art   .  Raleigh
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SPARKball 2018 at The Dillon
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SPARKball 2018

Help SPARKcon put on its amazing festival for the 14th year running. This glitzy and fun evening will include beverages, food, dancing, and a ton of SPARKcon themed events, all to raise money.

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SPARKball 2018
$40+   .  The Dillon   .  Raleigh
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North Hills Restaurant Week at North Hills
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North Hills Restaurant Week

For the first time ever, North Hills is getting into the Restaurant Week game. Enjoy all the restaurants this neighborhood has to offer with specials all week.

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North Hills Restaurant Week
$$   .  North Hills   .  Raleigh
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The Most Amazing Race Raleigh at The Salvation Army
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The Most Amazing Race Raleigh

Ever wanted to compete in the Amazing Race? This is your chance! Grab your partner in crime and sign up for the chance to win $2,500 as the Grand Prize, while supporting the Salvation Army.

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The Most Amazing Race Raleigh
Donation or Fundraising   .  The Salvation Army   .  Raleigh
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CaribMask 2018 at City Plaza
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CaribMask 2018

Immerse yourself in the culture of the Caribbean in downtown Raleigh. Taste traditional cuisine, shop crafts and take in a full day of colorful entertainment.

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CaribMask 2018
Free   .  City Plaza   .  Raleigh
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2018 Cornament Fundraiser for Special Olympics at Lynnwood Grill & Brewing Concern
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2018 Cornament Fundraiser for Special Olympics

Summer time vibes are in full swing with this corn hole tournament! Test your skills, or come enjoy some food and drinks. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit Special Olympics NC!

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2018 Cornament Fundraiser for Special Olympics
$40/team   .  Lynnwood Grill & Brewing Concern   .  Raleigh
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Summer Daze Music Festival at Midtown Park
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Summer Daze Music Festival

Don't miss the inaugural Summer Daze Music Festival at North Hills! Artists like Shwayze, Surfer Blood, WONDR, Nance and more will be rocking out on the main stage as you dance the day away.

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Summer Daze Music Festival
$22.50+   .  Midtown Park   .  Raleigh
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Erin is the Editor-in-Chief at Offline Media, a constant tea drinker, a lover of street art, and a creative (always) in training.
The Best Things to Do in Raleigh in August
The Best Things to Do in Raleigh in August