All The Best Things to Do in Raleigh in May

All The Best Things to Do in Raleigh in May

Friday, Apr 26 2019

From music fests to brew bashes, the warmer weather isn't the only reason to be excited about May 2019. 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!

(P.S. Did we miss a great event? Email your suggestions to editor@offlinemedia.net!)

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3rd Annual Block Party at Raleigh Raw Juice Bar & Cafe
Photo by @raleighraw

3rd Annual Block Party

Raleigh Raw is celebrating three whole years of fueling our community here in Raleigh. Head over to their epic block party to celebrate with them.

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3rd Annual Block Party
Free   .  Raleigh Raw Juice Bar & Cafe   .  Raleigh
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Duke Energy Hoopla Hyperspace Party in the Park at North Carolina Museum of Art
Photo by @ncartmuseum

Duke Energy Hoopla Hyperspace Party in the Park

Celebrate the opening of NCMA's Museum Park season. There will be brand new art installations and an epic all-day outdoor Star Wars party.

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Duke Energy Hoopla Hyperspace Party in the Park
Free   .  North Carolina Museum of Art   .  Raleigh
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First Friday Screen-Free Popup: Poetry Fox, DIY Smoothies + More at Raleigh Raw Juice Bar & Cafe
Photo by @raleighraw

First Friday Screen-Free Popup: Poetry Fox, DIY Smoothies + More

In honor of International Screen-Free Week, we're ditching our devices for a very special, phone-free First Friday celebration for all ages.

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First Friday Screen-Free Popup: Poetry Fox, DIY Smoothies + More
Free   .  Raleigh Raw Juice Bar & Cafe   .  Raleigh
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Adult Night: Art Dissected at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Photo by @naturalsciences

Adult Night: Art Dissected

Peel back the layers of artistic expression to show the science underneath. Look at how art is created, how we perceive it and the inspiration we find in the natural world.

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Adult Night: Art Dissected
$15+   .  North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences   .  Raleigh
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Score Unlimited Samples from NC's Best Restaurants  + Breweries at the 2nd Annual Thrive NC Festival at City Market
Photo by @raleighfoodpics

Score Unlimited Samples from NC's Best Restaurants + Breweries at the 2nd Annual Thrive NC Festival

Thrive NC is back for a 2nd year in a row, taking over City Market with 60+ of your fave local restaurants and breweries. Catch live tunes, demos, and chow down on the Triangle's best food + drink!

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Score Unlimited Samples from NC's Best Restaurants + Breweries at the 2nd Annual Thrive NC Festival
$30   .  City Market   .  Raleigh
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Celebrate & Support Your Community at Out! Raleigh at Fayetteville Street
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Celebrate & Support Your Community at Out! Raleigh

Out!Raleigh Festival returns to downtown with a day's worth of outdoor fun and shenanigans with live music, food trucks and local vendors in support of the LGBTQ community.

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Celebrate & Support Your Community at Out! Raleigh
Free   .  Fayetteville Street   .  Raleigh
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Artsplosure: The Raleigh Arts Festival  at Artsplosure
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Artsplosure: The Raleigh Arts Festival

Artsplosure is a weekend-long celebration of creativity that brings together over 180 artists, dozens of local and nationally acclaimed performers and creative family activities to downtown Raleigh.

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Artsplosure: The Raleigh Arts Festival
Free   .  Artsplosure   .  Raleigh
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PRIME Music Festival at Red Hat Amphitheater
Photo by @primefestival

PRIME Music Festival

This two-day music event will be host to seven different acts! Snag a one day ticket or a two-day pass and get ready for an epic outdoor concert experience.

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PRIME Music Festival
$33+   .  Red Hat Amphitheater   .  Raleigh
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LIVE at Lake Raleigh at Lake Raleigh
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LIVE at Lake Raleigh

Everyone loves some outdoor jams once the weather gets nice. Sit out on the grass and enjoy this free summer sunset concert series by the beautiful Lake Raleigh.

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LIVE at Lake Raleigh
Free   .  Lake Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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11th Annual Bee Ball at The Maywood
Photo by @@andythemancandy

11th Annual Bee Ball

It's the 11th Anniversary of Raleigh's best party. Come out to dance the night away and crown the Bee Ball's royalty winner and help raise money to make Raleigh a better place!

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11th Annual Bee Ball
$10   .  The Maywood   .  Raleigh
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Party on the Blacktop at House of Hops
Photo by @houseofhops_raleigh

Party on the Blacktop

Swing by for Sunday Funday and enjoy this epic blacktop party! There will be an outdoor market filled with unique vendors, live music, and food trucks.

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Party on the Blacktop
Free   .  House of Hops   .  Raleigh
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NC Beer Mile at Bond Brothers Beer Company
Photo by @bondbrosbeer

NC Beer Mile

Running is always more fun when there is beer involved! Finish four beers in one mile and win bragging rights for a whole year.

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NC Beer Mile
$30+   .  Bond Brothers Beer Company   .  Cary
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14th Annual Carolina Pig Jig at North Carolina State Fairgrounds
Photo by @gottobenc

14th Annual Carolina Pig Jig

Twenty-five teams compete to smoke the tastiest, award-winning pork barbeque and chicken. Then, the public gets to taste it and decide who their favorite team is. So, get to tasting!

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14th Annual Carolina Pig Jig
$15   .  North Carolina State Fairgrounds   .  Raleigh
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NCMA Summer Concerts at North Carolina Museum of Art
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NCMA Summer Concerts

The summer concerts at NCMA represent one of the Triangle's longest-running and most selective outdoor music series. Grab a seat in the expansive stone amphitheater and soak up the energy.

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NCMA Summer Concerts
$$   .  North Carolina Museum of Art   .  Raleigh
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Got to be NC Festival at North Carolina State Fairgrounds
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Got to be NC Festival

Enjoy three days of down-home celebration North Carolina-style. There will be tons of music, food, wine, beer, carnival attractions, and more.

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Got to be NC Festival
Free   .  North Carolina State Fairgrounds   .  Raleigh
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Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo at City Plaza
Photo by @@triangleexplorer

Dowtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo

With over 50 food trucks and beer vendors taking over Fayetteville St., you definitely won't leave with an empty stomach. This is one of the largest food truck rodeos in the southeast!

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Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo
$   .  City Plaza   .  Raleigh
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Gizmo 6th Anniversary Party at Gizmo Brew Works
Photo by @gizmobrewworks

Gizmo 6th Anniversary Party

Party down with Gizmo Brew Works for their sixth anniversary. There will be an anniversary beer release, live music, and some delicious food trucks.

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Gizmo 6th Anniversary Party
Free   .  Gizmo Brew Works   .  Raleigh
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[CANCELLED] NCMA Late Super Rad at North Carolina Museum of Art
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NCMA Late Super Rad

Venture into the world of '80s pop culture. Kick off the night with delicious drinks, DJs and dance, then find your spark during Electric Hour - 60 minutes and 60 engaging activities.

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[CANCELLED] NCMA Late Super Rad
$18+   .  North Carolina Museum of Art   .  Raleigh
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Kentucky Derby Watch Party at Dram & Draught
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Kentucky Derby Watch Party

Throw on your biggest hat and get ready to sip on plenty of Mint Juleps, it's Kentucky Derby season! Prizes will be awarded for best hat at the end of the night.

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Kentucky Derby Watch Party
Purchase of Drinks   .  Dram & Draught   .  Raleigh
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Pig Cook Off at Compass Rose Brewery
Photo by @compassrosebrewery

Pig Cook Off

Enjoy live music and the barbeque platter of your dreams at Compass Rose Brewery. Proceeds from the event will go to support the Dementia Alliance.

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Pig Cook Off
Purchase of Food   .  Compass Rose Brewery   .  Raleigh
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May the 4th Be With You Greenway Tour at Raleigh Brewing Company
Photo by @raleighbrewing

May the 4th Be With You Greenway Tour

Kick off National Bike Month with Raleigh Brewing Company during this free 12 or 20-mile bike ride. After the ride return to Raleigh Brewing Company for a happy hour party!

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May the 4th Be With You Greenway Tour
Free   .  Raleigh Brewing Company   .  Raleigh
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Longleaf Film Festival: Year 5 at North Carolina Museum of History
Photo by @longleaffilmfestival

Longleaf Film Festival: Year 5

Film, fun, and community all wrapped into one event! Meet filmmakers, watch movies, and enjoy popcorn all for free.

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Longleaf Film Festival: Year 5
Free   .  North Carolina Museum of History   .  Raleigh
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2019 Minduro: A Wee Less Grueling Bike Race at Pine State Coffee
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2019 Minduro: A Wee Less Grueling Bike Race

This is a one place at a time bike challenge that connects each location via QR codes. Grab your phone and ride around in search of 7 boxes and complete 3 wee tasks before you make it back.

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2019 Minduro: A Wee Less Grueling Bike Race
$50   .  Pine State Coffee   .  Raleigh
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The Great Puppy Parade at 424 S McDowell St
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The Great Puppy Parade

Calling all good boys and girls! The first Annual Great Puppy Parade is going down on Fayetteville. Tell your human to grab the leash and get to this unforgettable doggy day. 

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The Great Puppy Parade
Free   .  424 S McDowell St   .  Raleigh
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11th Annual Front Porch Artwalk at 700 N Blount St
Photo by @amyveatch.art

11th Annual Front Porch Artwalk

Local artists display their artworks on the front porches throughout the neighborhood. Stroll around the sidewalks and shop through ceramics, photography, glass, jewelry, paintings and more.

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11th Annual Front Porch Artwalk
Free   .  700 N Blount St   .  Raleigh
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Marbles Bike Rodeo on the Roll with RPD Bike Patrol at Marbles Kids Museum
Photo by @marblesraleigh

Marbles Bike Rodeo on the Roll with RPD Bike Patrol

Bring your bike and helmet and get to rolling. This free community event will feature bike safety and obstacle courses, maintenance checks, bike bling shop and more.

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Marbles Bike Rodeo on the Roll with RPD Bike Patrol
Free   .  Marbles Kids Museum   .  Raleigh
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Unleashed 6th Annual Spring Fling at North Carolina State Fairgrounds
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Unleashed 6th Annual Spring Fling

Local vendors, local rescue groups, shelters, and other Animal Welfare non-profits will be in abundance at the sixth annual spring fling event! Be sure to grab your pup and head over.

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Unleashed 6th Annual Spring Fling
Free   .  North Carolina State Fairgrounds   .  Raleigh
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Baton Rouge Cuisine Crawfish Boil at Compass Rose Brewery
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Baton Rouge Cuisine Crawfish Boil

Baton Rouge Cuisine will be serving up some delicious crawfish at Compass Rose Brewery! Head on over for some delicious treats.

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Baton Rouge Cuisine Crawfish Boil
Purchase of Food   .  Compass Rose Brewery   .  Raleigh
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Crawl of Thrones at Self Guided Tour
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Crawl of Thrones

Winter is coming to Raleigh! Everyone drinks and knows things during The Crawl of Thrones. Choose your house and pay the iron price for a day of epic adventures.

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Crawl of Thrones
$15+   .  Self Guided Tour   .  Raleigh
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Book Sale at the Fairgrounds at North Carolina State Fairgrounds
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Book Sale at the Fairgrounds

Over 200,000 books will be up for grabs at the Wake County Public Libraries' annual Book Sale! Pick up some favorite books and discover new reads.

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Book Sale at the Fairgrounds
Purchase of Books   .  North Carolina State Fairgrounds   .  Raleigh
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Arthouse 2019 at CAM Raleigh
Photo by @cam_raleigh

Arthouse 2019

Join in the fun as CAM Raleigh celebrates eight years in the Warehouse District during their epic Arthouse event. Marvel at art, mingle with artists and enjoy an unforgettable evening.

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Arthouse 2019
$175+   .  CAM Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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ParksExpo! at Dorothea Dix Park
Photo by @raleighwhatsup

ParksExpo!

Do you have a green thumb or want to grow your gardening skills? Then join in and learn from the experts that maintain the beautiful grounds at Dorothea Dix Park.

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ParksExpo!
Free   .  Dorothea Dix Park   .  Raleigh
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Racing for Rescues at Dorothea Dix Park
Photo by @hannahmcbryde

Racing for Rescues

Help homeless cats and dogs find their forever homes by competing in one of two timed 5k races. Once race is with dogs and the other is without them.

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Racing for Rescues
$35+   .  Dorothea Dix Park   .  Raleigh
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Carolina Fear Fest Horror Convention at Jim Graham Building
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Carolina Fear Fest Horror Convention

The newest Con to hit the Carolinas is bringing the Horror genre closer to home! Enjoy two days packed with celebrity guests, Film Fest, Vendors, panels and more.

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Carolina Fear Fest Horror Convention
$10+   .  Jim Graham Building   .  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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All The Best Things to Do in Raleigh in May
All The Best Things to Do in Raleigh in May