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!
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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.
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.
In honor of International Screen-Free Week, we're ditching our devices for a very special, phone-free First Friday celebration for all ages.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Running is always more fun when there is beer involved! Finish four beers in one mile and win bragging rights for a whole year.
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!
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.
Enjoy three days of down-home celebration North Carolina-style. There will be tons of music, food, wine, beer, carnival attractions, and more.
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!
Party down with Gizmo Brew Works for their sixth anniversary. There will be an anniversary beer release, live music, and some delicious food trucks.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Film, fun, and community all wrapped into one event! Meet filmmakers, watch movies, and enjoy popcorn all for free.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Baton Rouge Cuisine will be serving up some delicious crawfish at Compass Rose Brewery! Head on over for some delicious treats.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
So many treasures to be found at this "Southern Charm" vintage market! Browse original art, antiques, and so much more to beautify your home.