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The Weekender: Weiner Dog Races, Rooftop Yoga, Octoberfests Galore + More

Wednesday, Sep 19 2018

Our curated list of the best things to do the weekend of September 20 - 23. You've worked hard this week, go have a little fun!

Thursday

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Third Thursday- Shop Small DT Raleigh

Triangle area shoppers are invited to #shopsmall by revisiting downtown Raleigh favorites, and discovering new ones you've yet to experience. Get ready for a big night of engaging retail experiences!

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Third Thursday- Shop Small DT Raleigh
Free   .  Downtown Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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Wine Walk for Charity

Every third Thursday come and get your wine on! Stroll through the village center and pop into local shops and restaurants for some great wine tastings, all proceeds go to the months featured cause.

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Wine Walk for Charity
$10   .  Lafayette Village   .  Raleigh
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Friday

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.

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Do the Time Warp at Rialto's Rocky Horror
$6.50   .  The Rialto Theatre   .  Raleigh
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Saturday

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Taste of the N.C. State Fair +727 fire icon

Sink your teeth into some samples of N.C. State Fair food. With everything from the mini wafflewich to fried pickles, your taste buds will definitely thank you.

Sat Sep 22, 8:00a
Taste of the NC State Fair
$8   .  Midtown Farmers' Market   .  Raleigh
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Kirby Derby 2018 +600 fire icon

If you don't know about this Raleigh classic yet you're missing out. Race a boxcar down the hill or take a seat on the sideline and watch the shenanigans ensue.

[POSTPONED] Kirby Derby 2018
Free   .  Harvey Hill at Dix Park   .  Raleigh
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1st Annual Milkfest Block Party +720 fire icon

Milk Bar takes over Tucker Street for the first annual Milkfest! Join them for a full day of live music, drinks, and food. A portion of the proceeds goes to CASA to end homelessness in the Triangle.

Sat Sep 22, 12:00p
1st Annual Milkfest Block Party
Free   .  Milk Bar   .  Raleigh
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Crafty Beer, Wine & Spirits 5th Anniversary Party

Crafty's is celebrating five years of good times. There will be rare kegs tapped, live music bumping, food trucks and free beer and wine tastings. Bring your lawn chair and make a day of it!

Sat Sep 22, 2:00p
Crafty Beer, Wine & Spirits 5th Anniversary Party
Free   .  Crafty Beer Shop - Five Points   .  Raleigh
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2018 Triangle Hops For Hope: Beer Competition

Get a taste of the Triangle when 25 of the best local breweries come together and compete to win the Peoples' Choice Award. Try them all and vote on your favorite to win the prize!

Sat Sep 22, 2:00p
2018 Triangle Hops For Hope: Beer Competition
$25   .  Raleigh Beer Garden   .  Raleigh
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Gizmo 2018 Oktoberfest +638 fire icon

Gizmo Brew Works is gearing up for their second annual Oktoberfest. Throw on your lederhosen and celebrate with special beer releases, food trucks, and some Epic Axe throwing!

Sat Sep 22, 1:00p
Gizmo 2018 Oktoberfest
Free   .  Gizmo Brew Works   .  Raleigh
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90s Bar Crawl

Calling all 90s babies! You won't want to miss your opportunity to get jiggy with it and belt out all the songs from NOW That's What I Call Music. Throw on your best 90s style and hit DTR.

Sat Sep 22, 3:00p
90s Bar Crawl
$20+   .  Still Life Nightclub   .  Raleigh
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WKNC & Crank Arm Present Radio Ride

Ride around NC State and downtown Raleigh in this epic alleycat-style bike ride and scavenger hunt. Hit up Crank Arm after the hunt for your chance to win prizes!

Sat Sep 22, 12:00p
WKNC & Crank Arm Present Radio Ride
$10+   .  Crank Arm Brewing Company   .  Raleigh
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5th Anniversary Block Party Celebration

Crank Arm wants you to help them celebrate five years of serving up brews. Start with a bike parade around downtown, then relax with a brew in true Crank Arm fashion.

Sat Sep 22, 12:00p
5th Anniversary Block Party Celebration
Free   .  Crank Arm Brewing Company   .  Raleigh
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The Drunk History Tour

Hop aboard The Great Raleigh Trolley for a historic tour of Raleigh that you'll never forget! Pack the beverage od your choice for this epic Drunken History Tour.

Sat Sep 22, 8:00p
The Drunk History Tour
$45   .  Paddy O Beers   .  Raleigh
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Boozin' Through The World of Wizardry Harry Potter Bar Crawl

Grab your wand (actually, you get one with your ticket!), don your robes, and get ready to take over the best muggle bars. 

Sat Sep 22, 1:00p
Boozin' Through The World of Wizardry Harry Potter Bar Crawl
$30+   .  Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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City of Oaks Pirate Fest

2018 marks 300 years since the notorious pirate Blackbeard roamed the Carolina coast and lost his life—enjoy pirate-themed festivities in honor of his memory. 

Sat Sep 22, 10:00a
City of Oaks Pirate Fest
Free   .  North Carolina Museum of History   .  Raleigh
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Oktoberfest at Lafayette Village +640 fire icon

A party is happening throughout the village! Head down the Lafayette Village and sip on over 20 fall style beers and food for this years annual Oktoberfest.

Sat Sep 22, 12:00p
Oktoberfest at Lafayette Village
Free   .  Lafayette Village   .  Raleigh
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6th Annual Wiener Dog Races +1003 fire icon

Help raise awareness and donations for local animal advocate groups and have a blast doing so. Sign your furry friend up, or go and enjoy wiener dogs racing down the track.

Sat Sep 22, 12:00p
6th Annual Wiener Dog Races
$15   .  Lafayette Village   .  Raleigh
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Hops for Hope Volunteers

Volunteer your time to help Children's Flight of Hope have a successful fundraising event at Hops for Hope! Volunteers are needed to help set up the event, check people in, manage logistics, etc.

Sat Sep 22, 1:00p
Hops for Hope Volunteers
Free   .  Raleigh Beer Garden   .  Raleigh
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Free Workouts on The Dillon Rooftop +933 fire icon

Six weeks of free fitness on the breathtaking Dillon sky terrace. Check out the calendar and hit up these wellness classes lead by local studios!

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Free Workouts on The Dillon Rooftop
Free   .  The Dillon   .  Raleigh
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Carry the Water NC 5K

Help support the clean water projects going on in India by participating in this fun 5K. Best part, after running a little over three miles all are welcome back for a free picnic in the park!

Sat Sep 22, 9:00a
Carry the Water NC 5K
$20+   .  Dorothea Dix Park   .  Raleigh
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Groove in The Garden

Over 1,200 roses set the stage at one of Raleigh's most beautiful venues where some of the best local bands will play at Groove in the Garden! Add in a side of local eats and you can count us in!

Sat Sep 22, 1:30p
Groove in The Garden
$10/$15   .  Raleigh Little Theatre   .  Raleigh
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Sunday

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Rooftop Brunch Party!

Taverna Agora is taking Sunday Funday to a new level with their brand new brunch menu. Try out the reinvented village favorites and $3 mimosas that'll leave you saying OPA!

Sun Sep 23, 10:00a
Rooftop Brunch Party!
Free   .  Taverna Agora Greek Kitchen & Bar   .  Raleigh
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Triangle Heart Walk

Join your community and make a positive difference. Raise funds to save lives from heart disease and stroke, while raising your heartbeat during this Heart Walk.

Sun Sep 23, 12:30p
Triangle Heart Walk
Free   .  PNC Arena   .  Raleigh
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La Fiesta del Pueblo 2018

Celebrate Latino art and culture with a day packed with popular folk music and dance performances. Stop by and check out the various activities, art and crafts and, most importantly, food!

Sun Sep 23, 12:00p
La Fiesta del Pueblo 2018
Free   .  Fayetteville Street   .  Raleigh
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Little City Sundays

Looking for the perfect spot to enjoy Football Sundays? Head down to Little City and catch all the game time action, as well as food trucks, drink specials and so much more!

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Little City Sundays
Free   .  Little City Brewing Company   .  Raleigh
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All Weekend

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Campfires on the Patio

Since Fall is coming back, so are the fire pits! Join Compass Rose Brewery as they pull the fire pits back out for evenings under the stars. Grab a blanket and go get cozy by the nice warm fire.

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Campfires on the Patio
Free   .  Compass Rose Brewery   .  Raleigh
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Sip + Shop at the Diamonds Direct Trunk Show

Diamonds Direct is unleashing their biggest promo of the year, right alongside a Christopher Designs Trunk Show—if you're on the hunt for some fine jewelry, this weekend is a total must!

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Sip + Shop at the Diamonds Direct Trunk Show
Free   .  Diamonds Direct Crabtree   .  Raleigh
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Play & Learn at Hipp Family Farms

The little kiddos will go wild at Hipp Family Farm. A petting zoo, a seven-acre corn maze, a hay maze, pumpkin chunkin and more fall entertainment will keep 'em entertained for an awesome autumn day.

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Play & Learn at Hipp Family Farms
$10+   .  Hipp Family Farm Corn Maze   .  Fuquay Varina
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Join the Fall Festival at Hill Ridge Farms

Take the short trek to Hill Ridge Farm for a full-on farm party. From pumpkins to hayrides to a corn playhouse, there's no shortage of fall fun to be had.

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Join the Fall Festival at Hill Ridge Farms
$14   .  Hill Ridge Farms   .  Youngsville
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Past Experiences

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Science Cafe: Living with Alligators

Should you really believe that running in a zig-zag away from an alligator will save you? Do they really taste like chicken? Join in and learn the answer to these questions and more.

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Science Cafe: Living with Alligators
Free   .  North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences   .  Raleigh
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Sunrise Yoga for Hurricane Relief with Happy + Hale

Join Happy + Hale on The Dillon rooftop to celebrate the Autumn Equinox with some asanas. Bring some supplies to donate to hurricane relief, and register fast—space is limited!

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Sunrise Yoga for Hurricane Relief with Happy + Hale
Free   .  The Dillon   .  Raleigh
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Macrame Wall Hanging Workshop

All skill levels are welcome to come learn a fun new craft. Become the fiber artist you have always wanted to be during this guided introduction to creating your own macrame wall hanging.

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Macrame Wall Hanging Workshop
$30   .  Market Hall   .  Raleigh
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Viva Mexico! Mexico’s Independence Day Party

Celebrate Mexico's Independence Day in style! La Santa is throwing a party with live mariachi music, delicious food specials, and some pretty epic drink specials in celebration of the holiday.

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Viva Mexico! Mexico’s Independence Day Party
Free   .  La Santa Modern Mexican Food   .  Raleigh
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Raleigh Night Market

Vendors gather under the beautiful market lights on the cobblestone streets of City Market. Come hungry and dig into some delicious local eats while enjoying all the vendors have to offer.

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Raleigh Night Market
Free   .  Raleigh Night Market   .  Raleigh
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Uke Can Do It Ukulele Class

This highly interactive class is designed to get you playing simple songs right away. Building your knowledge over three different sessions, learning more chords and tunes every time.

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Uke Can Do It Ukulele Class
Free   .  North Regional Library   .  Raleigh
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The Ultimate Willy Wonka Party

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is s delightful confection that you'll enjoy time and time again. Be taken to a world of pure imagination with two of the original kids from the movie!

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The Ultimate Willy Wonka Party
$22+   .  Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Raleigh   .  Raleigh
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21 Marbles Music Night

Go on a Musical Journey themed night with epic amped-up games! This 21+ event features beer, wine, food, and all the fun that Marbles has to offer on this 21+ night.

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21 Marbles Music Night
$10+   .  Marbles Kids Museum   .  Raleigh
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Rock Your World Fundraiser

Rock Your World Benefit Concert is going down at Dram & Draught this September. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit awesome causes like Hope for Haiti foundation, InterAct, and SuNica.

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Rock Your World Fundraiser
Free   .  Dram & Draught   .  Raleigh
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The Big Fake Wedding Raleigh

Imagine: a big wedding party with all the fun (and none of the crazy family). Watch local vendors in action at this over-the-top wedding reception.

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The Big Fake Wedding Raleigh
$25   .  The Merrimon-Wynne House   .  Raleigh
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