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Greater Raleigh Calendar of Events

We host thousands of events each year, so from concerts to culinary arts, historic sites to holiday celebrations (plus great college and professional sports), we won't let you down in Greater Raleigh. Even better: many of our festivals and festivities are free. View and map events by day, week or month below, or search for events in a certain category, Destination I.D. or city/town.

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Signature Events

2014 N.C. State Fair

October 16 – 26, 2014 (Recurring daily)

The N.C. State Fair is a first-class, family-oriented entertainment and educational event occurring each Oct. in Raleigh. Our Fair is the largest event in the state of N.C. and we are the largest 11-d...


An Evening with Richard Blanco

October 21, 2014

Richard Blanco's childhood and adolescence were experienced between two imaginary worlds: his parents' nostalgic world of 1950s Cuba and his imagined America, the country he saw on reruns of The Brady...

Bat Basics

October 21, 2014

Meet with a Park Ranger at sundown to discover William B. Umstead State Park’s bat species and how these often misunderstood animals thrive in our area. After a brief discussion, we will play a ...

Carolina Puppet Theatre - Going Trick-or-Treating

October 07 – 21, 2014 (Recurring every 2 weeks Tuesday)

The Carolina Puppet Theatre is an enchanting puppet experience creatively entertaining audiences with high energy antics. Using a variety of puppet styles, the characters come to life with engaging pe...

James Gregory

October 21, 2014
  • Times: 7:30pm
  • Venue: Dorton Arena
  • Area: West Raleigh/N.C. State Univ/PNC Arena
  • Admission: $5

James Gregory, a southern world-class comedian and master storyteller, will be performing Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 7:30pm in the Dorton Arena at the 2014 North Carolina State Fair.

State of Dance Discussion

October 21, 2014

"Ensemble Building: How to cultivate shared values with your performers over time" - Roundtable Discussion led by Julia Rhoads, Artistic Director of Chicagos rapidly emerging Lucky Plush Dan...

The River Otters and Hank Smith at Beer & Banjos

October 21, 2014
  • Times: 7:30-10pm
  • Venue: Tir na nOg
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Admission: Free

Triangle-based musician Hank Smith hosts a night of acoustic music, also featuring Durham-based country blues band The River Otters. Visit the event page to preview music. Admission is free and all a...

The Toasters

October 21, 2014

The Toasters have been hailed as "ska pioneers" (Billboard magazine), the "sound of NYC" (New York Times) and as a core artist at CBGB. Widely acclaimed as being the progenitors of...

On-Going Events

Beer & Banjos Music Series

Starting September 16, 2014 (Every Tuesday)
  • Times: 7:30-9:30pm
  • Venue: Tir na nOg
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh

Capital City East Segway Tour

Starting May 31, 2014 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

Cary Downtown Farmers Market

April 05 – November 29, 2014 (Every Tuesday, Saturday)
  • Times: Tues., 2-6pm; Sat., 8am-12:30pm
  • Venue: Ashworth Drugs
  • Area: Cary

Downtown Discovery Segway Tour

Starting May 31, 2014 (Every Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)

Exhibit: Carolina Bluegrass: Breakdowns and Revivals

August 29, 2014 – May 17, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Exhibit: Stagville: Black & White

March 1, 2014 – January 25, 2015 (Recurring daily)

Exhibition: Carolina Folkways

September 25 – November 14, 2014 (Every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
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