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Holiday Events

Feel the magic of all the holidays in Greater Raleigh with family fun outdoor events in the spring, patriotic Fourth of July events in the summer, spooky Halloween events in the fall and warmhearted holiday celebrations in the winter. The cool air of spring is perfect for Raleigh Easter egg hunts, where family and friends make precious memories. Get spooked at haunted attractions, screenings of classic horror movies and kid-friendly corn mazes around Halloween.

The winter holidays are celebrated joyously in Greater Raleigh with the Ipreo Raleigh Winterfest, the lighting of a beautifully illuminated tree in downtown Raleigh's City Plaza and much more. The annual Kwanzaa celebration in the Town of Cary, Christmas events and Hanukkah celebrations are always popular. Welcome the New Year at First Night Raleigh, complete with festivities and the annually-anticipated acorn drop. Celebrate the holidays in style, Raleigh style.

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Signature Events

Raleigh St. Patrick's Day Parade & Wearin' O' the Green Festival

March 14, 2015
  • Times: Parade: 10am; Festival: after parade-7pm
  • Venue: City Plaza
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Admission: Free

The Raleigh St. Patrick's Day Parade and the Wearin' 'O the Green Festival Parade celebrate the great St. Patrick and Irish and Celtic Traditions and Culture. The festival has lots of food and drink,...


St. Patrick's Day Party

March 14, 2015
  • Times: noon-11pm
  • Venue: Downtown Raleigh
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Admission: Free until 4pm; $5 from 4-11pm

Live music with Love Tribe (8-11pm) and Night Shift (4-7:30pm), cold beverages and great food will be available at this annual Irish Celebration in downtown Raleigh. One new addition this year is the ...


St. Patrick's Day Party

March 17, 2015

Join us in celebrating St. Patrick's Day with a special edition Irish Red and Irish music.

Wavy Train

March 17, 2015

Join Wavy Train for their free live performance at The Pour House, Mar. 17!


Easter Tea Party

March 21, 2015
  • Times: 10am-noon or 2-4pm
  • Venue: L.L. Polk House
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Admission: $20 per attendee; Second sister $18

Have your daughter bring her favorite doll and enjoy an American Girl Doll Easter Tea Party at the Historic Polk House. We will be making Easter crafts and doll accessories, having an Easter egg hunt ...


Candy Hop

March 28, 2015

Hop from shop to shop on Main and Broad St. for candy provided by the Fuquay-Varina Downtown businesses in both the Fuquay and Varina Downtown districts.

Photo:Abby Nardo 

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