Holiday Events

Feel the magic of all the holidays in Raleigh, N.C., 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 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 the Raleigh area 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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1970s Film Stock

May 29, 2017

1970s Film Stock will be performing live with 80 LB Test at Neptunes Parlour.

Carolina Mudcats vs. Myrtle Beach Pelicans

May 26 – 29, 2017
  • Times: Fri. 7pm, Sat. 5pm, Sun. 6pm and Mon. 2pm
  • Venue: Five County Stadium
  • Area: Zebulon
  • Admission: $8-$15

The Carolina Mudcats face off against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in a four-game series at Five County Stadium.

Junior Astronomers

May 29, 2017

Junior Astronomers will be performing live with Magma Opus at The Pour House Music Hall.

Junior Astronomers

May 29, 2017

The Astronomers will be performing live with Magma Opus at The Pour House Music Hall.

Memorial Day Observance

May 29, 2017

The Town of Cary will present an observance of Memorial Day at Veterans Freedom Park with a patriotic ceremony and celebration honoring veterans of all wars and conflicts.

Monday Music and Comedy Night

May 29, 2017

O'Malley's neighborhood pub has been serving up refreshing pints, tasty cocktails and savory meals since 1996.

WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest

May 26 – 29, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Times: Fri., 2-10:30pm; Sat.-Sun., 6am-10:30pm; Mon., 6am-noon
  • Venue: -- NA --
  • Area: Fuquay-Varina
  • Admission: Free

A truly unique, admission-free, family oriented event is coming to Fuquay-Varina this coming Memorial Day Weekend - the Third Annual WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest. Gather with friends and family for out...


A Day Without Love

May 30, 2017

A Day Without Love will be performing live with Izzy Heltai, Chris Bullock and The Nonsense and Hank & Brendan at Slim's Downtown.

Backlash Effect

May 30, 2017

Backlash Effect will be performing live with Veronica V and Tortuga Stone at The Pour House Music Hall.

Deep South Open Mic Night

May 30, 2017

The Independent Winner/Finalist of Best of "Open Mic" six years in a row, now with new host- Ryan Mullaney! Under 18 may attend if accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

Jazz Night featuring The Doug Largent Trio with Daniel Ayers

May 30, 2017
  • Times: 8:30-11:30pm
  • Venue: Imurj
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Admission: Free

Experience Imurj's Jazz Night Series! Spend the evening listening to smooth Jazz sounds from some of Raleigh's greatest bands.

Marilyn Wienand

May 30, 2017

Harpist Marilyn Wienand will be performing live at the Irregardless Café.

The Hernies

May 30, 2017
  • Times: 10pm
  • Venue: Neptunes Parlour
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Admission: $5; ages 21 and over

The Hernies will be performing live with Le Weekend at Neptunes Parlour.

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