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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11-23-2017

Events

Gene O'Neill

November 23, 2017

Blues musician Gene O'Neill will be performing live at the Irregardless Café.

Runologie Presents Trophy Turkey Trot 10k

November 23, 2017

A locally-organized Thanksgiving morning Turkey Trot through Raleigh's beautiful Dorothea Dix Park. Race day packet pickup will be at Trophy Brewing on Maywood Avenue with afterparty to follow ...

Steinway & Sons Private Selection Room Tour

November 14 – 30, 2017
  • Times: 9:30am
  • Venue: -- NA --
  • Area: North Raleigh

The world-famous Steinway & Sons New York Factory Private Selection Room is traveling to select cities across the US and Hopper Piano Company in Raleigh is proud to be one of these venues. The sel...

Thankgiving Buffet in Herons

November 23, 2017

Join Herons as James Beard Semifinalist and Executive Chef Steven Greene prepares a delicious Thanksgiving Buffet. Choose from classics such as carved turkey, truffled macaroni and cheese and cornbrea...

Thanksgiving Day Buffet

November 23, 2017
  • Times: 11am-3pm
  • Venue: The Mayton Inn
  • Area: Cary
  • Admission: $55, $10 children 6-12 and free for ages 5 and under

Join The Mayton Inn for their Thanksgiving Day Buffet! The Mayton has an excellent menu planned for you at Verandah. The menu will be posted on The Mayton's Facebook even...

11-24-2017

80s vs. 90s with DJ Biz Markie

November 24, 2017
  • Times: 8pm
  • Venue: The Ritz
  • Area: North Raleigh
  • Admission: $15

Biz Markie will be serve as DJ for 80s vs. 90s night at The Ritz.

Black Friday Garage Sale at Flying Saucer

November 24, 2017

Shop all-things beer at Flying Saucer’s Black Friday Garage Sale. Saucer is selling all past glasses, merchandise and swag.

Capital City Reggae Fest featuring Crucial Fiya

November 24, 2017
  • Times: 8:30pm
  • Venue: Lincoln Theatre
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Admission: $14.50

Crucial Fiya will be performing live at the Lincoln Theatre as part of the Capital City Reggae Fest.

Carolina Ballet: Messiah

November 22 – 26, 2017

Whether you are seeing it for the first time or have witnessed its glory in seasons past, you will be swept away by the majesty and spirituality of Artistic Director Robert Weiss' choreography for t...

Demon Eye

November 24, 2017

Demon Eye will be performing live with Lightning Born and Mind Dweller at The Pour House Music Hall.

Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba

November 24, 2017
  • Times: 8pm
  • Venue: KINGS
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Admission: $12 advance, $15 day of

Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba will be performing live with Violet Bell at Kings.

Dr. Mudd and The Alamo

November 24, 2017
  • Times: 8:30pm
  • Venue: Deep South The Bar
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Admission: $5, 18 and over; $5 surcharge for ages 18-20

Dr. Mudd and The Alamo will be performing live with Five Mile Radius, NewFaze and Echonest at Deep South The Bar.

Elmer Gibson

November 24, 2017

Jazz musician Elmer Gibson will be performing live at the Irregardless Café.

Finally Friday: The Goonies

November 24, 2017

Join the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences for The Goonies and learn everything you ever wanted to know about the science of piracy, booby traps and treasure hunting. The Museum wi...

Frank Longino

November 24, 2017
  • Times: 9pm-midnight
  • Venue: Empress Room
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Admission: Free with $1 lifetime membership

Frank Longino will be performing live at the Empress Room.

Hardworker

November 24, 2017

Hardworker will be performing live with Bang!Bang! and Jacob Thomas Jr. at Slim's Downtown.

Luther Vaudeville

November 24, 2017

Luther Vaudeville will be performing live at Abbey Road in Apex.

Michael Blackson

November 24 – 26, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Times: Fri. 7:30pm and 10pm; Sat. 6:30pm and 9pm; Sun. 7pm
  • Venue: Goodnight's Comedy Club
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Admission: $30-$45; 18 and over

Michael Blackson will be performing live at Goodnight's Comedy Club.

Mysti Mayhem Trio

November 24, 2017

The Mysti Mayhem Trio will be performing live at Abbey Road in Cary.

NHL Carolina Hurricanes vs. Toronto Maple Leafs

November 24, 2017
  • Times: 7:30pm
  • Venue: PNC Arena
  • Area: West Raleigh/N.C. State Univ/PNC Arena
  • Admission: TBA

The Carolina Hurricanes take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at PNC Arena.

North Carolina Symphony Special Event Concert: Home Alone

November 24 – 25, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Catch this comedy classic on the big screen as the Symphony plays the charming and delightful score by John Williams live. Hilarious and heart-warming, Home Alone is holiday fun for all ages. Come e...

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

November 24 – December 24, 2017 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)

The beloved TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season.  Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including...

Six Shots Later

November 24, 2017

Six Shots Later will be performing live at Aviator Tap House.

Steinway & Sons Private Selection Room Tour

November 14 – 30, 2017
  • Times: 9:30am
  • Venue: -- NA --
  • Area: North Raleigh

The world-famous Steinway & Sons New York Factory Private Selection Room is traveling to select cities across the US and Hopper Piano Company in Raleigh is proud to be one of these venues. The sel...

The Ultimate Johnny Cash Tribute Show

November 24, 2017

Six String presents The Ultimate Johnny Cash Tribute Show, featuring the Johnny Folsom 4, live at The Cary Theater. 

Todd and Kat Duo

November 24, 2017

The Todd and Kat Duo will be performing live at Abbey Road in Cary.

Tres Amigos

November 24, 2017
  • Times: 9pm-midnight
  • Venue: C. Grace
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Admission: $5

Tres Amigos will be performing live at C. Grace.

11-25-2017

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie - The Biggest Artist Tour

November 25, 2017
  • Times: 8-10pm
  • Venue: The Ritz
  • Area: North Raleigh
  • Admission: $27.50-$102.50

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie will be in Raleigh for his The Bigger Artist tour. Tickets for this event are on sale now.

Carolina Ballet: Messiah

November 22 – 26, 2017

Whether you are seeing it for the first time or have witnessed its glory in seasons past, you will be swept away by the majesty and spirituality of Artistic Director Robert Weiss' choreography for t...

Cloak

November 25, 2017

Cloak will be performing live with Etiolated and Witchtit at Slim's Downtown.

College Football: NC State vs. UNC-Chapel Hill

November 25, 2017

The N.C. State Wolfpack Football team will compete against UNC-Chapel Hill at Carter-Finley Stadium.

Danglebash 41

November 25, 2017
  • Times: 8:30pm
  • Venue: The Maywood
  • Area: West Raleigh/N.C. State Univ/PNC Arena
  • Admission: $10; 21 and over

Safe Word, SiBANNAC, Genosha, The Donalds and Raw Dog will be performing live at The Maywood as part of Danglebash 41.

Fred Westbrook

November 25, 2017
  • Times: 9pm-midnight
  • Venue: Empress Room
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Admission: Free with $1 lifetime membership

Fred Westbrook will be performing live at the Empress Room.

Gary Brunotte

November 25, 2017

Jazz musician Gary Brunotte will be performing live at the Irregardless Café.

Johnny Orr

November 25, 2017

Johnny Orr will be performing live at Abbey Road in Apex.

Johnny Orr

November 25, 2017

Country musician Johnny Orr will be performing live at Aviator Tap House.

Michael Blackson

November 24 – 26, 2017 (Recurring daily)
  • Times: Fri. 7:30pm and 10pm; Sat. 6:30pm and 9pm; Sun. 7pm
  • Venue: Goodnight's Comedy Club
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Admission: $30-$45; 18 and over

Michael Blackson will be performing live at Goodnight's Comedy Club.

Mike Davis

November 25, 2017

Mike Davis will be performing live at Doherty's in Apex.

Nantucket

November 25, 2017
  • Times: 8pm
  • Venue: Lincoln Theatre
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Admission: $15-$25

Nantucket will be performing live at the Lincoln Theatre.

New Hillbillies

November 25, 2017

New Hillbillies will be performing live at Doherty's in Cary.

The Nike Cross Nationals Southeast Regional Championships (cross country) bring more than 1,000 runners to compete in Cary. The top finishers earn the right to represent the Southeast region at the Ni...

North Carolina Symphony Special Event Concert: Home Alone

November 24 – 25, 2017 (Recurring daily)

Catch this comedy classic on the big screen as the Symphony plays the charming and delightful score by John Williams live. Hilarious and heart-warming, Home Alone is holiday fun for all ages. Come e...

Petty Thieves

November 25, 2017

Petty Thieves, a Tom Petty tribute band, will be performing live at Abbey Road in Cary.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

November 24 – December 24, 2017 (Every Sunday, Friday, Saturday)

The beloved TV classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season.  Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including...

Russ Varnell and His Too Country Band

November 25, 2017
  • Times: 8:30pm
  • Venue: Deep South The Bar
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Admission: $8, 21 and over

Russ Varnell and His Too Country Band will be performing live with The Dew Drops at Deep South The Bar.

Sam King

November 25, 2017
  • Times: 9pm-midnight
  • Venue: C. Grace
  • Area: Downtown Raleigh
  • Admission: $5

Sam King will be performing live at C. Grace.

Shade of the Cross

November 25, 2017

Gospel group Shades of the Cross will be performing live at Lorraine's Coffee House.

Small Business Saturday

November 25, 2017

For Small Business Saturday, Raleigh Provisions is hosting a basketing event during which customers are invited to sample around the shop and listen to vendors’ stories while piecing together th...

Steinway & Sons Private Selection Room Tour

November 14 – 30, 2017
  • Times: 9:30am
  • Venue: -- NA --
  • Area: North Raleigh

The world-famous Steinway & Sons New York Factory Private Selection Room is traveling to select cities across the US and Hopper Piano Company in Raleigh is proud to be one of these venues. The sel...

Stevan Jackson

November 25, 2017

Celtic harpist Stevan Jackson will be performing live at the Irregardless Café.

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