Raleigh Events

Wake Forest Historic District Walking Tours
October 04 – November 15, 2017
Times: Dates and times will vary; visit event website for full schedule
Venue: Wake Forest Historical Museum
Area: Wake Forest
Admission: Free

The Town of Wake Forest will offer free Wake Forest Historic District Walking Tours during the fall of 2017. These tours will include areas along North Main Street, North Avenue, Front Street, and South Avenue. Along the way, each group will discuss the developmental and architectural history of the area, along with the significant men and women who lived in the homes. Please note: Tours will not include individual homes. Tours will start promptly at the designated time and be led by architectural historian and Town Historic Preservation Planner Michelle Michael. Each tour will begin at the corner of North Main Street and Walnut Street and end at the Wake Forest Historical Museum. Following each tour, participants may visit the museum and the Dr. Calvin Jones House.

2017 N.C. State Fair
October 12 – 22, 2017 (Recurring Daily)
Venue: North Carolina State Fairgrounds
Area: West Raleigh/N.C. State Univ/PNC Arena

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-day agriculture event in the nation, surpassing one million visitors to the 2010 State Fair. Opening day, Oct. 12. Visit website for complete music performance schedule and fair updates.

The fair is all about seeking out and showcasing the finest of N.C. Whether that be in a horse show, livestock show, culinary, handicraft or art competition, or with the "Homegrown Music Fest" concert series (11 days, three stages, 117 concerts), we are proud of the talented people of our great state. The State Fair is a way to celebrate everything that is uniquely N.C.

Al Strong Quartet
October 19, 2017
Times: 9pm-midnight
Venue: C. Grace
Area: Downtown Raleigh
Admission: Free

The Al Strong Quartet will be performing live at C. Grace.

Carolina Ballet: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow & Other Haunted Tales
October 12 – 29, 2017 (Recurring Daily)
Times: Dates and times will vary; please visit the event website for more information
Venue: Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Area: Downtown Raleigh

Artistic Director Robert Weiss and Choreographer in Residence Zalman Raffael bring an evening of haunted stories to the stage just in time for Halloween! This collection of the macabre, including The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, will bring just the right amount of fright to an evening of tales from the bewitched and beyond.

Photo: Geoff Wood Photography

Come Tech Out the Triangle Job Fair
October 19, 2017
Times: 8:30am-1pm
Venue: McKimmon Conference & Training Center
Area: West Raleigh/N.C. State Univ/PNC Arena
Admission: Free for Job Seekers

The North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA) with community partners will hold the next Come Tech Out the Triangle Job Fair in Raleigh. The Come Tech Out Job Fair series promotes regional job openings in the tech industry and connects hiring companies with hundreds of the area’s top talent across functional areas and levels of expertise. Exhibiting employers will be hiring collectively for hundreds of positions from entry level to senior roles encompassing all skill levels and departments (many IT/technology positions, but openings in business development, marketing, administration and more will also be featured). This event is free for job seekers. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged for planning purposes but walk-ins are welcome. Employer exhibit booths and sponsorship opportunities are available but space is limited. Visit the event website to view a complete roster of participating employers to date and register to attend.

Community Conversation: Ethnobotanical Art and Mexican Culture
October 19, 2017
Times: 6:30-8:30pm
Venue: Artspace
Area: Downtown Raleigh
Admission: Free

Join artist Peter Marin and learn about the ways that both art and plants reveal information about Mexican culture. Artist Peter Marin will discuss his altar in the Lobby of Artspace and his use of ethnobotany in selecting particular specimens for his installation. How do ethnobotanists help preserve culture? In what ways can artists engage with natural specimens? What plants help define our culture?

Corey Smith
October 19, 2017
Times: 8pm
Venue: Lincoln Theatre
Area: Downtown Raleigh
Admission: $20

The way Corey Smith sees it, he owes a debt to his fans, and it's one he is determined to repay with his 10th album, While the Gettin' Is Good. The project, released on Sugar Hill Records, marks the first time that the singer-songwriter, a wildly popular touring artist who has produced all of his past efforts, has turned over the reins to a bona fide country music producer in Keith Stegall. The result is Smith's most ambitious record yet, as well as a return on the investment made by the fans who have supported him since his first album in 2003. "A lot of start-up acts are using fan-funded programs to finance their record. That's what my whole career has been: Kickstarter before Kickstarter. When my fans show up and buy a ticket and a t-shirt, they're investing in what I'm doing," says Corey. "It's my responsibility to invest it wisely and give them the best album I can. That's what led me to While the Gettin' Is Good." Now, however, Corey is focused squarely on the future. As the new album title suggests, he's ready to make a determined grab at country's brass ring while the gettin' is good. And with Keith Stegall and Sugar Hill Records behind him, the gettin' has never been better. As the perseverant Corey is fond of saying, "There is more than one way to skin a cat in country music."

October 12 – 29, 2017 (Every Sunday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday)
Times: Thurs.-Sat., 7:30pm; Sun. 2pm
Venue: Burning Coal Theatre
Area: Downtown Raleigh
Admission: Adult $25; Seniors (65+) $20; Students $15; All Thursday Tickets $10

A young woman and a young man go on a journey of discovery.  In this whimsical tale by the master of witty wordplay, Tom Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead) joins up with the chief purveyors of Mood Rock, the legendary Pink Floyd, whose album Darkside of the Moon stayed on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart an astonishing 14 years, to create a fast and funny ride that will leave you guessing, laughing and listening in equal measures.  Stoppard's incredible tale is blended seemlessly with Pink Floyd's Darkside of the Moon in this triumphant consideration of love, mortality, nature and puns.

Doug Benson
October 19, 2017
Times: 9:30pm
Venue: Goodnight's Comedy Club
Area: Downtown Raleigh
Admission: $22; 18 and over

Doug Benson will be performing live at Goodnight's Comedy Club.

Fred Westbrook
October 19, 2017
Times: 7:30-10pm
Venue: Empress Room
Area: Downtown Raleigh
Admission: Free with $1 lifetime membership

Fred Westbrook will be performing live at the Empress Room.