Our experts gave us their must-attend events. We have our favorites, too. Here, you’ll find exciting events recommended by RM’s editors.
This show will be one of the hottest tickets in town —the Tony Award-winning musical makes its way to the Triangle.
New Zealand’s leading contemporary dance group embodies beauty and power in this dynamic performance.
Comics Against Humanity
Billed as a comedy show for horrible people; nevertheless you’re probably guaranteed a night of big laughs.
A Christmas Carol
We look forward to this Raleigh tradition all year long. Don’t miss it if you’ve never been.
This glamorous cabaret competition is not only a fantastic show but also serves as a fundraiser. Plus, tickets include an hors d’oeuvres and drinks reception.
Midtown Music Fest
This all-day music event presents performers on two stages alongside food trucks and vendor villages.
Band Together with Ben Folds
The charitable music event held at Red Hat Amphitheatre benefits Band Together and its partnership with YMCA of the Triangle.
All-American Road Show will be the singer-songwriter’s first tour since winning a Best Country Album Grammy.
The legendary performer is opting to perform on smaller stages this year for a more intimate experience. Grab a ticket while you can!
The Music of the Rolling Stones
The NC Symphony pays tribute to the rock legends during their POPS Series.
First Fridays by Downtown Raleigh Alliance
Every month, this self-guided tour takes you to local venues with special events and deals—look for the flags.
Though not in Raleigh, this arts and crafts festival in downtown Apex is worth checking out.
For the Love of Books and Authors Festival
The Triangle boasts a robust community of bestselling romance authors; this new festival celebrates their accomplishments.
This festival holiday event includes ice skating, a gingerbread house competition, live music, food and rides.
St. Paddy’s Day 8K
This yearly, charitable race encourages kilt-wearing runners to see downtown Raleigh and celebrate with Irish music and beer afterward.
North State Bank Summer Salute
Benefitting the Transitions LifeCare hospice, this beachy event kicks off summer with The Embers.
Saint Mary’s 175th Anniversary
This historic birthday party gala will be a festive celebration held on campus.
Over the edge
Literally go over the edge at this Special Olympics fundraiser where participants rappel 30 stories down the Wells Fargo building
Kids ‘n Community Foundation Casino Night
Enjoy an evening gambling alongside Hurricane’s players while raising money for the nonprofit that funds local youth organizations.
Triangle Wine Experience
This fundraiser benefitting the Frankie Lemmon School pairs wineries with top chefs.
Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo
May 7, Jun. 11, Aug. 6. Oct. 8
Sample from more than 50 mobile restaurants from across the state.
Raleigh Food & Wine Festival
May 18 – 21
The four-day event culminates in a Sunday tasting showcasing local restaurants and vendors.
Got to be N.C. Festival
A three-day festival at NC State Fairgrounds celebrates local food, beer and wine.
Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival
Jul. 28 & 29
Taste from more than 60 beers, 40 bourbons and lots of barbecue at this hot ticket at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre.
Toast of the Triangle
More than 30 local food and beverage providers showcase their talents at this culinary experience benefitting those with developmental disabilities.