Ultimate Entertainment Guide: RM’s Picks

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Our experts gave us their must-attend events. We have our favorites, too. Here, you’ll find exciting events  recommended by RM’s editors.



TBD 2018


This show will be one of the hottest tickets in town —the Tony Award-winning musical makes its way to the Triangle.

Black Grace

Apr. 11


New Zealand’s leading contemporary dance group embodies beauty and power in this dynamic performance.

Comics Against Humanity

Apr. 19


Billed as a comedy show for horrible people; nevertheless you’re probably guaranteed a night of big laughs.

A Christmas Carol

Dec. 2017


We look forward to this Raleigh tradition all year long. Don’t miss it if you’ve never been.


Mar. 2018


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

Apr. 29


This all-day music event presents performers on two stages alongside food trucks and vendor villages.

Band Together with Ben Folds

May 6


The charitable music event held at Red Hat Amphitheatre benefits Band Together and its partnership with YMCA of the Triangle.

Chris Stapleton

May 12


All-American Road Show will be the singer-songwriter’s first tour since winning a Best Country Album Grammy.

Paul Simon

Jun. 7


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

Jan. 19


The NC Symphony pays tribute to the rock legends during their POPS Series.


First Fridays by Downtown Raleigh Alliance

Various dates


Every month, this self-guided tour takes you to local venues with special events and deals—look for the flags.

Apex Peakfest

May 6


Though not in Raleigh, this arts and crafts festival in downtown Apex is worth checking out.

For the Love of Books and Authors Festival

Aug. 5


The Triangle boasts a robust community of bestselling romance authors; this new festival celebrates their accomplishments.

Ipreo Winterfest

Dec. 2017


This festival holiday event includes ice skating, a gingerbread house competition, live music, food and rides.

St. Paddy’s Day 8K

Mar. 2018


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

Jun. 10


Benefitting the Transitions LifeCare hospice, this beachy event kicks off summer with The Embers.

Saint Mary’s 175th Anniversary

May 12


This historic birthday party gala will be a festive celebration held on campus.

Over the edge

Sept. 29-30


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

Feb. 2018


Enjoy an evening gambling alongside Hurricane’s players while raising money for the nonprofit that funds local youth organizations.

Triangle Wine Experience

Feb. 2018


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

May 19-21


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

Mar. 2018


More than 30 local food and beverage providers showcase their talents at this culinary experience benefitting those with developmental disabilities.

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