2022 Don’t Miss Hot Tickets List

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Events are back—and bigger & better than ever. We round up the best of the best—from comedy and music to fests and philanthropy and more. Plus, worth traveling for!

If we learned anything in the last two years it’s that life’s short (and unexpected)—so, for one, buy the damn tickets. If you thought 2021 was gonna be Raleigh gone wild before the pandemic got all Contagion-style part II variant, just wait for ’22. Events are back for real this time—and bigger and better and cooler than ever. Think best names. Biggest acts. And people are amped up and willing to drop all the dollars. 

Says Vine Rich Events & Experiences Creative Lead and founder Catrina Vienrich, “Everyone’s event schedules have been cleared for so long that we’re seeing not just a drive for people who need to have in-person events coming back, we’re seeing a drive of attendees wanting to come back to events… in droves!”  

And the planners are here for it. The smart companies and orgs took this hiatus to strategize how to come back bigger and better, adds Vienrich. “And boy are they! We’re seeing folks really going the extra mile to make sure their event is a true experience, with goals to stake claim on attendees’ and sponsors’ calendars for years to come.” 

Events are providing a “more engaging [experience] while strategically trying to gather new support and provide real value for that support.” At both the local and national level, everyone is blowing it out and people are just happy to be out and about living and experiencing (!), and together again. 

So get ready, Raleigh… it’s about to be lights out. Here’s your preview of where your paycheck will be going this year—and they’re totes worth the splurge (and the wait).

The Lumineers, May 24, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

Here for the Beats

Chris Rock, DPAC, April 16–17

Comic Relief 

Giselle, Carolina Ballet, May 19–22

The World’s a Stage

NEW EVENT ALERT: Oct. 28–Feb. 24

Power of Women in Country music, North Carolina Museum of History

“Pour yourself a cup of ambition” and take yourself on a journey through the history of women in country music via this traveling GRAMMY Museum exhibit featuring artifacts from legendary ladies like Patsy Cline, Faith Hill, Dolly Parton and Taylor Swift (see: T. Swift’s boots and dress from her “Tim McGraw” music video), as well as videos showcasing performances, interviews and more. ncmuseumofhistory.org

PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass, produced in concert with the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA’s) World of Bluegrass week, is the largest urban bluegrass festival in the world! It’s a great way to spend a music-filled weekend in N.C.’s capital city. Photo by Rob Laughter

Best Fests

Scenes from the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association’s Chef Showdown (Eamon Queeney for the NCRLA)

Pour on the Fun 

Evening of Hope, Special Guest: LeAnn Rimes

Benevolent Benefits

Sept. 11 | Rock Your World, Fenton

Rock out for charity. The Embers, Band of Brothers, Tommy Niemann and other bands/artists are taking the stage at Rock Your World to benefit the Hope for Haiti Foundation of Raleigh and the U.S. Veterans Corps of Raleigh. Honor the troops via live tunes, food from Fenton restos (!), photo ops, a silent auction, a kids area with face painting and picture booths, VIP experiences, and more. fentonnc.com

Sept. 10 | Hops for Hope, North Hills Midtown Park

Don’t worry, be hoppy! Children’s Flight of Hope’s brew-tiful fundraising event is back on tap at North Hills Midtown Park, inviting attendees (and judges) to sip their way through signature beers concocted by teams of corporate and brewery pairings. Last year, 31 palatable pairings dreamed up the likes of Lab to Lager, JaggaerWeizter, Malt This Way and more—to the tune of a whopping $290,000 raised to fund flights for specialized care for children in need. Cheers to upping the ante this year! childrensflightofhope.org

Oct. TBD | Band Together, Red Hat Amphitheater

Party with a purpose via the Southeast’s largest charitable concert. Since its founding in 2001, Band Together has used the power of live music to donate over $11 million to local nonprofit orgs. Stay tuned for the big campaign and benefit concert announcement for 2022. Rock on! bandtogethernc.org

Jingle in July + Jingle Ball, TBD

Jingle ball, jingle ball, jingle all the way… Capital City Clauses’ 29th annual Jingle Ball promises to put you in the holly jolly spirit with food, live bands, raffles and unlimited drinks (you heard that right). But wait—there’s myrrh. All funds from the event go toward the purchase of toys for Wake County children, as well as provide grants to various orgs like InterAct, Zach’s Toy Chest and Transitions LifeCare. But if you can’t wait until Xmas, CCC’s Jingle in July will put you in a joyful state of mind—regardless of how hot it may be outside.  capitalcityclauses.org/jingle-ball

February 2023 | Igniting Hope + Evening of Hope, Angus Barn

After raising a whopping total of $969,000 between the two events (of which Igniting Hope started this year) in 2022, Foundation of Hope’s annual two-night glam gala returns in February 2023 to continue its mission to expanding hope for those who deal with mental illness. Don your swanky party dress (or suit!) and nip, sip and sway the night(s) away to stamp out the stigma. walkforhope.com


  • NHL Playoffs | May 2 + Outdoor Game | February 2023

Take Warning! The NHL playoffs are back (!) and our very own Bunch of Jerks are primed to stage a Caniac Attack and make a run for the Stanley Cup—pretty much promising, then, that next February’s Stadium Series outdoor hockey game at Carter-Finley will rock you like a hurricane. Puck yeah! nhl.com/hurricanes

  • NC State v. Virginia Tech | Oct. 27

Hokie, Hokie, Hokie, bye! In one of the biggest home games of the season, look for a packed house as State takes on Virginia Tech under the lights on the national stage. gopack.com

  • CLT FC vs. Seattle Sounders FC | May 29

Squad goals? A road trip to peep Charlotte FC—NC’s very own Major League Soccer team (!)—in its inaugural season as they take on the currently top-ranked Seattle Sounders FC in a matchup you’re sure to get a kick out of. charlottefootballclub.com

Box-Office Biggies

  • Morbius, April 1
  • Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, April 15
  • Top Gun, May 27
  • Elvis, June 24
  • Legally Blonde 3, May TBD
  • Avatar 2, Dec. 16 expected

Catherine Davis Photography

Tried & True

Here we round up our city’s top time-tested events—the must-do bucket list you burn through to punch your “Raleighite” ticket.


DATE May 21–22

LOCATION Fayetteville Street

VIBE DTR transitions into a massive artistic and cultural mecca—an artsplosion if you will.

FUN FACT Raleigh’s longest-running free street art & music fest


  • • Live music
  • Kidsplosure (for the minis!) 
  • Large-scale installations


North Carolina State Fair

DATE Oct. 13–23

LOCATION NC State Fairgrounds

VIBE A Southern fair in a nutshell—pig races (!), alllll the fried food, a huge Ferris wheel…

FUN FACT Electricity was first used at the fairgrounds in 1884.


  • Sizzler ride 
  • Shrimp & grits on a stick 
  • Giant pumpkin/watermelon contest


Christmas Parade

DATE Nov. 19


VIBE Santa goes streetside to get you in the ho-ho-holiday spirit to sleigh the season.

FUN FACT Largest Christmas parade between DC & Atlanta


  • Marching bands and dance groups 
  • Sleighs + reindeer (er—classic cars + horses!)


Chinese Lantern Festival

DATE Nov.–Jan.


VIBE Peaceful, beautiful, magnificent… a truly wonderful event that promises to be lit

FUN FACT Lanterns handcrafted by visiting Chinese artisans


  • Huge Chinese dragon 
  • Drum performances 
  • Acrobatics shows
  • 2,500 lanterns & 15,000+ LED lights


A Christmas Carol

DATE December


VIBE Clever, timely, hilarious, all the feels—the best bah-humbug beater around

FUN FACT Billed as a Top 20 Event in the Southeast


  • Ira David Wood III & IV (aka Scrooge) 
  • Nods to current events
  • “New” tale every year


First Night Raleigh



VIBE A daylong party: live music, fun (disco roller rink!), fireworks, acorn drop and more.

FUN FACT That acorn is a whopping 1,250 pounds.


  • • Red Hat NYE concert 
  • Fireworks viewing from Wye Hill 
  • DRA Illuminate light display


The Weeknd, ATL, Aug. 11

Tickets Worth Traveling for:

Comedy Worth traveling for:

  • Steve Martin, Greenville, SC, Aug. 19 (or see them in Durham! New show just added at DPAC, Oct. 16)

Theater/Arts Worth traveling for:

Food/Bev Worth traveling for:

Fests Worth traveling for:

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