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With the upcoming weather this week, it looks like summer may finally be waning and we are catching the first glimpse of fall! Now before you trade in your chiffon blouses for cashmere sweaters keep them on hand for some of these great outdoor festivals this month and enjoy the beginning of the season with us. You will be sure to find us and the rest of the #localswelove at these events this September:

African American Culture Festival: September 3rd and 4th we will be on Fayetteville Street and at the City Plaza for the 7th annual African American Cultural festival. There are story tellers and dance troupes, drum circles and craft tents, paintings, ceramics, and all sorts of clothing, jewelry, and accessories for sale. This celebration of African American art, music, and history is perfect for all ages! More information can be found here.

Hopscotch Music Festival: September 8th through 10th everyone, and we mean everyone, will be downtown Raleigh for the 7th annual Hopscotch Music Festival. Called “America’s (secretly) best music festival” and “the premier experimental and underground festival in America” is three full days of music, food, drinks, and dancing as restaurants and venues open their doors to local and national bands alike. Day shows take place on street stages and are free to all, while evening shows in various venues require a wrist band, at least one day is worth going to. All shows are within walking distance of each other as downtown shuts down for this Mardi Gras-like event.  Details here.

Greek Festival: After we spend our days at Hopscotch, we plan on heading over to the NC State Fairgrounds for the Greek Festival September 9th through 11th. This great event supports Habitat for Humanity and includes authentic foods, cooking demos, dances, and all sorts of crafts for purchase. More information here.

Art Gallery Opening and Wine Reception: September 15th we will be at the opening of Artist Liz Leventhal’s exhibit “Ethereal Panorama” in our Gallery. We look forward to sipping wine and spending time with Liz as we view the newest installation, which explores her vibrant and organic works. Inspired by the changing seasons, Leventhal uses mixed media to project an emotional response to her surroundings. She pours colors onto the canvas and watches what happens, intuitively editing and adding throughout the process. The result: volumetric configurations that are opaque and airy, thick and organic. Reservations available at 919-447-4050, more information here.

BugFest: The most visited location in all of North Carolina, our Natural Science Museum, is hosting its annual BugFest on September 17th. All sorts of bug exhibits, displays and activities, as well as a few “bugged-out” dishes to eat on will be available throughout the day, with a nocturnal insect tour and street carnival in the evening. Details can be found here.

SparkCon: Raleigh’s annual Festival of Creativity starts on September 15th this year and runs through September 18th. This incredible street festival features pop up performances, films, street painting, crafts, food, everything your creative heart desires. More information can be found here.

Compliments of the house: Before you head out on the town, pop by our Bar and Lounge every morning between 5:30 am and 9:00 am to enjoy coffee and pastries. You can’t walk around on an empty stomach!

For more information, speak with our concierge at 919-447-4030. They are always the best keys to our city.




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