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September means festival season in Raleigh, and with one every weekend, you can understand why! Here is a list of all the fun activities to participate in this month:

  • The African American Cultural Festival: Labor Day Weekend kicks us off by celebrating African American culture as expressed through art, music, food, and community. There are various performances held at City Plaza, in addition to an art gallery walk to view original pieces, a market place to purchase clothing, jewelry, accessories, and home décor, and a collection of amazing food along the way. There are kid activities such as drum circles, story tellers, dance troupes, as well as craft tents where you can make your own masks. The festival opens at 11:00 am, more information is available here.
  • Hopscotch Music Festival: One of the “best and most eclectic music festivals in America” Hopscotch is indefinable by any who try. This 4 day music festival goes from Thursday, September 7th through Sunday, September 10th, and features free day shows along with an adventurous lineup of bands in venues around downtown Raleigh in the evenings. This festival showcases all types of music including rock, hip-hop, bluegrass, folk, electronic, and experimental with performers both well-known and undiscovered. You will see married couples, children, college kids, locals and out-of-towners all wandering through streets taking it all in. By far one of the best events all year, it is not to be missed. Details and event schedule available here.
  • Sparkcon: Sparkcon takes place on September 14 through 17 in downtown raleigh and features more than 2000 artists in over 200 events. These include fire twirlers, aerial silks, dancers and painters, fashion, music, and more. There are kid friendly activities and demonstrations, food trucks, all wrapped up in this incredible creativity festival. This event is free, more information can be found here.
  • Bugfest 2017: After indulging in your creative side, head over to The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences for Bugfest 2017! Beginning at 9:00 on Saturday, September 16, enjoy entertaining displays, fascinating demonstrations, a beekeeping workshop, and even taste a few creepy crawlies at the Café Insecta. Then hang out with moths, fireflies, and katydids and other nocturnal activities during the Evening Insectival. Details can be found here.
  • The Fiesta Del Pueblo: Another wonderful cultural festival is the Fiesta Del Pueblo, a celebration of Hispanic culture taking place on Sunday, September 24th. Filled with artists, musicians, vendors and performers, this is a great way to spend your Sunday. Filled with food vendors, enjoy tastes of the Caribbean, Cuba, Venezuela, Peru, and more. For a full list of activities and details, click here.
  • Wide Open Bluegrass: closing out the month is the annual Blue Grass Festival September 29th and 30th. Another great music festival, this free festival has 5 stages located throughout downtown Raleigh, along with a dance tent, BBQ championships, art, food, shopping, and more. There will be the musical talents of local, national, and international artists playing throughout the weekend, it is a must see! Details and full schedule is available here.

For more information on our great city, as well as parking details for downtown Raleigh, head to VisitRaleigh.

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