Events

SouthWestRaleigh is chockablock with events year-round. Every First Friday of the month is celebrated with arts and activities downtown. City Plaza and the RedHat Amphitheatre hold regular concerts in summer and there are many annual events: MAIN celebrates the month of September in Raleigh as Festival Season and features a lineup of the Hopscotch Music and Design Festivals, the African American Cultural Festival, Raleigh’s festival of creativity: Sparkcon, and the International World of Bluegrass Festival. Ethnic festivals include the Lebanese Festival, the Caribbean Festival, the Greek Festival and the fabulous International Festival of Raleigh.

Hillsborough Street boasts its own lineup of events throughout the year and hosts Packapalooza, Live and Local Bluegrass, Art it Up, NCSU Homecoming, and a number of other events.

Pullen Park and Pullen Hill Terrace produce the annual Holiday Express and the Kirby Derby respectively, and nearby Dorothea Dix Park debuted its first big event this year: Destination Dix.

Finally, Raleigh’s two largest annual events also happen in SoutWestRaleigh: the NC State Fair and Raleigh’s New Year celebration, First Night Raleigh.

Mar
30
Thu
9:00 am Art in Bloom @ NC Museum of Art
Art in Bloom @ NC Museum of Art
Mar 30 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Art in Bloom @ NC Museum of Art | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States
The Museum’s third annual festival of flowers returns Thursday, March 30, 2017. Art in Bloom features over 50 floral interpretations of art in the Museum’s permanent collection. During the four-day festival, you may be inspired[...]
7:00 pm Town Hall Discussion: “Smart Gro... @ North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Town Hall Discussion: “Smart Gro... @ North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Mar 30 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Town Hall Discussion: “Smart Growth: Making Our Cities Sustainable” @ North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States
Half of humanity, nearly 3.5 billion of us, live in cities. By 2030, almost 60 percent of the world’s population will live in urban areas with 95 percent of that expansion happening in the developing[...]
Mar
31
Fri
9:00 am Art in Bloom @ NC Museum of Art
Art in Bloom @ NC Museum of Art
Mar 31 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Art in Bloom @ NC Museum of Art | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States
The Museum’s third annual festival of flowers returns Thursday, March 30, 2017. Art in Bloom features over 50 floral interpretations of art in the Museum’s permanent collection. During the four-day festival, you may be inspired[...]
12:00 pm International Festival at NC Sta... @ NCSU Stafford Commons
International Festival at NC Sta... @ NCSU Stafford Commons
Mar 31 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
International Festival at NC State University @ NCSU Stafford Commons | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States
We are pleased to announce an International Festival at NC State University on Friday, March 31st from 12:00pm-4:00pm at Stafford Commons. This event is sponsored by Student Involvement, Student Government, Multicultural Student Affairs, and the[...]
3:00 pm Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon a... @ Raleigh Convention Center
Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon a... @ Raleigh Convention Center
Mar 31 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Rock 'n' Roll Raleigh Marathon and Half Marathon @ Raleigh Convention Center | Raleigh | North Carolina | United States
2017 will mark Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh Marathon and 1/2 Marathon’s 4th year with the series since the inaugural race in 2014. Through the years, Rock ‘n’ Roll Raleigh has become known for its beautiful[...]