October 26, 2018

International Festival of Raleigh
Now in it’s 33rd year, this three-day event, a comprehensive platform for local ethnic communities and artists to present their culture, serves more than 25,000 attendees in downtown Raleigh each year. More than 70 ethnic groups participate to present a variety of arts, cuisine, dance, textile design and cultural expression from across the globe. Art exhibits, dance competitions, sidewalk cafés, main stages for music, vendor booths and more make for fun finds and discoveries. Friday – Sunday; Raleigh, NC

Apex Music Festival
Now in its eighth year, the Apex Music Festival has live music, street vendors, food trucks, beer and wine and an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants. Two outdoor stages and one indoor theater will host a variety of acts from local, regional and national performers from many musical genres, including Rock, Folk, R&B, Country, Pop and Americana and more. Local food trucks will feature unique food choices in addition to the several indoor offerings from local restaurants and taverns near the festival grounds. There will be a variety of beer stations offering a mix of craft beers from local breweries. Take a break from the music to visit many fine shops and boutiques along nearby historic Salem Street. There’s something for everybody at this year’s festival. Proceeds from the festival will go to Guardian Angel Thrift to assist them in their mission to support Alzheimer’s research. Saturday, 2 pm; 1290 Ambergate Station, Apex, NC 27502

The 4th Annual NC Wine Festival at North Hills
Join your friends at Midtown Park at North Hills for the North Carolina Wine Festival. This is our state’s largest and longest running wine festival! Sip and savor NC wines, ciders, spirits, and beer while you meet and greet the fascinating people who are forging North Carolina’s reputation for quality craft beverages. Enjoy delicious food from local restaurants and the opportunity to shop local businesses. Dance all day with entertainment on the Main Stage with Raleigh’s favorite, the Brent Stimmel Band, and The Shakedown Band, and Nashville’s darling, Rayland Baxter! Enjoy the Bedlam Vodka VIP Experience which features additional wines and Bedlam Vodka cocktail samples paired up with tasty treats from Chuy’s Tex Mex. This event is rain or shine. Most importantly, this event supports our community and benefits the Raleigh Jaycees and the amazing work and research being done by the Foundation of Hope. $45-$65 (includes unlimited tastings, commemorative wine glass and live entertainment); Saturday, noon, 11 am/VIP; 4011 Cardinal at North Hills St, Raleigh, NC 27609

NC Sugar Rush Halloween Edition
The Amazing All-Dessert Food Event returns to the Triangle Area just in time for Halloween. Come dressed in your best Halloween costumes and enjoy four delicious hours of sweetness from 20+ vendors offering a range of goodies from Ice Cream, Italian Ice, Cheesecake, Pie’s, Lemonade, Pineapple Drinks, Popcorn, Donuts, Cupcakes, Cookies, Sno Cones, Cotton Cotton Candy, various Cake slices and much more including Face Painters and Balloon Artists for the kids. There is something for everyone including those with Allergy/Dietary Restrictions. Sunday, 1 pm; 15 Wolfe St, Raleigh. NC

Plan on adding the inaugural FallFest at Dix Park to your fall plans in Raleigh. Enjoy live music from Milagro Saints and Counterclockwise String Band, games, pony rides, face painting, pumpkin decorating, a pumpkin patch, hayrides, and more. You’re also welcome to bring a small cooler or picnic basket of food, but there will be lots of food trucks selling food, beer, ice cream and more. Free; Saturday, 11 am – 4 pm; 2105 Umstead Dr, Raleigh, NC

Pumpkin Palooza
It’s pumpkin season! What better way to celebrate than with some of the finest food trucks on the block. Come try their special pumpkin dishes and vote for your favorites! There will also be craft vendors brought to you by Art Market at Vega Metals. Food trucks include: Qspresso Food Truck, El Jefecito, Arepa Culture NC, Napoli Cafe & Neapolitan Pizza, Chirba Chirba Dumpling, La Republica Food Truck, JAM Ice Cream, and Cocoa Forte. Sunday, 12 – 5 pm; 214 Hunt St, Durham, NC 27701; 919.688.8267

Movie By Moonlight: Halloween Double Feature (Casper and Beetlejuice)
Raleigh is continuing the successful Movies by Moonlight series at Dorothea Dix Park. The movie will be in Flowers Field. While you can enjoy the food trucks, you may also bring your own food and beverages. Beer and wine are permitted. Bring a blanket or low beach chairs to sit on, so that you don’t obstruct the view for others. Leashed, friendly dogs are welcome too. Free; Saturday, doors: 6 pm, Casper: 7 pm, Beetlejuice: 9:15 pm; 2105 Umstead Dr, Raleigh, NC

Oak City Haunted presented by The Great Raleigh Trolley
The Great Raleigh Trolley presents Oak City Haunted. Shiver at the stories of Raleigh’s horrific past! The Great Raleigh Trolley has paranormal expert and storyteller JD Thomas, so climb aboard the Trolley with your own costume and favorite adult beverages for a night full of fright and excitement. You will get exclusive access to unknown Raleigh landmarks including the Old Prison Graveyard, the Trolley’s ghastly guide will share the secrets of the Capital City’s cursed history. Friday through Tuesday, 6 pm, 8pm & 10 pm; 121 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Haunted Mordecai
The Mordecai House is thought by some to be the most haunted place in Raleigh. Judge for yourself at these spooky happenings this Halloween season. There will be costume contests for kids up to age 15, plus music, food, games and crafts. The public can join The Ghost Guild, Mordecai’s official paranormal investigation team, as they reveal findings from their investigations of Mordecai Historic Park. There are three scheduled presentations starting at 1:30 – 4 pm in the Visitor Center. Seats are first come first served. There’s also a Haunted Mordecai Lantern Tours ($5) on Saturday, October. They leave every 30 minutes from 5 – 9 pm. You need to sign up in advance here and spots are filling up quickly. Free; Saturday, 1 – 4 pm; Mordecai Historic Park, 1 Mimosa St, Raleigh, NC

Hotel Horror 4: A Haunted Halloween Party
After the success of last year’s massive Halloween Party, they’re back! Just across the street from NC State on the historic Hillsborough Street, the Aloft Hotel in Raleigh and Triangle Game Night are teaming up again to throw the fourth annual ‘Hotel Horror’ Halloween Party. For one night only, they’re converting Downtown Raleigh’s hippest hotel into a Hotel of Horror. This event will be free admission and have the following complementary features: Haunted Escape the Room Experience, Tarot Card Readings by Marlene Dunphy, an awesome DJ, dancing and a costume contest with some fun prizes. Free; Saturday, 8 pm; Aloft Raleigh, 2100 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607

Day of the Dead 5K
Support the Brentwood Boy & Girls Club who continue to do an incredible job of providing after school activities for the Latin American community! This year the goal is to sponsor 100 kids to run the race through our “Sponsor a little runner” program where $30 dollars can contribute to pay a member’s entry fee. The race course goes through Oakwood cemetery and loop back to Wilmington St., with two altars: one at Oakwood cemetery and one on Wilmington Street where people will be able to do offerings of flowers and written messages in memory of their loved ones. There will be an art corner for the kids sponsored by Artspace, face painting by Paint Savvy, the best prices from local businesses, for top runners and best costumes, our famous dance-off costume contest and Tercer Divisa will be playing life and DJing the event. All runners 21+ will finish the race at the street party with a Celebratory (FREE) Day of the Dead Michelada, and don’t worry if your under age… we’ve got something special for you too! Register here. Saturday, 10 am; parking: 106 S. Wilmington St, Raleigh, NC 27601

3rd Annual Zombiepalooza at The Cary Theater
Cary, is hosting  The 3rd Annual Zombiepalooza that will feature local filmmakers’ zombie short films on a huge outdoor screen downtown. Local filmmakers and filmmaker hobbyists are invited to get creative and tell their own Zombie stories in one to five minutes. Filmmakers range in age from teens to older adults, using all types of video cameras, including smartphones. Films will be screened outdoors in front of The Cary Theater, with the theme being all about zombies. There is one required element that each filmmaker had to use: a traffic cone. So, keep an eye out for this traffic calming implement visible in every film. Otherwise, film creativity was up the imaginations of the entrants. This family-friendly night of zombie short films will also have cosplay zombies, so dress as your favorite horror film character, or channel your inner zombie rebel! Neighboring bars and restaurants will be open, and there’ll be Twinkies for everyone to help create a downtown Zombieland. Free; Friday, 7 pm; The Cary Theater, 122 East Chatham St, Cary

Raleigh Zombie Walk 2018
Prepare yourselves because there’s a horde of the undead descending upon the streets of Raleigh…and they’re HUNGRY FOR BRAAAAIINNNNNZZZ!!!!!!!! Lumber, lurch, limp, and crawl through downtown during the 12th annual Zombie flash mob. This year will include a family-friendly afternoon pre-party, and adults-only after party. These are free events open to all, but donations benefitting the Hispanic Federation will be collected at the door. Saturday, 5-7 pm: Zombie PreParty at Imurj, 7 pm: Zombie Walk, 8 pm – 1 am: After Party; 300 S. McDowell Street, Raleigh, NC 27601; 919.825.1515

3rd Annual Halloween CarnEVIL

Head to Newport Vineyards 3rd Annual Halloween CarnEvil! The regions’ premier costume party with an evening full of Circus Dynamics jugglers, TEN31 performers, beats by DJ Jay Buff from 92 PRO-FM and prizes for best costume! Cash bar. $45 (Ticket includes Creepy Cocktail Hour with nosh food and 1 glass of Newport Vineyards wine or Taproot beer); Friday, 7 – 11 pm; Newport Vineyards, 909 East Main Rd, Middletown, RI 02842

3rd Annual Harvest Festival
Join in two days full of grape stomping, wine and Taproot beer tasting, pie eating goodness, and live music. Feeling competitive? You could be called to compete in our Grape Stomp Competition OR our Pie Eating Contest! $25; Saturday & Sunday, 12 – 5 pm; 909 E Main Rd, Middletown, RI 02842 

By Whitney

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