September 13, 2019

SPARKcon 2019

SPARKcon, the totally-weird, totally-awesome creativity festival that takes over downtown Raleigh each Sept., is truly a grassroots event. The “for the people, by the people” approach uses an open-source planning process that allows more than 2,000 artists to be involved each year. Dance, fashion, music, film, food—if you can name it, you can find an event for it at the festival that spans nearly 15 city blocks. The festival has taken big steps to make it even more accessible for individuals with disabilities, including independent wayfinding navigation with BlindSquare, sensory-friendly packs, a SPARKcon Access Guide (available at the info tent and on the cubes at every intersection) and more. Free; Friday & Saturday; Downtown Raleigh, Raleigh, NC 27601

8th Annual Durham Oktoberfest

Enjoy the German Kitchen Takeover! Pretzels, brats, schnitzels and liter biers featuring The Duck Rabbit Oktoberfest. Little German Band and dancers will perform 1 – 5 pm and 6 – 10 pm. Saturday, 12 pm; 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701

Apex Music Festival

Come out for a celebration of local music, food and drink! The festival will be held in the Saunders Street parking lot (across from the Apex Police Department). Free; Saturday, 2 – 11 pm; 205 S. Saunders St, Apex, NC 27502

East Meets West Festival

Local restaurants sell small plates of their specialties. At the same time, the festival stage hosts performances from groups representing our communities many cultures. Children can have their faces painted, or enjoy jumping in a bounce house. Admission to the festival is free, though food and beverages are available for purchase. Free; Saturday, 11 – 4 pm; 3400 Village Market Pl, Morrisville, NC 27560

1st Annual Taiwan YES Moon Festival 2019

The Board for the Taiwanese Association of America – North Carolina Chapter (TAA-NC) invites you to celebrate the 1st Annual 2019 Taiwan YES Moon Festival at Harold Ritter Park. They will have delicious authentic Taiwanese foods available for purchase including: Bamboo rice; Pork stew & rice; Taiwanese pork hamburgers; Rice bowl cakes; Stir fried rice noodles; Taiwanese meatballs; Tea eggs; Pineapple cakes; Moon cakes; Bubble tea and more! Activities include: Taiwanese musical and dance performances; Taiwanese Culture Q&A Session; Children’s games; and a Softball tournament with Taiwanese Student Associations from UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University, NC State University, and Raleigh Chinese Language School. Free; Saturday, 4 – 8 pm; 301 W Lochmere Dr, Cary, NC 27518

Taste of the NC State Fair

In advance of the North Carolina State Fair on October 17, fair and food lovers can experience two popular bites and pre-purchase N.C. State Fair tickets, from the State Fair wrapped food truck, ‘Taste of the NC State Fair’. ‘Taste of the NC State Fair’ will be at Southpoint Shopping Center offering the free nosh and pre-sale tickets to shoppers. It will be parked outside of the AMC theater. The next day, the mobile restaurant will venture to Raleigh for two stops. First, at the Raleigh Flea Market and finally at the Midtown Bluegrass Festival. If you buy discounted N.C. State Fair tickets from the truck you can get free deep fried Oreos and deep fried Mac & Cheese. Free; Durham: Saturday, 11 am – 4 pm, 6910 Fayetteville Rd, Durham, NC 27713; Raleigh: Sunday, 9 am – 12 pm: 1025 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607, 2 – 6 pm: 4011 Cardinal at North Hills Street, Park at N Hills St, Raleigh, NC 27609

NC Sugar Rush

Raleigh’s all dessert food rodeo is happening! 20+ dessert vendors with something for everyone including pets will be there to satisfy your craving for something sweet. Free; Sunday, 1 – 5 pm; 215 Wolfe St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Triangle Hops for Hope

Triangle Hops for Hope pairs 26 corporate teams from around the Triangle with 24 local breweries to create an original beer. Participants will showcase their creations to thousands of attendees at the epic beer competition. This year’s event includes three bands on stage, food trucks, a vendor village, and an exciting flyover by the Bandit Flight Team. All proceeds from the event benefit Children’s Flight of Hope (CFOH), a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides air transportation for children across the country in need of medical care. $35/at the door, $75/VIP; Saturday, 2 – 6 pm; 4011 Cardinal at North Hills St, Raleigh, NC 27609

By Whitney

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