October 11, 2019

Cameron Village 70th Anniversary Celebration

70 years of fun shopping and great dining calls for a celebration! In 1949 Cameron Village made history as the first shopping center between Atlanta and D.C. They are celebrating the legacy of the Village and all it means to our state. Give back through play as Cameron Village proudly partners with the Community Music School of Raleigh. CMS, a Raleigh institution now celebrating its 25th Anniversary. A non-profit 501c3, CMS provides opportunities for children and teens with limited financial resources to receive one-on-one music instruction in orchestral and band instruments, voice, piano, percussion, harp, or guitar. Instruments are provided for students’ use free of charge during their enrollment. Faculty are highly accomplished professional musicians and educators to make sure the beat goes on for the next 70 years. Free; Saturday through October 19th; Cameron Village


Beericana brings together craft beer and music into one amazing festival. Check out breweries from across the state of North Carolina (and some from beyond our borders). $15+; Saturday, noon – 6 pm; Sugg Farm Park, Holly Springs, NC

2019 NC Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Festival

Join in the 4th Annual NC Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Festival! Taste local and regional chocolates and cheeses, along with a variety of wines from different regions of Italy, Spain, France and the US. Visit the demonstration tent to learn from experts in these categories. There will also be live music from three bands and two DJ’s. Note: There will be two separate tasting times to allow for short lines. $39.95 – $119.95; Saturday, 12 – 6 pm; 8450 Honeycutt Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615

Sir Walter Smoke-Off

Join the best barbecue chefs in North Carolina (and beyond). It’s a day of barbecue, music and cold beverages. Over a dozen professional BBQ Teams will compete for the coveted Sir Walter Smoke-Off Golden Pig Trophy and up to $1,000 in prize money. Best of all, R&D Brewing is partnering with the Greater Raleigh Merchants Association and raising toys, hurricane relief supplies and money for two of our favorite causes: the Capital City Clauses & The Carolina Cavalry. They’ll have art & crafts from the talented artisans of the Raleigh Night Market and live music from Night Shift and the Cody Daniel Band. Buy your tickets, then bring your picnic blankets and camping chairs, and grab your Pork Passport so can you sample BBQ from each of our competitors and then cast your vote for the People’s Choice. Free when you bring $15 worth of non-perishable food items for the Eastern Food Bank North Carolina; Saturday, noon; 1323 Capital Blvd, Raleigh NC 27603

Raleigh Grilled Cheese Festival 2019

Love cheese? This is for you! Apart from unlimited samples of cheesy goodness there will also be live music, games, bloody Mary garden, beer, mimosa bar and some awesome vendors to keep you entertained all day long! $30 – $50; Saturday, 12 – 5 pm; 8924 Midway West Rd, Raleigh, NC 27617


Festifall is an annual celebration that brings the community together around a diverse array of arts experiences. The festival advances the mission of Community Arts & Culture by inspiring creativity and celebrating community for a better Chapel Hill. The Festifall site extends from Kenan Street to Graham Street. Vehicular traffic will be blocked in the festival area. Saturday, 11 am – 3 pm; West Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Chefs to End Childhood Hunger

Ashley Christensen and a serious line up of five talented chefs from around the country will join together to fight childhood hunger. Chefs include Chef Sarah Grueneberg, chef/partner of Monteverde Restaurant & Pastificio in Chicago (2017 James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: Great Lakes); Chef Jason Stanhope, executive chef of FIG in Charleston (2015 James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef Southeast); JoAnne Canady-Brown, owner of The Gingered Peach Bakery in Lawrence, NJ (2018 James Beard Foundation fellow); Alex Raij, chef owner of Txikito, La Vara, Saint Julivert, and El Quinto Pino in New York (2019 finalist for James Beard Awards Outstanding Restaurateur); and Rob McDaniel, executive chef of SpringHouse in Alexander City, AL (2017 semifinalist for James Beard Foundation Best Chef South). The evening will begin with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner featuring a course with wine pairing from each chef. An auction of culinary experiences donated by each of the chefs will follow, raising critical funding to make sure all children have access to the food they need to live healthy lives. These funds will support Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s mission to feed, teach and grow and a portion of the funds will benefit hunger relief efforts in each community where the participating chefs hail from. $250 – $1,500; Sunday, 6 pm; 426 S McDowell St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Midtown Pumpkin Palooza

Enjoy chili cook-off, live music, carved pumpkin contest, sports trivia, raffles, Oktoberfest food and beer from Trophy brewing, and a huge kid zone of activities, face-painting, fairy-hair, inflatable obstacle course and more. $5 – $15; Sunday, 3 – 6 pm; 4321 Lassiter Rd, Raleigh, NC 27601

Raleigh Roots History Festival

This inaugural festival is produced by the City of Raleigh’s Historic Resources and Museums program. It is a celebration of the rich history of the founding and creation of North Carolina’s Capital City. Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm; 200 S Blount St, Raleigh, NC

Walk for Hope

Each year, thousands of participants come together at the Angus Barn in Raleigh to show solidarity for family, friends, and community members living with a mental illness. After the walk is over, celebrate your achievement with a family-friendly afternoon of food, games, music, and prizes. 100% of the money raised by participants directly funds local mental health research at the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Psychiatry. And, as critically, it helps call attention to the stigma and significance of these often invisible illnesses, which affect as many as 1 in 5 American adults. Sunday, 10 am; 9401 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27617

Ales for Trails 5K

Join in Durham for the ninth annual Ales for Trails 5K benefiting the nonprofit East Coast Greenway Alliance. The course will wind through Old North Durham to Duke Park and along the Ellerbe Creek Trail – a segment of the 3,000-mile East Coast Greenway route, stretching from Maine to Florida. Runners will be rewarded with a custom Ales for Trails pint glass filled with Fullsteam ale and will be entered to win prizes and gift certificates from several local businesses. Youth “half-pint” runners will receive an 8-ounce silicon cup – and can refuel with chocolate milk. $30; Sunday, 2 – 4 pm; 726 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701

By Whitney

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