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Monday: Broadway Sings For Florence Performers from some of the biggest hits on Broadway will be raising funds for hurricane relief and recovery during the Broadway Sings for Florence Craig Schulman, who has performed the lead roles in Les Misérables, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera and Jekyll and Hyde, has assembled a cast of Broadway veterans, who will sing selections from many of their favorite shows. The cast will include Schulman; Lawrence Clayton (The Color Purple, The Civil War,...

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SPARKcon 2.0 Hurricane Florence huffed and puffed, but she couldn’t extinguish the SPARK for long! They’re ready to reboot and and fill downtown Raleigh with all things creative and SPARKy! Each year, SPARKcon features more than 2,000 artists in 200+ events. Each segment of the creative community plans their own “SPARKs” to showcase their talent. SPARKcon’s goal is to connect and educate emerging, creative leaders through training, interdisciplinary collaboration, and an open source structure leading to the creation of a...

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North Carolina State Fair The largest annual event in the state, the North Carolina State Fair draws one million visitors through the gates each October, marking what many consider to be the unofficial beginning of the fall season. Eleven days of high-flying rides, deep-fried foods, live music, stunt shows and other entertainment (including nightly fireworks) has been a can’t-miss event for generations of families—the 2017 version of the North Carolina State Fair marked the 150th year of the event! Thursday...

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Taste of China: Chinese Cuisine & Culture Festival Authentic Chinese ethnic cuisines from different regions of China will light up your day and comfort your stomach. Enjoy continuous entertainment including the dragon and lion dances, martial arts demonstrations, folk and traditional dances, musical performances, children’s pavilion activities, Chinese culture and history booths and more. Visitors can also shop at souvenir, arts, and crafts booths. Don’t miss NCLady’s food tasting booth (free) & Daily Vita’s Ginseng Tea tasting booth (free). Saturday,...

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Crank Arm Brewing Company’s 5th Anniversary Block Party Celebration This craft brewery & tasting room located in downtown Raleigh, NC. It’s the 2016 GABF Bronze Medal winner in American Belgo category with Whitewall Wheat. Come celebrate five years with bikes, bands, and brews. There will be a bike parade around town, as well as food trucks and live music. Bands will include: Crucial Fiya, Cosmic Superheroes, Ellis Dyson & the Shambles, and Born Again Heathens. Free; Saturday, 12 – 11 pm; 319 West Davie...

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Monday: NACE Cares: Bites and Pints Hosted by the Triangle’s local chapter of NACE (National association of catering and events), this fundraiser benefits the US Veterans Corp. Bites & Pints Challenge brings together 16 chefs to compete on bite sized food paired with local beers and you get to vote on your favorites! Not only is the entire night a competition, but there is also a silent auction filled with goodies from all over the Triangle, like hotel stays &...

Labor Day Weekend

Matthews Alive Labor Day Festival The Matthews Alive Festival is a Labor Day weekend celebration dedicated to the support of local non-profit organizations. Enjoy rides, games, food, a parade, free entertainment, arts & crafts, a petting zoo, and more. Friday-Monday; S Trade St, Matthews, NC 28105 African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh and Wake County This Labor Day weekend, visit the heart of downtown Raleigh for the African American Cultural Festival. This annual festival celebrates African American Culture through art, food,...

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Deco’s Grand Opening Celebration In honor of their new store, DECO will host a Grand Opening Celebration. The ribbon cutting is at 1 pm with City Councilor Nicole Stewart, followed by beer from Trophy Brewing Co. and cake from Union Special Bread! They will be celebrating with goodies and give-aways on First Friday too! Friday, 1 – 9 pm; 207 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601 Patchwork Market The Patchwork Market monthly market with makers and vintage vendors. Local makers and vintage vendors will...

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N.C. Peach Festival Enjoy a peach cooking contest, parade, music, karaoke, helicopter rides, petting zoo, laser tag and more.  Friday & Saturday; 214 S Main St, Candor, NC 27229; 910.974.4221 Triangle Vegfest monthly market at Southern Village Triangle Vegfest is an organization that promotes the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle. Shop from vegan-friendly vendors and enjoy live music from Neville’s Quarter. Vendors include Earth to Us Vegan Comfort Food, Triangle Vegetarian Society (TVS), Taylor Street Sweets LLC, CompostNow,  doTERRA Essential Oils, LuLaRoe,...

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Monday: Carolina Catch NC Seafood and Beer Dinner Welcome author of “Carolina Catch,” a 96-recipe cookbook from UNC Press highlighting North Carolina seafood. Also joining Chef Sean Fowler for this summer celebration of NC seafood and NC beer are Lin Peterson from Locals Seafood, Ricky Moore of Saltbox Seafood, Nate Garyantes of Mateo bar de tapas, and Jake Wood of 18 Seaboard for a 5-course, beer-paired dinner featuring seasonal beers from Bond Brothers Beer Company, Fullsteam Brewery, Brewery Bhavana and...