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Annual Events in the Triangle

Looking for some fun, excitement, or entertainment in Central NC? Check out some of our local communities' best annual events, festivities, and happenings!

September
21st

Irish Fest in the Forest

The festival will include Irish Bands, Irish Dance Academies, a Seisiun Tent, Celtic Canines, and a Leprechaun Lane Kids Area!

Where: South Taylor Street, Wake Forest
When: 3:00PM–10:00PM

OCTOBER
12th-21st

North Carolina State Fair

Get your fill of greasy food, carnival rides, and North Carolina pride at the annual NC State Fair, a ten-day festival that brings in more than 100,000 guests every year.

Where: NC State Fairgrounds
When: Hours vary

NOVEMBER
17th

Christmas Parade

The largest Christmas Parade between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, the Raleigh Christmas Parade has been running for years and features 2.5 hours of marching bands, floats, and holiday festivities. 

Where: Hillsborough Street
When: 9:40am

NOVEMBER
23rd

Chinese Lantern Festival 

A seven-week long event, the Chinese Lantern Festival features thousands of lights, handcrafted lanterns, and a variety of authentic Chinese performances. 

Where: Koka Booth Amphitheater
When: 6pm-10pm

DECEMBER
31st

First Night Raleigh

A giant New Year's Eve celebration in Downtown Raleigh, First Night features three dozen performance venues, carnival rides, and the famous Raleigh Acorn Drop at midnight.

Where: Downtown Raleigh
When: 2pm-12am

August
2nd/3rd

Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival Cary

Get ready to enjoy all those pleasures that true Southerners live by - Beer, Bourbon, Barbeque, Boots, Bacon, Biscuits, Bluegrass and Smoked Beasts! It's two great days of beer sippin', bourbon tastin', music listenin', cigar smokin', and barbeque eatin'. Your admission buys you a sampling glass so you can enjoy an ALL-YOU-CARE –TO-TASTE sampling of beer and bourbon.

Where: Koka Booth Amphitheatre
When: August 2nd and 3rd Various Times

August
17th

Summer Daze Music Festival Vol 2

Summer Daze Festival is back for Vol. 2 on August 17 with local vendors, food trucks, and tunes by DJ Nevy, The EFunk Experience, Cisco Adler, and 90’s cover band Here's to the Night. We’ll be jammin from 12 pm to 9pm! Bring your crew and join us at Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park in North Hills with FREE ENTRY this year! 

Where: Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park at North Hills
When: Saturday 12-9 PM

July
25th-28th

Raleigh Galaxycon (formerly Supercon)

Fandoms of all kinds unite at Raleigh Galaxycon, a convention that hosts celebrities, panels, and special events for fans of comic books, superheroes, sci-fi, and more. Come in costume, or come in disguise as yourself!

Where: Raleigh Convention Center
When: Hours vary

SEPTEMBER
21st

Irish Fest in the Forest

The festival will include Irish Bands, Irish Dance Academies, a Seisiun Tent, Celtic Canines, and a Leprechaun Lane Kids Area!

Where: South Taylor Street, Wake Forest
When: 3:00PM–10:00PM

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