Notes from an Inter: Raleigh’s Top 5 Annual Events You Just Can’t Miss

Hello everyone! We are excited to introduce our stellar Spring 2019 intern, Alexa Barker! Originally from Winston Salem, North Carolina, Alexa is a senior at NC State University majoring in Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. She’ll be writing blog posts throughout the semester so keep checking back for more! Read her first post below.

Raleigh, North Carolina, is a bustling city of culture and activity. The Raleigh area is consistently hosting a number of theater productions, live musical performances, sporting events, and popular festivals. It’s important to plan ahead while it’s still early in the year, so here are my top five events that I recommend you mark on your calendars!

Brewgaloo, which is scheduled to take place on April 26th & 27th, is North Carolina’s biggest and most popular craft beer festival. Featuring beers from breweries across the state, a collection of food trucks, and live and local music, Brewgaloo brings in tens of thousands of people each year. Grab some cold beer, yummy food, and listen to some good music with friends. It’s a great way to welcome in the spring season and celebrate North Carolina’s brewing industry.

Packapalooza 2018

Packapalooza 2018

Packapalooza, one of North Carolina State University’s proud traditions, welcomes students back to school in August with this popular street festival. While an exact date has yet to be released for this year’s event, people from all over are welcome to enjoy the local vendors, the great food, and the live and local musical performances. Each year, Packapalooza hosts one big concert at the end of the day to wrap up the festivities. Headling artists have included We The Kings, Scotty McCreery, Parmalee, and more! The turnout is always spectacular, and it’s a great way to spend the day.

Hopscotch Music Festival is a three day party held in downtown Raleigh. This year, it is scheduled to be held September 5th through 7th. Hopscotch caters to music-lovers of all kinds with over 100 bands and a wide range of musical genres. Recent headlining acts have included this year’s Super Bowl guest performer, Big Boi, and recent GRAMMY nominee, Margo Price! This music festival is the perfect occasion to let loose and jam out to music of all genres.

Wide Open Bluegrass Festival is the two-day festival that concludes the World of Bluegrass’s week long event. On September 27th & 28th, Raleigh’s Fayetteville Street will be lined with vendors from all across the state, selling everything from homemade salsa to boutique clothing and accessories. Multiple stages host performances by some of the world’s most talented bluegrass musicians. Regardless of whether or not you have a passion for bluegrass, you won’t be able to stop yourself from enjoying the southern-soul, toe-tappin’ atmosphere.

Jump Little Children performing in Dorton Arena at the NC State Fair 2017

Jump Little Children performing in Dorton Arena at the NC State Fair 2017

The NC State Fair is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year for many North Carolinians. The fair will be held the week of October 17th through 27th this year. The fair is the largest annual event in the state, and attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year! What better way to celebrate the unofficial beginning of the fall season than carnival rides, a huge selection of deep-fried foods, live musical performances, and a brilliant fireworks display? This is an event that encompasses everything that North Carolina is about, and is certainly an event you do not want to miss.

What other events are you looking forward to attending this year?