September Events Across the Triangle

September is one of my favorite times of the year!  The weather is starting to get cooler and there are lots of things to do across the area.  The month of September boasts several great events across the Triangle; from music, beer, arts, motorcycles to pirates.  Yes…Pirates!

Here is a rundown of some the events top September events across the Triangle area:


Hopscotch Music Festival
Sept. 6-8
Over three days, nearly 150 bands across 12 venues in downtown Raleigh, the Hopscotch Music Festival has been named one of the can’t miss music events.   Headlining acts for this year include Grizzly Bear, Miguel, MC50, Liz Phair, Vic Mensa, The Flaming Lips, Nile Rogers & Chic and more.

Hopscotch Music Festival


Beericana Craft Beer and Music Festival
Sept. 8
The fifth annual Beericana Craft Beer and Music Festival will take place
Saturday, Sept. 8, again at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs! This event features more than 70 breweries, nearly 20 local area food trucks and live music from many local area bands. A portion of the proceeds from Beericana goes to support the N.C. Craft Brewers Guild and other nonprofits.


SPARKcon 2018
Sept. 13-16
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.

Apex Music Festival
Sept. 15

Apex Music Festival

Now in its eighth year, the Apex Music Festival attracts thousands of fans to historic downtown Apex to enjoy live music, street vendors, food trucks, beer and wine and an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants. Three outdoor stages and one indoor theater will host a variety of acts from local, regional and national performers from many musical genres—rock, folk, R&B, bluegrass, country and more. This year’s line up includes Shawn Mullins, Brass-A-Holics, Johnny Folsom 4, Beth Wood, David Lamotte the Johnny Orr Band and many, many more artists.

Sept. 15
Experience more than 100 exhibits, crafts, games and activities at BugFest, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ annual event that lets you interact with entomologists and other scientists while learning about the fascinating world of bugs. Featuring the ever-popular Café Insecta, where the brave can sample buggy dishes prepared by local chefs. The best part? The event is totally free for the expected 35,000 attendees. This year’s theme: crayfish and other crustaceans!

Centerfest Arts Festival 
Sept. 15-16
As Durham’s signature arts festival, CenterFest showcases juried visual
artists from near and far, and fills multiple stages with music, dance, and more from local performers. 

CenterfestSerious art shoppers will be dazzled by world-class ceramics, paintings, jewelry, fiber art, woodwork, and everything in between – much of it from Durham and Triangle-based creators. Singers, dance troupes, choirs, bands, jugglers, magicians, and performers of every stripe will provide continuous entertainment throughout the weekend.

Kids will have a blast at the Creative Kids Zone, food vendors will keep guests fueled for fun, and Durham’s inspiring nonprofit and government services sector will be on hand connecting with the community they serve. It all takes place in the heart of Durham’s historic downtown, a hub of local businesses and foodie culture that elevates the visitor experience!

Capital City Bikefest
Sept. 21-23
The country’s largest downtown motorcycle rally, this three-day, family-friendly event featuring musical performances, parades and plenty of sweet rides is tough to miss (and impossible not to hear!) in downtown Raleigh. Bike competitions, a tattoo festival, a classic car show, food trucks and much, much more are big draws for wildly diverse crowd. See Bikefest

City of Oaks Pirate Fest
Sept. 22
Ahoy, mateys! 2018 marks 300 years since the notorious pirate Blackbeard roamed the Carolina coast and lost his life—and his head—in a fight with British soldiers. At the City of Oaks Pirate Fest, held at the North Carolina Museum of History, you’ll learn more about the history of pirates in N.C., plus you’ll get to meet Captain Blackbeard, engage in sword fights, feast at local food trucks, participate in a costume contest, take on arts and crafts projects and more!

International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass Week
Bluegrass Ramble, Sept. 25-27
29th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards Show, Sept. 27
PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass, Sept. 28-29
The arrival of a toe-tappin’, banjo-strummin’ week of non-stop bluegrass in downtown Raleigh is one of the most anticipated times of the year. International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) brings their Business Conference, along with the world’s most talented bluegrass musicians, to Raleigh the last week of September.
Those musicians perform in clubs for the Bluegrass Ramble, on street corners and in hotel lobbies—anywhere they can have a jam session throughout the week.

Bluegrass Festival

The week is capped off with the International Bluegrass Music Awards Show on Thurs. night, then the weekend PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass, a two-day festival that sets up five stages of free music, a dance tent, a barbecue championship, tons of art vendors and more. The ticketed Main Stage at Red Hat Amphitheater will feature Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder with a guest appearance by Patty Loveless, a special collaboration between Alison Brown, Becky Buller, Sierra Hull, Missy Raines and Molly Tuttle (with guest appearances by Gillian Welch and Rhiannon Giddens), Leftover Salmon, The Earls of Leicester presented by Jerry Douglas, The Gibson Brothers and more.


N.C. Pride at Night Festival and Celebration
Sept. 29
Thirty years ago, Raleigh’s first Gay Pride celebration was held on Sat., June 25, 1988. Participants, numbering more than 2,000, gathered at North Carolina State University’s Memorial Belltower on Hillsborough St. and marched to Capitol Square. On Sept. 29, 2018, participants will again honor the past and celebrate the future with a free street festival outside of Legends Nightclub, a leader in LGBT nightlife in the Raleigh area for more than 25 years. Raleigh NC Pride

Durham NC Pride Parade
The NC Pride Parade is the Tar Heel state’s annual gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered festival, taking place each year in Durham. The parade draws thousands of costumed marchers alongside decorated floats and vehicles. Additional activities include a 5k run, festival vendors, speeches, and parties taking place around the Triangle. It’s a great opportunity to support an inclusive community. Visit event website.

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