Top 4 Reasons To Love Raleigh In September
There’s just something about Raleigh in the Autumn. The muggy air starts becoming breathable and crisp. Umstead’s hiking trails suddenly become more appealing. Local coffee shops and breweries start crafting pumpkin spice everything. And Raleigh proves it knows how to party — every single weekend in September.
Music and colors fill the streets–thousands of people come together to improve our communities, bolster our local arts and music, and enjoy all the tastes and sights of our growing city.
Here are the top four reasons to love Raleigh and get out of the house this September.
1. Hopscotch Music Festival – September 10th – 12th
Kings. Slims. Lincoln. All your favorite music venues, all playing live music, all weekend long. I’ve got to say: Thank God for Hopscotch for driving the Raleigh music scene, bringing in a solid mixture of big names and local bands to generate exposure for musicians and venues of all sizes and popularity. The local businesses appreciate the extra foot traffic, too. Let’s keep those patios alive, folks!
This year’s lineup includes Lydia Loveless, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, TV on the Radio, Moon Duo, American Aquarium, and dozens of others. On a more personal note, I just noticed that Battles, one of my favorite bands, is going to be there! Thanks, Hopscotch!
2. Activate Good 9/11 Day Of Service – September 11th
When Activate Good launched its first 9/11 Day of Service, I was so proud of my city. Thousands of Triangle citizens commemorate this day of national sorrow by taking back our power to create positive change in the world. The evening ceremony at Red Hat includes an inspiring speech by Mayor Nancy McFarlane and various Activate Good board members that admittedly makes me cry every single year. While music and art festivals are full of whimsy and fun, there’s something truly humbling about watching your entire city join together in service and kindness.
So where will you be on September 11th? Beautifying a local park? Building our community trails? Delivering food to homebound seniors?
I’ll see you out there!
3. SPARKcon – September 17th – 20th
Last year I created a virtual tour of SPARKCon, an event that swirls into downtown Raleigh with the excitement of Christmas come early! It’s a great excuse to wear your most whimsical outfit and dance down Fayetteville Street with all the other creative eccentrics.
SPARKCon is an arts festival created by Raleigh’s own arts community. So when you see fire dancers and parkour jumpers, or watch giant robots battling in front of Boylan-Pearce, or stroll through rainbows of Mary Poppins chalk art, you can be sure it’s all done by local people just like you. Plus, there’s tons of collaborative, community projects you can take part in, so you can be part of the art.
Food trucks, music, rickshaws, and a weekend of total freedom. I seriously love SPARKCon.
4. World Of Bluegrass Festival – September 29th – October 3rd
September winds down with bluegrass, beer, and barbecue — for a true, down home North Carolina festival. When I’m tired of dancing, I just sit down in the grass and enjoy the music and the crisp Autumn air. World of Bluegrass is a great way to greet the cooler weather.
This year, Raleigh can look forward to the plucky sounds of Alison Krauss & Union Station, ft. Jerry Douglas, the Sam Bush Band, the Gibson Brothers, The Infamous Stringdusters, and plenty more.
When it’s all said and done, and you take your first full weekend of October to relax, you’ll have corn mazes and pumpkins ahead. I sure do love Raleigh in the Autumn.