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24 of the most anticipated Raleigh events in 2024

The City of Oaks is preparing for a jam-packed year. There are plenty more, but we’ve compiled 24 of the biggest Raleigh events to attend this year — don’t miss them.

A ton of people at the NC State Fair.

What is your favorite part of this Raleigh tradition?

Photo by Justin Kase Conder via NC State Fair

Break out your calendar and start planning for the biggest and best events around Raleigh. Pro tip: Print this article out to see just how many events you can attend in the City of Oaks this year.

23rd Annual African American Cultural Celebration, NC Museum of History | Jan. 27 | Commemorate African American history + kick off Black History Month with this celebration of the contributions African American people have made in NC.

Art in Bloom, NC Museum of Art | March 13–17 | This show will celebrate 100 years of the NCMA with large floral designs accentuating the impressive museum.

Dueling Dinosaurs, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences | Opens in April | This new exhibit will unearth two dinos who were buried side by side and dig through important archaeological questions.

A person taking a photo of a Dreamville sign.

Dreamville is headed by Fayetteville-native rapper J. Cole — 2024 will be the fourth festival

Photo courtesy of Dreamville Festival

Dreamville, Dorothea Dix Park | April 6-7 | Although the full lineup has yet to be announced, queen of rap Nicki Minaj will perform at this hip-hop + rap-focused festival.

14th Annual North Carolina ‘Cuegrass Festival, downtown Raleigh | April 20 | Head to the intersection of Fayetteville and Hargett streets for bluegrass, boogies, brews, and NC ‘cue.

Brewgaloo, downtown Raleigh | April 26-27 | Cheers to NC’s largest craft beer festival with 110+ brewers.

10th Annual Longleaf Film Festival, North Carolina Museum of History | May 10-11 | In addition to film screenings, meet filmmakers via panels and connect with other movie lovers.

Got to Be NC Festival, NC State Fairgrounds | May 17-19 | This festival celebrates NC agriculture like none other with farm-themed activities and all the good food you can imagine.

Artsplosure, downtown Raleigh | Tentatively May 18-19 | We love this artsy festival for its unique vendors and creative experiences in the heart of our city.

NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship, WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary | May 24 and 26 | Watch the top women’s lacrosse teams face off for the champion trophy.

2024 US Open, Pinehurst Golf Course | June 13-16 | The course will host the US Open for the fourth time in the competition’s 124 years — watch golf’s toughest competitors tee off approximately an hour from downtown.

Capital City Juneteenth Celebration, downtown Raleigh | Mid June | Commemorate the end of slavery in the US with a multi-day celebration across Raleigh.

A crowd of people and booths celebrating Pride.

Out! Raleigh Pride is for the LGBTQ+ communities, allies, and families.

12th Annual Out! Raleigh Pride, downtown Raleigh | June 22 | Celebrate the LGBTQ+ community with this family friendly Pride event featuring local drag performers and vendors.

City of Raleigh July 4th Celebration, Dorothea Dix Park | July 4 | Commemorate Independence Day with fireworks and fun on the Big Field.

GalaxyCon Raleigh, Raleigh Convention Center | July 25-28 | Show off your cosmic side and meet acclaimed performers and creators.

A Packapalooza sign on Hillsborough Street on NC State's campus.

Don’t miss out on this packed Wolfpack event.

Photo by RALtoday

Packapalooza, Hillsborough Street | tentatively Aug. 24 | Kick off the school year Wolfpack style with live performances and a bustling street festival.

Hopscotch Music Fest, downtown Raleigh | Sept 5-7 | This event is your go-to indie music celebration at multiple stages throughout downtown.

IBMA Bluegrass Live!, downtown Raleigh | Sept. 27-28 | The bluegrass festival will be held for the last time in Raleigh in 2024 — don’t miss twangy banjo tunes throughout the city.

NC State Fair, NC State Fairgrounds | Oct. 17-27 | Do we even have to remind you? Don’t forget to grab a greasy bite + take a ride on the State Fair Flyer for Instagram-worthy views.

Falling for Local, Dorothea Dix Park | Oct. 5 | This event always has us feeling autumnal with vendors, music, and a free pumpkin patch.

North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival, Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary | November 2024 through January 2025 | Although the 2023-24 festival was cut short, don’t miss this unique and colorful display of Chinese lanterns.

80th Annual Raleigh Christmas Parade, downtown Raleigh | Nov. 23 | Get that festive feeling as this parade trots through downtown — this is the biggest parade between Washington, DC and Atlanta.

NCAA Women’s and Men’s Division I Soccer Championships, WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary | Women: Dec. 6 and Dec. 9; Men: Dec. 13 and Dec. 16 | These top soccer teams will face off on the NC Courage’s home pitch for the winning title.

First Night Raleigh, downtown Raleigh | Dec. 31 | 3, 2, 1... Happy New Year! Ring in 2025 with this signature event featuring the iconic acorn drop + local performances.

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