This could be you, surrounded by playful pups. | Photo by SPCA of Wake County
Maybe you have some extra time on your hands, or maybe you’re just in the giving spirit. All we know is there are more than enough great causesin Raleigh to give your time to. Whether you’re an animal lover, an artsy type, a natural mentor, or a healthcare enthusiast — there’s a nearby volunteer opportunity for you. Here are 30+ ways to get involved in the City of Oaks.
Dix Park Conservancy | Lend a hand at community events or participate in stewardship opportunities at one of Raleigh’s largest parks.
Family Promise | Help families experiencing temporary homelessness achieve safe, affordable housing by assisting with maintenance projects and proving emergency shelter as a host.
If you’re an animal lover
PIPs Rescue | Support this rescue center that takes in dogs with special needs and urgent medical cases by fostering.
SPCA of Wake County | Sign up to help homeless animals feel loved by becoming a dog walker, assisting with grooming, and much more.
SAFE Haven for Cats | More of a feline friend? Donate your time by becoming part of the litter box team, fostering a kitten, or helping with events.
The artsy types
Artspace | Share your time + talents by assisting with event support and classes at this nonprofit visual arts center.
NCMA | Instill the love and appreciation of art in others by becoming a park guide or by leading workshops at this art museum with 168 acres of park and open spaces.
Artsplosure | Support art and culture by assisting with pre-festival or event day prep at events like Artsplosure + WRAL First Night.
Don’t see anything that fits your interests? Check out VolunteerMatch — a resource that helps you find local volunteer opportunities suited to your preferences — or click the link below for more of our picks.
Haunted History Tour | Fri., Sept. 23 | 7-8:30 p.m. | 200 N. Blount St. | Free | Learn about the history of some of Raleigh’s most important landmarks and hear spooky ghost story at each stop. 👻
iDKHOW | Fri., Sept. 23 | 7 p.m. | The Ritz, 2820 Industrial Dr. | $30+ | Watch this alternative-rock duo perform with support from Joywave.
The Meanwhile Clock | Fri., Sept. 23 | 7-9 p.m. | NCMA | $10+ | Join this puppet parade extravaganza and watch as paper, cloth + cardboard transform into creatures and characters.
Festa Italiana Raleigh | Sat., Sept. 24 | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. | Tucker Street + N. Boylan Street | Free | Celebrate Italian culture and heritage with entertainment, food + beer trucks, cooking demonstrations, and more. 🍝
Octoberfest Makers Market | Sat., Sept. 24 | 4-7 p.m. | Compass Rose Brewery, 3201 Northside Dr. | Free | Shop from 20+ vendors and listen to tunes by the ‘80s band Police and Thieves. 🛍️
Yoga on the Patio | Sat., Sept. 24 | 9-10:30 a.m. | Brookside Bodega, 1000 Brookside Dr. | $10 | Participate in this engaging 90-minute yoga class — all ages and experience levels are welcome.
NC Courage vs. NJ/NY Gotham FC | Sat., Sept. 24 | WakeMed Soccer Park, 101 Soccer Park Dr., Cary | 7 p.m. | $20+ | Cheer on the Courage during the final home game of the regular season. ⚽ *
Vinyl Night | Sun., Sept. 25 | 4-7 p.m. | Vault Craft Beer, 518 W. South St. | Free | Enjoy fresh vibes on the patio with DJ Deckades + bring your own vinyl to share. 🎶
The Day Party | Sun., Sept. 25 | 3-9 p.m. | Junction West, 310 S. West St. | Free | Join this mini festival featuring pop-up food collaborations, DJs, and vendors.
Fall Fest | Sun., Sept. 25 | 1-5 p.m. | Seven Saturdays Taproom, 1323 Capital Blvd. | Free | Enjoy 20+ vendors, games, beer, food from Bomb A$$ Sandwich Co., live music, and a raffle featuring two pairs of Canes tickets. 🍂
We have amonthly guide filled with events + activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
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City Council approved the Raleigh Depotrezoning on Tuesday. This will allow two 20-story mixed-use developments to be built at 327 W. Davie St. + 320 W. Cabarrus St. The developers must preserve the head house of the Depot as a condition of the agreement. 🏗️ (Triangle Business Journal)
Developer Raymond Management Company requested a rezoning for 217 W. Martin St. to allow 40 stories, making Berkely Café's future uncertain. The café has until November to move out + City Council is revisiting the rezoning request in two weeks. (Triangle Business Journal)
The Ark Royal Tiki Barannounced that its last day at its current location due to rezoning is Sat., Sept. 24. Turnbridge Equities purchased the parcels at 400 + 410 Glenwood Ave. — which also includes the Creamery — in March 2020 and is permitted to build up to 40-stories.
On Wednesday, all parking lots at RDUwere at 100% capacity, forcing the airport to reopen an additional park-and-ride lot. The Economy 4lot is now open on International Drive ($11 a day). 🚍 (The News & Observer)
Construction is underway at RBF — a champagne bar slated to open this fall in downtown Cary at 210 E. Chatham St. Visitors can expect champagne, wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and charcuterie boards on the menu.
Black & White Coffee Roasters is hosting the Coffee Science Foundation, a nonprofit research group, for a collaborative consumer research eventtoday, Sept. 23-Sun., Sept. 25. Eligible guests will participate in a short coffee tasting exercise + receive a free bag of coffee. Find out if you’re eligible. ☕
Grab your bike and join the second annual Break the Cycle bike ride benefiting The Women’s Center on Sun., Sept. 25. There will be a 30-mile ride, five-mile ride + a virtual ride. The event kicks off at 8:30 a.m. at 400 S. West St. and ends at Transfer Co. Food Hall with music, food, and drinks. Sign up.
Iris Coffee Lab is celebrating two years of operation with a birthday bash on Sat., Sept. 24. From 9 a.m.-2 p.m., sip on a specialty drink, snack on Benchwarmers Bagels, and stick around for a surprise. 🎉
Sundown on Sunday marks the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year. People who observe this holiday typically enjoy apples and honey in hopes of having a sweet new year. It runs until the evening of Tues., Sept. 27. Shana Tova! (That’s Hebrew for “Have a good year!“)
Time to feel the fall breeze + enjoy the autumn leaves with the Fall For Your City Sale happening now on Six & Main, RALtoday’s online shop. Take 20% off the entire Fall For Your City Collection now through Sun., Sept. 25.
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You don't need an eggs-cuse to brunch. | Photo by Alexa Moyer Brown
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