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From the editor
People linking arms at Crank Arm Brewing during Sproktoberfest.
Swing by Crank Arm’s taproom for its Sproktoberfest German-style Oktoberfest beer.|Photo by Crank Arm Brewing Company
City editor Cat here. This weekend, both Gizmo Brew Works and Crank Arm Brewing Company are hosting their Oktoberfest celebrations. On Saturday, Sept. 16, enjoy a live music lineup running from 12 to 9 p.m., on-site food trucks like Rescue Dogs, and sipping on craft brews at Gizmo’s Raleigh taproom. Then rally again on Sunday, Sept. 17 as Crank Arm closes down the street for a German-style block party — dubbed Sproktoberfest — featuring the Little German Band and dancers, a stein hoisting contest, and bites from Capital Club 16.

Keep reading for more weekend festivities and three events to plan ahead for in the City of Oaks.
Friday, Sept. 15
  • One year Celebration | Friday, Sept. 15-Sunday, Sept. 17 | Times vary | YogaSix Glenwood South, 621 Hillsborough St., Ste. 103, Raleigh | Free | Help this studio celebrate its first big milestone with free classes, giveaways, discounts on memberships, and more.
  • Fairgrounds Southern Ideal Home Show | Friday, Sept. 15-Sunday, Sept. 17 | Times vary | North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 4285 Trinity Rd., Raleigh | $10-$12 | Meet Chef Vivian Howard and “Southern Charm” star Craig Conniver while exploring a design studio, a plant workshop from Urban Pothos, and home presentations.
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd & ZZ Top: The Sharp Dressed Simple Man Tour | Friday, Sept. 15 | 6:30 p.m. | Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek, 3801 Rock Quarry Rd., Raleigh | $35-$355 | Rock out to iconic songs like “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Tuesday’s Gone,” and “Sharp Dressed Man.”
  • Craig Robinson | Friday, Sept. 15-Sunday, Sept. 17 | Times vary | Raleigh Improv, 1224 Parkside Main St., Cary | $35-$95 | You might know this seasoned comic from shows like “The Office” and “Brooklyn 99,” now watch him perform live.
Saturday, Sept. 16
  • Hops For Hope | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 2-6 p.m. | Midtown Park at North Hills, 4011 Cardinal at North Hills St., Raleigh | $40 | Take your pick of 30 beers to taste, grab a bite from a food truck, and enjoy live music and kid’s activities to raise money in support of Children’s Flight of Hope’s mission.
  • Rescheduled Food Bank Tailgate Party | Saturday, Sept. 16 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, 1924 Capital Blvd., Raleigh | Free | Join the Food Bank for a (rescheduled) tailgate party that will showcase the NC State vs. Virginia Military Institute home game and feature food, drinks, volunteer activity + family fun.*
Sunday, Sept. 17
  • Canes 5K | Sunday, Sept. 17 | 7-8:30 a.m. | PNC Arena, 1400 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh | $20-$70 | Help kick off the Hurricanes season with this run around PNC Arena where all proceeds benefit the Carolina Hurricanes Foundation.
Plan Ahead
  • World of Bluegrass | Tuesday, Sept. 26-Saturday, Sept. 30 | Times vary | Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh Convention Center + downtown Raleigh | $100-$140 | Join the largest urban bluegrass festival in the world filled with music, conferences, showcases, awards, and street vendors.
  • Triangle Oktoberfest | Friday, Oct. 6 + Saturday, Oct. 7 | Times vary | Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary | $20-$25 | Enjoy the running of the wiener dogs followed by a parade, family-friendly fun in the Kid Play Area, food vendors like Capital Club 16, and German competitions like yodeling and Mr. + Mrs. Oktoberfest.
  • NC State Fair | Thursday, Oct. 12-Sunday, Oct. 22 | Times vary | NC State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh | Admissions vary | Get ready to eat fried foods, ride ferris wheel rides, and see oversized pumpkins.
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Where is this this hobbit house located?
A Cloud Chamber surrounded by trees (read: a little house with a door).
This Cloud Chamber for the Trees and Sky functions as a pinhole camera.|Photo by RALtoday

Here is a hint: Created in 2003 by artist Chris Drury, this cloud chamber is hidden in the wooded trails of...

A. William B. Umstead State Park
B. Pullen Park
C. Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park
D. Dorothea Dix Park

Psst... no cheating — the answer will be revealed in next week’s edition of RALweekend.
Great Escapes
Our guide to Half Moon Bay, CA
Sunset at Miramar Beach in Half Moon Bay, CA.
Half Moon Bay is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the San Francisco Bay Area.|Photo by Carol Erdie Photography
Ready for a getaway? Check out Half Moon Bay, CA, a quaint beach town full of coastal California charm. Here are some of our recommendations:
  • Why go? Offering beaches, surfing, local food + wine, stunning stays, and outdoor activities Half Moon Bay’s small town charm makes for a great destination year-round.
  • Act like a local: Start your morning with a walk along Main Street and a coffee + pastry from Cafe Society. We recommend window shopping at some of our favorite spots: Hometown Mercantile, Crow’s Nest, and Abode.
  • Where to stay: Vrbo: Seaside Haven: Modern Retreat with Breathtaking Views and Beachside Charm (~$540/night)*
Bonus message from our partner: If you’re looking to book this trip, Going offers all the affordable flight hacks from your home airport. Sign up here.*
  • The internet’s favorite tumbler — the 40-oz. Stanley Quencher — is back in stock in cute colors like pool, jade, and orchid.
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