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.
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.
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.
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.
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.