November is in full swing — and to help you get the most out of your fall, we’re rounding up some of the top local events (both virtual and in-person) to help you stay connected. 🍂
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in the following events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
Friday October 30
○ Trunk or Treat at Sanderford Road Park | Fri., Oct. 30 | 6 – 8 p.m. | 2623 Sanderford Road | Free | Take a drive down Sanderford Road see Halloween decorated car trunks and get some candy while you’re at it, for kids 5 – 12 years old.
○ Trick or Treat, Stay 6 Feet | Fri., Oct. 30 | 6 – 8 p.m., 30 min. intervals | 401 N. Driver Street, Durham | Free | A contactless, drive-thru event for kids to get free Halloween candy and treats.
Saturday October 31
○ Batty for Bats at Thomas G. Crowder Woodland Center | Sat., Oct. 31 | 10 – 11:30 a.m. | 5611 Jaguar Park Drive | $3 | All ages are welcome to join the Halloween festivities by diving into the mysterious world of bats. Participants will learn a thing or two about the animal, play some spooky games, and make a craft as well.
○Trunk or Treat | Sat., Oct. 31 | 2 – 5 p.m. | 213 Crossroads Boulevard, Cary | Free | Crossroads Plaza is having a Trunk or Treat event featuring spooky decorated car trunks and candy galore.
○ Halloween Cup in Hand Kickball Tournament | Sat., Oct 31 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | C.M. Herndon Park, 511 Scott King Rd | $45 | Join Goombay Raleigh Durham for their inaugural Halloween kickball tournament. Teams must have a minimum of 11 players and a minimum of 4 females. Registration ends Oct. 26. Sign up here. Ⓟ
Sunday November 1
○ TEDxRaleigh | Sun., Nov. 1 | 1-5 p.m. | Virtual + 421 South Salisbury Street | $45-50 | Raleigh locals will tell their stories about seizing the moment at this year’s Carpe Diem themed TEDxRaleigh.
○ Family Day of Guatemala | Sun., Nov. 1 | 12 p.m.| Virtual and In-Person | Free | Join NC Museum of Art and the Consulate of Guatemala for their celebration of All Saints Day, an important Guatemalan holiday that commemorates the lives of those who have died. There will be live-streamed performances, activities, and a viewing of the Esperanza Kite.
○ Owl-O-Ween Fly-Thru | Sun., Nov. 1 | 5:13-7 p.m. | 364 Leigh Farm Road, Durham | $10 suggested donation | The Piedmont Wildlife Center is giving people the chance to meet real-life owls and other birds of prey from the safety of their car.
Monday, November 2 – Sunday, November 8
Monday November 2
○ Intro to Bouldering | Mon., Nov. 2 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | 1010 Martin Luther King Jr Parkway, Durham | $25 for non-members | Triangle Rock Club is teaching a one-hour class on bouldering and basic climbing skills, ideal for beginners or those looking to try something new.
○ Suspicious Minds: A Virtual Discussion Series On Skepticism | Mon., Nov. 2 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Teaching Assistant Professor of Philosophy at UNC-Chapel Hill Min Tang will dive into the question of human existence and then lead a discussion with series participants on the matter.
Tuesday November 3
○ Notary Public Class | Tues., Nov. 3 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | 307 North Academy Street, Cary | $150 – $170 | The Cary Chamber of Commerce is hosting a class for those interested in becoming a Notary Public for NC. Those in attendance will learn the basic requirements of the job and complete the application and exam for the position.
○ Craft Corner at Moore Square | Tues., Nov. 3 | 4-5 p.m. | 200 S. Blount Street | Free | Moore Square staff will be leading a crafting hour ideal for kids ages 3 and up. Craft projects include puppets, spin art, and paper flowers.
Wednesday November 4
○ New Member Orientation | Wed., Nov. 4 | 8:30-9:30 a.m | Virtual | Free for new members | New members of the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce are encouraged to attend this networking event and introduction to the membership
Thursday November 5
○ Appearance Commission Meeting | Thurs., Nov. 5 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | The Appearance Commission meeting is open to the public and will discuss matters related to the visual quality and aesthetics of the city.
○ Campbell University MBA Program Virtual Information Session | Thurs., Nov. 5 | 12-1 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Join a virtual information session to learn more about Campbell’s MBA program, currently offered at 3 locations — downtown Raleigh, 100% online and on the main campus in Buies Creek. They’ll cover the features, benefits, and application process, and also allow time for Q + A. Ⓟ
○ Innovate Raleigh Summit 2020 | Thurs., Nov. 5 | 12-5 p.m. | Virtual | $80 | Day 1 — Raleigh business leaders will have the chance to meet and discuss the challenges + successes they have experienced over the past year. This summit’s theme is “What Was, What Is and What Can Be: Resilience Through a Culture of Innovation.”
Friday November 6
○ Innovate Raleigh Summit 2020 | Fri., Nov. 6 | 12-5 p.m. | Virtual | $80 | Day 2 — Raleigh business leaders will have the chance to meet and discuss the challenges + successes they have experienced over the past year. This summit’s theme is “What Was, What Is and What Can Be: Resilience Through a Culture of Innovation.”
○ Teen Science Cafe: Indigenous Science | Fri., Nov. 6 | 6-7 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Environmental scientist Dr. Ryan Emanuel will teach a class for teenagers 13+ on science from the perspective and knowledge of Indigenous peoples.
○ Florence Dore: A Cat’s Cradle Livecast | Fri., Nov. 6 | 8 p.m. | Virtual | Free | North Carolina-based musician and UNC-Chapel Hill professor Florence Dore will be live-streaming her concert on Cat’s Cradle’s Facebook page and website.
Saturday November 7
○ James Ehnes Plays Beethoven – North Carolina Symphony | Sat., Nov. 7 | 8 p.m. | Virtual | $21.46 | Violinist James Ehnes will be playing Beethoven’s Septet live from Meymandi Concert Hall.
○ Jog for Good Virtual Jog with a Purpose | All Day | Virtual | $30+ | Join the virtual jog day and help raise money to provide free training programs for schools and administrations across the country as they continue to raise awareness about the impact of racial inequity. Ⓟ
Sunday November 8
○ A Little Bit of Everything Hike | Sun., Nov. 8 | 2-4 p.m. | 2100 North Harrison Avenue, Cary | Free | A park ranger at William B. Umstead State Park will lead a 3.5-mile hike through the woods + showcase notable spots such as the old Camp Craggy Boy Scout Camp and Twin Falls.
○ Afternoon Market at ARTmosphere | Sun., Nov. 8 | 1-4 p.m. | 3919 Raleigh Road, Clayton | Free | Visitors can spend an afternoon browsing artisan + garden vendors and making Thanksgiving crafts outside the ARTmosphere Community Arts Center.
Monday, November 9 – Sunday, November 15
Monday November 9
○ Surprising Tales from the World of Art | Mon., Nov. 9 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Wake County Public libraries presents podcast host and author of ArtCurious: Stories of the Unexpected, Slightly Odd, and Strangely Wonderful in Art History, Jennifer Dasal. Dasal will talk about her book, stories from art history, and answer questions.
Tuesday November 10
○ Teaching Artist Tuesdays | Tues., Nov. 10 | 3-4:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | The NC Arts Council will provide a biweekly forum + workshop classes for teaching artists in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
○ SAT, ACT and College Admissions during COVID-19 Webinar | Tues., Nov. 10 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | An expert from The Princeton Review will advise on the latest changes to the ACT + SAT and how to navigate college admissions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wednesday November 11
○ Wine + Weeds | Wed., Nov. 11 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | 1321 Athens Drive | Free | A weekly event where volunteers can drink a complimentary glass of wine while weeding the gardens at the Well Fed Community Garden.
○ History Corner: North Carolina’s First Peoples | Wed., Nov. 11 | 1-2 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Kids and their families will get to learn about the lives of the first people living in present-day NC through their weapons and tools.
Thursday November 12
○ DIY Body Care Products | Thurs., Nov. 12 | 6:30-9:30 p.m. | Virtual | $45 – $55 | A NC State Craft Center staff member will lead a workshop on how to create your own lotion, skin scrub, and lip balm right at home. Most supplies are included with the registration.
○ Autobiographical Zinemaking Part 1 | Thurs., Nov. 12 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Virtual | $55 – $65 | Artspace is holding a two-part class on how to make an autobiographical, short-form publication using writing and imagery. Students will learn bookmaking techniques, drawing skills, and how to creatively share their story. The second part of the workshop will be a week later on Thurs., Nov. 19.
○ Virtual Science Cafe: Using Geography to Map Data | Thurs., Nov. 12 | 7-8 p.m | Virtual | Free | The NC Museum of Natural Sciences will host James Alberque, the GIS + Emerging Technology Manager for the City of Raleigh, for a discussion on geography and map data.
○ Wellness Wind-Down: Nourishment | Thurs., Nov. 12 | 6 p.m. | Virtual | Join us for a conversation with Linda Nguyen about how we can best fuel ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Friday November 13
○ The Downtown Durham Streetery | Fri., Nov. 13 | 5-9:30 p.m. | Downtown Durham | Free | The City of Durham will open multiple streets to pedestrian traffic, have musical performances, and hang festive lights. Visitors can walk around, pick up food, and shop at the local shops downtown.
○ RTP Food Truck Rodeo | Fri., Nov. 13 | 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | 800 Park Offices Drive, Morrisville | Free | The rodeo will have various food trucks in the parking lot of Frontier RTP Campus. Guests can order ahead or onsite and are welcome to eat at socially-distanced tables, in their cars, or take it home.
Saturday November 14
○ Falling for Color Gardening & Landscape Design Symposium | Sat., Nov. 14 | 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. | Virtual | $50-65 | The JC Raulston Arboretum is bringing together a panel of experts in horticulture and conservation to inform participants on how to make the best out of their fall garden and landscaping.
○ Family Fun: Upcycled Journal Making | Sat., Nov. 14 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | Virtual | $15 | A NC State Craft Center staff member will help you turn your old books, paper, and cardboard into a fun, personalized journal.
Sunday November 15
○ The Raleigh Market | Sun., Nov. 15 | 9 a.m.–5 p.m. | NC State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road | Free | Visitors can shop vintage, handmade, and antique treasures.
○ Balloonacy | Sun., Nov. 15 | 1:30–2:30 p.m. + 3:30–4:30 p.m. | Raleigh Little Theatre, 301 Pogue Street | $12+ | RLT is having its first in-person performance since February under Phase 3 reopening protocols. Balloonacy is a one-person show for younger audiences about acceptance, imagination, and companionship.
Monday, November 16 – Sunday, November 22
Monday November 16
○ Dix Park Community Committee Meeting | Mon., Nov. 16 | 6–7:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | The committee will meet to address manners related to the Dorothea Dix Park project and bring together residents of the park’s surrounding neighborhoods to provide perspective.
○ Art of College Applications Webinar | Mon., Nov. 16 | 6–7 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Collegewise will walk students through each section of Common App and guide them through ways to make sure they stand out to college admissions.
Tuesday November 17
○ Healthcare Forum 2020 | Tues., Nov. 17 | 9–10 a.m. | Virtual | $80 | Raleigh Chamber representatives + major health system executives will talk about the current state of healthcare, the economic impacts of COVID-19, and opportunities for advancement due to present challenges.
○ STEM Career Showcase for Students with Disabilities | Tues., Nov. 17 | 1–3:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Presented by the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, students with disabilities in grades 6 through 12 will have the chance to hear stories and advice from adults with disabilities who are succeeding in the STEM career field.
○ Public Information Meeting with Federal Aviation Administration | Tues., Nov. 17 | 6–7:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | The Federal Aviation Administration is having a community meeting about updates to fights and air traffic control procedures at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
Wednesday November 18
○ GIS Day 2020 | Wed., Nov. 18 | 10 a.m.–2 p.m. | Virtual | Free | The City of Raleigh is celebrating geographic information systems and their integration into daily life for GIS Day 2020. The event will have presentations from experts in the field and include time for questions from participants.
○ Science Detectives Online! — Owls: Our Nocturnal Neighbors | Wed., Nov. 18 | 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | Virtual | $20+ | An instructor at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences will help kids learn how to identify native owls by their calls, what they eat, and the clues they leave behind. Registration covers the cost of an owl pellet that participants will dissect as a part of the class.
○ Fireside Chat with Todd Olsen & Polina Marinova | Wed., Nov. 18 | 11 a.m. | Virtual | Free | Todd Olson, co-founder and CEO of Pendo, and Polina Marinova, founder of The Profile, are sitting down for a fireside chat about entrepreneurship and to celebrate Olson’s new book, The Product Led Organization.
Thursday November 19
○ Third Thursday Virtual Tour of the Gregg Museum | Thurs., Nov. 19 | 4–5 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Guests will participate in an in-depth “walk” through the museum’s current exhibits. The tour will be presented in real-time so viewers can ask questions about the art.
○ Campbell University MBA Program Virtual Information Session | Thurs., Nov. 19 | 12-1 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Join a virtual information session to learn more about Campbell’s MBA program, currently offered at 3 locations — downtown Raleigh, 100% online and on the main campus in Buies Creek. They’ll cover the features, benefits, and application process, and also allow time for Q + A. Ⓟ
Friday November 20
○ 25th Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration | Fri., Nov. 20 + Sat., Nov. 21 | 9 a.m.– 3:15 p.m. | Virtual | Free | This two-day event is hosted by the NC Museum of History and includes a variety of interactive sessions and performances for, by, and about local Indigenous people and tribes. Sessions are centered around native heritage and practices such as painting, storytelling, and tribe regalia.
○ Dreaming in Color | Fri., Nov. 20 | 9 a.m. | Virtual | Free | Victoria Scott-Miller of Liberation Station bookstore will be doing a reading for kids and their families, using stories to share diverse perspectives.
Saturday November 21
○ 76th Raleigh Christmas Parade | Sat., Nov. 21 | 10 a.m.–12 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Presented by Shop Local Raleigh, this will be the first-ever virtual Raleigh Christmas parade and viewers will be able to watch live on ABC11.
○ Pop-Up Raleigh | Sat., Nov. 21 | 12-5 p.m. | 656 Maywood Avenue | Free | Visitors can shop from a variety of local artisan and vintage vendors located right outside of Trophy Brewing.
Sunday November 22
○ The Raleigh Market | Sun., Nov. 22 | 9 a.m.–5 p.m | NC State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road | Free | Visitors can shop vintage, handmade, and antique treasures.
○ Holiday Market & Lighting of the Trees | Sun., Nov. 22 | 12–6 p.m. | 8450 Honeycutt Road | Free | Lafayette Village is ringing in the holiday season with its annual market and tree-lighting ceremonies. People can walk around the European style village + shop at various stores.
○ The Black Farmers Market | Sun., Nov. 22 | 1 – 4 p.m. | 1436 Rock Quarry Road | Free | If you are looking for some fresh produce to add to your weekly groceries and maybe want to grab a bite to eat, consider stopping by and checking out the market’s Black farmers, vendors, and entrepreneurs.
Monday, November 23 – Sunday, November 29
○ Winter Wonderland with Goats | Wed., Nov. 18 – Thurs., Dec. 24 | 10 a.m.–6 p.m. | 5306 Homer Ruffin Road, Chapel Hill | $13.50 | Guests at Spring Haven Farm will get immersed in the farm experience, feed barn animals, and participate in holiday activities.
Monday November 23
○ History Hike: Fanny Breeze | Mon., Nov. 23 | 9:30-11:30 a.m. | 6101 Cole Mill Road, Durham | Free | A ranger at Eno River State Park will be leading a moderate difficulty hike through Fanny’s Ford Trail and tell the history of the trail’s namesake Fanny Breeze, a midwife and formerly enslaved person.
○ Fieldstream Farm Christmas Light Show | Mon., Nov. 23 | 6:30–9:45 p.m. | 8008 Old Stage Road | $20 | This drive-thru Christmas celebration displays over 1 million different lights throughout the farm and is known for its entire tunnel covered in LEDs.
Tuesday November 24
○ Coffee with Lindsay Rice | Tues., Nov. 24 | 9–10 a.m. | Virtual | Free for members | Small business owners in the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce are encouraged to attend this event, network, and hear about how others are managing their establishments. This event’s speaker is Lindsay Rice, the local owner of Vita Vite.
○ Classics Book Discussion Group | Tues., Nov. 24 | 6:45–8 p.m. | Virtual | Free | A librarian at Cary Regional Library will moderate this monthly meeting, focusing on the novel My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok.
Wednesday November 25
○ Lake Myra Christmas Lights Opening Night | Wed., Nov. 25 | 5:30–10 p.m. | 10 S. Cypress Street, Wendell | Free, donations accepted | Recognized as one of the largest Christmas light shows in NC, Lake Myra Christmas Lights puts on a 45-minute show synchronized to music and featuring 250,000+ lights.
○ Thanksgiving Baby Storytime and Craft | Wed., Nov. 25 | 9:30 a.m. | 6548 Glenwood Avenue | $10+ | Little Doodles Cafe staff will read a Thanksgiving story and lead a festive craft—great for the whole family. There will be free play time after activities and parents can grab a coffee from the cafe area.
Thursday November 26
○ Drive-Thru Festival of Lights Opening Night | Thurs., Nov. 26 | 5:30-10 p.m. | 703 Tarboro Road, Youngsville | $20 per vehicle | Hill Ridge Farms is celebrating the opening night of their Festival of Lights for the holiday season. The display is over a mile long and showcases around a million different lights.
○ Volunteer Day at Well Fed Community Garden | Thurs., Nov. 26 | 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m. | 1321 Athens Drive | Free | Well Fed Community Garden is welcoming volunteers to help maintain and harvest goods from their urban garden
Friday November 27
○ Black Friday Hike | Fri., Nov. 27 | 2–4 p.m. | William B. Umstead State Park, 8801 Glenwood Avenue | Free | Head outdoors for some time in nature. This hike is family-friendly + comprises 1.3 miles beginning at Potts Branch Trailhead.
○ Friday Farm Movie Nights: The Polar Express | Fri., Nov. 27 | 6–10 p.m. | 12701 Buffalo Road, Clayton | $15 per car | Pace Family Farms will be showing The Polar Express at their weekly drive-in movie event.
Saturday November 28
○ Shop Small Saturday | Sat., Nov. 28 | 1–5 p.m. | 500 E. Davie Street | Free | Triangle Pop-Up and its artisan vendors will be setting up shop at Transfer Food Co Hall. Visitors can shop for creative, hand-crafted goods and grab something to eat or drink.
○ Meet Santa & Mrs. Claus | Sat., Nov. 28 | 11 a.m.–3 p.m. | 10522 Hwy 70 Business, Clayton | Free | Take a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Clayton General Store’s Small Business Saturday.
○ Repticon Raleigh | Sat., Nov. 28 + Sun., Nov. 29 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | 1025 Blue Ridge Road | $5-$12 | Repticon Raleigh is a two-day reptile and exotic animal expo at the NC State Fairgrounds. Guests can meet live animals, learn about unique species, and buy animal care supplies.
Sunday November 29
○ Pop-Up at North Hills Midtown | Sun., Nov. 29 | 11 a.m.–3 p.m. | 4011 Cardinal at North Hills Street | Free | The MAKRS Society is having its first pop-up market with over 30 local vendors selling handmade goods–plus a food trunk for lunch. Local celebrity The Poetry Fox will be making an appearance as well.
Monday November 30
○ Mindful Museum: Family Growga Moments | Mon., Nov. 30 | 4 p.m. | Virtual | Free | This series helps teach children mindfulness + movement through games, child-centric yoga, and deep breathing.
○ Author Event: David Menconi | Mon., Nov. 30 | 7 p.m. | Virtual | Free | Page 158 Books is hosting an author discussion with Dave Menconi about his book Step It Up and Go. The novel chronicles North Carolina’s contributions to popular music from Nina Simone to Scotty McCreery, and everyone in-between.