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WRAL plans downtown Winter Wonderland to follow this year’s Christmas Parade

WRAL wants those venturing downtown for the Raleigh Christmas parade on Nov. 17 to stick around after it ends and enjoy a little winter magic.

The Capitol Broadcasting Company-owned station announced on Sunday that it will hold a free WRAL Winter Wonderland at the entrance of Saint Mary’s School. It will start as soon the parade ends, which could be as early as 11 or 11:30 a.m. for those at the beginning of the route, and will go until 1:30 p.m.

The Winter Wonderland will have fake snowsledding, photos with Santa, an inflatable obstacle course and bounce house, holiday music courtesy of Mix 101.5 and food trucks (Chick-N-QueStuft and Not Just Icing).

Matt Iseman, host of NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior” show will be there with giveaways and signing autographs. WRAL news and weather personalities will also be present.

Plus, the first 250 people will get a commemorative WRAL Winter Wonderland holiday ornament.

All of this takes place near the intersection of Hillsborough Street and Saint Mary’s Street.

Come join in on the fun!

BY BROOKE CAIN, news & observer

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Things to Do in Raleigh, N.C.: October 2018

It’s so long to summer, hello to fall! We’ll miss these warm-weather months—baseball games, summer festivals, outdoor concerts and such. But we’re ready to embrace a new season and the new experiences that come with it in the Raleigh area—hockey games, cultural festivals, holiday shopping, pumpkin pies, lots of ways to experience the arts and (last but not least!) the N.C. State Fair!
Carolina Hurricanes—back in action!

Seven home games in Oct. 
Is it October yet? That’s what hockey fans have been asking for a few months since the Stanley Cup Finals ended in June. Yes, it’s Halloween month, and that means the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes return to the ice at PNC Arena to kick off their 21st season in Raleigh. The Canes (as everyone locally calls them) will play seven home games in Oct., with the puck dropping for the first time against the Islanders (10/4) on opening night. They’ll also take on the Rangers (10/7), Canucks (10/9), Avalanche (10/20), Sharks (10/26), Islanders again (10/28) and Bruins (10/30). Single-game tickets have gone on sale, so join the #Redvolution by wearing red, white and black and cheering on the Canes!

N.C. State Fair

Oct. 12-21 (note: updated opening day due to Hurricane Michael)
For many, the return of the N.C. State Fair (10/12-21) marks the true beginning of fall. Sunny days turn into cool and clear nights where smells of cotton candy fill the air, blinking lights from Ferris wheels and roller coasters light up the skies and jackets and sweatshirts become a necessity. The largest annual event in N.C., with 1,000,000+ visitors, this is the chance to search out thrilling rides, take in more than 100 free concerts from local artists plus devour the most over-the-top food concoctions you can imagine—think chocolate, peanut butter, bacon, doughnuts and tons of other gooey goodness. We wouldn’t miss it!

SAS Championship

Oct. 12-14
See some of golf’s best, including legendary pro Colin Montgomerie who will return to defend his 2017 title, at the SAS Championship, a PGA Tour Championships event. Held annually at Prestonwood Country Club in Cary, the event is widely recognized as one of the most important events of the year. The tournament will once again play host to ‘Wildcard Weekend’—the last full-field event before the Charles Schwab Cup Playoffs.

The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art Exhibition

Oct. 13, 2018-Jan. 20, 2019
An exhibition of contemporary art at the North Carolina Museum of Art from renowned artist Georgia O’Keeffe, who revolutionized ways to see ordinary things, brings together a significant group of O’Keeffe’s works (featuring enormous flowers, luscious color and desert landscapes) as the centerpiece of an exploration of her continued force as a touchstone for contemporary art. This exhibit is ticketed in conjunction with Candida Höfer in Mexico.

Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo

Oct. 14
Attention, foodies! The final Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo of the year is this month. More than a half-mile of food trucks, spanning 11 city blocks, are bringing wood-fired pizzas, buttery lobster rolls, over-the-top ice cream concoctions, drool-worthy barbecue sandwiches and way, way more for thousands of hungry rodeo-goers to chow down on. Free admission, seating for 1,000-plus people and plenty of Instagram opportunities are just some of the elements that make this a can’t-miss foodie event.

SPARKcon 2018

Oct. 18-21
SPARKcon, the totally-weird, totally-awesome creativity festival that takes over downtown Raleigh each year, is truly a grassroots event. The “for the people, by the people” approach uses an open-source planning process that allows more than 2,000 artists to be involved each year. Dance, fashion, music, film, food—if you can name it, you can find an event for it at the festival that spans nearly 15 city blocks. The festival has taken big steps to make it even more accessible for individuals with disabilities, including independent wayfinding navigation with BlindSquare, sensory-friendly packs, a SPARKcon Access Guide (available at the info tent and on the cubes at every intersection) and more (get details here).

BugFest

Oct. 20
Experience more than 100 exhibits, crafts, games and activities at BugFest, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences‘ annual event that lets you interact with entomologists and other scientists while learning about the fascinating world of bugs. Featuring the ever-popular Café Insecta, where the brave can sample buggy dishes prepared by local chefs. The best part? The event is totally free for the expected 35,000 attendees. This year’s theme: crayfish and other crustaceans!

33rd International Festival of Raleigh

Oct. 26-28
The Raleigh Convention Center will host the 33rd International Festival of Raleigh, where more than 50 ethnic groups will be represented! The festival includes everything from international food and stage performances to fashion shows and beer and coffee tastings.

Apex Music Festival

Oct. 27
Now in its eighth year, the Apex Music Festival attracts thousands of fans to historic downtown Apex to enjoy live music, street vendors, food trucks, beer and wine and an eclectic mix of shops and restaurants. Two outdoor stages and one indoor theater will host a variety of acts from local, regional and national performers from many musical genres—rock, folk, R&B, bluegrass, country and more. The ticketed event, which is best suited for adults, has a full music lineup you can check out here.

FallFest at Dix Park

Oct. 27
The inaugural FallFest at Dix Park—a family-focused atmosphere with food, drinks, kids and adult activities and live entertainment—will include live music from the Milagro Saints and Counterclockwise String Band, a fun zone with inflatable rides and games, pony rides, face painting, a pumpkin patch and decorating area, hayrides, craft vendors and more fall activities. Food trucks with food, beer, ice cream and more will be on hand, but you can also bring your own small cooler or picnic basket. Dogs (on a leash) are welcome, too!

 by visitRaleigh

 

Look for something to do this weekend?

  • From: Today, Aug 26, 6:00 pm
  • To: 9:00 pm

Come on down and party with us – enjoy fantastic food and some great wine glass specials. What pairs best with Crab Rangoon Croquettes, Filipino pork, and Lemongrass Ribeye? How about Champagne, Sonoma Chardonnay, and a big Bordeaux?

From: Today, Aug 26, 7:00 pm
To: Friday, Sep 23, 9:00 pm

Join North Hills for the fourth season of the Friday Night Tributes Series. This feel good music series highlights music we all know and love. The series appeals to young and old alike, paying homage to throwback music genres starting in the 60’s to current day favorites.  The block party style set up, located in Midtown Park, is an ideal place for friends, family, and co-workers to gather in celebration of the weekend to come.  Live music will fill the air on eight consecutive Fridays.

Presented by Jaguar Land Rover Cary
Beverage Sponsors: Deep Eddy Vodka, Stella Artois, Evan Williams Bourbon
Radio Sponsor: WRDU Classic Rock

August 26th: Beatles Tribute | The Return
September 2nd: Bob Marley Tribute | Crucial Fiya
September 9th: Journey Tribute | Trial By Fire
September 16th: One Hit Wonders
September 23rd: Fleetwood Mac Tribute | Rumors
September 30th: Zac Brown Band Tribute | 20 Ride
October 7th: Clash of the Decades | The VIPS vs. Here’s to the Night  (final concert extended – 7pm to 9:30pm)

From: Today, Aug 26, 5:00 pm
To: 8:00 pm

Fall Final Friday WINE WALK for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund Sponsored by: Johnson Subaru of Cary, McNutt Orthodontics and Waltonwood.

AUG. 26, SEP 30 & OCT 28

5-8 PM – WINE WALK! Receive a sampling glass and passport for a $10 donation to the Kay Yow cancer Fund. Stroll the shops at Waverly Place and visit participating retailers for wine samples and special promotions.

*Wine walk donations will be taken onsite at the Kay Yow Booths located on both the upper and lower level. A map will be posted with all activities and locations.

From: Tomorrow, Aug 27, 11:00 am
To: 6:00 pm

This Saturday @ Chatham Hill Winery: It’s National Dog’s Day Weekend – Immortalize Man, Woman & Child’s Best Friend with photos of your Pooch on a wine bottle label. Bring your Pooch to hang out on the deck (water and treats provided), an electronic photo and we will create a personalized wine label (while you wait) . $10.00 will cover the label fee for a two bottle minimum purchase. This has always been a popular event at Chatham Hill. Saturday August 27th, 1 – 5 p.m. Chatham Hill Winery, 8245 Chapel Hill Road, Cary, chathamhillwine.com  919.380.7135

Sunday, Aug 28, 12:00 pm

Want a unique way to explore downtown Raleigh, and help cats and kittens? (Hold on to your pedals, we’re about to blow your mind.)
Hepcat is here! Inspired by scavenger hunts, Hepcat is a bike race that raises money for SAFE Haven for Cats, Raleigh’s no-kill cat shelter.
Hepcat starts at Oak City Cycling and weaves throughout downtown Raleigh, with fun checkpoints along the way. In true Hepcat fashion, the route is a secret until right before the race starts.
If you’re out of town, injured, or would much rather sleep in, you can show Hepcat some love as a virtual rider!  Advance online registration (including virtual riders) is $10 and day-of registration is $15. You can also enter Hepcat’s fundraising competition. (Top winner scores a killer prize!)
Check-in starts at noon and all skill levels are welcome.