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Raleigh-Durham Festivals 2024 - 2025 Calendar


About Raleigh-Durham, NC

Durham, most well known for their basketball team, and Raleigh, often called the "City of Oaks" are two surprisingly bustling cities. These picturesque North Carolina cities offer much more than the sleepy town images they conjur. Between the film, BBQ, tattoo and pagan festivals, you're sure to find something that piques your interest.

Top Festivals in Raleigh-Durham

Moogfest is the ultimate electronic dance music and technology festival in the state of North Carolina. Honoring Robert Arthur Moog, the inventor of the Moog synthesizer, Moogfest is jam-packed with world-class DJs, progressive inventions, art installations and dozens of intriguing discussions with futurist thinkers.

North Carolina State Fair
Clogging up Interstate 40 without fail every year, the North Carolina State Fair attracts more than a million visitors from across the state. For 11 days straight, the fairgrounds become a lively extravaganza featuring arts and crafts vendors, exhilarating carnival rides, nationally touring bands and firework exhibitions, among many other activities.

Treat your taste buds to North Carolina's finest craft beers in downtown Raleigh, all while looking at the stunning State Capitol building. Over 100 local breweries offer delicious samples of every beer style under the sun, and there's more than 50 food trucks serving up tasty treats that pair perfectly with your beer of choice.

If you want a taste of Raleigh-Durham's creative spirit, look no further than the spectacular Artsplosure festival. Professional and emerging artists showcase their one-of-a-kind pieces in 10 different categories such as paintings, photography, jewelry and captivating disciplines.

Hopscotch Music Festival
For the best in underground and experimental music, you can't go wrong with the Hopscotch Music Festival. Over 160 artists and bands spanning hip-hop, metal, EDM and many other adventurous styles tear it up on stage. There's also a photography exhibit and plenty of art installations to keep you captivated throughout the weekend.

North Carolina Science Festival
Those with rabid curiosity will love the North Carolina Science Festival. Drawing nearly 90,000 people to Raleigh every year. From various hands-on activities, educational exhibits, lab tours and discussions led by industry experts on all kinds of science-y topics, this is a nerd's dream festival.