The North Carolina capital of Raleigh is a thriving metropolis with a rich heritage. From the performing arts to professional sports, this city has it all. In May of this year, Raleigh will play host to some of the year's most anticipated events. Here are some of the best upcoming events in Raleigh, whether you're just passing through or a long-time resident looking for new adventures.
The North Carolina Symphony presents Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, May 4-6, 2023.
May the Fourth be with you! The North Carolina Symphony is presenting Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, and it promises to be an epic performance. You'll be transported to a galaxy far, far away as the symphony plays John Williams' iconic score live to the film. The performance will occur at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh.
Apex Peakfest, May 6, 2023
Apex Peakfest is a popular festival that takes place annually in downtown Apex. This year's festival promises to be bigger and better than ever before. With food trucks, vendors, live music, and activities for kids, there's something for everyone at Apex Peakfest. This is a great opportunity to experience the small-town charm of Apex and meet some friendly locals.
Meet in the Street Festival, May 6, 2023
The Meet in the Street Festival is another event in downtown Wake Forest. This festival is all about celebrating the community and bringing people together. With live music, food vendors, and local artists, the Meet in the Street Festival is the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon. You'll get to experience the unique culture of Wake Forest and enjoy some delicious food.
Fest in the West, May 6, 2023
Fest in the West is an annual festival that celebrates the western part of Raleigh. This festival features live music, local vendors, and food trucks. There are also games and activities for kids, making it a great family-friendly event. Fest in the West is a great way to explore a different part of Raleigh and meet new people.
Got to Be NC Festival, May 19-21, 2023
The Got to Be NC Festival celebrates all things, North Carolina. This festival features local food, music, and arts and crafts. There's also a carnival, a petting zoo, and a tractor pull. This festival is a great way to experience the diverse culture of North Carolina and learn more about the state's history.
Artsplosure - The Raleigh Arts Festival, May 20-21, 2023 (tentative dates)
Artsplosure is one of Raleigh's most popular festivals and for good reason. This festival celebrates the arts and features over 170 artists from around the country. There's also live music, dance performances, and food vendors. Artsplosure is a great way to see some amazing art and support local artists.
NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship, May 26 and 28, 2023
The NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship is coming to Raleigh for the first time ever. The games will be played at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, just a short drive from Raleigh. This is a great opportunity to see some of the best college athletes in the country compete for the championship title.
NC Sugar Rush, May 28, 2023
The NC Sugar Rush is a dessert festival that takes place in downtown Raleigh. This festival features some of the best desserts in the area, from cupcakes to donuts to ice cream. There are also food trucks and live music. This is a great way to indulge your sweet tooth and try some delicious treats.
With these incredible events happening throughout the month, you will have plenty of opportunities to explore and discover what this vibrant city offers. Whether you're a foodie, music lover, sports enthusiast, or art aficionado, there's something for you to enjoy in Raleigh this May. So pack your bags, grab your friends and family, and prepare to make unforgettable memories in this beautiful city!