Exciting Raleigh Events in 2020

People come far and wide for the variety of Raleigh events that take place throughout the year. Below are some of the exciting festivals and events happening this year in Raleigh.


International Festival of Raleigh | March 6-8

Celebrate a fun-filled weekend with more than 60 different cultures from around the world at the International Festival of Raleigh. Patrons can enjoy live entertainment, food and drink vendors, a world bazaar with a variety of unique shopping to explore, and so much more! Tickets for a weekend pass are $22 per adult and $15 per child/senior/student. Individual day tickets are also available.

BrickUniverse and LEGO Fan Convention | March 7-8

Calling all LEGO ultra-fans! Raleigh Convention Center will host the BrickUniverse and LEGO Fan Convention this March. Have an experience like no other as you explore massive lego sculptures, a LEGO play area, artists, entertainment, and color-coded building zones! 

The 2020 Raleigh Convention Boat Show | March 13-15

Boat lovers will not want to miss this year’s Boat Show in Raleigh, NC. Anglers Marine, Boats Unlimited, and Goose Creek Maine are just a few of the many dealers and lines that will be participating. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids aged 3-12.

Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival | March 14, 10 am – 7 pm

Dress in green and get ready for a celebration of Irish culture at the Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival. The parade begins at 10 a.m. and ends with a festival filled with food vendors, participating restaurants & bars, music, and live entertainment.


Fairgrounds Southern Ideal Home Show | April 3-5

Get your tickets to the Raleigh Fairgrounds home and garden show of the year! Explore home improvement, decor, and garden needs with more than 100 specialty vendors. Tickets are $9 online or $12 day of the show.

French Market & Seafood Festival | April 18, 12-4 pm

Dance your way down Lafayette Village during this New Orleans inspired French Market & Seafood Festival! Enjoy food, shops, art, and jazz at this fun-filled downtown Raleigh event!

Brewgaloo | April 24-25

Brewgaloo is a two-day North Carolina craft beer festival featuring a variety of local vendors. Delight in craft beer, food trucks, entertainment, and live music as you peruse Fayetteville Street. Grab tickets for the weekend at $45 in advance or $55 day-of. *Tickets include unlimited 3oz sample size pours.


Raleigh Grilled Cheese Festival | May 2, 12-5 pm

Oooy, gooey, endless grilled cheese is what you’ll get when you attend the Raleigh Grilled Cheese Festival! General admission is $30 and gets you unlimited samples of grilled cheese and voting rights for Raleigh’s Best Grilled Cheese. You won’t want to miss this tasty event!

Thrive NC Festival | May 7-8

Get ready to nosh on some delicious and savory eats at the Thrive NC Festival in downtown Raleigh. Sample flavors from local restaurants and chefs, and enjoy live music at this two-day event.

Artsplosure – The Raleigh Art Festival | May 16-17

Artists from all over Raleigh and North Carolina come together to bring you the Art Market, Artsplosure. During this two-day festival, you can purchase artists’ work, enjoy live entertainment, music, and food vendors. This event is free to attend.

Animazement | May 22-24

This larger-than-life Japanese Anime event comes to the Raleigh Convention Center this May. Animazement attendees can expect live music, art displays, guest speakers, panels, merchandise, and more! Tickets are $65 per person.


Race 13.1 – Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K | June 6

Calling all runners! Visit downtown Raleigh and participate in the 13.1 Half Marathon, 10K, or 5K. The races will start in midtown and wind through the Crabtree Creek Greenway. Register for the race before June 1.

Raleigh International Food Festival | June 8, 12-10 pm

Flavors from around the world meet in North Carolina for the Raleigh International Food Festival. Attend this free event and enjoy food, culture, live music and dancing all day long!

The Man Expo | June 13-14

Everything a man could want and more can be found at The Man Expo this June. From one-of-a-kind bars made from vintage truck parts to gaming, fishing, and hunting – the vendors here will deliver no matter what your guy is into. 


State Capitol Independence Day Festival | July 4, 11-3 pm – Cancelled for 2020

Celebrate our nation’s independence at the annual State Capitol Independence Day Festival in Raleigh. Families can enjoy live music, kids’ activities, free birthday cake, food vendors, era-dress up, and more!

GalaxyCon | July 30-August 2 – Postponed (Check Official Site for More Details)

Nerd Alert! The GalaxyCon is in Raleigh for a four-day festival filled with everything SciFi. Fans can participate in cosplay, celebrity interviews, entertainers, merchant vendors and more! Ticket prices vary based on day and tier.

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