October in Raleigh: Events you should know about

Mark your calendars! You don’t have to be bored this October because a) it’s October and it can basically be Halloween every day if you want it to be and b) Raleigh’s got you covered! I’ve collected some of the coolest things happening in and around the city that you maybe want to know about. And yes, I know I probably included one too many dog events.

Saturday, October 7th: 26th Annual NCSU Dog Olympics
Saturday, October 7th 10am-3pm
NC State College of Veterinary Medicine
For more information, click here.

Watch doggy athletes compete, raise money for homeless dogs, bring your dog to compete

Saturday, October 7th: Dog Days of Cary
Saturday 9am-1pm
Bond Park

In case you’d rather hang out with the suburban pups.

Thursday, October 12th: NC State fair opens!
Last day is the 22nd. Buy tickets early to save money!

Monday, October 16th: Beetlejuice/Psycho double feature at Rialto Theatre
1620 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh NC 27608
Monday 7pm-11pm

Two absolute spooky classics! Plus, Winona Ryder is in Beetlejuice and everyone *knows* she’s the coolest ever, right?

Saturday, October 21st: The Great Onesie Bar Crawl
Fayetteville Street, Raleigh
Tickets at

Saturday, October 21st: Groove in the Garden
Saturday the 21st from 12pm-9pm
301 Pogue St, Raleigh
$20 in advance

12 different bands lined up, food trucks, and vendors!

Friday & Saturday, October 27th-28th: Hillsborough Spirits Tours
Tours on Friday and Saturday every 20 minutes (8pm-9 on Friday, 5:20-8:40 Saturday)

It’s a ghost tour in Hillsborough! (Not to be confused with on Hillsborough Street. But boy, I wish.)

Friday, October 27th: Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Carolina Theatre
Friday, October 27th from 9PM-12AM
310 S Green St, Greensboro, NC 27401
$12 in advance

Saturday, October 28th: Halloween Spooky Ride
Crank Arm Brewing Company
Saturday the 28th from 5pm-9pm
Decorate yourself and your bike!

Saturday, October 28th: Survive Raleigh VIII
Oct 28 at 7pm to Oct 29 at 9:45am
North Carolina State University
“Escape and evasion game” where you basically try to avoid becoming tagged as a zombie

Sunday, October 29th: Barktoberfest at Durham Central Park
501 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701
Sunday, October 29th 12pm-4pm
Dogs in costumes. Heck yeah!

Missing something ultra-cool that everyone should know about? Leave a comment! (And if you don’t want to leave your house this month… I’ve also got you covered with a list of my absolute FAVORITE spooky movies on Netflix, coming to Raleigh Creative Species on Friday 9/29 – so you better check back!)


P.S. As most of you probably know, I’m taking applications for a new blog feature coming November 1st where I’m going to be interviewing and showcasing local Raleigh creatives and their side projects. The list I’ve got so far is SUPER exciting and I’m hoping I get even more submissions! If you’ve got something cool up your sleeve, feel free to apply and I’ll be in touch by the beginning of October. (Apply here!)

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