Raleigh MAIN Event

What’s the M.A.I.N. Event?

The Raleigh M.A.I.N. Event, an Innovate Raleigh initiative, celebrates a month of music, art, innovation and NOISE.

The beauty of M.A.I.N. Event is that most of these great events have been going on. We’ve just never let the world know.  Now we’re collaborating to promote all the cool things going on in Raleigh this September. (OK, part of October as well. So let’s just say Septemberish).

Spread the word and join in. Check out the calendar of events and click on the links to buy tickets. You can also go to the City of Raleigh Museum, our event headquarters, at 220 Fayetteville Street for info, posters and stickers. Help us celebrate  art, culture, and brain power. And enjoy the NOISE. You can sleep later.


From Hopscotch to the IBMA Bluegrass festival, Raleigh has more live music than anywhere else in North Carolina. Open-air amphitheaters, music halls and great clubs make us a Mecca for Music Mania in September.


SparkCon is Raleigh’s weekend-long celebration of creativity in all its forms, but every day of the month is rich with galleries, art shows and a lively First Friday. And don’t forget about the Contemporary Art Museum and the North Carolina Museum of Art.


Here in Raleigh, the brain’s the thing. We’re among the nation’s top cities for entrepreneurs and patent rates, and an unparalleled hot spot for technology and invention. September will showcase all this with forums where great minds can gather.


Hear our buzz? Like the teeth-rattling tenor of Harley-Davidson’s BikeFest or the rocking throb of our Hopscotch Festival. But the sound surrounding each is the thrilling buzz of a city that’s alive with events and fun all month.


What’s Happening?!

  • Downtown Farmers Markets

    Downtown Farmers Markets

    Sep 2 - Sep 30

    The Downtown Raleigh Farmers Markets are held every Wednesday, with the Honey Buzzival on September 10!

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  • African American Cultural Festival

    African American Cultural Festival

    Sep 5 - Sep 6

    Family-friendly celebration of African American arts and culture.

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  • Ray Price Harley Davidson Iron Elite

    Ray Price Harley Davidson Iron Elite

    Sep 5

    A celebration of African-American motorcyclists featuring great stories about why they ride – and what they ride.

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  • Hopscotch Design Festival

    Hopscotch Design Festival

    Sep 9 - Sep 10

    A new addition to Hopscotch, the festival celebrates design and designers who are shaping the future.

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  • Innovatours: Meet Raleigh’s Makers + Doers

    Innovatours: Meet Raleigh’s Makers + Doers

    Sep 9

    Join us for a walkable tour around the Warehouse District and downtown Raleigh.

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  • Hopscotch Music Festival

    Hopscotch Music Festival

    Sep 10 - Sep 12

    North Carolina’s largest and most diverse music festival. Hipsters, oldsters, music, beer.

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  • Innovate Raleigh Summit

    Innovate Raleigh Summit

    Sep 10

    We’re making Raleigh one of the top five centers of innovation and entrepreneurship. Join us!

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  • 9/11 Day of Service

    9/11 Day of Service

    Sep 11

    This is a day of community service, making Raleigh a better place.

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  • CED Tech Venture Conference

    CED Tech Venture Conference

    Sep 15 - Sep 16

    Bringing together ideas and investors to create the future.

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  • Sparkcon


    Sep 17 - Sep 20

    4 days. 200 shows, acts & exhibits. 20 venues. 1700 artists & performers. Creativity at its best.

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  • Worldwide Day of Play (Marbles Kids Museum)

    Worldwide Day of Play (Marbles Kids Museum)

    Sep 19

    Nickelodeon goes dark to encourage kids and parents to get up, get out and go play together.

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  • NC DataPalooza

    NC DataPalooza

    Sep 21

    An exciting competition built around open data. The winner could make the world a better place.

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  • Ray Price Capital City BikeFest

    Ray Price Capital City BikeFest

    Sep 25 - Sep 27

    Motorcycles, motorcycles, motorcycles. All for a good cause.

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  • Motorsports Expo

    Motorsports Expo

    Sep 26 - Sep 27

    Every kind of motorcycle you can imagine will be featured at the Ray Price Motorsports Expo. Along with the leathers.

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  • Marbles Makers Mash-Up

    Marbles Makers Mash-Up

    Sep 26

    Tackle design challenges, explore new materials and mix mash & make your own creation.

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  • La Fiesta del Pueblo

    La Fiesta del Pueblo

    Sep 27

    Celebration, Information, Action…Diversity at its finest.

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  • IBMA’s World of Bluegrass

    IBMA’s World of Bluegrass

    Sep 29 - Oct 3

    IBMA’s World of Bluegrass, presented by Chiesi - Sept. 29-Oct. 3 - Bluegrass music, business of bluegrass, and bluegrass awards. If bluegrass music moves you, come to the conference that moves bluegrass music. Raleigh plays host for the 3rd year.

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  • Bluegrass Ramble

    Bluegrass Ramble

    Sep 29 - Oct 1

    More than 30 up-and-coming bands will showcase their talent in a variety of venues over three nights. When they go big, say you saw them first in Raleigh.

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  • International Bluegrass Music Awards

    International Bluegrass Music Awards

    Oct 1

    The International Bluegrass Music Awards Show is the biggest night in bluegrass.

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  • PNC Presents Wide Open Bluegrass

    PNC Presents Wide Open Bluegrass

    Oct 2 - Oct 3

    The ticketed main stage at Red Hat Amphitheater will feature the best in bluegrass music, and proceeds benefit the Bluegrass Trust Fund.

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Our Sponsors



Wells Fargo

Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce

Wake County Economic Development

Big Pixel

Red Hat

City of Raleigh | Economic Development

REX Health Care

North Carolina State University

Cybergraph Advertising, Inc.



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  • City of Raleigh Museum

    City of Raleigh Museum

    Aug 1 - Aug 1

    The Raleigh M.A.I.N. Event hospitality center. Smack in the middle of it all – music, art, innovation and NOISE.

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  • Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau

    Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau

    Sep 30

    Thank you to our partner, the Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau. Visit their site for more event listings.

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