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.

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 in October.


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 you can’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 inventiveness. September will showcase all this with forums where great minds can think alike.


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?!

  • African American Cultural Festival

    African American Cultural Festival

    Aug 31 - Sep 1

    Family-friendly celebration of African American arts and culture.

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  • Hopscotch Music Festival

    Hopscotch Music Festival

    Sep 5 - Sep 7

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

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  • La Fiesta del Pueblo

    La Fiesta del Pueblo

    Sep 8

    Colorful, vibrant and a celebration of Latino culture.

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  • Triangle Entrepreneurship Week

    Triangle Entrepreneurship Week

    Sep 9 - Sep 13

    Bringing together entrepreneurial communities, resources, knowledge and connections.

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  • Raleigh Innovation Summit

    Raleigh Innovation Summit

    Sep 11

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

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  • Activate Raleigh 2013

    Activate Raleigh 2013

    Sep 11

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

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  • DataPalooza


    Sep 12

    An exciting competition. The winner will make the world a better place.

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  • Cherokee McDonough Challenge

    Cherokee McDonough Challenge

    Sep 12

    Supporting high impact environmental startups. Find out who wins the competition!

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  • Sparkcon


    Sep 12 - Sep 15

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

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  • ACA Southeast Regional Meeting

    ACA Southeast Regional Meeting

    Sep 16 - Sep 17

    An added bonus for entrepreneurs and investors: the Angel Capital Association meeting is here, too.

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  • CED Tech Venture Conference

    CED Tech Venture Conference

    Sep 17 - Sep 18

    Bringing together ideas and investors to create great business opportunities.

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  • Ray Price Capital City BikeFest

    Ray Price Capital City BikeFest

    Sep 20 - Sep 22

    Motorcycles, motorcycles, motorcycles. Need we say more?

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  • IBMA’s World of Bluegrass

    IBMA’s World of Bluegrass

    Sep 24 - Sep 28

    Bluegrass conference, bluegrass music, and the bluegrass awards. Raleigh plays host for the 1st time.

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  • Bluegrass Ramble

    Bluegrass Ramble

    Sep 24 - Sep 28

    More than 30 up-and-coming bands will be showcasing their talent over five nights in Raleigh.

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  • International Bluegrass Music Awards

    International Bluegrass Music Awards

    Sep 26

    The Academy Awards of Bluegrass. Right here in Raleigh.

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  • PNC Presents Wide Open Bluegrass

    PNC Presents Wide Open Bluegrass

    Sep 27 - Sep 28

    More than 30 bluegrass performers are featured at this star-studded event. (And there’s a BBQ competition, too).

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  • Marbles Birthday Blast

    Marbles Birthday Blast

    Sep 28 - Sep 29

    At Marbles, it’s all about play. Come celebrate the museum’s 6th birthday!

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  • City of Raleigh Museum Opening

    City of Raleigh Museum Opening

    Sep 28

    The Raleigh M.A.I.N. Event hospitality center. With an event all its own.

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Our Partners

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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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  • Fairway Outdoor

    Fairway Outdoor

    Sep 30

    We like to show the love to our sponsors. Fairway Outdoor is going to help us sell out all these great events.

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