WakeUP and Explore: 2017 City Livability Tour is on April 29

Whiskey Kitchen on Martin Street

Whiskey Kitchen on Martin Street, an example of adaptive reuse

On Saturday, April 29, WakeUP Wake County is hosting their 3rd annual livability tour with stops all over the southern parts of downtown Raleigh. The “go at your own pace” tour will have stops at a lot of the projects we talk about here on the blog including Union Station, The Dillon, Hargett Place, and Charter Square among others. The tour also highlights some reuse examples in retail and food as well as affordable housing.

You can get your tickets early for a discount and all proceeds go towards supporting the work of WakeUP Wake County, “a non-profit that leads public engagement on issues important to our quality of life: transportation, affordable housing, land use, water quality and education.”

WakeUP and Explore: 2017 City Livability Tour

Date/Time: Sat., Apr. 29 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Map pick up starts @ 12:30pm)
Pick up pin, map, and swag at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 East South Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

Free Tickets to A Taste of India on Saturday, January 14 for the Smithsonian’s Beyond Bollywood Exhibit

John Jivatode, Morrisville Town Councilwoman Vicki Scroggins-Johnson, Swadesh Chatterjee, Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, Sen. Jay Chaudhuri, Morrisville Mayor Mark Stohlman, and Mayor Pro Tem Steve Rao.

Grand Opening of the exhibit with John Jivatode, Morrisville Town Councilwoman Vicki Scroggins-Johnson, Swadesh Chatterjee, Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, Sen. Jay Chaudhuri, Morrisville Mayor Mark Stohlman, and Mayor Pro Tem Steve Rao.

The first Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit to ever come to the City of Raleigh Museum is here. Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation had its grand opening this Fall and I, as a member of the Friends of the COR Museum, invite readers to come make a stop to see all the work put into hosting this new exhibit.

On Saturday, January 14, as part of the exhibit’s ongoing programming, will be a food event called, “A Taste of India.” More event details can be seen here.

I have the unique opportunity to send two tickets to this event to one RalCon reader.

Here’s how it works.
1. Sign up to become a member of the museum before the end of the year. Your donation supports what we do.
2. Make sure to tell them DTRaleigh sent you in the comments box. Say something like “I love the COR Museum!”.
3. I’ll randomly choose one new member for a pair of tickets to the Taste of India event on January 14.

It’s that simple. You can parlay your contribution into even more if you are the lucky winner.

This is my second year on the Friends of the COR Museum board and behind the scenes, we are putting things together to continue to raise awareness and get more engaged in the city and the region. This new exhibit will do just that and raise the level of programming that the museum has done in the past.

While A Taste of India is a ticketed event, the exhibit is free to the public and makes a nice stop over the holidays if you need something to do with the out-of-towners.

Taste of India, COR Museum January 14, 2017

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Citycamp NC 2016 is on September 22-24


Registration for this year’s Citycamp NC is open to the public and once again, I’m helping spread the word about this fantastic unconference. In its sixth year, Citycamp NC continues to get bigger and this time will be in downtown Raleigh at Nash Hall.

CityCamp NC is a three day unconference event focused on innovation and collaboration for municipal governments, community organizations and citizens.The event includes open sourced talks, workshops, and hands-on problem solving to re-imagine the way the web, applications, technology, and participation will shape the future of NC cities.

The final list of speakers is still being finalized but to give you a hint of what to expect, the event will include:

  • Public CIO Panel who will include representatives from Wake County, Raleigh, Greensboro
  • Amy Gaskins, Panopticon Global, formerly of MetLife and NOAA
  • J Erik Garr, Google Fiber

From the inspiring lightning talks during the first night all the way to through the weekend sprints, it’s always been an active and energetic event. Let me know if I can answer any questions that you may have.

2016 Citycamp NC

Date/Time: Thurs., Sept. 22 to Sat. Sept. 24
Nash Hall
108 S Blount Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
Register here

Artsplosure Starts on May 20

This year, Artsplosure is taking place May 20-22 in downtown Raleigh. The 37-year-old “art for all” festival will, as always, be free and aims to have something for everyone. Between the Fayetteville Street Art Market and the Moore Square festival area, there will be plenty taking place that weekend.

The stage on Fayetteville Street will feature performances each night including Futurebirds, Zack Mexico, Doyle Bramhall II, and Sonny Landreth. There will be plenty of other performances throughout the day on both stages on Fayetteville Street and Moore Square.

As you wander around the event, be on the look out for the artlets. These pop-up artistic experiences will be seen around each cross street along Fayetteville Street and should get you stopping to watch.

Moore Square will have Art Putt open all weekend. Each hole was creatively designed by local artists and you can experience them by putting through all nine holes.

Does anyone know all of Raleigh’s sister cities? At Artsplosure, you can see art inspired by the cultures from each of those cities. They are:

  • Xiangyang, China
  • Compiegne, France
  • Rostock, Germany
  • Nairobi, Kenya
  • Hull, UK

Kidsplosure will be just as great as always this year. It includes a variety of activities and crafts for children to play and learn from. It all starts on Saturday May 21 with performances by Meredith College’s Suzuki Violin group, One Tribe Drum Circle and lots of other talent from around the Triangle.

For me, there will be the hundreds of stalls showcasing local art and crafts to walk around and look at. There are always the nicest artists from around North Carolina with their crafts. With great May weather, it’s a great time to be in downtown Raleigh and “window” shop.

For all the details, check out the event at raleighartsfestival.com

Artsplosure 2016

Fayetteville St. Art Market and City Plaza Stage:

  • Friday, May 20: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 21: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Sunday: May 22: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Moore Square and Park Stage:

  • Saturday, May 21: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Sunday: May 22: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Brewgaloo and Time Warp Take Over Downtown Raleigh This Saturday

Time Warp 2016

As an effort to go back to my roots and promote more quality events in downtown Raleigh, I wanted to make sure readers were aware of two big ones this weekend.

First, the City of Raleigh Museum’s annual event, Time Warp, is taking place this Saturday night. Yours truly will be there working the event a bit and if you have not yet bought a ticket, you can now take a look at the final plans and auction items.

The museum will be taken over by supporters enjoying live music as well as food and drink from local businesses. The past events have really been a good time so I hope you will consider it. As a member of this year’s board, we’re hoping to meet our fundraising goal to support the opening of new exhibits.

Next, an event that’s glazed in local is Shop Local Raleigh’s Brewgaloo, the beer festival that is taking over Fayetteville Street this Friday and Saturday. It’s become the largest North Carolina Beer festival and is the perfect opportunity to try all things NC craft beer.


Lots of Raleigh cred is gained from going to both events. Cheers!

Glenwood Faire Starts on Sunday, April 17

The Glenwood South Neighborhood Collaborative is inviting everyone to their first of an ongoing event called Glenwood Faire. The neighborhood event combines food from Glenwood South restaurants as well as volunteer and activity groups all around a fantastic social setting.

The event takes place at Babylon and tickets get you food from 10 restaurants. Buying your ticket in advance is the best option as it is only $10, while door tickets cost $15.

Glenwood Faire

Date/Time: Sun., April 17 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
309 North Dawson Street
Raleigh, NC 27603
Buy Tickets Here

More than simply a “taste of” event, Glenwood Faire aims to create collisions between people in order to build stronger ties in and around the neighborhood. The GSNC has a proven track record of doing such things around creative projects so extending it to food is a great project.

These regular opportunities to join each other at quarterly parties are sure to promote the kind of relationships that make this neighborhood a unique model for downtown life.

Read more about the event on the Raleigh Downtown Living Advocates.

Time Warp 2016 Rolls Back to the 1950s at the COR Museum

Time Warp 2016

The City of Raleigh (COR) Museum’s biggest party of the year, Time Warp, is coming up and I want to invite all readers to save the date for April 23. This past year, I have joined the Friends of the COR Museum and am helping with raising awareness of the museum and working towards enhancing the membership experience.

I’m having a great time working with passionate folks on the board and I think the best way you can support our city’s museum is to come to Time Warp. There will be food, drinks, music, and an auction, all around a 1950s theme.

You can find out more information as the event team releases it at this page: Time Warp 2016.

Let me know if you’re coming. The toughest decision for Time Warp? Letterman or leather jacket, fellas?

2016 Time Warp

Date/Time: Sat., April 23 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
COR Museum
220 Fayetteville Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601