November Triangle Area Activities

novemberHey all, here’s a short list of some fun things to do around the Triangle this month. Whether it’s shopping, sports, culture, entertainment or a mix of the four, it’s got a little bit of everything!

Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion

Where: North Carolina Museum of Art

When: October 28, 2017 – January 21, 2018

The North Carolina Museum of Art is a truly special place, with an extensive collection of diverse art, over two miles of art infused outdoor walking trails and temporary exhibits from big names such as M.C Escher, Ansel Adams, Leonardo da Vinci, Porsche and more.

Starting October 28th, NCMA’s newest temporary exhibit, “Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion,” will be open to the public. The exhibit focuses on the 50-year history of the Ebony Fashion Fair (1958–2009), an unparalleled charity fashion show event that redefined the concepts of beauty, style and empowerment for African Americans. Featuring 40 stunning ensembles (gowns, coats, suits), the exhibition includes works by designers such as Christian Dior, Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, and Vivienne Westwood. While this exhibit requires tickets (free for members), the majority of the museum’s exhibits are free to the public.

ebony fashion fair


A Shopping SPREE!

Where: Raleigh Convention Center

When: Wednesday, November 2nd – Sunday, November 5th

A 30 year old Raleigh tradition, A Shopping SPREE is considered the area’s premier and most original shopping event. This annual four-day shopping fundraiser showcases regional and national exhibitors for shoppers seeking the latest in fashion and home decor trends, unique gifts and holiday merchandise. Think everything from kitchen appliances, to apparel, to craft goods and more. Many of the exhibitors are small stores selling unique products that you won’t find anywhere else. This is the perfect event to find unique holiday gifts or treat yourself all while supporting small businesses (many from the Triangle/NC). Check out the preview Gala on the first day for private shopping, tasty hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.

Check out the full list of exhibitors!


First Friday

Where: Downtown Raleigh (event map)

When: Friday, November 3rd, 6 pm-9 pm

First Friday is a free self-guided tour of downtown’s cutting edge cultural hot spots. Local art galleries, art studios, alternative art venues, and museums stay open late the first Friday of every month to welcome thousands of art-seeking enthusiasts downtown. There are also plenty of special offers by participating restaurants and retailers. Participating venues will often have a First Friday Flag and there will be a detailed map/guide available at each location. On top of all that there’s also live music throughout the event.

Here’s a complete list of participating venues and a list of events and exhibits. Three featured exhibits at this month’s first Friday are the works of Ghany Belmacchi at The Mahler Fine Art gallery, Sisters XI at Local Color Gallery and Guardians of the Forst at Tipping Paint Gallery.

There is plenty of downtown parking in decks and on the street. Once parked don’t worry about driving from spot to spot, instead take a Raleigh Rickshaw or the R-LINE. The R-LINE is a FREE bus that circles through downtown hot spots every 10-15 minutes.

first friday


Día de los Muertos Celebration

Where: Artspace

When: Saturday November 4, 10am-2pm

Join artists Peter Marin, Cornelio Campos and Pepe Caudillo as Artspace celebrates the rich cultural traditions of Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with a day of collaborative community art making for all ages. Be sure to check out the Día de los Muertaos altar by Peter Marin in Artspace’s lobby.

Artspace is a non-profit visual arts center that aims to facilitate interaction between artists and the community and to encourage community participation in visual arts. Artspace is filled with working artists studios but also functions as a gallery, event space and much more. Check out a list of classes and and events on their site! Artspace is also where I had my wedding reception— wonderful place for gatherings with its unique architecture, beautiful floors & of course, great works of art!


Carolina Puppet Theatre presents “The First Thanksgiving”

Where: Holly Springs Cultural Center

When: Tuesday, November 7th, 11:00 am

Carolina Puppet Theatre is a local performing group that puts on interactive shows for young children. Using a variety of puppet styles, the characters come to life with engaging personalities and close interaction with the audience. This performance will feature the group’s take on the classic story of the first Thanksgiving feast between the Pilgrims and Native Americans. The many hand crafted puppets, from Bartlet the superstar to space ships and aliens, are only the beginning of the experience of getting to know a “real live puppet.” Tickets are only $4.64!

carolina puppet theatre


NC Comicon

Where: Durham Convention Center

When: Friday-Sunday, November 10th – 12th

Maybe you’re a lifelong comic con enthusiast, maybe you’ve seen attendees dressed in eye-popping costumes and it’s peaked your curiosity or maybe you just want to try something new. No matter the reason, if you want to attend a comic con, now’s your chance! Have no idea what I’m talking about? That’s okay too, I’m no expert myself. Comic cons or comic conventions, began as a way for fans of comics and creators to come together and interact. These days the events have grown considerably in size, popularity and scope, featuring elements from a range of pop culture and entertainment areas, including film, video games, comics, anime and fantasy novels.

Started in 2010, NC Comicon now takes place twice a year, once in Raleigh in March and again in Durham in November. NCC, as it’s known, has become one of the most prestigious cons in the country, drawing fans and aspiring creators from around the world and regularly featuring all-star creators and guests. NC Comicon is a prime destination for fans and creators of all walks and passions to learn, celebrate, and share in a wide variety of interests, from comics to cosplay, gaming, film, animation, design, and more.


The Night Before Christmas Presented by Carolina Dance Foundation

Where: Fletcher Opera Theater at the Duke Performing Arts Center

When: Saturday, November 11th, 7:00 pm, Sunday, November 12th, 3:00 pm

This whimsical presentation of ballet, jazz and tap dance has become a favorite holiday tradition for many families in the Triangle area. You and your family are sure to enjoy every part of this classic tale complete with visions of sugarplums, tapping reindeer and a variety of life-sized dancing toys. Santa will make a festive appearance, delighting the audience with his latest dance moves.

Bonus: On a completely different note but while we’re on the subject of the Duke Performing Arts Center, the North Carolina Symphony will be putting on a show called “The Music of Star Wars,” in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Star Wars universe. The symphony will play the works of legendary composer John Williams, the most Oscar-nominated man of all time. The Star Wars performance will happen November 10th and 11th. Check here for tickets.


Raleigh Christmas Parade

Where: Begins where Hillsborough Street intersects with St. Mary’s Street and then turns right on Fayetteville Street, ending at the intersection of Fayetteville and Lenoir Street. See link for full route map.

When:  November 18th, 9:40 am

The Raleigh Christmas Parade is the largest Christmas parade between Washington D.C. and Atlanta. You may be wondering why there’s a Christmas parade that takes places before Thanksgiving, let alone in November. The Raleigh Christmas Parade was originally started in November by local businesses in order to get locals thinking about the holiday season and of course spending money. The Parade still focuses on buying local and is put on through the Greater Raleigh Merchants Association’s Shop Local Raleigh initiative. Expect everything you would of any other Christmas parade, just maybe a little sooner.

Xmas Parade


Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair

Where: Cary Senior Center in Bond Park

When: Saturday, November 18, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Arts & crafts lovers will enjoy a lovely shopping experience for unique and one of a kind holiday gifts! The artists are superior and, if you go, you will see some very creative work.  I know two vendors who will be there. Gary Moorehead does woodwork– beautiful, functional wood pieces. Also Carolyn Cobb creates jewelry pieces and she just won 4 blue ribbons at the State Fair for her work.

Refreshments will be sold by the Cary Teen Council.  Make a morning of relaxing shopping and sipping hot coffee all while finding great gifts or decorations that are made with love and care!


Carolina Hurricanes Hockey Fights Cancer Night

Where: PNC Arena

When: Sunday, November 19, 5:00 pm

Raleigh’s professional hockey team, the Carolina Hurricanes, have been an area staple since 1997. Calling PNC Arena home, the Canes brought home the Stanley Cup in 2006 to the cheers of area fans a.k.a Caniacs. Canes games are a great time for all ages and tickets won’t break the bank. November 19th is an especially good time to attend a game as proceeds will be used to support local children’s hospitals, cancer research institutions and cancer awareness and support groups. The Carolina Hurricanes will take on the NY Islanders. Go Canes!


That wraps up our November events, though there’s always more to do in the area than we could ever list. As always, feel free to write us if you have any questions about events that are or aren’t on this list, or if there are any topics you’d like to see discussed in the future. Right now, we’re working on a post that’s more real-estate related and can’t wait to share. Check back soon and thanks for reading!