If you’re looking for a break from your studies, you will find that there is no shortage of things to do in the Raleigh area throughout the year, and especially in the fall. Raleigh is a vibrant city with a variety of museums, live music venues, and numerous street festivals through out the year. Below are just a few examples, but there are plenty of other events taking place throughout the fall semester. The Visit Raleigh site is a great resource to find other activities and events throughout the Triangle.
SPARKcon is an interdisciplinary creativity, art & design festival where visitors can attend numerous events that showcase SPARKcon’s themes, or SPARKs, including art, music, film, fashion, geek, and circus. SPARKcon will be held from September 17-20th on Fayetteville Street in Downtown Raleigh.
The 30th International Festival of Raleigh
This year the International Festival of Raleigh is celebrating its 30th anniversary from October 9 – 11th at the Raleigh Convention Center. Take a stroll through the Cultural Exhibit Hall, enjoy authentic dance performances, try food from around the globe, and more!
North Carolina State Fair
The North Carolina State Fair is one of the most anticipated events of the year for North Carolinians. Each fall, thousands of people travel from all over the state to enjoy carnival rides, games, fair food, concerts, performances, and more! This year’s fair will take place from October 15 – 25th.
Tickets: On Friday, October 16th the State Fair will offer admission tickets for only $5 with student ID (must be purchased at the gate). To purchase tickets for other days, please see the State Fair’s website. Purchase tickets online in advance to receive a discount.
Transportation: The easiest way to get to the fair from campus is to use public transportation. Free parking is available around the fairgrounds but lots can fill up very quickly. The CAT/Go Raleigh bus operates a special shuttle route along Hillsborough Street for the State Fair.
NCAIE International Leadership Conference for Students
November 13-14th at Durham Technical Community College
Join undergraduate and graduate students from universities and colleges from across the state for a weekend of networking, team building, and presentations on topics including international initiatives, global education, cultural diversity, and student leadership. All students are welcome to attend and/or submit a proposal to present.
For more information on registration, presentation proposals, and scholarships, please visit the NCAIE website.