Raleigh Arts Preview: 4 Best Things To Do This Fall

The International Bluegrass Music Association festival returns to downtown Raleigh September 30-October 1. Photo courtesy of Rob Laughter/Visit Raleigh

Autumn is near, which also means the return of outdoor festivals that won’t leave you sunburned and sweaty (hopefully).

Here’s our fall arts preview guide.

1. Discover a festival

The International Bluegrass Music Association festival returns to downtown Raleigh September 30-October 1.

  • For two days, the bluegrass festival takes over several parts of downtown, with free shows on several blocks, a music retailer showroom and food vendor blocks.
  • The festival includes performances at the Red Hat Amphitheater, headlined by The Jerry Douglas Band and The Infamous Stringdusters.

Zoom out: If blue grass isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other festivals and events going on.

2. Go classic

The North Carolina Symphony Orchestra, one of our state’s great artistic treasures, heads into 2022-23 with Carlos Miguel Prieto in his first year as full-time music director.

  • The symphony opens with three performances of “Pictures at an Exhibition”, from September 22 to 24. The first night is at Memorial Hall in Chapel Hill, followed by two nights at the Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh. Tickets.

A few highlights the rest of the season, all at Meymandi.

  • Oct. 14-15: Heroic Beethoven
  • Oct. 21-22: Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2
  • October 28-29: The Music of Harry Potter
  • November 4-5: Barber Violin Concerto, with conductor Grant Llewellyn and violinist Geneva Lewis
  • Nov. 18-19: Kongold Violin Concerto, with conductor Johannes Debus and violinist Blake Pouliot
  • November 23: The Polar Express
violin performance
Photo: Courtesy of the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra.
3. Listen to live music

Here are 10 concerts worth seeing this fall.

  • Nas and Wu-Tang Clan at Coastal Credit Union Music Park in Raleigh on September 17.
  • Raleigh Indie Legends The Connells at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro on September 17.
  • Farm Aid Festival – featuring Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews and Chris Stapleton, among others – at Coastal Credit Union Music Park in Raleigh on September 24.
  • Raleigh hip-hop group Kooley High performs at the Pour House in Raleigh on October 1.
  • The North Carolina folk group Watchouse at the NC Museum of Art on October 1.
  • Father John Misty at the Durham Performing Arts Center on October 8.
  • Pusha T at the Ritz in Raleigh on October 19.
  • Turnpike Troubadours at the Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh on Oct. 28.
  • Plains, the duo of Katie Crutchfield and Jess Williamson of Waxahatchee, at the Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw on November 7.
musicians perform on stage in front of yellow light beams
Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and Method Man perform during the 2022 Essence Culture Festival. Photo: Erika Goldring/Getty Images.
4. Relax with yoga at the NC Museum of Art

Remember to take time to slow down this season.

Details: Head to the NC Museum of Art’s Lotus Pond on October 20 for “Mindful Museum: Outdoor Yoga.”

  • NCMA hosts events throughout the fall designed to encourage mindfulness and engage in art using all of our senses. Other events include sensory journeys, slow art exhibits, and tai chi.
sculptures in a park
Photo: Courtesy of the NC Museum of Art.

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