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Raleigh 'Oaks & Spokes Fest' celebrates bikes with fashion, film

Posted May 1
Updated May 3

Credit: Oaks & Spokes

Oaks & Spokes will host its fifth annual bike festival May 5-14 with active cycling events incorporating art, film, fashion and more.

The festival spans over ten days with events taking place at multiple venues and trails in and around downtown Raleigh.

All Oaks & Spokes events are family-friendly and suitable for bikers of all abilities. That means you don't have to be an athlete to participate! The events are designed to promote community and fun, get people outdoors and educate riders about cycling safety.

Here's the full schedule of events and dates.

May 5

Capital City Bike Ride - Mingle with your local government officials during this short bike ride. Meet at the Dorothea Dix Soccer Park at 8 a.m., travel along low-stress streets and greenways and finish at the State Capitol Building where light refreshments will be served.

Raleigh Bikes Art Show - At 6 p.m., this First Friday event takes place at the Morning Times, where local cycling enthusiasts will display bike related art, including paintings, photos, sculpture, sketches, prints and crafts.

May 6

Marbles Bike Rodeo - This is a fun, family friendly event where kids can learn or practice bike skills and safety. Stop by for a variety of activities and bike themed fun, including safety demonstrations, five-point maintenance checks and helmet fittings, three-part communication cycling track, healthy snack stations, Bike Bling, a children’s bike swap and more.

Bike MS Picnic & Ride - This event will feature a 25 mile greenway ride as well as an 8 mile Grocery Grab Tour. Both routes will begin and end in Anderson Point Park with a group picnic.

May 7

7 Murals + 7 Stories! - This slow afternoon ride between seven of Raleigh’s amazing murals starts at the Cardinal Bar and end at King’s for 7 Stories, a monthly story-telling event where seven individuals each tell a story based on a central theme.

May 8

Bike-In Movie - See a movie at Mission Valley Cinema at this annual bike-in. This year’s cinematic offering is Wadjda, the story of a 10-year-old Saudi Arabian girl who challenges deep-rooted Saudi traditions in a determined quest to buy a bicycle. Concessions will be available through Mission Valley, in addition to bike-powered smoothies and beer from Trophy Brewing.

May 9

City Market Ride - This is a casual cruise around the outskirts of downtown Raleigh followed by pizza and socializing at Vic’s Restaurant & Pizzeria.

May 10

Light Up the Night Ride - Deck your bike out in lights for this nighttime ride. After, wind down at Crank Arm Brewing with refreshments, local brews and a bike light giveaway.

May 11

Raleigh Bike Polo Rookie Invite Night - Riders of all ages and skill levels are welcome to learn about the exciting, fast-paced game that is bike polo. There will be mixed level matches, mini-games, music and BBQ! Meet at Tarboro Road Community Center at 6 p.m.

May 12

Bike Fashion Show - Come out to Dorothea Dix Campus to watch fabulous local cyclists model their most fashion-forward yet practical outfits for cycling to work, the park, the store or to a night out on the town. Singles, couples, and families will show off styles from their own closets, while local merchants and designers will model their bike-friendly wares and designs.

May 13

Raleigh Cat Race - Race for fun — or for glory — the choice is yours! The finish line will be at Drink Drank Drunk with prizes and an after party to follow.

May 14

CycloFemme Ride - This Mother's Day event is a nationally recognized movement bringing together woman cyclists of all skill levels for a ride of celebration. This ride will be about 8 miles and will be “No Drop” meaning no rider will be left behind. The event will end with a picnic.

For more details about individual events or the festival as a whole, check out the event website.


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