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Hopscotch, bluegrass among September 'M.A.I.N.' events

Posted August 1, 2014

Fans enjoy live music during the Hopscotch Music Festival in downtown Raleigh on Saturday September 7, 2013.

— Downtown Raleigh is hoping to attract more than 400,000 people to the area in September with a full slate of events. 

For the second year, the month is dubbed "The M.A.I.N. Event." M.A.I.N. is an acronym, which stands for music, art, innovation and noise. 

On Friday, Mayor Nancy McFarlane announced the full list of 20 events happening next month. Not everything could fit into September, so there are a few events falling just before and after.

“September is the ‘main’ month of the year in terms of major annual events in Downtown Raleigh and becoming even more so every year,” McFarlane said during a press conference. “While each of the September events is unique and has a dedicated following, there is a thread of music, art, innovation and noise connecting them. The resident or visitor who is planning to attend one event will have a great time sampling another in September." 

The full list of events: 

Aug. 30: Ray Price Harley-Davidson Iron Elite
Aug. 30-31: African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh and Wake County
Sept. 3-4: Hopscotch Design Festival
Sept.4-6: Hopscotch Music Festival
Sept. 8-11: Forward Triangle
Sept. 9:  Raleigh Innovation Summit Startup Crawl
Sept. 10: Raleigh Downtown Farmer’s Market Honey Buzztival
Sept. 10: Raleigh Innovation Summit
Sept. 11-14: SPARKcon
Sept. 12: NC DataPalooza
Sept. 19-Jan. 1: Face of Folk: 30 Years of PineCone, City of Raleigh Museum
Sept. 21: La Fiesta del Pueblo
Sept. 26-28: Ray Price Capital City Bikefest
Sept. 26-28: Ray Price Motorsports Expo
Sept. 27-28: cityBuild@Marbles Kids Museum
Sept. 30 – Oct. 4: IBMA’s World of Bluegrass
Sept. 30 – Oct. 2: Business Conference and Bluegrass Ramble
Oct. 2: International bluegrass Music Awards
Oct. 3-4: PNC Presents Wide Open Bluegrass


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  • Dan Abbate Aug 3, 2014
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    Awww, religious republican no happy with people having fun. To bad for you, move back out to the sticks and be with your kind.

  • Java Aug 2, 2014

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    Yeah, gotta watch out for those folks who have gotten into that Bluegrass lifestyle. It'll be the downfall of 'Murica, I tell ya!

  • hollylama Aug 1, 2014

    Lawd forbid people try to hold onto an ounce of culture.

  • proudgrandmomma Aug 1, 2014

    Just what we need, more lewdness and 'alternative" lifestyles, all brought to you from downtown Raleigh, the new 'sin city!!! Smh

  • independent_thinker Aug 1, 2014

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    Like a St Patrick's day parade or Columbus day parade?

  • 37 Aug 1, 2014

    An African American Cultural Festival in August? Right. Nothing says togetherness and unity like constantly setting yourself apart.