Raleigh Events: Creativity, Beer, and Innovation

Summer is winding down and schools are starting back up but there are still things to celebrate in the local events scene of Raleigh! Creative Mornings is a great way to jump-start your Friday morning and hear some incredible stories. And if you’re looking to experience a taste of the emerging craft brewing scene, Raleigh Beer Week has some great events planned until August 31st. Or if you’re thinking it’s time to re-connect with the local community and meet others interested in making the city of Raleigh the best it can be, the Innovate Raleigh Summit may be a great opportunity for you.


Creative Mornings

CreativeMornings Raleigh logoA monthly event hosted at the Contemporary Art Museum in downtown Raleigh, Creative Mornings is a “breakfast lecture series for the creative community”. Hosted in multiple cities throughout the world, each event features a speaker and a suggested topic. This month’s topic is failure, and Friday’s speaker is Christmas Abbott, a business owner, CrossFit competitor, Olympic Lifter, Head Trainer and most recently a NASCAR pit crew front tire changer. Happening on Friday, August 28th, the event is free but registration is required as space is limited. You can also watch videos from past speakers online for on-the-spot inspiration.


Raleigh Beer WeekRaleigh Beer Week 2014 logo

August 24 – 31 is a celebration of all things beer, with events being held throughout Raleigh, from plenty of special tastings to a 5-course dinner with beer pairings. A few of the events feature the brewers themselves, perfect for those of you into the science as well as the taste of craft brews. This is a great opportunity to experience rare and limited-edition pours from some of the best breweries in the Triangle and beyond. Most of the events are free and open to the public but a few may require an upfront payment and/or reservation, so check out the website for more details.


Innovate Raleigh Summit

Innovate-Raleigh-logoLooking for some inspiration or great networking opportunities? The upcoming Innovate Raleigh Summit on September 10th may be exactly what you’re looking for. The event brings together community thinkers to discuss ways to catalyze innovation efforts in the region and this year’s topics are: 1. Healthy cities, healthy entrepreneur 2. How can entrepreneurs be city influencers? 3. The underbelly of entrepreneurship. Featuring talks from people such as Lyle Estill, founder of Piedmont Biofuels, and Troy Henikoff, managing director of Chicago’s TechStars, attending is only $50 for the full day and you can register for the event online.