Can you believe it’s already mid-November? The holidays are just around the corner, and there are some great upcoming Triangle events to uplift your spirits! From the annual antiques show to the Raleigh Christmas Parade to Cranksgiving, this weekend has plenty of fun for everyone.


Raleigh Antique Extravaganza

Raleigh Antique Extravaganza: Friday, November 20th – Sunday, November 22nd

If you enjoy searching for antique treasures, then the Raleigh Antique Extravaganza is for you! Held at the Exposition Center at the NC State Fairgrounds, this show is in its 38th year and will include more than 100 exhibitors, hailing from Florida to New England and everywhere in between. Enjoy convenient, free parking and browse through pieces that will take you back in time.

Cost: $6.50 per day; $7.50 for a weekend pass

Schedule: Friday – 10am-6pm; Saturday – 10am-5pm; Sunday – 11am-5pm

Click here to learn more!


Raleigh Christmas Parade

71st Annual Raleigh Christmas Parade: Saturday, November 21st

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Get all geared up for the Christmas season by joining thousands of people from around the Triangle at the 71st Annual Raleigh Christmas Parade. The fun begins on Hillsborough Street at 9:40am and lasts approximately two and a half hours with floats, marching bands, dancers, singers, and characters galore. Of course, no Christmas parade would be complete without the main event: Santa Claus! This holiday event has been a tradition for many families throughout the years and proves to become bigger, brighter, and merrier throughout the years.

Click here to download a Raleigh Christmas Parade map. Click here to view more information.

If you can’t make it out in person, be sure to tune in to WRAL-TV or UNC-TV from 10am-12pm on the day of the parade or on Christmas morning.



Oaks & Spokes Cranksgiving: Sunday, November 22nd – 1-4:30pm

Oaks & Spokes, an organization dedicated to growing the bicycling community and culture of Raleigh, is hosting their 2nd Annual Cranksgiving Bike Ride. This is a Food Drive Bike Ride in which participants will go on a self-guided grocery ride to collect food donations to support the Raleigh Rescue Mission. After the ride and donation collection, everyone will gather at Crank Arm Brewing Company for the weigh-in of their collected items and an after party.

This ride is free to attend, but riders should anticipate bringing the following items:

 A bike or tricycle

 A lock to secure your bike while shopping

 A bag or backpack to hold the items you purchase

 $15-$20 to buy donation items

Registration begins at 1pm on the day of the ride at Crank Arm Brewing Company. Click here for more information.