Moore Square Park

Last updated Jun. 19, 2019 - 12:26 pm
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Since 1792, Moore Square Park has been a place of gathering, reflection, entertainment, and recreation for the citizens of Raleigh. The four-acre downtown urban green space was originally conceived as one of five public green spaces for the City of Raleigh.

Moore Square Park is currently closed for construction. It is anticipated to open in Summer 2019.
Moore Square Park is currently closed for construction. It is anticipated to open in Summer 2019.

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Moore Square Grand Opening Celebration August 3

Moore Square Grand Opening

Your downtown park is right around the corner!

Join us on Saturday, Aug. 3 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the Moore Square Park Grand Opening Celebration! The event will feature lots of activities that highlight the unique programs and events planned for Moore Square. There will be vendors, entertainers, activities, and Moore!

Artsplosure will be curating an art market and a hands-on project by Kid Lab will be on display. The mainstage performances will include Raleigh Rockers, Oak City Voices, Sandbox Band, Shiloh Hill and Ellis Dyson and the Shambles. Come see all of the new features of the park and enjoy a fun day out with the family! *Dedication ceremony to be announced.

The celebration isn't limited to just one day! We're celebrating all week long with a ton of programs and events! See the full event calendar here.

Park Overview

Director: Jenna Kostka Program and Events Manager: Amanda Fletcher

Visitor’s Center:
226 E. Martin St. Raleigh, NC 27601

  • Park Location: 200 S. Blount St. Raleigh, NC 27601

  • Boundaries: The square is bordered by East Martin Street to the south, South Person Street to the east, East Hargett Street to the north, and South Blount Street to the west.

  • Visitor’s Center: When the park opens in Summer 2019, the visitor’s center will feature a history exhibit detailing the historic significance of the Square and surrounding district to the city of Raleigh and a gift shop featuring local Raleigh goods and unique Moore Square souvenirs.

  • Total Acreage: 4 acres

Events and Programs Calendar


View the Full Event Calendar Here.


Moore Square is committed to providing innovative, creative, and exciting programs that enhance and exemplify the mission, vision, and values for the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department. Moore Square offers a variety of programs ranging from small programs, medium and large special events.

Our programs and events fall under the following categories:

  • Move Moore! - Wellness programming that engages all ages, levels, and backgrounds. Examples include: Shape Up! Fitness series, Yoga Classes, Moore Square Market.

  • Moore Kids! - Programs geared towards families with children. Examples include: Giant Game Nights, Children’s Vendor Fairs, Children’s Reading Hour, Wonder Create Explore series

  • Moore Square Live! - Programming that brings people together to enjoy the park and be entertained. Examples include: Moore Buskers, Play Moore Music Festival, Roaring Raleigh Lawn Party, Raleigh Rockers Breakdancing Demonstrations, Movies @ Moore

  • Create Moore! - Programs that encompass the exciting arts and cultural experiences that make Downtown Raleigh a thriving and inviting place. Examples include: Art Cart, Culture Pop Ups, Handmade Holiday Market

  • Tell Me Moore! - Programs that expand the mind and educate on current events, history and a variety of other topics. Examples include: Book Cart, lecture series, History tours, Raleigh Roots History Festival, Moore Square exhibit


Make sure to subscribe to the Moore Square Communications to stay up to date on all the exciting changes, programs, and events coming to Moore Square via email.

Moore Square Market

Moore Square Market Vendor

NOTICE: The Moore Square Market is cancelled for Wednesday, June 19, 2019 due to inclement weather.

The downtown Farmers Market is on the move! The Downtown Raleigh Alliance, in collaboration with Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources is delighted to announce the new and improved downtown market is going back to its roots and moving to Moore Square for the 2019 season.

The Moore Square Market will take place June 5 and will run through October 16, every Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For the month of June, the market will be located in historic City Market. When Moore Square Park opens this summer, the market will move to the park's Martin Street Plaza.

The market planning team is currently taking vendor applications for the 2019 season for farmers, artisans and non-profit organizations. Full schedule, vendor listing and theme weeks to be announced.


Moore Square Busker Series (Street Performers)

Moore Square Busker

Got talent??

Moore Square is now taking applications for its daily downtown busker series!

Entertainers can include musicians, singers, magicians, artists, jugglers and more!

Street performers will add vibrancy to this popular public space. The series will take place in the newly renovated Moore Square Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Entertainers are asked to review the guidelines before applying. Selected applicants will be asked to attend an in-person audition.

After completing the audition, selected performers will be notified of the series schedule and their individual performance dates.

Apply today! 


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Step Two: Buskers must attend an “audition”. The auditions will be scheduled
in advance and will take place at the Moore Square Visitors Center.
Step Three: Approved applicants will be issued a Moore Square Busker permit
which must be displayed while busking.
Busker Program
Step Four: Buskers will be scheduled and notified of performance slots.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Moore Square encourages corporate, private and non-profit sponsorship and partnership opportunities. As a sponsor for Moore Square, we believe in customizing a sponsorship opportunity that works for you. From branding and marketing opportunities to corporate giving, we have a broad selection of opportunities that include attaching your name to a single program, a special event, or a series of events and programs. Be an active contributor to Raleigh’s dynamic and innovative downtown cultural landscape and quality of life!

For more information, please review our Sponsorship Prospectus.

Contact Information:

Jenna Kostka
Moore Square Director
Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department

Jenna Kostka
Moore Square Director
Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources

Moore Square Rentals

Moore Square Rental Locations

Moore Square offers a variety of rental opportunities from small gatherings to large events. Available rental locations include:

  • Central Lawn
  • Central Plaza
  • Martin Plaza
  • Hargett Room
  • Blount Room

For more information regarding rentals and rates, please review our rental guide. To book a rental or event, please contact Amanda Fletcher 919-996-6485.

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