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History is Happening! Upcoming October Events

News posted Sep. 23, 2019 - 7:00 am
Fife and drum players

Fall is here! The City of Raleigh Historic Resources and Museums Program is celebrating throughout October with tours and spooktacular events. Jump into some history this month at one of our events listed below!

Exhibit Opening: “A Delicious Country”
City of Raleigh Museum
Friday, Oct. 4, 6 to 9 p.m.

Explorer John Lawson trekked through the Carolina colony in 1701, recording all he saw. Three centuries later, Raleigh journalist, Scott Huler, followed his trail documenting what had changed and what remained the same. Their journeys are featured in a new exhibit, A Delicious Country, at the City of Raleigh Museum.

A Community’s Legacy: African American History Walking Tour
City of Raleigh Museum
Saturday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m.

Join us for a guided walking tour as we explore the rich African American history along the streets of downtown Raleigh. From stories of entrepreneurs, triumphs, and tragedy, you will discover the legacy of the men and women who lived, worked, and help make Raleigh what it is today. Co-Sponsored by the Friends of the City of Raleigh Museum. Click here for more information about purchasing tickets.

Raleigh Roots History Festival
Moore Square
Saturday, Oct. 12, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This inaugural festival is produced by the City of Raleigh’s Historic Resources and Museums program. It is a celebration of the rich history of the founding and creation of North Carolina’s Capital City. The event will feature living history that includes a loom, a blacksmith, cooking demonstrations and a Revolutionary War encampment. In addition, there will be a kid’s zone, old-fashioned games, free carriage rides and vendors. Main stage performers will include the Tryon Palace Fife & Drum Corps, Sir Walter Raleigh, Jonkonnu dancers the musical stylings of Ken Bloom.

Haunted Trolley
Mordecai Historic Park
Oct. 18, 19, 25, & 26, 6:45 to 8:45 pm

Jump on board the Haunted Trolley, if you dare, for a special late-night tour of downtown Raleigh's most haunted places. You never know who you might meet along the way! The trolley departs from Mordecai Historic Park. Advanced registration is recommended. Tickets are non-refundable. Call 919.996.4364 for tickets and information.

Oak City Architecture Tour
City of Raleigh Museum
Saturday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m.

Come join us for an in-depth walking tour of some outstanding architecture near Fayetteville Street! The tour will cover several buildings in the downtown area, ranging from classic 19th Century storefronts to futuristic banks and everything in between. Learn about the unique decisions and choices made by the builders that made our city look the way it appears today! Co-Sponsored with the Friends of the City of Raleigh Museum. Click here for more information about purchasing tickets.

Face Your Fears 3 All Aboard the Zombie Train
Pullen Park Amusements
Friday, Oct. 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Work with your team to help find the cure for a deadly “brain eating” virus and survive a zombie infested train ride. This program is free and is geared to teens aged 12- 15. Pre-registration required by October 23, 2019. Register online via RecLink using the barcode #251617.

The Blood Beneath - Haunted Lantern Tours
Mordecai Historic Park
Oct. 25 & 26, 6 to 8 p.m.

"The Blood Beneath,” is an interactive theatrical experience that will take you on a journey through the past. As you move through the grounds of the Mordecai Historic Park, you will encounter fictional characters caught in a dark cycle of tragedy and revenge. Can you help them find their way back to the light? The Blood Beneath is a haunting reminder that some truths refuse to stay buried. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Tickets are nonrefundable. Participants should be comfortable walking and standing for up to 30 minutes. Call 919-996-4364 for more information.

Roaring Raleigh Lawn Party
Moore Square
Oct. 26, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Go back in time to the Jazz Age at Raleigh’s inaugural Roaring Raleigh Lawn Party this Fall. This unique 1920s and 1930s inspired event will feature dance performances and lessons, roving entertainers, model T cars, vintage clothing vendors and more. Local favorites, Mint Julip Jazz Band will headline the main stage. Russ Wilson will DJ, the barbershop quartet, Never 4 Home will perform and the NC Youth Tap Ensemble will show off their dancing talents. Attendees are encouraged to dress in 1920’s attire. There will prizes for best dressed and best picnic set up. Food and beverages will be available for purchase on site.

Haunted Festival
Mordecai Historic Park
Oct. 26, 1 to 4 p.m.

Enjoy an afternoon of Halloween-themed fun including food, music, games, and crafts on the lawn at Mordecai Historic Park. There will be costume contests for kids up to 16 years old beginning at 1 p.m. Paranormal investigation group the Ghost Guild will be on site to reveal their findings from the Mordecai House and answer your questions. This event is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary. Call 919-996-4364 for information.

Dark Raleigh
City of Raleigh Museum
Oct. 28 & 29, 6:30, 7:30, & 8:30 p.m.

Behind the history of Raleigh’s great statemen and leaders lies a dark and troubled past. The Friends of the City of Raleigh Museum brings to life the stories of the Capital City’s tortured souls in an adults-only interactive walking tour – Dark Raleigh. Three tour times will be provided and will each last one hour. The tour is not advisable for children under 16. Click here for more information about purchasing tickets.

For more information, contact

  • Historic Resources and Museum Program, 919-996-3023
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