The third annual Dreamville Festival, hosted by rapper and NC-native J. Cole, is coming to Raleigh April 1st and 2nd. Thousands of fans from across the country will flock to the historic Dorothea Dix Park to watch their favorite musical artists perform live less than 2 miles away from the heart of NC’s capital city: Downtown Raleigh.
Downtown is a convenient and central location for Dreamville attendees to spend their time away from festival grounds. It’s a vibrant center of activity home to a thriving creative culture and small business community.
Dreamville Festival describes itself as a “one-of-a-kind celebration of local culture, food, and art.” So in the spirit of Dreamville’s love for all things local, we put together this guide of unique, locally-owned businesses and attractions for festival-goers visiting Downtown Raleigh.
“Dancing Queen” – Baby Tate
Order a drink (or two) at one of these fun downtown bars & nightlife concepts. Learn how you can enjoy alcoholic beverages while walking around the city in the Sip N' Stroll Downtown social district.
End your long day with a much-needed meal at one of these Downtown Raleigh eateries serving food late into the evening. Need some fuel before the day starts? Check out our list of restaurants serving breakfast.
State of Beer is kicking off Dreamville weekend with an open deck hosted by Oak City Soul from 6-11pm, followed by a DJ set to get you through the evening. While you vibe out to some local DJs, dig through some vinyl record crates.
House of Art is a non-traditional pop-up bar at a historic house across from Moore Square in the heart of downtown Raleigh. They showcase local artists of various talents, which can be experienced through the decor, drinks, music, and events.