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Your Guide to Hopscotch Music Festival in Downtown Raleigh

When you’re attending a music festival, the last thing you want to feel is stress about where to park, what to eat, or who can help you out. Avoid the headache and let us guide you through this experience attending Hopscotch Music Festival in Downtown Raleigh.

Photo Credit: Garrett Poulos

Since 2010, Hopscotch has taken place in the heart of downtown and attracted visitors from across the country. It’s a vibrant and community-centered celebration of music, art, and culture that blends local flavor with nationally-recognized acts.

The festival is widely known for its diverse lineup with genres ranging from punk to hip-hop and everything in between (plus some standup comedy). Household names such as Denzel Curry, Pavement, and Japanese Breakfast–to name a few–play alongside independent NC-based artists going big like TiaCorine and Truth Club.

Didn’t get tickets? Don’t sweat it! Get in on the Hopscotch fun at one of the 20+ free day parties in Downtown Raleigh

“We Dance” - Pavement | Bars & Nightlife

Order a drink (or two) at one of these watering holes located inside, or near, the festival footprint. Some of these spots are also club venues or day party locations for the festival! Learn how you can enjoy alcoholic beverages while walking around the city in the Sip N' Stroll Downtown social district. 

Alive Bar + Lounge

The Anchor Bar

The Berkeley Cafe

Fox Liquor Bar

The Hippo Wine Bar + Shop

House of Art

Landmark Tavern

Neptunes Parlour

Ruby Deluxe

Social Club 112

Slim's Downtown


“Many Mirrors” - Alvvays | Shopping

Grab any last-minute clothing, shoes, or accessories for your festival fit to make sure you’re looking fresh.

Black Friday Market

Boot & Trunk



Munjo Munjo

The Green Monkey


Social Status

Unorthodox Vintage

“Main Menu” - Japanese Breakfast | Dining

Fuel your body through the long festival days at these downtown eateries.

Amitie Macaron ⎻ French style pastries and sandwiches 

The Big Easy ⎻ Cajun and Creole dishes

Budacai ⎻ Asian-fusion bites and boba

Chido Taco ⎻ Counter service taquería

Crema ⎻ Breakfast and lunch cafe

Element Gastropub ⎻ Plant-based pub foods

El Rodeo ⎻ Classic Mexican food 

Mustang House ⎻ Authentic Indian and Nepalese cuisine 

ORO Restaurant & Lounge ⎻ Surf & turf with international spice

The Pizza Times ⎻ Fast casual pizza whole or by the slice

Sono ⎻ Japanese sushi spot

Transfer Co. Food Hall ⎻ 9 local eateries & bars inside a food hall

Vic's Italian Cafe ⎻ Old-world style Italian pizza & pasta 

“Ultimate” - Denzel Curry | Arts & Entertainment

Stay entertained and have fun during your downtime exploring the city. 


Boxcar Bar and Arcade

CAM Raleigh

Epic Axe

Lump Projects Gallery

Original Selfie Museum

Side Quest Game Lounge and Bar

“Transport is Arranged” - Pavement | Getting Around

DTR Ambassadors 

The Downtown Raleigh Ambassadors are on the job 7 days a week and are trained to ensure that all downtown visitors have a welcoming, safe experience.

All of our Ambassadors proactively engage the community by providing the following services:

  • Direction and way-finding assistance
  • Motorist assistance
  • Safety escorts to and from any location in downtown
  • Special event safety and information
  • Quality of life assistance and outreach
  • Aggressive panhandling and suspicious activity observation and reporting

To request assistance from an Ambassador, please call the hotline at 919-368-7962