It’s fall y’all. The long, hot days of summer are officially behind us and now it’s time for crunchy leaves, foggy mornings, and the musky-sweet smell of autumn air.
As the oak trees that line our streets start turning shades of orange and red, you’re probably wondering how you can embrace the season of change when you’re spending time in Downtown Raleigh. So we compiled a list of things to eat, buy, and try that celebrate this enchanting time of year and support local businesses at the same time.
Now raise your PSLs, and let’s cheers to the end of triple-digit temperatures and the start of cozy nights, festive food & drinks, exciting events, and Halloween celebrations.
Anne’s Apothecary – The drier weather can be harsh on your skin so take care of it with the Pumpkin Enzymatic Resurfacing Mask and other seasonal skincare products.
Bella Vita Home + Lifestyle – Pick up everything you need to give your space that snug, autumn ambiance such as the Carolina Campfire Candle.
So & So Books – Nothing is better than cozying up with a good read on a chilly day, especially if it’s a thrilling ghost story.
Raleigh Denim Workshop + Curatory – Nothing completes an outfit better than a pair of jeans that fit just right, so elevate your cold-weather wardrobe with tailor-made denim.
Crude Bitters & The Bittery – Elevate your dinner parties with festive cocktails using the earthy Crude Cherry-Clove-Cinnamon bitters.
North Street Beer Station – Grab a pack (or two) of craft, autumn brews like NoDa Brewing’s Pumpkin Ale for football Sundays.
Logan's One Stop Garden Shop – Get your garden ready for the colder months by picking up some fall-planted bulbs or bring the greenery inside with a custom arrangement.
Food & Drink
Layered Croissanterie – The bakery’s October menu is quirky, thematic, and inspired by Halloween movies like the delicious Carrie donut that “bleeds” spiked raspberry purée.
The Fiction Kitchen – Their revamped menu incorporates warmer flavors including dishes like the ginger-teriyaki grits made using seasonal produce with a spicy kick.
Short Walk Wines – Relish in the cool weather on Short Walk’s breezy, outdoor patio and have a Hallo-wine sampling on Tasting Thursday with your friends.
42 & Lawrence – 42 & Lawrence is offering spicetacular drink specials ranging from chai tea to hot apple cider, but the pumpkin spice latte is always a classic choice.
lucettegrace – Switch up your typical lunch order and try the fig walnut macaron with a cup of creamy tomato soup to warm you up on more chilly afternoons.
Raleigh Raw Juice Bar and Cafe – Head over to W. Hargett St. and get the Pumpkin Patch parfait, a satisfying treat from their fall menu that features clean, fresh autumnal flavors.
Events & Activities
Fridays, October 15th–November 12th
Every Friday night, we're bringing you an evening of movie magic with pre-show entertainment before full-length screenings of popular musical films outside in the park.
Restaurants throughout Downtown Raleigh will be offering specials and limited-time menu items during Restaurant Week.
October 23rd–January 17th, 2022
View 35 original costumes from the hit show Downton Abbey that exemplify the best of Edwardian era style and the show’s pop culture influence.
Take a walk over to the locally beloved Oakwood Halloween House at 504 Oakwood Ave to view the scary, oftentimes humorous, decorations that cover the historical home every year.
Saturday, October 30th from 10am–3pm
Trick or treat your family to a Halloween celebration featuring spooky activities, live performances, and a costume contest.
Thursday, October 28th & Friday, October 29th from 5:30–7pm
Dig deeper into Raleigh’s dark past during this interactive, 30-minute walking tour that brings to life historical accounts of true crime around Downtown.
October 14th–31st at various times
Carolina Ballet is performing The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and other supernatural stories for live audiences in the Fletcher Opera Theater.