Fall Bucket List in Downtown Raleigh

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It’s the first week of fall y’all. Each city has its own particular things to do for each season and we’ve found some of the best things to do in Raleigh this fall. So grab your chunky sweaters; here’s the roundup on sports, scary movies, fave fall foods and pumpkin everything. 
The first thought on a lot of minds when the weather turns cooler — food.
“I’m looking forward to trying local restaurants,” said William Peace University freshman Jenna Moebs. 
Downtown Raleigh can definitely satisfy your appetite with plenty of delicious local options to choose from, including a newly opened Poole’side Pies from James Beard Award winning chef, Ashley Christensen.
Of course cooler weather also demands warmer drinks. Whether you’re looking for the perfect setting for a casual date or just a chill place to study for midterms, there are plenty of unique cafes and coffee shops to check out. Head over to Sir Walter Coffee and  get “creatively caffeinated” with their dirty chai latte. 
Or if you prefer enjoying snacks with your caffeine, charm your taste buds with the wickedly popular pumpkin creme brulee at Bittersweet or the Brussels-style waffles at Benelux Coffee.  
Of course we can’t talk about food and not talk about tailgating and fall sports. Even if sports aren’t your jam, it’s still a fun time to grab your friends and grill and cheer on the local college teams. Oct. 10 and Nov. 9, NC State will be playing home games against Syracuse University and Clemson University.  If football still isn’t your thing, the Carolina Hurricanes kick off the 2019-2020 hockey season on Oct. 3. 
Every fall, the N.C. State Fair always promises a good time with delicious foods and all kinds of entertaining shows to check out. This year, the fair will be from Oct. 17 to Oct. 27, so be sure to grab tickets and check out more details in our upcoming article about the fair. 
As we say goodbye to the blistering summer heat, more people seem to venture outside and enjoy the brisk air. 
“I just like to go downtown to check out new artists or just walk around exploring with friends,” said WPU junior Deja Carter. 
Even just aimlessly exploring, downtown offers plenty to do, see and enjoy. Soak in art, dance, photography and other mediums during First Friday with participating downtown venues, or quench your thirst at any of the countless bars and breweries. 
Trophy Brewing, Cloud Brewing and Crank Arm Brewing are just three of many – all within walking distance of each other and all with delicious beer. If you prefer sipping and swirling wine over beer, North Hills will be putting on their fifth annual wine festival Oct. 26 from 12-6pm. 
And of course cooler weather overall means the holidays are on the way. Get into the spooky spirit with outdoor scary movie showings at Dix Park, or head over to the Alamo Drafthouse for their annual scary movie marathon on Oct. 26. There will also be a Nightmare on Elm Street party on Oct. 29 and 30. 
If you’d rather skip over the horror and gore, put on your jingle bells for Raleigh’s seventy-fifth annual Christmas parade happening Nov. 23, right in time to start putting together your holiday wish list.

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