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Upcoming Date Night Ideas in NC

A Night On The Town In The Triangle

The Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area is quickly becoming a hotbed for pop up events, new festivals, and one-of-a-kind experiences. These events popping up all around town are the perfect opportunities to take out your significant other and get credit for your creative date night idea without having to do much work at all.

Our Southern Bride and Groom Preferred Vendors have some amazing local events coming up at the beginning of fall and we collected the best of the best to share with you. Check out our NC date night ideas and grab your sweetheart for a night to remember!

Events Coming Up in The Triangle

NC Date Night

1. TerraVita Drink & Food Festival

October 18-21st

The Chapel Hill, NC-based festival, now in its eighth year, offers exceptional dinners, tasting events, after parties, chef demos as well as the “Sustainable Classroom” – educational experiences featuring renowned chefs, authors & national media. As one of the country’s leading events focused on sustainable food and drink, TerraVita lives its mission by producing a zero waste event by employing intensive use of compostable goods, and recycling nearly all of the waste produced at the event.


2. Il Palio’s 4th Annual Olive Oil Dinner

September 28th at 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Travel through Italy’s top 5 olive oil producing regions with a 5 course dinner that chef Teddy of Il Palio served at the prestigious James Beard House earlier in the year. Through each course chef will present the uniqueness of each region and it’s native oil. Chef Diggs will match the soul of each oil with its respective course while Special Guest Chef Gennaro, the producer and importer of Villella EVOO Olive Oil and the former chef at Il Palio, shares his immense knowledge about one of Italy’s most cherished ingredients.

The event will begin at 7:00 pm with a multi-course menu for $140, including a bottle of Gennaro’s extra virgin olive oil, wine pairings, tax and gratuity.

3. A Taste of France – Wine Dinner at Parizade

September 28th at 6:30pm

A journey led by importer Thomas Meunier and Beaujolais & Champagne wine ambassador Aurélien Fiardet, this decadent 5-course dinner will be featuring an incredible selection of boutique bottles from a variety of vineyards throughout the French countryside! Each of the selected bottles will be perfectly paired with some delectable Parizade flavors.

The cost of the dinner is $75 per person.

4. Hurricanes for Hurricane Relief – Rum Launch at Top of the Hill

September 28th at 8:00pm – 11:00pm

A New Orleans-style soiree to debut TOPO Distillery’s newest product: rum! Like the rest of TOPO’s spirits, the Carolina Spiced Rum is hand-crafted, pot-distilled and USDA-certified organic. Made from organic molasses and cane juice and bursting with flavor from spices such as orange peel, vanilla, peppercorn, allspice, clove, and nutmeg, it’s the perfect base for any rum cocktail.

In light of the tragedy in Texas, Florida & the Caribbean, Top of the Hill will also be donating a portion of the proceeds to Hurricane Harvey & Irma relief efforts. In addition, they will be hosting a raffle for a TOPO goodie basket which guests will be eligible to enter if they bring a receipt for a charitable donation made to any organization working to help with disaster relief.

Tickets are $50 per person for adults 21+ only. Purchase of a ticket gets you admission to the party from 8-11PM, 2 drink tickets good for beer/wine/cocktails plus one complimentary cocktail on arrival, access to the hors d’oeuvres buffet, and an entry for our door prize drawing.

5. Southern Season’s Events

Various Dates and Times

Southern Season, a shop for speciality foods and gifts, holds various events and cooking classes throughout each month. This month there are fun date ideas like their cooking class on September 27th, Wine & Chocolate or October 4th, Cooking 101: Crepes. Nearly every night Southern Season holds a different cooking class that would make for the perfect date night activity for you and your partner!

Click here for their full schedule of events!

6. Fork + Bottle Dinner Series with Starpoint Brewery at Counting House

October 12th at 6:00pm

Do you love a fine wine? Craft beer? Sipping bourbon? So do we. Join us for the newly minted Fork + Bottle dinner series where they highlight their favorite guest brewers, distillers and winemakers with special pairings for tasting menus prepared by executive chef Thomas Card. In October, Counting House is welcoming local Starpoint Brewing for a five-course dinner with beer pairings. The evening will kick off with a reception with passed canapés in our art-filled gallery space.

7. Oktoberfest at the University Club

September 29th

Prost! Don your lederhosen and dirndls, and raise your stein at the Club’s first Oktoberfest celebration. Chef Alejandro will prepare German-inspired food stations, and there will be plenty of Oktoberfest & German beers in the Biergarden. They will also be lots of surprises and fun prizes in store.

Tickets are $35 for members, $40 for non-member guests, includes all food stations & German beers!

8. NC State Fair

October 12-22nd

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the NC State Fair! Enjoy attraction rides, live music, funnel cake, horse shows and so much more. The fair is 11 full days of fun and entertainment and is the perfect opportunity to take your sweetheart out for a once a year event that you won’t soon forget. Grab a cotton candy to share and hold hands on the ferris wheel overlooking Raleigh.

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