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September Second Saturday

This month's theme is Figs and Corn!

Our events celebrating local food and community this summer are spread around the Raleigh Food Corridor and Downtown Raleigh throughout the day on September 10th!

five garden volunteering sites

The 9/11 Weekend of Service is a community-wide volunteer event coordinated by Activate Good with support from Triangle businesses to honor those lost on 9/11 with volunteer service. The Weekend will include service projects on Friday, September 9 and Saturday, September 10 and a Commemoration and Service Event on Sunday, September 11.

We have 5 great gardens on the Raleigh Food Corridor that need volunteers on Second Saturday!

Click here to Sign up today!

Beginning and Beyond Childcare Center Garden
322 East Cabarrus St - Garden Entrance on Person St
9:00am - 12:00pm

Raleigh Nursery School Garden
1035 Halifax St
9:00am - 12:00pm

Alpha Garden at Passage Home
1208 Mangum St
9:00am - 12:00pm

Prince Hall Community Garden
corner of Person and Cabarrus St
9:00am - 12:00pm

The Wedge Garden
214 Park Ave
9:00am - 12:00pm

Click here to Sign Up Today!


Scroll down for details on Restaurant Specials, Workshops , Community Events, Garden Volunteering and more!




Videri Chocolate Factory

327 W Dave St
It's Kind of A Fig Deal  |  Fig + Goat Cheese Chocolate

Carroll's Kitchen

19 E Martin St
Made from Scratch Fig Newtons

Escazu Artisan Chocolates

936 N Blount St
Corn Pasilla Ice Cream Pushup  |  Barefoot Farms

Crank Arm Brewing

319 W Davie St
Oat Wheel Brown Ale Cask with NC Figs

Cafe Lucarne

309 Blake St
Roasted Corn and Goat Cheese Toast




pay as you can yoga
Raleigh City Farm and Katie Breen
800 N Blount St
8:00am - 9:00am

Pay what you can Yoga at Raleigh City Farm with Katie Breen is the perfect way to start your Saturday with a little mindfulness and exercise. All levels are welcome, suggested donation $10 with partial proceeds to Raleigh City Farm

a gardening workshop
Logan's One Stop Garden Shop
707 Semart Dr
9:00am - 10:00am

Learn how to extend your fall veggie and perennial garden season with care instructions and maintenance tips. Click here for details and to register.

a four season gardening workshop
Piedmont Picnic Project at Raleigh City Farm
800 N Blount St
9:00am - 11:00am

Stretch the harvest and get the most out of your garden by growing in all four seasons! Learn lessons from a time in history when stretching the harvest was critical - WWII victory gardens. Go home with everything you ned to know to grow for fall and into winter AND with a container garden to get you started. Reserve your spot here.

a produce stand
Raleigh City Farm
800 N Blount St
9:00am - 12:00pm

Come by the Farm every Saturday to get just-picked produce grown by RCF's Principal Farmer, James Edwards. Stop by, see what's growing and eat local.
Proceeds directly support Raleigh City Farm's mission of growing new urban farms and farm entrepreneurs to strengthen sustainable, healthy food systems. 

pen play and learn time in the garden
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E. Hargett St
9:00am - 5:00pm

Join us in the Sun Sprouts Kids’ Garden to explore the plants and wildlife who call the Garden their home, buzz along the Pollinator Promenade, and daydream in the Fairy Fort. Help our gardener tend the many vegetables, fruits and flowers that grow here—and taste them too. The Sun Sprouts Kids’ Garden is open for play every day.

The Sun Sprouts Kids’ Garden encourages kids to live healthy and active lives through exploratory outdoor play, and experiencing fresh and local fruits and vegetables through all their senses. Joining the gardener in tending the space, kids learn through hands-on participation in a community setting. Sun Sprouts is a Certified Wildlife Habitat, and neighbored by a new Pollinator Garden sponsored by Burt’s Bees in the Marbles courtyard, where children can witness the power of pollinators and learn how to support them.

a cooking workshop
Chef Geoff Seelen of NC Farm Kitchen, Chef Andrew Ullom of AC Restaurants, and Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle's Camden Street Learning Garden
315 Camden St
10:00am - 12:00pm

Kick off Second Saturday with a garden fiesta!!! We'll have a make your own taco bar, music, a visiting nutritionist and tours of the garden. We'll have both chicken and black beans available as well as both corn and flour tortillas. Details on Facebook.


a weekly neighborhood market
Rebus Works
301 Kinsey St
10:00am - 1:00pm

Boylan Heights' weekly neighborhood market inside Rebus Works, bringing together farmers, bakers, crafts people, food trucks and craft brewers since 2011. Every Saturday. Bringing our community together to support our local small businesses while providing local, sustainable and organic foods in a fun, family-friendly environment.

seven garden tour sites
Bee Better and Helen Yoast
start at Helen's Haven 3412 Yelverton Circle
9:00am - 10:00am workshop
10:00am - 4:00pm open tour

Bee Better is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) (pending), education foundation based in the Triangle area of North Carolina. We are hosting our 1st annual Bee Better Garden Tour. Bee Better’s mission is to help homeowners build better backyards for birds, bees, & butterflies. 

Helen Yoest, Bee Better Director, will open her garden, also the Bee Better Demonstration garden, for the 1st annual Bee Better tour. Helen and is hosting a one-hour Bee Better workshop before the garden tour start time. Learn the specifics of building a Bee Better garden. Then tour the other gardens with eyes wide open. We will cover water-wise design, sustainability, and specific plants to attract and fully sustain birds, bees, and butterflies. The Bee Better Garden Tour is a fundraising event to raise awareness and funds to further educate area gardeners through Bee Better information. Tour tickets also include some great gardening swag and raffles.

“It is my hope through education and open gardens, homeowners will see first-hand what other like-minded gardeners and nature lovers are doing to Bee Better” Helen Yoest, Director.

Workshop tickets available. click here. Cost is $25.00; must sign up in advance, on line. 
Tour tickets available. click here. This a prize  to the first 100 who sign up! Cost is $10 in advance. $15.00 the day of the tour.

more than a meal
Carroll's Kitchen
19 E Martin St
11:00am - 2:00pm

Get a first taste of this local non-profit restaurant that's helping to end homelessness one meal at a time. Carroll’s Kitchen is a social enterprise restaurant with a vision to end homelessness for women in Raleigh and make it a better community for everyone. Backing up their wish to do #good4raleigh, Carroll's Kitchen is even giving anyone who volunteers at a Second Saturday Activate Good Weekend of Service site a free sweet treat!

a community event
Passage Home at The Safety Club
11:00am - 1:00pm

Passage Home is hosting a variety of vendors this Second Saturday. Come out to volunteer in the morning, stay to learn about bugs and bees in the garden, how to live healthy through healthy eating, family resources and environmental consciousness. Vendors include Apiopolis, Toxic Free NC, and Fellowship Health Resource.

a community event
Raleigh Raw . 7 W Hargett St
11:00am - 4:00pm

Every Saturday Raleigh Raw hosts a Recovery party with a local DJ playing funk, jazz, & soul paired with bottomless Mimosas of Champagne and Tribucha Kombucha. This is a great event for everyone to come and relax, converse, and get healthy midweekend. Raleigh Raw empowers our community to eat to THRIVE. #FueltheHustle

a party in the garden
A Safe Place Childcare Center Garden
1216 Cross Link Rd
3:00pm - 6:00pm

Get your hands dirty and your feet tapping! For our fall planting event at A Safe Place, we'll have live music and fresh lemonade. We will start with planting fall plugs (mustard, kale, chard, collards) and then explore fruit tree training (not pruning). There should still be plenty of okra and eggplant for volunteers to take home. Bring your friends, art, instruments or just your self. A water bottle or resusable cup is suggested. Donations will be accepted but not expected. Details on Facebook.



Each Second Saturday, we come together as volunteers to help grow gardens along the Raleigh Food Corridor. 

This month we're partnering with Activate Good for their 9/11 Weekend of Service. We've highlighted five downtown garden sites where you can volunteer to help keep fresh food growing in Raleigh!



Want to host an event on Second Saturday?

Check out our simple guidelines at and contact us with your idea.

We love to include new partners!

Earlier Event: August 13
August Second Saturday
Later Event: October 8
October Second Saturday