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May 12 Second Saturday


Spring is here and summer is not far away! Come out for food, gardening and fun events all celebrating local food and community around the Raleigh Food Corridor and Downtown Raleigh throughout the day on MAY 12!

Scroll down for a full list of events, partners, and details on where the Second Saturday action is at this month!




14 W Martin St.

Braised beets w/ strawberries, hung yogurt, pickled fennel, baby mustards and dukkah
Harmony Ridge Farms, Beth Moore Farms, Burkett Farms, Old Milburnie Farm

936 N Blount St.

Strawberry-Balsamic confection and Strawberry Ice Cream
Barefoot Farms

300 W Hargett St. #50

Strawberry Shortcake
Allis Farms

111 Seaboard Ave #118

Roasted Beets with Black Garlic Aioli
Harmony Ridge Farm

702 N Person St

Strawberry Mint Soda, Strawberry Banana Protein shake, Broccoli-Quinoa-Falafel burger with roasted beet relish and Beet-Feta-Potato salad

211 E Franklin St.

Charcuterie Plate with Strawberries
Raleigh City Farm




a yoga class
Kerri Ann and Well Fed Community Garden
1321 Athens Dr.
8:00am - 9:00am

Start your Second Saturday with an energizing morning flow. Feel connected with the natural space around you through this outdoor yoga class. Rain or shine. Everyone welcome.


a yoga class
Katie Breen and Raleigh City Farm
800 N Blount St.
9:00am - 10:00am

Join us at the Farm bright and early each Saturday morning for pay-what-you-can open level vinyasa flow yoga led by yoga instructor, Katie Breen (RYT 200). Bring your mat, water and a signed waiver.
$10 suggested donation w/ partial proceeds going back to Raleigh City Farm, an urban farm with a mission of growing new urban farms and farm entrepreneurs to strengthen sustainable, healthy food systems.


a bike adventure
Oaks and Spokes and East Coast Greenway Alliance
meet at Chavis Park, 505 MLK Blvd.
10:00am - 12:00pm

Join us for a monthly Saturday morning, four-mile bike ride to the North Carolina State Farmers Market, with time to mingle and shop at the market before riding back.


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.


a kids garden day
A Safe Place Childcare Center
1216 Cross Link Rd.
10:00am - 1:00pm

Join us for a fun day of creativity as we make botanical art with cyanotype. What’s cyanotype? A historical method of transferring images to paper or even fabric! Come tour our urban children's garden, Practice moving, breathing, feeling and being with Brenda and of course sample the salad bar that we serve daily to our children featuring Mr. William's homemade dressing.


a pay-what-you-can meal
A Place at the Table
300 W Hargett St. #50
10:00am - 3:00pm

A Place at the Table provides community and healthy food for all regardless of means. Join your neighbors for a brunch special outside on the sidewalk at the brand new brick and mortar cafe! January 8th, A Place at the Table opened as a pay-what-you-can cafe at 300 W. Hargett St in downtown Raleigh. We are a welcoming and inviting space that provides an opportunity for all people to come and experience conversation and community while enjoying an excellent, fresh, and healthy meal. People long for a community, a place to fit in, a place to feel welcome, and a place to be a part of something bigger than just themselves.


a community event
Franklin St. and N Blount St.
10:00am - 5:00pm

Celebrate 10th Annual Front Porch Artwalk in Raleigh's Historic Mordecai/Oakwood Neighborhood. t is a great opportunity to purchase artwork from up and coming as well as long established local artists. Artwork will include hand crafted ceramics, photography, glass, jewelry, paintings, fiber arts, bath and body products, sculptures, metal works and more. While the Front Porch Art Walk is a great venue for the artists of our Raleigh community, the event has always extended beyond our borders and become a welcome venue for the art of refugees. As in the past, works from Ugandan and Haitian artisans will be featured. New this year, a gift basket featuring works from our FPAW artists will be raffled, and proceeds will be used to support artists at NC Arts Council Foundation.

Enjoy the following food trucks and food vendors during the Fair: Compost Now, Cousin's Maine Lobster, Not Just Icing!

a gardening workshop
Well Fed Community Garden
1321 Athens Dr.
11:00am - 12:30pm

Join the Well Fed Community Garden for our workshop all about herbs that encourage calmness and sleep. We will have an NC State professor, Jillian De Gezelle, joining us to talk about the botany, traditional uses, and bioactivity of five relaxing herbs: valerian, lavender, passionflower, hops, and lemon balm. We will also be sharing the best methods for growing and preparing these herbs. Come learn, smell, and relax with us.


a garden workshop
Passage Home Alpha Garden
1208 Mangum St
11:00am - 1:00pm

Charles Strickland and Lester Clay will lead a workshop on transplanting lavender in the Alpha Garden. Join them to learn the basics on herbs, transplanting seedlings, and get to know a community garden making changes in the heart of SE Raleigh.

Be prepared with small garden tools, gloves, water and clothing for the weather.

By creating the Alpha Garden residents of South Park have an opportunity to learn about how easy and affordable it is to eat healthy. All while receiving the necessary education that comes with adopting this lifestyle. The Urban Farmers Market and the Alpha Garden will engage the community, create jobs, and social enterprise by means of community development.



a community event
Passage Home
The Safety Club
513 Branch St.
11:00am - 1:00pm

Join Passage Home as they kickoff the summer on Second Saturday with kid friendly activities in the garden, from crafts to a bouncy house, visiting with vendors from EFNEP and Toxic Free NC to food demonstrations and Ms. Ann's Let's Make a Deal nutrition game. The event is free and open to the public.


a nc film festival
NC History Museum
5 E Edenton St.
Friday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm,
Saturday 11:00am - 10:00pm

Longleaf Film Festival is a free-to-attend film festival that highlights the best of North Carolina, regional, and international short- and feature-length documentary and narrative films and takes place where people recognize filmmakers and film fans for making history - the North Carolina Museum of History! Join us May 11 and 12, 2018 to view films, participate in workshops, and talk with filmmakers and other film fans. There will be three screens, 73 movies, Movies-N-Moonlight, panels, awards, an Opening Reception and a closing Wrap Party.

Full event details and schedule at or on their Facebook event

Enjoy the following food trucks during the Festival:
Saturday, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.: Mr. Mongolian, made-to-order Asian stir fry
Saturday, 4–6 p.m.: Mr. Puebla Tacos

Each year, a handful of films focus on the essential and central aspect of food in our lives. This year, films will include:

NIGHT SHIFT, Noah Campagna - Narrative Short (10 minutes) during Movies-N-Moonlight (Friday from 8:30-10pm)
The local 24-hour convenience store is invaded by a bite-sized flying saucer!

THE LITTLE GIRAFFE, Anna Kamoroff - Animated Film (3 minutes) on Saturday during Film Block A (11am-1pm)
A hungry little giraffe needs the help of a friend so it can reach tasty leaves at the top of a tree.

SOMEWHERE IN BEULAH LAND, Andrew Harrison Brown - Documentary Short (28 minutes) on Saturday during Film Block A (11am-1pm)
A young farmer works through his first year, learning how to love and care for a piece of land near Mount Airy.

COFFEE: AN OPERA, Edward Loupe - Music Video (14 minutes) on Saturday during Film Block B (1-3pm)
A cozy musical vignette of three stories intertwining over the course of one night and a warm cup in a neighborhood coffee shop.

WORK, Sam Griffith - Narrative Short (10 minutes) on Saturday during Film Block B (1-3pm)
A young mom questions her choices and identity while raising her daughter on a farm.


a bike adventure
Oaks & Spokes
Spring Hill Cyclocross Course
2238-2212 Dorsett Dr.
12:00pm - 4:00pm

Join Oaks & Spokes for our fourth annual #RaleighCat race. Team up or fly solo as you ride throughout town looking for clues and surprises in local parks, landmarks and trails. This race is meant to be a fun way to explore our beautiful city, meet some rad folks and celebrate Bike Month! 

Registration is at noon and is free to participate! 
The alley cat begins at 1pm. 
IMPORTANT NOTE: Be prepared with a way to carry items.


a spring kickoff
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and CompostNow
Camden Street Learning Garden
811 E Davie St.
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Join the Food Shuttle and our gardeners for a spring kickoff with CompostNow! Celebrate as we unveil and dedicate our new outdoor classroom and composting center. Plus get a personalized tour of the garden from our community gardeners. CompostNow will be on site building a compost pile and hosting a raffle with prizes from some of their partners. There'll be food and a DJ keeping the positive vibes going!


a garden tour
Apiopolis and City of Oaks Foundation
Joslin Garden
2431 W. Lake Drive
1:00pm - 4:00pm

Neighbors and garden enthusiasts can enjoy a tour of Joslin Garden on one of three monthly Open Garden Days. This month, join Apiopolis and Alice Hinman in the garden to learn more about how gardens support pollinators and our local food system and economy.

The Garden was developed by William and Mary Coker Joslin over sixty years and comprises more than four rolling, wooded acres, with an extensive variety of rare and native plants. Owned and managed by the City of Oaks Foundation, the garden and Joslin House are being transformed into public garden in partnership with Raleigh’s Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department. 


a tasting event
Sweet Peas Urban Gardens
at Raleigh Provisions
107 E Davie St.
2:00pm- 5:00pm

Sweet Peas Urban Gardens will be tasting and talking about their microgreens. This tiny vegetable confetti is packed with the good stuff and is considered more nutrient dense than their fully grown versions. You'll get to try them with Bittersweet's pimento cheese on Night Kitchen's bread!

Urban gardening is a green practice and Sweet Peas is a great example of this by growing local products for local folks. We will be compounding the community exposure by featuring these microgreens on other local business' products, giving folks a chance to taste a truly unique flavor. 



a gardening workshop
Helen Yoast of Bee Better
The Bee Better Teaching Garden
3412 Yelverton Circle
5:00pm - 6:00pm

Learn how to host, feed, and raise monarch butterflies. Learn about the different kinds of milkweed.

Monarchs aren’t just butterflies, they are bugs that feed the birds, and eat other insecticides in pesticide-free gardening. Gardening sustainability brings keeps life alive in the garden helping the greater good.


a charity party
The Beehive Collective
The Maywood
658 Maywood Ave.
8:00pm - 2:00am

The Bee Ball is the BEST PARTY OF THE YEAR, and also the annual fundraiser for The Beehive Collective, an organization that focuses on hyper-local giving. Each year, The Beehive Collective raises money and awards grants to non-profits working to make Raleigh a better place for everyone. The Bee Ball is your chance to dance, sip, socialize, and raise money to make your community awesome. This year, The Beehive Collective's Large Grant will be awarded to a non-profit working to alleviate Food Insecurity in Raleigh. All money raised at The Bee Ball will go into the Large Grant Fund. The more we raise, the more we can give away!

Ticketed event.


spend you're morning helping local gardens create good food


101 Donald Ross Dr
9:00am - 12:00pm

Come dig in our garden! With nine rows and 20 boxes, there is always work to be done -- planting, weeding, watering, and harvesting! Our Community Garden presents the perfect opportunity for churches, companies, and families to get active and help us produce the fruits and vegetables that are given directly to our patients.

Alliance's Community Garden, built with the help of Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, benefits both Alliance patients and community partners who support the garden, including the Boys and Girls Club, local congregations, and area families. All fresh produce grown in our garden is handed directly to patients by their providers, along with a healthy recipe using those fruits and vegetables. Located on two acres adjacent to the AMM clinic at the intersection of New Bern Avenue and Donald Ross Drive, the garden is a productive use of the land and a highly visible reminder that healthy living begins with healthy eating.


a mothers day event
BirthFit, Happy and Hale and Lululemon
Midtown Park at North Hills
4011 Cardinal at North Hills St.
3:00pm - 5:00pm

We'll be gathering at MIDTOWN PARK in North Hills. Happy + Hale will be on site with cold pressed juices, and we'll be joined by our friends from Midtown Yoga and lululemon!

Join us for a 60 minute movement flow based on your innate movements. (It'll be like your favorite yoga class, but without having to think "is this safe for my core?"!) We'll follow it up with a 15 minute grounding meditation. In other words, 75 minutes well spent!

This event is appropriate for pregnant or postpartum women, or anyone else looking to intentionally move and ground themselves in the world!

Families are welcome to participate, but there will not be separate activities for children.

Ticketed event.

Earlier Event: October 14
October 14 Second Saturday
Later Event: June 9
June 9 Second Saturday