Navigating Hopscotch 10

Posted by Naomi Hansen on Wednesday, September 4th, 2019 at 8:55am



Navigating Hopscotch 10

A crown jewel in the Raleigh music scene, Hopscotch Music Festival is on its way to celebrating its 10th year in the City of Oaks. For many, this is not their first time in enjoying the festivities, but as the Festival grows and newcomers set out for their first Hopscotch experiences, taking in all of the action might seem a little daunting.

With music that slaps around every corner, a game plan might be necessary. A local and long-time veteran of the festival, Lauren Morris shared with us her tips for a maximizing one’s Hopscotch experience.  The first recommendation is about attire. “Wear light clothes and comfortable shoes, you will be standing and sweating a lot”.  Hydrating is also high on her list of recommendations.  The majority of the venues for this festival tend to be pretty light on seating and we agree that being prepared on this level is key to an excellent experience.

With the potential for rain from Hurricane Dorian, it is also a good idea to have a poncho or umbrella handy.

Whether you have a day pass or a pass for the whole weekend, Morris recommends carving out some time to be spontaneous. Plan for bands you know or like but also leave room for new bands. When in doubt she says to pick a dance party option to keep the energy up. The diversity of music available means there are hidden gems like Lizzo (who graced the festival back in 2015) just waiting to be discovered. 


With venues and day parties spanning the breadth of Downtown, we have mapped out some places to eat that are near venues and centrally located. We provided a link to our Google map here.  Our map includes all venues, day parties and some of our favorite spots to check out.
Here are a few of our recommendations:

  • If you are looking for a quick pick me up, we recommend Bittersweet. A dessert bar where you can grab a; cup of coffee, a sweet treat or a cocktail,  is just the thing to keep the energy up in between shows.  
  • For a quick bite, we recommend Raleigh Raw. They serve up poke bowls, salads and generally light eats that won't weigh you down. With the occasional in-house DJ, this spot is one hip place to grab a meal.
  • For sit down meals, Whiskey Kitchen is high on our list. A wide-open space that typically leaves its bay door up, gives this spot an alfresco vibe. As the name suggests whiskey is prominently featured on the drink menu and the eats rotate seasonally.  We recommend ordering the wedge fries!

The long and short in advice for Hopscotch is to enjoy being out in Raleigh on a beautiful weekend.  Make some new friends, and try new places for those in between shows snacks and drinks that you will certainly need. Maybe you don’t want new friends, maybe you just want to hear new music. Either way, Hopscotch is sure to deliver.
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