A few noteworthy changes and new events this year:
Saturday, Sept 7; 9:30 a.m.
Run, walk, dance, or hopscotch across the finish line and compete for prizes in several categories including best costume. This 8 kilometer road race is presented by Runologie and is a fundraiser for Healing Transitions. There will also be a 1K option for those feeling less ambitious.
Wednesday, Sept 4; 4-8 p.m.
Thursday, Sept 5; 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday, Sept 6; 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
This year’s check-in will be at the Raleigh Marriott City Center where you’ll be able to pick up your wristband and purchase festival merch. You’ll also be able to sample drinks by our beverage sponsors, check out this year’s posters, and grab some swag.
Saturday, Sept 7; 2:30 p.m. Open to the public.
After the Bedlam boozy VIP brunch ends at 2:30 p.m. the Residence Inn will morph into a Hopscotch Anniversary Party on the 2nd floor Overlook veranda and 10th & Terrace rooftop.
DJ set by Merge Record’s Cecile Duncan
Panels & Talks at the Residence Inn
Saturday, Sept 7; 1-4 p.m. Open to the public.
Seats and standing room – first come, first served. Emceed by Danny Rosin, Band Together co-founder, Brand Fuel co-president, and Hopscotch maverick.
1 p.m. 10Year Anniversary retrospective with the founders of the festival; moderated by Cheetie Kumar, Birds of Avalon guitarist and owner of Garland, where she is a two-time semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef in America” award. Be prepared to laugh and/or cry.
2 p.m. Come Hear North Carolina’s Live Premiere of the Little Brother mini-documentary “The Listening” followed by a Q&A session with Phonte and the film’s director Holland R. Gallagher; moderated by Tobias Rose.
3 p.m. Books & Bands panel & discussion by Quail Ridge Books. Panelists: Laura Ballance (Merge Records, Superchunk), Sarah Rose Etter (The Book of X), Jeff Jackson (Destroy All Monsters), and David Menconi (2019 Piedmont Laureate).
Extended Hours in City Plaza on Saturday
The main stage in City Plaza will kick off at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept 7.
WUNC Music will be livestreaming from the City Plaza main stage all 3 days of the festival.
Ride for free! Citrix Cycle is the official transportation of the festival and offering complimentary rides Thursday, Sept 5 – Saturday, Sept 7. Use the code: HOPSCOTCH19