On Saturday, October 19th, TightLines joined thousands of Raleigh citizens to celebrate local arts, culture and music at the annual Cooke Street Carnival.  Our team hosted a booth where dozens of bird houses were decorated by some very creative kids.

Cooke Street Carnival is a grassroots neighborhood festival that happens each fall on Cooke Street, which is located just a few blocks East of Historic Oakwood in downtown Raleigh. The event was inspired by the Notting Hill Carnival in London, Mardi Gras in New Orleans, as well as typical Southern fall festivals and carnivals that happen around North Carolina each year.

Over 20 Raleigh art vendors, local food trucks, beer vendors, multiple bands and a large group of artists and performers participated at this year’s event. Entertainment also included a pickle eating contest, artist created photo-opp boards and other carnival-inspired antics.

Originally, the carnival was started so neighbors could meet.  Now that the carnival has grown significantly, so has its definition of neighbor. What better way to meet a new friend than at a picnic table while sharing locally made food, drink and hot sauce while listening to live music.