Lafayette Village: Monthly Events

French Market & Seafood Festival

Saturday April 21st  12 pm to 4 pm  

Join us Saturday, April 21st, from 12 pm to 4 pm for a total immersion into New Orleans. Enjoy the jazzy sounds as you stroll through the Village for a French Quarter inspired experience and enjoy shopping in our Village shops . Get a glimpse of the artists in action as they paint, draw, and design masterpieces in the corridors of the Village. Of course it wouldn’t be New Orleans without tasty seafood, from craw-fish to shrimp the food will be plentiful and the beer will be flowing. So join us for a fun-filled day of music, art, food and shopping!

Live Music By
Noon to 4 pm

Rhythm Journey: Offers personalized instruction for all ages and levels in Ballroom, Latin, and Social dances such as:

  • Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Viennese Waltz
  • Rumba, Cha Cha, Swing, Mambo, Bolero, Samba, Paso Doble
  • Salsa, Bachata, Merengue, Kizomba

They also create customized packages to help you prepare for a special events, such as a wedding or quinceañeras.

Lessons and events are held at various locations around the Research Triangle, NC area.

Enchanted Wishes: “Enchantment Behind Every Wish” stop by and see your favorite princess and super hero! Hear a story or play a game.

Down to Earth Aerials: Our aerialist is renowned for thrilling audiences with high-energy and tightly choreographed aerial silks displays.

Colonial Games Tent: The Tavern at the Sign of the Oak and Acorn – Visit our recreated tavern where you can learn all about pastimes in the days when iPhones and PSP’s didn’t yet exist. Games of chance and skills are taught, and outdoor historic games on the lawn are also available for family play.

Scriptorium Activity Center: All ages can learn about the art of illumination and create their own illuminated letters as the Scriptorium Tent. Fun for families!

Food Demonstrations: Stop by our Kitchens to explore traditional French recipes cooked up by our chefs over an open hearth! Be sure to try the famous “gumbo” that is known for in Louisiana.

Cocktails DemonstrationAmerica’s first cocktail, the Sazerac, was created in New Orleans. Learn more about this and other amazing cocktails along with recipes that can go home with patrons. Cheers!

Jean LaffitteLaffitte, the French privateer (pirate) and smuggler who also took part defending the US
in the War of 1812. Don’t miss this character!

Crafty Beer Shop: Tent with beers on tap outside as well as their usual inside.
Driftwood Southern Kitchen: Crawfish Boil – open for regular lunch and crawfish boil in courtyard. $15 crawfish plates – 1.25 lb crawfish, corn on cob, potatoes, and sausage.
Zanyu Asian Noodles: Lobster Bisque Ramen Special.
Olive Wagon: 25% off the Flavor of the Month.
Pink Boutique: New spring items! Come in a check it out!
Savory Spice: Enjoy 10% OFF our Cajun Seafood Seasonings or Black River Creole Seasoning
Simply Crepes: Selling Fresh Seafood Crepes (W Shrimp & Scallops in Creamy Seafood Sauce). Also a Fresh Dessert Crepe called the Roberti (Nutella, Bananas and Coconut) Will still sell Wine/Beer.on The Green.
The Village Grill: Oyster Po’Boy Sandwiches- crispy cornmeal dusted oysters on fresh baguettes with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, and cajun remoulade. Shrimp Etoufee-black tiger shrimp simmered low and slow with bell peppers, julienne onions, and toasted garlic in a lightly spiced shrimp and tomato broth served over jasmine rice.
Southern Craft Butchers: Shrimp Po’Boy Sandwiches and Shrimp and Grits in the courtyard.
Farina Neighborhood Italian: crab cakes, shrimp cocktail, meatballs, wines by the glass and kids items on the green.

Royal Wedding Watch and FA Cup

Saturday May 19th 10 am to 5 pm  

Join us Saturday, May 19th, from 10 am to 5 pm for a total immersion into the British world of the Royal Wedding and the FA Cup.

The Village Grill
Scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, vegetarian baked beans, broiled button mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, hash browns,
toast with marmalade. Gluten free option: replacing toast with side of fruit. Vegetarian option: Quiche and fruit.
For Reservations for English Breakfast Brunch a viewing the replay of the wedding CLICK HERE!
Scotch eggs w/chips | Sausage roll w/chips | Chips $5
Cucumber &, Salmon cream cheese sandwiches, Sweet scones with cream and strawberry jam, Cake (chef’s choice)
Tea (English Breakfast or Earl Grey) $3

Lil Prince & Princess Contest- $10 to enter for your chance to be crowned Prince or Princess of Lafayette Village.  Proceeds will go to DBE in NC.

  • noon: 0-2 ages
  • 12:30pm: 3-5 ages
  • 1:00pm: 6-8 ages
  • 1:30pm: 9-11 ages

1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes for One Prince and One Princess in each age group. To enter click HERE


10:00am The Village Grill Pub Watch TAPED Royal Wedding ceremony (Purchases reservations HERE )
12:00pm NC Football Club players & ‘Street Team’ giveaways! On the Lafayette Village Green
10:30am Dancers Scots, Annandale Center for Scottish Dance
11:00am Dancers Irish, Trionoide Academy
11:30am Dancers English, Sun Assembly
12:00 -1:30pm Lil Prince & Princess Contest ages 0-11 (Enter HERE)
2:00pm Meet the Monarchs, Heraldry and Knights!
3:00pm Bagpiper to announce, ‘Afternoon Tea’ Be on the look out for Alice and the Mad Hatter partaking in tea time! Afternoon Tea can be enjoyed at Village Grill Pub, Simply Crepes, or Farina!

4:00 – 6:00pm Chapter 4 Band play Beatles Tribute Music

Ongoing Throughout the Day
Lafayette Village ‘Photo Hat’ Contest | #DBENCRoyalWedding
Search the village for our hidden hats. Take A Selfie in your most royal pose and use the hashtag #DBENCRoyalWedding! 10 lucky winners will win a $25 gift card to one of our village shops!

Lafayette Village Passport Contest
Grab a Passport from our information booth for a chance to win a $100 gift card to any
Lafayette Village shop.

HERE’S HOW TO WIN: Visit ALL participating businesses to get
your Passport stamped. Once completed fill out the entry form on your Passport and return your
completed entry form to the information booth.


This event supports The Daughters of the British Empire in North Carolina, 501 (C)(3), to benefit Mountbatten House retirement home, and Teen Cancer America, 501 (C)(3)

Bastille Day- Sponsored by Simply Crepes

Saturday, July 14th, 2018 12 pm to 4 pm

French-FlagIn France, and for French people around the world, July 14 is celebrated as Bastille Day, the beginning of a revolution that freed the citizens from a tyrannical government. In the late 1700s, the Bastille was used as a state prison, holding mostly political dissidents. On July 14, 1789, a crowd stormed the Bastille and released seven prisoners.

This historic event is commemorated every year with parades, fireworks, and the invoking of the words of the French Revolution: Liberté, égalité, fraternité – freedom, equality, and brotherhood!

Join Simply Crepes and Lafayette Village Saturday, July 14th, 2018 for a celebration of French liberty and culture. From 12 pm to 4 pm, enjoy French-inspired music, aerial dancing, Stilt walking, Mimes, and magicians, throughout the Village. Also be on the look out for princesses from Enchanted Wishes! Visit our many shops and restaurants for French-themed promotions, food and drinks.

More Details to come!


Saturday September 15th 2017 12 pm to 4 pm

Grab your friends and enjoy a German inspired festival  at Lafayette Village. With over 20 fall style beers and food to satisfy every taste bud! Live Music, wiener dog races & more through out the village! Don’t forget to stop by our shops and see what specials they have going on!

Calling all Wieners for our Annual Wiener Dog Races sponosored by NextHome rare Properties! Races are at noon, 1 pm and 2 pm that day. The fee to enter is $15 for first wiener with a $3 dollar sibling discount. The Wiener Race is a charitable Event organized to help raise awareness and donations for local animal advocate groups and to have fun doing so. As such, none of the following will be allowed: No political campaigning, no selling of animals of any kind, no possession of firearms on site or consumption of drugs or alcohol and no gambling.

More details to come

Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Oh My!

Saturday, October 13th  12 pm to 6 pm
(Rain Date October 20th)

Travel though Lafayette Village and enjoy tastings of Wine, Cheese and Chocolate while enjoying live music. Learn about local wineries, cheese and of course all about chocolate from the experts! This is an event you won’t want to miss! Pre-sale tickets will be available, be sure to check back  for more details to come.


halloweenHalloween in The Village

Sunday, October 27th  2 pm to 4 pm
Join Us for a Family-Friendly Celebration. Celebrate Halloween a little early and join our participating merchant in Trick-or-Treating from 2 pm – 4:00 pm.  Be sure to look out for princess and super heroes from Enchanted Wishes!


Lighting of the Tree

Saturday, November 17th  3:30 pm to 5:30 pm
Tree Lighting at 5:30 pm sharp

Ready to kick off that Holiday Spirit? We are on during our spectacular Tree Lighting ceremony in North Raleigh’s Lafayette Village. There’s is sure to be something for everyone during this event and Good old St. Nick will light our Tree in the Courtyard at the stroke of 5:30 pm!

Carolers, a visit from Santa, dance scene from the Nutcracker, special performances from local schools, and dozens of specials from village merchants will be sure to get you into the Holiday spirit.

Take a stroll through the village grounds, enjoy music or take a ride around the village by horse and carriage, drop off and pick up located just outside The Chocolate Boutique! Visits to Lafayette Village merchants are a must, especially with offers that make food and beverages hard to resist and provide a wide variety of gift ideas for your Holiday shopping.




Holiday Open House & Christmas Concert

Saturday, December 1st  All Day Event
Christmas in The Village Concert at 5 pm

Enjoy Festive Activities and Shopping to Complete your Holiday Shopping with Unique, One-of-a Kind Gifts.


Grab your chairs and blankets and join us on The Green for a holiday concert at 5 pm.

Christmas in The Village Concert Presented by BAY LEAF BAPTIST CHOIR and the BAY LEAF CHILDREN’S CHOIR.


15875393_1306337482764434_1546836475698433435_oSaturday, December 16th  2017 6 pm

Do you believe? We do! Join us at Lafayette Village this year as we kick off a brand new tradition of showing The Polar Express on a giant inflatable screen! Grab your chairs and blankets and join us on The Green! Make sure to dress warm for the weather! This is sure to be a tradition everyone will love to enjoy!

Join us on Facebook HERE