Lafayette Village: Uncategorized

Sunshine & Stories

Saturday June 23rd 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm  

Join Macaroni Kid on Saturday, June 23rd, from 1 pm to 5 pm as the celebrate the first weekend of summer with hands-on activities, crafts and performances inspired by literature and learning!

Readings and signings by local children’s authors.

Storytelling with Enchanted Wishes princesses.

ABC Treasure Hunt throughout the shops

Children’s Book Swap Tent Bring a book to share, take a book to keep


For more information please visit:

or email


Thank you to our sponsors



St Patrick’s Day “Paddy on the Green” Festival

Saturday March 17th  12 pm to 4 pm 

Show your green for a total shamrock-lucky-iconimmersion into an Irish experience, don’t miss the St. Patrick’s Day Irish Festival at Lafayette Village in Raleigh on Saturday, March 19th from Noon to 4 pm.

Offering an entertaining, fun-fulled peek into the Irish Culture. Enjoy music, food, ad fun for the entire family!

While we can’t promise you a pot of Gold, you’ll be sure to find treasures in our Village shops!

Historic Interpretations, Inc Presents

Irish Myths & Legends – Characters from Irish mythology take some time to share legends and stories with young attendees. St. Patrick himself will even make the rounds throughout the day.

Music & Dance – Our music and dance groups will present 30 minute presentations of traditional Irish folk music and dances. The demonstrations will include audience participatory folk dances.

Scriptorium – Learn to write with a quill pen, color an illuminated letter, and learn about manuscripts and how the Irish helped to save civilization.

Irish Quest – Young adventurers will journey throughout Lafayette Village to gather clues and treasure to complete the quest and earn a token and certificate!

The Tavern at the Sign of the Oak & Acorn – Visit our recreated British 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. Hear Irish folktales and stories in our replica 20’ x 20’ medieval pavilion.

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

Fairy Hair Flare – Enhance your mane with shimmery silky strands by Leslie and Syntheia.

Brass Rubbings – Young guests can create their own brass rubbings at our crafts tent.

Face Painting – Painting by Funtastic Painter, Valerie, to raise funds to benefit leukemia and lymphoma cancer research.

Community Easter Services

Sunday, April 1st, 6:30 am

Join Bay Leaf Baptist Church on Sunday April 1st at 6:30 am for a Community Easter Celebration
Sunrise service for the community led by Bay Leaf Baptist Church.

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
10:00 am to 1:00 pm ENGLISH BREAKFAST BRUNCH: $16.95
The Village Grill Pub Watch TAPED Royal Wedding ceremony (Purchases reservations HERE )

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!

Through out the day PUB GRUB PLATE: $7
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

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!

12:00pm NC Football Club players & ‘Street Team’ giveaways! On the Lafayette Village Green

Weather Pending Events:

10:30am Dancers Scots, Annandale Center for Scottish Dance
11:00am Dancers Irish, Trionoide Academy
11:30am Dancers English, Sun Assembly
3:00pm Bagpiper to announce, ‘Afternoon Tea’! Afternoon Tea can be enjoyed at Village Grill Pub, Simply Crepes, or Farina!

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

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)

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER 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.

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 from Tea Cup Gin, food and fun throughout the Village. Watch aerial demos or try it yourself in a low simple hammock style aerial.  Be sure to participate in a hands-on creation of paper cockades in French colors to take away and wear as you celebrate Bastille Day.  We will have French themed face paintings and giant bubble makers too! Also be on the look out for princesses and super heroes from Enchanted Wishes as well as a collection of Parisians a la Versailles and French Colonials that will be roaming the village. Visit our many shops and restaurants for French-themed promotions, food and drinks.

Don’t forget to make a donation to Camp High Hopes a have a chance to spin your own crepe as Simply Crepes attempts to beat the world record for the world’s tallest crepe stack!

When school lets out for the summer, low-income students lose two months of reading achievement while middle-income students progress by one month. At the Y, we believe every child deserves the resources to achieve. That’s why we provide year-round academic support.


Marietta and Haddy are the best examples of the cumulative effects of the YMCA. They met in elementary school, but cemented their friendship in YMCA programs. Thanks to donations to the YMCA’s Annual Campaign, they were able to participate in Camp High Hopes, Y Learning and Leaders Club – programs that helped them achieve in the classroom and in life.

“The Annual Campaign provides an opportunity for all of us to get on the same level playing field,” said Haddy. “Without the campaign, kids like me wouldn’t be able to participate.”

Today, Marietta and Haddy are college students and YMCA Summer Day Camp Counselors who are determined to be part of the next generation of positive change at the Y.

“I hope the YMCA’s Annual Campaign will continue to grow. I hope that many people continue to give and help kids like me,” said Marietta.


We’re celebrating 25 years of building people through the YMCA’s Annual Campaign. Help us inspire involvement, bridge critical gaps and create opportunities for all.
100% of every dollar given through the YMCA’s Annual Campaign is invested in the lives of people who need the Y. 


More Details to come!

CANCELED Saturday May 21st 2016  11 am to 4 pm  porkedout

Because of the time and effort it takes the teams to prepare for this event we had to make a tough decision early to give them as much notice as possible.  We know that each team’s safety and comfort is highly important to us, just as much so as the success of the event. So after much consideration and weather watching we feel it is in the best interest of everyone to cancel this year’s Pork Out.

One of the main purpose of this event is to raise funds for an extremely worthy cause Raleigh Rescue Mission, therefore, we are asking everyone to please consider making a donation. To do so please go to

Unfortunately, we will not have a make-up date this year, however we still have lots to explore at Lafayette Village with unique, one-of-kind, local shops and restaurants you’ll be sure to find something for everyone!

Also be sure to check out our website for more details on what’s happening at the Village.

If you purchased pre-sell tickets you will receive a refund from Eventbrite


Holiday Open House – December 3rd 2016


Enjoy Festive Activities and Shopping to Complete your Holiday List with Unique, One-of-a-Kind Gifts found in our Shops. Stores open at 10 am.

Enchanted Wishes- Grab your cameras and be on the lookout for special appearances from your favorite Frozen Characters from 3 pm to 5 pm.

Letters to Santa Station- Stop by the activity tent from 3:00 pm to 7:30 pm where kids of all ages can write letters to Santa and drop it in our mailbox and we will make sure to send them off to the north pole!

Cards and Care Packages for Soldiers- Create your own Holiday Cards for Soldiers at Cherry Point and drop off donation items for care packages from 3:00 pm until 7:30 pm. Bayleaf Baptist church will be collecting items to make care package for our armed forces this Holiday season. Collections will begin November 19th at the Bayleaf Baptist Church booth and continue until our Holiday Open house on Dec 3rd. Items can also be dropped off at either Stuf n Such location at Lafayette Village.

  • Gel Shaving Cream
  • Disposable Razors
  • Deodorant (male & Female/ stick deodorants & no sprays)
  • Gum
  • Hard Candy
  • Lip Balm
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Snack Packs of Crackers
  • Peanut Butter in Individual Servings
  • Decks of Cards
  • Socks
  • Handkerchiefs/Bandanas
  • Nabs/Trail Mix/Peanuts (mixed nuts, sunflower seeds)

Additional Parking- Additional parking at Talis management and North Raleigh United Methodist Church with Shuttle Service from 2:45 until 7:30 pm.


Thank you to our sponsor


Saturday September 17th 2016

Noon to 5 pm 

Grab your Lederhosen and enjoy a German inspired festival with Over 20+ Fall Brews, German inspired Foods, Live Music , Shopping & Fun throughout The Village!

Join our “Fun Fact” Scavenger Hunt throughout The Village for a chance to win a $100 gift card to your favorite Village Shop!

Is your Wiener a Winner? Click here for the Registration for our 2016 race


6 x 8 Postcard Oktoberfest 16 (1)-page-002


N&O Weiner Dog Ad-working-01Calling all Wieners for our 4th Annual Wiener Dog Races!

Join us Saturday Sept 17th on The Green! Races will be from noon to 2 pm that day.

All Wieners are required to be classified as a Dachshund breed to be eligible to enter.

Registration is limited to the first 50 entrants with registration entry forms and fees received no later than Monday , Sept, 12th 2016. No new registrations will be accepted after that date or on race day. The fee to enter is $15 for first wiener with a $3 dollar sibling discount.

All Wieners must have their shot records posted on the registration form accompanied by a verifying copy from their veterinarian’s office. (Distemper, Rabies, Parvo, Bordetella)

Check-in begins 20 minutes prior to your race time. The first heat goes off at 12:00 pm. All Wieners must check in at the registration desk and pick up their sash prior to the start of their division race. Heats will be run per division until there is a winner before moving on to the next division.

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.

All Wieners must be controlled by their owner by virtue of a leash or portable kennel while at the Event except for when they are racing. Any Wiener with a short fuse, aggressive demeanor or tendency to snap or bite must be muzzled for the well being of Event staff and other participants.All dog owners are responsible for insuring the health and well being of their Wiener and must provide their own food, snacks and/or medications. There will be no medical assistance available other than EMS via a 911 call. Water for Wieners will be available for hydrating.All owners will be responsible for clean up of waste from their own Wiener or accompanying animal.

Is your Wiener a Winner? Click here for the Registration for our 2016 race.



Saturday November 19th 2016
4 pm to 8 pm 

print-ww-lot-16-page-001Ready to kick off that Holiday Spirit? We are on Saturday, November, 19th 2016 during our spectacular Tree Lighting ceremony in North Raleigh’s Lafayette Village. There’s is sure to be something for everyone during this event that runs from 4 pm to 8 pm. Good old St. Nick will light our Tree in the Courtyard at the stroke of 7:00 pm! 

Oakwood Waits Carolers, beautiful music by Improvibes Jazz Duo, 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.

Listen to the sweet sounds of Primrose North Raleigh Pre-K as they lead us in some carols at 4 pm, enjoy City Ballet of Raleigh as they perform a narrated excerpt from the Nutcracker at 5 pm, and don’t miss Wake Forest Charter Academy’s Choir and Band as the preform some holiday music at 6 pm, all taking place in the courtyard near the tree.

Make your way by Carolina Barre & Core to get a photo with Santa from 4:45 pm to 6:45 pm. Digital photos will be $15 each and will be emailed to you within 14 business days.

Take a stroll through the village grounds, enjoy music from the The Oakwood Waits Carolers and Casablanca Orchestra, or take a ride around the village by horse and carriage, drop off and pick up located just outside The Chocolate Boutique!

ww-posterWonderful Window Display Contest

Travel through out The Village to find and vote for your favorite Window Display. To cast your vote simply visit that store donate a $1 and fill out the voting card, you may vote as many times as you like for as many windows as you like. The store’s window with the most votes at the end of competition, wins the It’s a Wonderful Window Trophy for them to display throughout the next year. More importantly, all the charities will be winners as each charitable organization will keep 100% of all the money placed in their ballot box. Don’t forget to come back each week to vote, as each week one lucky voter will be drawn to win a $50 gift card to their favorite village shop!

Care Packages for Soldiers

Bayleaf Baptist church will be collecting items to make care package for our armed forces this Holiday season. Collections will begin November 19th at the Bayleaf Baptist Church booth and continue until our Holiday Open house on Dec 3rd. Items can also be dropped off at either Stuf n Such location at Lafayette Village.

  • Gel Shaving Cream
  • Disposable Razors
  • Deodorant (male & Female/ stick deodorants & no sprays)
  • Gum
  • Hard Candy
  • Lip Balm
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Snack Packs of Crackers
  • Peanut Butter in Individual Servings
  • Decks of Cards
  • Socks
  • Handkerchiefs/Bandanas
  • Nabs/Trail Mix/Peanuts (mixed nuts, sunflower seeds)
  • Pens

Pictures with Santa- 4:45 pm to 6:45 pm by Blessed Reflections Photography. $15 for a single digital image. Images will be sent via email in 14 business days.

Horse & Carriage Rides- Enjoy a complimentary ride around the beautiful village on a horse and carriage.

A number of merchants will also be collecting donations of new, unwrapped toys for Toys for Tots.

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.

We look forward to seeing everyone there this year!

Thank you to our sponsor