Annual Oyster Roast

The Foundation sponsors an oyster roast every fall at the Capitol and on Union Square featuring dancing, dinner and a silent auction. The funds raised are dedicated to the educational and ongoing restoration programs prioritized by staff and Foundation committees.


Annual Christmas Tree Lighting

Every year the Governor, accompanied by children, lights the State Christmas Tree on Union Square. This event is carried live on television across the state.

Upcoming Events

Drinks With A Prohibitionist

Thursday, April 19th, 2018

7:00 -- 9:00 PM

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.

Carry A. Nation is taking a break from her busy schedule of smashing saloons for a night at the State Capitol! Join the Capitol for a casual evening of drinks and conversation with legendary saloon smasher Carry A. Nation.


When theatrical temperance speaker Carry A. Nation toured North Carolina in 1907, she did not like what she ovserved. She saw a state where alcohol was widely used, claiming that Salisbury, NC was second only to Chicago as "the whiskeyest-soaked ciy in the United States." Nation was a fiery temperance speaker, known internationally for her "hatchetations," where she went into bars and saloons to smash fixtures and merchandise with a hatchet.


This event will feature a Carry Nation reenactor -- take a selfie with her or chat about how she has come to save you from a "drunkard's fate" while you sip your beverages. The Capitol's new exhibit, "Inflamed by Spirits: North Carolina's Role in Temperance and Prohibition" will also be on display. Tickets include admission, hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and a reproduction lapel pin based on hatchet pins that Nation sold to cover her jail fines. This event is for ages 21+. Beer will be provided by Raleigh Brewing Company. Come join us for a true Throwback Thursday, have a drink, and hang out with Carry Nation, a known prohibitionist!




April 19: Drinks With A Prohibitionist 7:00 PM

October 12: Oyster Roast 7:00 PM



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