Festival Coverage

Hopscotch Day Parties: How to Survive and Thrive

Three days of live music can take a lot out of you. This guide will show you how to attend day parties in addition to the festival and still have enough energy to get the most out of your Hopscotch experience.

The full list of Hopscotch day parties can be found here:

Plan for The Festival
Make a schedule of who you want to see at the festival. Take into consideration the genre of music and the location of the venues. Even though all the venues at Hopscotch are close together, it can get exhausting running back and forth every night. You should also take note if someone you want to see live is also playing a day party.

Now Plan for Day Parties
I suggest planning your day parties in accordance to your festival schedule so that you have one high energy time and one low energy time. For example, I plan on seeing all of the high energy hip hop and rap groups at Hopscotch on Friday night so I plan on making my day party schedule for Friday quite relaxed. Hopscotch is a marathon not a sprint! Take it easy and take care of yourself.

Schedule Breaks
Make sure to add breaks to your schedule!! Factor in meals, water breaks, and general rest breaks.

Have Fun
Go to the day parties and have a blast!

My Top Picks for Day Parties:
Imurj: noon – 5 p.m.
GEM Productions Presents: Thursday Shmursday Day Party
The Muslims, Cosmic Punk, The Augurs, Fish Dad
Sponsored by Fiction Kitchen and Raleigh Brewing Company
Cash Donations accepted to benefit GirlsRockNC
Free food from Fiction Kitchen while supplies last
Free samples from Raleigh Brewing Company

Imurj: noon – 5 p.m.
GEM Productions Presents:
M8alla, ZenSoFly, Tanajah, Sonny Miles
Cash Donations collected to benefit Neighbor2Neighbor

Ruby Deluxe: noon – 5 p.m.
To the Front: A Hopscotch Day Party Hosted by The Pinhook and Ruby Deluxe
Vaxxers (12:00), The Muslims (12:45), Cold Cream (1:30), TRIPPLE X SNAXXX (2:15), Bangzz (3:00), Loamlands (3:45), Khxos (4:00)
Tables by and donations accepted for NC Resists and Siembra
Feat DJ’s Gemynii (of The Conjure) and Luxe Posh

Carolina Waves x K97.5 Present:
DJ RNB (12:00), FAMMO (12:45), BRASSIOUS MONK (1:00), DAVAUN (1:20), CHYNA VONNE (1:45), SK THE NOVELIST (2:00), TY HARRIZ (2:25), 3AMSOUND (2:55), KRAWZBONEZ (3:20), LO$T GENERATION (3:55), TANAJAH (4:35)
Hosted by K97.5’s & Red Jones Feat. DJ RNB.
Draft Specials from Raleigh Brewing, Liquor Specials from Don Julio, Free Food from Johnny’s Pizza

Legend’s Nightclub (330 W Hargett St.): noon – 4:30 p.m.
WKNC Day Party
Through the Tallwoods (12:00), Juxton Roy (12:45), To Julian (1:30), Black Bouquet (2:15), Emily Musolino (3:00), Petrov (3:45)
In Partnership with the NC State GLBT Center

Kings: noon – 5 p.m.
AdHoc Presents: “Free for All”- Official Hopscotch Day Party
Indigo De Souza (12:00), Yowler (12:50), Mega Bog (1:40), Truth Club (2:30), Grace Ives (3:20), Faye Webster (4:20)