One of the goals of Hopscotch is to encourage an open, inviting atmosphere in downtown Raleigh from festival start to finish. As such, more than a dozen labels, websites and arts organizations booked their own (mostly free) day parties throughout the city. Those are listed below, as well as Hopscotch's screening of the Animal Collective film Oddsac and Hopscotch's Artist & Author Series.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 8
Love Is Local Vol. 2: 9 p.m.: With King Mez, Freebass 808, Kourvioisier, Dow Jones, Tyler Hipnosis, Blaze the Sky, Little Brother's DJ Flash. The Pour House, 224 S. Blount St. $5.
Valient Thorr: 10 p.m.: With Howl, Junis. Kings Barcade, 14 W. Martin St.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 9
Knox with an X: noon–5 p.m.: With Tea and Tempests, Brett Harris, Phil Cook & His Feat, Shawn Luby, Midtown Dickens, Birds and Arrows, Gray Young, North Elementary. Kings Barcade, 14 W. Martin St. Co-presented by Triangle Brewing Company. Free.
Superchunk Listening Party: 4–6 p.m.: Premiere of Majesty Shredding; everyone who comes gets entered into a raffle to win a Superchunk prize package that includes a pair of tickets to the Nasher show. Foundation Bar, 213 Fayetteville St. Co-presented by Merge Records and Hopscotch. FREE.
Edward McKay Artist & Author Series No. 1: 5–7 p.m.: North Carolina's Musical Heritage: Past, Present and Future, with Phil Cook, Phonte Coleman, Aaron Smithers, Marshall Wyatt, Glenn Boothe, Grayson Currin. Music by Phil Cook & His Feat. Raleigh City Museum, 220 Fayetteville St. Co-presented by Edward McKay Used Books, Raleigh City Museum & Hopscotch. Free.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 10
Friend Island: 11 a.m.–5:30 p.m.: With Collections of Colonies of Bees (performing their new album, GIVING), All Tiny Creatures, Pattern Is Movement, Family Dynamics (ex-Stars Like Fleas), Megafaun (release party for new EP, Heretofore), Breathe Owl Breathe. The Pour House, 224 S. Blount St. Presented by Hometapes. Free breakfast and nachos. Free.
Tamplin's Last Local Band, Local Beer: noon–5 p.m.: With Cellar Seas, Veelee, Filthybird, Temperance League, A Rooster for the Masses. Tir na nOg, 218 S. Blount St. Includes record fair featuring local labels. Free.
Layabout in Raleigh: 1–5 p.m.: With The Wigg Report, Pinche Gringo, Last Year's Men, John Wesley Coleman III and a special unannounced guest. Slim's, 227 S. Wilmington St. A Layabout House road show co-presented by Fullsteam brewery, Nice Price Books & Churchkey Digital. Free.
Troika Music Festival Presents...: 2–5 p.m.: With The Pneurotics, Bellafea, The Beast. Kings Barcade, 14 W. Martin St. Co-presented by Triangle Brewing Company. Free.
Oddsac: 3–5 p.m.: A screening of the new Animal Collective film to precede Panda Bear's co-headlining Hopscotch appearance, with talks by director Danny Perez and special guests. Galaxy Cinema, 770 Cary Towne Blvd., Cary. DVD giveaways and more. $5.
Edward McKay Artist & Author Series No. 2: 4–6 p.m.: Black Mountain College: Legacy and Inspiration, with Andrew Whiteman, Ken Rumble, Meg Stein, Chris Vitiello, Chris Tonelli, Brian Howe. Raleigh City Museum, 220 Fayetteville St. Co-presented by Edward McKay Used Books, Raleigh City Museum & Hopscotch. Free.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 11
Local Time: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.: With The Flute Flies, NAPS, The Loners, Maple Stave, Red Collar, Des Ark, The Old Ceremony. In front of Raleigh Times Bar, 14 E. Hargett St. Presented by the Independent Weekly, Hopscotch, Raleigh Times Bar & WKNC-FM 88.1. Free.
A Hazy Morning Wake-Up: noon–3 p.m.: With Glissade, The White Cascade. Humble Pie, 317 S. Harrington St. Presented by Deep Space Recordings. Free.
Churchkey III: noon–5 p.m.: With Lurch, Free Electric State, Last Year's Men, The Dry Heathens, Hammer No More the Fingers. Tir na nOg, 218 S. Blount St. Co-presented by Triangle Brewing Company. Free.
New Raleigh Presents: 1–5 p.m.: With The Drughorse Collective. Slim's, 227 S. Wilmington St. Free.
Mann's World: 1–5:30 p.m.: With HOG, Make, Death Came Down the Mountain, Black Skies. Kings Barcade, 14 W. Martin St. Free.
Trekky Records Presents DAY-DREAM: 2–5:30 p.m.: With Butterflies, Embarrassing Fruits, Sharon Van Etten, Midtown Dickens, Lost in the Trees, special guest Justin Ruggiano. The Pour House, 224 S. Blount St. Free.
Edward McKay Artist & Author Series No. 3: 4–6 p.m.: Hip-Hop Planet: Music and Its Work in the World, with 9th Wonder, Charlie Smarts, Mark Anthony Neal, Christopher R. Weingarten, Greg Lowenhagen, Grayson Currin & more. Raleigh City Museum, 220 Fayetteville St. Co-presented by Edward McKay Used Books, Raleigh City Museum & Hopscotch. Free.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 12
Hopscotch Hangover: noon–8 p.m.: With Brett Harris, The Spring Collection, Chip Robinson & the Heavy Beat Outfit. Slim's, 227 S. Wilmington St. Free.
N.C. Symphony & Dosh: 5:45 p.m.: Raleigh Amphitheater, Lenior & McDowell streets. Presented by the N.C. Symphony & Hopscotch. Free.
The Body: 10 p.m.: With Bad Dream and an improvisation by Megafaun and Old Bricks. Slim's, 227 S. Wilmington St. A Hopscotch after-party. $5.