Oakwood is filled with beautiful homes and gardens, but the residents really make it a special place to live. There are a variety of events and groups available to meet neighbors and socialize with old friends.


Preview Party

On the Thursday before the Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour® , a special Preview Party is available to the residents and their friends. Initially, it was started as a way for the neighbors to view the Candlelight Tour privately. Since then it has evolved into an upscale, often black-tie, revolving party at a few homes and includes catered food and beverages. It's the neighborhood event that many look forward to all year long. Please CLICK HERE for tickets.

Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour®

Whether you’re interested in getting a glimpse inside the candlelit windows, learning more about Raleigh’s history and architecture, or simply looking for an excuse to spend a little extra time with friends in downtown Raleigh, you’re invited to come celebrate the holidays on the Historic Oawkood Candlelight Tour® .

Garden Club Tea & Tour

The annual Garden Tour and Victorian Tea offers Raleigh residents and visitors a glimpse into the vibrant and beautiful gardens within the city’s oldest neighborhood.  Purchase of ticket includes a one-hour Victorian tea with traditional beverages and snacks and a guided tour of the annual and perennial gardens of the neighborhood. 


Quarterly Gatherings

Once a quarter, the residents gather in one of the local parks for a picnic and fun. Depending on the event, there may be music or other entertainment. Details of upcoming events can be found in your current edition of The Oakwood News. Typical events have included:

- Samedi Gras Celebration
- Spring Jazz Brunch
- July 4th Block Party
- Homecoming Athletic Club (former residents invited)
- Fall Pig Pickin'

Oakwood Athletic Club

The "Athletic Club" is a tongue-in-cheek description of a social gathering on the last Sunday evening of each month. The location changes each month with a different resident volunteering to host the event. Each attendee brings a dish to share and their beverage of choice.

Neighborhood Communication

There are a number of methods to hear about whats going on in the neighborhood and to discuss items of interest with neighbors. A newsletter, The Oakwood News, is distributed monthly that provides a variety of articles and news. Additionally, there an email listserve that allows direct interaction between neighbors on a number of topics. Also, a community website is provided for use by all Oakwood residents. It includes neighborhood news and information, an event calendar and forums to discuss a variety of topics.

SPHO Meetings

The Society For The Preservation Of Historic Oakwood (SPHO) is an all volunteer organization dedicated to the preservation and improvement of Oakwood and the surrounding areas. There are a number of opportunities in a variety of areas for anyone interested in contributing time and energy for the benefit of Oakwood. The SPHO holds monthly meetings and all residents are welcome to attend. Dates, time and location are listed in The Oakwood News.