No matter what you love, or who you love, you'll appreciate the way Raleigh's smart and savvy locals have embraced a new-fashioned vision for their historic capital area. A community that's modern by nature—home to students, professors and a young workforce in the tech and science sectors—Raleigh is passionate about the fun, lively and welcoming vibe that artists, entrepreneurs and innovators have created for all to enjoy. Endless nightlife spots, gay and lesbian bars and clubs and authentic, handcrafted experiences are ready to be discovered by LGBT visitors.
Use our handy listings, interactive maps and event calendar to make the most of your visit.
All Are Welcome Here
We know that, in light of House Bill 2 (HB2) becoming law, you may have new questions or concerns about what to expect when traveling to N.C. And we also know this: Raleigh's promise to visitors is that you'll depart feeling enriched and enlivened by your experience here. As Raleigh's mayor and other elected officials have reiterated, Raleigh will always be open to everyone, and we hope you'll make the choice to be warmly welcomed by our passionate locals—a diverse community of artists, athletes, creative-class innovators, politicians, business and tech workers, students and educators—all of whom make up a cultural combination found in no other place, unlocking opportunities for new experiences and learning.
A visit to Raleigh, N.C., is truly what you make of it.
The hospitality community in Raleigh extends a welcome to all visitors with open hearts, the desire to meet your needs and help you discover your own Raleigh story.
VIDEOS: THOUGHTS FROM RALEIGH, N.C., LGBT COMMUNITY LEADERS
James Miller, executive director of the LGBT Center of Raleigh, and Renee Wells, director of the North Carolina State University GLBT Center, talk about HB2 and how, despite recent perceptions of N.C. due to the law, Raleigh continues to be a highly accepting and open destination.
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Miller and Wells talk about how Raleigh, N.C., is a unique destination in the state due to the inclusive diversity of the community and how people from all walks of life, backgrounds and futures are welcome and embraced.
OUT! RALEIGH 2017
Out! Raleigh is the area's annual, family-friendly street festival that celebrates the LGBT community and its allies. Organized each year by the LGBT Center of Raleigh, the festival's speakers, performers and vendors (and a Kids Zone) bring seven hours of fun and family to downtown Raleigh's Fayetteville St. district. The 2017 festival returns May 6, 11am-6pm. Learn more
CRAPE MYRTLE FESTIVAL (CMF) 37TH ANNUAL GRAND GALA AND CMF QUEENS BALL
The CMF is one of the nation's oldest ongoing AIDS fundraisers, and you can celebrate 37 years of its philanthropy during these two popular social events in summer 2017: the 37th Annual Grand Gala and CMF Queens Ball. The two evenings of celebration include decadent food, libations and entertainment, including live music, drag performances and more. And after the Grand Gala program, an awesome party carries on through the night. Learn more
N.C. PRIDE NIGHT FEST 2017
Plan your Fall visit around the largest LGBT event in a five-state area, the N.C. PrideFest in Sept. While the day festival takes place in nearby Durham, the night festival heats up in downtown Raleigh all weekend. Expect 15+ LGBT nightlife events centered in downtown's Warehouse District and Glenwood South. Learn more