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
We know that in light of House Bill 2 (HB2), 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.
N.C. PRIDE, NIGHT FESTIVAL, SEPTEMBER 24, 2016
Plan your Fall visit around the largest LGBT event in a five-state area, the N.C. PrideFest. While the day festival takes place Sept. 24 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
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. Thanks to everyone who attended the 2016 festival on Sat., May 7! Look out for 2017 festival dates and plan to join the celebration. Learn more