Right Now in Raleigh

The Raleigh area is a perfect place for visitors and locals for Memorial Day weekend. From a hot air balloon festival to baseball games, the destination is packing in the fun over the long weekend ahead. Show your patriotism, get outside, take in a concert, scoop up...

The weather is heating up, and summer romance is straight ahead! Check out these 15 summer date ideas in the Raleigh area, from baseball game dates, to strolls through art museums, to coffee dates and...

There's no shortage of ways to find peaceful getaways in order to explore the outdoors in the City of Oaks. Use any of the Raleigh area’s 180 miles of greenways—many of them connecting to attractions...

Roll call! Who's ready for beer festivals, outdoor concerts and food truck rodeos? We've got big plans this spring in Raleigh, N.C.! To jump-start these warm-weather months we've put together this...

Nothing screams "summer!" quite like settling in under the stars for a movie night. Luckily, there are tons of opportunities to do just that across the Raleigh area. We've rounded up a whole bunch of...

One of the most highly-anticipated art exhibits of the year—perhaps one of the most highly-anticipated in many years—brings an incredible 'wow' factor to the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, N.C., this spring and summer. "You Are Here: Light, Color, and Sound Experiences" features 20 immersive art installations created by 15 artists from around the world. The works take over an entire floor of the museum's East Building and spill into the 164-acre Ann and Jim Goodnight Park, creating a campus-wide presentation of contemporary experiential art.

GAB Smith - CAM Raleigh

Gab Smith

CAM Raleigh

For four years, Gab Smith has been at the helm of this contemporary art museum that’s at the epicenter of Raleigh, N.C.’s art scene. Its ever-rotating exhibitions celebrate creativity in all its forms and use a myriad of media to provoke thought and challenge hearts.

“One of the things I love about Raleigh is that the community itself is such a creative place.”

Meet More of Raleigh's Passionate Minds

Dining & Drinks

Ten years ago, chef Ashley Christensen took a chance on a modest dining space with lots of history in downtown Raleigh. When the doors to Poole's Diner opened on Dec. 13, 2007, she was committed to building bigger and better things for N.C.'s capital city, where she had attended North Carolina State University and already made a name for herself at a number of local restaurants. 

Dining & Drinks

Legendary barbecue spots, old-school soda shops, a hot dog joint that's over 100 years old and more! The Raleigh, N.C., area is rooted in history (the City of Oaks, founded on Dec. 31, 1792, is...

Dining & Drinks

Raleigh, N.C.'s cocktail culture is as vibrant as ever. From sophisticated speakeasies to local neighborhood hangouts, a well-crafted drink—perfect for a warm, sunny day or an intimate...

Things to Do

Knightdale, N.C. , (just nine miles from downtown Raleigh ) is a story of exploration and discovery, which began in 1700 with the English wishing to know more about the land called...

Live Music

With outdoor concert season coming to full swing this spring, the Raleigh area's live music calendar is full of awesome shows. It's a prime time to see your favorite bands on tour along with...

Sports & Recreation

There are a whole bunch of ways to celebrate warm weather in the Raleigh area —one of our favorites is to combine relaxing views with a bit of exercise by heading to the nearest body of water. Up for a kayaking adventure, a sailing excursion or in need of some...

Raleigh, N.C.

Raleigh is home to seven different areas, each with their own personalities and stand-out things to do. Plus, there are 11 charming towns in the Raleigh area to explore!

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Downtown Raleigh

Historic neighborhoods, museums, Southern diners and global eats, green spaces, performance venues, breweries and nightlife spots work together to create one incredible, cultural hotspot.

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East Raleigh

Steeped in history, East Raleigh continues to grow with historic neighborhoods, two distilleries, family-fun facilities and restaurants serving up delicious, down-home Southern food.

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Midtown Raleigh

Includes four, different shopping, entertainment and dining areas all within a short drive—North Hills, Crabtree Valley, Cameron Village and the Five Points neighborhood.

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North Raleigh

Home to hundreds of restaurants, large retail stores, entertainment complexes, parks and recreation areas. Family entertainment is easy to find as well as fun, outdoor things to do

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RDU/Brier Creek

Aptly named for its proximity to RDU International Airport, the area is home to hundreds of thousands of square feet of retail, restaurants, breweries and an array of family fun.

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South Raleigh

Located just south of downtown, this area is one of the city’s most rapidly growing. With multiple parks, eateries and entertainment options, it's a great place to spend a day or stay.

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West Raleigh

Boasts two-dozen live performance venues and visual art galleries, including the North Carolina Museum of Art! This hip, college-town drag also includes the N.C. State Fairgrounds and PNC Arena.

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Apex

Celebrating its turn-of-the-century railroad heritage, the charming town of Apex features more than 60 commercial and residential structures dating from 1870 to 1940.

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Cary

One of the fastest-growing cities in the South, the Town of Cary is home to renowned restaurants, world-class shopping, top-tier entertainment, culture and arts and a range of outdoor experiences.

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Fuquay-Varina

Originally, visitors traveled to the quaint town seeking the healing powers of its mineral spring. Today the town remains a rewarding place for day-trip adventures or weekend getaways.

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Garner

Venture just 10 minutes from downtown Raleigh and check out Garner, an All-America City with unique amenities and a genuine, hometown authenticity.

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Holly Springs

At its beginnings, travelers stopped by the area's springs to quench their thirst, and while that bit of history doesn’t continue today, visitors do stop to indulge in breweries and dining spots.

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Knightdale

Perfect for those seeking a welcoming, youthful culture, Knightdale boasts lots of parks and trails for the active-minded, a distillery plus a local-hangout, nano brewery.

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Morrisville/RTP

A growing enclave known for its diversity, educated populace and cultural vibrancy. Includes excellent global dining, plus the local-favorite, indoor climbing spot Triangle Rock Club.

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Rolesville

As the second-oldest town in the Raleigh area, Rolesville’s roots run deep. Established in 1837, the town has held fast to its engaging, Southern charm.

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Wake Forest

A beautiful small town with enough history, culture and activities to keep travelers entertained for days on end. Stroll through the charming, historic downtown district!

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Wendell

Along Main St. and throughout historic downtown Wendell—on the National Register of Historic Places—vintage shops, dining spots and buildings display the architecture of our American heritage.

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Zebulon

Just 25 minutes from downtown Raleigh, Zebulon is a vibrant, welcoming community with activities ranging from sporting events (Carolina Mudcats baseball!) to down-home Southern dining.

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