Right Now in Raleigh

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 list of 30 items for your spring bucket list, perfect for planning a trip...

From art walks to highly-anticipated exhibitions to major festivals, the Raleigh area offers up a bevy of unique arts experiences this spring. Check out our list of more than 20 events you can't miss...

Take a look at Raleigh's 2018 convention (or con) and show lineup, from small to gigantic, and you’ll see that fan culture is on the rise! Celebrating an appreciation for comics and related popular...

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...

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 night out—is...

With Spring comes lots of great outdoor events around Raleigh, N.C.! And those not only include signature events in downtown Raleigh like Brewgaloo in April and Artsplosure - The Raleigh Arts Festival in May, but also fun springtime festivals in Raleigh's surrounding towns. Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Wake Forest, Wendell and other Raleigh area towns offer up opportunities to get outside and take in some of the best of the towns—a good number of the events are great opps to try local beers and food trucks, hear some of the best live music around and shop for local art, crafts and eatables. Plan ahead to hit these festivals and events this spring 2018!

Sumit Vohra
Lonerider Brewing Company

Sumit Vohra

Lonerider Brewing Company

Ten years ago, Sumit Vohra quit his day job and started doing what he was passionate about: crafting high-quality, great tasting ales. Today, Lonerider Brewing Company is hailed as one of the country's best beer-makers.

“We have a West Texas-themed brewery in Raleigh, making a German-style Hefeweizen, run by a guy from India. I think that explains the diversity of what Raleigh is about.”

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. 

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Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it! Start planning a memorable and romantic date for your someone special, or simply celebrate with your closest friends. We’ve curated a...

Dining & Drinks

Weekends are meant to be brunched on! Time spent with family and friends over stacks of blueberry pancakes or the perfect Eggs Benedict should be cherished—in the Raleigh area , it is. We get...

Dining & Drinks

The James Beard Foundation announced its list of chef and restaurant semifinalists for their 28th annual James Beard Foundation Awards (often referred to as the "Oscars of the food world"),...

A brand new, functional piece of art awaits visitors inside William B. Umstead State Park . A fallen red oak tree—approximately 25 feet long and several feet high—has been transformed by...

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Tucked into 12 acres of woodlands overlooking a private lake in  Cary, N.C. , a world-class getaway awaits—literally! As it turns out, a soothing spa, five-star cuisine, gracious staff and 150 spacious guest rooms and suites are a recipe for a big success.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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