Jump In to Raleigh, N.C.—all the way in.

Raleigh, N.C., is wide open. Ready for you to jump in. Into all your favorite festivities, out-of-this-world dining raved about across the country, world-class museum exhibits, hands-on, unscripted signature experiences and so much more.

Plan your trip. Jump right in. And immerse yourself deeper into the destination more than you ever have. Get trip ideas below with all sorts of things to do, places to eat, events to attend and more.

Raleigh, N.C., Trip Ideas

The holidays are the perfect time to come together with friends and family, celebrating the magic of the season and taking part in the Raleigh area's holiday traditions, old and new. This list, full of events and activities in N.C.'s capital city area, should get you...

A 200-foot-long, 21-foot-tall dragon has invaded Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, N.C. Yes, the North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival has returned to the Raleigh area for a seventh time! The festival—which only visits a handful of spots around the country each year is...

Open through Feb. 26, 2023. From international superstars, including Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Rosanne Cash, Shania Twain and Taylor Swift, to contemporary North Carolina artists, such as Rhiannon Giddens, Rissi Palmer and Kasey Tyndall, The Power of Women in...

Open through May 7, 2023. A blockbuster exhibition is ready for takeover at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, N.C.! James Cameron: Challenging the Deep is a major, immersive exhibition that explores the legendary filmmaker's extensive career as a...

The most wonderful time of the year is upon us! And downtown Raleigh, N.C.'s outdoor ice skating rink returns to Red Hat Amphitheater—Nov. 19-Jan. 16, 2023—to provide a big boost of holiday spirit. This year, THE RINK presented by UNC Health will feature extended...

Open through Jan. 22, 2023. Featuring more than 50 paintings by iconic artists including Edgar Degas, Vincent van Gogh, Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso and Paul Cézanne from the world-renowned Phillips Collection, A Modern Vision: European Masterworks from...

During the holiday season, the Raleigh area is aglow with light displays, tree lightings and other seasonal presentations. Below are some of the best happenings and places for Christmas and other holiday pageantry! Magic of Lights, Nov. 18-Dec. 30 (closed Mondays in...

Ready to brighten your holiday season? The WRAL Nights of Lights drive-thru light show is making its way back to Dorothea Dix Park for the third year in a row in Raleigh, N.C.! Brought to you by WRAL/Capitol Broadcasting Company in partnership with the City of Raleigh,...

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Jump In to Raleigh and dive into its culture with guided Signature Experiences, a curated collection of unscripted tours and hands-on encounters designed to take you "backstage" and alongside the locals who live it and breathe it every day.

“People-First Experiences are meant to be true, authentic representations of the people and places that create them.”

Relax and have a drink while Lauren guides you through a workshop on watercolor landscapes (booking available upon request) View More

Learn the basics of stamping on metal to create personalized accessories and gifts (booking available upon request) View More

Get a look behind the curtains of multicultural spaces in downtown Raleigh (booking available upon request) View More

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Transfer Co. Food Hall/"30 Can't-Miss Things to Do," Brian Strickland; The Power of Women in Country Music boots, courtesy of the GRAMMY Museum®/photo by Rebecca Sapp; Brush the Skyline and pottery photos, David Kuhn