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 holiday events, 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 Now in Raleigh

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 an eighth time! The festival—which only visits a handful of spots around the country each year is...

Get Poole's Diner details plus the scoop on more smart, stylish and inviting restaurants from Chef Ashley Christensen. Focus is on the food, which is seasonal, simple and precisely executed, using a bounty of fresh ingredients, many grown on artisanal farms or harvested...

There’s a pretty good reason why Raleigh, N.C., has earned the nickname the “Smithsonian of the South.” Only here can you admire the Southeast’s largest collection of Rodin sculptures in a beautiful space filled with natural light at the North Carolina Museum of Art....

It's the most wonderful time of the year to explore the outdoors! Peak fall colors in the Raleigh area—lighting up greenways, parks and nature preserves—are beginning to set in (generally expected from late October through mid- to late November). And while there are...

La Farm honors the ordinary, yet extraordinary, boulangeries that once flourished in every little town in France. Their loaves are hand-crafted daily in a variety flavors, shapes and sizes, and along with artisan breads, La Farm also offers pastries, desserts, baked...

The last five seasons have been a heck of a ride for the Carolina Hurricanes. Owner Tom Dundon purchased the franchise in late 2017, former Canes player Rod Brind'Amour was brought on as head coach just a handful of months later, the team made five straight playoff...

The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) has unveiled a spectacular exhibition that art enthusiasts won't want to miss. The museum will host Dutch Art in a Global Age: Masterpieces from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The exhibition takes a fresh approach exploring...

Enjoy the thrill of ice skating in a winter wonderland created in the heart of downtown Raleigh! THE RINK presented by UNC Health... View More

Fenton's Skate the Square rink is open Nov. 5-Feb. 5! General admission is $17+ for 75 minutes. Start your Mondays off right with... View More

Downtown Raleigh comes to light with Illuminate, a self-guided, light-based art walk. This five-week activation takes place in... View More

Experience Carolina Ballet’s reimagined Nutcracker . First performed in December 2022, this new production is the Ballet’s... View More

P1t Pottery Experience
Metal stamping

Signature Experiences

with People-First Tourism

Dive into Raleigh's 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.”

Learn the art of crocheting, out and about at cookie shops, parks and more fun locations (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

Learn about the craft of blending and distilling in this behind-the-scenes tour (booking available upon request) View More

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