Gather your family and friends together in Raleigh, N.C.

When was the last time your out-of-town family and friends visited you here in the Raleigh area? Reveling with you at your favorite festivals. Dining at nationally recognized restaurants. Exploring world-class museum exhibits. Going all in on unscripted signature experiences and so much more. Chances are, it’s been way too long.

Why not dig a little deeper where you live for the many things to do, places to eat, events to attend and more that await you and your guests?

Scroll below to get inspired and plan your next get-together.

Raleigh Now in Raleigh

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....

Open June 15 through September 29, 2024. Featuring special activities designed for both adults and young children, "Amazing Pollinators" is fun for the entire family. Pollination is vital to life on Earth, but it isn’t easy! Slip into the wings of pollinators like bats,...

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...

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...

Tried-and-true recipe for a great time: a dash of warm weather, a heap of live music and plenty of good friends. With a jam-packed schedule of open-air tunes, we've put together your guide to the venues and concert series that make up more than 100 outdoor concerts in...

Raleigh, N.C., is a booming metropolis that offers a big city feel with Southern charm. It's a smart, modern-meets-historic destination that has a lot to offer and no matter what path you choose on your visit, we know you'll be energized by the fired-up cultural...

A big new attraction is now open in Cary, N.C. Downtown Cary Park—a seven-acre, state-of-the-art playspace for all ages—opened in the heart of downtown Cary in late 2023. The early reviews are in: this is undoubtedly one of America's best new public gathering spaces....

There's no shortage of ways to find peaceful escapes 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 and letting you travel all over the destination—or numerous other miles...

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Signature Experiences

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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.”

Enjoy a downtown Raleigh brewery and scenic overlooks for a session in painting skylines (booking available upon request) View More

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

Enjoy a guided, curated mezcal tasting at the first mezcal bar in the Southeast (booking available upon request) View More


Transfer Co. Food Hall/"30 Can't-Miss Things to Do" photo, Brian Strickland; Signature Experiences larger photo, David Kuhn