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Things to Do in Cary, N.C.


Setting the stage
Koka Booth Amphitheatre, set alongside Symphony Lake and surrounded by beautiful pine trees, is the perfect setting to take in an outdoor concert. The venue has hosted artists including Lady Antebellum, Willie Nelson, Jack Johnson, John Mayer and more and welcomes fans of all ages. The venue is also home to the North Carolina Symphony's Summerfest Series, hosts the North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival and screens a family-friendly outdoor movie series in the warmer months.

Koka Booth Amphitheatre

Destination dining
Experience fine dining at Herons at The Umstead Hotel and Spa, recipient of numerous accolades including Five Stars from Forbes Travel Guide and a Five-Diamond Award from AAA.

Community arts
Enjoy local theater and the performing arts at the Cary Arts Center, showcasing performances by the local ballet, community theater and youth.

Head-to-head action
Witness the North Carolina FC and North Carolina Courage soccer teams in action at WakeMed Soccer Park, or check out annual events such as the USA Baseball-Irish Classic at the USA Baseball National Training Complex.

USA Baseball-Irish Classic

History in downtown Cary
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Page-Walker Arts and History Center features the Cary Heritage Museum, gallery exhibitions, public events and more.

Unique movie watching
The Cary Theater hosts live performances and films at the newly-renovated, but historic, indoor movie theater.

Culture and major festivals
Take delight in the mass of cultural and arts festivals, including Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival in April, Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival in Aug., Diwali Indian Festival of Lights in Oct. and Kwanzaa Festival in Dec.

Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival in the Town of Cary

Local pizza, local beer
Spend a night out dining at the new, critically-acclaimed Neopolitan pizza spot Pizzeria Faulisi, then hop next door to Bond Brothers Beer Company, named best new brewery in America by USA Today in 2017.

Forehands and kickflips
Athletes can show off their skills at Cary Tennis Park (nearly 40 courts, including seven, brand-new, covered courts, make it one of the largest tennis facilities in the Southeast) or Sk8-Cary Skate Park, an outdoor skate park open to skateboarders, inline and quad skaters, scooters and BMX bikers.

Quiet reflection
Seek solitude or exercise along three miles of mulched walking trails and scenic overlooks, plus enjoy bird- and wildlife-watching opportunities at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve/Stevens Nature Center.

Cary Hemlock Bluffs Boardwalk