Entertain Visiting Family & Friends in Raleigh, N.C.

Restaurants and things to do

visitRaleigh.com has everything locals need to keep visiting friends and family happy, with tasty ideas for what and where to eat and top things to do, like rocker/restaurateur Cheetie Kumar's Garland, specializing in Indian and Pan-Asian dishes, reinvented with Southern flair—or her cocktail bar Neptunes Parlour and concert venue KINGS, all original places here in Raleigh to enjoy with friends and family.

You and your guests will see the Raleigh area with fresh eyes through all the authentic experiences created by passionate-minded locals!

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Live Music

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...

Dining & Drinks

Located in the heart of downtown Wake Forest, Shorty's Famous Hot Dogs has been a go-to hangout spot for locals for more than 100 years. Originally opened as a movie theater way back in 1916,...

Sports & Recreation

Located just east of Raleigh in the town of Wendell, Robertson Millpond Preserve is a hidden, 85-acre refuge for nature lovers, canoeists and kayakers. Opened to the public in 2015, the blackwater...

Things to Do

Summer is coming (and we have big plans!). But first, a glorious long weekend is straight ahead—baseball games, good eats, museum exhibits, outdoor exploring and more are on the docket....

Things to Do

Note: Authored by David Menconi, this piece has been produced in partnership with Raleigh Arts. Menconi's latest book, "Step It Up and Go: The Story of North Carolina Popular Music, from...

Things to Do

There's a lot of buzz about bees these days, and for good reason. These tiny creatures play a vital role in our ecosystem—according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, honey bees and native bees pollinate roughly 75% of all fruits, vegetables and nuts grown in U.S. But while the amount of crops

Cheetie Kumar
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Cheetie Kumar

Garland, KINGS and Neptunes Parlour

For Garland restaurant owner Cheetie Kumar, music, food and creating a good time go hand in hand. The rocker-turned-restaurateur has her hands full as head chef at Garland while still taking center stage as guitarist in her band, Birds of Avalon.

“You can hang out in Raleigh and walk around and hit a bunch of different spots that are very well-thought-out and beautifully executed.”

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