Raleigh, N.C., Pride

No matter what you love, or who you love, you'll appreciate the way Raleigh's smart and savvy locals have embraced a new-fashioned vision for their historic capital area. A community that's modern by nature—home to students, professors and a young workforce in the tech and science sectors—Raleigh is passionate about the fun, lively and welcoming vibe that artists, entrepreneurs and innovators have created for all to enjoy. Endless nightlife spots, gay and lesbian bars and clubs and authentic, handcrafted experiences are ready to be discovered by LGBT visitors.

Out! Raleigh

Invigorate your senses by sampling the many flavors of cutting-edge cuisine enhanced by artisan craft brews and spirits. Get your toes tapping to the sounds of emerging music and bands. Discover gifts and treasures from local boutiques. Join in on family-friendly activities and events where Raleigh's people and culture are celebrated. And, broaden your horizons through an enticing array of visual and performing arts events.



Celebrations

At least three times a year, the Raleigh area especially shows its LGBT pride through big events.

Out! Raleigh 2018
Out! Raleigh is the area's annual, family-friendly street festival that celebrates the LGBT community and its allies. Organized each year by the LGBT Center of Raleigh, the festival's speakers, performers and vendors (and a Kids Zone) bring seven hours of fun and family to downtown Raleigh's Fayetteville St. district. The 2018 festival returns May 5, 11am-6pm. Learn more

Out! Raleigh

Triangle Expo for LGBTQ Aging Adults
SAGE Raleigh, LGBT Center of Raleigh and Resources for Seniors are the proud founding sponsors of N.C.'s first Triangle Expo for LGBTQ Aging Adults, being held during LGBT Pride Month on June 23, 2018. The main purpose of the Expo is to bring together providers of vital resources and consumers who are 50 and older. It will highlight and feature agencies, organizations and businesses in the area that are welcoming, respectful and willing to reach out to LGBTQ aging adults. (Not only open to the LGBTQ senior community but also the entire senior community as well as caregivers who work with seniorstherefore this event is open to anyone who wishes to attend!) Learn more

Crape Myrtle Festival (CMF) 38th Annual Grand Gala and CMF38 Queen's Ball
The CMF is one of the nation's oldest ongoing AIDS fundraisers, and you can celebrate 38 years of its philanthropy during these two popular social events in July 2018: the CMF38 Grand Gala and CMF38 Queen's Ball. The two evenings of celebration include decadent food, libations and entertainment, including live music, drag performances and more. And after the Grand Gala program, an awesome party carries on through the night. Specific 2018 event dates TBA. Learn more

N.C. Pride Night Fest 2018
The 34th N.C. Pride will feature N.C. Pride @ Night, both in nearby Durham and in Raleigh. In downtown Raleigh, expect 15+ LGBT nightlife events centered on S. Harrington St. plus a street festival. All are welcome. Specific 2018 event dates TBA. Learn more

 

Tag Approved hotels

Where you stay is just as important as what you do while you’re here. It’s got to fit your style, your location and of course, your budget. That’s why you’ll find 150-plus options in Raleigh, N.C. At more than a dozen TAG Approved area accommodations, you can relax in the certainty that your expectations will be met.

 

A Welcome to All

From our buzzing nightlife, enticing arts and entertainment, world-class shopping districts, exciting outdoor recreation and professional sports and abundance of luxury and upscale hotels, Raleigh offers a lot to see and do and extends a welcome to all visitors with open hearts, the desire to meet your needs and help you discover your own Raleigh story.

All Are Welcome

Right Now in Raleigh, N.C.

Things to Do

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Sports & Recreation

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Sports & Recreation

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Dining & Drinks

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Arts

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Live Music

With outdoor concert season coming to full swing this spring, the Raleigh area's live music calendar is full of awesome shows. It's a prime time to see your favorite bands on tour along with a few legends, and to also check out some new artists. Here are 30+...