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.

Crape Myrtle Festival (CMF) 41st Annual Grand Gala
The CMF is one of the nation's oldest ongoing AIDS fundraisers, and you can celebrate 41 years of its philanthropy during this popular social event this summer on Sat., July 31, 2021, 7pm at CAM Raleigh. The evening of celebration includes 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. Learn more

Raleigh Pride
Join the City of Oaks in June 2022 for a month-long, city-wide celebration dedicated to highlighting diverse events that contribute to the texture of our LGBT community! Visit RaleighPrideNC.com or follow @raleighpridenc on Instagram as festivities are planned.

Out! Raleigh Pride 2022
Out! Raleigh Pride 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 a day of fun and family to downtown Raleigh's Fayetteville St. district. Stay tuned for details on the June 2022 event! Learn more

Out! Raleigh

 

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 Mural

Right Now in Raleigh, N.C.

Things to Do

Incorporated on April 3, 1871, Cary, N.C., turns 150 years old in 2021! In Sept. and Oct., the Cary Players will present Cary the Stories , an original play that will take to the stage at the Cary Arts Center in downtown Cary to bring to life both well-known and untold Cary history to life. One of

Live Music

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Things to Do

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Sports & Recreation

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Sports & Recreation

It's now possible to bike from Raleigh to Durham exclusively using greenways thanks to a few recently completed sections of trail in the Cary area. The 45-mile ride is a rewarding challenge and...

Dining & Drinks

There’s been a lot of buzz in the the Raleigh area's food scene around some exciting restaurants that have recently opened their doors. The list includes culinary concepts from some nationally recognized chefs and local passionate minds as well as a few...