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Raleigh NC

No matter the season, there's always something fun to do on the Raleigh and the Triangle area. Pick your favorite time of year to learn about the local happenings, and you'll understand why people can't get enough of this wonderful area.


pullen park entrance

Explore Pullen Park

The first public park in NC, Pullen is a staple of many Raleigh-based childhoods. Enjoy the train, carousel, paddle-boats, jungle gym, and fantastic events held throughout the year.

fresh produce

Visit the Raleigh Farmers' Market

Fruits, veggies, flowers: oh my! But really, the Raleigh Farmers' Market is actually open year-round and has TONS of artisanal goodies, delicious produce, and more.

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Annual Mid-Town Square Spring Festival

Held in Downtown Cary, this beloved Triangle event features live musical performances, activities, food vendors, and all the North Carolina charm you can handle.


NC museum of art

NC Museum of Art

Treat yourself to an art lesson by touring the museum's insides, attending a fun movie screening, or strolling along the institution's grounds to see amazing outdoor art installations.

A white and red striped bag of popcorn.

Marbles Kids Museum

A place where creativity can run wild, Marbles is an awesome kids' museum that also holds adult events throughout the year! Featuring an IMAX movie theater and interactive exhibits, you can't miss Marbles.

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Three Bear Acres

With 50-acres of space for kids to run and play, Three Bear Acres is the perfect place for special events, birthday parties, field trips, and just a good old fashioned day of play!


Purple and blue balloons on a string.

Explore Umstead Park

Become one with nature at Umstead. Spend your day hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, and observing the uninterrupted natural beauty of North Carolina.

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Visit the Carolina Ballet

Swan Lake, the Nutcracker... who doesn't love a movie piece of art as unique and enchanting as ballet? Make lifelong memories by catching a jaw-dropping show at your local ballet theater. 

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Tour a Brewery

There's no better place for craft beer than Raleigh. Home to just about every kind of beer you can imagine, including NC's first woman-owned brewery, try local favorites Big Boss, Crank Arm, and Gizmo.


kids ice skating

Skate at Ice Raleigh

There are so many fun places to go ice skating in Raleigh! Take your pick of Raleigh Center Ice (home to the Carolina Hurricanes hockey team!), Raleigh Iceplex, or the Polar Iceplex.

NC Chinese Lantern Festival

NC Chinese Lantern Festival

Held at the Koka Boothe Amphitheatre in Cary from November to January, this is a magnificent Triangle event. Stroll through the grounds as you view the jaw-dropping colors and lights of the Chinese lanterns.
holiday performance

Check Out a Holiday Performance at DPAC

Take a quick trip over to Durham for a spectacular holiday celebration at the Performing Arts Center! Upcoming events for 2018 include Elf, A Christmas Carol, and the Nutcracker.

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