Archives for the month of: August, 2011

Greater Raleigh is home to many large venues that can host up to thousands of attendees at the next event you’re planning. Facilities such as the Raleigh Convention Center and the N.C. State Fairgrounds are exceptional major meeting spaces, but Raleigh also has more than a dozen hotels that can accommodate your next large meeting.

The first, full-service hotel in North Carolina to receive AAA’s coveted Five Diamond Award, The Umstead Hotel and Spa is a wonderful choice for a meeting where you’d like unparalleled luxury. The Umstead has a total of 10,200 square feet of indoor meeting space and a 6,000-square-foot lawn for outdoor events.

Wonderful downtown meeting hotels include Sheraton Raleigh Hotel and the Clarion Hotel State Capital.

Visit this comprehensive list of major meeting hotels for more than a dozen potential venues. If you’re on a budget, there are plenty of quality, smaller hotel meeting spaces that can be reserved at affordable prices as well. Also, don’t forget that the GRCVB Sales Department can assist you in shopping around for the best facility or hotel for your next event (free of charge).

Mark your calendars for the Sixth Annual Magnificent Mile Race on Sept. 18th at 2 p.m. on Hillsborough Street. This charitable race was inspired by three people, each of whom has a form of motor neuron disease. The Magnificent Mile aims to find a cure for motor neuron disease, one step at a time.

Sarah Witt was an avid runner until 2004, when she was diagnosed with Primary Lateral Sclerosis. Now, she is confined to a wheelchair, but her love of marathons lives on in the Magnificent Mile. Scott and Amy Corsmeier are siblings who have Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia, a heredity motor neuron disease. This race is an inspiration of all of them and their stories.

The Magnificent Mile includes a men’s competitive mile, a women’s competitive mile, a recreational mile, and even kids races so your children can get involved in the cause too. Awards will be presented, but the real reward in this race is knowing you’ve helped raise awareness and donations for a great cause. Whether you’re a visitor in town for the day or a local, get active and get involved by registering for the Magnificent Mile today.

In 2010, more than 15,000 people attended the inaugural African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh and Wake County, and this year is expected to be even bigger and better. The African American Cultural Festival is a family friendly celebration of African-American arts and culture in downtown Raleigh. The 2011 festival takes place during Labor Day weekend.

During this event, the main stage of City Plaza will come alive with featured performances by legendary artists, and the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel will be home to an exhibition by black artists from across the state. Kids can take part in the fun too, by visiting the Family Village with crafts and entertainment geared towards children.

This year, the main stage will feature performances by Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Trouble Funk, African Children’s Choir, Troop 41, and many more. The Family Village stage will host performances by The African American Dance Ensemble, Kenya Safari Acrobats, and The Purple Charlotte Steppers, to name a few.

Come celebrate African-American arts and culture in the second year of this fun and engaging event. For more information, visit this site.

Do you have kids who love learning about creepy crawlies? Are you yourself intrigued by arthropods? On September 17th, the 2011 BugFest will be back at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and you’re invited!

Did you know that arthropods make up three-quarters of all animals on Earth? Even if you’re terrified of bugs, your fears will soon be turned to fascination as you learn all about them during fun, fact-filled presentations. There will be entertaining displays, exhibits and activities for all, both inside and outside of the museum.

You’ll also get to taste delectable dishes featuring creepy crawlers as a major ingredient, watch fun bug competitions like the cockroach races, and be filled with wonder by awesome demonstrations, such as a live bee-bearding and Jim Albert’s Flea Circus.

This free event is the largest of its kind in the entire country. Visit the BugFest website for more information about one of the most interesting and unique festivals around.

There are so many great ways to rock out in Greater Raleigh, and if you’re a true Music Maniac you’d probably enjoy them all. Real Music Maniacs will have a blast anywhere there’s live music, but even if you have a taste for a specific genre, we’ve got some awesome deals that will enhance your next music-minded stay in the area.

The Party Like a Rock Star deal at the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown may not help bring you to a concert, but it will help bring the concert to you. For every night you stay, you’ll earn a $15 iTunes gift card and $20 of hotel credit, which you can apply during your next Music Maniac visit.

There are a few hotels in the area that really know how to prep you well for your next big concert. If you stay at Courtyard by Marriott Crabtree, Cambria Suites Raleigh-Durham Airport, Residence Inn by Marriott Raleigh Crabtree Valley, or TownPlace Suites Cary Weston Parkway, you’ll be set up with discounted deluxe accommodations, a $25 gas card, and a cooler filled with snacks, drinks, and koozies to make your concert experience just that much better!

Several hotels also offer discounts if you’re attending a concert in the area. Cambria Suites Raleigh-Durham Airport has a Concerts Rock discount, and Sheraton Raleigh Hotel offers great rates for those who attend a Live Nation concert.

If you like the deals you’ve seen here, visit the deals page to learn about even more great packages for your next Greater Raleigh stay.

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