There was so much interest in our post about “24 Fun Things to Do in Greater Raleigh” that we’ve taken your suggestions and created “24 More Fun Things to Do in Greater Raleigh” in celebration of the 24-hour grand opening of the Nature Research Center on April 20-21. We know there is a lot more to do in our area, so continue to give us your suggestions on Facebook and Twitter.
- Get dancing – Take in a performance by the world-renowned Carolina Ballet. Not to miss–their “magical” version of The Nutcracker.
- Say hello to history – Mordecai Historic Park has the birthplace of Andrew Johnson and gives visitors a chance to discover what life was like in the early days of Raleigh.
- Buy local –It’s that time of year again! Fresh produce rules at one of the area’s many weekly markets. Try the State Farmers Market, the largest in the state and open daily.
- Take an iconic picture – Have your picture taken in front of the giant copper acorn in Moore Square. This 1,250-pound sculpture is dropped on New Year’s Eve during First Night celebrations.
- Find a food truck – This culinary trend is popping up in unexpected places. Follow local favorites like Klausie’s Pizza on Twitter to find out where to grab the perfect slice.
- Take a hike – Falls Lake is the perfect place to get out and enjoy nature on any of the hiking and biking trails.
- Get your swing on – The area is home to golf courses like Lonnie Poole, designed by Arnold Palmer, and with seasonal temperatures, it’s the perfect time to hit the links.
- Eat pie – Grab a slice, of pie that is, at Piebird in Historic Oakwood. This quaint restaurant serves homemade dessert pies and hand pies.
- Discover glorious gardens – The Raleigh area has some of the most beautiful gardens in the state including the J.C. Raulston Arboretum with more than 5,000 plants on display.
- Tour a historic neighborhood – The Historic Oakwood neighborhood of downtown Raleigh is a 30-block area of lovingly restored Victorian and early 20th century homes. Take a self-guided walking tour.
- Peruse the aisles – The Cotton Company in Wake Forest is an old cotton warehouse that is now home to hundreds of vendors selling unique and handmade arts, crafts, clothing and more.
- Run fast – Lace up your running shoes for one of the area’s road races. Runner favorites include the Raleigh Rocks Half Marathon or the City of Oaks Marathon.
- Have a Scotty sighting – Last year’s American Idol winner still calls Garner home and can be seen out and about.
- Scream G-O-A-L – The WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary is home to the NASL Carolina Railhawks professional soccer team, but it also hosts numerous collegiate and amateur soccer championships and tournaments.
- Batter up – Take in a game at Zebulon’s Five County Stadium as the Single-A Carolina Mudcats take to the mound against teams like the Wilmington Blue Hens and Lynchburg Hillcats.
- Learn line-dancing lingo – Venues like The Longbranch of Raleigh provide the perfect place to learn the boot-scootin’ boogie or to see some of the next big bands in country music.
- Have cupcakes – Shhh… we won’t tell that you have a cupcake from The Cupcake Shoppe before dinner.
- Find the perfect accessory – Moon and Lola, an Apex-based designer, is currently in the process of opening a store in downtown Raleigh, and is known for jewelry with feminine charms, as well as bold accent pieces.
- Check the visitRaleigh.com calendar – The Raleigh area is known for unique festivals and events no matter what time of year you’re here.
- Experience Summerfest – Summerfest, held at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre, is a favorite for visitors and locals and provides incredible music from the N.C. Symphony in a stunning outdoor environment.
- Dine and Shop – Restaurants and specialty stores like NoFo at the Pig and Zest Café & Home Art come together under one roof to provide the perfect marriage of dining and shopping.
- Have a wine tasting – Yes, you heard correctly, the Raleigh area is home to three wineries. Take a tour and stay for a tasting to discover why everyone’s talking about North Carolina wines.
- Glide on water – Triangle Glides is the only Raleigh area company to offer Stand Up Paddleboarding lessons on Lake Wheeler and Lake Johnson.
- Be a part of “Raleigh’s New World” – Take advantage of deals and savings surrounding the opening of the Nature Research Center.
What happens when the legendary King of Pop meets a dazzling on-stage acrobatic performance? Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour! This unlikely union may sound different, and that’s because it is – wonderfully different. A riveting fusion of dance, music and acrobatics, this thrilling performance immerses audiences in the products of Michael Jackson’s creative legend, while putting a unique and fantastical spin on his signature dance moves.
THE IMMORTAL World Tour is coming to Raleigh’s RBC Center on March 10th and 11th for two performances you won’t want to miss. It doesn’t matter if you’re a diehard Michael Jackson fan or you’ll be experiencing his artistry for the first time, this performance will entertain and thrill you by celebrating a legacy that transcends generations in a whole new way.
The narrative of THE IMMORTAL takes us to Michael’s inspirational Giving Tree, the source of his creativity. As the story unfolds, the secrets of his inner world are revealed, including his love of music and dance, fantasy and magic, and the beauty of nature.
With captivating visuals that will take your breath away and powerful, legendary music and lyrics driving the show, this performance will bring Michael to life with extraordinary power. And all the while, you’ll experience underscores of his global messages of love, peace and unity. Long-time or new fan, buy your tickets today so you won’t miss out on an event that celebrates a true legend of our time.
In addition to the popular First Night Raleigh celebration in downtown Raleigh, there are many ways to bring in the New Year in Greater Raleigh. Whether you decide to go to one, two or a combination of several of the celebratory events going on Dec. 31st, you’re going to find the celebration for you.
The 6th Annual New Year’s Blast is a diverse cultural event that will feature delicious Indian cuisine, South Asian music, a laser light show, and dance and dress competitions. Watch the Big Apple drop on a giant 10’x10’ screen while enjoying a complimentary champagne toast, or rack up in awesome prizes by joining in on Bingo. This event is perfect for those seeking a low-key New Years Eve.
For an exciting, energetic evening, reserve your spot in the New Year’s Eve Extravaganza 2012 at the RBC Center. Join K97.5 and partners for a fun night of music, dancing and celebration. This event is for adults 21+ only and includes complimentary party favors and a live viewing of the Times Square ball drop.
Looking for a romantic New Year’s Eve over a candlelit gourmet dinner? Enjoy an exquisitely prepared four-course dinner at The Umstead Hotel’s award-winning restaurant, Herons. Let your palate enjoy bringing in the New Year just as much as you will.
Find more events for people of all ages and interests here.
It’s that time of year again! The holidays are a wonderful time to take a trip to Greater Raleigh, where you can explore local holiday traditions, take care of gift shopping and find holiday cheer mixed with southern charm. The 2011-12 holiday season is sure to be unforgettable, with shopping extravaganzas, historic tours, special concerts, theatrical performances and so much more.
If you’re an Adrenaline Junkie, lace up your skates and head out to the AT&T Raleigh Winterfest Ice Rink, or grab your running shoes for the annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis. Creative Geniuses won’t be able to get enough of the dozens of holiday performances and concerts during November and December, and Lifelong Learners will have a blast on the many historic holiday tours and exhibits the area has to offer.
Fashionistas can shop like crazy at one of the shopping events in the area, or plan your own shopping day among the county’s 11 major shopping areas. Foodies, beware! You’ll find so many holiday dinners and events that you’ll be happily bursting at the seams when you return home. Free Spirits and everyone in between can enjoy parades, plus lightings of the Menorah, the Kinara and the spruce tree.
Is your head spinning? Explore all of the fun holiday events Greater Raleigh has to offer on visitRaleigh.com’s holiday website. Plus, find great holiday deals on accommodations, travel and shopping. ‘Tis the season to visit Raleigh!
You’re out and about exploring Greater Raleigh, but when you go to check your visitors guide for more exciting things to do, you realize you’ve left it somewhere. Or, you want to plan your last-minute visit to Greater Raleigh from home but don’t have a copy of the guide you’ve heard helps you personalize your trip. These are two different dilemmas but with one great solution. Greater Raleigh’s Official Visitors Guide is now available to flip through online.
No matter where you are, you now have access to 76 pages of the best area information, restaurants, things to do, and so much more right at your fingertips (as long as you have internet access!). The What’s Your Destination I.D. guide is much more than your average guide, with personalized itineraries based on what you enjoy most. Whether you’re a Lifelong Learner looking for the best museums in the area, a Creative Genius tracking down all of the most unique galleries, or an Adrenaline Junkie looking for your next big rush, you’ll find detailed, personalized suggestions for what to do next.
Pull up the guide any time you want to share with family and friends, making planning your next getaway from far away a breeze. This guide is a wonderfully organized highlight of the thousands of options you’ll find on visitRaleigh.com, all tailored to meet your needs and to keep planning as simple as possible. The next time you need access to all the fun Greater Raleigh has in store for you, just visit the Official Visitors Guide online.
The only thing better than a great vacation is a great vacation customized for your personality, preferences, tastes and unique interests! Greater Raleigh can be your very own personalized destination; all you have to do is figure out your destination I.D.
Greater Raleigh has seven visitor personalities that you could fall into. Are you a Fashionista who loves to shop ‘til you drop? A Creative Genius who can’t get enough art? An Adrenaline Junkie who lives for sports and recreation? Or maybe even a Free Spirit, who embraces the eclectic and unique? How about a Lifelong Learner, Foodie or Music Maniac? Find descriptions of all seven personalities here and decide which best suits you.
Once you know your destination I.D., you’re ready to check out the customized itinerary, attractions and must-see stops for your personality in this tailored visitors guide! You’ll also find a website packed full of Greater Raleigh things to do that will interest you most.
These customized suggestions and planning resources will make you feel like a VIP, just for being you. Greater Raleigh welcomes any personality with open arms, and has so much to do, so much to see that’s unique under each I.D.! Start planning your next trip now.
As soon as the Summer heat cools down to bring Raleigh perfect Fall weather, the Bud Light CityFest comes along with plenty of reasons to spend more time outdoors. Through September and October, the stunning downtown Raleigh Amphitheater will feature outdoor concerts that will keep you coming back.
A diverse lineup of acts will bring these Summer and Fall Saturdays to life, including Sebastian Bach of Skid Row, Better Than Ezra, Rusted Root, and LIVE’s Ed Kowalczyk. The concert series will be wrapped up with a big finale by Motley Crue-frontman Vince Neil, who has sold 70 million records worldwide and just released his latest album Tattoos and Tequila.
Tickets to every show in the CityFest series are only $5 and give you access to contests, vendors and other attractions that add to the fun. In essence, CityFest is an outdoor concert meeting a neighborhood block party on a grand scale, except everyone is invited. Find the concert schedule and ticket information here.
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.
You love live music so much that sometimes you don’t even care who’s on stage, and you can sing along to almost every song on the radio. You’re a Music Maniac and proud of it. What gets a Music Maniac’s blood pumping? Free VIP tickets to the largest music festival in town from visitRaleigh.com ought to do the trick (especially since the festival’s already sold out of VIP passes).
That’s right. One lucky Music Maniac will be randomly selected to win a dream package for a VIP festival experience, which includes:
- two VIP tickets to The Independent’s 2011 Hopscotch Music Festival (September 8-10);
- two-night hotel accommodations for two at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel;
- two tickets to a future concert at Kings Barcade;
- and two tickets to a future concert at Slim’s Downtown Distillery.
Two lucky runners-up will also get to bask in the musical glory that is Hopscotch by winning two All-Show passes to the festival.
Are you dreaming of a win yet? All you have to do to enter the contest is follow two simple steps found on the official contest page (also see official rules there).
Easy enough, right? Get in touch with your Music Maniac and enter to win this free VIP ticket giveaway before August 17, 2011.
“American Idol” fans and music maniacs are excited about Scotty McCreery’s win on American Idol 2011, but no one is more proud than the inhabitants of his hometown in Garner, North Carolina. Scotty has grown up in Greater Raleigh, and the next time you visit the area you can explore some of the things he’s loved about it.
If you’re looking for hot spots in Scotty McCreery’s life, then just take a look at this map, created by the Town of Garner, which highlights key locations such as Scotty’s high school, the store where he used to bag groceries, the location of the town’s “American Idol” viewing parties, and so on. Local businesses and residents have all joined in on the celebration of their local celebrity by decorating the town in Scotty’s honor, so if you’re a true fan of his, you’re really in for a treat.
Following Scotty’s map is a great opportunity to feed your music maniac appetite while exploring the charming town of Garner. For more information about Garner accommodations, restaurants and things to do, visit this site.