If you celebrate Easter or are just looking for something fun to do on the weekend of March 30-April 1, we would like to invite you to participate in one of the great Easter egg hunts of Greater Raleigh! Sure, egg hunting is fun in your backyard with the family, but joining a large community egg hunt can only up the ante!
The Town of Cary will be hosting its 21st Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Fred G. Bond Metro Park and Boathouse this year. There will be not one, not two, but three large egg hunts featuring multiple divisions for different age groups. Rise and shine for the 10 a.m. egg hunt on Saturday, April 7, or sleep in and enjoy the afternoon with a 1:30 p.m. hunt. Once you’ve gathered up as much candy and toy eggs as you can find, head over to the Sertoma Amphitheatre for a family-friendly concert by the Sandbox Band.
Rolesville’s 7th Annual Easter Egg in the Park Hunt will also take place on Saturday, with five different hunting sessions for children of different age ranges. There will be food vendors, games and plenty of Easter treats, so come with an appetite! The Garner Spring Eggstravaganza is celebrates the coming of spring with a traditional egg hunt, in addition to entertainment, live music, games, arts and crafts, and more! The Easter Bunny will be in attendance, so make sure to bring your camera!
The area’s largest Easter Egg Hunt will take place at the Raleigh Easter 2012 celebration at Halifax Mall, located across the street from the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences and the soon-to-open Nature Research Center. This free event will feature more than 40,000 eggs for kids to find, as well as games, music, balloons, inflatables and so much more. The festivities begin at 11 a.m. on April 7, so head out early so you’ll have the whole day to enjoy all the fun!
There’s no limit to the fun that you can have in Greater Raleigh on New Year’s Eve, but what if you want your children to share in the fun, too? Before you start hunting down the elusive New Year’s babysitter, take a look at the family-friendly festivities of First Night Raleigh 2012.
Come rain or shine, downtown Raleigh’s City Plaza will be transformed into one of the best places in Raleigh to bring in the New Year with your entire family. Come as early as 2 p.m. for the Children’s Celebration and then enjoy the early countdown with them, or stay as late as midnight for the traditional giant acorn drop. Enjoy fireworks, live music, dance and “La Grande Roue de Raleigh,” a 90-foot Ferris wheel you’ll find in the middle of Fayetteville Street.
Within a 20-block area of downtown Raleigh, there will be 28 indoor and outdoor venues that will feature live performances, including the North Carolina Opera, Cirque de la Premiere Nuit, Comedy Worx, and The African American Dance Ensemble.
Admission to all First Night Raleigh venues, performances and activities is obtained by purchasing a First Night Raleigh 2012 All Day Pass, perfect for spending the day celebrating with the kids and then staying for the midnight countdown. Tickets are only $9, plus, if you volunteer for two to three hours at First Night, you’ll receive a free pass. Bring in the New Year at First Night Raleigh, where you can celebrate with your entire family.
While Halloween takes place on just one day a year, the whole month of October is packed full of eerie, haunted, spooktastic fun. For those of you who enjoy a little scare, this is your season.
Vampires are classic haunts of the season, especially the most notorious of them all, Dracula. This October 13th – 30th, Dracula: The Masque of Red Death will be performed at the Fletcher Opera Theater in downtown Raleigh. This double-feature of the Prince of Darkness and the Master of Horror is returning for it’s second year, and has already proved to be absolutely fantastic, spookiness and all.
There’s nothing eerier than a good ghost story, and when you go on the Raleigh Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour you’ll definitely hear a tale or two. This 1.5-mile walking tour is friendly for everyone ages eight and up. As you visit four different ghost and paranormal sites, you’ll hear local ghost stories, folklore and history. Also try out the adult version during the Raleigh Pub Crawl and Haunted Adventure Tour.
A few days before Halloween, Fuquay-Varina will be hosting a downtown Trick-or-Treat celebration for the kids. The event lasts from 2 to 5 p.m., during which downtown retailers will have plenty of candy on hand for a safe and fun experience. For more fun events during the scary season, visit the visitRaleigh.com events calendar.
On June 16, dads and grandpas will be celebrated in honor of Father’s Day. In between work, running errands, and spending time with the family, dad might not have had time to do all of the cool things he’s wanted to do this past year. So why not spend this day, or any other day, taking him around Greater Raleigh to have some fun doing things he’ll enjoy? Here are some fun ideas by category.
Sports: Take him to the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame to learn about all of the amazing athletes hailing from the state. Then, take him to a local sporting event like a Carolina RailHawks soccer game.
Racing: Head over to Rush Hour Karting in Garner so he can get behind the wheel himself on a fast and fun track. Then, swing on by the Legends of Harley Drag Racing Museum for a quick look at drag racing history. Don’t forget about the Wake County Speedway, where he can watch professionals race to the finish line on a professional track.
Music: On Father’s Day, Noah and the Whale will be performing live at the Lincoln Theatre, and the Fantastic Shakers will be performing at North Hills as a part of the Midtown Beach Music series. If you’re spending another day celebrating your dad, then check out this comprehensive concert schedule to see who will be performing.
If your dad has other hobbies and interests, go to the visitRaleigh.com website and select a category under “Things to Do” for a comprehensive list of activities that will show him just how appreciated he really is.
St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching, and with it comes the Annual Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival. Now in its 29th year, Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day festivities are a great way for everyone to celebrate the Irish culture, whether you’re Irish or not.
This downtown celebration boasts the second-largest parade of its kind in the Southeast. Starting at noon, the parade heads down Raleigh’s famed Fayetteville Street, around the Capitol and down Blount Street to end at Moore Square. It is here that the Wearin’ O’ the Green Festival takes place, complete with tons of food, drink and fun!
Kids will have plenty of fun with the activities in Leprechaun Lane, and you’ll have a great time watching traditional dancers kick up their heels, listening to local Irish music favorites, and watching live Irish bands on the Shamrock ‘n Roll stage. An array of vendors will be on site with Irish jewelry, crafts and other trinkets.
Make sure to mark your calendar with a four-leaf clover on March 12, and look forward to a wonderful holiday in Raleigh.