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It’s the first Friday of the month! That means downtown Raleigh will be popping off and erupting with opportunity for artistic exposure. Head out for a foodie fix, grab drinks, and then wander the streets alongside other art-heads craving a healthy after-hours dose of creativity. Most downtown galleries will stay open extra late tonight, and many will be hosting a reception or other event in honor of a new exhibition opening.

Steer course towards one of my favorite downtown areas, the warehouse district and pop into The Visual Art Exchange on Martin Street. The hip, non-profit gallery and artist association hosts a new exhibition each month in its main gallery. Last month’s show Bits + Bytes cycles out tonight, making way for August’s Monochrome, which features work containing or using only one color. Don’t forget to explore The Cube, featuring experimental and installation art. Tonight artists Kiki Farish and Lauren Kennedy, whose work is featured in The Cube, will participate in an Artists Talk beginning at 6:30.

Also check out Flanders Gallery right down the street at the intersection of Martin and S. West Streets. Flanders’ previous exhibition Make Ends Meet resulted in the entire outer gallery being covered in a multi-colored, camouflage shell of crocheted yarn. The show shut down last week, making way for a new exhibition opening this evening. Terrains of Absencewill feature prints and photographs by Mark Iwinski. Stop by the gallery between 9:30pm and 11:45pm to peruse the works and hear the sweet tunes of musical group Muhsinah, which will perform a gallery concert hosted by The Art of Cool Project.

For a full list of venues and events check out the First Friday website. See you DT tonight!

Written by Creative Genius Katie.

Calling all runners and walkers!  You won’t want to miss out on this one-of-a-kind chance to get involved in Raleigh’s National Hockey League All-Star 5K, presented by visitRaleigh and hosted by your very own Carolina Hurricanes and the NHL.

On Saturday, Jan. 29th, participants of all abilities are invited to loop around the RBC Center as part of the NHL’s 2011 All-Star Weekend. Whether you’re a runner or a walker, competitive or casual, a kid or an adult, this 5K is a great way to have a nice, healthy morning while benefiting the Carolina Hurricanes Kids N’ Community Foundation.

Sound like fun to you?  Then register for the NHL All-Star 5K, find your warmest running gear and head out to the RBC Center at 9 a.m. for a Saturday morning that will be just as fun as it will be refreshing.

When you reflect on your fun winter memories, there’s a chance that ice skating might cross your mind.  You may think about the iconic Rockefeller Center Ice Rink in New York City or the frozen pond you played on as a child, but the chances are that, in the years to come, you’ll associate the winter holidays with the AT&T Winterfest Ice Rink in downtown Raleigh.

Now in its second year, the Winterfest Ice Rink is becoming an annual tradition for area visitors and local families alike.  Winterfest is a two-month long celebration in City Plaza, featuring the natural ice rink.  Now bigger than ever before, Winterfest will host several figure skating performances throughout the season, as well as free public figure skating lessons.

Winterfest kicks off on Dec. 4th with a free event featuring performances by several headliners, acts from local choirs and bands, a visit by Santa Claus, a dazzling holiday tree, and carriage and carousel rides.  With two full months packed full of activities, this opening extravaganza will be a glimpse into all of the fun to come during the winter months.  Tickets for the ice skating rink can be purchased here.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to find a single area that has all the ingredients for a great RV vacation? Good news! Greater Raleigh has everything a lively family requires for an unforgettable vacation. Great camping, unlimited outdoor recreation and lots of interesting local history; this scenic North Carolina city has it all.

Celebrating the Outdoors in the Raleigh Area

As we mentioned, Greater Raleigh has great RV camping venues waiting to play host to your family. William B. Umstead State Park, for example, is a wonderland of hardwood forests and pristine fishing waters. Plan to spend time in a canoe or on one of the picturesque hiking trails during your stay.

Falls Lake State Recreation Area presents RV campers with more than twenty-thousand acres of hiking, wildlife viewing and mountain biking possibilities. Take your pick from three comfortable RV campgrounds and take the time to explore this fascinating recreation area.

Even More to Do in the Raleigh Area

RV camping families will enjoy Greater Raleigh’s wide variety of art, science and children’s museums. Roll down to Marbles Kids Museum for a day of fun and exploration. Spend the afternoon walking the trails and admiring the art in the North Carolina Museum of Art’s Museum Park. Older kids will especially love the exhibits and activities at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, one of the largest in the region. No matter what your family’s passion, there’s a museum in Greater Raleigh to learn from and enjoy on your RV vacation.

Once you’ve explored Raleigh’s museums, head for Moore Square District in downtown Raleigh for a fascinating collection of dining and shopping possibilities. And don’t even think about leaving Raleigh without sampling legendary North Carolina whole-hog barbecue at The Pit!

Are you already beginning to envision the things you’ll do on your Raleigh area RV vacation? This gracious Southern city is worthy of a lengthy stay! Camp in the beauty of North Carolina’s rolling hills and hit the streets of Raleigh for a captivating excursion into the people, art and science that have helped to shape the Tar Heel State.

About the Author
Joe Laing is the Marketing Director for El Monte RV Rentals. For other great RV camping vacation ideas see Monty’s Musings RV Camping Blog or the new Monty’s RV Vacation Photo/Picture Gallery.

Do you like a little adrenaline coursing through your veins?  Do you have the need for speed and love to witness and participate in high-speed racing?  If this sounds like you or someone you know, then it’s about time you learned about the Wake County Speedway in Raleigh.  Here, you can bring your family out to watch the intensely entertaining races, or you can find a car and a sponsor and register to race yourself

The Wake County Speedway was built in 1962 and has been the premier car racing location in Greater Raleigh ever since.  This historic .23 mile bullring has served up plenty of adrenaline pumping races for spectators and drivers alike.

There are drivers registered in a wide array of divisions, from four cylinder to future star mini cup to UCAR division.  Tickets in the grandstands are only $12 for adults and decrease in price by age group until you get down to the free children age 5 and younger.  This is a fantastic family sporting event that won’t break the bank.

The next big event at Wake County Speedway is the Walls Roofing UCARS 2nd Annual Spook-Tackler event on Nov. 6th, which will host UCARS racing, Mini Cups racing, kid bike races and the Thunderin’ Blues Band.  For more information about this event or the speedway, visit this website.

Sometimes it’s important to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and go on a secluded outdoor adventure that includes you, a few buddies or family members and a nice, sturdy fishing pole.  It may seem like such a place would be hard to come by near the state capital, but rest assured that Greater Raleigh has just as many tranquil fishing spots as it does bustling city wonders.

In Raleigh you’ll find plenty of good fishing on Shelley Lake and at the William B. Umstead State Park.  At Shelley Lake you’ll find 53 acres of water to fish on to your heart’s content and the Umstead State Park has not one, but three lakes, where popular catches include bass, bluegill and crappie.

At Bass Lake Park and Retreat Center in Holly Springs, you’ll find free bank fishing and boat rentals to help you in your hunt for bass.  You can also find guided bass fishing tours on the area’s best bass waters through Outdoor Expeditions USA.

For a comprehensive list of fishing spots in Greater Raleigh, visit this site.  There’s nothing like a little fishing and a great catch to add to any vacation.

Greater Raleigh has a wide array of activities and events that can satisfy any true adrenaline junkie’s cravings.  Whether you like to jump into the action yourself or cheer on your favorite team at an intense sporting event, this area can get your adrenaline pumping.  A perfect day for you might go a little something like this:

Any day is made a better day by some early morning activity to get you going.  Wake up with the sunrise and carpe diem through any type of outdoor exercise.  Go on a naturally scenic hike through Umstead State Park or bike on the trails of the N.C. Museum of Art to get your heart rate up and prepare yourself for a fun and exciting day.

After you’ve worked out, you can cool down with a less active but equally exciting activity, such as boating and sailing on Falls Lake, playing golf at the new Lonnie Poole Golf Course or fishing at any of the numerous lakes and rivers in the area.

Now that you’ve had ample outdoor fun, head over to Rush Hour Karting for some indoor go-kart racing with family and friends.  Here, you can warm up your competitive spirit before attending any number of sports games in the area, from collegiate games to Carolina Hurricanes hockey, Carolina RailHawks soccer, or Carolina Mudcats baseball.  Just see when they’re scheduled and take your pick!

A day like this is just an example of all the fun an adrenaline junkie can have in Greater Raleigh!

Nestled about 30 miles southwest of downtown Raleigh, Holly Springs is a refreshing neighboring town that makes up a part of Greater Raleigh.  This town started out as a crossroads between fresh springs and holly trees where travelers would stop to rest and take a drink.  Today, the old rest stop has become home to many other attractions that make it worth visiting.

One of the area’s most popular brewing companies, Carolina Brewing Company, has made Holly Springs its home, offering tours every Saturday.  You can also play some golf at a championship golf course that is larger in size than the entire downtown area.  The outdoor fun doesn’t stop there, as the Holly Springs Parks and Recreation Department provides diverse opportunities for a quality leisure experience.  Like icing on the cake, the Holly Springs Cultural Center provides year-round events including fun concerts and events for you to enjoy.

If you’re looking for a charming small-town atmosphere where you can kick back and enjoy some outdoor leisure, events and especially a quality brew, then Holly Springs is the Greater Raleigh town for you.

Car lovers can rev up their engines and head on over to the Southeast’s largest indoor car show right here in Raleigh.  The Classics at the Capital car show will take place August 20th to 22nd in downtown Raleigh, where up to 800 classic cars and trucks will be on display on historic Fayetteville Street and an additional 80 cars will be on display indoors at the Raleigh Convention Center.

This family-friendly event will have up to 100 vendors, abundant public parking and a KidsZone open each day during show hours.  The event is also within walking distance of a wide array of hotels, dining options and shopping so the fun doesn’t have to stop when the car show ends.

Judges will be present at this event to give awards to cars in the Top 50, Sweet 16 and Sir Walter Cup categories.  Voting boxes will be made available throughout the show so people can vote on their favorite car; the winner will receive the people’s choice award.

For ticket information and a schedule of events, visit this site.  There’s no bigger show to visit in the Southeast, so come prepared for a grand time in North Carolina’s capital city.

The town of Garner is a growing community that attracts visitors from all over by hosting many family-friendly events.  July and August are packed full of great activities that you can enjoy, along with your kids!

During the entire month of July you can discover the creative work of peripatetic artist Kathryn Casper at the Garner Historic Auditorium.  She combines her eight years spent in Tokyo and Singapore with American influence to create unique and spiritual artwork.

Downtown Garner’s Music on Main free concert series will have Spare Change making music on August 12th from 6 to 9 p.m.  You can bring your lawn chairs and kick back outdoors with family and friends.

Also in August you can enjoy a Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Jr. musical performed by Garner’s Theatre Camp students, family camping at Lake Benson Park complete with a fun family movie, and the 3rd annual White Deer Dash 5k and Family Fun Run, just to name a few.  With such a wide range of fun family activities, how could you not make a trip out to this charming town?  Visit Garner today!

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