As North Carolina opens back up following Covid-19, so are many of the places and events in and around the Raleigh area.
Raleigh, the capital city of North Carolina, hosts thousands of fun events year-round. Whether you want exhilarating or educational, athletic or artsy, culinary or cultural, you’ll find plenty of options when you’re looking for fun things to do in Raleigh this weekend.
Let’s start with festival favorites. These are the Raleigh NC events you’d plan your weekend calendar around:
Yet this sampling represents events only one weekend of the year (fortunately not overlapping ones). What about if you’re looking for something to do in Raleigh, NC, on a weekend without a citywide event? Here are some other favorites to consider.
The city has been dubbed “The Smithsonian of the South” for its arts experiences. We already mentioned the North Carolina Museum of Art, but you might also enjoy exploring the many local galleries in town. You’ll find work by painters, photographers, sculptors, and illustrators in the locally-owned and campus galleries. CAM Raleigh is the hub for contemporary modern art. Every First Friday you can also enjoy food trucks and entertainment at CAM.
To see a live performance, check out the Carolina Ballet or the city’s regional professional North Carolina Theatre. The Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts also hosts touring Broadway shows, musicians, stand-up comics, and more.
Music lovers will want to check what North Carolina Opera or North Carolina Symphony are up to. Or, if you’re more of a contemporary music fan, what’s happening at venues such as the Red Hat Amphitheater or The Pour House Music Hall.
Sports fans can also often find something fun to do in Raleigh, NC. The city is home to:
If you just want to get out and be active on your own, you’ll be happy to know Raleigh was labeled Men’s Health’s third sportiest city in America. That’s because you can skate, bike or ride, swim, swing, boat, run, hike, walk, kayak, and so much more in the many recreational areas in Raleigh.
You may get hungry while you’re out and about on your weekend in Raleigh, NC. Some top spots to check out include:
Another fun way to spend the weekend in Raleigh? Visit and tour some of the historic sites.
The North Carolina Museum of History is an obvious choice to relive the state’s history. The museum hosts a permanent exhibit, The Story of North Carolina, but also welcomes rotating exhibits exploring a variety of eras over more than 14,000 years. You can also explore more than 3,000 square feet showcasing NC Sports History.
Or you could visit the City of Raleigh Museum or the Raleigh Fire Museum. For outdoor historical fun, you might take a self-guided walking tour that includes the first public park in the United States solely devoted to Dr. King and the civil rights movement. You might also stroll by the North Carolina State Capitol building (build in 1840) and the Governor’s Queen Anne-style home, the North Carolina Executive Mansion.
Mordecai Historic Park is home to Raleigh’s oldest home still on its original foundation (Mordecai House) and President Andrew Johnson’s boyhood home. Simply walking through the Historic Oakwood neighborhood will give you a sense of 19th-century Raleigh. The candlelight tour in December is an annual tradition.
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