Things to do in Raleigh

We have listed a few “things to do” in the city of Raleigh in the below section. A great resource for learning about upcoming events, exhibits, concerts etc. is the City of Raleigh visitor website.

Parks and gardens

First friday in downtown Raleigh

First Friday is one of Raleigh’s most popular evening escapes. Join us on the First Friday of every month for a fun-filled introduction to Raleigh’s exciting art, music and dining scene. Enjoy a free self-guided tour of local art galleries, art studios, museums, retail, restaurants and alternative art venues on the first Friday of every month. Look for the First Friday Flags to easily locate participating venues. A detailed map/guide will be available at each location. Pick up your very own FREE copy for easy event navigation.”

Government educational tours

 

North Carolina State Capitol

Capitol Square, 1 E. Edenton Street, (919) 733-4994
Free Admission
Hours: Mon. – Sat., 9 am – 5pm; Sun., 1 – 5 pm. Tour time is approximately 30 minutes. Guided tours are available with advance notice through the Capital Area Visitor Center.

North Carolina State Legislature Building

Corner of Jones and Salisbury Streets, (919) 733-7928
Free Admission
Hours: Mon. – Fri., 8 am – 5 pm; Sat., 9 am – 5 pm; Sun., 1 – 5 pm. Tour time is approximately 30 minutes. Guided tours are available with advance notice through the Capital Area Visitor Center.

North Carolina Executive Mansion (Governor’s Home)

200 N. Blount Street, (919) 807-7950
Free Admission
Hours vary; please call for times and seasonal open house hours. Tour time is approximately 30 minutes. Guided tours are available with advance notice through the Capital Area Visitor Center.

North Carolina State Archives

109 E. Jones Street, (919) 733-3952
Free Admission 
Hours: Tues. – Fri., 8 am – 5:30 pm; Sat., 9 am – 5 pm; Closed Sun. and Mon.

Raleigh Convention Center

The Raleigh Convention Center hosts many events throughout the year. You can find the calendar of events hereOne event to note especially:

International Festival Of Raleigh

500 South Salisbury Street, (919) 996-8500
Ticket prices vary, free admission for children 6 and under
Three day weekend event sometime during October each year; see website for more information.

Theaters

Progress Energy Center for Performing Arts

2 E South Street, (919) 831-6060
Tickets may be purchased through Ticketmaster or at the Progress Energy Center box office. For a list of upcoming shows see here.
Box Office Hours:  Monday-Friday, 9am – 5:30pm.
Many different events are held at the Progress Energy Center, from standup comedy to ballet.

Movie theaters

  • Campus Cinema 
  • Mission Valley CinemaMission Valley Shopping Center, Western Blvd., (919) 834-8520
  • Crossroads 20: 501 Caitboo Ave., Cary NC (919) 226-2000
  • Blue Ridge 14: This theater shows slightly older movies (ones that were released a few months earlier) for only $2.25! 600 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh NC (919) 828-9003
  • The Art Museum also plays movies (outdoors). 

There are many more theaters in Raleigh; the above 6 are probably the closest (Blue Ridge, the Campus Cinema and the Art Museum are the cheapest.) You can check online, in the “Art” section of the News and Observer, or call the theater to find out what movies are playing.

Farmer’s market

Find fresh produce and flowers here. A fun experience.