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North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
Free Admission | Mon–Sat: 9 am–5 pm | Sun: 12 pm–5 pm
11 West Jones St. Raleigh, NC 27601

Explore the natural wonders of North Carolina, from the depths of its ocean to its rocky mountains. Complete with a 20-foot (6-meter) waterfall, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science has much to offer. See North Carolina as it was, in a re-creation of six prehistoric habitats. This is home to the only Acorcanthosaurus discovered in the world, and Willo, the first dinosaur found with a fossilized heart. The Discovery Room is full of interactive exhibits. Looking for that perfect gift? The Nature Gallery has original nature-themed artwork available. There is a restaurant on site. The general admission is free of charge. There is a cover charge for special exhibits. Children under 13 years must be accompanied by an adult. The Discovery Room, Naturalist Center, and Living Conservatory remain closed on Mondays. Details.
Taste Carolina Gourmet Food Tours
Saturdays, 1:45-5:00 and 3:30-7:00. Fridays, 2:00. 2013
Downtown Raleigh

Whether you're a resident or a visitor, you'll enjoy the opportunity to talk with chefs while tasting their incredible food. Walking tours cover up to three miles and take place at 1:30 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:30 pm on most Saturdays, all year 'round, and on weekdays and weeknights by appointment. Details.

Upcoming events & things to do in Raleigh!

Dracula and Masque of the Red Death
October 9 - 26, 2014
Fletcher Opera Theatre 2 East South St, Raleigh, NC

Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Edgar Allen Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death return to Carolina Ballet, brought to life through the choreography of Lynne Taylor-Corbett and Robert Weiss, featuring original music by J. Mark Scearce, played live by an intimate chamber ensemble. Hauntingly theatrical and seductively beautiful, this program will have you on the edge of your seat. Details.
Raleigh Monster Dash
October 26, 2014
Cameron Village, Raleigh

The Monster Dash is a Halloween themed family festival. The day features a 5K competitive race, 1 Mile fun run and 100 yard Monster Dash for the little ones. Kids Zone is provided courtesy of the Alexander Family YMCA. We'll also have a costume contest for adults, children and teams. Details.
Raleigh Lung Cancer Initiative 5K Run, Walk & Rally
November 1, 2014
Midtown Raleigh 200 St. Albans Dr., Raleigh, NC

Lung cancer takes more lives than breast, prostate and colon cancers COMBINED, but together we can change that! The mission of the Lung Cancer Initiative of N.C. is to decrease deaths and provide support to those affected by lung cancer through research, awareness, education and access programs across N.C. Form a team and ask friends, family members, neighbors and coworkers to join you. Details.
November 1, 2014
Cary Arts Center 101 Dry Ave., Cary, NC

Music Director Evan Feldman leads the 50-member symphonic ensemble in a selection of classic and contemporary works for wind band. Featured on the program are Ralph Vaughn-Williams Toccata Marziale, David Biedenbenders Luminescence, John Mackeys Kingfishers Catch Fire and Durham composer Steven Bryants Ecstatic Waters. Details.
Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon, Rex Healthcare Half Marathon
November 2, 2014
NC State Bell Tower

The Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon is a USATF-sanctioned event and a Boston qualifier. The race course was designed to showcase many of the focal points of Raleigh including Fayetteville Street, the State Capitol Building, Glenwood South, Hillsborough Street Details.
Capital Area Handbell Festival
November 8, 2014
Kerr Scott Building, North Carolina State Fairgrounds

In addition to the Capital Area Handbell Festival on Saturday, The Raleigh Ringers are sponsoring a workshop on Friday night, November 7, under the direction of guest clinician Michael Helman. Details.
Just Think First 5K and Skinny Turkey Half Marathon
November 27, 2014
Wakefield High School 2200 Wakefield Pines Dr, Raleigh, NC

This is the major fundraiser for the program. This year the road race is funding a new video currently being produced on the topic of "teens and teenage drug use." The appeal of the JUST THINK FIRST teaching videos relies largely on the fact that they tell the story of something that happened to real people; rather, real students who attended school at Wakefield High Details.
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
November 28 – December 24, 2014
A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater 2 E. South St., Raleigh, NC

We will bring to life the magical world of the North Pole in a large-scale, spectacle-filled musical with all the classic songs. From fleeing the Abominable Snow Monster™ to saving Christmas, join Rudolph® and his friends, Clarice™, Hermey the Elf™ and Yukon Cornelius™ as their adventures teach us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the little misfit in all of us. Details.
The Nutcracker
November 28 - December 28, 2014
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium 2 E South St, Raleigh, NC

Hundreds of thousands have been captivated and fascinated by the awe-inspiring grace, grandeur, and mysterious illusions of Carolina Ballet’s holiday classic. This season will prove to be no less spectacular as Robert Weiss combines the beauty of classical ballet with a little Las Vegas magic in what has become an annual favorite throughout the Triangle. Details.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze
December 3 - 7, 2014
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts 2 E South St Raleigh, NC

From the creators of the groundbreaking Broadway hit Cirque Dreams Dream Jungle Fantasy, Cirque Dreams Holidaze is "so full of energy it could end our dependence on oil" according to the New York Daily News and "a delicious confection of charm, sparkle and talent by the sleigh load." Details.
Handel's Messiah
December 5 - 7, 2014
Meymandi Concert Hall 2 E South St, Raleigh, NC

Celebrate the holidays with one of classical music’s most cherished works. Handel’s Messiah continues to captivate generations of music lovers with iconic refrains from “Comfort ye, my people” to the “Hallelujah Chorus.” Details.
Handel's Messiah
December 6 – 7, 2014
Meymandi Concert Hall 2 E. South St., Raleigh, NC

Douglas Boyd, conductor; North Carolina Master Chorale; Joélle Harvey, soprano; Tamara Mumford, alto; Robin Tritschler, tenor; Christopheren Nomura, bass. Details.
Historic Home Tour: Christmas in Wake Forest
December 6, 2014
Wake Forest Historical Museum 414 N. Main St, Wake Forest, NC

Approximately 10 historic Wake Forest homes and buildings will be decorated for the holidays, and open for viewing as part of the self-guided tour. The event will also feature horse and carriage and pedicab rides as well as wonderful Christmas music. Details.
2014 Christmas Historic Home Tour
December 6, 2014
Wake Forest Historical Museum 414 N. Main St, Wake Forest, NC

Approximately 10 historic Wake Forest homes and buildings will be decorated for the holidays, and open for viewing as part of the self-guided tour. The event will also feature horse and carriage and pedicab rides as well as wonderful Christmas music. Children, ages 12 and under, are free. Details.
First Night Raleigh 2014
December 31, 2014
Downtown Raleigh, Raleigh, NC

The festival includes the early afternoon Children's Celebration, early & late countdowns, the People's Procession, music, dance, theatre, the giant Acorn Drop, and fireworks. First Night Raleigh admission buttons will be available at local Harris Teeter and Etix, beginning December 1. Details.

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