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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.
The Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market
Wednesdays thru September 30, 2015
City Plaza 400 block Fayetteville St Raleigh, NC

This is a program produced by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, brings the highest quality local growers and food artisans together for a Raleigh audience. Our vendors include North Carolina farmers, ranchers, fisherman, nurserymen, bakers, cheese makers, and specialty foods producers. Details.

Upcoming events & things to do in Raleigh!

Repticon Raleigh Reptile & Exotic Animal Show
June 27 - 28, 2015
State Fairgrounds 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, NC
Repticon Raleigh is a reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and frequent free raffles for coveted prizes. Exciting, educational, family-oriented fun for everyone! Details.
The 'Works!
July 4, 2015
Fayetteville St. & Red Hat Amphitheater Raleigh, NC
Once again, downtown Raleigh will host the city's Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza. Join in on the Independence Day Celebration during the day with live music, beer/wine tent, kids rides and games, Circus Maximus, street performers, eating contests, food and art vendors, picnic on Fayetteville St. and much more! Details.
Independence Day Celebration
July 4, 2015
Joel Lane Museum House 160 S St Mary's St, Raleigh, NC

On the grounds, re-enactors will demonstrate various aspects of colonial life, and visitors will be able to participate in hands-on activities such as writing with a quill pen or making rag dolls. There will be old-fashioned crafts and games for the children and free lemonade for all. The garden in its full summer glory will be on view, and herbs and trees will be for sale. Details.
Raleigh Antiques Extravaganza
July 18 - 20, 2015
Jim Graham Building at NC State Fairgrounds
All Antiques Extravaganza of NC Shows feature quality dealers from Florida to New England exhibiting the finest in country, formal, Victorian, oak, wicker and garden furniture; Americana; tinware, woodenware, ironware, textiles, Oriental rugs, pottery, fine china and glassware, jewelry, period clothing, linens, books, clocks, dolls, toys, advertising, and more. Details.
Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival 2014
July 31 & August 1, 2015
Koka Booth Amphitheatre Regency Pkwy, Cary, NC

Join us at the festival for a great day of beer sippin', bourbon tastin', music listenin', cigar smokin' and barbeque eatin'. Your admission buys you a sampling glass so you can enjoy an ALL-YOU-CARE -TO-TASTE sampling of beer and bourbon. Some of the best barbeque vendors are on-site if you get hungry all while enjoying seminars in the tasting theater and LIVE music all day. Details.
Raleigh Color Vibe 5K Run
August 8, 2015
5959 Triangle Town Blvd, Raleigh, NC

You’ll have more color on you than your happy levels can handle! So get your friends and family stretched out for this amazing color blast event where you'll get blasted with color while you run the Color Vibe 5K. Color Vibe is here, and you’re about to get tagged! Details.
Raleigh Mind Body Spirit Expo
August 22 - 23, 2015
North Carolina State Fairgrounds Raleigh, NC

This year we have themed our events "Feel, Believe, Become" and we invite you to consider this theme throughout the weekend. We want you to see discover the magic within your own glorious being. With wonderful exhibits and free presentations, the expo truly will have you smiling throughout the weekend. Details.
Gail Parkins Memorial Ovarian Cancer Walk & 5K Run
September 12, 2015
Sanderson High School 5500 Dixon Dr, Raleigh NC

After much success last year, we will once again be running the Silent Auction. The auction will consist of items such as gift certificates, concert and sports tickets, artwork, autographed items from the Carolina Hurricanes and Duke Blue Devils, jewelry, gift baskets, beautiful handcrafted items and much more. Details.
Gourd Arts and Crafts Festival
September 12 - 13, 2015
North Carolina State Fairgrounds

You will meet crafters and growers who can teach you how to turn a moldy gourd straight from the garden into an object of lasting beauty. On sale will be gourds, gourd craft, supplies and seeds. Details.
Walk to End Alzheimer's
September 19, 2015
Durham Bulls Athletic Park Raleigh/Durham (Triangle), NC

All funds raised through Walk to End Alzheimer's further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer's Association. The Alzheimer's Association is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. All donations are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Details.
Bluegrass Ramble
September 29 – October 3, 2015
Various Locations Downtown Raleigh, NC

The Bluegrass Ramble (named after a famous Bill Monroe instrumental), is an evening showcase event where convention attendees and local fans will be able to "ramble" around Raleigh for five nights, sampling great bluegrass music on six downtown stages. Details.
Raleigh Irish Music Festival
October 3, 2015
Moore Square downtown Raleigh, NC

The festival will feature a diverse variety of entertainment for the whole family. Irish musicians, Irish bands, and Irish dancers will perform throughout the day. Irish and Celtic products, along with a great selection of area-produced gifts and crafts will be available for purchase. Children's entertainment, and a wide variety of food and refreshments will be available as well. Details.
International Festival of Raleigh
October 9 - 11, 2015
Raleigh Convention Center 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC

Over 50 different groups from around the world participate to showcase their cuisine, traditional dance and customs. Join us for an entertaining, informative and delicious event! Details.
Tuna Run 200
October 23 - 24, 2015
Raleigh to Atlantic Beach, NC

The Tuna Run 200 is great fun for everyone – you don’t have to be an ultra runner to enjoy it. For a 12 person team the distances and training are similar to that of a half marathon. However, if you are an ultra runner you will still be challenged – especially if you choose a 4 person team. Details.
Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon, Rex Healthcare Half Marathon
November 1, 2015
NC State Bell Tower NCSU, 2011 Hillsborough St

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.

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