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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!

Mother of all Races 10K & 5K
May 10, 2015
Wakefield Crossings, Raleigh, NC
This local race benefits the Pretty in Pink Foundation and SWOOP. Both are local Raleigh Charities. The majority of the course is along the beautiful scenic Neuse Greenway. The paved Neuse Greenway is beside the Neuse River. Details.
Got to Be NC Festival
May 15 - 17, 2015
N.C. State Fairgrounds Raleigh, NC
Celebrate North Carolina's farm bounty at the Got to be NC Festival blending the largest assembly of antique farm equipment in the state with a full carnival with games, rides and great food. Free gate admission and parking! Details.
Artsplosure - The Raleigh Arts Festival
May 15 - 17, 2015
Moore Square/City Market area Raleigh, NC
Every aspect of the festival is curated with an eye toward presenting quality art – and a healthy dose of the unexpected. The festival balances critically acclaimed national artists with some of North Carolina’s best performing and visual artists. The result is an eccentric mix of artistic expression, undoubtedly with something that appeals to everyone. Details.
Raleigh Gem Jewelry Bead Show
June 12 - 14, 2015
State Fairgrounds 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, , NC
Dealers will offer a variety of gems, jewelry, crystals, minerals and beads for show and sale. Rare minerals, giant sharks teeth, and fossils will be on display. Details.
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 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.

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