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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!

71st Annual WRAL Raleigh Christmas Parade
November 21, 2015 9:40 a.m.
Corner of Hillsborough St. at Saint Mary's St. Downtown Raleigh, NC

Over 250,000 will watch the parade live from home and over 60,000 will attend the parade in person. The parade will last approximately 2.5 hours and will feature something for the whole family. It will be rebroadcasted on Christmas morning. Details.
Lighting of the Tree 2015
Saturday, November 21, 2015 4:00 p.m.
Lafayette Village 8450 Honeycutt Rd., Raleigh, NC

Need a little Holiday spirit? You’ll find it during the spectacular Tree Lighting ceremony in North Raleigh's Lafayette Village. There is something for everyone with Good Old St. Nick lighting our tree in the Courtyard at the stroke of 8pm! Details.
Ipreo Raleigh Winterfest
November 21, 2015 – January 31, 2016
City Plaza 421 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC

The Winterfest is a two-month, community-wide winter celebration produced by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance in partnership with the City of Raleigh, drawing over thousands of people to the downtown area. A center piece during the winter season, the premier holiday event features its signature outdoor skating rink along with two months of fun-filled festivities Details.
Just Think First 5K and Skinny Turkey Half Marathon
Thanksgiving Morning, Thursday, November 26, 2015 7:30 a.m.
downtown Raleigh, NC

The 5th Annual Skinny Turkey Half Marathon will start at 7:30am and finish at Wakefield High School in North Raleigh. The half marathon course will run through Wakefield Plantation and Wake Falls neighborhood. The course is a rolling design with a few hills that are sure to test fitness. The course is very scenic especially in the Wake Falls neighborhood. Details.
Christmas Carousel Holiday Gift Market
November 27 - 29, 2015
NC State Fairgrouds Raleigh, NC

Going strong for 28 years, The Gift Market is one of the largest collections of arts, crafts & holiday gifts assembled in one location. As you stroll through the 2015 event, you’ll meet over 250 exhibitors from all across the Southeast, showcasing thousands of one-of-a-kind items and unique gifts! Santa will be there all three days! Details.
A Baroque Christmas
December 4 – 5, 2015
Meymandi Concert Hall 2 E. South St., Raleigh, NC

Your holiday will be uplifted by the beautiful music of Handel and Bach. Enjoy the Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah, Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 and much more. The Symphony will be joined by the North Carolina Master Chorale and conducted by Paul Agnew. Details.
2015 Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Saint Mary's School 900 Hillsborough St Raleigh, NC

Wear a holiday themed costume. Tie jingle bells to your shoelaces. Raise funds to help find a cure for arthritis, the nation's leading cause of disability. Run or walk a 5 kilometer route with your team members and celebrate the season by giving. Details.
A Christmas Carol
December 9 - 20, 2015
Duke Energy Center 2 E South St, Raleigh, NC

Ira David Wood III's beloved musical comedy, A Christmas Carol, celebrates its 41st Anniversary this year. The show has been performed annually since 1974 and has been named one of the "Top 20 Events in the Southeast." Cited as "one of the most successful shows in North Carolina theatre history," Details.
2015 Sports Endeavors Reindeer Romp 5K
Saturday, December 12, 2015 10:00 a.m.
Meredith College Campus 3800 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC

Join us for The Reindeer Romp, which serves as our end of season Fall 5k! GOTR girls are already registered for this event, but all girls will need a Running Buddy. Running Buddies can be parents, friends, or family members 18 years or older. Details.
The Nutcracker
December 18 - 27, 2015
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium 2 E South St, Raleigh, NC

A family favorite for more than a decade, The Nutcracker will leave you sitting on the edge of your seat wondering, “How did they do that?!” This full-company production features Carolina Ballet’s world-class dancers bringing Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score to life. Carolina Ballet is sure to put a little extra wonder in your holiday season with this magical production. Details.
Mardi Gras Ball Masquerade Ball
Saturday, February 6, 2016 7:00 p.m.
The Parish Center of Cary 804 High House Rd Cary, NC

Admission includes a sumptuous three-course meal? inspired by traditional New Orleans recipes and unlimited drinks - including soda, wine and beer*. During dinner enjoy live music, including old favorites and Mardi Gras jazz provided by the Moore Square Dixielanders, and stick around to hit the dance floor for dance hits Details.
Cupid’s Undie Run
Saturday, February 20, 2016 12:00 p.m.
Solas 419 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh, NC

This Valentine’s Day weekend, come put the hilarity in charity with hundreds of half-naked runners taking to the streets in celebration of their fundraising for the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Details.

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