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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!

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 Monster Dash
Sunday, October 25, 2015
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 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.
2015 Step Out: Raleigh
Saturday, November 7, 2015 9:30 a.m.
Dorothea Dix Campus 1985 Umstead Drive, Raleigh, NC

We Step Out to do our part to Stop Diabetes and take steps to improve our health! Participants are changing the future and making a positive impact in the lives of those who are affected by diabetes. You can too! 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.

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