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Planning a vacation to North Carolina? What to do in Raleigh, North Carolina


If you live in Raleigh, North Carolina, or plan to visit, you can participate in the many events that take place in the city each year. Raleigh prides itself on its warm weather all year round and has plenty of family and adult activities for everyone to enjoy. Here are some of the best events in Raleigh, NC.

Rally fishing competition

The last Sunday in June is synonymous with fun for young anglers as the city hosts the Raleigh Junior Fishing Competition. The event takes place at Shelley Lake Park and offers fishing and fishing lessons for children from 4 to 12 years old. There are different levels of competition divided into different age groups. This is an annual event that has been taking place at Raleigh for 25 years.

Raleigh History Days

In the historic town of Oakwood, you can enjoy Raleigh History days beginning July 4th and continuing throughout July. Days of History feature costumes from colonial days as well as reenactments of the Civil War. It takes place every Friday through Sunday in the Oakwood neighbourhood in the heart of downtown Raleigh.

Raley’s taste

Shelley Park in North Raleigh is the place to be for a Raleigh taste. If you love Southern home cooking, you won’t want to miss this event, which takes place the last weekend of July. Taste of Raleigh includes foods sourced from local restaurants that have set up stalls in the large park. Anyone can attend and buy tickets so they can sample restaurants in and around Raleigh.

North Carolina State Gallery

The last two weeks of August are when the North Carolina State Fair takes place in Raleigh on the state fairgrounds. You can enjoy a cool midway carnival ride as well as food, rodeo, entertainment and even watch some competition. If you have never attended a country fair, now is the time to start.

International festival

The International Rally Festival is held at the State Fairgrounds every year during the last weekend in September. Attendees from all over the world visit Raleigh to display merchandise, showcase food, and entertain fair attendees. For an authentic cultural experience, you can have fun at the International Rally Festival.

Haunted Historic Walk

The Oakwood Historic District is home to the Historic Haunted Trail that takes place every weekend in October, including Halloween. You can enjoy a hauntingly historic walk through town by candlelight with a guide who will tell you all about the local places. This walk is fun for the whole family.

Tree lighting ceremony

The day after Thanksgiving is the day the Capitol prepares for Christmas. Lighting the annual tree on Capitol grounds is an event for everyone. Hot cocoa and chestnuts are also available for those wanting to enjoy the cheer of the holiday.