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July
20

Raleigh Arts

Enjoying art is a great way to momentarily escape the stresses of the day and experience something new. Art in the form of music or theater is important because it allows us to open our minds and connect to different perspectives and mindsets. Public art also helps add to the character, uniqueness, and identity of a city or public space.

Raleigh is such a unique place, and it's actually one of the best places in North Carolina to experience art and culture. Whether it's local performance venues or public street art, our culture and entertainment make this city such an enjoyable place to live. Here are 5 examples of ways our real estate agents experience art around Raleigh.

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June
8

Iced Coffee Raleigh

When you're looking at the best of Raleigh homes for sale, it's not out of the ordinary to want a refreshing iced coffee to keep your energy going strong. Our real estate agents are big fans of an iced brew, with or without an accompanying donut or sandwich – and you have many options.

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June
1

Raleigh Museums

Regarded by many as the birthplace of aviation, North Carolina is packed with historical sites and grand museums. Some of the best of these are only minutes from Raleigh homes for sale, right in the heart of the Triangle. History buffs will love it, and there are plenty of options for kids and families, too.

Our real estate agents know that it's easy to have a fun and educational time in the Raleigh area, no matter if you're visiting or moving in to stay. Let's look at just a few of the many high-quality museums you can explore when you are in the local area this summer:

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March
23

Downtown Durham

Exploring a new city on foot gives you the best chance to absorb the wonderful local culture. You also never know what new shops, restaurants, or public art you'll stumble upon.

Our real estate agents always suggest taking a walk around downtown Durham, as it's an excellent way to see everything this beautiful city has to offer. Durham isn't too large, so you won't get too overwhelmed. You can see so many facets of this city in just a couple of hours. Here are a few attractions you should make sure to include on your walking tour:

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February
23

Raleigh Locations for Family Fun

Our real estate agents are always glad to take your listing to the next level with a full schedule of showings. While virtual showings are more popular than ever before, there are also many buyers enthusiastic about visiting in person. We're glad to oblige to get you the timeline and price you want.

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February
9

First Friday Raleigh

Each month, our real estate agents join others heading to downtown Raleigh for First Friday. This beloved event involves galleries, shops, and restaurants celebrating the rich arts culture surrounding Raleigh homes for sale. Plus, each month offers something new with rotating exhibits and talks with local artists. Check out these vibrant downtown spots that can be seen on First Friday or any day of the year.

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January
12

Triangle Restaurant Week

The restaurant scene in the Triangle is so good, there's a whole week dedicated to it! 

It's almost Triangle Restaurant Week, marking an opportunity to celebrate the culinary excellence in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and the surrounding areas. The event runs January 24-30, and our real estate agents can't wait to dine at some of the best restaurants in the area. Each participating restaurant will be serving special three-course menu options with fixed prices for the occasion, making this a great opportunity for locals and visitors alike to get a taste of what the Triangle has to offer!

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November
24

Holiday Events

It's the most wonderful time of the year, and our real estate agents want to help you make the most of it. Mark your calendar for these exciting holiday events taking place in December around the Triangle.

  • Winterfest '21 - Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary, NC 27609
    The air near Cary homes for sale will be filled with the joyous sound of classic holiday carols at Winterfest '21. For the twelfth year, the Cary Town Band will be performing a selection of your favorite holiday tunes. The audience will also have a chance to vote for five or six singalong songs. Winterfest '21 is set for Thursday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. 

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October
27

Halloween Safety

October is in full swing, meaning it's time to make your Halloween plans. If your evening includes a trick-or-treating session, our real estate agents suggest following these guidelines to ensure that all your little ghosts and goblins remain safe:

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October
6

Fall Farmers Market

The weather might be getting cooler, but that doesn't mean you can't still enjoy fresh-picked produce. In fact, our real estate agents always recommend visiting the local farmers markets this time of year. From pumpkins and potatoes to squash, zucchini, and corn, there are many delicious vegetables in season right now. 

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September
29

Fall Activities Raleigh

Fall may bring a drop in temperature, but the social scene around the Triangle doesn't miss a beat. Here are some of the lively activities and events our real estate agents are looking forward to as the season changes. 

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August
18

Raleigh Theaters

Live theater is alive and well in the Triangle! Raleigh, Durham, and the surrounding area are home to a wealth of art and culture. It's a great place to call home if you enjoy theater and the performing arts, and our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorite performance venues in the area.

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August
4

Raleigh Summer

Summer isn't over yet and the Triangle is ready to party! There are so many fun community events coming up this season. Community fairs, farmers markets, film nights — the possibilities are endless. Here are some of the top local events our real estate agents recommend checking out this summer.

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July
7

Joel Lane HouseWhether you're a newcomer to the Raleigh area or have lived in Wake County for a long time, a visit to the Joel Lane Museum House lets you take a step back in time. You'll learn about local, state, and national history as you get a glimpse into life in the late 1700s.
  
Our real estate agents share what you can expect when visiting Raleigh's oldest house.
  
About Raleigh's Oldest Home

The Joel Lane Museum House was built in 1769, making it the oldest home in Raleigh and even older than our country. Built by Colonel Joel Lane – who is known as both the Father of Wake County and Raleigh – the house is now a museum that's a Raleigh Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  
In 1771, he introduced legislation to found Wake County, and the Colonial Assembly approved it. Lane's home was the site where the decision was made in 1792 to buy a 1,000-acre parcel of his land for the state's new capital city of Raleigh.
  

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June
23

North Carolina Minor League BaseballLooking for fun and excitement in Raleigh? Our real estate agents have a suggestion or two!

Many of our clients have been hankering for thrilling action out on the baseball diamond. If you're visiting to tour Raleigh homes for sale, you might have the perfect opportunity: North Carolina is home to ten Minor League Baseball teams. Here's who you might see during a fun day at the ballpark:

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June
2

Raleigh Summer Learning

Looking for ways to keep your kids happily occupied while they're continuing to learn this summer in Raleigh? The area has plenty of places where you can spend the day with them or enroll them in a fun summer program.

Our real estate agents suggest checking out the following places where your kids can learn and have fun this summer in Raleigh:

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May
12

Memorial Day Weekend RaleighMemorial Day weekend signals the unofficial start of summer! Plan a weekend getaway near the Triangle to these destinations that are only a short drive away.

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April
29

Mini Golf Raleigh

As the saying goes, the family that plays together stays together. Our real estate agents love sharing quality time with their families in some good-natured competition at these entertaining mini golf courses around Raleigh.

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March
10

Raleigh Crafts

Our real estate agents love spreading the Luck O' the Irish! This year, consider taking a short break from exploring the beautiful Raleigh homes for sale so you and your little ones can enjoy a fun St. Paddy's Day-themed craft party! Here are a few easy ideas to help you plan your day. 

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February
17

Raleigh Bookstores

Have you run out of books on your reading list? Our real estate agents don't have that problem, thanks to these delightful book shops around Raleigh homes for sale. Stop in and find your perfect read!

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January
27

Raleigh Historic District

There are so many things to love about living in the Raleigh area! Not only are there many beautiful Raleigh homes for sale right now, but there are also excellent dining and entertainment options, great schools, and a rich culture and history. 

If you love older homes, you'll definitely want to explore some of the designated historic districts in and around Raleigh's downtown area. Some of the historic houses here are open to the public, while others remain private homes. Either way, the area offers excellent opportunities for an afternoon sightseeing tour. Here are a few you'll want to check out. 

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May
20

DIY Fire Pit

Is it summer yet? Maybe not quite, but it's finally starting to feel like it, and our real estate agents are more than ready. The warmer weather has us thinking about sitting outside at night, looking up at the stars while a crackling campfire blazes. 

After all, summer is campfire season, and these DIY backyard fire pit ideas will ensure that you're ready to take advantage of those warm summer nights! Summer will be here before you know it, so why not go ahead and get started today?

Buy or DIY

A lot of homeowners debate between building their own fire pit and buying one. Sure, you could pick one up at your local Walmart or Home Depot, but there are a lot of advantages to going the DIY route:

  • The design options are endless. The types of fire pit you can buy at a store are fairly limited. When you build a DIY fire pit, you can choose among countless styles and building materials. 
  • You can save money. Sure, it's possible to sink a lot of cash into building an elaborate outdoor fire area, but a basic DIY fire pit can cost less than a store-bought model. 
  • It's fun! There's nothing quite like the satisfaction you get from building something yourself! 

DIY Fire Pit Ideas

You have endless options when you build a DIY fire pit. The blank slate your backyard offers can be intimidating, but remember that there's no such thing as a "bad" fire pit design, as long as it's safe and functional! Make sure to do the following:

  • Choose building materials. You can use anything from natural stones to man-made materials like bricks, concrete pavers, and blocks. Kiln-fired bricks will withstand heat better and last longer. 
  • Integrate your landscaping. Take your surroundings into account so that your fire pit feels like an integral part of your landscaping. A stone "patio" surrounding the fire pit can help tie the whole yard together. 
  • Avoid standing water. Water can accumulate inside your fire pit if it's in a low-lying site. Lining the bottom with sand or gravel can help. 
  • Make it functional. Want to cook over your fire pit in addition to enjoying a crackling campfire? Include a cooking grate in the design. 

A Note on Fire Pit Safety

Once you've dreamed up the backyard fire pit you've always wanted, it's time to start building! And when you're done, you can gather your friends for a fun summertime hangout. But before you do any of that, keep a few safety tips in mind: 

  • Build your fire pit on a level site. This is especially important if your fire pit is completely above-ground.
  • Make sure the site you've chosen is at least 20 feet from your house, and at least 10 feet from trees, plants, fences, and other structures. 
  • Don't operate a fire pit under any overhanging branches or trees. 
  • Only burn firewood that's been seasoned at least six months. Avoid burning composite wood and other construction materials. 
  • Have a bucket or garden hose handy while burning.
  • Use a screen to keep sparks from escaping the fire pit, or surround it with a non-combustible ground covering like sand or gravel. 

Contact us today for more ideas. Our team has helped countless families find beautiful Raleigh homes for sale, and we're committed to helping you live life to the fullest in the Triangle this summer!

February
12

Pickleball Raleigh

Have you experienced the pickleball craze? Pickleball has grown in popularity so quickly because anyone can pick up a paddle and play. It's a game suited to players of all ages and athletic levels, combining elements of a variety of popular racket-based games. Communities throughout the Triangle have been quick to embrace the popularity of pickleball, with local parks serving as the home base of pickleball players from around the region.

Our real estate agents know all of the best spots in the Triangle, and we've got the details on five local parks where you can get your pickleball fix.

  • Brier Creek Park – 10810 Globe Rd., Raleigh, NC 27617
    With places to play pickleball and so much more, Brier Creek Park is one of the best spots in Raleigh to enjoy all of your favorite sports. For players who want to enjoy the game indoors, this is the place to be. The indoor gymnasium offers open-play pickleball for all players, along with other athletic programs.

  • Green Road Park – 4201 Green Rd., Raleigh, NC 27604
    There are plenty of great parks to choose from close to Raleigh homes for sale, including Green Road Park, which is located on the Wake County Library premises. The pickleball/tennis courts at Green Road Park feature push-button lighting, available every night year-round until 10 pm. Raleigh is home to an active community of pickleball players, so this is one park where you're sure to find a game.

  • Hargraves Community Park – 216 N. Roberson St., Chapel Hill, NC 27514
    Hargraves Community Park
    and the on-site Community Center are popular gathering places near Chapel Hill homes for sale, so you're certain to find other pickleball players here on most days. If you're looking to enjoy some pickleball in the evening, this park features courts with plenty of lights where you can play after dark. It's also one of the largest parks on our list, with indoor/outdoor basketball courts, picnic areas, playgrounds, and an outdoor swimming pool.

  • Garrett Road Park – 6815 Garrett Rd., Durham, NC 27707
    Lined pickleball courts and ample room for outdoor relaxation after your game make Garrett Road Park a popular stop for pickleball fans close to Durham homes for sale. Along with well-maintained pickleball courts, this park features an expansive playground where kids can enjoy some outdoor time while you hang out on the courts. After your game, sit back and enjoy the breeze in the picnic shelter, or fire up the on-site grill to refuel with a hot meal.

  • White Oak Park – 1216 Jenks Carpenter Rd., Cary, NC 27519
    Cary homes for sale
    are located in a community that loves its pickleball, as you'll see when you visit the brand new pickleball courts at the popular White Oak Park. While nearly every pickleball court is a friendly place for new players, the regulars at White Oak Park take special pride in introducing new folks to the game. Everyone is welcomed and encouraged to pick up a paddle and play. With three dedicated pickleball courts and an ever-growing community of local players, White Oak Park attracts players from Cary and beyond.

No matter how you like to enjoy your time outdoors, it's easy to stay active with pickleball and other sports available in the Triangle communities. Contact us to learn more about the Triangle in North Carolina.

November
20

Local Raleigh Shops

The holiday season is prime shopping time, but it's also a great opportunity to discover hidden gems in town. Shopping local for the holidays comes with its rewards—you can get to know small business owners, get a feel for the warm, welcoming Raleigh community, and find amazing, unique gifts for the loved ones in your life. Our REALTORS® share some of their fave holiday shopping spots in Raleigh near Raleigh homes for sale.

  1. Ealdwine—412 S McDowell St, Raleigh
    A go-to destination for fine menswear in Raleigh, this posh gentlemen's shop opened in 2018, adding a touch of refinement to an already vibrant, thriving city. Ealdwine (pronounced Ald-wine) is an Old English name that means "Old Friend," and owners Matt Gray and Jim Pietryka are dedicated to cultivating friendships and being a vital part of the Raleigh community. Choose from a wide selection of Alden brand shoes and a well-curated variety of some of the finest menswear, leather goods, and more. They offer both ready-to-wear and custom-tailored options.  

  2. Elizabeth & Nichole Mobile Boutique (online & delivery)
    This unique online boutique is based in Raleigh, but all sales are conducted online. In addition to providing the hottest trends in women's fashion and personalized styling, Elizabeth & Nichole offers a local mobile service serving the Raleigh area bringing the ultimate shopping experience to your doorstep. It's a perfect way to celebrate the holidays, a birthday party, a bachelorette party, or any type of event you dream of!

  3. Taylor's Wine Shop— 10005 Six Forks Rd, Raleigh
    Taylor's Wine Shop has been serving the Raleigh area since 1980. Here you'll find rare and collectible wines, craft beers, coffee, and even live bait. Their friendly, knowledgeable staff can help you find an ideal gift for the wine lovers on your list. They also offer tons of local food items such as honey, chocolates, jams, BBQ sauces, and more. With tons of tastings and free events, Taylor's is a quirky, longstanding Raleigh favorite you won't want to miss.

  4. The Flourish Market—307 W. Martin Street, Raleigh
    At The Flourish Market, owner Em Sexton believes every product and person has a higher purpose. The Flourish Market strives to make the world a better place for the people of Raleigh and around the globe, partnering with more than 50 brands that provide jobs and fair wages to artisans and makers in vulnerable communities all over the world. You'll find everything from greeting cards to women's fine fashion, accessories, kids' clothing, jewelry, home goods, and more. So get to The Flourish Market and do some good while you do your holiday shopping.

  5. Craft Habit— 2423 Crabtree Blvd, Raleigh
    This super cool and crafty spot offers classes for people of all ages and tons of fun, creative gifts as well. Grab a holiday ornament embroidery kit to brighten up the tree, check out an endless supply of sewing gear, fabric, yarn, paper goods, beads, books, and more. Or plan the ultimate gift—a special private crafting event with friends and family.

These are just a few of the amazing shops you'll find in Raleigh and the Triangle area. Whether you're buying or selling, we can help. Contact us to get started.

October
23

Raleigh Candy Shops

Is there ever a bad time to satisfy your sweet tooth with a special treat from your favorite local candy shop? Many Raleigh area candy shops have been producing award-winning treats for decades. You'll also find plenty of newer shops that offer unique flavors you won't find anywhere else. Whether you're looking for the perfect gift or want to indulge with your favorite treat, now is a great time to learn more about shops serving up sweet treats. Our real estate agents know Raleigh, and we've got the inside scoop on four great, local candy shops for your sweet tooth.

  1. Sweeties Candy Shop – 143 E Wait Ave., Wake Forest, NC 27587
    Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth close to Wake Forest homes for sale? Head to Sweeties Candy Shop, where you can shop for custom candy baskets and so much more. If you're looking for the ideal candy-themed gift, this is the place to be. Sweeties creates custom candy baskets for every occasion, and you can even include a balloon bouquet with your basket. You can also shop for your sweets here, including some of the best fresh, homemade fudge in the area. Sweeties also hosts birthday parties – perfect for children and kids at heart.

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August
28

Dog Friendly Restaurants - Raleigh

Raleigh homes for sale are smack dab in the middle of a city known for some of the best dining in the region. Raleigh is particularly cheered for its classic American cuisine.

When it comes to the flavors of Raleigh, there's something for everyone!

Good news for dog-lovers: Canine companions are welcome in many Raleigh establishments, and that number is growing every month. Some Raleigh restaurants even have convenient seating and dog-friendly menu options that will make it easy to bring your pup out on an adventure.

Let's look at seven restaurants in Raleigh where your pup is welcome to join you.

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August
7

Concerts Shows Plays in the Triangle

9 Events to Attend This Month

Our REALTORS® are excited for a busy August here in the Triangle!

Summer is concert season, and the best venues in North Carolina are warming up to welcome top performers. There'll be live music, shows, and theater for the whole family to enjoy.

Let's check out nine of the coolest events in the Triangle this August:

Concerts - Apex, Pittsboro, Holly Springs

  1. Blue Ghost – 115 North Salem Street, Apex, NC 27502
    After a full day of checking out Apex homes for sale, why not relax and enjoy Blue Ghost – a local band from right here in the Triangle? The trio will bring its smooth blues, rock, and funk sounds to popular Apex venues starting on August 17. You might just want to get up and dance!
  2. MSG Acoustic Blues Trio – 950 Bynum Road, Pittsboro, NC 27312
    Not far from Pittsboro homes for sale stands Bynum Front Porch, where MSG Acoustic Blues Trio will arrive on August 23. The nonprofit home of the Bynum Music Series welcomes this versatile group known for Piedmont blues inspired by greats like Etta Baker.
  3. Summer at the Springs – 300 West Ballentine Street, Holly Springs, NC 27540
    One reason to pick Holly Springs homes for sale is the town's remarkable live music culture. That's on display during Summer at the Springs, the outdoor concert series by the Holly Springs Cultural Center. August will feature Whiskey Runners and Adam Lee Decker Trio.

Shows - Cary, Durham, Garner

  1. The Summer L.O.V.E Show – 122 East Chatham Street, Cary, NC 27511
    This love-themed show will reinvigorate you after exploring Cary homes for sale. On August 31 at the Cary Theater, local musicians, comedians, and visual artists come together for an uplifting evening that will touch your heart – Summer L.O.V.E. is like nothing else around.
  2. The Game Grumps Live – 123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC 27701
    The Game Grumps are Millennial icons whose off-the-cuff humor has made them undisputed stars of YouTube's "Let's Play" culture. Mere steps from Durham homes for sale, at the Durham Performing Arts Center, they'll treat audiences to a night of fun-filled improv on August 18.
  3. Honk! Jr. – 742 West Garner Road, Garner, NC 27529
    Honk! Jr. comes to the Garner Performing Arts Center this August to regale kids with a fun and frolicking tale about what makes us special. This heartwarming story, adapted from The Ugly Duckling, includes over a dozen songs. It's right downtown, near Garner homes for sale.

Plays - Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill

  1. Jane Eyre – 120 Morris Street, Durham NC 27701
    Jane Eyre will be staged by the Young People's Performing Company at Durham Arts Council Saturday, August 3 through August 10. This haunting retelling of one of Charlotte Bronte's classics promises to be one of the most gripping dramas on the stage this August.
  2. A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder – 301 Pogue Street, Raleigh, NC 27606
    Courtesy of Raleigh Little Theatre, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder will run in mid-August at Cantey V. Sutton Theatre. This musical comedy following the misadventures of a scheming heir will have you rolling in the aisles! It's only minutes from Raleigh homes for sale, too.
  3. Rags to Riches Theatre – 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
    If you're looking for a stage experience that will appeal to budding young minds, Rags to Riches is here to help. This traveling troupe puts on family-friendly stories of history, literature, and the fantastic. On August 9, the show visits the Chapel Hill Public Library--just a short distance from some of our best Chapel Hill homes for sale.

When it comes to finding the best homes in Raleigh, Durham, and throughout the Triangle, we've got you covered. Contact us today to learn about local real estate opportunities.

July
10

9 Ways to Entertain Kids in the Triangle

Our REALTORS® know kids look forward to summer vacation all year, but by the time July rolls around, they're probably shouting, "I'm bored!"

Fair enough – but there's never a dull moment in the Triangle. With plenty of family-friendly fun around every corner, there's always something new to do.

The biggest question is: Where should you and the kids go first?

That's a tall order, so here are our picks for enjoyable outings:

  1. Let's Roam Raleigh – 500 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC  2760
    This app-driven scavenger hunt will give you the opportunity to roam the cultural, historical, and natural treasures of Raleigh. Let's Roam Raleigh is a true adventure, all not far from the top Raleigh homes for sale. No tour guides or reservations required.

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July
3

Triangle Living Picnic Spots

After a busy week showing Raleigh homes for sale, many of our REALTORS® enjoy spending time outdoors. Good news: On top of its world-class amenities and economy, the Triangle has protected plenty of green spaces for residents to explore.

With National Picnic Month in July, it's a perfect time to visit them.

You'll find the Triangle's great cities are dotted with municipal parks. Not only that, but a number of state parks and other preserved areas are waiting for you. You can stay close to your neighborhood or make a day of it in a forest glen or mountainous vista.

Let's look at some of the best places to picnic all throughout the Triangle:

  1. Pullen Park – 520 Ashe Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27606
    In Raleigh, you'll happen upon beautiful Pullen Park, established in 1887. Sprawling across 66 acres, Pullen is known for being the first public park in North Carolina. It includes a carousel, mini-train, aquatic center, arts center, and cafe. There are plenty of shelters to shield you from the sun during your picnic. Of course, you are always welcome to spread a blanket on the grass.

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June
26

July 4 Events in the Triangle

Our REALTORS® look forward to the annual 4th of July celebrations held in our local communities every year. No matter whether you're looking for family fun, fireworks, athletics, or a more adult social experience, everything is within a few miles. The only problem is choosing just a handful of things to do!

Celebrate America in style this July with these spectacular events in the Triangle:

  1. 2019 4th of July 5k and 10k – 1251 Goode Street, Raleigh, NC 27603
    The famous 2019 4th of July 5k and 10k will bring you into the heart of Raleigh, where you can find some of the best Raleigh homes for sale. The Kids' Fun Run will start at 7:45 a.m., with the adult Four Miler at 8. There'll be plenty of swag for everyone as well as small cash prizes for the overall winners. Trophy Brewing Co. will be on hand for post-race refreshments.

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May
29

Triangle Summer Camps for KidsIf your family is moving to one of our Triangle cities this summer, it might help make the move easier by registering your child in one of our area's summer camp programs.  Our REALTORS® are here with a quick look at just a few of the Triangle's summer camps for your children.

  1. IMACS – 105 Market St., Chapel Hill, NC 27516
    The Institute for Mathematics and Computer Science hosts summer camps near Chapel Hill homes for sale that focus on math, computer programming and university-level courses for children of any age and ability.

  2. TCC Kids – 4020 Capital Blvd., Raleigh, NC 27604
    Let TCC Kids take your children around the Triangle on fun-filled field trips. They'll spend time playing at local parks, bowling alleys, swimming pools and so much more, all with breakfast and snacks included in this affordable camp!

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May
8

Triangle Living Bike Trails
May is National Bike Month and the perfect time to enjoy the Triangle on two wheels. There are bike trails connecting many Triangle communities, and winding through the beautiful outdoor spaces that make North Carolina such a lovely place to call home. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on eight bike trails where you can celebrate National Bike Month.

Bike Trails in Raleigh, Durham, Cary, and Apex

  1. Neuse River Trail – Raleigh
    Raleigh homes for sale make it easy to reach a variety of the trails on our list, including the 27.5 mile Neuse River Trail. This scenic, paved trail offers beautiful views of the river, while passing local historic sites and wetlands. The trail connects to other trails in Raleigh, and in nearby communities like Wake Forest.

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May
1

Raleigh Hiking & Greenway Trails
Raleigh is a great city for anyone with a taste for outdoor adventure, and now that spring has fully sprung, our REALTORS® think now is a great time to get out there and explore! If you're looking for a place to reconnect with nature in the Raleigh area, these are our seven favorite places to head outside and take a hike. 

  1. Walnut Creek Trail
    A little over 15 miles in length, the Walnut Creek Trail is a greenway project that meanders across South Raleigh from Lake Johnson to the Neuse River. Mostly paved and ideal for hiking, biking, and jogging, the trail is easily accessible from numerous trailheads and offers landscapes ranging from natural to urban and residential. It's a great place to explore Raleigh's many environments and is also part of the East Coast Greenway Trail (ECG) system, which connects major cities all along the Eastern Seaboard. 

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April
10

Cary Spring Dave Arts Festival

Are you ready to celebrate spring, support local artists, and remind yourself why Cary is such a special place to call home? Then we've got just the event for you! The Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival, one of Cary's big annual events, returns for its 26th edition this year, with food, art, music, and fun for all ages. Whether you're shopping for Cary homes for sale or you're already a long-time resident, the Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival is a great chance to form a deeper connection with your favorite community. Our REALTORS® are here to help you prepare for the event, with details on Cary's popular Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival for 2019.

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March
27

Raleigh Durham Chapel Hill
Spring has arrived in North Carolina, and our locals are ready to celebrate family, community, and fun at some of the most popular festivals the Triangle has to offer.

When we asked Our REALTORS® about their favorite spring events, the list was pretty long. Whether you're into food, music, science, or culture, something is going on that's sure to appeal to you. Check out these nine festivals, and you'll get a taste of what makes the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area a great place to live. 

  1. Dreamville Festival: Raleigh, April 6
    The multi-stage musical event Dreamville Festival is coming back to Raleigh on April 6th. This celebration of art, food, and local culture feature both well-known and up-and-coming musical artists curated by J. Cole. It's held in the 308-acre Dorothea Dix Park and promises to be one of this year's most popular events.

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March
20

Parks & Outdoor Spaces in the Triangle
March 30 is National Take a Walk in the Park Day. After a long winter, it's a holiday that our real estate agents can get behind. We've got a lot of great outdoor spaces here in the Triangle area, and these are some of our favorite places to take a walk in the park in Raleigh, Durham and beyond.  

  1. Green Hills County Park - 9300 Deponie Drive, Raleigh
    This beautiful park in Northeast Raleigh is an excellent place for family fun, with an elementary school, middle school, and numerous Raleigh homes for sale nearby. With ample wide open spaces, Green Hills County Park offers picnic pavilions, playgrounds, walking trails and a challenging mountain bike skills course. The park's vast open fields are great for flying kites, playing Frisbee or stretching out on a picnic blanket.

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February
20

Raleigh-JC Raulston Arboretum
If you're spending time in town searching for Raleigh homes for sale, you'll quickly hear about one of North Carolina State University's treasures: the JC Raulston Arboretum. This nationally acclaimed garden, located just across the street from NC State's West Campus, contains a living collection of over 6,300 diverse plant varieties — touted as one of the largest collections in the Southeast!

Established in 1976, this arboretum and botanical garden provide more than ten acres of spectacular viewing free of charge. It's been internationally recognized and continues to grow, expanding its amazing collection while increasing its space for visitors of all ages and abilities to enjoy a stroll through their gardens every day of the year.

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January
23

Apex NC Saturday Things to Do
Saturdays are full of possibilities, and Apex has a wealth of cultural and entertainment activities to explore. The vibrant pedestrian-friendly downtown area retains its charming ambiance thanks to a number of beautifully restored buildings, some dating back to 1870. 

Where do you start? Our real estate agents offer suggestions for their favorite activities that take you from morning to night on a Saturday in Apex.

  1. Belgian Cafe - 1232 W. Williams St. 
    Start your day with some European flair at Belgian Cafe. The highlight of the breakfast menu is their signature petit dejeuner français, which includes two croissants with butter and jelly, fresh fruit, orange juice, and coffee. Don't forget to pick up some delicious macarons or tartelettes to take home.

  2. Apex Farmers Market - 220 N. Salem St. 
    For your next stop, head to the Apex Farmers Market and savor the bounty of fresh, locally-sourced fruits, vegetables, meats, and dairy products. Their selection of artisanal baked goods, cheese, sauces, and salsas add punch to any style of cooking. 

  3. MGC Boutique - 219 N. Salem St. 
    Take your BFF along to browse the stylish and versatile clothing and accessories at MGC Boutique, which is short for "My Girlfriend's Closet." The industrial-chic space features brick walls dating back to 1909 and large, warehouse-style skylights and windows. You'll see why MGC Boutique calls itself "Anthropologie at a more affordable price point."

  4. The Provincial - 119 N. Salem St. 
    The Provincial is just down the block from MGC Boutique, making it a perfect stop for lunch. Choose from a menu of soups, salads, and sandwiches that satisfy any appetite, large or small. If you want to try something new, check out the rotating selection of small and big plates. Beer and wine specials are offered every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

  5. The Red Canvas - 127 N. Salem St. #A
    Whether your interest in art involves doing or just looking, the Red Canvas is a great spot to immerse yourself in the creative spirit. The Red Canvas is a working studio for owner Catherine Martin, and works on display are painted by Martin and her students. Martin likes to promote a true community feel by featuring paintings designed to inspire awareness of social issues.

  6. Common Grounds Coffeehouse and Desserts - 219 N. Salem St.
    Housed in a historic Apex building called the Promenade, Common Grounds is an ideal spot to chat with friends or enjoy a good book over a cup of coffee. Tables, lounge areas and free WiFi encourage leisurely visits. Specialty flavors like Snickers and Coco Mocha are treats by themselves, but feel free to choose one of the decadent desserts supplied by Cary's Custom Confections.

  7. Mamma Mia Italian Bistro - 708 Laura Duncan Rd.
    Cap off a delightful day by meeting a friend for some traditional Italian favorites at Mamma Mia Italian Bistro. Classic preparations such as Marsala, Parmigiana, and Piccata are offered with your choice of chicken or veal. Try one of the chef's specials or build your own dish by selecting your favorite pasta and sauce. And what's an Italian restaurant without pizza? House wines are available by the bottle or glass.  

\Whether you're a social butterfly or you prefer cocooning, Apex homes for sale accommodate any lifestyle and family size. Contact us and let our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate agents help you find the home of your dreams.

December
12

Durham Restaurants for Brunch
What could be better than heading out for a relaxed Sunday brunch with some of your favorite people? Durham homes for sale make it easy to enjoy a wealth of excellent dining options, and Sunday brunch is no exception, with many unique dining spots to try. Whether you're looking for a traditional brunch or something new, you'll find it in the city. Our real estate agents have the details on nine of their favorite spots to enjoy a lovely Sunday brunch in Durham.

Savoring Sunday Morning: Durham's Best Sunday Brunch Spots 

  1. Parker and Otis – 112 South Duke Street, Durham
    Featuring a menu filled with smart, simple food made from fresh, local ingredients, Parker and Otis is a great place to stop for a delicious Sunday brunch. Choose from the breakfast or lunch menus to find the perfect morning meal.

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December
5

Triangle Christmas Tree Farms
Choosing and cutting your own Christmas tree is a beloved tradition for many families in the Raleigh area, creating memories that last a lifetime. With the holiday season fast approaching, now is the perfect time to rekindle that tradition at one of our area's Christmas tree farms. Whether you're shopping for Raleigh homes for sale or you're already a resident of the city, you'll find plenty of Christmas tree farms. Our real estate agents have the details on seven Christmas tree farms in the Triangle where you can cut your tree for the holiday season this year.

Holiday Family Traditions: Cut Your Tree at These Local Christmas Tree Farms

  1. Boyce Farms - 2813 Mount Vernon Church Rd. Raleigh
    Family-owned and operated, Boyce Farms aims to make cutting your tree an affordable, family-friendly experience. Choose from a wide selection of trees, wreaths, and roping, with friendly service from the Boyce family. Boyce Farms also offers "flocked" trees, which maintain the appearance of having a coating of snow throughout the season.

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November
21

Triangle NC Christmas Parades
The holiday season is here, and that means it's time to enjoy all of the Christmas excitement that the Triangle has to offer. Christmas parades are an excellent way to ring in the season and celebrate all of the things that make each community special. No matter where you are in the Triangle, there's a Christmas parade with your name on it. Our real estate agents are here to help you celebrate the season, with our guide to 11 Christmas parades in the Triangle.

'Tis the Season to Celebrate with 11 Christmas Parades in the Triangle

  1. Garner Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 2:00 pm – Main Street, Garner
    Shopping for Garner homes for sale? Take a break to enjoy the holiday happenings at the Garner Christmas Parade. Settle in to watch the marching bands, parade floats, classic cars, and Santa himself travel through downtown Garner to mark the season.

  2. Knightdale Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 1, 2018 -2:00 pm – Knightdale Station Park
    Homes in Knightdale make it easy to celebrate the season with fun events, like the Knightdale Christmas Parade. Before the parade, there will be a Holiday Fair on Thursday evening, along with the annual Knightdale Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Friday evening.

  3. Apex Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 5:00 m – Downtown Apex
    Scout out Apex homes while you enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season with the Apex Christmas Parade. A Holiday Pancake Breakfast precedes the parade on Saturday morning and the ADBA Pictures with Santa event throughout the day on Saturday.

  4. Fuquay-Varina Christmas Parade – Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 3:00 pm – Downtown Fuquay-Varina
    If you haven't started shopping for Fuquay-Varina real estate just yet, the holidays present a perfect opportunity to see what the community has to offer. The parade travels throughout historic downtown Fuquay-Varina and is part of a series of events to mark the holiday season in the city.

  5. Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade – Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm – Carrboro Town Hall
    Wondering why Chapel Hill homes for sale are such hot properties? Head to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade and find out! The parade starts at the Morehead Planetarium and winds its way toward a conclusion at Carrboro Town Hall.

  6. Durham Holiday Parade – Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 10:00 am – Main St. and Magnum St., Durham
    Durham homes for sale put you near the best holiday events our city offers, including the Durham Holiday Parade. The parade is followed by the Fun Fest, a family-friendly holiday event with activities for all ages.

  7. Happy Holly Days Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 11:00 am – Downtown Holly Springs
    Holly Springs homes are perfect for celebrating the "Holly Days," with fun events like the Happy Holly Days Christmas Parade. Floats, dancers, bands, decorated vehicles fill the parade.

  8. Town of Cary Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Downtown Cary
    See the latest in Cary homes while you stake out the perfect spot along the Town of Cary Christmas Parade route. With more than 40 years of tradition, Cary's Christmas Parade is one of the most well-known in the Triangle.

  9. Wake Forest Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 1:00 pm – White Street in Wake Forest
    Settle in among homes in Wake Forest to enjoy the holiday spectacle of the annual Wake Forest Christmas Parade. The parade is part of a busy weekend of holiday activities in Wake Forest, which includes the Snowball Dance for those with Special Needs.

  10. Clayton Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 3:00 pm – Downtown Clayton
    Visit the Clayton Christmas Parade to see why the locals love their Clayton homes so much. Before the parade, head to the annual Santa's Workshop Event at the Clayton Community Center for a morning filled with fun family activities.

  11. Pittsboro Holiday Parade – Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 3:00 pm – Downtown Pittsboro
    The Pittsboro Holiday Parade provides the perfect excuse to take a closer look at Pittsboro homes for sale. Head to MLK Drive to catch the start of the parade route, or watch the finish as the parade continues down Farrell Street. The Pittsboro Holiday Parade always brings the community together.

Interested in finding a home for the holidays and beyond in one of the many fantastic communities in the Triangle? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout the Triangle.

November
14

North Hills Tree Lighting
November and December bring fun, family-friendly events to Raleigh throughout the holiday season. Whether you're busy shopping for Raleigh homes for sale or enjoying all that your home city has to offer, the holidays feature free events that remind everyone why the city is such a great place to call home. The Annual North Hills Tree Lighting Ceremony is the perfect opportunity to kick off the holiday season. Our real estate agents are here to help you enjoy the holidays in Raleigh, with our guide to the Annual North Hills Tree Lighting Ceremony.

The Annual North Hills Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

The Event: Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at North Hills
Location: The Commons – 4191 Main at North Hills Street
Date/Time: Saturday, November 17, 2018 – Events from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Admission/Parking: FREE Admission

Family Fun and Free Activities in North Hills Christmas

Start your holiday season by making memories at the Annual North Hills Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, with an afternoon filled with fun activities that both kids and parents will love. The fun starts in North Hills at 3:30 pm in the Commons with everything building up to the big Christmas tree lighting at 6:00 pm. Admission to the event is free, and parking is available nearby at the Main District Garage.

  • Sledding Slopes and Trackless Train Rides – Are your kids dreaming of a white Christmas? While there may not be traditional snow at the Christmas tree lighting, kids can enjoy some sledding on "Snow My Yard" sledding slopes, or take an enchanted, holiday-themed trackless train ride.

  • Bounce House, Face Painting, and More – The North Hill Christmas Tree Lighting will also feature traditional childhood favorites, including a bounce house and face-painting for the holidays. There will also be arts and crafts for kids, along with balloon twisting to create memorable holiday souvenirs.

  • Meet Santa and Watch the Lighting Ceremony – The big moment arrives at 6:00 pm when Santa comes to town for the tree lighting ceremony. Enjoy Christmas carols, watch the 41-foot tree light up in gorgeous colors, and then stick around so that kids can spend some quality time with Santa Claus himself.

  • Start Your Shopping at the Vendor Village – Searching for a unique gift for someone on your holiday list? You'll find local vendors offering unique gifts, crafts at Vendor Village during the Tree Lighting Ceremony. Don't miss vendors like Shepard's Way Farms, Edible Art of Raleigh, Bee Happy Essentials, Project Picturesque, and many more.

Life in North Hills

North Hills real estate is popular among Raleigh residents because the neighborhood features everything you need close to home. From fantastic shopping to fun events and cuisine from around the world, North Hills offers a dynamic lifestyle for both work and play. The Commons, the location of the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, is a gathering place in the neighborhood, with outdoor green space, ample outdoor dining options, and frequent special events throughout the year.

Still searching for the perfect Raleigh home for the holidays? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy, sell, and learn about homes in the Raleigh, NC area.

November
7

Raleigh Thanksgiving Things to Do
Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday season for many Raleigh residents, and there is no shortage of fun, family-friendly activities to enjoy in the city throughout the weekend. Whether you're shopping for Raleigh homes for sale or you already call our city home, Raleigh is a wonderful place to spend the holidays. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on seven great Thanksgiving weekend activities in the Raleigh area.

Head to Raleigh Over Thanksgiving Weekend

  1. Thanksgiving at Ruth's Chris Steak House4381 Lassiter at North Hills, Raleigh
    There are quite a few great restaurants open in Raleigh for Thanksgiving, and Ruth's Chris Steak House certainly ranks near the top of the list. Enjoy a delicious, three-course meal prepared by the experts at Ruth's Chris, with all of your favorite Thanksgiving trimmings. And if you're in the mood for something different, you can order from the full dinner menu.

  2. 2018 Inside-Out Sports Turkey Trot -  2002 Grisdale Lane, Cary
    Join Cary residents and visitors at the 2018 Inside-Out Sports Turkey Trot. A perfect way for the entire family to begin their Thanksgiving Day celebration, the Inside-Out Turkey Trot includes a one-mile fun run, an 8K main event, and a Kids Dash. Race morning begins at 7:00 am with the one-mile fun run taking off first at 8:30 am.  Fun contests with opportunities to take home prizes will be part of your day. The Inside-Out Sports Turkey Trot is part of the Second Empire Grand Prix Race Series.

  3. Lake Myra Christmas Lights – 10 S. Cyprus St., Wendell
    The holiday season is just getting started on Thanksgiving, so why not spend the weekend spreading some Christmas cheer? The Lake Myra Christmas Lights show features dazzling, computerized lights, dancing to the tune of your favorite Christmas songs.
     
  4. Christmas Carousel NC State Fairgrounds 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh
    Start your Christmas shopping in style at the Christmas Carousel Holiday Gift Market at the NC State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, where you'll find gifts, holiday decorations, and delicious food from more than 250 vendors. Kids will have the chance to enjoy some time with Santa Claus, who will be present at select times all weekend.

  5. North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary
    See the Cary Amphitheatre in a whole new light during the North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival on Thanksgiving weekend. Walk through half a mile of spectacular lantern displays, and enjoy live cultural performances. There will also be a concession stand serving tasty seasonal treats.

  6. Cut a Christmas Tree at Back Achers Christmas Tree Farm4533 Inwood Rd., Raleigh
    Is decorating for Christmas one of your favorite traditions during Thanksgiving weekend? Head to Back Achers Christmas Tree Farm to cut your own Christmas Tree. Kids are encouraged to have fun while you pick the perfect tree, and leashed dogs are welcome at Back Achers.

  7. Gingham and Posh Gift Shopping210 Hollyridge Dr., Raleigh
    Searching for a truly unique Christmas gift for someone special? Gingham and Posh offers a wide selection of customized gift baskets, with something for every taste. Gift gourmet foods and delicious treats, or send someone a "Taste of North Carolina" gift basket to remind them of home. Thanksgiving weekend is the perfect time to start shopping at Gingham and Posh.

Still searching for the perfect home where you can enjoy every weekend in Raleigh? Our experienced, local team is here to help. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes in Raleigh, NC.

October
10

Cary NC Halloween Events
The Halloween season is always one of the most exciting times of the year for Cary locals, and this year is no exception. Whether you're looking for a spooky haunted house, community pumpkin carving, a fall festival, or an opportunity to see local landmarks in a new light, there's an event for every interest around Halloween in Cary. Our real estate agents know Cary, and we've got the details on six exciting, upcoming Halloween happenings in the community.

Spooky Family Fun: Six Halloween Happenings in the Cary, NC Area 

  1. Pumpkin Flotilla at Bond Park – 801 High House Rd., Cary, NC 27513
    Carve your most creative pumpkin design, then watch your creation take to the season Bond Park Lake. The Pumpkin Flotilla at Bond Park is a truly unique event, as carved pumpkins, glowing brightly, meander their way across the water. There will be refreshments available, along with discounted boat rides for anyone who enters a pumpkin or arrives in their finest Halloween costume.

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