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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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May
4

Historic HomesThe Triangle is known as one of the places where the future is made. Raleigh homes for sale have convenient access to a diverse economy with a vibrant tech scene. But the area is also steeped in plenty of rich history, reaching back through the entire American story.

Our real estate agents are always glad to show you everything Raleigh has to offer. Here are some of the historic homes many people choose to visit when they explore the Triangle:

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September
22

Downtown Cary

You could call it a small city, or you could call it North Carolina's largest small town. Whatever you choose to call it, Cary is one of the most charming, vibrant communities in the Triangle. 

Our real estate agents always love getting to spend some time in Cary, and if you're in the area looking at Raleigh homes for sale, we highly recommend you do the same! These are some of our favorite spots for a fun day in Cary, NC.

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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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June
30

Bubble Tea Raleigh

Bubble tea (sometimes called boba tea) is a trendy, colorful, and delicious drink made from brewed tea and tapioca pearls. Whether you're a bubble tea connoisseur or have never tried this treat, these bubble tea shops located in and around Raleigh are ready to take your order.

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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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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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December
9

Raleigh Christmas Trees

With the holiday season in full swing, it's time to select a Christmas tree for your home. A real Christmas tree is a charming option that instantly lends a festive touch to your space. Our real estate agents know that a home with gorgeous decorations appeals to potential buyers. 

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November
11

Raleigh Local BusinessesLiving in Raleigh means that there will always be new experiences to explore waiting close to your front door, in a city that is constantly growing. This year has seen quite a few exciting new businesses open in the city, offering food and fun for family members of all ages. There are new restaurants with healthy, locally sourced ingredients, a new coffee shop bringing flavors from around the world to Raleigh, and new studios where you can learn to create your own art. Our real estate agents have the exciting details on 5 of the great new businesses to open in Raleigh this year.

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October
21

Pasta in Raleigh

There's never a bad day to enjoy delicious Italian food! With World Pasta Day right around the corner, now is a great time to start exploring some of the amazing Italian restaurants in the area.

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October
7

Animal Shelters in the Triangle

October is officially "Adopt a Shelter Dog Month", and with so many people spending more time at home this year, there couldn't be a better time to welcome a new furry friend into your family. There are several great dog shelters in and around the Triangle and dozens of new pets that need to be adopted today. Looking to add a shelter dog to your family? Our REALTORS® went ahead and pulled together a list of options:

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September
30

Raleigh Restaurants

It's no secret that North Carolina has some of the best food in the country, but many residents of the Triangle are surprised to discover just how many times Raleigh's restaurants have been featured on TV. From local news to international programs on Food Network and Travel Channel, our favorite places to dine are given primetime slots on television. Next time you're headed out to eat, our real estate agents encourage you to check out these Raleigh restaurants that have been featured on TV.

  1. The Roast Grill – 7 S. West St., Raleigh, NC 27603 
    As Seen On Man v. Food

    Opened in 1940, The Roast Grill has been serving up hot dogs on the same grill they used 80 years ago. When Man v. Food's Adam Richman came to town, Raleigh residents knew he'd be taking on the Hot Dogger Eating Challenge. Richman dominated the challenge, downing 17 hot dogs, a half-pint of mustard, and a pint of chili sauce, which caused the challenge to be renamed as the Man v. Food Hot Dog Challenge. Whether you're going in to take the challenge or a single dog, don't ask for ketchup!

  2. The Pit – 328 W. Davie St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    As Seen On Throwdown with Bobby Flay

    The Pit serves up the tastiest pork this side of the Smoky Mountains, but when celebrity chef Bobby Flay came to town, things got messy. Thankfully, the pitmaster defeated the grill master, winning a rib challenge on Throwdown with Bobby Flay. The Pit has been featured time and time again on other shows like Chopped, Man v. Food, and The Today Show, which is all the more reason to see what all the buzz is about. Grab a plateful of barbeque, a fine bourbon whiskey, and taste why The Pit just can't stay out of the limelight.

  3. Original Flying Burrito – 4800 Grove Barton Rd., Raleigh, NC 27613
    As Seen On Food Paradise

    The Southwest meets the Southeast at Original Flying Burrito, which was featured on an episode of Food Paradise's episode "Burrito Paradise." To taste what you've seen on TV, order up the Carolina Burrito. Made fresh from scratch each day, the delicious sauces, salsas, and other sweet and savory menu items are sure to make your mouth water. They even have a separate vegan menu for those who prefer their burrito meat and dairy-free.

  4. Azurelise – 702 Boylan Ave., Raleigh, NC 27605
    As Seen On Road Tasted with the Neelys

    With so much savory barbeque in town, Azurelise offers a sweet alternative. While they received great reviews on Road Tasted with the Neelys, Azurelise's chocolate truffles let their flavor do the talking. The minute you let of one, these delectable chocolates melt on your tongue, you'll know why Azurelise is a standout confectioner in the city. Order up at least two batches; you'll likely devour the first on the car ride home!

If you thought Raleigh's restaurant scene was impressive, wait until you see our housing market! Contact us today to begin touring the best Raleigh homes for sale.

September
16

Brunch in the Triangle

Let's face it. Not everyone is a morning person! One thing that makes mornings more bearable is the fantastic brunch options we have in the Triangle area. Our real estate agents love the local dining scene, and that includes frequenting brunch spots in the area. Looking for a delicious start to your morning? Be sure to check out the following local restaurants for your next morning meal!  

  1. Parkside Restaurant – 301 W. Martin St., Raleigh, NC 27601
    Located in the Warehouse District near some of our most popular Raleigh homes for sale, Parkside wants to show you the hospitality that's existed in this historic area for over a century. One of their brunch staples is a fried pork chop with cheddar waffle. This meaty meal is topped with powdered sugar, syrup, and a peach bourbon glaze. Perfect for those who love sweet and savory combinations! 

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August
19

The hot sun is quickly burning away our summer days but there's still time for you to enjoy the warm weather. With many vacations and road trips put on hold, now is the perfect time to social distance responsibly by camping in North Carolina's great outdoors. Our estate agents encourage you to check out these campgrounds around Raleigh.

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August
5

Outdoor Reading Spots in Raleigh

There's nothing quite like getting cozy with a good book when the world starts to feel overwhelming. 

In honor of National Book Lovers Day—coming right up on August 9th—we asked our real estate agents to name some of their favorite outdoor reading spots. The list includes some of the most beautiful parks and green spaces in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, NC.

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July
15

Weekend Getaways Near Raleigh

Who's ready for a vacation? Our real estate agents sure are! After the last few months, we agree that everyone could use a little time away from home to relax, recharge, and enjoy spending time with those they care about the most. If you'd like to get out of town without hopping on a plane or train, consider road tripping to one of those great getaway destinations close to Raleigh.

  1. Winston-Salem, NC
    Distance from Raleigh by Car: Approximately 2hrs
    Head down to the Piedmont Triangle of North Carolina and enjoy a getaway tucked between the Atlantic Ocean and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Winston-Salem has a host of historical sites, museums, wineries, and dining options that will keep you busy for hours. Some of the notable attractions include the Salem Glen Country Club, Yadkin Valley Wine Tours, the Crooked Tail Cat Café, and Kernersville Little Theatre. 

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June
17

Fishing in Raleigh

It's true that summertime activities may not be the same this year, but that doesn't mean that you can't get out and have some fun! Many of our real estate agents enjoy spending their days off exploring the area's best fishing spots.

National Go Fishing Day is coming up on June 18th and is the perfect excuse to explore the local fishing spots near Raleigh. Whether you're a seasoned angler or an absolute beginner, grab your pole, because you're going to love spending time at these local parks. 

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May
6

Raleigh Takeout

If you're like most people, living under the current stay-at-home orders has started to feel really mundane. It's true, there's not a lot to do right now, but ordering takeout from some of the area's best restaurants is a great way to spice things up. 

Many of our real estate agents have started planning a weekly takeout night. Not only does this give us a chance to try out some new foods, but we love being able to support our local restaurant owners. Here are a few of our favorites! 

  1. Woody's at City Market: 2050 Wolfe St. Raleigh, NC 27601
    Conveniently located in downtown Raleigh, Woody's at City Market is perfect for those days when you're craving some American comfort food. We recommend the burgers, Cuban sandwiches, and, of course, the chicken wings. They're currently offering curbside takeout, and delivery! 
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April
28

Homemade Masks in Raleigh

While the current COVID-19 crisis has upended life as we know it, many people are finding creative ways to help out their neighbors and show that they care. Several people have reached out to our real estate agents, asking what they can do to support our local community. 

If you want to make a contribution to medical professionals and others who need personal protective equipment (PPE), you may consider joining the many Americans who are making homemade face masks to help stop the spread of this virus. One of the best ways to do this is to join the national group called "Face Mask Warriors."

How to Work With Face Mask Warriors 

The North Carolina branch of this group has over 2,500 followers on its Facebook page. Request to join the group, and you can learn more about the project and connect with other like-minded individuals. 

If you're ready to jump in, visit their website. From here, you can request information regarding how to donate completed masks or learn more about how to volunteer to create masks, caps, or gowns. They'll provide you with the patterns and, if necessary, they'll also give you the materials you'll need. When you've completed your projects, you can either drop them off at a designated location or request that they come and pick them up from your home. 

Currently, the group has donated masks to UNC Health and is gathering a collection for Glenaire Retirement Community in Cary. This organization is currently looking for about 300 adult-sized masks for their residents. Other organizations can also request masks on the Face Mask Warriors website. As stay-at-home orders begin to be lifted, it's likely that the need will continue to increase.

Don't Sew? You Can Still Help!

Even if you don't sew, you can still join the group and help out. They also need people to drop off and pick up materials and completed projects. You could also donate materials or volunteer the outside of your home to be a designed drop-off point. 

The completed masks and other PPE are being donated to health care facilities, certain hospitals, and other organizations that need them. Note that not all organizations are accepting homemade masks, so it's best to join a group like this one to ensure that your efforts are as effective as possible. 

During these uncertain times, it's easy to feel helpless. However, taking steps like this can make you feel more in control while also helping to make the world a better place. 

Your Raleigh Real Estate Professionals

Have you been thinking about buying or selling a home when things get back to normal? The good news is, you don't have to wait! We're still showing Raleigh homes for sale and helping our clients reach their real estate goals. Contact us today to learn more and get started. 

April
22

Raleigh Random Acts of Kindness

During tough times, our Raleigh community comes together. Our real estate agents are proud to call the Raleigh area home and are determined to spread some kindness across the community. Here are some simple random acts of kindness you can complete in the Raleigh area to help others during these difficult times. 

  • Donate to or Volunteer at a Food Bank - Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, 1924 Capital Blvd., Raleigh, NC 27604
    With people shut in and low on funds, it's difficult for them to maintain healthy eating habits, especially if they have kids. Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is continuing to serve local residents in need while following CDC's best practices. You can help by donating funds, holding a virtual food drive or volunteering with a self-scheduled shift on the website. The Raleigh distribution center is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Adopt a Rescue Animal - SPCA of Wake County, 200 Petfinder Ln., Raleigh, NC 27603
    SPCA of Wake County is working hard to care for these animals until they can be rehomed. The shelter is currently closed, but the organization is accepting applications and conducting phone meetings so you can reserve the pet of your choice until adoptions resume. Each day at 2 p.m., a staff member conducts a Facebook Live event where you can view the dogs and cats currently available for adoption. If you're not in a position to adopt, consider a financial donation toward SPCA's expenses.

  • Support Healthcare Workers - Duke Health, 1233-D Front St., Raleigh, NC 27609
    Healthcare workers such as those in the Duke Health system are working tirelessly around the clock to care for patients. They desperately need supplies such as N95, surgical and looped masks along with sealed boxes of gloves and eye protection. With blood bank supplies running low, healthcare providers are asking for healthy people to become donors. Finally, you can make a financial gift to the Duke COVID-19 Response Fund for research and testing. Donated supplies can be dropped off at the Raleigh location from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. weekdays.

  • Send Greeting Cards to Nursing Home Residents - Capital Nursing and Rehabilitation, 3000 Holston Ln., Raleigh, NC 27610
    Extra precautions are being taken to protect people in nursing home and long-term care facilities who are more vulnerable to health risks. Sadly, these people are feeling even more isolated from friends and loved ones at a time when they need support the most. Take a few minutes to brighten the day of patients at places such as Capital Nursing and Rehabilitation with a cheerful greeting card. Be sure to call the facility first and ask about any special procedures they may have regarding cards and delivery.

  • Help Neighbors
    Lending a helping hand to neighbors in need is a great way to lift the spirits of everyone involved, especially if you know any healthcare providers, first responders or elderly people. Here are just a few ideas of how you can assist those around you: mow the lawn; shop for groceries; pick up prescriptions; babysit; walk dogs; give restaurant or grocery store gift cards; share supplies; call or text just to say hi.

Howard Perry and Walston is proud to be part of such a caring and supportive community. Contact us for more information about Raleigh homes for sale

March
18

Greenhouses in Raleigh

Is it just us, or does it finally feel like spring might be just around the corner? As always, our real estate agents are excited about the idea of warmer weather and greener lawns. If you're looking to spruce up the landscape around your North Carolina home this spring, we'd like to recommend some of our favorite local greenhouses and plant stores!

  1. Homewood Nursery & Garden Center - 10809 Honeycutt Rd, Raleigh, NC 27614

    A long-running favorite source for gardening supplies and specialty plants, Homewood Nursery and Garden Center is the perfect place to find some new additions to your spring landscape. Located just minutes from many Raleigh homes for sale, the nursery offers an incredible selection of trees, shrubs, and other plants, along with a knowledgeable staff. 

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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.

January
8

Triangle January Events

Living in the Triangle means that you're never far from the next big event on the calendar, and January is certainly no exception. From live music to fishing, culture, science, and more, there's an event to suit every interest. Our REALTORS® have the exciting details on 6 events happening in the Triangle this January.

  1. North Carolina Symphony – 114 East Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill, NC 27514
    The historic UNC campus provides endless entertainment close to Chapel Hill homes for sale, and the excitement continues with a performance by the North Carolina Symphony at Memorial Hall. The North Carolina Symphony brings a performance called The Planets, led by conductor Gemma New of the Women of North Carolina Master Chorale. Travel to other worlds, as you get lost in the music of the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra.

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January
2

Gyms Near the Triangle

We all know how hard it can be to stay active in the wintertime. But if your New Year's resolution involves getting in shape—or staying in shape—then you're in luck. The Triangle area offers an endless assortment of gyms and fitness centers, and our REALTORS® are thrilled to share some of their favorites.

  1. Capital Strength & Conditioning - 2422 Atlantic Ave, Raleigh, NC 27604
    With a focus on strength training and nutrition coaching, it's not hard to see why Capital Strength & Conditioning is one of the highest-rated gyms in Raleigh. The 4,200 square-foot gym offers semi-private and one-on-one personal training to help you transform your body and achieve top performance. Plus, you'll find numerous Raleigh homes for sale near Capital Strength's convenient location inside the beltline of Raleigh. 

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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
30

Yoga in the Triangle

Do you wish you could find your center and your dream home in the Triangle? Well, grab your yoga mat and get ready to say 'om' — our real estate agents are here to share the best yoga studios in the Triangle.

  1. Element Hot Yoga — 6909 Glenwood., Raleigh, NC 27612
    While we can't show you many Raleigh homes for sale with their own hot yoga studios, we can recommend Element Hot Yoga. Hot yoga classes will nourish your mind, body, and soul over approximately 60 to 70 minutes. You'll increase your strength, enhance your flexibility, and ease your mind alongside others seeking serenity. This 1,000 square-foot heated space will bathe you in natural light as you work on your breathing control and achieve inner balance. Voted one of the top yoga studios in Wake County, Element Hot Yoga is ready to bring you into their calming community.

  2. Bikram Yoga Durham —103 Belt St., Durham, NC 27701
    There are many types of hot yoga classes, but the original version brought from India is available at Bikram Yoga in Durham. This 90-minute class is based around a 26 posture sequence designed to loosen your muscles and normalize the functions and systems of your body. Along with Bikram Yoga, the studio also offers Yin Yoga, which focuses on relaxation and flexibility, and Inferno Hot Pilates, which is a High-Intensity Interval Training class formatted around Pilates. If looking for Durham homes for sale ever leaves you feeling like you need to refocus your mind, head over to Bikram Yoga.

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October
9

Raleigh Fall Activities

Are you looking for free fall activities to do in Raleigh this weekend? Autumn in North Carolina is a gorgeous time of the year, surrounding us with beautiful fall leaves, a crisp breeze and plenty of great family-friendly activities to enjoy. Our real estate agents invite you to grab the kids and venture over to one of these free destinations.

  • American Tobacco Trail — 1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Rd., Apex, NC 27502
    Spend a little time outdoors on the American Tobacco Trail. This recreational rail-trail runs for 6.5 miles through Wake County before continuing another 16.5 through Chatham and Durham Counties. The perfect place of hiking, biking, riding horses, and having a picnic, the American Tobacco Also hosts free events throughout the fall. Plan your trip around one of their free events and look at Apex homes for sale later in the day.

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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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June
5

Raleigh Durham Fathers Day Events

Our REALTORS® want you to enjoy this Father's Day, and there are plenty of ways to do it!

All throughout Raleigh, Durham, and the region, Father's Day celebrations are popping up fast. No matter what Dad's into, you're sure to find something that will bring him joy this year.

Check out these nine options from all around the area:

  1. Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo – 501 Foster Street, Durham, NC 
    Residents of Durham homes for sale are in for a treat this coming Sunday, June 16 when the Food Truck Rodeo arrives at Durham Farmers' Market. This all-ages get-together will feature all of the most popular food trucks from throughout the Triangle for an unforgettable event.

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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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April
24

Triangle City Bargain Shopping
Bargain hunters rejoice — there are plenty of treasures to be found in the Triangle! Our REALTORS® have the details on our top ten favorite destinations for the best deals in the Triangle.

  1. Mr. Mike's Used Books – 6440 Tryon Rd., Cary, NC 27518 
    Trust Mr. Mike's Used Books for all of your reading needs. His low prices start at $0.99 which gives you an affordable opportunity to start collecting for the new library you're going to have when you purchase one of the great Cary homes for sale

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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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April
3

Durham Easter Events
One of the sweetest things about moving to a new home is the opportunity to start new traditions with your family. Easter will be here soon, but if you're already eager to get festive and usher in spring, don't worry! Durham won't wait until April 21 to start celebrating. As you look for Durham homes for sale, check out some of our annual Easter activities too. The holiday fun lasts all month in Durham, so there's no shortage of family-friendly festivities to fill your weekends.

Here are some of our favorite ways to celebrate Easter around Durham: 

  • Spring Egg Dive, 2000 S Alston Ave, Durham 
    If baskets are a little too basic for your family, take a plunge for your eggs instead. This year's Spring Egg Dive takes place Saturday, April 6 from 5:30-7 pm, at the Campus Hills Pool. Instead of scouring a park, kids and adults alike are invited to splash around the Durham pool looking for eggs.

    This unusual Easter event gets everyone in the water for an evening of swimming, diving, and winning fun prizes. Durham Parks & Recreation provides life vests for swimmers who need them, but adults must accompany kids younger than 10.

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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.

January
16

North Carolina Triangle - Cooking Classes
Whether you're already experienced in the kitchen or you're looking to sharpen you're cooking skills for the first time, there are a ton of great reasons to consider taking a cooking class. It's a fun way to meet new, like-minded people when you move to a new community and develop skills that you can use for the rest of your life. Cooking classes are also great places to learn about healthy eating options, find new recipes, and enjoy some delicious food while you learn. Our real estate agents are here to help you pursue your passions, with a guide to the five best places to take a cooking class in the Triangle.

New Friends, New Flavors, New Ideas

  1. Flour Power 201 Park at N Hills St #101, Raleigh
    Raleigh homes for sale make it easy to enjoy a wealth of great dining options, and to develop your cooking skills at local classes. At Flour Power Studios, even the kids can get in on the cooking action! Flour Power has been offering kids cooking classes for more than 10 years, in a supportive, engaging, and fun environment. Schedule a class at Flour Power, and help your kids develop skills that will last a lifetime.

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January
9

Garner Performing Arts Center
If you are considering a move to the area and will be spending time in town looking into Garner homes for sale, attending some local events can really help you get a feel for the community. The Garner Performing Arts Center is a great place to start. This center is located in a historic building, constructed in 1923, that was once the local high school and then became an elementary school before falling into disuse.

In 2006, its historic auditorium was extensively renovated into a modern performance venue and given new life as the Garner Performing Arts Center, a facility dedicated to preserving the arts and being of service to its community. As such, it hosts a wide variety of events year-round, and we'll outline some upcoming events here.

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January
2

Chapel Hill Gyms
Have you started planning your New Year's resolutions for this year? For many of us, the start of a new year is an opportunity to focus on the things that matter most, including health, wellness, and fitness. The Chapel Hill area is a great place to make your New Year's resolutions count, whether you already live in the area or are still searching for Chapel Hill homes for sale. If your plan for making the most of the upcoming year involves physical fitness, our real estate agents have seven great gyms and fitness centers in Chapel Hill where you can get started on your New Year's resolution.

  1. UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont – 100 Sprunt St., Chapel Hill
    With more than 52,000 square feet of space filled with state of the art exercise equipment, the UNC Wellness Center at Meadowmont is a great place to work out for all ages. The facility also includes an indoor aquatic center, basketball court, and track, as well as extensive trails for biking and walking outdoors.

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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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November
28

Knightdale Christmas on First Avenue
It is almost time once again to enjoy the community spirit that comes with the holiday season, and as always Knightdale, NC has a busy schedule of Christmas events to enjoy. Christmas on First Avenue, Knightdale's holiday event series, begins with the annual Holiday Fair, where you can shop, dine, and enjoy the holiday scenery. The series continues with holiday traditions that are sure to create memories for all in attendance. Our real estate agents are here to help you celebrate the season in North Carolina, with our guide to Christmas on First Avenue events in Knightdale, NC.

Christmas on First Avenue Events

Events like Christmas on First Avenue are an excellent example of what you can expect from the community when you shop for Knightdale homes for sale. Knightdale is known as a youthful, energetic city, with ample outdoor attractions and a quick commute to the heart of Raleigh.  Christmas on First Avenue takes place at Knightdale Station Park, a hub of the community with playgrounds, trails, a beautiful pond, and much more to come as Phase II of construction on park amenities nears completion.

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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
24

Hollyfest 2018
Every year, just before it's time to celebrate Halloween, the people of Holly Springs, NC gather together for a fun-filled day at HollyFest. This year's edition of HollyFest is coming up soon, and as always it will be a day filled with great memories for the whole family. There will be games for the kids, fantastic food for all, and plenty of live entertainment throughout the day. Our real estate agents have the exciting details on what to expect from the events of HollyFest 2018 in Holly Springs, NC.

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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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October
3

Raleigh NC State Fair
Are you ready to celebrate the many things that make living in North Carolina so special? It's almost time once again for the North Carolina State Fair to visit the Raleigh area, with this year's edition of the fair looking bigger and better than ever. The NC State Fair is a family-friendly event, filled with food, rides, attractions, live performances, and a healthy dose of North Carolina hospitality. Attendance at the fair seems to rise every year, and the last few editions of the NC State Fair have each drawn more than a million visitors to the area. Our real estate agents are here to help you prepare for the fun, with our guide to the North Carolina State Fair.

The North Carolina State Fair

Dates: October 11-21, 2018 – Gates Open at 8:00 am
Location: NC State Fairgrounds – 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607
Admission: Tickets Available 24/7 Online or In Person on Fair Days

Rides, Attractions, and Carnival Games for All Ages

The NC State Fair features a great mix of fun and educational attractions, perfect for keeping every member of the family entertained. There will be rides for all ages at the fair, with a special focus on creating memories for the youngest members of the audience. Take a ride on the Crazy Coaster, get a birds-eye view on the Ferris Wheel, explore the Magic Maze Glass House, or try one of the dozens of fun rides around the fairgrounds. There are carnival games as well, with loads of fun prizes to be won.

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September
26

Raleigh Wide Open Bluegrass Festival
100 bands, seven stages, and one unforgettable bluegrass music festival in Raleigh, all benefiting a great cause. It's almost time for the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival to return to Downtown Raleigh, and this year's event is set to be bigger than ever. The main stage at the Red Hat Amphitheater will feature some of the biggest names in bluegrass music, while there will also be tons of free shows and activities throughout the city during the festival. Our real estate agents have all the details on what to expect from this year's Wide Open Bluegrass Festival in Raleigh, NC. 

The Sweet Sounds of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC


The Event: The Wide Open Bluegrass Festival

Location: Downtown Raleigh

Dates: September 28-29, 2018 from Noon to 11 pm

Catch the Biggest Names in Bluegrass at the Red Hat Amphitheater

You'll find both free and paid events taking place throughout the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival, and the main stage at the Red Hat Amphitheater is the place to be for some of the biggest names in bluegrass music. Enjoy shows from Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Patty Loveless, The Wide Open Jam, the Gibson Brothers, the Trust, Chatham County Line, and many, many more. The main stage features performances throughout the event, and you can purchase tickets ahead of time to ensure that you get the perfect seat to watch your favorite artists.

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September
12

Cary NC Farmers Market
There's nothing quite like waking up on a Saturday morning to enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavors of a local farmers market.  Our very own Cary Downtown Farmers Market consistently ranks as one of the best in the region. Open every Saturday morning, the Cary Downtown Farmers Market features a wide selection of local vendors, with fresh ingredients, prepared food, arts, crafts, and tons of great gifts. There are also special events, like the annual Fall Farmers Festival. It's a great example of what makes life in Cary special, and our real estate agents have all the details on what you can expect at the Cary Downtown Farmers Market.

Fresh, Local Cary: Experience the Cary Farmers Market and Farmers Fall Festival 

The Cary Downtown Farmers Market
Location:
135 W. Chatham St., Cary, NC 27511
Hours:
Saturdays from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm

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September
5

Clayton, NC - Portofino Community
Located along the Neuse River in Clayton, NC, the Portofino Equestrian Community is a planned community unlike any other you'll find in the area. Portofino is known for its outstanding equestrian facilities, beautiful outdoor spaces, large lots, and lovely homes. Residents love the unique perks of living in the community and being part of the booming equestrian industry in the Clayton area.  Our real estate agents are here to tell you all about life in the Portofino Equestrian Community.

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August
15

Raleigh-Pullen Park
An excellent park system is one of the many perks of living in Raleigh, NC, and Pullen Park regularly ranks as one of the most popular parks in the city. With a lake, amusements, aquatic center, theater, and arts center, Pullen Park offers something for every member of the family to enjoy. The park even connects to the East Coast Greenway, a 3,000-mile trail system that spans the entire coast. Our real estate agents have all the details on why parents and kids both love spending time at Pullen Park in Raleigh, NC.

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August
8

Cary NC Lazy Daze Family Event
Summer is just a little sweeter when you live in Cary, NC.  The Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival is always one of the most significant events of the season. With shopping, food, fun games, and entertainment, Lazy Daze offers something for every member of the family to enjoy. This year's event marks the 42nd annual edition of Lazy Daze, with a packed schedule of events all weekend long. Our real estate agents have all the details on what to expect from the Lazy Days Arts and Crafts Festival.

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August
1

Zebulon North Carolina
Known as the "Town of Friendly People," Zebulon, NC truly delivers the quintessential American hometown experience. This is the sort of town where it's a pleasure getting to know your neighbors, and where big, local events bring the whole community together. Zebulon is located just a short drive east from the city of Raleigh, with tons of great attractions and an easy commute to other exciting communities within the Research Triangle region. Our real estate agents have all the details on why Zebulon, NC is the perfect example of an appealing North Carolina hometown.

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June
27

Mebane NC - Lake Michael Park
Your next outdoor adventure is never far from home when you live in Mebane, NC, and Lake Michael Park is the perfect example of why that's the case. With fishing, trails, boat rides, playgrounds, and picnic areas, you'll find everything that you need for a day packed with family fun. Lake Michael Park covers a total of 200 acres and includes a large, 59-acre lake that is always well-stocked with a variety of fish. Our real estate agents have all the details on the fun you can have at Lake Michael Park, and what you should know before you arrive.

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June
11

Goldsboro Living
Whether you're looking for the perfect place to test your skills, learn the game of golf, enjoy warm, summer days outdoors, or grab a great meal, you'll find it close to home in Goldsboro. The Lane Tree Golf Club in Goldsboro, NC offers 18 holes of world-class golf, and that's just the start of what you'll find at the facility. There's also an elegant clubhouse with excellent food, a pool that's perfect for cooling off after a hot round, and a schedule of special events that will appeal to every member of the family. Our real estate agents have all of the exciting details about the Lane Tree Golf Club in Goldsboro, NC.

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May
9

Taking a Peak at Apex, NC

From special events to daily delights, there are a ton of reasons to love calling the community of Apex, NC home. You'll find something fun to do in Apex during every season, with activities that every member of the family will enjoy. Our real estate agents have all of the exciting details on ten things you definitely won't want to miss in Apex, NC.

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April
30

Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo
Every year, visitors and residents of Raleigh, NC head downtown for a truly unique type of rodeo, where food and fun come together for a truly unique dining experience. The Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo is an awesome opportunity to enjoy some of the best food that the Research Triangle has to offer, support local businesses, and learn why so many residents of the Triangle love visiting food trucks in their favorite communities. Our real estate agents have all of the details on this exciting event in Raleigh, along with a closer look at why food trucks have become such a popular part of culinary life in the community. 

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April
18

Franklin Street Chapel Hill

Running through the heart of Chapel Hill, you will find a street that is filled with culture, entertainment, food, and fun for all ages. Franklin Street has been a hub of the city since the University of North Carolina was established in the 1790s, when the street consisted of little more than a few homes, stores, and public buildings. Today, Franklin Street is a great place to find food, fun, and entertainment for the whole family, and our real estate agents have all of the details on Chapel Hill's favorite street.  

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April
11

Fuquay-Varina NC
Fuquay-Varina, NC is located in Wake County, just a short drive southwest from the city of Raleigh. While you'll have easy access to the big city, you'll also find everything you need to live, work, and play close to home in Fuquay-Varina. The community is home to two dynamic downtowns, a healthy economy, loads of unique local businesses, and more than enough attractions to keep every member of the family entertained. Our real estate agents have all the details on why Fuquay-Varina is such a popular place to call home.

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February
22

Raleigh Foodies Unite
Whether you're aiming to sample fantastic, unique cuisine from around the world or searching for a flavorful homestyle meal, Raleigh, NC has a restaurant to suit every taste.   

There's fabulous food around every corner in Raleigh, and the city has earned more than its share of awards for its unique culinary creations. Foodies will love getting to know the dining scene in the city, and shopping Raleigh homes for sale provides the perfect home-base for discovering the many hidden gems that await throughout the city. Our real estate agents are here to help you start your search, with a list of eight must-see dining destinations in Raleigh, NC. 

Enjoy Unique Flavors at Eight of the Best Dining Spots in Raleigh, NC

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December
28

New Year's Celebrations and EventsIt will soon be time to ring in 2018! Where will you cheer on the new year? Whether you're seeking a daytime celebration for the whole family or a night out with a special someone, the Triangle is a happening place to be on New Year's Eve. You'll even find fun activities on New Year's Day to get the new year off to a great start.

Cary

Roll the Bean New Year's Eve Celebration

Jellybean's Super Skate Center of Cary

1120 Buck Jones Road, Raleigh

Sunday, Dec. 31 from 8:30 p.m. to Monday, Jan. 1 at 1 a.m.

Admission is $25 for youth 15 and under

 

First Walk—New Year, New You

Bond Park

1100 Norwell Boulevard in Cary

Monday, Jan. 1 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Start at North Cary Park entrance to the Black Creek Greenway

 

Chapel Hill

Night Lights: A Family-Friendly New Year's Eve

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

250 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill

Sunday, Dec. 31

2 to 6 p.m.

Tickets are $5 online

Ready to host kids of all ages, Night Lights will offer a fun-filled New Year's Eve in Chapel Hill. Guests young and old will enjoy games, shows in the GSK Fulldome Theater, science and dance performances, and food truck delights.

 

Durham

New Year's Eve Party

Ponysaurus Brewing Co.

219 Hood Street in Durham

Sunday, Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to Monday, Jan. 1 at 2 a.m.

Raise a glass and share your cheer for a brand new year! Ponysaurus Brewing is excited to host its annual New Year's Eve party with a live performance by Chocolate Thunder and new brews!

 

New Year's Day 8K Run at Duke Forest

Duke School, 3716 Erwin Road, Durham

Monday, Jan. 1 at 1 p.m., registration begins at noon

 

First Day Hikes

Eno River State Park

6101 Cole Mill Road, Durham 27705

Monday, Jan. 1 at 2 p.m.

Starts at the Few's Ford Picnic Shelter (20 minutes from park entrance)

Two hikes: two-mile or four- to five-mile hikes

 

Raleigh

Noon Year's Eve

Marbles Kids Museum

201 East Hargett Street in Raleigh

Sunday, Dec. 31 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

$7 per person

Want to celebrate the new year without staying up late? Take the family to Marbles Kids Museum to ring in the "noon" year instead! Your little ones will love taking part in a bubble-wrap fireworks display, official noonday countdown, and festive dance party.

 

First Night Raleigh

Downtown Raleigh

Sunday, Dec. 31 to Monday, Jan. 1

Activities starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31

View an event schedule here

Join in a family-friendly New Year's Eve celebration in downtown Raleigh! This daylong event begins at 2 p.m. and runs through midnight. With afternoon activities for the kiddos in Bicentennial Plaza, a Ferris wheel, sleigh and trolley rides, live musical performances, evening fireworks and more, you'll be able to ring in the new year with great cheer!  

Events throughout the day:

DIY Festival

NC Museums of History & Natural Sciences and Bicentennial Plaza

2 to 6 p.m.

Children 5-years-old and under permitted free with a pass-wearing adult

People's Procession

Walk down Salisbury Street

Lineup begins at 5:30 p.m. along Edenton Street

Early Countdown & Fireworks

Main Stage on City Plaza

5:30 to 7 p.m.

Evening Concert Performances

Indoor and Outdoor Venues throughout downtown

7 to 11:30 p.m.

City Plaza Main Stage Performances

City Plaza

5 p.m. to Midnight

Giant Acorn Drop and Fireworks

City Plaza

Midnight

 

Raleigh's Ultimate New Year's Eve Party

Isaac Hunter's Tavern

414 Fayetteville Street in Raleigh

Sunday, Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to Monday, Jan. 1 at 2 a.m.

Tickets are $45, available online

Score a front-row seat to Raleigh's Giant Acorn Drop at Isaac Hunter's Tavern on New Year's Eve. The popular pub will host a fantastic affair for its mature crowd well into the night.

 

The Official 2018 New Year's Eve Celebration

Downtown Raleigh Sheraton

421 South Salisbury Street

Sunday, Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to Monday, Jan. 1 at 2 a.m.

Ticket prices vary, available online

Party the night away with Miss North Carolina and other area iHeartMedia radio hosts at this lively New Year's Eve celebration. Stretching across three large ballrooms, the event will feature a live performance by the Red Line Band and three expert DJs scheduled to spin their jams till after the Giant Acorn drops.

 

First Day Hike

William B. Umstead Park

Monday, Jan. 1 at 9 a.m.

Starts at the Reedy Creek Parking Lot (Harrison Avenue; Exit 287 off I-40)

Four-mile hike along Company Mill Trail

November
29

Holiday Parades and Tree Lightings

Only days away from the start of December and the countdown to Christmas, our Triangle cities and towns are getting ready to welcome the holidays in style.

Lively parades, bright, twinkling lights, and towering trees will soon usher in festive fun that you and your family won't want to miss.

Join hundreds, even thousands, of your Triangle neighbors at these area events to celebrate the spirited season this weekend and next.

Triangle Area Holiday Parades & Tree Lightings  

 

Apex

Christmas on Salem Street

Friday, Dec. 1 beginning at 5 p.m.

Salem Street in downtown Apex

Christmas on Salem Street is a must-visit event! Head to downtown Apex to celebrate the season with caroling, horse-drawn carriage and kiddie train rides (tickets needed), Santa's Workshop crafts, cookie decorating, and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. 

Apex's Grand Christmas Parade

Saturday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m.

Salem Street in downtown Apex

The annual Apex Grand Christmas Parade will bring a lineup of holiday sights and delights! Round up the family and find some seats along Salem Street to take part in this cheerful event.

 

Cary

Hearts of the Holidays Celebration

Saturday, Dec. 2 with events beginning at 10 a.m.

Downtown Cary

Cary is ready to celebrate Christmas with a day full of festivities! Take the little ones to Santa's Workshop, stroll through the Ole Time Winter Festival, write a letter to Santa, take part in the Gingerbread House Competition and enjoy the lighting of the town's Christmas tree.

Cary Jaycees Christmas Parade

Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.

Downtown Cary

For nearly 40 years, the Cary Jaycees have hosted a spirited parade complete with area bands, sports team mascots, and floats decorated by local businesses and community groups. Make sure to arrive at Chatham Street early to grab a seat!

 

Chapel Hill-Carrboro

Chapel Hill Community Tree Lighting Ceremony

Sunday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m.

University Baptist Church Memorial Garden

100 S. Columbia Street in Chapel Hill

Holiday cheer will be abundant with caroling and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Chapel Hill Community Tree Lighting Ceremony!

Chapel Hill – Carrboro Holiday Parade

Saturday, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon

Begins at the old Post Office on East Franklin Street in Chapel Hill 

Snag a seat on Franklin Street to watch the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade roll by. Holiday floats, marching bands and performers, and a sleigh-riding Santa are sure to put a smile on your face and the Christmas spirit in your heart.

 

Durham

Durham Holiday Parade

Saturday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m.

Downtown Durham

Floats, mascots, marching bands and street vendors will be hitting the pavement for a festive parade through downtown Durham this Saturday. Bring a chair or a blanket and grab a seat to take part in the holiday highlight.  

Holiday Fun Fest

Saturday, Dec. 2 from noon to 4 p.m.

American Tobacco Campus

318 Blackwell Street in Durham

Get ready to sled in the city this Saturday! Durham's American Tobacco Campus will be filled with snow and all of the activities that go with it. Bundle up the kids and go have some serious fun!

 

Fuquay-Varina 

Fuquay-Varina Tree Lighting

Thursday, Nov. 30 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Main/Vance Street lot in downtown Fuquay-Varina

Downtown Fuquay-Varina will soon be bursting with holiday spirit! Plan to take part in the annual tree lighting ceremony, visit with Santa, sing along with carolers, and ice skating! There will even be a life-size snow globe! 

Fuquay-Varina Christmas Parade

Sunday, Dec. 3 at 3 p.m.

Main Street in downtown Fuquay-Varina

Downtown Fuquay-Varina will be extra festive this Sunday as the annual Christmas Parade is set to roll through. Get ready for holiday-themed floats, live performances by area bands and dance troops and more! 

 

Garner 

Light Up Main

Friday, Dec. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Downtown Garner 

Downtown Garner will pull out all of the holiday stops at its annual Light Up Main Christmas tree lighting event. There will be activities for the entire family including kids' crafts and activities, live performances, and photos with Santa himself. 

Town of Garner Christmas Parade

Saturday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.

Downtown Garner 

Main Street will be especially merry this Saturday as the Garner Christmas Parade marches through. Guest will enjoy community floats, high school bands, classic cars, local musicians and dancers, and Santa Claus, of course!

 

Goldsboro 

Goldsboro Christmas Parade

Saturday, Dec. 2 at 4 p.m.

Downtown Goldsboro

A Wayne County favorite, the Goldsboro Christmas Parade will bring cheer to the city's streets this Saturday! Make sure to arrive early to grab a good seat for this fun and festive float-filled affair.

 

Hillsborough

Hillsborough Holiday Parade

Saturday, Dec. 2 at 4:45 p.m.

Downtown Hillsborough

Historic Hillsborough will usher in the holidays for residents and guests this Saturday. The holiday parade will start the grand affair with the Annual Tree Lighting event immediately after.

 

Holly Springs

Happy Holly Days Parade

Saturday, Dec. 9 at 11 a.m.

Main Street in Holly Springs

Holly Springs families and guests are in for a treat next Saturday, as the town's annual parade will flow down Main Street. Decorated floats, high school bands, horses, vintage vehicles and more will surely impress.

 

Knightdale

Christmas On First Avenue

Friday, Dec. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Knightdale Station Park Amphitheater

810 North First Avenue in Knightdale

Knightdale will light its Christmas tree this Friday with hot chocolate, holiday goodies, local entertainment and Santa's better half, Mrs. Claus.

Town of Knightdale Christmas Parade

Saturday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.

Begins at Knightdale Elementary School

Grab a seat on the Town of Knightdale's Christmas Parade route and get ready to watch colorful and creative floats go by with Santa at the very end.

 

Mebane

Mebane Christmas Parade

Friday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m.

Downtown Mebane 

Mebane's evening Christmas parade will light up the night as local floats designed by area businesses and community members pass you by. The N.C. A&T Marching Band will also bring music to the town's streets, and Santa will round out the festive flow.

 

Morrisville

Morrisville Annual Tree Lighting

Friday, Dec. 1 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Morrisville Town Hall

Hot chocolate, holiday arts and crafts, and a trackless train will delight Morrisville's youngest residents and their parents. Join in this time-honored tradition to see the town's tree shine brightly with Santa by its side. 

 

Raleigh

Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting Celebration

Saturday, Dec. 2 from 4 to 8 p.m.

Downtown Raleigh

City Plaza, 421 Fayetteville Street

Holiday fun awaits you in downtown Raleigh this Saturday. Enjoy live entertainment, holiday refreshments, amusements and activities and a 40-foot Snowzilla slide. As the sky darkens, Mayor Nancy McFarlane will light the city's towering Christmas tree. 

 

Rolesville

Christmas Parade and Santa Visit

Sunday, Dec. 3 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Main Street in downtown Rolesville

Visit with Santa at the Rolesville Chamber of Commerce at 200 East Young Street

Christmas will make its way to Rolesville this Sunday. The town's annual parade will kick off the merry season and visits with Santa will follow shortly after!

 

Wake Forest 

Lighting of Wake Forest

Friday, Dec. 1 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Wake Forest Town Hall 

Wake Forest will soon light up its 30-foot Christmas tree with festivities galore. Santa will arrive by fire truck, and local groups will sing and dance the night away with live performances.

Wake Forest Christmas Parade

Saturday, Dec. 9 at 1 p.m.

Downtown Wake Forest

More than 100 colorful holiday floats with cheerful décor will pass you by in Wake Forest next weekend. Join in the Christmas fun as the town welcomes Santa Claus to a sea of smiling faces.

 

Wendell

Wendell Wonderland

Friday, Dec. 1 beginning at 5 p.m.

Corner of Third and Cypress Streets in downtown Wendell

Want to be dazzled? Head to Wendell this Friday to see the lighting of its town tree and experience its annual Light Show with more than 400,000 twinkling holiday lights. Event goers will be excited to see Santa and take part in the event's holiday activities.

November
9

Veterans Day Events and MemorialsVeterans Day is an important day of recognition in our country.

It is a day to pay tribute to the numerous men and women who staked their lives for our own and proudly served to protect our families and freedoms. It's a day to show gratitude for our nation's heroes.

While we are always grateful for their commitment, we are especially thankful for the opportunity to recognize them on this day.

Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate team proudly salutes all veterans in our local communities and across the nation for the sacrifices they made during their years of service.

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

 

Area Veterans Day Events

 

Durham Veterans Day Recognition Luncheon and Celebration

Durham County Human Services Complex

414 East Main Street in Durham

Thursday, Nov. 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

 

Hillsborough Veterans Day Breakfast

Passmore Center

103 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough

Friday, Nov. 10 at 8:30 a.m.

Veterans and family members invited to attend

 

Holly Springs Veterans Day Ceremony

Veterans Park

600 Bikram Drive in Holly Springs

Friday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m.

 

Orange County Veterans Day Ceremony

Orange County Veterans Memorial at Chapel Hill

Adjacent to the Southern Human Services Center off Homestead Road in Chapel Hill

Friday, Nov. 10 at 11 a.m.

 

2017 North Carolina Veterans Day Parade & Ceremony

Downtown Raleigh

Saturday, Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Parade at 9 a.m.; lineup begins at 8 a.m.

The parade weaves through downtown Raleigh started at South Salisbury Street between Martin and Lenoir streets

Ceremony at 11 a.m.

State Capitol

1 East Edenton Street in downtown Raleigh

 

Cary Veterans Day Observance

Veterans Freedom Park

1513 North Harrison Avenue in Cary

Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. to noon

 

Garner Veterans Day Observance

Aversboro Road Baptist Church

1600 Aversboro Road in Garner

Saturday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to noon

 

Wake Forest Veterans Day Observance

Veterans' Memorial of Wake Forest

Located beside the clubhouse at Heritage Wake Forest

Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.

 

Wayne County Veterans Day Parade

South Center Street in downtown Goldsboro

Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.

  

Area Veterans Memorials and Monuments

 

Durham Vietnam Veterans Living Memorial

Behind the Edison Johnson Recreation Center

600 West Murray Avenue in Durham

 

Garner Veterans Memorial

Located at 921 Buffaloe Road in Garner

 

North Carolina Veterans Monument

Located in Capitol Square in downtown Raleigh

 

NC Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Located in Union Square in downtown Raleigh

 

Raleigh National Cemetery

Located at 501 Rock Quarry Road in Raleigh

 

Veterans Freedom Park

Located at 1513 North Harrison Avenue in Cary

 

Veterans Memorial Garden

Next to the Mebane Police Station on U.S. 70 and Fifth Street in Mebane

 

Veterans' Memorial of Wake Forest

Located beside the clubhouse at Heritage Wake Forest

October
26

Halloween Haunts and Jaunts Halloween is only a few days away, and this is the weekend to take part in fall fun and frightful delights!

No matter your preference for jolly jack-o-lanterns or spooky soirees, there are all types of haunts and jaunts taking place throughout the Triangle for you to enjoy. 

Take the little ones out to pick some pumpkins, sip on cider, and find the way through a tall corn maze and then grab a sitter and round up some fright-loving friends to get your ghostly ghoul on some area fear farms and haunted houses. 

Not-So-Scary Family Fun

 
Naylor Family Farm & Giant Corn Maze

6016 U.S. 401 North in Fuquay-Varina

Now through Saturday, Nov. 5

Fridays, 1 to 6 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sundays, 1 to 6 p.m.

$18 per person; children 2 and under are free

Want to wander through a giant cornfield? Naylor Family Farm is for you. Featuring a 10-acre corn maze, a farm animal petting zoo, gem mining, an inflatable jump pad and other kids attractions, your mini monsters, and silly ghosts will have great fun.

 

Halloween Hayrides

Clayton Community Park

1075 Amelia Church Road in Clayton

Friday, Oct. 27 from 4 to 6 p.m.

$5 for children 12 and under; parents ride free with each paid child; children 2 and under are free

Gather up your superheroes, princesses, skeletons, and witches and take them on a Halloween hayride at the Clayton Community Park. With story stops along the way, your children will have fun as they ride through Halloween Land. Fun games, candy, and attractions will also delight.

The Town of Clayton will also host a Halloween Movie Night on Friday evening at dark. Grab some blankets, drinks, and munchies and watch Hocus Pocus under the stars at Clayton Town Square at 110 West Main Street.

 

Boo Bash!

Millbrook Exchange Community Center

1905 Spring Forest Road in Raleigh

Friday, Oct. 27 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Free event for families with children ages 10 and younger

RSVP on RecLink to attend—search for Boo Bash! Under "Advanced Search"

Your costumed children will enjoy taking part in this spooktacular event! They can fill their Halloween bag with treats and sweets trunk-or-treating in the Center's parking lot, walk through the Spooky Bus, hear some ghost stories, and participate in creepy crafts.

 

Goblin's Groove Family Dance

The Halle Cultural Arts Center

237 N. Salem Street in Apex

Saturday, Oct. 28 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

$5 per couple and $2 each additional child

Dress up the whole family and get ready to boogie down and dance at the Halle Center. Fun music, costume contest, games and Halloween tricks and treats will make this event a big hit!

 

Halloween Pumpkin Fest at Fearrington Village

Fearrington Village in Pittsboro

Sunday, Oct. 29 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Free event

Fearrington will be aglow with more than 80 intricately carved pumpkins tucked into the Village Center gardens. McIntyre's Books will host spooky story times at 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. The pumpkin display will remain up through Halloween on Tuesday, Oct. 31.  

 

Hallow-Eno

West Point on the Eno

5101 N. Roxboro Road in Durham

Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Free event for families with children ages 12 and under

 Spend Halloween at Eno Park with campfire stories and songs, hayrides through the woods, face painting and festive crafts. Hosted by the Durham Parks and Recreation Department 

 

Scream-filled Scenes 

 

Clayton Fear Farm Haunted Scream Park

1620 Loop Road, Clayton

Thursday, Oct. 26 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28 from 7 p.m. to midnight

Sunday, Oct. 29, Monday, Oct. 30 and Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 7 to 11 p.m.

$27 all-inclusive ticket or $13 for single attraction ticket per person

Clayton Fear Farm's Haunted Scream Park gets its name honestly. A farm full of creepy attractions that will seriously scare, you are going to want to prepare yourself for a night of fright. 

 

Haunted Forest at Panic Point

2808 Cedar Creek Road, Youngsville

Open tonight through Halloween on Tuesday, Oct. 31 starting at 6 p.m.

Ticket prices vary by day and package; purchase tickets online before they sell out

Named North Carolina's top haunted attraction, Panic Point is a must-visit for thrill seekers ready for a chilling experience. Six haunted attractions filled with gruesome characters and creatures ready to give you the scare of a lifetime. 

 

Harvested Farm Nightmares

3175 Benson Highway (HWY 50), Garner

Friday, Oct. 27, Saturday, Oct. 28, Monday, Oct. 30 and Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31 starting at 7 p.m.

$17 per person

Promising to give you nightmares for days, this haunted attraction has the menacing mayhem you seek for a Halloween fright. Be prepared to see zombies, monsters and crazy creeps lurking in the darkness.  

 

Haunted Hillsborough Sanitarium

Alleyway behind 106 S. Churton Street in Hillsborough (next to Dual Supply)

Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Free event

A seriously scary scene awaits you down the alley behind our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Hillsborough office on South Churton Street. Make it through the spooky Sanitarium to earn your treats!

 

September
25

Music will fill the air in downtown Raleigh this Friday and Saturday at the annual Wide Open Bluegrass Festival. With more than 100 bands on seven city stages, you should get ready for some knee-slapping, foot-tapping fun!

Festival-goers can purchase general admission or VIP passes online to score seats at the Main Stage at Red Hat Amphitheater to see performances by the Steep Canyon Rangers with Steven Martin, The Infamous Stringdusters presenting the Wide Open Jam, The Travelin' McCourys, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, and many more. 

In addition to the incredible banjo-wielding artist lineup, the two-day event will feature a free StreetFest on Fayetteville and Cabarrus Streets. Expanded from the previous year, the event will be filled with tasty food-truck treats, arts and crafts vendors, dancing, youth performances and a Kid Zone. Adult attendees will also enjoy visiting beer and wine tasting tents for sips throughout the day. 

The Whole Hog Barbecue Championship will kick off late Friday evening with pig cookers smoking through the night into Saturday morning for judging. Once the meat-master winner is named, the competitors' barbecue pork will be sold to StreetFest guests to raise money for the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.

A short walk down the road, the International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass Expo will also be taking place at the Raleigh Convention Center on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Wide Open Bluegrass Festival event details:

Where:

Downtown Raleigh

Main Stage: Red Hat Amphitheater

When:

Friday, Sept. 29 and Saturday, Sept. 30 from noon to 11 p.m. 

Music Schedule:

Get the scoop on the bands and live performances before you go by downloading the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival music schedule here.

 

Image Credit: World of Bluegrass/Wide Open Bluegrass Festival 

September
21

An event planned to celebrate the uniquely diverse Morrisville community, the East Meets West Festival is filled with delicious food, music, and live street performances spotlighting cultures from all over the world. You should attend! 

Not only is the annual festival one-of-a-kind in the Triangle area, but it has also earned acclaim nationally as well. This spring, the National League of Cities recognized Morrisville with its City Cultural Diversity Award spotlighting its diverse and collaborative community and East Meets West Festival. 

In an interview about the award, Morrisville Mayor Mark Stohlman said, "One of the most distinct features about Morrisville is its variety of cultures. The East Meets West festival is incredibly important to the town council as a means of connecting with the public and celebrating the cultures that make our town unique."

Organized by the Morrisville Innovation Foundation, the free event will take place this Saturday, Sept. 23 starting at 11 a.m. with arts and crafts vendors and area restaurants setting up shop along Town Hall Drive. 

Festivalgoers are sure to enjoy the opportunity to purchase an assortment of foods from all over including traditional Peruvian and Indian fare, Asian dishes and North Carolina barbeque. Performers include Bollywood and Middle Eastern belly dancers, yoga instructors, blues, reggae and bluegrass bands, and other exciting talents.

Young attendees will also delight in the Kids Zone as they get their faces painted and spend the day jumping in the inflatable bounce house. 

East Meets West Festival event details:

Where:

Town Hall Drive in Morrisville

When:

Saturday, Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Directions & Parking:

Access driving directions and parking information here

Additional Information:

Town Hall Drive will be closed from Morrisville Carpenter Road through Jeremiah Street on Friday, Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. through Saturday, Sept. 23 at 11 p.m.

 

Image Credit: Morrisville Innovation Foundation/East Meets West Festival

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