Summer in Raleigh

Summer is here and will be here for a while! Whether you like the hot weather or not here are some fun things to keep you and your friends and family busy and having a blast this summer:

First Friday, Downtown Raleigh

First Friday is a free self-guided tour of downtown’s cutting edge cultural hot spots. Local art galleries, art studios, alternative art venues, and museums stay open late the first Friday of every month to welcome thousands of art-seeking enthusiasts downtown.

The event runs from 6 pm-9 pm, but some venue hours may vary.

Attendees may also take advantage of the First Friday specials offered by participating restaurants and retailers. Look for the First Friday Flags to easily locate participating venues. A detailed map/guide will be available at each location. Pick up your very own copy for easy event navigation. Visit the galleries and listen to live music. Delight in a divine culinary experience and take advantage of the First Friday Specials offered by all participating restaurants. Experience art in all of its forms!

Marbles Kids Museum, Downtown Raleigh

Marbles Kids Museum opened in 2007 as a vibrant destination for hands-on, minds-on learning for children and families. Located in the heart of downtown Raleigh, Marbles serves a diverse population of families, school groups and community organizations with dozens of themed exhibits, daily programs, summer camps, IMAX educational and feature films and special events year-round. Museum programs and exhibits are designed for children 10-and-under. Today, Marbles ranks among the top family destinations in North Carolina and is recognized nationally for a bold approach to play-based learning. At Marbles, we believe in play as a foundation for academic success and emotional well-being, as a way to strengthen families and as a tool to build community. We believe strongly in our responsibility to make our unique museum experience available and accessible to ALL children.

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh

The North Carolina Museum of Art serves the people of North Carolina and all visitors as a premier destination for compelling encounters with art. The NCMA is committed to exemplary scholarship and innovative educational enrichment. We invite interactions among diverse communities, foster collaborative partnerships, and seek to activate the creative potential in everyone.

Pullen Park, Raleigh

This beautiful park offers recreational opportunities for everyone. It includes a 1911 Gustave A. Dentzel Menagerie Carousel, C.P. Huntington train ride, community center, boat rentals, arts center, ball fields, tennis courts, picnic shelters, playground, concession stand and Theatre in the Park. Home of the TV Land “Andy & Opie” statue!

Free admission; small fee for amusement rides. Hours vary by season; call or visit website for more details.

State Farmers Market, Raleigh

More than fresh vegetables, it’s a family adventure. Considered one of the nation’s best and most modern markets, visitors enjoy 75 acres of indoor/outdoor specialty shops, restaurants and garden center, with fruits, vegetables, meats, and gift products from across the state. Free admission. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 5am-6pm; Sun., 8am-6pm.

Midtown Beach Music, North Hills Shopping Center

Celebrating it’s 10th anniversary season, the Midtown Beach Music Series is something we all look forward to each year. Every Thursday from 6-9pm, our 18-week series begins on April 20th and runs through August 17th. We’ll be movin’ and groovin’ all summer to the beautiful sounds of beach music!

From the Embers to Liquid Pleasure to The Tams to Band of Oz, and so many more of the best that beach music has to offer.

BugFest (September), Downtown Raleigh

Each year over 35,000 visitors come to BugFest to experience over 100 exhibits, crafts, games and activities. We provide the opportunity for you to interact with entomologists and other scientists so you can continue learning about the fascinating world of bugs. We also feature Café Insecta, where the brave can sample buggy dishes prepared by local chefs. The best part is, it’s all free!

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