May 2021, Issue I
An Are We There Yet? graphic for the exhibit showing a station wagon in front of a North Carolina map
Variety Vacationland: New Exhibit Touts Vintage Tar Heel State Tourism
This just-opened exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History provides a nostalgic deep dive into mid-century tourism across the state of N.C. Who's ready for a road trip? LEARN MORE
The Best Restaurants for Special Occasions in Raleigh, N.C.
A group of women toasting at a restaurant outdors
We see good times ahead! For birthday bashes, graduations, wedding rehearsals, family gatherings, post-COVID get-togethers and more, these Raleigh area restaurants know how to host a celebration. SEE LIST
Event: Spring Food Fest at the N.C. State Fair, May 21-23
Chocolate-dipped candied apples with nut sprinkles
The N.C. State Fair will make a triumphant return in Raleigh this fall (Oct. 14-24), but this month brings a new foodie event that will provide an early taste test of good eats and treats you can find at the fairgrounds each year. GET DETAILS
New Mural Celebrates Bike Month at Raleigh Union Station
Giant, colorful bike mural
Pedal over to downtown Raleigh's Union Station to see this new mural by artist Jermaine Powell, a gorgeous work commissioned to help build awareness of National Bike Month in May in the City of Oaks. READ MORE
Back in Action: Carolina Mudcats Take to the Field in Zebulon
A crowd watching a baseball game in the early evening
Welcome back, baseball! One year after Minor League Baseball's 2020 season was canceled due to the pandemic, the Carolina Mudcats threw out the first pitch of a new season at Five County Stadium in early May. SEE SCHEDULE
Arts Access: 2021 Series of Fortunate Events (SOFE)
A mostly-pink graphic reading out A Series of Fortunate Events
Unwind, create and connect. Arts Access' SOFE highlights diversity in the local arts community while promoting the work of artists and performers with disabilities (and in-person and virtual events dot the upcoming calendar!). SEE EVENTS
People sitting on an outdoor patio on a sunny day
Mother's Day Weekend Pick: Outdoor Dining in Raleigh, N.C.

Sixty favorite outdoor dining spots where you can celebrate Mother's Day this weekend—rooftops, large patios and temporary tent setups! SEE LIST
Fly Confident. Fly RDU.
Fly Confident at RDU International Airport

RDU International Airport has been hard at work deploying new safety measures around the terminals. On your next visit, look for new distancing signage, hand-sanitizing stations and much more. READ MORE

COVID-19 Advisory
N.C. is in Phase 3 of its plan to slow the spread of COVID-19. For information and helpful resources, visit our COVID-19 response portal, here.

Featured Photos 
An aerial view of historic downtown Apex Art installation
A couple having a picnic in a park with the downtown Raleigh skyline in the background Statue of a Bengal tiger

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Downtown Apex@thisisraleigh
Sonarc art installation at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts • Photo, @jennaobitko; art, @brian.brush 
Bengal tiger statue in downtown Fuquay-Varina@triangletreasurehunt
Dorothea Dix Park@the.bananamoon

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