July 2021, Issue I
Sam Jones BBQ wings with a side of ranch dressing
The Best New Restaurants in Raleigh, N.C.
What's new and tasty in the Raleigh area? A downtown dive, taco joint, barbecue spot, plant-based gastropub and more are now open! SEE LIST
Sunflowers Blooming at Dorothea Dix Park
Close-up photo of sunflowers
Pop-up tourist spot! One of Raleigh's most popular summer attractions is ready for its spotlight. The sunflower fields on the edge of downtown Raleigh are now blooming! GET DETAILS
Event: Town of Cary's 150th Birthday Party, "Celebrate Cary," July 24-31
Colorful mural in downtown Cary
Celebrate Cary features projection-mapping light shows, entertainers, food and drinks, cultural performances, DJs and more July 24 and 31! A 10-day "Sesquicentennial Sweets” promotion also runs July 24-31 with specially priced treats at shops throughout Cary. GET DETAILS
Event: Peak City Pig Fest, July 23-24
Peak City Pig Fest logo
Two days of pig pickin', a beer garden, live music and more in beautiful downtown Apex? Count us in! More than 40 teams will face off in a Kansas City Barbecue Society-sanctioned competition at this favorite annual event. SEE MORE
Family Fun: Splash Pads, Lakes and Pools
A huge, highly elevated bucket of water dropping water on kids at a splash pad
From spraygrounds with giant tipping buckets to lake beaches with plenty of room to splash—our guide to water play for families this summer! READ ARTICLE
Dressing the Abbey Exhibit Coming to North Carolina Museum of History
Dressing the Abbey exhibit graphic with a red dress adjacent
Coming to the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh this fall: Dressing the Abbey, featuring 35 original costumes worn by Downton Abbey television stars that depict fashions of the British aristocracy in the early 20th century! READ ARTICLE
North Carolina Theatre Season Kicks Off With Songs for a New World
Front of the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Intermission is over! Kicking off a new season and welcoming back guests for in-person events for the first time in more than a year, North Carolina Theatre's Songs for a New World hits stages in late July (and a season of fantastic shows is right behind!). SEE SCHEDULE
A man on a horse in a rodeo
CINCH World's Toughest Rodeo at PNC Arena, Aug. 28

Get ready to Rodeo! Enjoy a night full of action featuring the nation's top cowboys in bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding, as well as fan-favorite women's barrel racing. GET TICKETS
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
Featured Photos 
Raleigh skyline view from the Warehouse District with Raleigh Union Station and an Amtrak train in the foreground A colorful, flowing mural in Aunty Betty's Gin & Absinthe Bar
Aerial view of historic downtown Apex on a sunny summer day Woman in front of a giant pink and blue heart mural

Pictured (clockwise from top left)
Downtown Raleigh Warehouse District@ariannastewart
Aunty Betty's Gin & Absinthe Bar, Morgan Street Food Hall@simple._.sweetness
"Love Conquers Y'all" mural, next to .winestore, Village District@solodreamtravel
Downtown Apex@thisisraleigh

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