September 2021, Issue II
View from the crowd of the IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC stage at Red Hat Amphitheater at night
A Visitors Guide to IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC (Oct. 1-2)
Banjos, beer, barbecue and more—the biggest week in bluegrass is ready for a triumphant return to downtown Raleigh! Get the schedule, the festival map and all the important details in this guide to IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC. SEE GUIDE
How to Spend a Weekend in Downtown Wake Forest
View looking down the street of a small quaint town main street with historic buildings lining the sidewalks
Rooftop wine, a legendary hot dog shop, local shopping spots, breweries and more! Use these 15-plus items to build a perfect weekend itinerary in beautiful downtown Wake Forest (just a short trip north of Raleigh!). READ MORE
The Best Wine Bars in Raleigh, N.C.
A cozy, dimly-lit room with a wine bar, a fireplace in the center and people lounging on white and brown lounge chairs and couches
Wine is having quite the moment in the Raleigh area, with restaurants, bars and cafes offering cozy nooks, happy-hour hangouts and the ultimate date night dining. Don't miss these eight favorite spots! SEE LIST
Fall Favorites: Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes, Hayrides and More
Wooden shelves lined with small pumpkins
Who’s ready for pumpkin patches, corn mazes and haunted hayrides? Local farms have all the fall-favorite activities lined up and ready to go! FIND A FARM
Carolina Ballet's New Season Opens in Oct.
Scene from The Nutcracker ballet with toy soldiers battling rat people in front of a giant Christmas tree
Returning to the stage in a big way, Carolina Ballet will open the 2021-2022 season with a spooky new Halloween tradition. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow opens Oct. 14, and a full slate of can't-miss performances will follow (tickets, including for The Nutcracker, are on sale now!). SEE SEASON
New Exhibit Opening at Marbles Kids Museum Sept. 29
Rendering of new exhibit, with colorful rooms and plenty of open space for play
A brand-new exhibit for children of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to play and create in a brighter, larger space, imagiFAB will feature four special areas to help kids explore and expand knowledge and skills in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). READ MORE
Event: 93rd Annual Wendell Harvest Festival (Oct. 2)
Exterior of a beer garden tent with fall leaves around on a brisk morning
A tradition dating back to 1927, the Wendell Harvest Festival features a parade, more than 100 craft vendors, food trucks, games for kids and adults and live music (fun for the entire family!). GET DETAILS
High-flying swings
Make plans! N.C. State Fair, Oct. 14-24, 2021

Worth. The. Wait! After cancellation in 2020, the state's largest annual event is back. Get ready for 11 days of high-flying rides, deep-fried foods, live music and other entertainment (including nightly fireworks)! DETAILS
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

Mask Requirements in Effect: Most of Raleigh Area
Face masks are required indoors within Raleigh city limits as well as Cary, Garner, Knightdale, Morrisville, Rolesville and Zebulon town limits, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are also required in unincorporated areas of Wake County. READ MORE

Featured Photos 
Giant globe model outside of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Exterior of a brick, historic building with Young Hearts Distillery painted white above and below the upper-floor windows
Two women holding out clay trays Vibrant aerial shot of a lake surrounding by acres of green trees on a sunny day

Pictured (clockwise from top left)
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Nature Research Center@gurezende
Young Hearts
Apex Community Park@thisisraleigh
Branded Vessels Pottery@branded_vessels_pottery

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