January 2022, Issue I
A large crowd with their hands up in front of a large, outdoor stage at Dreamville Festival
100 of the Biggest Events and Festivals of 2022
Talent, creativity and culture, plus delicious foods and beverages (and some surprises, too) are on display in 2022. These are the biggest events and festivals to make plans for this year! SEE EVENTS
11 Things to Look Forward to This Year in Raleigh, N.C.
Rendering of Freedom Park, with a wide sidewalk and a large, golden piece of outdoor art next to a long, brick wall
With a new year comes new reasons to explore the City of Oaks. For 2022, the Raleigh area has special events on the calendar, new attractions being built, more restaurant openings lined up and plenty more to look forward to. SEE LIST
The Umstead Hotel and Spa Turns 15 Years Old
A serene courtyard in Umstead Hotel with trees and green chairs and a table in a round, paved area
The Umstead Hotel and Spa—one of the world's only properties to earn triple Five-Star status from Forbes Travel Guide—opened doors on Jan. 15, 2007. Cheers to 15 years of relaxing retreats in Cary, N.C.! READ MORE
A Raleigh Institution, Clyde Cooper's BBQ is More Than 80 Years Strong
A BBQ restaurant with diners in the foreground and a large Clyde Cooper's Barbecue Est. 1938 mural painted in red on a large, white wall
If barbecue is a tradition in The Tar Heel State (it is), then Clyde Cooper’s BBQ is an institution. Opened on New Year's Day 1938, it’s one of the longest-running barbecue restaurants in N.C., and here in Raleigh, it’s beloved. READ MORE
TODAY Show Highlights Dueling Dinosaurs
Painting of small, carnivore dinosaurs attacking group of triceratops with colorful, blue and red frills
Paleontology's "discovery of the century" now calls Raleigh, N.C., home. This video from the TODAY Show digs into the history of the Dueling Dinosaurs (exhibit at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences opening early 2023!). WATCH VIDEO
A bearded man smiling in front of a historic safe
Olde Raleigh Distillery Special Tour (Jan. 22)

Learn about the craft of blending and distilling in this behind-the-scenes tour at Brandon McCraney's Olde Raleigh Distillery in Zebulon, N.C. (special tasting included!). REGISTER NOW
Fly Confident. Fly RDU.
Fly Confident at RDU International Airport

RDU International Airport has been hard at work maintaining safety measures around the terminals. On your next visit, look for 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 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 
Downtown Raleigh skylinePhoto of a table with a pitcher and cup of coffee, flowers and cup of water, and in the foreground, their orange Pumpkin Napoleon, with kabocha purée, pastry, spiced pumpkin compote, all sprinkled with powdered sugar Men's basketball coach LeVelle Moton mural, depicting him sitting in a chair with life moments surrounding him, including trophies, family, a book and morePullen Park on a winter day, with its pond in the foreground, bridges and a variety of tree types in the background, some green, some still losing brown leaves, some bare

Pictured (clockwise from top left)
Downtown Raleigh@jdashton11
LeVelle Moton mural (across from DECO Raleigh) • Photo, @thisisraleigh; mural, @seano.rockswell
Pullen Park@bytesizedgrams
Peck & Plume at The Mayton, Cary@themaytoncary

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