February 2022, Issue II
Rendering of the North Carolina Freedom Park, with lots of greenery and people walking along a sidewalk
North Carolina Freedom Park to Honor African American Struggle and Triumphs
When North Carolina Freedom Park opens in downtown Raleigh approximately one year from now, it will serve as a signature public space honoring the fight for liberty and equality for African Americans, featuring a large sculpture shining a light into the night sky to reflect the fire for freedom. LEARN MORE
The Biggest Live Music Events of Spring in Raleigh, N.C.
A large crowd on a lawn watching a live music performance on a sunny, blue-skied day
Are you ready to rock? Spring concert season is shaping up to be a big one—The Eagles, J. Cole's Dreamville Festival, Bon Jovi, ABBA, Jimmy Buffett, KISS, The Lumineers and so much more are straight ahead! SEE EVENTS
Book a Signature Experience in Raleigh, N.C.
A tour guide smiling and walking with patrons in front of an art museum
Interested in going "backstage" in Raleigh, N.C.? Dive deeper into local culture with this curated collection of tours and hands-on encounters designed to take you beneath the surface of our destination (with a local expert guiding the way!). SEE EXPERIENCES
Terror of the South at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
An exhibit in a natural sciences museum with a dinosaur skeleton and giant model of another one
Forty-five million years before the T-Rex, this Terror of the South reigned supreme. Find it at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh! READ ARTICLE
Raleigh Magazine: Preeti’s New Indian Emporium
Collage of two photos, one is a photo of a smiling female chef, and the other is a photo of a food item from the menu
Restaurateur Preeti Waas—known for her beloved Indian-American grab-and-go cafe, Cheeni, near downtown Raleigh—has a unique (and much bigger), new concept opening soon. Cheeni Indian Food Emporium will offer dine-in meals, snacks, coffee, a deli and space for cooking demonstrations and more. READ ARTICLE
AFAR Magazine: A Road Trip Through North Carolina’s Reinvented Core
A photo looking down downtown Raleigh's Fayetteville St., with the State Capitol all the way in the background
According to AFAR Magazine, "North Carolina's Piedmont is becoming known for reinvention." This four-day road trip—starting in the City of Oaks—puts the best of the best on display! READ ARTICLE
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2022 NCAA Women's Gymnastics Raleigh Regional: March 30-April 2

One of four regional sites for the 2022 NCAA Championships, North Carolina State University and Reynolds Coliseum will host nine teams—plus individual competitors—to battle it out on the floor, beam, bars and apparatus. DETAILS
Logo for Cary's Downtown Chowdown
Cary Downtown Chowdown: April 10

Enjoy a food-filled afternoon in beautiful downtown Cary with some of the area's best food (barbecue, burgers, beignets and more!) plus local vendors and live music performances. DETAILS
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

All Raleigh/Wake County Mask Mandates Lifting This Fri., Feb. 25, 5pm
Face masks will no longer be required indoors in all municipalities in Raleigh/Wake County. (Note: Face masks will still be required on transportation networks, including public transportation, per the TSA requirement) READ MORE

Featured Photos 
A woman instructing a watercolor art class; students are outside at a picnic table at a restaurant painting the downtown Raleigh skylineFreshly baked pita bread in front of a wood-fired oven A beautiful, blue, sparkling lake with a small dock in the foregroundA man and woman kissing in front of a giant statues depicting wings; the downtown Raleigh skyline is in the background

Pictured (clockwise from top left)
Brush the Skyline: Watercolors and Brews Workshop at Wye Hill Kitchen & Brewing With Lauren • @_artwithlauren
Lake Crabtree County Park, Morrisville@bytesizedgrams
"Wings of the City" exhibition at Dorothea Dix Park • Photo, @sobesavvy; art, @jorgemarinmx
Sassool, Cary@sassoolcafe

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