May 2022, Issue II
A drone view of the downtown Raleigh skyline looking north over the Raleigh Convention Center on a sunny day with very blue skies
Memorial Day Weekend Activities in Raleigh, N.C.
Baseball games, good eats, museum exhibits, outdoor exploring and more are on the docket. Here's how to make the most of the City of Oaks over Memorial Day weekend! READ MORE
Now Open: Life Before Dinosaurs: The Permian Monsters
Woman comes face to face with prehistoric animal skeleton behind glass casing inside museum exhibition
The newest special exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Life Before Dinosaurs: The Permian Monsters explores the bizarre creatures in the age before dinosaurs—sail backs, saw jaws, boomerang heads and more! GET DETAILS
Robertson Millpond Preserve: A Hidden Kayaking Gem in Wendell, N.C.
Kayaker in blue shirt with red kayak paddles through swamp-looking nature preserve, surrounded by tall trees and still water
Located just east of Raleigh in the town of Wendell, Robertson Millpond Preserve is a hidden, 85-acre refuge for nature lovers, canoeists and kayakers. PLAN A TRIP
Shorty's Famous Hot Dogs: A Tar Heel State Legend
Front door signage at Shorty's Famous Hot Dogs has old-fashioned lettering and reads 'Since 1916'
This family-run, century-old hot dog shop is an icon in downtown Wake Forest (and pairs perfectly with a beer from the award-winning brewery next door!). LEARN MORE
Artspace's FRESH Sounds Series is a Celebration of Local Musicians
Logo for the Artspace FRESH Sound SERIES; an 1980s vibe with blue, green and orange graphics and lettering; reads 'Art. Music. Perspectives.'
Downtown Raleigh's Artspace—a nonprofit arts center home to more than 30 visual artist studios—has kicked off the FRESH Sounds Series, adding select nights of entertainment from local musicians to the upcoming calendar. GET DETAILS
Our State Magazine: Feeder of the Pack
The front door to Players' Retreat, with a large North Carolina State University logo in red and black and a sign that reads 'Est. 1951'
For more than 70 years now, the oldest standing bar in Raleigh has played an always evolving, always important role in its location across from North Carolina State University. READ ARTICLE
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On Blankets and Roses: Try-it-Out Crochet Workshop (May 26)

Join artist Suzy Hasanin within one of Raleigh's most beautiful public spaces—the Raleigh Municipal Rose Garden—for this workshop on crochet basics! DETAILS
Groups of people of varying sizes enjoy picnics on the lawn at Dix Park, with shade provided by large trees filled with green leaves
Capital City Juneteenth Celebration at Dorothea Dix Park (June 18)

An afternoon of food, music and entertainment for the entire family in celebration and commemoration of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. DETAILS
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