visitRaleigh the E-magazine
February 2024
A dusk gathering of people on the eclectic patio of chef Cheetie Kumar's new restaurant Ajja.
The Best Reasons to Visit Raleigh, N.C., in 2024
There are special events on the calendar, new places to explore, big restaurant openings on the way and plenty more to look forward to in 2024! READ MORE
Now Open: Downtown Cary Park Anchors a Booming Visitor Destination
On a sunny day with blue skies, visitors walk across a bridge over water at Downtown Cary Park; the Great Lawn Pavilion stands tall as an interesting architectural element in the background.
This seven-acre, state-of-the-art playspace opened in the heart of Cary in November (and it's incredible!). Downtown Cary Park's bold vision has already proven to be a draw for visitors from across the Tar Heel State and beyond. GET DETAILS
Pablo Picasso Highlights New Modern Works at the North Carolina Museum of Art
A Pablo Picasso painting, "Seated Woman, Red and Yellow Background (Femme assise, fond rouge et jaune)", hangs on a gallery wall all by itself at the North Carolina Museum of Art as a visitor moves in for a closer look.
The North Carolina Museum of Art's first Pablo Picasso painting—along with four other modern European works that were donated to the museum in late 2023—is now on permanent display in Raleigh. READ MORE
The Best Restaurants That Opened in 2023 in Raleigh, N.C.
A top-down view of a dark wooden table filled with a variety of plates of colorful food dishes.
From hidden gems to bold establishments, Raleigh's culinary stage welcomed a variety of new faces, flavors and dining experiences in 2023. A tasting tour is in order—save these spots for your next trip to the City of Oaks! SEE LIST
Six Murals That Honor Black History and Culture in Raleigh, N.C.
Photo looking straight on at a mural that celebrates Shaw University's 150th Anniversary, using red and yellow tones, featuring Ella Baker, a civil rights activist that graduated from Shaw in 1927.
Super important art: these murals are dedicated to Black history, community and culture, featuring triumphant depictions that bring color, life and essential stories to the city's streets. READ MORE
PineCone's Down Home Concert Series Aims High in 2024
A sold-out crowd at the Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts listens to a PineCone music performance.
PineCone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, has already kicked off its 2024 Down Home Concert series (a can't-miss lineup of folk, bluegrass and traditional music showcasing North Carolina's roots!). SEE CONCERTS
Feb. 29: Bite of Bénin Five-Course Culinary Experience
Chef Adé Carrena focuses on plating a menu item with a spoon.
Raleigh chef Adé Carrena, winner of the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association's chef of the year honor in 2023, is set to host a very special evening consisting of a five-course dinner paired with a screening of her award-winning documentary Bite of Bénin. GET DETAILS
A large floral display sits in the lobby of the North Carolina Museum of Art as part of the annual Art in Bloom festival.
Art in Bloom, March 13-17

One of the can't-miss events of the year, Art in Bloom is a five-day festival of art and flowers at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Tickets just went on sale (but they won't last long!). DETAILS
A video game cartridge featuring Sonic the Hedgehog is pictured in focus, with other games out of focus in the foreground and background.
Playthrough Gaming Convention, March 16-17

This weekend gaming extravaganza at the Raleigh Convention Center showcases the latest gaming trends and offers attendees the chance to enjoy free-to-play options for board, PC, arcade, retro and virtual reality games. DETAILS
A man poses while sitting on top of an orange car in front of a large sign in the background that reads "Dreamville" at the Dreamville Festival at Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh, N.C.
Dreamville Festival, April 6-7

Curated by platinum-selling rapper J. Cole, this multi-stage music festival held at downtown Raleigh's Dorothea Dix Park is a one-of-a-kind celebration of local culture, food and art. DETAILS
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