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Events & Happenings

The Coast & Outer Banks are 2 hours away, while the mountains are only a 3 hour trip.
The Triangle has many lakes and parks. Enjoy NC antiques, pottery, fruits & vegetables at the State Fairgrounds’ weekly Flea Market.

See the events calendar from visitraleigh.com

Parks

  • In Durham County, the Eno River State Park has 1,600 acres of water-oriented wilderness and offers miles of hiking trails, primitive (walk-in) camp sites and limited picnicking. Adjacent is the Eno River City Park, featuring 40 acres of park, with the restored McCown-Mangum farmhouse, the reconstructed, operational 1778 grist mill, blacksmith shop and Hugh Mangum Museum of Photography. In addition, more than 65 parks in Durham provide recreational facilities, hiking trails and shady spots for picnics.
  • The Raleigh Parks and Recreation Department operates Durant Nature Park, located at the northern edge of the city. Durant covers 237 acres of woodlands, lakes and streams, and serves as the site for summer day camps and a variety of nature study and outdoor recreation classes.
  • William B. Umstead State Park, located off U.S. 70 between Durham and Raleigh, is a 5,000-acre habitat for wildlife indigenous to the area. This woodland and water preserve provides fishing, camping, hiking and picnic facilities.
  • Falls Lake, running through both Durham and Wake Counties, includes the Rollingview State Recreation Area and provides a variety of recreational opportunities including swimming, picnicking, boating, camping, hunting, fishing, and canoeing.

Festivals

From art fairs to dance festivals, summer brings out the best of art and entertainment in the Triangle. In 1979, the American Dance Festival moved its home from Connecticut to establish permanent residence in Durham. Attracting dancers and dance students from all over the world, the American Dance Festival brings the best known and most innovative dancers and choreographers of modern dance to Durham each summer. For six weeks each year, Durham becomes a world center for dance bringing in more than two dozen dance companies from all over the globe.

During the summer, the North Carolina Symphony moves from its winter home at Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh to Regency Park in Cary to fill the night air with music and merriment.

Alas, summer does not last forever. Fortunately, the three major universities in the area, Duke, North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, work to keep our winter nights full of a variety of fine entertainment: from chamber music to jazz, and toe-tapping musicals to drama.

The Arts

On the theatrical scene, Raleigh has one of the country’s oldest and most successful community theaters, the Raleigh Little Theater, which began during the Great Depression as a WPA project. The North Carolina Theater performs at Memorial Auditorium in downtown Raleigh. North Carolina State University houses Stewart and Thompson Theatres, and Theatre in the Park, a resident theatre offering numerous local premieres and children’s programming, performs throughout the year.

Durham hosts several first-run pre-Broadway productions featuring such stars as Jack Lemmon and Jason Robards. Chapel Hill has the nationally-recognized Paul Green Theatre, the Playmakers Repertory Company, and the Laboratory Theatre.

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