Explore the Triangle's Cities and Towns

Newcomers to the Triangle undoubtedly have many choices for where to establish their roots near the cities of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill.


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Apex     Carrboro     Cary     Chapel Hill     Clayton     Durham     Fuquay-Varina     Garner 
Hillsborough     Holly Springs     Knightdale     Morrisville     Raleigh     Rolesville     Wake Forest 
Wendell     Zebulon


More than a dozen towns surround the bustling cities of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill — each one enticing newcomers with its own unique character. Hillsborough, Wake Forest and Apex delight residents with charming historic districts lined with centuries-old buildings and quaint storefronts that harken back to a simpler time. Morrisville accommodates a large international population, and Holly Springs and Zebulon take pride in having their own professional baseball teams.

Strengthened by its CardRates.com “2018 Cities Primed for Economic Growth and Opportunity” No. 7 ranking — and an unemployment rate well below the national average — Raleigh boasts a reputation as a robust career destination. Just 3 miles west of the downtown district, North Carolina State University ranks ninth on Kiplinger’s 2018 list of campuses with the “Best Values in Public Colleges.”

North Carolina’s fifth-largest city, Durham, boasts the elegantly renovated American Tobacco Historic District, which accommodates shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. Just 2 miles northwest of downtown, Duke University sprawls across 8,690 acres of land that includes the majestic Duke Forest. This prestigious private school ranked ninth on U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 Best Colleges list of national universities. And according to the city’s most recent resident satisfaction survey, four out of five feel Durham is a good-to-excellent place to live.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill claims the No. 1 spot on Kiplinger’s 2018 list of campuses with the “Best Values in Public Colleges,” and Cary ranked 10th in 2017 among the “30 Safest Cities to Raise a Child,” according to SafeWise, a website that tracks information on home security systems and safety. Ting Park (previously North Main Athletic Complex) in Holly Springs was named “Public Park of the Year” by Tennis Industry magazine in January 2017.

Newcomers to the Triangle undoubtedly have many choices for where to establish their roots. Explore the unique towns and cities Triangle residents call home. Read additional information about some of the region’s most popular suburbs.


Wake County

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Apex Peakfest


Apex
73 Hunter St., 919-249-3400
Population: 47,349
Apex lives up to its motto, The Peak of Good Living, by hosting events throughout the year such as Christmas on Salem Street, the PeakFest street fair in May, Peak City Pig Fest in June and its popular Olde Fashioned Fourth of July. In 2015, Apex ranked No. 1 on Money magazine’s annual list of the “50 Best Places to Live,” and in 2018 Apex ranked seventh on the National Council for Home Safety and Security’s list of “The Safest Cities in North Carolina.”

Find out what's going on in Apex.


Cary
316 N. Academy St., 919-469-4000
Population: 162,320
Located in the heart of the Triangle between Raleigh and Research Triangle Park, Cary hosts signature annual events such as the Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival in April and Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival in August. In 2017, Cary was named the fourth best real estate market in the U.S. by WalletHub, and the 10th safest U.S. city in which to raise a child by SafeWise. Cary also ranked fourth on the National Council for Home Safety and Security’s 2018 list of “The Safest Cities in North Carolina.”

Find out what's going on in Cary.


Fuquay-Varina
401 Old Honeycutt Rd., 919-552-1400
Population: 25,865
Fuquay-Varina, once known as “Piney Woods,” became famous for a mineral spring rumored to heal ailments. Named after French Revolutionary War veteran William Fuquay, who moved his family to the site, Fuquay incorporated in 1909 and joined the neighboring community of Varina in 1963 to become Fuquay-Varina. Annual events include the WRAL Freedom Balloon Festival in May and FM2FV Concert Series in the spring. Fuquay-Varina ranked ninth on the National Council for Home Safety and Security’s 2018 list of “The Safest Cities in North Carolina.”

Find out what's going on in Fuquay-Varina.


Garner
900 Seventh Ave., 919-772-4688
Population: 28,776
This fast-growing community south of Raleigh boasts family-friendly events throughout the year, including the Groundhog Day Celebration, Spring Eggstravaganza and Garner Independence Day Celebration. Families can enjoy more than 4 miles of paved trails, 12 playgrounds, a boathouse on Lake Benson open during the warmer months and musical performances at the Garner Performing Arts Center.

Find out what's going on in Garner.


Holly Springs
128 S. Main St., 919-552-6221
Population: 33,260
One of Wake County’s boomtowns, Holly Springs is home to a $5 million cultural center, $19 million Ting Park, golf courses and spacious parks. Ting Park was named the “Public Park of the Year” by Tennis Industry magazine in January 2017; and, in 2018, Holly Springs ranked third on the National Council for Home Safety and Security’s list of “The Safest Cities in North Carolina.”

Find out what's going on in Holly Springs.


Knightdale
950 Steeple Square Ct., 919-217-2220
Population: 14,794
Located just 9 miles from Raleigh, this small town is one of Triangle’s fastest growing. Annual events include the Easter Eggstraordinaire, Fourth of July celebration and Christmas on First Avenue. Knightdale ranked 13th on the National Council for Home Safety and Security’s 2018 list of “The Safest Cities in North Carolina.”

Find out what's going on in Knightdale.


Morrisville
100 Town Hall Dr., 919-463-6200
Population: 24,732
Morrisville has grown from a small population of 1,022 in 1990 to 24,732 current residents, thanks to its ideal location near Research Triangle Park, the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, and Interstates 40 and 540. The culturally diverse town is lauded for its signature events, including the East Meets West festival and SpringFest, and residents have easy access to large shopping centers, including Park West Village and Morrisville Place.

Find out what's going on in Morrisville.


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Fayetteville Street in Downtown Raleigh


Raleigh
222 W. Hargett St., 919-996-3000
Population: 458,880
In February 2018, CardRates.com ranked Raleigh the seventh “City Primed for Economic Growth and Opportunity.” Men’s Health ranked Raleigh third among the “Sportiest Cities in America” in September 2017. From parks to museums, North Carolina’s capital offers plenty of fun and entertainment for Triangle families.

Find out what's going on in Raleigh.


Rolesville
502 Southtown Cir., 919-556-3506
Population: 6,962
Rolesville is Wake County’s second oldest town after Raleigh, and one of North Carolina’s fastest-growing. Once fenced from post to post to contain animals, Rolesville now accommodates residential and commercial subdivisions where large farms once stretched.

Find out what's going on in Rolesville.


Wake Forest
301 S. Brooks St., 919-435-9400
Population: 40,112
The original birthplace of Wake Forest College, this quaint town offers residents a rich history in addition to shops and restaurants at The Factory, a thriving farmers market, annual parades and festivals, and recreational fun at nearby Falls Lake. The town’s annual Meet in the Street festival in May draws more than 10,000 attendants.

Find out what's going on in Wake Forest.


Wendell
15 E. Fourth St., 919-365-4450
Population: 6,745
Once a tobacco-farming area, Wendell evolved from a school-centered village in the late 1800s named by a teacher in honor of poet Oliver Wendell Homes, to a picturesque town with an historic business district. A 70-foot-long tobacco hornworm mural was painted in downtown Wendell in 2016 to preserve the town’s history. The hornworm, affectionately named Oliver, wears different hats throughout the year to celebrate the seasons and holidays.

Find out what's going on in Wendell.


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Zebulon B. Vance Birthplace


Zebulon
1003 N. Arendell Ave., 919-269-7455
Population: 5,159
The easternmost town in Wake County, Zebulon came into existance after the Raleigh and Pamlico Sound Railroad Company decided to lay down rails through a dense pine forest between two family farms in 1906. The town is named after Zebulon B. Vance, the state’s governor during the Civil War. Zebulon is also home to the Carolina Mudcats, a minor league baseball affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Find out what's going on in Zebulon.


Durham County

Durham
101 City Hall Plaza, 919-560-1200
Population: 263,016
Durham’s American Tobacco Historic District features shops, restaurants and entertainment venues located in renovated tobacco warehouses. The Durham Bulls play in Durham Bulls Athletic Park, which is also located in the district, and the Durham Performing Arts Center attracts award-winning Broadway shows and concerts year-round. Durham is also home to Duke University, Duke University Medical Center and North Carolina Central University. 

A 2017 Durham Resident Satisfaction Survey showed that 81 percent of residents feel that Durham is a good-to-excellent place to live. Durham County also comprises the unincorporated communities of Bahama, Rougemont and Bethesda.

Find out what's going on in Durham.


Orange County

Carrboro
301 W. Main St., 919-942-8541
Population: 21,265
Carrboro is known for its cultural diversity, managed growth, dedication to the arts and Weaver Street Market, a natural foods grocery store. The bustling Carrboro Farmers’ Market is celebrating its 40th year in 2018 and features more than 75 market vendors. Carrboro ranked 11th on the National Council for Home Safety and Security’s 2018 list of “The Safest Cities in North Carolina.”

Find out what's going on in Carrboro.


Photo courtesy of UNC-Chapel Hill

Old Well


Chapel Hill
405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 919-968-2743
Population: 59,246
Chapel Hill’s history is tied to the University of North Carolina, which ranked first on Kiplinger’s 2018 list of campuses with the “Best Values in Public Colleges” and 30th among U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 Best Colleges list of national universities. Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools boasts the state’s lowest dropout rate and one of its highest graduation rates. In 2017, Chapel Hill was featured in The Guardian’s “Best Towns and Small Cities in the U.S.”

Find out what's going on in Chapel Hill.


Hillsborough
101 E. Orange St., 919-732-1270
Population: 6,568
Rich with American Colonial history, Hillsborough claims more than 100 late 18th- and 19th-century structures and hosts a variety of special events throughout the year. Downtown Hillsborough comes alive with arts and entertainment the last Friday of each warm weather month. Natural attractions include Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area and the Hillsborough Riverwalk.

Find out what's going on in Hillsborough.


Chatham County

Pittsboro
635 East St., 919-542-4621
Population: 4,266
Pittsboro is home to a quaint downtown district and the renowned Fearrington House Inn, a AAA Five Diamond Relais and Châteaux property. The town hosts an old-fashioned Christmas parade the second Sunday in December, and the ever-popular Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance, which takes place biannually in spring and fall 10 miles northwest of town.

Find out what's going on in Pittsboro.


Johnston County

Clayton
111 E. Second St., 919-553-5002
Population: 20,260
Clayton has experienced explosive growth in the last decade, owing to its small-town charm and close proximity to Raleigh. The Clayton Center is the town’s crown jewel, offering a variety of musical and dramatic performances for all ages, and Clayton ranked 10th on the National Council for Home Safety and Security’s 2018 list of “The Safest Cities in North Carolina.”

Find out what's going on in Clayton.


Smithfield
350 E. Market St., 919-934-2116
Population: 12,266
Situated along the Neuse River, Smithfield is home to the Ava Gardner Museum in the town’s historic district, and hosts the annual Ham & Yam Festival, which attracts thousands of visitors in celebration of the region’s agricultural heritage.

Find out what's going on in Smithfield.


Populations are based on July 2016  U.S. Census population estimates, the most recent available at press time.

 

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November 2018

Run Club meets every Sunday at 8 a.m. in Midtown Raleigh or Wake Forest. Stroller friendly; children invited. 

Cost: $10/run or $100/annual pass

Where:
Optimist Park Community Center/Greenways
5900 Whittier Drive
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: FIT4MOM
Telephone: 919-348-0472
Contact Name: Missy Currin
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Show up in your PJs for breakfast and Seussical fun before a 10 a.m. showing of "The Grinch" (the new animated 2018 movie). Pose with The Grinch and Max and...

Cost: Member: $11/adult, $9/child. Non-member: $12/adult, $10/child

Where:
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Come for a tour and try out a Music or Creative Movement class. Any child who will be preschool age (ages 2-transitional kindergarten) for the 2019-20 school year is invited to participate in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Saint Raphael Preschool
5801 Falls of the Neuse Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: Saint Raphael Preschool
Telephone: 919-865-5725
Contact Name: Nora Duran
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Join Mindful Families of Durham, a Buddhist-inspired spiritual community that supports area parents, caregivers, and their children in the practice of mindfulness and the understanding of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Erwin Road
Durham, NC  27705
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Sponsor: Mindful Families of Durham
Contact Name: Adam, Laura, Josh, Sumi
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The comic book pop culture takes over Durham with vendors, a cosplay contest, special guests, panels by industry professionals, and more. Purchase tickets online. 

Cost: $25-$35/person. Free for ages 9 and younger with a paid adult

Where:
Durham Convention Center
301 W. Morgan St.
Durham, NC  27701
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See artists' studios and their creations during a self-guided tour. Visit the website for details.

Cost: Free

Where:
Orange County
, NC  27510


Sponsor: Orange County Artists Guild
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Shop antiques, crafts and art, and enjoy food trucks at this artisan and vintage market in downtown Cary.

Cost: Free

Where:
Fidelity Bank Parking Lot
100 W. Chatham St.
Cary, NC  27511
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Contact Name: Leslie & Jessica
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Tour 20 pottery studios and two teaching facilities. Learn how pottery is made and ask questions of all the professional potters. Locally crafted pottery will be for sale at all...

Cost: Free

Where:
Claymakers
701 Foster St
Durham, NC
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Telephone: 919-544-2451
Contact Name: Cynthia Aldrich
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Design, build and test a marshmallow tower with NC State Engineering ambassadors. 

Cost: $7/person. Free for age 1 and younger

Where:
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Kids ages 6-10 track deer in the nature preserve and discover their hiding places. Preregister online using course code #228039.

Cost: $3

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Drive
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-6764
Contact Name: Wilkerson staff
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Young adults with developmental disabilities enjoy a book club featuring "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets."  The group meets most Sundays at 4:45 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
Quail Ridge Books
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Shop for unique gifts at this three-day fair. See website for times.

Cost: Free

Where:
State Farmers Market
1201 Agriculture St.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Come for a tour and try out a Music or Creative Movement class. Any child who will be preschool age (ages 2-transitional kindergarten) for the 2019-20 school year is invited to participate in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Saint Raphael Preschool
5801 Falls of the Neuse Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: Saint Raphael Preschool
Telephone: 919-865-5725
Contact Name: Nora Duran
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Enjoy a special Jewish-themed storytime with Morah Dassy Cotlar.

Cost: Free

Where:
Quail Ridge Books
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Come for a tour and try out a Music or Creative Movement class. Any child who will be preschool age (ages 2-transitional kindergarten) for the 2019-20 school year is invited to participate in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Saint Raphael Preschool
5801 Falls of the Neuse Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: Saint Raphael Preschool
Telephone: 919-865-5725
Contact Name: Nora Duran
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Enjoy the story about turkeys and numbers by Tony Johnston and learn about colors outdoors. Ages 18 mos – 3 yrs with adult. Register online. 

Cost: $2/child

Where:
Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Telephone: 919-870-4330
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Take the family for Kids Night at Chick-Fil-A in Garner. Enjoy a free indoor playspace, face painting and balloon twisting with Mimi the Clown. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Chick-Fil-A
2720 Timber Dr.
Garner, NC  27529
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Sponsor: The MelodyMaker Entertainment
Telephone: (919)639-9328
Contact Name: Melody Scruggs
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Stone Soup Supper is back for its fourteenth year in a row, with more chefs than ever before. Enjoy soups from 20 local chefs while shopping unique pottery pieces from The Triangle Potters...

Cost: $25/person

Where:
McKimmon Center
1101 Gorman St
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Telephone: 919-836-1642
Contact Name: Jordan Hewitt
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Come for a tour and try out a Music or Creative Movement class. Any child who will be preschool age (ages 2-transitional kindergarten) for the 2019-20 school year is invited to participate in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Saint Raphael Preschool
5801 Falls of the Neuse Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: Saint Raphael Preschool
Telephone: 919-865-5725
Contact Name: Nora Duran
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Enjoy stories with Amy Godfrey.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Regulator Bookshop
720 Ninth St.
Durham, NC  27705
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Preschoolers ages 3-5 (accompanied by an adult).  The winter birds are arriving at the nature preserve! Make paper-tube binoculars and talk a walk to spy on our bird buddies in the forest and...

Cost: $3

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Drive
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-6764
Contact Name: Wilkerson staff
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Strut down a woodland trail to learn about that fantastic feathered fowl: the turkey, and enjoy theme related stories and activities for parent and child aged 3-5 years. Register online. ...

Cost: $4/child

Where:
Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Telephone: 919-870-4330
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Celebrate the grand opening of Duluth Trading's new store at Crossroads Boulevard in Cary. Enjoy a ribbon-cutting ceremony with local dignitaries at 9 a.m., and live lumberjack shows...

Cost: Free

Where:
Duluth Trading
301 Crossroads Blvd.
Cary, NC  27518
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Explore a part of art. Ages 2-5 with caregiver. Purchase tickets online for workshops at 9:15, 10:15 or 11:15 a.m.

Cost: $6/member, $8/nonmember

Where:
NC Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607-6494
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Telephone: 919-715-5923
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Come for a tour and try out a Music or Creative Movement class. Any child who will be preschool age (ages 2-transitional kindergarten) for the 2019-20 school year is invited to participate in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Saint Raphael Preschool
5801 Falls of the Neuse Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: Saint Raphael Preschool
Telephone: 919-865-5725
Contact Name: Nora Duran
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Mix, measure and flip seasonal hotcakes and taste the comforts of cozy fall cuisine. 

Cost: $7/person. Free for age 1 and younger

Where:
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Enjoy a magical lighting exhibition for the entire family, under the cover of darkness artfully lit on a crisp November evening. Enjoy live music, food trucks (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday),...

Cost: $10/member, $20/nonmembers, $5 for children

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Help plant a new tree that flowers, produces fruit, and has flaming leaves. After a brief ceremony to declare Chapel Hill as a Tree City, you can toss a shiny new penny and a shovelful of dirt to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Chapel Hill Public Library
100 Library Dr.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Come for a tour and try out a Music or Creative Movement class. Any child who will be preschool age (ages 2-transitional kindergarten) for the 2019-20 school year is invited to participate in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Saint Raphael Preschool
5801 Falls of the Neuse Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: Saint Raphael Preschool
Telephone: 919-865-5725
Contact Name: Nora Duran
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Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about tummy time alternatives, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to...

Cost: $18

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
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Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about carry positions, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to crawl,...

Cost: $18

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
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Stop by the market to enjoy fresh North Carolina collards with all the fixings.

Cost: Free

Where:
State Farmers Market
1201 Agriculture St.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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During the holiday season, come share the excitement as Park West Village hosts Winter Wonderland in the District. Take the family to enjoy train rides, magical winter lights, live music and visits...

Cost: Free; $5 donation for sledding

Where:
Park West Village
3400 Village Market Place
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Telephone: 919-234-6710
Contact Name: Conner Dixon
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Go on an owl prowl to discover the kinds of owls and other night-time birds that are found in the Piedmont. All ages. Register online. 

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Kick off holiday festivities with Waverly Place’s 7th Annual Tree Lighting Celebration. Arrive early for dinner and socializing with family and friends, then make your way to The Park area...

Cost: Free

Where:
Waverly Place Shopping Center
307 Colonades Way
Cary, NC  27518
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Enjoy a magical lighting exhibition for the entire family, under the cover of darkness artfully lit on a crisp November evening. Enjoy live music, food trucks (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday),...

Cost: $10/member, $20/nonmembers, $5 for children

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27606
View map »


Website »

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This class is a chance for adventurous women to get together for a fun-filled workshop where we explore the basics of aerial silks. No need for a background in aerial yoga, this is a workshop...

Cost: $25

Where:
Cary Hot Yoga
952 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: Cary Hot Yoga
Telephone: 188-858-79530
Contact Name: hoa bui
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Give Gala has been celebrated for its unique donation model where tickets to the event are exchanged for time and services that benefit terminally ill children and their families. Attendees...

Cost: Free

Where:
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Enjoy a baby expo offering loads of product information, vendors, parent tips, resources and samples.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Buy Buy Baby
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See Raleigh's annual Christmas parade, featuring large helium balloons, dance and performance groups, floats, Santa and more. Parade held rain or shine. Sponsored by ABC 11.

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
Raleigh, NC  27601


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Ages 1-5 and caregiver take a relaxing stroll to experience nature. Register online. Choose course #117302. 

Cost: $8/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Bond Park
801 High House Rd.
Cary, NC  27513
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Enjoy face painting and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a Woodplay’s largest sale of the year on playsets and Springfree Trampolines

Cost: Free

Where:
Woodplay Playsets of the Carolinas
9521 Lumley Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-781-6556
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Come for a tour and try out a Music or Creative Movement class. Any child who will be preschool age (ages 2-transitional kindergarten) for the 2019-20 school year is invited to participate in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Saint Raphael Preschool
5801 Falls of the Neuse Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
View map »


Sponsor: Saint Raphael Preschool
Telephone: 919-865-5725
Contact Name: Nora Duran
Website »

More information

Preschoolers ages 3-5 (accompanied by an adult).  The winter birds are arriving at the nature preserve! Make paper-tube binoculars and talk a walk to spy on our bird buddies in the forest and...

Cost: $3

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Drive
Raleigh, NC  27614
View map »


Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-6764
Contact Name: Wilkerson staff
Website »

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Children's booksellers read their favorite picture books. All ages.

Cost: Free

Where:
Quail Ridge Books
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Learn about the state’s American Indian culture from musicians, dancers, craftspeople and storytellers from eight state-recognized tribes. Over 100 presenters will fill the museum and...

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Originally from Salvador da Bahia, Caique Vidal is an accomplished performer, percussionist, and songwriter, blending the rhythms of samba, reggae, salsa, bachata, pop, rock and Bossa Nova in both...

Cost: $5

Where:
Carolina Theatre of Durham
309 W. Morgan St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Telephone: 919-560-3030
Contact Name: Jaimie Lee
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Take Fido to enjoy a pop-up dog park featuring four acres for dogs to roam, and a small dog area too. Food vendors and pet-themed vendors will be on site.

Cost: Free

Where:
Dix Park
801 Biggs Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Enjoy snow sledding, photos with Santa, an inflatable obstacle course and bounce house, and an appearance by Matt Iseman, host of NBC's "American Ninja Warriors."

Cost: Free

Where:
Saint Mary's School
900 Hillsborough St.
Raleih, NC  27603
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Join costumed interpreters Jon and Karena Potter in learning and dancing 19th-century country dances. Registration not required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Take part in a fun and playful aerial yoga and movement class for parents and children age 5 and older. Stretch, move, play and learn aerial yoga poses. Breathing techniques will be taught to...

Cost: $35 child and adult pair, or $15/child and $25/adult

Where:
Cary Hot Yoga
952 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: Cary Hot Yoga
Telephone: 888-587-9530
Contact Name: hoa bui
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This is a fundraising event for Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association and features things people love about North Carolina: BBQ, Blues and Craft Beer! Guests are encouraged to sample delicious...

Cost: Free admission; $10 for 10 tasting tickets

Where:
Stephens Hardware Bldg
405 E Broad St
Fuquay-Varina, NC  27526
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Sponsor: Fuquay-Varina Downtown Assoc
Telephone: 919-552-0848
Contact Name: Rachel Cornett
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The 2nd Carolina Brewing Co. Sip & Shop & Give features Mr Puebla Tacos food truck, Sweet Escape by Poblanos dessert truck and live music from Mike & Amy...

Cost: Free

Where:
Carolina Brewing Company
140 Thomas Mill Rd.
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Sponsor: Carolina Brewing Co. & Brandy's Soy Candles
Telephone: 919-244-8829
Contact Name: Lee
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Talented dance students perform the lavishly staged holiday ballet alongside guest artists from Carolina Ballet. Show times are at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. All ages. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $12-$27

Where:
Fletcher Theater, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Visit a tabletop display to learn how colonial frontier communities prepared for the dark, chilly days ahead. Knead bread, roll candles and try your hand at corncob darts to sharpen your...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Explore the historic heart of downtown Raleigh on a walking tour of Fayetteville Street. Tours highlight the people, places, architecture and political movements that have shaped...

Cost: Adults (18+) $10; Youth (7-17) $4; Children (6 & under) Free.

Where:
City of Raleigh Museum
220 Fayetteville St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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See Wilkerson's fall flush and join a naturalist guide for a hike focused on our beautiful deciduous trees. The program is designed for adults, but children ages 5 and up are welcome with...

Cost: $2

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Drive
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-6764
Contact Name: Wilkerson staff
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Cost: $20/adult, $15 ages 3-12. Free for ages 2 and younger

Where:
Museum of Life and Science
433 W. Murray Ave.
Durham, NC  27704
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All evening and into the night, 3000 pounds of molten iron will be poured into molds, in an exciting fiery display. Additionally, there will be Liberty Arts artists’ work for sale, scratch...

Cost: Free

Where:
Durham Central Park
501 Foster St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Build a boat from just cardboard and duct tape and try to make it across Campus Hills Pool with just your wits and a paddle. Trophies will be awarded. Ages 6-15. Advance registration...

Cost: $6/resident, $11/nonresident per two-person team

Where:
Campus Hills Pool
2000 S. Alston Ave.
Durham, NC  27707
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Usher in the holidays with a tree-lighting and other seasonal activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Lafayette Village
8450 Honeycutt Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Enjoy a sunset kayak adventure. Meet at the launch point 1 hour before sunset, just in time to review guidelines and equipment. Then go on  a leisurely paddle, keeping an eye out for wildlife...

Cost: $35/person

Where:
Jordan Lake
, NC


Sponsor: frolyk
Telephone: 866 481 6166
Contact Name: Lili Engelhardt
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Discover what's happening as the sun sets and listen to stories around a campfire. All ages with adult. Register online. Choose course #117094.

Cost: $18/resident, $24/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Talented dance students perform the lavishly staged holiday ballet alongside guest artists from Carolina Ballet. Show times are at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. All ages. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $12-$27

Where:
Fletcher Theater, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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During the holiday season, come share the excitement as Park West Village hosts Winter Wonderland in the District. Take the family to enjoy train rides, magical winter lights, live music and visits...

Cost: Free; $5 donation for sledding

Where:
Park West Village
3400 Village Market Place
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Telephone: 919-234-6710
Contact Name: Conner Dixon
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Look through telescopes, facilitated by Morehead staff and dedicated volunteers, at a variety of objects in the sky. Jupiter, Saturn and Mars will be prime targets, along with many other deep...

Cost: Free

Where:
Dix Park
101 Blair Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Enjoy a magical lighting exhibition for the entire family, under the cover of darkness artfully lit on a crisp November evening. Enjoy live music, food trucks (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday),...

Cost: $10/member, $20/nonmembers, $5 for children

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27606
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