Things to Do

7 Awesome Spring Things To Do in Raleigh


Raise your hand if you’re ready for the warmer weather and all of the outdoor activities, festivals, and concerts that come with it! To put a little ‘spring’ in your step, add these top things to do in Raleigh to your calendar.



April is Beer Month in Raleigh, which means you should be celebrating the many craft breweries that call the area home all month long. Join in the festivities with your favorite drinking pals and head to Brewgaloo April 27th to April 28th. This downtown Raleigh craft beer festival is North Carolina’s largest, featuring 100 breweries and 50 food trucks. Admission on Saturday is free and breweries on site will offer beer samples and full pints for purchase.


Bike the Art to Heart Trail

One of the best things to do in Raleigh when the weather gets nicer is to go for a spin on Bike Raleigh’s, Art to Heart Trail. The trail begins at the North Carolina Museum of Art and ends in downtown Raleigh. Pedal 5.9 miles through the museum’s beautiful park, behind Meredith College and across the main campus of North Carolina State University to just outside of the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Reward yourself afterward with a cocktail and a slice of pie at Bittersweet.


Picnic at Dorothea Dix Park

Few places offer as much green space with downtown Raleigh skyline views as Dorothea Dix Park. It’s the perfect spot to have a picnic and lounge around in the sun. On May 5th, The City of Raleigh and Alamo Drafthouse Raleigh present the Movie By Moonlight at Dix Park, Spaceballs. You can bring your own food and beverages to enjoy during the film or purchase from the food trucks on site.


Memorial Day Weekend Freedom Balloon Fest

Balloon Fest: Things to do in Raleigh


One of the coolest things to do in Raleigh in May is the Freedom Balloon Fest May 25 through May 28th! This event is held at Fleming Loop Park in celebration of Memorial Day, and admission is free. Watch in awe as dozens of hot air balloons fill the skies in honor and remembrance of those who have served in the military. The festival also features live music, food vendors and artists and craftsmen selling interesting pieces you can take home to remember the event.


Farmer’s Market

Farmers Market: Things to do in Raleigh


Embrace the bounty of North Carolina and visit a local farmer’s market! The State Farmers Market Raleigh is the area’s biggest, featuring more than 30,000 square feet of fresh vegetables, produce, flowers and specialty goods. The market is open seven days a week – be sure to stop by between mid-April and June for fresh strawberries! If you find yourself downtown on a Wednesday, stop by the Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to pick up seasonal goods and prepared foods from local restaurants.


Food Truck Rodeos

Step on up and bring your appetite for another round of Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeos on May 6th and June 10th! Stroll down the half-mile of food trucks and indulge your every craving, from wood-fired pizzas to ice cream sandwiches. This is perhaps Raleigh’s most Instagram-worthy event of the year, so bring your camera or smartphone to capture the deliciousness!


Catch a Baseball Game

One of the most iconic things to do in Raleigh in the springtime is to catch a Carolina Mudcats baseball game in Zebulon, just 25 minutes from downtown. The daily concession specials like $1 tacos on Tuesdays and half-priced draft beers on Thursdays are almost as good as the game itself. Every Friday night features fireworks, all season long!


What’s on your calendar this spring? Did we forget any can’t-miss things to do in Raleigh this spring? Stop by and let us know! We hope you’ll also take time this season to drop by Park Central Apartments for a look at the first high-rise apartment community in the Midtown District of North Hills. Visit Park Central online at to schedule a tour or call us directly at (800) 528-1282.


Hope to see you soon!



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