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9 of the Hottest Spots for Entertainment in Raleigh


When it comes to finding fun things to do, Raleigh is full of them! Everywhere you turn there’s something going on, whether it’s a dazzling musical performance or an eye-opening Japanese culture convention. We’ve uncovered the best places to enjoy entertainment in Raleigh, from theaters to trolleys.


Lincoln Theatre

Top acts from around the world perform at Lincoln Theatre, one of Raleigh’s most established music venues. Get up close and personal with artists in the small, intimate theater that hosts every kind of music, from bluegrass to metal and DJ-driven dance parties. The floor is sloped, making it easy for people of all heights to enjoy the show. Grab a drink or a craft beer at the full bar and get ready for an awesome evening!


A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater

Indulge your love of theater, opera and ballet at A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater. The 600-seat theater offers an up-close view of each performance, with the farthest balcony seat less than 70 feet from the surprisingly large and well-equipped stage. Located on the east side of the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater is the top for several forms of entertainment in Raleigh, including the Carolina Ballet and A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute.


Burning Coal Theatre Company

Catch a play at Burning Coal Theatre Company, a small professional theatre company and non-profit organization that works with both AEA and non-Equity actors. The playhouse puts on all styles of plays, ranging from contemporary to Shakespeare. You can generally count on a bit of whimsical humor along with just enough thought-provoking dialogue.


Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

Are you a fan of Broadway musicals? Grab tickets to see the famous North Carolina Theatre perform at Memorial Auditorium in Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Clay Aiken and several other Broadway veterans are said to have started their career here! The non-profit professional regional theatre features national, regional and local talent providing entertainment in Raleigh through four mainstage shows each year.


Red Hat Amphitheater

Red Hat Amphitheater is the top venue for live entertainment in Raleigh. Its location downtown makes it easy to continue the fun after the show at the many downtown restaurants, clubs and bars. The large venue has showcased acts like Maroon 5, Stone Temple Pilots, Paramore, Heart and the North Carolina Symphony, as well as lesser-known acts. Enjoy a local brew during the show by Lone Rider or Carolina Brewery.


Raleigh Convention Center

Keep an eye on Raleigh Convention Center’s happening events calendar! The 500,000-square-foot facility is a sparkling new backdrop for all sorts of conferences, trade shows and conventions. In May, the convention center is overrun with Japanese culture and costumes for Animazement, and in November it hosts the North Carolina Bridal & Wedding Expo, just to name two!


Trolley Pub of NC

Where to Find the Best Entertainment in Raleigh


Put on your pedaling shoes and get ready for an unforgettable tour with Trolley Pub of NC, Inc. The company offers two-hour pedal-powered tours of Raleigh. Bring your own beverages and go on a pub crawl with up to 14 people at a time. You choose whether you want to take a route through downtown or Glenwood, and pick two-to-three stops along the way to catch your breath and grab a drink or bite to eat. It’s the perfect way to see the city from a different perspective and celebrate any occasion, big or small!


Marbles IMAX Theatre

Catch big Hollywood blockbusters as well as inspiring educational documentaries at Marbles IMAX Theatre. The downtown theater has North Carolina’s only certified 3D-capable screen, which provides an immersive movie experience. The theater also hosts monthly special events and themed programs for all ages.


Meymandi Concert Hall

Meymandi Concert Hall is the headquarters for the North Carolina Symphony, which gives more than 200 performances annually. The cozy concert hall is located at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, and it is renowned for its world-class design and acoustics. The high ceiling, unique shoebox shape and lack of proscenium all work together to make it an ideal venue for an immersive sound experience.


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