Enjoying art is a great way to momentarily escape the stresses of the day and experience something new. Art in the form of music or theater is important because it allows us to open our minds and connect to different perspectives and mindsets. Public art also helps add to the character, uniqueness, and identity of a city or public space.
Raleigh is such a unique place, and it's actually one of the best places in North Carolina to experience art and culture. Whether it's local performance venues or public street art, our culture and entertainment make this city such an enjoyable place to live. Here are 5 examples of ways our real estate agents experience art around Raleigh.
The Raleigh art scene is even better when you call this area home. Contact us today for more information on local listings and tips for moving to the area.
Just moved into one of the amazing Raleigh homes for sale? Meet your neighbors and get to know this dynamic area when you attend these wonderful festivals taking place around Wake County this summer.
Exploring a new city on foot gives you the best chance to absorb the wonderful local culture. You also never know what new shops, restaurants, or public art you'll stumble upon.
Our real estate agents always suggest taking a walk around downtown Durham, as it's an excellent way to see everything this beautiful city has to offer. Durham isn't too large, so you won't get too overwhelmed. You can see so many facets of this city in just a couple of hours. Here are a few attractions you should make sure to include on your walking tour:
Once you start walking around Durham, it's hard not to fall in love with this wonderful city. If you're interested in checking out some of our wonderful nearby homes, contact us today.
Our real estate agents are always glad to take your listing to the next level with a full schedule of showings. While virtual showings are more popular than ever before, there are also many buyers enthusiastic about visiting in person. We're glad to oblige to get you the timeline and price you want.
Whenever a home is being shown, it is usually a wise idea for the seller to be out of sight. It's very easy to accommodate this in virtual showings, but it can be a bit more challenging during an in-person showing.
When it comes to Raleigh homes for sale, the best thing is to step out for a little while.
Luckily, there are plenty of places to have family fun with the kids while your home is being shown. In the Raleigh-Durham area, you might only need to drive fifteen minutes to find the right attraction for your family to visit all day.
Let's check out some of the top options around the Triangle area:
Contact us to find out more about Raleigh-Durham real estate today.
Each month, our real estate agents join others heading to downtown Raleigh for First Friday. This beloved event involves galleries, shops, and restaurants celebrating the rich arts culture surrounding Raleigh homes for sale. Plus, each month offers something new with rotating exhibits and talks with local artists. Check out these vibrant downtown spots that can be seen on First Friday or any day of the year.
Art plays an important role in Raleigh every day, but during First Fridays, it takes center stage. Immerse yourself in the creative spirit that lives throughout Raleigh. Contact us at Howard Perry and Walston to speak with one of our cheerful and experienced real estate agents.
There's never a shortage of entertaining activities around the Triangle, and 2022 is looking like no exception. Mark your calendar and join our real estate agents at these lively concerts, festivals, and shows.
Life in the Triangle is never dull. Need experienced help with your real estate needs? Contact us at Howard Perry and Walston to learn more.
If you're spending this holiday season in a new home, our real estate agents think a special celebration is in order. A new home is a perfect excuse to try out some new holiday traditions. Try out these ways to celebrate in your new home or to help you get to know your new neighborhood.
Host a Holiday Housewarming
Everyone loves a festive gathering, so celebrate your new home by hosting a housewarming party filled with holiday cheer. Start by decorating the front of your home with holiday string lights and sparkly tinsel that illuminates the trees. Next, welcome guests with a front walkway lined with candy canes, reindeer, or baskets of poinsettias that lead to a holiday wreath on your front door. When guests step inside, be sure to offer a tour of your new place!
Deck the Halls
Even if you don't plan on hosting a party, you can still decorate your new space! The holiday season is the perfect time to showcase your new home to family and friends, so feel free to deck the halls with special things that create a warm welcome and holiday atmosphere:
Adorn the Christmas tree with bubbling lights, colorful glass ornaments, hand-made keepsakes, a tree-topper, and wrapped gifts
Decorate the mantle with fresh greenery, pine cones, and holly berries
Light up the fireplace with a roaring, warm fire
Put on your favorite holiday playlist
Scatter holiday scented candles throughout the house
Throw holiday quilts over sofas and chairs
Enjoy a Holiday Light Show
Looking for some holiday cheer around town? Raleigh has some amazing holiday light show events you don't want to miss, so bundle up and head to a couple that will fill the night sky with a beautiful holiday glow. If it's your first holiday season calling Raleigh home, stop by these light shows:
Welcome the Holidays with Music
Raleigh is home to one of the country's most beautiful concert halls, The Durham Performing Arts Center. Why not celebrate your new home with a special holiday concert that warms the heart? During December, the Performing Arts Center is hosting 3 wonderful holiday musicals:
Performance times and ticket prices vary by which day you attend. Mark a date on your calendar and purchase your tickets online, but don't procrastinate because tickets go quickly for holiday musicals.
There's no place like home for the holidays! If you're considering buying or selling a home in Raleigh, contact us for information and prices on properties in desired areas.
Live theater is alive and well in the Triangle! Raleigh, Durham, and the surrounding area are home to a wealth of art and culture. It's a great place to call home if you enjoy theater and the performing arts, and our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorite performance venues in the area.
Contact us today to learn more about arts and culture in the Triangle area, and be sure to ask our team about finding your dream home in Raleigh, Durham, and the surrounding areas!
Whether you're a newcomer to the Raleigh area or have lived in Wake County for a long time, a visit to the Joel Lane Museum House lets you take a step back in time. You'll learn about local, state, and national history as you get a glimpse into life in the late 1700s.
Our real estate agents share what you can expect when visiting Raleigh's oldest house.
About Raleigh's Oldest Home
The Joel Lane Museum House was built in 1769, making it the oldest home in Raleigh and even older than our country. Built by Colonel Joel Lane – who is known as both the Father of Wake County and Raleigh – the house is now a museum that's a Raleigh Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In 1771, he introduced legislation to found Wake County, and the Colonial Assembly approved it. Lane's home was the site where the decision was made in 1792 to buy a 1,000-acre parcel of his land for the state's new capital city of Raleigh.
Learn About Colonial Life
The museum lets you hear the stories of the people who lived during the colonial era, the Revolutionary War, and the early years of a new nation. Costumed guides tell accurate stories and create a personalized tour for each group of guests.
The house itself has been restored to its appearance in the 1793-94 era. You'll also see a building called the Kitchen, which was moved from northern Wake County in 1979. It was a middle-class house built around 1790 but is similar in design to a colonial kitchen. In addition, the visitors center – which houses the gift shop and offices – is also on the property. It was built around 1840 as an addition to the Lane home but was removed from the original home when it was restored.
What to Know Before You Go
Tours resumed for the Joel Lane Museum House in June, giving North Carolina residents a chance to learn about the Revolutionary War and the early days of the Raleigh area.
The Joel Lane Museum House is located at the corner of South St. Mary's and West Hargett Streets in Raleigh. To take a tour, go to the visitors' center at 160 South St. Mary's Street. Parking is free and can be found on St. Mary's Street in front of the visitors' center and on Hargett Street in front of the museum house.
Be sure to check their website or call before your visit for the latest on their COVID-19 guidelines.
Admission to the museum is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors age 65 and over, $4 for students kindergarten through college with ID, and free for children under 6 as well as Blue Star Families.
Contact us to see Raleigh homes for sale or to sell your home in the Raleigh area. Our real estate agents are knowledgeable about the local market and can help ensure that you're happy with your real estate transaction.
Are you ready for a night out at the opera? Our real estate agents love to experience all of the arts and culture our area has to offer. Each year, the North Carolina Opera brings an exciting treat to residents of the City of Oaks. Throughout the 2019-20 season, their company will once again bring select performances to schools with the Triangle to give children educational and engaging exposure to the wonders that the opera has to offer. Internationally recognized performers, as well as local talents from the Triangle, will perform in schools throughout Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill.
Celebrating ten years since the union of the Capitol Opera Raleigh and The Opera Company of North Carolina, the North Carolina Opera is committed to bringing exceptional operatic performances to men, women, and children throughout the Triangle. As the center of culture of Raleigh's performing arts, this company showcases the brilliant talents and stories that have made Triangle residents fall in love with a night at the opera. The North Carolina Opera puts on many performances throughout the year, including the following for 2019/2020 season:
The North Carolina Opera is dedicated to providing everyone in the Triangle with the opportunity to learn about and view the best opera performances. Working with North Carolina School Districts, the Opera will bring over 40 performances to select schools within Chapel Hill, Durham, and Raleigh. Featuring live performances from acclaimed composers like Bizet, Mozart, and Puccini, the North Carolina Opera will give elementary, middle and high schoolers the chance to learn about this classical form of art. Not only are these performances opening young minds up to a new form of culture, but they are also designed to meet the requirements of the state's Standard Course of Study.
If you'd like the North Carolina Opera to visit your child's school, you can fill out a form on their website or inquire about this series of performances with the school faculty. For help finding Raleigh homes for sale in the best North Carolina school districts, contact us today!
If you are considering a move to the area and will be spending time in town looking into Garner homes for sale, attending some local events can really help you get a feel for the community. The Garner Performing Arts Center is a great place to start. This center is located in a historic building, constructed in 1923, that was once the local high school and then became an elementary school before falling into disuse.
In 2006, its historic auditorium was extensively renovated into a modern performance venue and given new life as the Garner Performing Arts Center, a facility dedicated to preserving the arts and being of service to its community. As such, it hosts a wide variety of events year-round, and we'll outline some upcoming events here.
If you'll be in the Garner area at the start of the new year, here are some larger events happening in January and beyond at the Garner Performing Arts Center:
Garner's MLK Celebration, Jan. 20
Hosted annually by the Garner Performing Arts Center, Garner's MLK Celebration focuses on the life and teachings of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Attendees can look forward to an evening of entertainment, including performances by the Wake Baptist Grove Youth Choir and the Creech Road Elementary School Chorus, among others.
Jeff Kready, Jan. 26
This event features a performance by Broadway star Jeff Kready. A top young leading man in the Great White Way, Kready has is currently performing in "Tootsie," and has distinguished himself in other top Broadway productions, including "A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder," "Billy Elliott," and "Les Miserables," among many others.
Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Feb. 9
Known as the "Queen of Bluegrass," Rhonda Vincent is an award-winning performer backed by an award-winning group of musicians. Between them, they hold more than 80 awards, including a fistful awarded by the International Bluegrass Music Association. Attendees will be treated to a performance that is a unique blend of contemporary sounds and authentic bluegrass traditions.
Mike Farris, March 2
This event features a performance by Grammy Award winner Mike Farris, a Roots Gospel performer who will present his original material, as well as his famous interpretations of traditional gospel music. His musical style is described as funky, danceable, blues-rock with New Orleans swagger and vintage Memphis soul.
Duty, March 8, 9
The fifth installment of a series of plays about the local community, "Duty" explores the many ways the community, which lost eight men in the Vietnam conflict, was and still is affected by the Vietnam era.
The events listed above represent just a few highlights of the many events and happenings that are presented by the Garner Performing Arts Center. If you're interested in finding out more about the community or in buying or selling a home in the Garner area, please contact us. Our real estate agents are always happy to put their extensive knowledge and experience to work for new, potential or existing residents.
Hillsborough, NC was established in 1754, and in recent years the community has gotten recognition as one of the best small towns in America to call home. Hillsborough was ranked number three on CNN Travel's list of the coolest small towns in the country, and the community always has a presence on lists of the best small towns in North Carolina to visit. Wondering why Hillsborough is such a popular place to call home? Our real estate agents have all the details of what life is like in one of America's favorite small towns.
The town of Hillsborough has a history that dates back more than 250 years, and that history is preserved in the downtown Hillsborough historic district. Downtown Hillsborough has earned a spot in the National Register of Historic Places, thanks to the many historic homes, businesses, and public places in the community dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Exploring local history is a great way to get in touch with the lifestyle of Hillsborough, and learn how the community became such a great place to call home. Be sure to make a trip to the Hillsborough Visitor's Center while you're downtown, to learn more about the community from local experts. The center of Hillsborough sits on the banks of the Eno River. Frequent historical re-enactments commemorate the town's role as a political hub during the Colonial and Revolutionary Periods.
Whether you're strolling down the scenic streets of Hillsborough or looking for a more intense outdoor activity, there's plenty to do for fun outdoors around town. Visit the Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area to explore three miles of trails, drop a line in a pair of great fishing spots, or set up a picnic with beautiful, natural scenery all around you. Shopping for Hillsborough homes for sale means you'll never be far from your next outdoor adventure.
Events like the Sunday History Hike combine the community's love of history and nature, with scenic strolls lead by diverse local experts. You'll also find a ton of great parks around Hillsborough, from the massive Eno River State Park to the many parks and playgrounds spread throughout the community.
The natural scenery, unique history, and bright future of Hillsborough make the community a popular place for writers, artists, and lovers of history. Throughout the community, you'll find loads of popular art galleries, where you can get in touch with the artistic side of Hillsborough. There are also excellent opportunities to explore the historic culture of Hillsborough, like the Occaneechi Village Replica Site, which replicates an Occaneechi village on the banks of the Eno River, in the same place that a real Occaneechi village stood more than 300 years ago.
No matter the time of the year, you're sure to find some fun events and festivals on the schedule in Hillsborough. The annual Hillsborough Hog Day BBQ Festival draws visitors from every corner of North Carolina and beyond with some of the best barbecue, you'll ever taste. The Last Fridays Concert Series, which runs from April through June, is a free event from the Hillsborough Arts Council that always features fun for the whole family. There are events for all of the big holidays on the calendar, along with special opportunities to explore the historic homes, gardens, and buildings throughout the Hillsborough area.
Heard enough, and ready to find out first-hand why the town of Hillsborough, NC is such a special place to call home? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout the Hillsborough, NC area.
It will soon be time to ring in 2018! Where will you cheer on the new year? Whether you're seeking a daytime celebration for the whole family or a night out with a special someone, the Triangle is a happening place to be on New Year's Eve. You'll even find fun activities on New Year's Day to get the new year off to a great start.
Roll the Bean New Year's Eve Celebration
1120 Buck Jones Road, Raleigh
Sunday, Dec. 31 from 8:30 p.m. to Monday, Jan. 1 at 1 a.m.
Admission is $25 for youth 15 and under
1100 Norwell Boulevard in Cary
Monday, Jan. 1 from 10 to 11 a.m.
Start at North Cary Park entrance to the Black Creek Greenway
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
250 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill
Sunday, Dec. 31
2 to 6 p.m.
Tickets are $5 online
Ready to host kids of all ages, Night Lights will offer a fun-filled New Year's Eve in Chapel Hill. Guests young and old will enjoy games, shows in the GSK Fulldome Theater, science and dance performances, and food truck delights.
Ponysaurus Brewing Co.
219 Hood Street in Durham
Sunday, Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to Monday, Jan. 1 at 2 a.m.
Raise a glass and share your cheer for a brand new year! Ponysaurus Brewing is excited to host its annual New Year's Eve party with a live performance by Chocolate Thunder and new brews!
Duke School, 3716 Erwin Road, Durham
Monday, Jan. 1 at 1 p.m., registration begins at noon
Eno River State Park
6101 Cole Mill Road, Durham 27705
Monday, Jan. 1 at 2 p.m.
Starts at the Few's Ford Picnic Shelter (20 minutes from park entrance)
Two hikes: two-mile or four- to five-mile hikes
Marbles Kids Museum
201 East Hargett Street in Raleigh
Sunday, Dec. 31 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
$7 per person
Want to celebrate the new year without staying up late? Take the family to Marbles Kids Museum to ring in the "noon" year instead! Your little ones will love taking part in a bubble-wrap fireworks display, official noonday countdown, and festive dance party.
Sunday, Dec. 31 to Monday, Jan. 1
Activities starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31
View an event schedule here
Join in a family-friendly New Year's Eve celebration in downtown Raleigh! This daylong event begins at 2 p.m. and runs through midnight. With afternoon activities for the kiddos in Bicentennial Plaza, a Ferris wheel, sleigh and trolley rides, live musical performances, evening fireworks and more, you'll be able to ring in the new year with great cheer!
Events throughout the day:
NC Museums of History & Natural Sciences and Bicentennial Plaza
2 to 6 p.m.
Children 5-years-old and under permitted free with a pass-wearing adult
Walk down Salisbury Street
Lineup begins at 5:30 p.m. along Edenton Street
Main Stage on City Plaza
5:30 to 7 p.m.
Indoor and Outdoor Venues throughout downtown
7 to 11:30 p.m.
5 p.m. to Midnight
Isaac Hunter's Tavern
414 Fayetteville Street in Raleigh
Sunday, Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to Monday, Jan. 1 at 2 a.m.
Tickets are $45, available online
Score a front-row seat to Raleigh's Giant Acorn Drop at Isaac Hunter's Tavern on New Year's Eve. The popular pub will host a fantastic affair for its mature crowd well into the night.
Downtown Raleigh Sheraton
421 South Salisbury Street
Sunday, Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to Monday, Jan. 1 at 2 a.m.
Ticket prices vary, available online
Party the night away with Miss North Carolina and other area iHeartMedia radio hosts at this lively New Year's Eve celebration. Stretching across three large ballrooms, the event will feature a live performance by the Red Line Band and three expert DJs scheduled to spin their jams till after the Giant Acorn drops.
William B. Umstead Park
Monday, Jan. 1 at 9 a.m.
Starts at the Reedy Creek Parking Lot (Harrison Avenue; Exit 287 off I-40)
Four-mile hike along Company Mill Trail
Music will fill the air in downtown Raleigh this Friday and Saturday at the annual Wide Open Bluegrass Festival. With more than 100 bands on seven city stages, you should get ready for some knee-slapping, foot-tapping fun!
Festival-goers can purchase general admission or VIP passes online to score seats at the Main Stage at Red Hat Amphitheater to see performances by the Steep Canyon Rangers with Steven Martin, The Infamous Stringdusters presenting the Wide Open Jam, The Travelin' McCourys, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, and many more.
In addition to the incredible banjo-wielding artist lineup, the two-day event will feature a free StreetFest on Fayetteville and Cabarrus Streets. Expanded from the previous year, the event will be filled with tasty food-truck treats, arts and crafts vendors, dancing, youth performances and a Kid Zone. Adult attendees will also enjoy visiting beer and wine tasting tents for sips throughout the day.
The Whole Hog Barbecue Championship will kick off late Friday evening with pig cookers smoking through the night into Saturday morning for judging. Once the meat-master winner is named, the competitors' barbecue pork will be sold to StreetFest guests to raise money for the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.
A short walk down the road, the International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass Expo will also be taking place at the Raleigh Convention Center on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Main Stage: Red Hat Amphitheater
Friday, Sept. 29 and Saturday, Sept. 30 from noon to 11 p.m.
Get the scoop on the bands and live performances before you go by downloading the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival music schedule here.
Image Credit: World of Bluegrass/Wide Open Bluegrass Festival
An event planned to celebrate the uniquely diverse Morrisville community, the East Meets West Festival is filled with delicious food, music, and live street performances spotlighting cultures from all over the world. You should attend!
Not only is the annual festival one-of-a-kind in the Triangle area, but it has also earned acclaim nationally as well. This spring, the National League of Cities recognized Morrisville with its City Cultural Diversity Award spotlighting its diverse and collaborative community and East Meets West Festival.
In an interview about the award, Morrisville Mayor Mark Stohlman said, "One of the most distinct features about Morrisville is its variety of cultures. The East Meets West festival is incredibly important to the town council as a means of connecting with the public and celebrating the cultures that make our town unique."
Organized by the Morrisville Innovation Foundation, the free event will take place this Saturday, Sept. 23 starting at 11 a.m. with arts and crafts vendors and area restaurants setting up shop along Town Hall Drive.
Festivalgoers are sure to enjoy the opportunity to purchase an assortment of foods from all over including traditional Peruvian and Indian fare, Asian dishes and North Carolina barbeque. Performers include Bollywood and Middle Eastern belly dancers, yoga instructors, blues, reggae and bluegrass bands, and other exciting talents.
Young attendees will also delight in the Kids Zone as they get their faces painted and spend the day jumping in the inflatable bounce house.
Town Hall Drive in Morrisville
Saturday, Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Directions & Parking:
Access driving directions and parking information here.
Town Hall Drive will be closed from Morrisville Carpenter Road through Jeremiah Street on Friday, Sept. 22 at 6:30 p.m. through Saturday, Sept. 23 at 11 p.m.
Image Credit: Morrisville Innovation Foundation/East Meets West Festival