Things to Do on Your Weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina

North Carolina is one of the most beautiful states to visit any time of year. Still considered the South, you can experience a milder version of all four seasons. I love living in Florida but spending time with family in Raleigh is always a treat! There are so many things to do, see, and (my favorite) eat!! Planning a weekend getaway? Here are things to do on your weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina

Shop the North Carolina State Farmers Market

Open 7 days a week, year round, the North Carolina State Farmers Market is a must-visit!

Vendors sell fresh products, beautiful floral bouquets, meats & cheeses, crafts and so much more. Visit the website for upcoming events like special days dedicated to a specific fruit (i.e. Strawberry Day, Apple Day, etc.) and bi-annual craft fairs. There are several restaurants to choose from on the property as well. Stock up your Airbnb or meet up with a friend for lunch.

Grab Coffee & a Sweet Treat

I dunno about you, but I have a bit of a sweet tooth! I love a delicious sweet treat, especially if I can call it breakfast. 😉 Start your day off with Bright Spot Donuts (the best!). Yellow Dog Bread Co. offers freshly baked baguettes + a yummy latte (yes, please!). For the best iced chai and macarons, you’ve got to try Lucette Grace. Add any one of these (or all three!!) to your list of things to do this weekend in Raleigh.

Must-Have BBQ Spot

You *have* to have BBQ when you visit the South and Sam Jones BBQ has the BEST BBQ in Raleigh! No, seriously, you have to try it!! I’m drooling just thinking about it!

My order at Sam Jones BBQ

  • The Big BBQ salad – (the cornbread croutons are 🤤)
  • Smoked Turkey Plate
  • Sides Plate – potato salad, mac & cheese(!!), coleslaw, homemade chips (side of pimento cheese!)
  • Sweet tea!

Stop & Take a Selfie

If you love street art and murals as much as me, you’ll love visiting all there is to see in Raleigh. Grab your phone/camera and try to find them all. Do it for the ‘gram!

“Be a Smile” Mural

“Be a Smile” mural at Village District. 2034 Cameron St, Raleigh

“Love, Respect, and Kindness” Mural

“Love, Respect, and Kindness” at BaySix. 414 Dupont Cir, Raleigh

More Murals to See in Raleigh

Here is a complete map of public art in Downtown Raleigh. Visit some of my favorites:

I hope you feel inspired to visit Raleigh after reading this travel guide! Be sure to check out my travel guides for visiting Jacksonville and St. Augustine, FL.


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