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Raleigh; There's No Place Like Home

By Avion Wallace
On November 21, 2011

According to an article from Bloomberg Business Week, in a pole based on metrics like school performance, green space, and cultural amenities Raleigh, NC was recently named the best city in America. This would come as no news to the residents of the swiftly growing, but when ranked number 1 compared to bigger cities such as New York, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles this is a biggie. An experience in Downtown Raleigh is like no other. It is a place that puts you in that "awe" moment in your life that you will never forget. Downtown Raleigh brings laughter, fun, great food, different cultures, and tons of entertainment. This is a place where the lights will capture your heart and enjoyment will take your breath away. So sit back, relax, and prepare yourself for a list of activities that will have you wanting to drop everything and GO!

Some of the activities that  you covered by the website gave complete insight on an awesome events happening this weekend called International Food and Music Festival at the Ashley Wall Towne Square. This event is free and open to the public of those who want to participate. They will have music, dancing, and games that will knock your socks off! Also there will be a silent auction, and a raffle drawing for the grand prize of a new car! Along with that great prize will also be a food drive to give to the local food pantry. If you have any questions on this totally mind blowing event feel free to visit for more information.

After your tummy is full from eating delicious lunch of international foods you should really consider attending the 30th Annual Greek Festival. There; you will experience folk dances, Greek food, and live Greek music form the Greeks of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. This event will be held at the Exposition Center. The cost of this event is approximately $3, but may vary by age. The portion of the proceeds of the entry money will go to the Habitat of Humanity of Wake County. So… get ready, get set, go GREEK!

Once you have gotten enough Greek in your system you can try attending one of the many great theater plays that Downtown Raleigh has, such as Black and White Swan. This play will be held in the Progress Energy of Performing Arts Theater, and the ticket cost will run you around $30-$75. This play will only be available this weekend so you better hurry before the black swan hunts you for not coming to see her. DUN! DUN! DUN!

On a more sporty note you should support your local football team if you're a NC State fan and join the screaming crowd at the Carter Finley Stadium when the rival against Alabama State University on this weekend. For tickets of this game you can visit the school box office. All this information was stumbled upon at, so if you need any more detail on these events then visit the website for answers.


I know what you're thinking now. How am I going to get to these places? Or I hate to find parking downtown? Well, don't fret because there is a solution. The R-Line is a fantastic bus that runs every 10-15 minutes and it only runs downtown! And get this; the R-Line is totally FREE! So the next time you need to find a restaurant your friend was drooling over or a gallery that you read in a magazine; just look for the little R sign on the downtown Raleigh streets and they will guide you there. For questions on the R-Line route visit


I hope I have tickled your fancy and made you want to die if you missed any of these events. Mostly I hoped you enjoy sitting back, relaxing, and dream on your exciting plans for the weekend.

Raleigh. Where there's no place like home!

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