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Arts, Culture + Tourism


Downtown Raleigh is a center of creative activity, arts, museums, events, and a diverse range of experiences.

50+
ART GALLERIES and institutions, entertainment venues, and performance groups based in downtown1
nearly 100
pieces of public art in Downtown Raleigh1
52.3
murals per square mile within the greater downtown boundary1
189
OUTDOOR EVENTS in downtown in 20192
1M
ATTENDEES to outdoor events in downtown in 20192
3.5
MILLION VISITORS to Downtown Raleigh’s top 12 attractions in 20193
1,448
hotel rooms in downtown with 365 rooms added since 20171
53.9%
growth in revenue per room since 20134
1DRA 2City of Raleigh 3Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau 4STR Global and Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau

Downtown Raleigh hotels consistently outperform county, state, and national averages, demonstrating a growing visitor base and increasing demand for hotels in Raleigh’s CBD.

Growth in Hotel Performance Since 2013: Downtown Raleigh, Wake County, and the U.S.

Source: STR Global and Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau

 


Outdoor Events and Attendees in Downtown by Month for 2019
 

 

Source: City of Raleigh

Mural Density by District in Square Miles

 




2019 Hotel Market Performance
 


Note: Applies to five hotels: Marriott, Sheraton, Holiday Inn, Hampton Inn, and Residence Inn which comprise 1,258 rooms in the downtown market.

Source: STR Global and Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau

188K+ attended festivals & celebrations of art in 2019 including Artsplosure, First Friday, and SPARKcon

(Source: City of Raleigh)

Public Art in Downtown Raleigh