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Arts, Culture, & Tourism

Downtown Raleigh is a center of creative activity, arts, museums, events, and a diverse range of experiences. World-class North Carolina State museums, state capital attractions, and historical points of interest combine with a diverse mix of regional attractors and local arts and performance venues to create a density and caliber of cultural attractions that is unparalleled in the Triangle and state.



In 2019, there were 3.5 million visitors to Downtown Raleigh's top 12 attractions and 1 million attendees to outdoor events and festivals.

Source: Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau (GRCVB) and City of Raleigh


There are 98 pieces of public art per square mile in downtown and 51 public art projects have been added since 2020.

Source: DRA

Public Art in Downtown Raleigh