Our Favorite Things to Do on New Year’s Eve around Raleigh, NC

Raleigh. At this corner of the research triangle, there’s more than meets the eye, the region quietly marching forward in academics, sport, medicine, the arts and in growth. Whether tourist, returnee or local, if you’ve chosen the Raleigh area as your destination, you won’t be disappointed. Read on for some of our favorite things to do on New Year’s Eve in the area and get ready to see Raleigh like never before.

New Year’s Eve Gala at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Come and party into the New Year at one of Raleigh’s jolliest holiday season traditions- the New Year’s Eve Gala at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences! Four floors of the Nature Research Centre open their doors to partygoers offering a number of gourmet food stations and displays, open bars, ice sculptures, late night snacks, DJs and Live musical performances and the exhibits of the Museum itself. This is a great way to enjoy all the classics of a Black Tie event this New Year’s Eve while enjoying the views over Raleigh with a variety of dining and music options.

First Night

Kick off the New Year Raleigh style in this electric and engaging annual tradition- First Night Raleigh! This is an action packed night of open houses at some of the city’s most renowned institutions, live music and dance performances, rides, games, shows and delicious food over some twenty blocks of Raleigh, culminating in a grand fireworks display. This is a great way for travelers of all ages and interests to see and do it all around Raleigh, whether it may be a stop at the many historic museums, galleries and churches participating in the festivities, or joining the crowds, or just seeing and doing a little bit of everything. For those who are looking for a memorable and exciting New Year’s Eve out on the town, look no further than First Night Raleigh.

Raleigh Boodle Fight

Embrace the Raleigh area’s strong Filipino and Asian American heritage, and party with your stomach at the Raleigh Boodle Fight! This is a massive feast of Filipino and Asian culinary delights, including whole roast suckling pig, duck, grilled lamb, octopus, squid, shrimp, cheeses, desserts and drinks as well as a number of other delicious delicacies. The live music, drinks and dishes offered change with each year, so be sure to check in before reserving your spot at this year’s Boodle Fight. This is a great option for foodies and all food lovers who will be in the Raleigh area this New Year’s Eve.

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