One of the biggest debates throughout North Carolina is what type of Bar-B-Que is the best. The two types are referred to Eastern and Western. Eastern is known for smoking the entire pig and then using a simple vinegar based sauce. So, the meat is the part that is highlighted. Western Bar-B-Que only uses the pig shoulder and the sauce is a red – ketchup based – sauce. There is a wide variety of seasonings that go into this style of Bar-B-Que and range from sweet to spicy. Try some of the options below!
Shag dancing is a two-person, male led dance that is popular in the beach towns of North and South Carolina. It is simple to learn and it is a great way to meet people! There are shag events all over campus. Organizations like the Collegiate Shag Association rent out TJ’s Night life on the first Thursday of every month so students can shag together.
- CSA email: email@example.com
- Watch Shag Dancing!
North Carolina has farms all around the state. Just a quick drive from campus is the North Carolina State Farmers Market which is a great place to get all kinds of fresh produce, plants, and lemonade. The restaurant – State Farmers Market Restaurant – serves a delicious breakfast and only uses produce from the local Farmers
- NC State Farmer’s Market Restaurant
- Address: 1201 Agriculture St, Raleigh, NC 27603
Crazy Rides, Fried Food, and Live Music! It must be time for the State fair! One of the most exciting times to be in Raleigh because that means that the NC State Fair is in town! It happens every year around mid-October and it is right off campus. The Go Raleigh buses even add a stop outside the fair grounds to bring students there. There are all kinds of delicious foods: Pineapple drinks, Krispy Kreme Donut Burgers, Fried Oreos, Turkey Legs, Etc.
During a WWI sugar shortage in Salisbury, NC LD Peeler created Cheerwine. It is known for its wild cherry taste and balance of carbonation. It is an icon of North Carolina. Be sure to not wear a white shirt when you try it.
Raleigh has a very active and creative art community. On the first friday of every month the Downtown Raleigh Alliance hosts an event called First Friday. Galleries, studios, museums, and exhibitors are opened up for free to the public from 6-9pm. Other sponsors such can also showcase music, food and art by offering a First Friday deal.
Cookout is a NC State staple item. They have a variety of food and milkshakes for relatively low prices. They are known for their wide selection of milkshakes with over 40 different flavors to choose from. The closest location to campus is right off Western Blvd. and they are open until very late every night.
Raleigh hosts all kinds of international festivals. Some of them are downtown and some are right over on the state fairgrounds. They are a great way to experience other cultures, try food, and interact with great retailers.
The Capital Area Greenway goes all over Raleigh and connects many parks and green spaces with a path that is great for running, hiking, walking, and biking. Limebike is a bike sharing system where students can pay by the hour to use the bikes and when they are done the bikes can be parked anywhere you leave them. Put the two together and add some friends and you have the perfect combination for a great afternoon!
Some of Raleigh’s best art is just the street art that is scattered across downtown. Raleigh Murals Project brings together the City of Raleigh, some small business owners and artists to show citizens the beauty that is all around. The self-guided tour gives context about the artists, the story behind the art and show how they add some energy to the city.
Looking to get outside Raleigh? Check out these other North Carolina staples:
- Take a ride down Sliding Rock near Asheville, NC
- See Wild Horses on the beach at Ocracoke
- Climb to the top of Hatteras Lighthouse
- Cross the Mile High Swinging Bridge at Grandfather Mountain
- Drive through the Mountains on the Blue Ridge Parkway
- Go with the Flow at the Whitewater Center in Charlotte
- Catch a show at DPAC (Durham Performing Arts Center) with student discount tickets
- Take a day trip to Wilmington for some beachside fun
- Visit Carowinds
- Bike or walk the grounds and trails and NC Museum of Art
- Visit the town of Bat Cave to see an actual bat cave
- Listen up for some hollerin’ at the National Hollerin Contest in Spivey’s Corner.
- Climb Old Baldy on Bald Head Island
- Go to the ghost town of Portsmouth
- Drive through the town of Whynot (in Randolph County because…).
- Visit the oldest restaurant in NC — the Carolina Coffee Shop in Chapel Hill, NC
- Get primordial with a kayak in Merchant’s Millpond
- Plunge deep beneath a mountain at Linville Caverns
- Hunt for emeralds at Emerald Village near Little Switzerland
- Go to a race at the Orange County Speedway or run on an old Nascar track in Hillsborough.
- Take part in North Carolina’s very own Running of the Bulls (just an 8k in the Bull City).
- Build a team and compete in either the Blue Ridge Relay or Tuna Run.
- Take a hike in Asheville in the fall.
- Tour the Thomas Wolfe House.
- Camp on the Outer Banks.
- See the wild ponies at Shackleford Banks.
- Swim under Looking Glass Falls.
- Visit the Carolina Raptor Center
- Visit America’s largest private home, the Biltmore Estate
- Go mountain biking at Sugar Mountain