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July
14

HPW Luxury | 6 Desirable Features Found in HPW Luxury Homes

In and around the Triangle area, there are several beautiful luxury listings available for sale. What exactly differentiates these properties from the standard market? Is it the square footage, the features, or the technology? Some would say it is all of the above. Ultimately, luxury buyers are not looking at the price tag in their search for their next dream home but the amazing amenities that come with the property. Here are the top 6 must-have features in luxury homes!

1. Indoor / Outdoor living

Indoor/outdoor living seamlessly extends your home's great room or dining quarters. This trend tends to keep cohesion in design from the interior to the exterior of your home. Typically indoor/ outdoor living has always been a primal commodity when searching for a new home. With the new normal consisting of being at your humble abode more these days, the amenity has become a necessity. What makes an outdoor living space luxurious is the ability to provide comfort through all seasons while also allotting multiple entertainment options. High-end features include retracting screened porches, outdoor kitchens, cabanas, and sometimes a type of water feature. This CBHPW luxury listing checks off each box on the list! With its large covered porch and a wood fireplace, the immaculate outdoor kitchen has a top-of-the-line grill station, jacuzzi, and extensive acreage for sporting events or games. One thing for sure is that you may yearn to host any occasion with this property as your next home. To view more of this listing, click here.  

2. Theatre Room 

Entertainment becomes the next level when a luxury property contains an in-home theater. The ability to bring the ultimate cinematic experience to your fingertips is a sought amenity many buyers search for when hunting for their next home. What makes an in-home theater top-notch is its ability to incorporate features similar to an actual movie theater. This includes a top-of-the-line av-system, projector, large screens, recessed lighting, and comfortable loungers. The goal of the theater room is to immerse yourself in what's on the screen, whether that be the newest megahit movie or the exciting rival sports game. The cinema room pictured above is from none other than one of our CBHPW luxury listings. This glorious in-home theater offers stadium seating, a high-tech projector, and even mimics the groovy movie theater carpet. To view more of this property, click here. 

3. Large Garages

The standard two-car garage does not cut it for luxury properties. Buyers are looking for substantial space when envisioning the housing of their precious automobiles. Typically, luxury properties have at least a 3-car garage! To any car buff, the garage is not just a space for storing your vehicle. This part of the property could be turned into a luxurious showroom, man cave, or workshop. This beautiful CBHPW luxury property comes with a three-car garage with gorgeous rustic wood garage doors. To view more of this property, click here.  

4. Intricate Ceiling Designs

Raised ceilings and other intricate ceiling styles are quite the fanbase for luxury homes. A room turns from basic to compelling when there is a ceiling feature that adds depth, sophistication, and style. In most luxury dwellings, at least one space must contain a styled ceiling. One of these rooms can be the living room, sitting room, primary bedrooms, and or dining rooms. What exactly are some styles of these ceilings? They are cathedral, tray, beamed, suspended, and coffered. One would love to have any of these exquisite designs in their home!  For example, in this CBHPW luxury listing above. The sitting room contains a beautiful coffered ceiling. The coffered ceiling consists of sunken panels accented by molding, creating a waffle-like appearance. What works well in this room is the brilliant addition of recessed lighting. For more on this property click here

5. Massive Walk-In Closets

Typically an owner of a luxury home tends to live a complete life of luxury. Meaning everything about them is high-end, like their fashion sense. Closets in a luxury home are an extension of the main room and need to boast space and means of organization. Closets these days are not just for hanging clothes. They can be an area to lounge in after using the spa bathroom or a place to put on that fashion show after shopping in the streets of London. For sure, luxury home buyers are looking for closets that encompass organization and can show off their beautiful wardrobe. In this CBHPW luxury home, the primary closet is genuinely massive. This closet incorporates different levels of custom built-in shelving and an island dresser to accommodate all buyers' attire needs. To view more of this property, click here.

6. Relaxing Spa baths

When buyers search for their next home, kitchens and bathrooms are the most focused rooms, which is why main bathrooms in luxury homes are genuinely upping the ante in their need to give that spa-like aura. Features include a jacuzzi bathtub fit for a king, a large walk-in shower that doubles as a steam room, neutral colors, beautiful stone or tile, and lots of space for minimal clutter. In this CBHPW luxury listing, this bathroom truly exuberates comfort and relaxation. The large window allows natural light to encase the room, making the white pop against the darker grays. The unity in neutral colors creates a calming sensation. One can relax in the free-standing tub or use the shower with multi-shower heads in this bathroom. To view more, click here

When buying or selling in the luxury market, we are sure you have seen one or more of these features within the properties. To view, all of Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walstons' luxury homes for sale, visit our website at https://www.hpwluxury.com













February
23

Fun Places to Take the Kids While Your Home is Being Shown

Raleigh Locations for Family Fun

Our real estate agents are always glad to take your listing to the next level with a full schedule of showings. While virtual showings are more popular than ever before, there are also many buyers enthusiastic about visiting in person. We're glad to oblige to get you the timeline and price you want.

Whenever a home is being shown, it is usually a wise idea for the seller to be out of sight. It's very easy to accommodate this in virtual showings, but it can be a bit more challenging during an in-person showing.

When it comes to Raleigh homes for sale, the best thing is to step out for a little while.

Luckily, there are plenty of places to have family fun with the kids while your home is being shown. In the Raleigh-Durham area, you might only need to drive fifteen minutes to find the right attraction for your family to visit all day. 

Let's check out some of the top options around the Triangle area:

  • Stevens Nature Center at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve – 2616 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary, NC 27518
    Stevens Nature Center at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve is one of the most popular parks for kids in the area. It is widely known for its fascinating Eastern Hemlock trees and mountain plant types. Its three miles of carefully maintained nature trails include the scenic Children's Nature Trail ideal for little ones. In the Nature Preserve, families can explore educational exhibits on local nature and history. All of this is just a short drive from Cary homes for sale.

  • Marbles Kids Museum – 201 East Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
    Marbles Kids Museum stands out as one of the best places for kids to enjoy educational IMAX movies in Raleigh-Durham. Its exhibits allow children of all ages to play with purpose. Curated experiences such as the Toddler's Hollow, Treetunes, Stepnotes, and Splash! will delight younger kids. On the second floor, older children can try out the Kid Grid, STEM-osphere, River Playway, and much more.

  • Adventure Landing – 3311 Capital Boulevard, Raleigh, NC 27604
    Adventure Landing is a popular amusement park that offers a little bit of everything for kids of all ages. It has miniature golf, laser tag, a state-of-the-art video arcade, go-karts on the Adventure Speedway, and even batting cages. Pizza, burgers, and other favorites are available, and you can even book birthdays or other events here. It's a special place for a kid to be a kid right in beautiful downtown Raleigh.

  • Little Doodles Play Cafe –  6548 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27612
    Little Doodles Play Cafe combines play and creativity with innovation. The kid-friendly art studio is the centerpiece of the experience, encouraging children to express themselves in a wide variety of fun and funky ways. The indoor playroom is fully equipped with toys for open play alone or in groups. There's even a full snack bar and cafe where parents can get things done while the children have adventures.

  • Museum of Durham History – 500 West Main Street, Durham, NC 27701
    It's no surprise that the area surrounding Durham homes for sale is full of rich and interesting history. To discover it all, Museum of Durham History was established. You can engage with the past like never before as you interact with the various different exhibits. A dedicated Kids Area features Durham A-Z, which highlights different facets of local life by letter. "L is for Lemur" is the latest exhibit, and who knows what might come up next?

Contact us to find out more about Raleigh-Durham real estate today.

January
19

Don't Miss These Events Coming to the Triangle in 2022

Triangle Events

There's never a shortage of entertaining activities around the Triangle, and 2022 is looking like no exception. Mark your calendar and join our real estate agents at these lively concerts, festivals, and shows. 

  • Alton Brown Live: Beyond the Eats - DPAC, 123 Vivian St., Durham, NC 27701
    If you're a fan of Food Network, you're already familiar with Alton Brown's quirky and engaging approach to the science of food. Now he's taking his show on the road near Durham homes for sale with Alton Brown Live: Beyond the Eats. This unique culinary variety show is full of comedy, music, cooking demos, and audience participation. You'll gain a whole new appreciation of the food on your dinner table. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 20, and tickets are $45.

  • NC International Festival - State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607
    It's a small world, after all, when you can celebrate the culture of more than 50 countries at the NC International Festival. The two-day event is packed with music, dancing, and food representing the traditions of the various countries. There will also be kids' activities and artisans displaying their handmade crafts. Take the whole family to the State Fairgrounds, just minutes from Raleigh homes for sale, on the weekend of April 2-3. Hours are 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5-$8.

  • Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival - Bond Park, 801 High House Rd, Cary, NC 27513
    There are many reasons we look forward to spring, and the Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival is one of them! Taking place on Saturday, April 30, Bond Park will be filled with local artists and vendors, live entertainment, and activities for the kids to enjoy. This annual event has become a favorite over the years and is close to many fantastic Cary homes for sale.

  • Imagine Dragons - PNC Arena, 1400 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607
    Catch one of the hottest rock bands of the last decade when Imagine Dragons bring their Mercury World Tour to PNC Arena. The group dominated the charts, taking the top three spots on Billboard's list of Top Rock Songs of the 2010s and eight in the top 50. Expect a setlist heavy on selections from Mercury - Act 1, the band's recently released fifth album, recorded with iconic producer Rick Rubin. Imagine Dragons take the stage on Thursday, February 10, with Canadian singer-songwriter Grandson opening the show at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $34, with VIP packages available.

  • Postcards from Ireland - DPAC, 123 Vivian St., Durham, NC 27701
    Originally intended to be a one-off event, Celtic Woman's PBS special in 2005 turned the ensemble into a worldwide sensation. Postcards from Ireland showcases the group's spellbinding repertoire of classic and original songs that bridge the remarkable history of Irish music. Irish dancers, bagpipers, and a traditional Celtic band add further layers of delight to the visual and sonic experience. The show is scheduled for Wednesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $43.

Life in the Triangle is never dull. Need experienced help with your real estate needs? Contact us at Howard Perry and Walston to learn more.

October
27

7 Safety Tips for Trick or Treat

Halloween Safety

October is in full swing, meaning it's time to make your Halloween plans. If your evening includes a trick-or-treating session, our real estate agents suggest following these guidelines to ensure that all your little ghosts and goblins remain safe:

  1. Opt for Flame-Retardant Materials
    When choosing or making a Halloween costume, look for flame-retardant materials. Some people like to use a real candle in their jack-o-lanterns, and it's common for festive individuals to light a few candles to fill their homes with a seasonal aroma. If a child accidentally brushes against an open flame, a flame-retardant costume will decrease the chance of injury and prevent the flame from spreading. 
  1. Check That Costumes Fit Well
    Your child's costume should be comfortable and allow them to freely move around. See that pants, skirts, and robes are hemmed to the appropriate length so that they don't accidentally trip over them. If the costume includes a mask, make sure that the eye holes are positioned in the correct location and don't obscure their vision. Any accessories, like a broom or sword, should be small enough for the child to carry without dragging them on the ground. 
  1. Go Over Trick-or-Treat Etiquette
    Even if they've gone trick-or-treating numerous times, make sure kids remember the proper etiquette. Remind kids to only go to homes with the lights turned on. Encourage them to stay on designated walkways and avoid walking through the homeowner's grass or flower beds. A "please" and a "thank you" are fantastic ways for kids to show appreciation to neighbors handing out treats. 
  1. Check That Kids Have a Light Source With Them
    With so many kids out and about and adults and older teens heading to Halloween parties or haunted houses, it's essential for anyone walking at night to be well-illuminated. See if you can incorporate glow sticks or reflective tape into your child's costume. Or, add a few strips of reflective tape to their costume to ensure drivers can see them. In a pinch, a flashlight is an easy addition to keeping children illuminated. Make sure that the batteries in the flashlight are new so that it lasts the whole evening!
  1. Convey Your Expectations
    If you have older kids who want to go on their own, convey your expectations before they set out. Go over a pre-approved route. Remind them to stay in a group with other children, and see that they have a cellphone on them in case of an emergency. Let your kids know when you expect them home, and make sure they know not to enter any homes. 
  1. Hold Off on Enjoying Any Treats
    Kids should avoid digging into their bag of candy until the night is over for multiple reasons. It's a smart idea to go through their candy at the end of the night and remove anything that's come open or appears to have been tampered with. Check that all of their candy is suitable for their dietary needs. Small candy is a choking risk for small kids, and even older kids can inadvertently swallow candy when they're walking. 
  1. Stow Electronic Devices
    Keep any electronics (like tablets and mobile phones) stowed until the evening is over. This prevents the device from becoming a distraction while kids are trick-or-treating. 

Ready to start looking at Raleigh homes for sale? Contact us to get started!

August
18

Where to See Live Theater in the Triangle

Raleigh Theaters

Live theater is alive and well in the Triangle! Raleigh, Durham, and the surrounding area are home to a wealth of art and culture. It's a great place to call home if you enjoy theater and the performing arts, and our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorite performance venues in the area.

  • A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater - 2 E South St, Raleigh, NC 27601
    Some of the most exciting theater events in the Triangle happen at the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. This 600-seat theater is Raleigh's epicenter for opera and dance and regularly hosts productions by the Carolina Ballet. Located just minutes from these Raleigh homes for sale, the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater is just the right size for a powerful, intimate performance. 

  • Cary Academy Fine & Performing Arts Center - 1500 N Harrison Ave, Cary, NC 27513
    Established in 1997, Cary Academy is an independent college-preparatory secondary school located in the beautiful city of Cary, North Carolina. The school's Fine & Performing Arts Center is known throughout the region for producing exceptional theater and dance productions rooted in their students' ensemble ethic. Some of the best young actors around get their start here! The Arts Center is part of a 65-acre campus, which is convenient to many Cary homes for sale.

  • Burning Coal Theater Company - 224 Polk St, Raleigh, NC 27604
    With a reputation for producing gritty, explosive takes on classic plays, Burning Coal Theater Company is Raleigh's leading professional not-for-profit theater. Burning Coal Theater Company attracts some of the best actors from Raleigh and all over the country and creates thrilling performances in a unique 175-seat space. Be sure to check their website to learn more about upcoming shows!

  • Garner Performing Arts Center - 742 W Garner Rd, Garner, NC 27529
    A beautiful 471-seat auditorium inside of the former Garner High School, the Garner Performing Arts Center is a great place to attend (or host) a live theater event. Their renovated, state-of-the-art stage has hosted countless plays, musicals, and concerts, including Broadway Voices, the Towne Players of Garner, and the "It's Showtime!" series. The theater is located a stone's throw from these Garner homes for sale

  • Halle Cultural Arts Center - 237 N Salem St, Apex, NC 27502
    The Halle Cultural Arts Center is a versatile space that hosts events of all kinds. From concerts and showcase performances to community events and visual arts presentations, this is a major hub for local arts and culture. It also hosts the Apex farmers market and weekly free movies. Just minutes from these Apex homes for sale, the Halle Cultural Arts Center is nestled in the charming heart of downtown Apex, North Carolina. 

  • The Carolina Theatre - 309 W Morgan St, Durham, NC 27701
    You never know what you'll see at the Carolina Theatre. It could be a play or a musical. It could be a rock concert or a comedy showcase. It could be a classic film or the latest blockbuster. This multi-use performing arts and cinema complex offers a little bit of everything, and it's been a staple downtown Durham since 1926. The Carolina Theatre always offers something fresh and exciting, a short drive from many Durham homes for sale.

Contact us today to learn more about arts and culture in the Triangle area, and be sure to ask our team about finding your dream home in Raleigh, Durham, and the surrounding areas!

June
11

World Blood Donor Day: Where to Donate Near Raleigh

Donate Blood in Raleigh

World Blood Donor Day, which takes place every year on June 14, is a day to raise awareness for the need of blood donations around the world and to thank the many people who donate life-saving blood each year. This year's edition of World Blood Donor Day is especially important, because so many medical facilities are in need of blood due to COVID-19. Our real estate agents have put together a list of blood drives and donation facilities where you can donate blood for World Blood Donor Day this year.

World Blood Donor Day: Where to Donate Near Raleigh

  • What to Know Before You Donate
    In the past blood drives would often allow walk-in donors, but this year there are extra precautions in place due to COVID-19. For donors, the main difference is that you'll have to schedule an appointment in order to donate this year. Both donation centers and blood drives have appointment slots available in 15-minute intervals. You can schedule your appointment online, or call ahead to save your appointment slot.

  • The Blood Connection – 5925 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27612
    With convenient locations near Raleigh homes for sale and in other nearby communities, The Blood Connection is a donation center with appointments available 7 days per week. The Blood Connection has appointments available for both whole blood and plasma donations every day. Anyone over 16 years of age is eligible to donate, and donors are eligible to give blood as long as it has been at least 56 days since your last donation.

  • North Raleigh Blood Donation Center – 8301 Bandford Way, Raleigh, NC 27613
    The North Raleigh Blood Donation Center will be hosting daily drives six days per week starting on June 11, with a wide variety of time slots available. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday appointments are available from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. If an evening appointment better suits your schedule, you can sign up for a slot from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday or Tuesday. On Thursday, you can set up a donation at any time from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

  • Crabtree Valley Mall – June 24 – 4325 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh, NC 27612
    There will be a blood drive sponsored by iHeartRadio at the Crabtree Valley Mall on June 24, with appointments available from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The mall is currently open with additional safety and sanitation procedures in place, so you can plan a day of shopping around your donation. There have often been summer blood drives at Crabtree Valley Mall with great success, and appointment slots will likely fill up fast this year. At this blood drive, anyone can donate whole blood, and you can donate Power Red if your blood type is O, A Negative, or B Negative.

  • Raleigh Blood Donation Center – 100 N Peartree Ln., Raleigh, NC 27610
    The Red Cross has two blood donation centers in Raleigh, and the Raleigh Blood Donation Center is open for donations three days per week. Appointments are available on Monday from 2:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Wednesday from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This donation center accepts both whole blood and Power Red donations. Schedule your appointment by calling the Red Cross, or visiting the Donation Center website.

Still searching for your dream home in the Triangle? We can help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Raleigh, NC area.

November
13

Upcoming Holiday Events in The Triangle

Holiday Events in the Triangle

It's the most wonderful time of the year, especially in the Triangle. The holiday season is on its way to the Triangle, and our REALTORS® highlight all of the great holiday events happening around Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill.

  • Raleigh Christmas Parade — Hillsborough St. at St. Mary's Street, Raleigh, NC 27601 | Nov 23
    Kick-off the holiday season by attending the Raleigh Christmas Parade! As the largest Christmas parade from Atlanta to DC, this event brings the community together and is even recorded to be rebroadcast on Christmas morning! After the Raleigh Christmas Parade, be sure to start your Christmas shopping at the locally owned shops throughout downtown.
  • Irving Berlin's White Christmas at Durham Performing Arts Center — 123 Vivian St., Durham, NC 27701 | Dec 3 – 8
    Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Then head down to the Durham Performing Arts Center for the merry musical Irving Berlin's White Christmas. Comparable to a holiday card come to life, this show is full of singing, dancing and plenty of family-friendly fun!
  • NC Symphony Holiday Pops at Memorial Hall — 114 East Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill, NC 27514 | Dec 10
    If you can't get enough of these yuletide tunes, you'll love the NC Symphony's Holiday Pops at Memorial Hall. Performing classic and contemporary Christmas songs, the North Carolina Symphony will fill your ears with the joyous sounds of the holiday season. Warm-up your vocal cords while you drive around Chapel Hill homes for sale and get ready to spend an afternoon caroling at Memorial Hall.
  • A Christmas Carol Presented by Theatre in the Park — Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts 2 E. South St., Raleigh, NC 27601 | Dec 11 – 15
    Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is a holiday classic that's been performed annually on stage as a musical comedy adaptation since 1974. This show, taking place at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, will likely sell out fast so be sure to purchase tickets for an evening or matinee showing after your visit Raleigh homes for sale.
  • Bike the Durham Holiday Parade —Main St. at Dillard St., Durham, NC 27701 | Dec 14
    Join the cyclist community for a fun ride through the city for the Durham Holiday Parade. Kids and families are welcome to ride with the Bike Durham and Durham BPAC organizations from the Health Department to the Duke University East Campus. After viewing Durham homes for sale you and your family can decorate your bikes while enjoying hot chocolate and donuts before the parade starts.
  • Durham Village Holiday Market at The Rickhouse — 609 Foster St., Durham, NC 27701 | Dec 15 – 17
    Get ready to unwrap a new Christmas event coming to the Triangle. The first annual Durham Village Holiday Market will take place at The Rickhouse in the Central Park district. This European-style village market will feature food, drinks, and gifts made right here in North Carolina! With food trucks and beverages also on-site, the Durham Village Holiday Market is the perfect place to complete your Christmas shopping.

Would you like to find a new home for the holidays in the Triangle? Contact us today, and we'll gladly help you with your home search!

October
23

Local Raleigh Candy Shops for Your Sweet Tooth

Raleigh Candy Shops

Is there ever a bad time to satisfy your sweet tooth with a special treat from your favorite local candy shop? Many Raleigh area candy shops have been producing award-winning treats for decades. You'll also find plenty of newer shops that offer unique flavors you won't find anywhere else. Whether you're looking for the perfect gift or want to indulge with your favorite treat, now is a great time to learn more about shops serving up sweet treats. Our real estate agents know Raleigh, and we've got the inside scoop on four great, local candy shops for your sweet tooth.

  1. Sweeties Candy Shop – 143 E Wait Ave., Wake Forest, NC 27587
    Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth close to Wake Forest homes for sale? Head to Sweeties Candy Shop, where you can shop for custom candy baskets and so much more. If you're looking for the ideal candy-themed gift, this is the place to be. Sweeties creates custom candy baskets for every occasion, and you can even include a balloon bouquet with your basket. You can also shop for your sweets here, including some of the best fresh, homemade fudge in the area. Sweeties also hosts birthday parties – perfect for children and kids at heart.

  2. Chocolate Smiles – 312 West Chatham St., Cary, NC 27511
    Cary homes for sale
    make it easy to find a sweet treat anytime, thanks to great local shops like Chocolate Smiles. Located in downtown Cary, Chocolate Smiles has been serving up delicious treats to the community for more than 30 years. This shop specializes in all things chocolate, creating handmade chocolates, truffles, and fudge in small batches. Stop by during the spring for hand-dipped North Carolina strawberries, picked fresh by the team at Chocolate Smiles.

  3. Matthew's Chocolates – 107 N Churton St., Hillsborough, NC 27278
    If you're searching for amazing, hand-made chocolates close to Hillsborough homes for sale, then Matthew's Chocolates is for you. Chef and chocolatier Matthew Sheperd treats each piece of chocolate as a work of art. Every piece is hand-painted with high-quality chocolate and infused with herb extracts to create unique flavors. Matthew's Chocolates has been voted one of the best sweet shops in the whole Triangle, serving the Hillsborough area since 2008. When you're in the mood for something different, Matthew's Chocolates also offers a selection of gelato.

  4. Kandy Apples by K – 6320 Capital Blvd. Suite 107, Raleigh, NC 27616
    Searching for a unique way to satisfy your craving for something sweet? Kandy Apples by K, located close to Raleigh homes for sale, has just what you're seeking. Kandy Apples by K presents each piece of fruit beautifully, with customized options for all types of special occasions. Order ahead for creations that are perfect for weddings, kid's parties, and gifts. You can also stop by the store to pick up candy apples any time, along with pears and other fresh fruit. Try flavors like cake batter, tropical punch, carnival red, and the always popular cotton candy.

Life is always a little sweeter when you call the Raleigh area home, and our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Raleigh, NC area.

October
16

North Carolina State Fair Visitor Information

North Carolina State Fair

It's almost time to enjoy one of Raleigh's most popular annual events, the North Carolina State Fair. The fair provides the perfect chance to connect with the community, learn about agriculture, participate in fun family activities, eat fantastic, local food, and ride exhilarating carnival rides on the Midway. Our real estate agents are ready for the festivities, and we've got the information you need to enjoy this year's North Carolina State Fair.

North Carolina State Fair Visitors Information

Dates: October 17 – 27, 2019 – Gates Open 8:00 AM Daily

Location: NC State Fairgrounds – 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607

  • 10 Days of North Carolina Heritage and Family Fun
    Shopping for Raleigh homes for sale, and new to the area? The North Carolina State Fair provides the perfect place to get to know your new community, and have a great time in the process. The fair provides 10 full days of fun for all ages, drawing visitors from throughout the state. The NC State Fair is so large that it would be impossible to experience it all in one day!

  • Rides and Games for All Ages
    Throughout the fair, visitors can head to the Midway Rides area for fun rides and carnival games. This is always one of the most popular spots at the NC State Fair, with a great mix of thrill rides and rides designed for younger visitors. The State Fair SkyGazer, a 155 foot tall Ferris wheel, is a highlight, providing unmatched views of the bustling fairgrounds from above. Enjoy all of your favorite carnival rides, along with a few new surprises.

  • Free Entertainment Every Day
    Your admission pass to the NC State Fair gives you access to tons of free entertainment. There will be lumberjack performances, magic shows, a fire safety show for kids, and even pig races. Many of the free performances are geared toward kids.

  • Experience North Carolina's Musical Heritage at the Folk Festival
    Visit the Folk Festival at the NC State Fair to take a trip through our state's musical heritage, with dancing and live performances. The Folk Festival covers a wide range of musical genres and features everything from clogging to square dancing.

  • Visit the Village of Yesteryear for Crafts and More
    Travel back in time at the Village of Yesteryear, where you can watch artisans create unique crafts using historically accurate methods. This is an excellent opportunity to see how things were built in different eras, and there are even chances to make your crafts to take home. The Village of Yesteryear is also an excellent place to shop for unique gifts and decorations.

  • How to Purchase Passes for NC State Fair 2019
    Tickets are available at the gate during every day of the NC State Fair. You can also purchase tickets online in advance to skip the entry line. You can purchase daily admission passes online, along with ride wristbands.

The North Carolina State Fair is one of many fantastic, family-friendly events in the Triangle each year, and now is a great time to shop for homes in the city. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Raleigh area.

September
25

10 North Carolina Treasures in Your Backyard

Things to do in North Carolina - Coldwell Banker HPW

Living in North Carolina offers residents amazing access to some of the best-hidden gems in the region. Our real estate agents love discovering new and exciting activities around the state. With so many great natural spaces, museums and sites to explore, you can spend weekend after weekend falling in love with everything the Triangle and surrounding towns have to offer. Here are ten of our favorite hidden treasures.

  1. Apex Nature Park & Seymour Athletic Fields — 2600 Evans Rd., Apex, NC 27502
    Get up and active at Apex Nature Park & Seymour Athletic Fields near Apex homes for sale. There are over 160 acres of space featuring a playground, multi-use trails, a dog park, picnic area and various courts for soccer, tennis and other sports.
  2. Maple View Farm — 6900 Rocky Ridge Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27516
    The award-winning Maple View Farm sells the Triangle's highest quality milk and ice cream made fresh for you. Located near Chapel Hill homes for sale, visit their creamery to taste one of their seventeen delicious flavors.
  3. Carolina Tiger Rescue — 1940 Hanks Chapel Rd., Pittsboro, NC 27312
    Enjoy a wondrous experience while supporting wildlife preservation at Carolina Tiger Rescue. Close to Pittsboro homes for sale, you can take a tour and get up close and personal with twelve species of gorgeous cats including cougars, cheetahs, lions, tigers and more!
  4. Videri Chocolate Factory — 327 W. Davie St. Sweet 100, Raleigh, NC 27601
    Looking for a tasty adventure? Head to the Videri Chocolate Factory not far from Raleigh homes for sale. Make a beeline to their chocolate counter to sample and purchase their handmade treats or grab a cup of coffee from their café after you tour their amazing factory.
  5. Duke Lemur Center — 3705 Erwin Rd., Durham, NC 27705
    Did you know that the largest sanctuary of lemurs is located right down the road from Durham homes for sale? The Duke Lemur Center has a diverse collection of lemurs that you can view and learn about on an educational tour.
  6. Knightdale Environmental State Park — 950 Steeple Square Ct., Knightdale, NC 27545
    Just around the corner from Knightdale homes for sale, the Knightdale Environmental Park is a great place to get away from the city and enjoy the fresh air. Walking trails guide you to serene overlooks, a quaint pond and public art displays.
  7. Fantasy Lake Scuba Park — 3601 Quarry Rd., Wake Forest, NC 27587
    Get a more in-depth look at North Carolina's natural beauty at Fantasy Lake Scuba Park. Not far from Wake Forest homes for sale, this 50-acre lake is used exclusively for scuba diving. Whether you're an experienced diver or willing to learn, Fantasy Lake is known by many as the Scuba Mecca of the region.
  8. Mebane Historical Museum — 209 W. Jackson St., Mebane, NC 27302
    The Mebane Historical Museum is a fantastic way to spend the day near Mebane homes for sale. This interesting nonprofit organization collects, preserves, and displays the cultural and historical relics of Mebane's past. 
  9. Daniel Dhers Action Sports Complex — 171 Tradition Trl. Ste. 207, Holly Springs, NC 27540
    Grab your wheels and roll into an awesome afternoon at Daniel Dhers Action Sports Complex. Bikes, mountain bikes, skateboards, scooters, and inline skates are all welcome in this sprawling skatepark near Holly Springs homes for sale.
  10. Garner Performing Arts Center — 742 W. Garner Rd., Garner, NC 27529
    The Garner Performing Arts Center located within a few miles of great Garner homes for sale. This great venue in the heart of the historic district offers affordable entertainment for audiences of all ages.

For help finding a beautiful home close to these hidden gems, contact us today!10 North Carolina Treasures in Your Backyard

June
5

9 Ways to Celebrate Dad in Raleigh, Durham & Beyond

Raleigh Durham Fathers Day Events

Our REALTORS® want you to enjoy this Father's Day, and there are plenty of ways to do it!

All throughout Raleigh, Durham, and the region, Father's Day celebrations are popping up fast. No matter what Dad's into, you're sure to find something that will bring him joy this year.

Check out these nine options from all around the area:

  1. Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo – 501 Foster Street, Durham, NC 
    Residents of Durham homes for sale are in for a treat this coming Sunday, June 16 when the Food Truck Rodeo arrives at Durham Farmers' Market. This all-ages get-together will feature all of the most popular food trucks from throughout the Triangle for an unforgettable event.

  2. Man Expo III – 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC
    It's time to party! Raleigh homes for sale are right in the neighborhood of the world famous Man Expo. Described as "the Triangle's largest man cave," it's everything in electronics, cars, travel, gaming, grooming, fitness, sports, and gadgets. 

  3. Father's Day Fun at Color Me Mine - 316 Colonades Way, Suite 215, Cary, NC
    Cary homes for sale aren't far from Fathers' Day Fun at Color Me Mine.  Back by popular demand, feast on a Father's Day fare of grilled hot dogs and ice cream floats while creating your own masterpiece with the entire family this Father' Day in Cary.

  4. Music on the Green – Southern Village Green, 6000 Market Street, Chapel Hill, NC
    Want to enjoy a day out on the green? Chapel Hill homes for sale are within earshot of this concert series each weekend. Around Father's Day, Amy Anderson and Bett Padgett will be on hand to play on June 16. The Carolina Symphony Pops Concert takes place evening of June 14.

  5. REX Wellness Mock Triathlon – 1400 Timber Drive East, Garner, NC
    Not far from many Garner homes for sale is the popular Rex Wellness Center, which has a number of locations all over the Triangle. Wellness instructor Rodney Jenkins will hold an event Sunday, June 16 to give participants the rundown on what it takes to be part of a triathlon.

  6. Father's Day Cars and Cue – 810 North First Avenue, Knightdale, NC
    Knightdale homes for sale are down the street from Cars and Cue over in Knightdale Station Park. Dads have the chance to get up close with some of the most beautiful classic cars, then enjoy finger-licking barbecue at a competition sanctioned by the North Carolina Pork Council.

  7. Catfish Tournament – Graham-Mebane Lake, West Graham Street, Mebane, NC
    Many Mebane homes for sale are on Graham-Mebane Lake, which is known for its bass and catfish tournaments. Three bank-fishing catfish tournaments happen each summer, running from 8 p.m. all the way through midnight. Record catches have been known to happen!

  8. Daddy and Me Day at Crowder County Park – 4709 Ten-Ten Road, Apex, NC
    Apex homes for sale are just around the corner from a local favorite, Crowder County Park's Daddy and Me Day beginning at 2:00 p.m. The entire family is invited for an afternoon of games related to nature. Refreshments will be available. Perfect for family members of all agents.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

  9. The Head Doctor Show – 3400 New Birch Drive, Raleigh, NC
    Sponsored by Wingz American Grill and led by the Punany Poets, The Head Doctor Show is described as an interactive, romantic comedy especially for dads and their partners. Dress comfortably and you can play along with light interaction intended to enhance your relationship.

Give Dad something else to celebrate this year: The home he's always wanted.  Contact us today at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to learn more.

April
10

Cary, NC: 26th Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival

Cary Spring Dave Arts Festival

Are you ready to celebrate spring, support local artists, and remind yourself why Cary is such a special place to call home? Then we've got just the event for you! The Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival, one of Cary's big annual events, returns for its 26th edition this year, with food, art, music, and fun for all ages. Whether you're shopping for Cary homes for sale or you're already a long-time resident, the Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival is a great chance to form a deeper connection with your favorite community. Our REALTORS® are here to help you prepare for the event, with details on Cary's popular Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival for 2019.

Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival in Cary

The Event: Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival
Date/Time: April 27, 2019, 9 am to 5 pm
Location: Fred G. Bond Metro Park – 801 High House Rd., Cary 27513
Admission: FREE


Cary Arts

See Work from More than 170 North Carolina Artists
The Spring Daze Festival is first and foremost an opportunity to connect with North Carolina artists, and the amazing, original art that they produce. The festival features work from more than 170 NC artists, in a wide variety of media including painting, photography, sculpture, jewelry, glass, folk art, clay, candles, and even furniture. Soak in the varied work of talented, local artists, and pick up something truly unique to decorate your home.

Cary Entertainment Stages

 

Four Entertainment Stages
Interested in live music and great stories from local artists? There will be four entertainment stages at Spring Daze, with shows running all day long. All of the performances at Spring Daze are family-friendly, so that audience members of all ages can enjoy everything that the festival has to offer. Stages are positioned throughout the festival area in Bond Park, so you'll never be far from another great show.

Cary Festival Food

Fantastic Festival Food
It wouldn't be a big event in Cary without some truly tremendous food, and Spring Daze certainly does not disappoint. There's something for every taste at the festival, including crab cakes, BBQ, baked goods, ice cream, kettle corn, and cuisine from around the world. If you're feeling thirsty, there will also be cool, refreshing fruit drinks available throughout the festival.

Festival Activities for All Ages
Spring Daze works hard to keep festival attendees of all ages engaged, with fun activities available throughout the day. See the unique Big Birds art exhibit, created with the help of local children, celebrate Fit Cary month, stop by the Sports Zone, or participate in Cary's annual Earth Day celebration, all without ever leaving the festival.

Cary Children Face Painting

Children's Village
The Spring Daze festival is a great event for kids, too, with a special Children's Village area designed specifically for younger members of the audience. There will be opportunities to plant trees, play interactive games, enjoy face painting, create art, and make new friends at the Children's Village.

Cultural Arts Row
Cary is a community that celebrates the unique heritage of its many residents, and Cultural Arts Row is the perfect chance to explore the community's diverse roots. This corner of the festival features art and information from a wide variety of local cultural organizations, allowing you to learn more about Cary's culture in a fun, educational setting.

Are you still searching for your next home in Cary, and the real estate team that can help you accomplish your goals? We're here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in the Cary, NC area.

April
3

It's Nearly Easter in Durham - Events for Your Family

Durham Easter Events
One of the sweetest things about moving to a new home is the opportunity to start new traditions with your family. Easter will be here soon, but if you're already eager to get festive and usher in spring, don't worry! Durham won't wait until April 21 to start celebrating. As you look for Durham homes for sale, check out some of our annual Easter activities too. The holiday fun lasts all month in Durham, so there's no shortage of family-friendly festivities to fill your weekends.

Here are some of our favorite ways to celebrate Easter around Durham: 

  • Spring Egg Dive, 2000 S Alston Ave, Durham 
    If baskets are a little too basic for your family, take a plunge for your eggs instead. This year's Spring Egg Dive takes place Saturday, April 6 from 5:30-7 pm, at the Campus Hills Pool. Instead of scouring a park, kids and adults alike are invited to splash around the Durham pool looking for eggs.

    This unusual Easter event gets everyone in the water for an evening of swimming, diving, and winning fun prizes. Durham Parks & Recreation provides life vests for swimmers who need them, but adults must accompany kids younger than 10.
  • Easter Eggstravaganza - Epworth United Methodist Church, 3002 Hope Valley Rd, Durham
    Rain or shine (inside if it rains), Epworth United Methodist Church will sponsor their 2019 Easter Eggstravaganza on be Saturday, April 13 from 3-5 pm.  Enjoy an Easter egg hunt, a bounce house, crafts, games, and more!

  • West Point Egg Hunt and Dog-Gone Egg Hunt, 5101 N Roxboro St, Durham
    Want to watch your kids and dogs scramble for prizes in a historic riverfront park? Bring the whole family to the West Point on the Eno Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 13. The kids' hunt starts at 10:30 am, and believe it or not, the dogs take over at 1 pm.

    This is the park's 32nd annual egg hunt, and it has grown throughout the years to include photo-ops with the Easter Bunny, interactive games and crafts, face-painting stations, and more. Of course, it's the canines-only egg hunt that will truly make your day. Here in Durham, Easter goes to the dogs in the most adorable way.

  • Campus Hills Egg Hunt, 2000 S Alston Ave, Durham
    As kids scramble across West Point on the Eno, another egg hunt will take place across town. Come to the Campus Hills Egg Hunt at 10 am for a festive search party that's open to kids 12 and under. Each participant gets a fake tattoo, a picture with the Easter Bunny, and a chance to collect eggs with special prizes inside.
  • The Eggcellent Easter Eggperience, Twin Lakes Park, 435 Chandler Rd, Durham
    Join Teens with Dreams on Saturday, April 20 at Twin Lakes Park from 1-4 pm as they give back to the Durham community by hosting an Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Basket giveaway! Bring your child(ren) to enjoy an EGGcellent Easter.

Are you ready to start your search for a home in Durham? Our REALTORS® will help you navigate our real estate market and learn more about your family's options. Contact us today to find an agent who can help you get started. 

March
27

Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill: 9 Spring Festivals Worth Marking on Your Calendar

Raleigh Durham Chapel Hill
Spring has arrived in North Carolina, and our locals are ready to celebrate family, community, and fun at some of the most popular festivals the Triangle has to offer.

When we asked Our REALTORS® about their favorite spring events, the list was pretty long. Whether you're into food, music, science, or culture, something is going on that's sure to appeal to you. Check out these nine festivals, and you'll get a taste of what makes the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area a great place to live. 

  1. Dreamville Festival: Raleigh, April 6
    The multi-stage musical event Dreamville Festival is coming back to Raleigh on April 6th. This celebration of art, food, and local culture feature both well-known and up-and-coming musical artists curated by J. Cole. It's held in the 308-acre Dorothea Dix Park and promises to be one of this year's most popular events.

  2. Got to Be NC Fest: Raleigh, May 17 - 19
    Gather up your family and friends and plan to spend some time at the 3-day Got to Be NC festival. This event offers carnival rides and games, pony rides, a selection of food from local vendors, shopping, and the ever-popular Masonic Carolina Pig Jig. The festival is held at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds and entrance on May 17 - 19.  

  3. Raleigh International Food Festival, June 8
    If there was ever a good excuse to take a break from looking at Raleigh homes for sale, the Raleigh International Food Festival is it. This event, held at City Plaza on Saturday, June 8, draws over 17,000 people and celebrates cultural diversity with international food, beer, and wine from around the world, and a variety of musical and dance performances.

  4. Durham Earth Day Festival, April 28
    Celebrate taking care of Mother Earth at the free Durham Earth Day Festival on April 28th. You'll enjoy shopping at the Earth Day market, challenging yourself on the rock climbing wall, and taking the little ones to the Family Fun Zone. You also won't want to miss the Earth Day Parade. On your way home, we suggest taking the scenic route so you can get a look at some of the great Durham homes for sale.

  5. Moogfest: Durham, April 25 - 28
    A popular area event since 2004, Moogfest brings together music, art, and technology, in a one-of-a-kind celebration. The festival runs from April 25th through 28th. It features conferences during the day and cutting-edge electronic, pop, and avant-garde performances at night.

  6. Festival of Life: Durham, June 8 - 9
    Celebrate health and wellness and support your local vendors during the two-day Festival of Life at the Durham Amory. The event is on Saturday, June 8th and Sunday, June 9th. Shop until you drop then stick around for a Tarot card reading while your kids play in the giant game area. 

  7. Near and Far: Chapel Hill, April 28
    A lively street party featuring international food, dance, and music, Near and Far is one of the Chapel Hil's best cultural events. It's held in downtown Chapel Hill on April 28th from 1 to 4 p.m. 

  8. UNC Science Expo: Chapel Hill, April 14
    The UNC Science Expo is a fun-filled day that draws close to 10,000 participants. Kids and adults will both love the lab tours, science challenges, and over 100 hands-on activity booths. This free event is held on April 14th from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and does not require pre-registration. Many of the best Chapel Hill homes for sale are near the UNC campus, so we suggest taking a look around at some of the great neighborhoods while you're in the area.  
  1. Plastic-Free Eggstravaganza: Chapel Hill, April 14
    Gather up the family on April 14th and head over the first-ever Plastic-Free Eggstravaganza. Enjoy hunting for wooden eggs, then participate in STEAM events, games, and arts and crafts. The event runs from 1 to 4 p.m., and admission and parking are both free.

Are you thinking about moving to Raleigh, Durham, or Chapel Hill? We would love to show you around and tell you more about what makes this a great place to live. Contact us today to get started! 

March
6

Urban Farms and Community Gardens in Raleigh

Raleigh Urban Farms
As you spend time in the area searching for Raleigh homes for sale, you'll want to get a sense of the values that those in this community share. This city is positively blossoming with urban agriculture, and there is no better example of the townspeople's dedication to permaculture and the great outdoors than The Well Fed Community Garden. Our real estate agents would be thrilled to show you how this garden uses a farm-to-fork approach to feed the people of Raleigh.

Enriching Raleigh From Farm to Fork

The City of Raleigh understands how much of a positive social, economic and environmental impact the presence of agriculture has in an urban setting. The Well Fed Community Garden is one of the many efforts that they support throughout the year. This plot of land is home to an acre and a half of vegetables, fruits, herbs, fungi, and other plants, as well as honey bees and chickens.

The Well Fed Community Garden was purchased in 2012 by the owners of the Irregardless Café. Since the 1970s, Irregardless has been cooking up food for the residents of Raleigh that is locally sourced through sustainability initiatives. Though meat, fish and poultry meals are available, their menu is crafted for vegan and vegetarian enjoyment as well.

Their rooftop solar thermal panels use renewable energy to heat their water supply, and the Well Fed Community Garden provides the local ingredients that have made Irregardless Café's delicious options a popular choice for any taste. Although most of the harvest from the Garden is served to customers at Irregardless, 20 percent of that which is grown is donated to the volunteers and neighbors that help this community thrive.

Lovin' Spadefuls

If you purchase one of the Raleigh homes for sale near Athens Drive, you'll soon discover that the Well Fed Community Garden is always buzzing with activity. Home to an annual blackberry festival, the Garden also hosts frequent garden workshops, cooking classes, yoga sessions, and art lessons. You can even help enrich the city and your own life by volunteering throughout the year.

To dig into the heart of The Well Fed Community Garden, our real estate agents encourage you to sign up for the Lovin' Spadefuls experience. Small groups of two to six can enjoy an intimate two-hour tour through the Garden in which you'll explore the grounds and learn all about the bounty that this amazing acre provides. You can also choose to include a lunch at the Irregardless Café after your experience to get a true taste of the community's efforts.

To learn more about the community gardens and urban agriculture near Raleigh homes for sale, contact us. If you'd like to buy or sell a home in the area, one of our real estate agents would be happy to help you!

November
28

Knightdale, NC: Christmas on First Avenue

Knightdale Christmas on First Avenue
It is almost time once again to enjoy the community spirit that comes with the holiday season, and as always Knightdale, NC has a busy schedule of Christmas events to enjoy. Christmas on First Avenue, Knightdale's holiday event series, begins with the annual Holiday Fair, where you can shop, dine, and enjoy the holiday scenery. The series continues with holiday traditions that are sure to create memories for all in attendance. Our real estate agents are here to help you celebrate the season in North Carolina, with our guide to Christmas on First Avenue events in Knightdale, NC.

Christmas on First Avenue Events

Events like Christmas on First Avenue are an excellent example of what you can expect from the community when you shop for Knightdale homes for sale. Knightdale is known as a youthful, energetic city, with ample outdoor attractions and a quick commute to the heart of Raleigh.  Christmas on First Avenue takes place at Knightdale Station Park, a hub of the community with playgrounds, trails, a beautiful pond, and much more to come as Phase II of construction on park amenities nears completion.

  • Christmas on First Avenue Holiday Fair – November 29, 2018 – 6 pm to 8 pm
    Kick off the holiday season with the Christmas on First Avenue Holiday Fair, an evening of family-friendly holiday fun held in Knightdale Station Park. The Holiday Fair is one of the new highlights of the season, with entertainment, food, and a chance to start shopping for the perfect gifts. There will be vendors located throughout the area selling holiday gift items and decorations, along with food trucks serving up hot treats while you enjoy all that the fair has to offer. Live music sets the holiday mood as you explore the Holiday Fair.

  • Christmas Tree Lighting – November 30, 2018 – 6 pm to 8 pm
    Looking for a holiday event that the kids will love? The Knightdale Christmas Tree Lighting is always a hit with kids and adults alike. During the festivities, kids will have the chance to write a letter to Santa Claus, meet with Mrs. Claus, spend time with Santa's head elves, and enjoy a visit with Santa. There will also be live music, local vendors selling great food, and even more activities for the whole family to experience. Local businesses will also be handing out free hot cocoa and holiday treats for all in attendance to enjoy. At the conclusion of the event, Knightdale's community Christmas tree will be lit to mark the start of the holiday season.

  • Christmas Parade – December 2, 2018 – 2 pm
    People from all walks of life come together to celebrate the magic of the holidays at the Knightdale Christmas Parade. The parade – which fittingly travels down First Avenue – is a chance for local businesses, students, non-profits, and other organizations to show off their holiday spirit. There will be uniquely decorated floats, bands playing live holiday music, and plenty of Christmas-themed surprises during the parade, so this is a great chance to support the hard work that community members have done to create a memorable holiday experience in Knightdale.

Are you searching for the right home in Knightdale so that you can enjoy fun community events like Christmas on First Avenue throughout the year? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes in the Knightdale, NC area.

November
21

Celebrate the Season with 11 Christmas Parades in the Triangle

Triangle NC Christmas Parades
The holiday season is here, and that means it's time to enjoy all of the Christmas excitement that the Triangle has to offer. Christmas parades are an excellent way to ring in the season and celebrate all of the things that make each community special. No matter where you are in the Triangle, there's a Christmas parade with your name on it. Our real estate agents are here to help you celebrate the season, with our guide to 11 Christmas parades in the Triangle.

'Tis the Season to Celebrate with 11 Christmas Parades in the Triangle

  1. Garner Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 2:00 pm – Main Street, Garner
    Shopping for Garner homes for sale? Take a break to enjoy the holiday happenings at the Garner Christmas Parade. Settle in to watch the marching bands, parade floats, classic cars, and Santa himself travel through downtown Garner to mark the season.

  2. Knightdale Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 1, 2018 -2:00 pm – Knightdale Station Park
    Homes in Knightdale make it easy to celebrate the season with fun events, like the Knightdale Christmas Parade. Before the parade, there will be a Holiday Fair on Thursday evening, along with the annual Knightdale Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony on Friday evening.

  3. Apex Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 1, 2018 - 5:00 m – Downtown Apex
    Scout out Apex homes while you enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season with the Apex Christmas Parade. A Holiday Pancake Breakfast precedes the parade on Saturday morning and the ADBA Pictures with Santa event throughout the day on Saturday.

  4. Fuquay-Varina Christmas Parade – Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 3:00 pm – Downtown Fuquay-Varina
    If you haven't started shopping for Fuquay-Varina real estate just yet, the holidays present a perfect opportunity to see what the community has to offer. The parade travels throughout historic downtown Fuquay-Varina and is part of a series of events to mark the holiday season in the city.

  5. Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade – Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 10:00 am to 12:00 pm – Carrboro Town Hall
    Wondering why Chapel Hill homes for sale are such hot properties? Head to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade and find out! The parade starts at the Morehead Planetarium and winds its way toward a conclusion at Carrboro Town Hall.

  6. Durham Holiday Parade – Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 10:00 am – Main St. and Magnum St., Durham
    Durham homes for sale put you near the best holiday events our city offers, including the Durham Holiday Parade. The parade is followed by the Fun Fest, a family-friendly holiday event with activities for all ages.

  7. Happy Holly Days Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 11:00 am – Downtown Holly Springs
    Holly Springs homes are perfect for celebrating the "Holly Days," with fun events like the Happy Holly Days Christmas Parade. Floats, dancers, bands, decorated vehicles fill the parade.

  8. Town of Cary Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm – Downtown Cary
    See the latest in Cary homes while you stake out the perfect spot along the Town of Cary Christmas Parade route. With more than 40 years of tradition, Cary's Christmas Parade is one of the most well-known in the Triangle.

  9. Wake Forest Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 1:00 pm – White Street in Wake Forest
    Settle in among homes in Wake Forest to enjoy the holiday spectacle of the annual Wake Forest Christmas Parade. The parade is part of a busy weekend of holiday activities in Wake Forest, which includes the Snowball Dance for those with Special Needs.

  10. Clayton Christmas Parade – Saturday, December 8, 2018 - 3:00 pm – Downtown Clayton
    Visit the Clayton Christmas Parade to see why the locals love their Clayton homes so much. Before the parade, head to the annual Santa's Workshop Event at the Clayton Community Center for a morning filled with fun family activities.

  11. Pittsboro Holiday Parade – Sunday, December 9, 2018 - 3:00 pm – Downtown Pittsboro
    The Pittsboro Holiday Parade provides the perfect excuse to take a closer look at Pittsboro homes for sale. Head to MLK Drive to catch the start of the parade route, or watch the finish as the parade continues down Farrell Street. The Pittsboro Holiday Parade always brings the community together.

Interested in finding a home for the holidays and beyond in one of the many fantastic communities in the Triangle? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout the Triangle.

November
14

North Hills Tree Lighting - a Local Holiday Tradition

North Hills Tree Lighting
November and December bring fun, family-friendly events to Raleigh throughout the holiday season. Whether you're busy shopping for Raleigh homes for sale or enjoying all that your home city has to offer, the holidays feature free events that remind everyone why the city is such a great place to call home. The Annual North Hills Tree Lighting Ceremony is the perfect opportunity to kick off the holiday season. Our real estate agents are here to help you enjoy the holidays in Raleigh, with our guide to the Annual North Hills Tree Lighting Ceremony.

The Annual North Hills Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

The Event: Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at North Hills
Location: The Commons – 4191 Main at North Hills Street
Date/Time: Saturday, November 17, 2018 – Events from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Admission/Parking: FREE Admission

Family Fun and Free Activities in North Hills Christmas

Start your holiday season by making memories at the Annual North Hills Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, with an afternoon filled with fun activities that both kids and parents will love. The fun starts in North Hills at 3:30 pm in the Commons with everything building up to the big Christmas tree lighting at 6:00 pm. Admission to the event is free, and parking is available nearby at the Main District Garage.

  • Sledding Slopes and Trackless Train Rides – Are your kids dreaming of a white Christmas? While there may not be traditional snow at the Christmas tree lighting, kids can enjoy some sledding on "Snow My Yard" sledding slopes, or take an enchanted, holiday-themed trackless train ride.

  • Bounce House, Face Painting, and More – The North Hill Christmas Tree Lighting will also feature traditional childhood favorites, including a bounce house and face-painting for the holidays. There will also be arts and crafts for kids, along with balloon twisting to create memorable holiday souvenirs.

  • Meet Santa and Watch the Lighting Ceremony – The big moment arrives at 6:00 pm when Santa comes to town for the tree lighting ceremony. Enjoy Christmas carols, watch the 41-foot tree light up in gorgeous colors, and then stick around so that kids can spend some quality time with Santa Claus himself.

  • Start Your Shopping at the Vendor Village – Searching for a unique gift for someone on your holiday list? You'll find local vendors offering unique gifts, crafts at Vendor Village during the Tree Lighting Ceremony. Don't miss vendors like Shepard's Way Farms, Edible Art of Raleigh, Bee Happy Essentials, Project Picturesque, and many more.

Life in North Hills

North Hills real estate is popular among Raleigh residents because the neighborhood features everything you need close to home. From fantastic shopping to fun events and cuisine from around the world, North Hills offers a dynamic lifestyle for both work and play. The Commons, the location of the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, is a gathering place in the neighborhood, with outdoor green space, ample outdoor dining options, and frequent special events throughout the year.

Still searching for the perfect Raleigh home for the holidays? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy, sell, and learn about homes in the Raleigh, NC area.

October
24

Hollyfest October 27 - Holly Springs

Hollyfest 2018
Every year, just before it's time to celebrate Halloween, the people of Holly Springs, NC gather together for a fun-filled day at HollyFest. This year's edition of HollyFest is coming up soon, and as always it will be a day filled with great memories for the whole family. There will be games for the kids, fantastic food for all, and plenty of live entertainment throughout the day. Our real estate agents have the exciting details on what to expect from the events of HollyFest 2018 in Holly Springs, NC.

HollyFest 2018: A Time to Celebrate 

HollyFest 2018

Date/Time: Saturday, October 27, 2018 – 10 am to 4 pm
Location: Jefferson L. Sugg Farm at Bass Lake – 2401 Grigsby Ave., Holly Springs, NC

Celebrate Holly Springs at HollyFest 2018

HollyFest provides an opportunity for people of all ages to experience the businesses, residents, and hospitality that make Holly Springs such a special place to call home. There will be events throughout the day during HollyFest, with something for every person in attendance to enjoy:

Kids Zone and Children's Corner

HollyFest is a great place to bring kids.  It offers so many activities for younger members of the audience to enjoy. Kids Zone is filled with rides and inflatables for children, while Children's Corner will feature events, exhibits, and games. There will also be police and fire vehicles on display throughout the day at HollyFest.

  • Live Entertainment and Delicious, Local Food – Stop by for a quick visit, or stay for the whole day – either way, you're likely to encounter live entertainment during HollyFest. You'll also have the opportunity to feast on delicious food from local vendors, with something for every taste.
  • Local Vendors and Artisans – While you're enjoying the events at HollyFest, why not fit in some holiday shopping, or bring something special home for yourself? There will be local vendors available throughout the day during the festivities, selling arts, crafts, and unique, hand-made treasures that you won't find anywhere else.
  • Learn More about Local Non-Profits and Businesses – HollyFest is an opportunity for the community to get together, and it's a great place to learn about local organizations. Many local businesses will have booths set up for the business expo. Representatives of local non-profit groups will also be on hand to put a spotlight on the charitable work they do in Holly Springs year-round and connect with community members.

Enjoy Beautiful Bass Lake Park throughout the Year

Holly Springs homes for sale put you near a number of excellent outdoor areas, including Bass Lake Park, which is connected to the event space where HollyFest is held. Bass Lake Park is the ideal place to spend a day outdoors, with a well-stocked fishing lake, boat rentals from Memorial Day through Labor Day, and a tackle loaner program that allows you to fish even if you aren't able to bring your own equipment.

Bass Lake Park also features extensive trails and greenways, where you'll have the opportunity to view local wildlife in a peaceful, scenic setting. Jefferson L. Sugg Farm, purchased more recently by the community, offers access to Bass Lake Park, in addition to a large, open space for big events like HollyFest.

HollyFest 2018 is the perfect opportunity to learn why locals love life in Holly Springs and start shopping for a home of your own in the community. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes in the Holly Springs, NC area.

October
10

6 Halloween Happenings in Cary

Cary NC Halloween Events
The Halloween season is always one of the most exciting times of the year for Cary locals, and this year is no exception. Whether you're looking for a spooky haunted house, community pumpkin carving, a fall festival, or an opportunity to see local landmarks in a new light, there's an event for every interest around Halloween in Cary. Our real estate agents know Cary, and we've got the details on six exciting, upcoming Halloween happenings in the community.

Spooky Family Fun: Six Halloween Happenings in the Cary, NC Area 

  1. Pumpkin Flotilla at Bond Park – 801 High House Rd., Cary, NC 27513
    Carve your most creative pumpkin design, then watch your creation take to the season Bond Park Lake. The Pumpkin Flotilla at Bond Park is a truly unique event, as carved pumpkins, glowing brightly, meander their way across the water. There will be refreshments available, along with discounted boat rides for anyone who enters a pumpkin or arrives in their finest Halloween costume.

  2. Herbert's Haunted House – 101 Wilkinson Ave., Cary, NC 27513
    You won't find Herbert's Haunted House on the list of Cary homes for sale and that's probably a good thing. Held at the Herbert C. Young Community Center, Herbert's Haunted House is a fun, spooky event, organized by the Cary Teen Council. See your favorite community center in a whole new light, as Cary's teens put their imaginations to work to create a scary Halloween experience for everyone in attendance.

  3. Fall for Cary Festival – Academy and West Chatham Streets in Cary, NC
    Enjoy a taste of everything that makes life special in Cary, at the Fall for Cary Festival. Held annually around Halloween, Fall for Cary is a fun, community-focused event for the whole family. Shop for local arts and crafts, visit local businesses, enter the costume contest, enjoy live performances, or even have your face painted to celebrate the season. There is a ton to do at the Fall for Cary Festival every year, with activities for all ages.

  4. Zombiepalooza – 122 E. Chatham St., Cary, NC 27511
    Every zombie has a story, and Zombiepalooza is a truly unique celebration of all things zombie-related. Enjoy more than a dozen short films from local filmmakers, check out some of the best zombie costumes in Cary, and maybe even win some prizes to take home. Zombiepalooza is a fun, free event to celebrate Halloween in Cary this year.

  5. Cary's Great Pumpkin Carve – 319 S. Academy St., Cary, NC 27511
    Pick a perfect pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, then visit a carving station to create something special for Halloween. Cary's Great Pumpkin Carve is an opportunity to enjoy one of everyone's favorite Halloween traditions, and spend some quality time with the community. After the pumpkin carving is complete, there will be family-friendly Halloween films shown indoors.

  6. Mall Crawl at Cary Towne Center – 1105 Walnut St., Cary, NC 27511
    Get ready for a day of family fun with the Mall Crawl at Cary Towne Center. This event is a great chance for kids to get dressed up in their favorite Halloween costume and enjoy an afternoon filled with special memories. The Mall Crawl at Cary Towne Center will include trick-or-treating, Halloween stories, and even a magic show to top off a fun-filled day.

No matter the season, there is always something exciting coming up on the special events calendar in the Cary area. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes in Cary, NC.

October
3

North Carolina State Fair Comes to Raleigh

Raleigh NC State Fair
Are you ready to celebrate the many things that make living in North Carolina so special? It's almost time once again for the North Carolina State Fair to visit the Raleigh area, with this year's edition of the fair looking bigger and better than ever. The NC State Fair is a family-friendly event, filled with food, rides, attractions, live performances, and a healthy dose of North Carolina hospitality. Attendance at the fair seems to rise every year, and the last few editions of the NC State Fair have each drawn more than a million visitors to the area. Our real estate agents are here to help you prepare for the fun, with our guide to the North Carolina State Fair.

The North Carolina State Fair

Dates: October 11-21, 2018 – Gates Open at 8:00 am
Location: NC State Fairgrounds – 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607
Admission: Tickets Available 24/7 Online or In Person on Fair Days

Rides, Attractions, and Carnival Games for All Ages

The NC State Fair features a great mix of fun and educational attractions, perfect for keeping every member of the family entertained. There will be rides for all ages at the fair, with a special focus on creating memories for the youngest members of the audience. Take a ride on the Crazy Coaster, get a birds-eye view on the Ferris Wheel, explore the Magic Maze Glass House, or try one of the dozens of fun rides around the fairgrounds. There are carnival games as well, with loads of fun prizes to be won.

Enjoy a "Homegrown" North Carolina Lineup of Live Performances

The NC State Fair is about celebrating everything that makes our state special, and the "homegrown" live performance lineup features artists from throughout North Carolina, including:

  • American Aquarium
  • Rhett and Link
  • Bucky Covington
  • Britton Buchanan
  • Many More

Admission to all of the live music performances is included with your fair admission, so you can sit back and enjoy the show.

Fantastic Food at the NC State Fair

You're sure to work up an appetite exploring the rides, attractions, and live performances at the North Carolina State Fair, so why not satisfy your hunger with some of the best food in the state? The lineup of food vendors at the NC State Fair is a mile long and features something for every taste. Try some classic Carolina barbecue, sample the freshest seafood, try international dishes from around the world, and top it off with a trip to one of the many unique dessert vendors stationed throughout the fair.

Competitions to Name North Carolina's Best

Shopping for Raleigh homes for sale allows you to enjoy the best of North Carolina throughout the year, and the NC State Fair features competitions to name North Carolina's best. The schedule includes a graphic design competition, arts, and crafts, baking, clothing, flowers, produce and even writing. There are also a ton of cooking competitions going on throughout the festivities, perfect for trying a taste of something new. Capping it all off will be a series of livestock competitions and horse shows, where participants will show off all of the hard work they've been putting in all year long.

Would you like to find the perfect home in Raleigh, so that you can enjoy all of the exciting events in the city throughout the year? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes in Raleigh, NC.

September
26

Countdown to Wide Open Bluegrass in Raleigh

Raleigh Wide Open Bluegrass Festival
100 bands, seven stages, and one unforgettable bluegrass music festival in Raleigh, all benefiting a great cause. It's almost time for the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival to return to Downtown Raleigh, and this year's event is set to be bigger than ever. The main stage at the Red Hat Amphitheater will feature some of the biggest names in bluegrass music, while there will also be tons of free shows and activities throughout the city during the festival. Our real estate agents have all the details on what to expect from this year's Wide Open Bluegrass Festival in Raleigh, NC. 

The Sweet Sounds of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC


The Event: The Wide Open Bluegrass Festival

Location: Downtown Raleigh

Dates: September 28-29, 2018 from Noon to 11 pm

Catch the Biggest Names in Bluegrass at the Red Hat Amphitheater

You'll find both free and paid events taking place throughout the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival, and the main stage at the Red Hat Amphitheater is the place to be for some of the biggest names in bluegrass music. Enjoy shows from Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Patty Loveless, The Wide Open Jam, the Gibson Brothers, the Trust, Chatham County Line, and many, many more. The main stage features performances throughout the event, and you can purchase tickets ahead of time to ensure that you get the perfect seat to watch your favorite artists.

All shows on the main stage take place in a gorgeous, outdoor setting, and the whole event is designed to be as family-friendly as possible. The music is a highlight of course, but the atmosphere is a big reason why Raleigh residents keep flocking back to the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival each year. Whether you're a bluegrass aficionado or love live music, you'll feel right at home during the festival.

Proceeds Benefit the Bluegrass Trust Fund – a Good Cause for Bluegrass Musicians

While shows on the main stage do have an admission price, a significant portion of the proceeds will be going to bluegrass musicians in need. The Bluegrass Trust Fund is a non-profit dedicated to providing financial assistance to professional bluegrass musicians with emergencies, and up to half of the proceeds from shows on the main stage will go toward supporting the organization. Enjoy a weekend of fabulous music, and support a good cause in the process.

Free Events and Sensational Shows Downtown during the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival

There's always affordable fun close to home when you shop for Raleigh homes for sale, and the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival is an excellent example of why that's the case. Start by checking out the free StreetFest music schedule, which features both well-known and emerging bluegrass artists playing on stages throughout Downtown Raleigh. There's even a youth stage, where both kids and parents alike can enjoy the work of young bluegrass artists, and find some inspiration for their musical interests in the process. The Exhibit Hall is the perfect place to catch up on the latest on all things bluegrass, and you'll also have excellent opportunities to learn tips from bluegrass experts throughout the weekend's events.

The Wide Open Bluegrass Festival is one of many memorable annual events held in Raleigh, and there's never been a better time to find your own home in the city. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout the Raleigh, NC area.

September
12

Cary Downtown Farmers Market

Cary NC Farmers Market
There's nothing quite like waking up on a Saturday morning to enjoy the sights, sounds, and flavors of a local farmers market.  Our very own Cary Downtown Farmers Market consistently ranks as one of the best in the region. Open every Saturday morning, the Cary Downtown Farmers Market features a wide selection of local vendors, with fresh ingredients, prepared food, arts, crafts, and tons of great gifts. There are also special events, like the annual Fall Farmers Festival. It's a great example of what makes life in Cary special, and our real estate agents have all the details on what you can expect at the Cary Downtown Farmers Market.

Fresh, Local Cary: Experience the Cary Farmers Market and Farmers Fall Festival 

The Cary Downtown Farmers Market
Location:
135 W. Chatham St., Cary, NC 27511
Hours:
Saturdays from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm

Purchase Fresh Food and Support Local Vendors

Whether you're searching for fresh produce, meat, poultry, or anything else that can be produced by a local farm, the Cary Downtown Farmers Market has you covered. The market is loaded with unique local vendors, including farms, coffee shops, bakeries, and local artisans. You can buy soap, honey, candles, pottery, and even gourmet dog treats. It's a great place to pick up a unique gift or grab ingredients for creating a fabulous meal at home. The Cary Downtown Farmers Market also offers a wide selection of prepared food, from some of the community's favorite food vendors.

A Farmers Market for the Winter, Too!

In many towns, the farmers market is something to be enjoyed during only the spring and summer months. But that's not the case in Cary. The Cary Downtown Farmers Market is open during the winter, too, and still offers a great selection of vendors during the cold-weather season. Swing by the market during the holidays to start your holiday shopping.

Annual Events at the Cary Downtown Farmers Market

There's no off-season at the Cary Downtown Farmers Market, and the special events schedule at the market is a big reason why that's the case. September and October are big months for the market, with the Annual Farmers Fall Festival followed by International Day. During International Day, the market features flavors from across the world, inspired by the diverse residents who call Cary home. The Holiday Market, which runs every November, is the perfect place to shop for holiday gifts from all of your favorite local vendors. Keep an eye on the schedule throughout the summer as well, because you never know when the next new event will be coming to the Cary Downtown Farmers Market.

Enjoy the Farmers Fall Festival

The Farmers Fall Festival, which happens every year at the close of summer, is always one of the biggest events of the year at the Cary Downtown Farmers Market. This year's event takes place on September 29, 2018, and it's the perfect place to celebrate the start of the fall season. Enjoy live entertainment, food trucks, farming and crafting demos, kid-friendly attractions, and even a pie-eating contest. The Farmers Fall Festival offers something for every member of the family to enjoy, just like the community of Cary itself.

Are you searching for Cary homes for sale, so that you can enjoy all of the great local attractions in the area? Our team of local real estate experts is here to help. Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout the Cary, NC area.

September
5

Portofino Equestrian Community in Clayton

Clayton, NC - Portofino Community
Located along the Neuse River in Clayton, NC, the Portofino Equestrian Community is a planned community unlike any other you'll find in the area. Portofino is known for its outstanding equestrian facilities, beautiful outdoor spaces, large lots, and lovely homes. Residents love the unique perks of living in the community and being part of the booming equestrian industry in the Clayton area.  Our real estate agents are here to tell you all about life in the Portofino Equestrian Community.

The Best of Clayton Real Estate: Portofino Equestrian Community

The Portofino Equestrian Community | 25 Paraggi Court, Clayton, NC 27527

Shop for Homes in "A Community Like No Other"

Homes for sale in the Clayton real estate market take advantage of the area's beautiful natural scenery.  The Portofino Equestrian Community is an excellent example of why that's the case. Portofino homes for sale are available with price points and floor plans that will appeal to nearly every buyer. Most homes in the community feature at least four bedrooms and three full baths, along with all of the modern amenities you'd expect from a luxury community like Clayton.  Within Portofino, you'll find everything from cozy family homes to large, luxurious listings, all with easy access to the many equestrian amenities that the community has to offer.

Explore the Portofino Equestrian Center

While the neighborhood has tons of great amenities, the Portofino Equestrian Center is an attraction for many residents. The center features a 22-stall barn, with loads of luxurious touches for both you and your horse:

Learn from world-class trainers Aaron Stuckey-Hill and Emily Baille, Portofino's two on-site trainers. There are 90-minute lessons available with both trainers, for riders of all skill levels.

Practice makes perfect, and Portofino offers outstanding facilities to practice your riding skills. Within Portofino, you'll find two dressage arenas, a jumping arena, warm-up facilities, wash stalls, and a conditioning track.

Enjoy a busy schedule of events, clinics, and shows at the Portofino Equestrian Center throughout the year. There are opportunities to show off your riding skills, learn from visiting experts, and watch some of the best riders in the world demonstrate their craft.

Looking for the perfect place to board your horse? The Portofino Equestrian Center offers unmatched boarding services, allowing your horse to learn and grow in a truly luxurious environment, where every need is attended to by expert staff. Both you and your horse can expect only the best from Portofino.

Other Amenities in the Portofino Equestrian Community

The state-of-the-art equestrian center is a big attraction for Portofino residents, but it's just one of many amenities that you will find when you live in the community. Portofino is also a perfect place to spend time outdoors, with extensive nature and riding trails running throughout the community. You can also enjoy some quality time on the water because Portofino offers canoe and kayak access to the Neuse River. The Portofino Community Pool is the perfect place to spend a summer day with friends, and the pool facilities are designed to be as family-friendly as possible. Capping it all of is the Portofino Recreation Center, where residents can relax and enjoy the fabulous hospitality that defines life in Portofino.

Are you ready to become a member of one of Clayton's unique neighborhoods, with unmatched equestrian amenities? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes in Portofino, and throughout the Clayton, NC area.

August
8

42nd Annual Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival in Cary

Cary NC Lazy Daze Family Event
Summer is just a little sweeter when you live in Cary, NC.  The Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival is always one of the most significant events of the season. With shopping, food, fun games, and entertainment, Lazy Daze offers something for every member of the family to enjoy. This year's event marks the 42nd annual edition of Lazy Daze, with a packed schedule of events all weekend long. Our real estate agents have all the details on what to expect from the Lazy Days Arts and Crafts Festival.

Fun for All Ages in Cary, NC 

The Event: Lazy Days Arts & Crafts Festival
When: Saturday, August 25, 9 am - 6 pm; Sunday, August 26, 12:30 pm - 5 pm
Where: Town Hall Campus, 316 N Academy St., Cary

Explore the Artist Gallery Including Featured Artist Roxanna Jo Alexander

The Lazy Days Arts & Crafts Festival is a celebration of all types of art from painting and sculptures to unique furniture. The festival features digital art, drawing, glass, photography, woodworking, painting, mixed media, and handcrafted leather. Each edition of the event also celebrates a featured artist with well-known local painter Roxanna Jo Alexander of R.J. Artworks taking center stage this year.

Fantastic Food from Local Vendors

There's so much to do at Lazy Daze; you're sure to work up an appetite. Lazy Daze food vendors offer flavors from around the world including barbecue, seafood, bistro, fresh food from local farms--not to mention tons of delicious desserts. Local vendors always bring out their best for the festival every summer, and every member of the family will find something to love on the menu.

Making Memories at Kids World and the Play Zone

Cary NC Lazy Daze Family Event
The Lazy Days Arts and Crafts Festival is an event for all ages, and kids will love exploring two large areas designed just for them. Kids World, located outdoors, features arts, crafts, toys, games, and live, kid-friendly entertainment. Kids World is set up in the Page-Walker Arts and History Center Gardens close to the rest of the action at Lazy Daze. The Play Zone, located in the Herb Young Community Center, is focused on games and athletic activities.

Not-to-Miss Activities and Exciting Entertainment

There will be activities for all ages from tracking down Lazy Daze mascot Little Jerry to watching live demonstrations from various local Artist Guilds. Turn back the clock by getting your news from the Lazy Days Town Crier, and take in some great live entertainment from the crew at the Cary Theater in the Town Council Chambers. On the morning of August 25, you'll also have the opportunity to assist artist Michael Roy Layne in assembling an outdoor art creation.

An Annual Event that Brings the Community of Cary Together

When you shop for Cary homes for sale, you're getting so much more than just a great home. Events like the Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival are great examples of how the community comes together to celebrate all of the little things making Cary a great place to live. No matter the season, you'll find fun events and friendly faces when you live in Cary.

Still searching for the perfect place to call your own, where you can enjoy all the events and attractions that Cary has to offer? Contact Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout the Cary, NC area.

August
1

Zebulon North Carolina's Quintessential Hometown

Zebulon North Carolina
Known as the "Town of Friendly People," Zebulon, NC truly delivers the quintessential American hometown experience. This is the sort of town where it's a pleasure getting to know your neighbors, and where big, local events bring the whole community together. Zebulon is located just a short drive east from the city of Raleigh, with tons of great attractions and an easy commute to other exciting communities within the Research Triangle region. Our real estate agents have all the details on why Zebulon, NC is the perfect example of an appealing North Carolina hometown.

Getting to Know Zebulon, North Carolina

Like many North Carolina towns, Zebulon, NC was originally built up around a railroad stop, and over time grew from a tiny town to a dynamic, welcoming community. The town is now home to about 4,750 residents and has been growing quickly in recent years. All of those new residents find plenty of reasons to love calling Zebulon, NC home.

History, Art & Attractions

The history of Zebulon begins in 1907 when the community was first planned, and you can still find great examples of that history today. Zebulon's town hall, which opened in 1909, is located in a historic schoolhouse, with tours available. In the present day, residents of Zebulon love visiting Five County Stadium for Carolina Mudcats games. The Mudcats are the Single-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, and Five County Stadium is the perfect place to take the family on a warm summer night.

You'll also find plenty of great places to shop within the community, including a farmer's market that brings the best of North Carolina to your dinner table. The Zebulon Farm Fresh Market is open every Saturday from April through October, with fresh, local food always on the menu.

Parks, Playgrounds & Outdoor Fun

Within Zebulon, there are a ton of great places to both spend time outdoors and connect with the community. Zebulon is home to six parks, each with something unique to offer. Zebulon Community Park is the largest in town, with athletic fields, disc golf, playgrounds, and a walking trail. Smaller parks like Whitley Park and Little River Park are great places to relax, with ample natural beauty to enjoy. The community offers exercise classes, athletic leagues, summer camps, and picnic rentals so that you can enjoy whatever moves you outdoors.

Historic Homes in Zebulon, NC

When you're shopping for Zebulon homes for sale, you'll have no shortage of unique options to choose from in the community. One of the first things you'll notice is that Zebulon homes tend to be affordable, and you get a lot of home for your money. The community features everything from historic homes to brand new construction, with ample yard space and beautiful, tree-lined properties. Families love the mix of affordable homes, nearby attractions, and convenient location that Zebulon offers.

A Convenient Location in the Research Triangle

When you buy a house in Zebulon, you're not just gaining access to one great North Carolina community. You'll also have an easy commute to other exciting communities throughout the Research Triangle. Raleigh is just a short drive from your home in Zebulon, making it easy to work and play in the city while enjoying still the enjoying the quintessential North Carolina hometown experience when you head back home for the day.

Are you ready to start shopping for your quintessential home, in North Carolina's quintessential hometown? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout the Zebulon, NC area.

July
11

Living in Rolesville North Carolina's Fastest-Growing Town

Rolesville North Carolina's Fast-Growing Town

Located just a short drive from Raleigh in northeastern Wake County, the community of Rolesville, NC has quickly become one of the hottest towns in North Carolina to call home. New residents are flocking to Rolesville thanks to its convenient location, excellent economy, ample amenities, and exciting potential for growth in the future. With a unique history and a bright future, it's no surprise that so many new residents love calling the community home. Our real estate agents have all the details on why Rolesville, NC has become the fastest-growing town in North Carolina.

Rolesville Named a Boom Town by REALTOR.com

The folks at realtor.com provide tons of great real estate content, and recently ranked the top 10 boom towns in the country. Rolesville, NC checked in at number seven on the list, sandwiched between large metro areas like downtown Miami and downtown Dallas. Here's what they had to say:

"Rolesville is known for its strong regional economy and prime positioning, with North Carolina State University, Duke University, and the University of North Carolina less than an hour away. The Raleigh metropolitan area was rated as the fastest-growing in the country."

The realtor.com team also made sure to single out nearby neighborhoods like Willoughby subdivision and Granite Falls neighborhood, which both have great potential for growth in the near future.

A Family-Friendly Town with Easy Access to the Big City

Rolesville's close proximity to the city of Raleigh is one of the big reasons for its fast growth, and a 30-minute commute means that you can live in Rolesville while still working in the city. There's also plenty of good work to find within the community, with great potential for job growth in the future. The strong schools and low crime rates of Rolesville make the community a popular choice for families.

A Unique History and Bright Future

While Rolesville is getting a lot of press these days, the community is far from new. In fact, it's been around for nearly 200 years! Rolesville celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2012, and the community has come so far since its early days as a small farming town. Today, many of those old farms have been developed into residential areas, but the community has never lost touch with its long, interesting history. Rolesville has ranked as one of North Carolina's fastest-growing towns every year since 2005, so the future is looking bright, too.

Outdoor Attractions and Family Fun

Location is key, the economy is important, but Rolesville wouldn't be such a popular place to call home without plenty for residents to do for fun. If you love spending time outdoors, you'll fit right in with the people of Rolesville. The community is home to a variety of great playgrounds, as well as Main Street Park, with more than a mile of trails, Mill Bridge Nature Park, which features a 200-seat amphitheater, and a trail system that connects many popular outdoor destinations in Rolesville.

You can even experience the excitement of scuba diving in Rolesville at Fantasy Lake Scuba Park, which ranks as one of the largest in the country. With downtown Raleigh located just 30 minutes away, you'll also have an easy commute to the city anytime you're in the mood for something different.

Are you ready to start shopping for Rolesville homes for sale, and join the many new residents who love calling the community home? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes in the Rolesville, NC area.

June
18

Discover Hillsborough One of America's Favorite Small Towns

Hillsborough NC Living
Hillsborough, NC was established in 1754, and in recent years the community has gotten recognition as one of the best small towns in America to call home. Hillsborough was ranked number three on CNN Travel's list of the coolest small towns in the country, and the community always has a presence on lists of the best small towns in North Carolina to visit. Wondering why Hillsborough is such a popular place to call home? Our real estate agents have all the details of what life is like in one of America's favorite small towns.

A Slice of Heaven in Hillsborough: Learn Why the Locals Love Living in Hillsborough, NC


History Meets Present Day in Hillsborough

The town of Hillsborough has a history that dates back more than 250 years, and that history is preserved in the downtown Hillsborough historic district. Downtown Hillsborough has earned a spot in the National Register of Historic Places, thanks to the many historic homes, businesses, and public places in the community dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries. Exploring local history is a great way to get in touch with the lifestyle of Hillsborough, and learn how the community became such a great place to call home. Be sure to make a trip to the Hillsborough Visitor's Center while you're downtown, to learn more about the community from local experts.  The center of Hillsborough sits on the banks of the Eno River. Frequent historical re-enactments commemorate the town's role as a political hub during the Colonial and Revolutionary Periods.

Outdoor Fun Around Every Corner

Whether you're strolling down the scenic streets of Hillsborough or looking for a more intense outdoor activity, there's plenty to do for fun outdoors around town. Visit the Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area to explore three miles of trails, drop a line in a pair of great fishing spots, or set up a picnic with beautiful, natural scenery all around you. Shopping for Hillsborough homes for sale means you'll never be far from your next outdoor adventure.

Events like the Sunday History Hike combine the community's love of history and nature, with scenic strolls lead by diverse local experts. You'll also find a ton of great parks around Hillsborough, from the massive Eno River State Park to the many parks and playgrounds spread throughout the community.

Entertainment, Culture, and Art in Hillsborough

The natural scenery, unique history, and bright future of Hillsborough make the community a popular place for writers, artists, and lovers of history. Throughout the community, you'll find loads of popular art galleries, where you can get in touch with the artistic side of Hillsborough. There are also excellent opportunities to explore the historic culture of Hillsborough, like the Occaneechi Village Replica Site, which replicates an Occaneechi village on the banks of the Eno River, in the same place that a real Occaneechi village stood more than 300 years ago.

Festivals, Events, and Family Fun

No matter the time of the year, you're sure to find some fun events and festivals on the schedule in Hillsborough. The annual Hillsborough Hog Day BBQ Festival draws visitors from every corner of North Carolina and beyond with some of the best barbecue, you'll ever taste. The Last Fridays Concert Series, which runs from April through June, is a free event from the Hillsborough Arts Council that always features fun for the whole family. There are events for all of the big holidays on the calendar, along with special opportunities to explore the historic homes, gardens, and buildings throughout the Hillsborough area.

Heard enough, and ready to find out first-hand why the town of Hillsborough, NC is such a special place to call home? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout the Hillsborough, NC area.

May
9

Taking a Peek at Apex

Taking a Peak at Apex, NC

From special events to daily delights, there are a ton of reasons to love calling the community of Apex, NC home. You'll find something fun to do in Apex during every season, with activities that every member of the family will enjoy. Our real estate agents have all of the exciting details on ten things you definitely won't want to miss in Apex, NC.

10 Things Not to Miss in Apex, NC

  1. Apex PeakFest
    Every year, the people of Apex come together to celebrate PeakFest, and Salem Street is transformed into one big festival. Shop from local vendors, grab some great food and enjoy family-friendly entertainment throughout the day at PeakFest.

  2. Halle Cultural Arts Center
    The Halle Cultural Arts Center is the place to be for arts and culture in Apex, with classes, performances, and plenty of opportunities to get involved first-hand. Enjoy a show with the family, or volunteer at the Center to support the arts in Apex.

  3. Saturday Morning Farmers Market
    Have a craving for something fresh, or searching for the perfect ingredients to create a meal of your own? The Apex Farmers Market is the place to be every Saturday morning during the spring and summer, as well as one Saturday per month during the winter.

  4. The Maynard-Pearson House
    There is history to be found everywhere you go in Apex Hill, and the Apex Historical Society does a fantastic job of bringing that history to life. The Maynard-Pearson House is the home-base of the Apex Historical Society, with a unique history of its own and fascinating exhibits to explore.

  5. Holiday Historic Homes Tour
    During the holiday season, the Apex Historical Society offers the opportunity to tour some of the community's most historic homes. While these homes won't be popping up on the list of Apex Hill homes for sale anytime soon, exploring them is a great way to enjoy some quality time with the family during the holidays.

  6. Apex Nature Park
    Explore the outdoors, get in a great workout, or simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the sights at Apex Nature Park. The park includes an amphitheater, trail system, disc golf, and a dog park for your four-legged friends.

  7. Knights Play Golf Center
    In most towns, you can go golfing in the day, or not at all, but Apex is a bit different thanks to the Knights Play Golf Center. This brightly lit, 27-hole course is open until midnight, and playing golf under the lights is a truly unique experience that you won't find in many other communities.

  8. Moon & Lola
    Searching for the perfect gift, or the perfect treat for yourself? Stop by Moon & Lola to shop for unique, personalized jewelry that you won't find anywhere else.

  9. Historic Downtown Apex
    Not sure what you're in the mood to do? No problem! Just head to Historic Downtown Apex, where you'll find local businesses, historic buildings, special events, and the Apex Train Depot, which doubles as a historical museum.

  10. Anna's Pizzeria
    You'll find plenty of excellent places to grab a meal throughout Apex, and Anna's Pizzeria is a great example of why that's the case. In addition to delicious, New York-style pizzas, Anna's offers the sort of friendly, thoughtful service that you'll find in so many of Apex's local small businesses.

Ready to start shopping for homes near all of the great attractions in Apex with the help of an experienced, local real estate team? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout the Apex, NC area.

April
30

2018 Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo

Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo
Every year, visitors and residents of Raleigh, NC head downtown for a truly unique type of rodeo, where food and fun come together for a truly unique dining experience. The Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo is an awesome opportunity to enjoy some of the best food that the Research Triangle has to offer, support local businesses, and learn why so many residents of the Triangle love visiting food trucks in their favorite communities. Our real estate agents have all of the details on this exciting event in Raleigh, along with a closer look at why food trucks have become such a popular part of culinary life in the community. 

Raleigh Is All Revved Up for the 2018 Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo

When you shop Raleigh homes for sale, you can rest assured that you'll never be far from a great meal. The Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo is a fantastic opportunity to sample the city's culinary culture, and there are four opportunities to enjoy the Food Truck Rodeo throughout the summer.

The 2018 Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo

Where: Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, NC
Dates and Times: May 6 (12-6 PM), June 10 (12-6 PM), August 5 (3-9 PM), October 14 (12-6 PM)
Admission: The Food Truck Rodeo Is a Free Event, with Ample Outdoor Seating

Enjoy Unique Flavors from Raleigh and Beyond at the 2018 Food Truck Rodeo

If you've never been to the Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo before, our first advice is to make sure you shop up hungry. There is simply so much to try, with food trucks coming from across the state of North Carolina to showcase their unique culinary creations.

  • The Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo is a big event, with food trucks covering more than a half-mile stretch on Fayetteville Street in Raleigh. In total, the Food Truck Rodeo spans 11 city blocks, with food drawing on cultures from across the world.

  • The Food Truck Rodeo is also a great chance to get out and spend some time with the community in your favorite city. There are more than 1,000 seats set up around the food truck area, so you can sit down, enjoy a meal with friends old and new, and trade tips on the best food trucks at the event.

  • Wondering what sort of dining options will be on the menu for this year's Food Truck Rodeo? Don't worry, there's a map for that. On that map, you'll find a list of food trucks that offer everything from baguettes to Philly cheesesteaks, with plenty of sweet, savory dessert options on the menu as well.

Why Food Trucks Have Quickly Become a Beloved Part of Life in the Research Triangle

While food trucks have been around in North Carolina for a long time, the number of food trucks and food truck-themed events has certainly seen a sharp rise in recent years. College campuses like the NC State University play a big role in that popularity, as food trucks offer college students an affordable way to get a unique, creative meal on campus. These days, you'll find food trucks in any place where people congregate, whether in high-traffic work areas, at special events, or at festivals like the Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo. Raleigh is a foodie's dream, and food trucks are a big reason why that's the case.

Are you ready to find a home that makes it easy to enjoy all of the fabulous flavors and exciting attractions that Raleigh has to offer? Contact us at Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout the Raleigh, NC area.

April
11

Living in Fuquay-Varina and Loving It

Fuquay-Varina NC
Fuquay-Varina, NC is located in Wake County, just a short drive southwest from the city of Raleigh. While you'll have easy access to the big city, you'll also find everything you need to live, work, and play close to home in Fuquay-Varina. The community is home to two dynamic downtowns, a healthy economy, loads of unique local businesses, and more than enough attractions to keep every member of the family entertained. Our real estate agents have all the details on why Fuquay-Varina is such a popular place to call home.

Live, Play, Work in Fuquay-Varina, NC


Plenty to Do in Fuquay-Varina 

Whether you're looking for a great meal, a fun community event, or a chance to shop locally, you'll find it all in Fuquay-Varina's two downtown areas. With everything from art galleries to tattoo shops, you won't need to travel far to find what you need in the community. The downtown areas are also the place to be for special events, and there are plenty of fun ones on the calendar. Since Fuquay-Varina was actually created from two separate communities, you get the unique perk of having two downtowns to explore, within one great community.

Enjoy Arts and Culture Close to Home

The arts are an important part of life in Fuquay-Varina, with plenty of events, art galleries, and concerts to enjoy in the community. You can visit Ashley's Art Gallery or Magnolia House to see work from local artists and enjoy the sweet sounds of local musicians at the Follow Me 2 Fuquay-Varina Concert Series. The Fuquay-Varina Arts Center, which is expected to open its doors in the summer of 2018, is set to become a hub of arts in the community, with classes, exhibits, events, and more.

A Home to Match Every Buyer and Budget

Are you ready to start loving life in Fuquay-Varina? Then you'll have plenty of great options to choose from when you shop for Fuquay-Varina homes for sale. With luxury listings that are sure to impress and single-family homes of all sizes, you'll have diverse options when it's time to identify the home that suits your needs. Homes in downtown Fuquay-Varina offer easy access to all of the community's great local amenities, while homes in the outer parts of town boast ample natural scenery with beautiful views from your front door.

Big Events Bring the Community Together

You won't have any trouble finding things to do in Fuquay-Varina, and there will be loads of special dates to circle on your calendar throughout the year. That's because the people of Fuquay-Varina love getting together for big community events, including the annual Celebrate Fuquay-Varina Festival. The biggest event of the year is typically the WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest when the skies above Fuquay-Varina are filled with hot air balloons, while the streets are filled with food and family fun.

Experience the Fuquay Mineral Spring

During its earliest days, Fuquay-Varina was built up around the Fuquay Mineral Spring, which provided mineral-rich water that people once thought had special healing powers. Visitors came from far and wide to see the spring in those days, and today the Fuquay Mineral Spring is still a great place to enjoy a picnic, take in the sights, and learn about a unique element of local history.

Are you ready to start shopping, and find out first-hand why Fuquay-Varina is such a great place to call home? Contact Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston to buy and sell homes throughout the Fuquay-Varina, NC area.

December
28

New Year's Celebrations & Events

New Year's Celebrations and EventsIt will soon be time to ring in 2018! Where will you cheer on the new year? Whether you're seeking a daytime celebration for the whole family or a night out with a special someone, the Triangle is a happening place to be on New Year's Eve. You'll even find fun activities on New Year's Day to get the new year off to a great start.

Cary

Roll the Bean New Year's Eve Celebration

Jellybean's Super Skate Center of Cary

1120 Buck Jones Road, Raleigh

Sunday, Dec. 31 from 8:30 p.m. to Monday, Jan. 1 at 1 a.m.

Admission is $25 for youth 15 and under

 

First Walk—New Year, New You

Bond Park

1100 Norwell Boulevard in Cary

Monday, Jan. 1 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Start at North Cary Park entrance to the Black Creek Greenway

 

Chapel Hill

Night Lights: A Family-Friendly New Year's Eve

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

250 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill

Sunday, Dec. 31

2 to 6 p.m.

Tickets are $5 online

Ready to host kids of all ages, Night Lights will offer a fun-filled New Year's Eve in Chapel Hill. Guests young and old will enjoy games, shows in the GSK Fulldome Theater, science and dance performances, and food truck delights.

 

Durham

New Year's Eve Party

Ponysaurus Brewing Co.

219 Hood Street in Durham

Sunday, Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to Monday, Jan. 1 at 2 a.m.

Raise a glass and share your cheer for a brand new year! Ponysaurus Brewing is excited to host its annual New Year's Eve party with a live performance by Chocolate Thunder and new brews!

 

New Year's Day 8K Run at Duke Forest

Duke School, 3716 Erwin Road, Durham

Monday, Jan. 1 at 1 p.m., registration begins at noon

 

First Day Hikes

Eno River State Park

6101 Cole Mill Road, Durham 27705

Monday, Jan. 1 at 2 p.m.

Starts at the Few's Ford Picnic Shelter (20 minutes from park entrance)

Two hikes: two-mile or four- to five-mile hikes

 

Raleigh

Noon Year's Eve

Marbles Kids Museum

201 East Hargett Street in Raleigh

Sunday, Dec. 31 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

$7 per person

Want to celebrate the new year without staying up late? Take the family to Marbles Kids Museum to ring in the "noon" year instead! Your little ones will love taking part in a bubble-wrap fireworks display, official noonday countdown, and festive dance party.

 

First Night Raleigh

Downtown Raleigh

Sunday, Dec. 31 to Monday, Jan. 1

Activities starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31

View an event schedule here

Join in a family-friendly New Year's Eve celebration in downtown Raleigh! This daylong event begins at 2 p.m. and runs through midnight. With afternoon activities for the kiddos in Bicentennial Plaza, a Ferris wheel, sleigh and trolley rides, live musical performances, evening fireworks and more, you'll be able to ring in the new year with great cheer!  

Events throughout the day:

DIY Festival

NC Museums of History & Natural Sciences and Bicentennial Plaza

2 to 6 p.m.

Children 5-years-old and under permitted free with a pass-wearing adult

People's Procession

Walk down Salisbury Street

Lineup begins at 5:30 p.m. along Edenton Street

Early Countdown & Fireworks

Main Stage on City Plaza

5:30 to 7 p.m.

Evening Concert Performances

Indoor and Outdoor Venues throughout downtown

7 to 11:30 p.m.

City Plaza Main Stage Performances

City Plaza

5 p.m. to Midnight

Giant Acorn Drop and Fireworks

City Plaza

Midnight

 

Raleigh's Ultimate New Year's Eve Party

Isaac Hunter's Tavern

414 Fayetteville Street in Raleigh

Sunday, Dec. 31 from 8 p.m. to Monday, Jan. 1 at 2 a.m.

Tickets are $45, available online

Score a front-row seat to Raleigh's Giant Acorn Drop at Isaac Hunter's Tavern on New Year's Eve. The popular pub will host a fantastic affair for its mature crowd well into the night.

 

The Official 2018 New Year's Eve Celebration

Downtown Raleigh Sheraton

421 South Salisbury Street

Sunday, Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to Monday, Jan. 1 at 2 a.m.

Ticket prices vary, available online

Party the night away with Miss North Carolina and other area iHeartMedia radio hosts at this lively New Year's Eve celebration. Stretching across three large ballrooms, the event will feature a live performance by the Red Line Band and three expert DJs scheduled to spin their jams till after the Giant Acorn drops.

 

First Day Hike

William B. Umstead Park

Monday, Jan. 1 at 9 a.m.

Starts at the Reedy Creek Parking Lot (Harrison Avenue; Exit 287 off I-40)

Four-mile hike along Company Mill Trail

December
7

Let's Talk Turkey... Again!

Have you purchased a Turkeys for the Triangle raffle ticket yet? Please do!

Our entire Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate team is selling raffle tickets to raise money to support this important program and feed more than 20,000 people in need this holiday season.

We donated 2,500 turkeys to more than 100 nonprofits and military organizations for Thanksgiving, and now, we have our hearts set on nourishing our neighbors with another 2,000 birds at Christmas. 

Will you help us meet our goal? Here are 10 reasons you should donate $10 to our cause…

  1. A chance to win four tickets to a performance at the DPAC
  2. The opportunity to win a new Weber Grill
  3. A 55" Flat Screen TV could be yours
  4. The special feeling you get for giving to support others in need
  5. You could win a new Yeti Cooler for tailgating, beach-going and more
  6. You may be able to dine for days with $500 gift card to your favorite restaurant 
  7. Another way to give back to the community you love
  8. 2018 may be a year of relaxation thanks to a one-year Massage Envy membership
  9. You could find yourself behind the wheel of a 2018 Lexus from Johnson Lexus of Raleigh for a year
  10. Your generous donation will help our real estate team feed families throughout the Triangle region and beyond this holiday season!

 

Buy a Turkeys for the Triangle Raffle Ticket!

Your Turkeys for the Triangle raffle ticket is only a few clicks away!

Visit www.TurkeysfortheTriangle.com to purchase a raffle ticket to help us help others. 

Turkeys for the Triangle raffle tickets are $10 each or three for $20. 

 

Turkeys for the Triangle Raffle Prizes

Turkeys for the Triangle raffle prizes

 

Turkeys for the Triangle raffle prizes will be awarded on Wednesday, Dec. 20 at Johnson Lexus of Raleigh on Capital Boulevard; winners need not be in attendance.  

November
29

Holiday Parades and Tree Lightings

Holiday Parades and Tree Lightings

Only days away from the start of December and the countdown to Christmas, our Triangle cities and towns are getting ready to welcome the holidays in style.

Lively parades, bright, twinkling lights, and towering trees will soon usher in festive fun that you and your family won't want to miss.

Join hundreds, even thousands, of your Triangle neighbors at these area events to celebrate the spirited season this weekend and next.

Triangle Area Holiday Parades & Tree Lightings  

 

Apex

Christmas on Salem Street

Friday, Dec. 1 beginning at 5 p.m.

Salem Street in downtown Apex

Christmas on Salem Street is a must-visit event! Head to downtown Apex to celebrate the season with caroling, horse-drawn carriage and kiddie train rides (tickets needed), Santa's Workshop crafts, cookie decorating, and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Claus. 

Apex's Grand Christmas Parade

Saturday, Dec. 2 at 5 p.m.

Salem Street in downtown Apex

The annual Apex Grand Christmas Parade will bring a lineup of holiday sights and delights! Round up the family and find some seats along Salem Street to take part in this cheerful event.

 

Cary

Hearts of the Holidays Celebration

Saturday, Dec. 2 with events beginning at 10 a.m.

Downtown Cary

Cary is ready to celebrate Christmas with a day full of festivities! Take the little ones to Santa's Workshop, stroll through the Ole Time Winter Festival, write a letter to Santa, take part in the Gingerbread House Competition and enjoy the lighting of the town's Christmas tree.

Cary Jaycees Christmas Parade

Saturday, Dec. 9 at 2 p.m.

Downtown Cary

For nearly 40 years, the Cary Jaycees have hosted a spirited parade complete with area bands, sports team mascots, and floats decorated by local businesses and community groups. Make sure to arrive at Chatham Street early to grab a seat!

 

Chapel Hill-Carrboro

Chapel Hill Community Tree Lighting Ceremony

Sunday, Dec. 3 at 6 p.m.

University Baptist Church Memorial Garden

100 S. Columbia Street in Chapel Hill

Holiday cheer will be abundant with caroling and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Chapel Hill Community Tree Lighting Ceremony!

Chapel Hill – Carrboro Holiday Parade

Saturday, Dec. 9 from 10 a.m. to noon

Begins at the old Post Office on East Franklin Street in Chapel Hill 

Snag a seat on Franklin Street to watch the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade roll by. Holiday floats, marching bands and performers, and a sleigh-riding Santa are sure to put a smile on your face and the Christmas spirit in your heart.

 

Durham

Durham Holiday Parade

Saturday, Dec. 2 at 11 a.m.

Downtown Durham

Floats, mascots, marching bands and street vendors will be hitting the pavement for a festive parade through downtown Durham this Saturday. Bring a chair or a blanket and grab a seat to take part in the holiday highlight.  

Holiday Fun Fest

Saturday, Dec. 2 from noon to 4 p.m.

American Tobacco Campus

318 Blackwell Street in Durham

Get ready to sled in the city this Saturday! Durham's American Tobacco Campus will be filled with snow and all of the activities that go with it. Bundle up the kids and go have some serious fun!

 

Fuquay-Varina 

Fuquay-Varina Tree Lighting

Thursday, Nov. 30 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Main/Vance Street lot in downtown Fuquay-Varina

Downtown Fuquay-Varina will soon be bursting with holiday spirit! Plan to take part in the annual tree lighting ceremony, visit with Santa, sing along with carolers, and ice skating! There will even be a life-size snow globe! 

Fuquay-Varina Christmas Parade

Sunday, Dec. 3 at 3 p.m.

Main Street in downtown Fuquay-Varina

Downtown Fuquay-Varina will be extra festive this Sunday as the annual Christmas Parade is set to roll through. Get ready for holiday-themed floats, live performances by area bands and dance troops and more! 

 

Garner 

Light Up Main

Friday, Dec. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Downtown Garner 

Downtown Garner will pull out all of the holiday stops at its annual Light Up Main Christmas tree lighting event. There will be activities for the entire family including kids' crafts and activities, live performances, and photos with Santa himself. 

Town of Garner Christmas Parade

Saturday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.

Downtown Garner 

Main Street will be especially merry this Saturday as the Garner Christmas Parade marches through. Guest will enjoy community floats, high school bands, classic cars, local musicians and dancers, and Santa Claus, of course!

 

Goldsboro 

Goldsboro Christmas Parade

Saturday, Dec. 2 at 4 p.m.

Downtown Goldsboro

A Wayne County favorite, the Goldsboro Christmas Parade will bring cheer to the city's streets this Saturday! Make sure to arrive early to grab a good seat for this fun and festive float-filled affair.

 

Hillsborough

Hillsborough Holiday Parade

Saturday, Dec. 2 at 4:45 p.m.

Downtown Hillsborough

Historic Hillsborough will usher in the holidays for residents and guests this Saturday. The holiday parade will start the grand affair with the Annual Tree Lighting event immediately after.

 

Holly Springs

Happy Holly Days Parade

Saturday, Dec. 9 at 11 a.m.

Main Street in Holly Springs

Holly Springs families and guests are in for a treat next Saturday, as the town's annual parade will flow down Main Street. Decorated floats, high school bands, horses, vintage vehicles and more will surely impress.

 

Knightdale

Christmas On First Avenue

Friday, Dec. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Knightdale Station Park Amphitheater

810 North First Avenue in Knightdale

Knightdale will light its Christmas tree this Friday with hot chocolate, holiday goodies, local entertainment and Santa's better half, Mrs. Claus.

Town of Knightdale Christmas Parade

Saturday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m.

Begins at Knightdale Elementary School

Grab a seat on the Town of Knightdale's Christmas Parade route and get ready to watch colorful and creative floats go by with Santa at the very end.

 

Mebane

Mebane Christmas Parade

Friday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m.

Downtown Mebane 

Mebane's evening Christmas parade will light up the night as local floats designed by area businesses and community members pass you by. The N.C. A&T Marching Band will also bring music to the town's streets, and Santa will round out the festive flow.

 

Morrisville

Morrisville Annual Tree Lighting

Friday, Dec. 1 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Morrisville Town Hall

Hot chocolate, holiday arts and crafts, and a trackless train will delight Morrisville's youngest residents and their parents. Join in this time-honored tradition to see the town's tree shine brightly with Santa by its side. 

 

Raleigh

Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting Celebration

Saturday, Dec. 2 from 4 to 8 p.m.

Downtown Raleigh

City Plaza, 421 Fayetteville Street

Holiday fun awaits you in downtown Raleigh this Saturday. Enjoy live entertainment, holiday refreshments, amusements and activities and a 40-foot Snowzilla slide. As the sky darkens, Mayor Nancy McFarlane will light the city's towering Christmas tree. 

 

Rolesville

Christmas Parade and Santa Visit

Sunday, Dec. 3 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Main Street in downtown Rolesville

Visit with Santa at the Rolesville Chamber of Commerce at 200 East Young Street

Christmas will make its way to Rolesville this Sunday. The town's annual parade will kick off the merry season and visits with Santa will follow shortly after!

 

Wake Forest 

Lighting of Wake Forest

Friday, Dec. 1 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Wake Forest Town Hall 

Wake Forest will soon light up its 30-foot Christmas tree with festivities galore. Santa will arrive by fire truck, and local groups will sing and dance the night away with live performances.

Wake Forest Christmas Parade

Saturday, Dec. 9 at 1 p.m.

Downtown Wake Forest

More than 100 colorful holiday floats with cheerful décor will pass you by in Wake Forest next weekend. Join in the Christmas fun as the town welcomes Santa Claus to a sea of smiling faces.

 

Wendell

Wendell Wonderland

Friday, Dec. 1 beginning at 5 p.m.

Corner of Third and Cypress Streets in downtown Wendell

Want to be dazzled? Head to Wendell this Friday to see the lighting of its town tree and experience its annual Light Show with more than 400,000 twinkling holiday lights. Event goers will be excited to see Santa and take part in the event's holiday activities.

November
9

Veterans Day Events and Memorials

Veterans Day Events and MemorialsVeterans Day is an important day of recognition in our country.

It is a day to pay tribute to the numerous men and women who staked their lives for our own and proudly served to protect our families and freedoms. It's a day to show gratitude for our nation's heroes.

While we are always grateful for their commitment, we are especially thankful for the opportunity to recognize them on this day.

Our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston real estate team proudly salutes all veterans in our local communities and across the nation for the sacrifices they made during their years of service.

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them."

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

 

Area Veterans Day Events

 

Durham Veterans Day Recognition Luncheon and Celebration

Durham County Human Services Complex

414 East Main Street in Durham

Thursday, Nov. 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

 

Hillsborough Veterans Day Breakfast

Passmore Center

103 Meadowlands Drive in Hillsborough

Friday, Nov. 10 at 8:30 a.m.

Veterans and family members invited to attend

 

Holly Springs Veterans Day Ceremony

Veterans Park

600 Bikram Drive in Holly Springs

Friday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m.

 

Orange County Veterans Day Ceremony

Orange County Veterans Memorial at Chapel Hill

Adjacent to the Southern Human Services Center off Homestead Road in Chapel Hill

Friday, Nov. 10 at 11 a.m.

 

2017 North Carolina Veterans Day Parade & Ceremony

Downtown Raleigh

Saturday, Nov. 11 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Parade at 9 a.m.; lineup begins at 8 a.m.

The parade weaves through downtown Raleigh started at South Salisbury Street between Martin and Lenoir streets

Ceremony at 11 a.m.

State Capitol

1 East Edenton Street in downtown Raleigh

 

Cary Veterans Day Observance

Veterans Freedom Park

1513 North Harrison Avenue in Cary

Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. to noon

 

Garner Veterans Day Observance

Aversboro Road Baptist Church

1600 Aversboro Road in Garner

Saturday, Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to noon

 

Wake Forest Veterans Day Observance

Veterans' Memorial of Wake Forest

Located beside the clubhouse at Heritage Wake Forest

Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.

 

Wayne County Veterans Day Parade

South Center Street in downtown Goldsboro

Saturday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.

  

Area Veterans Memorials and Monuments

 

Durham Vietnam Veterans Living Memorial

Behind the Edison Johnson Recreation Center

600 West Murray Avenue in Durham

 

Garner Veterans Memorial

Located at 921 Buffaloe Road in Garner

 

North Carolina Veterans Monument

Located in Capitol Square in downtown Raleigh

 

NC Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Located in Union Square in downtown Raleigh

 

Raleigh National Cemetery

Located at 501 Rock Quarry Road in Raleigh

 

Veterans Freedom Park

Located at 1513 North Harrison Avenue in Cary

 

Veterans Memorial Garden

Next to the Mebane Police Station on U.S. 70 and Fifth Street in Mebane

 

Veterans' Memorial of Wake Forest

Located beside the clubhouse at Heritage Wake Forest

October
26

Halloween Haunts and Jaunts

Halloween Haunts and Jaunts Halloween is only a few days away, and this is the weekend to take part in fall fun and frightful delights!

No matter your preference for jolly jack-o-lanterns or spooky soirees, there are all types of haunts and jaunts taking place throughout the Triangle for you to enjoy. 

Take the little ones out to pick some pumpkins, sip on cider, and find the way through a tall corn maze and then grab a sitter and round up some fright-loving friends to get your ghostly ghoul on some area fear farms and haunted houses. 

Not-So-Scary Family Fun

 
Naylor Family Farm & Giant Corn Maze

6016 U.S. 401 North in Fuquay-Varina

Now through Saturday, Nov. 5

Fridays, 1 to 6 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sundays, 1 to 6 p.m.

$18 per person; children 2 and under are free

Want to wander through a giant cornfield? Naylor Family Farm is for you. Featuring a 10-acre corn maze, a farm animal petting zoo, gem mining, an inflatable jump pad and other kids attractions, your mini monsters, and silly ghosts will have great fun.

 

Halloween Hayrides

Clayton Community Park

1075 Amelia Church Road in Clayton

Friday, Oct. 27 from 4 to 6 p.m.

$5 for children 12 and under; parents ride free with each paid child; children 2 and under are free

Gather up your superheroes, princesses, skeletons, and witches and take them on a Halloween hayride at the Clayton Community Park. With story stops along the way, your children will have fun as they ride through Halloween Land. Fun games, candy, and attractions will also delight.

The Town of Clayton will also host a Halloween Movie Night on Friday evening at dark. Grab some blankets, drinks, and munchies and watch Hocus Pocus under the stars at Clayton Town Square at 110 West Main Street.

 

Boo Bash!

Millbrook Exchange Community Center

1905 Spring Forest Road in Raleigh

Friday, Oct. 27 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 30 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Free event for families with children ages 10 and younger

RSVP on RecLink to attend—search for Boo Bash! Under "Advanced Search"

Your costumed children will enjoy taking part in this spooktacular event! They can fill their Halloween bag with treats and sweets trunk-or-treating in the Center's parking lot, walk through the Spooky Bus, hear some ghost stories, and participate in creepy crafts.

 

Goblin's Groove Family Dance

The Halle Cultural Arts Center

237 N. Salem Street in Apex

Saturday, Oct. 28 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

$5 per couple and $2 each additional child

Dress up the whole family and get ready to boogie down and dance at the Halle Center. Fun music, costume contest, games and Halloween tricks and treats will make this event a big hit!

 

Halloween Pumpkin Fest at Fearrington Village

Fearrington Village in Pittsboro

Sunday, Oct. 29 from 6 to 10 p.m.

Free event

Fearrington will be aglow with more than 80 intricately carved pumpkins tucked into the Village Center gardens. McIntyre's Books will host spooky story times at 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. The pumpkin display will remain up through Halloween on Tuesday, Oct. 31.  

 

Hallow-Eno

West Point on the Eno

5101 N. Roxboro Road in Durham

Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Free event for families with children ages 12 and under

 Spend Halloween at Eno Park with campfire stories and songs, hayrides through the woods, face painting and festive crafts. Hosted by the Durham Parks and Recreation Department 

 

Scream-filled Scenes 

 

Clayton Fear Farm Haunted Scream Park

1620 Loop Road, Clayton

Thursday, Oct. 26 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28 from 7 p.m. to midnight

Sunday, Oct. 29, Monday, Oct. 30 and Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 7 to 11 p.m.

$27 all-inclusive ticket or $13 for single attraction ticket per person

Clayton Fear Farm's Haunted Scream Park gets its name honestly. A farm full of creepy attractions that will seriously scare, you are going to want to prepare yourself for a night of fright. 

 

Haunted Forest at Panic Point

2808 Cedar Creek Road, Youngsville

Open tonight through Halloween on Tuesday, Oct. 31 starting at 6 p.m.

Ticket prices vary by day and package; purchase tickets online before they sell out

Named North Carolina's top haunted attraction, Panic Point is a must-visit for thrill seekers ready for a chilling experience. Six haunted attractions filled with gruesome characters and creatures ready to give you the scare of a lifetime. 

 

Harvested Farm Nightmares

3175 Benson Highway (HWY 50), Garner

Friday, Oct. 27, Saturday, Oct. 28, Monday, Oct. 30 and Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31 starting at 7 p.m.

$17 per person

Promising to give you nightmares for days, this haunted attraction has the menacing mayhem you seek for a Halloween fright. Be prepared to see zombies, monsters and crazy creeps lurking in the darkness.  

 

Haunted Hillsborough Sanitarium

Alleyway behind 106 S. Churton Street in Hillsborough (next to Dual Supply)

Halloween, Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Free event

A seriously scary scene awaits you down the alley behind our Coldwell Banker Howard Perry and Walston Hillsborough office on South Churton Street. Make it through the spooky Sanitarium to earn your treats!

 

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