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Entertainment in Raleigh, Durham & Chapel Hill

The Triangle offers an abundance of entertainment options for everyone from the bored local to the curious tourist to enjoy, from excellent award-winning theater to interesting hole-in-the-wall musical joints where you can enjoy fresh and interesting live musical performances. Here are just some recommendations if you ever find yourself out on the town and looking for something new and exciting.

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North Carolina Symphony OrchestraThese are some of the performances you wouldn’t want to miss while in Raleigh. With more than 82 years of music-making history, the highly acclaimed orchestra holds over 175 performances every year. Known for their innovative and cutting-edge approach to musical performances, they are the first orchestra to be supported by the country, bringing outstanding and awe-inspiring productions all year round and setting the bar for musicians everywhere.

Carolina BalletDubbed as one of the Cultural Treasures of the Triangle, the Carolina Ballet features outstanding performances that continue to inspire and move audiences all over the world. They are known for their flawless and amazing art direction and storytelling through the classical art of ballet. Lead by CEO and director Robert Weiss. Their first season launched in 1997.


In the mood for live musical performances that feature fresh talent or for an eclectic musical experience? Head on over to Durham’s Duke Coffeehouse. Considered one of the region’s most enduring musical venues, it has been featuring independent bands and musicians for more than three decades. You can find this musical hub inside Duke University.

Chapel Hill

Playmakers TheatreDubbed one of “America’s best theatre companies,” The Playmakers Theatre collective calls the University of North Carolina its home base. Producing topnotch productions of classical and modern pieces, they deliver truly fascinating performances and have a highly acclaimed portfolio of very successful on-stage performances. Why not go enjoy a night at the theater when in Chapel Hill with your friends and family and experience local talent at its finest.

Local 506. Some of the best musicians have gotten their start in hole-in-the-wall places like Local 506. Experience music the way it should be enjoyed – raw, live and unfiltered with the musicians right up close. It’s a different artist and genre every night so make sure to check their website to see upcoming artists and gig schedules.