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 Inside the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh
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Raleigh is home to an array of free, world-class museums and arts and cultural attractions, leading to its nickname “Smithsonian of the South.” The term was coined by a local writer and sanctioned by the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

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A performance during Dreamville Music Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina
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Raleigh is home to more than 80 live music venues and hosts festivals for nearly every genre; that’s why Rolling Stone dubbed it “One of the Best Music Scenes Right Now.”

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The George Washington statue inside the North Carolina State Capitol
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The North Carolina State Capitol building features a statue of George Washington (the USA’s first president) wearing a toga and Roman sandals.

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Creating an exhibit for Art in Bloom in Raleigh, North Carolina
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Art in Bloom

March

Watching a concert during the Artsplosure festival in Raleigh, North Carolina
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Sunflowers in Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh, North Carolina
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Celebrating diversity at Out! Raleigh Pride in North Carolina
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Out! Raleigh Pride

August

Crowds enjoying the Brewgaloo craft beer festival in Raleigh, North Carolina
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Brewgaloo

August

A performer at Dreamville Festival, a live music event in Raleigh, North Carolina
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Dreamville Festival

August

A performance at Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina
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Hopscotch Music Festival

September

A performance at World of Bluegrass Festival in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina
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World of Bluegrass Festival

September

A skyride at the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh
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N.C. State Fair

October

A  Ferris wheel downtown during First Night Raleigh
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First Night Raleigh

December