January Activities in the Triangle Area

CAM First Friday and Free Family Day

Where: Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh

When: Fri, Jan 3 (First Friday), 6 pm; Sat, Jan 4 (Free Family Day)

CAM, located in Raleigh’s Warehouse District, will open its door free to the public two days in a row. Part of Raleigh’s First Friday, there will also be food trucks, local DJs, and special performances. On Saturday, attendees will have the opportunity to make their own art, eat ice cream and more. Right now, the museum’s feature exhibit is Viva Viclas: The Art of the Lowrider Motorcycle.



Tree Toss 2020

Where: Animal Park at the Conservation Center, Burlington

When: Sat, Jan 4 and Sat, Jan 18

The Animal Park at the Conservation Center is a home to exotic animals that were rescued from previous poor ownership. The center aims to educate the public on these animals, laws and more. It also serves as a hub of volunteers. The Tree Toss is the annual event when the center gives donated Christmas trees to the animals who love them as play toys. Come out and witness this truly unique experience.

Tree Toss


Full Moon Hike at Harris Lake

Where: Longleaf Shelter, Harris Lake 

When: Fri, Jan 10, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Hike around the park with local staff and witness the first full moon of the year. The walk will end with a vista of the bright moon over the lake. There are also several other activities put on by the park staff throughout January and beyond. Check out the site for more info.

Harris Lake


Triangle Restaurant Week

Where: All over the Triangle!

When: Mon-Fri, Jan 20-26

“Triangle Restaurant Week is a week-long celebration of culinary excellence designed to incorporate the premier Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding area restaurants.” Amazing restaurants all across the area will be offering set 3-course meals with lunches for $15 and dinners ranging from $20-$35. Check the event site for a full list of restaurants and don’t miss this great opportunity to explore our area’s best food.



Chapel Hill MLK Jr. Lecture and Award Ceremony

Where: Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill

When: Wed, Jan 22, 7 pm

Georgetown sociology Professor Dr. Michael Eric Dyson will deliver a keynote speech and awards and scholarships will be presented. Dr. Dyson has been called “the ideal public intellectual of our time” by Naomi Wolf and has written numerous books that cover a range of topics including pop culture and race relations. Tickets are free but required.


Downtown Raleigh Home Show

Where: Raleigh Convention Center

When: Fri-Sat, Jan 24-26

“The Downtown Raleigh Home Show is a vibrant marketplace where you can shop for home-related products and services, experience stunning displays to help inspire your next home project, connect with industry experts, and enjoy informative presentations from renowned local and international home professionals.”

Home Show


19th Annual African American Cultural Celebration

Where: North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh

When: Sat, Jan 25, 10 am – 4:30 pm

The event will mark the state’s kickoff of Black History Month and has been named a Top 20 event by the Southeast Tourism Society. There will be musicians, storytellers, dancers, chefs, historians, playwrights, authors, artists, reenactors and more.

African American Cultural Celebration