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Greater Raleigh, N.c. - 2004 Events Calendar

GREATER RALEIGH, N.C. - 2004 EVENTS CALENDAR

RALEIGH, N.C. (January 2004) - The Greater Raleigh, N.C., area unveils its Calendar of Events for 2004. These include a line-up of major festivals, cultural performances, marquee athletic events and "off-beat" traditions throughout North Carolina's capital region. To receive a free Visitors Guide or more information on 2004 events, check out www.visitraleigh.com or call (800) 849-8499.

Current - February 1

"Lindbergh" at North Carolina Museum of History: The Missouri Historical Society developed this traveling exhibit to celebrate the 75th anniversary of Charles A. Lindbergh's historic 1927 trans-Atlantic flight. See approximately 400 artifacts related to Lindbergh, his flight and the celebrity that grew out of his accomplishments. Free admission. www.ncmuseumofhistory.org

Current - March 7

"Defying Gravity: Contemporary Art and Flight" at North Carolina Museum of Art: The wild and heroic feat accomplished by the Wright brothers will be celebrated with a collection of 70 major pieces of art created in the last quarter century from around the world. Exhibition focuses on flight's impact on contemporary art and on its role as a metaphor for transformation. Free admission to museum. www.ncartmuseum.org

Current - April 18

"Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit" at N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences: Making its only stop in the region, the exhibit tells the stories of passengers on the ill-fated Titanic. Painstakingly recovered from the debris field surrounding the wreck and artfully conserved, these objects recall those who journeyed with the Titanic into history. www.naturalsciences.org

Current - May 27

"The Greatest Places" at IMAX Theatre at Exploris: This large-format film takes audiences on a breathtaking journey to seven of the most geographically dynamic locations on Earth, including Madagascar, the Namib Desert, the great icecap of Greenland, Brazil's Iguazu Falls, Chang Tan Plateau in Tibet, and the Amazon River. Admission: $8.95 adults, $7.95 seniors 60+, free for children 4 and under. www.exploris.org

Current - May 29, 2005

"Pioneers of Aviation" at North Carolina Museum of History: Orville Wright's inaugural flight at Kill Devil Hills in 1903 launched the age of aviation. "Pioneers of Aviation" celebrates this monumental event and highlights other Tar Heel aviators and aviation innovators. Free admission. www.ncmuseumofhistory.org

February 22-28

CIAA Basketball Tournament: 59th annual men's and women's basketball tournament and week-long social event for the CIAA (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association), a competition among 12 historically black colleges and universities from North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland at RBC Center. Tickets range from $37.50-$125. www.ciaa2004.com

March 27-28 & April 3-4

N.C. Renaissance Faire: Any person wishing to reenact life in the court of Medieval England, from the time of King Arthur through Queen Elizabeth I will have a jolly old time at the North Carolina Renaissance Faire. The celebration will include an ample feast of crafts, entertainment and exotic food and drinks. Admission: $10 adults, $5 children 5-12 and seniors 65+, children under 5 free. www.ncrenfaire.com

Opening Spring 2004-Summer 2005

"Planes, Trains and Automobiles: Transportation in the Triangle" at Raleigh City Museum: Explores the history of transportation in the Raleigh area from the earliest modes of travel by stagecoach, horse or buggy to the advent of the railroad, airplane and automobile. Local stories will be documented and the exhibit will utilize historical photographs, interpretive text panels and donated artifacts to illustrate the impact of transportation in Raleigh over the past 200 years. Free admission. www.raleighcitymuseum.org

April 3-August 1

"China On Tour: Visiting Masters of Ancient Innovation" at Exploris: Artifacts from 7,000 years of Chinese innovation are featured in this exhibition from the Science and Technology Museum of Beijing. Throughout the exhibition, master artisans demonstrate their craftsmanship and bring to life the artistry of calligraphy, kite making, ceramics, and more. www.exploris.org

May 13-16

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" at BTI Center for the Performing Arts: One of Shakespeare's most enduring and delightful comedies comes to life in act one of George Balanchine's timeless masterpiece that Robert Weiss faithfully reproduces in a final tribute to his mentor to end the Carolina Ballet season. Tickets range from $10 (weekend matinee) - $59. www.carolinaballet.com

May 15-16

Artsplosure 2004: Spring Jazz & Art Festival: Jazz, pop and country music ring throughout downtown Raleigh as North Carolina celebrates its largest and most diverse arts festival. More than 150 arts & crafts booths are showcased while interactive sculptures and a visual artists market provide educational fun for the whole family. Admission free. www.artsplosure.org

June 19

Day at the Park Festival: Annual summer celebration with a variety of live music, food, arts, free carnival rides, an Apache helicopter display, fireworks and more! A joyous time to celebrate the fun and lazy days of summer at Morrisville Community Park. Free admission.

July 4

Capitol's July 4th Celebration: Celebrate our country's freedom with a bang as you watch live bands, chow down on some good "home-cooking" and view craft demonstrations in North Carolina's State Capitol Building and Capitol Square. Free admission. www.dcr.state.nc.us

July 22-25 & July 29-August 1

"The Amistad Saga: Reflections" at African American Cultural Complex: A compelling outdoor drama which reenacts the mutiny scene of Cinque and African hostages designed to preserve the history of African-Americans; performed at the AACC amphitheater. Admission: $10 adults, $6 children 6-12, children under 6 free.www.aaccmuseum.org

August 7

"BuGFest!" at N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences: Delve deeply into the insect world at this fun, wacky event. Enjoy cuisine at Café Insecta, cheer during the roach races and meet exotic insects from around the world. Last year's BuGFest attracted more than 15,000 spectators and is considered the museum's most popular annual event. Admission to museum and permanent exhibits are free. www.naturalsciences.org

August 28

Lazy Daze Festival: More than 60,000 people are expected to visit downtown Cary for this annual arts and crafts festival, where one can listen to live music, enjoy a variety of food, browse the artisans' booths and purchase unique works of art. www.townofcary.org

August 29

Jimmy V Celebrity Golf Classic: More than 100 celebrities, 100 local and national sponsors, and 1,200 volunteers come together in August each year to see old friends, make new friends, and play a little golf ~ all the while raising money to fight cancer. At Prestonwood Country Club, Cary. www.golfclassic.org.

October 1-2

Bright Leaf Folk Arts Festival: The festival began as a way to recognize the importance of tobacco and farming to Wendell's heritage and local economy, but has evolved into an annual celebration recognizing heritage, culture and quality of life. At least 10,000 spectators are expected. Admission free. www.wendellchamber.com

October 15-24

North Carolina State Fair: Approximately 700,000 people attend the State Fair each year, making it the largest annual event in North Carolina. The 10-day extravaganza features livestock, agricultural, arts and cultural exhibitions, an amusement midway and nightly nationally acclaimed musical performances. Admission: $6 adults, $2 children 6-12, seniors 65+ and children under 5 free. www.ncstatefair.org

November-December

"Nutcracker" at BTI Center for the Performing Arts: A grand, million-dollar professional production of the holiday classic, performed by Carolina Ballet and the North Carolina Symphony. Magnificent costumes and sets plus dazzling special effects will delight audiences of all ages in this production. Admission $10-$56. www.carolinaballet.com

November 5-7

19th International Festival: A dazzling mosaic of world tastes, sights and sounds featuring international foods, cultural exhibits, a world bazaar, ethnic dancing, music and the Biergarten. Admission: $7 for adults, $3 children 6-12, children under 6 free. www.internationalfestival.org

Early December

Executive Mansion Holiday Open House: Take a break from the Christmas shopping to see North Carolina's version of a larger-than-life gingerbread house. Home to Governor and Mrs. Mike Easley, the Executive Mansion features natural decorations and live entertainment. Admission free.

December 11-12

Historic Oakwood Candlelight Tour: The 33rd annual special tour of the elegantly decorated Victorian homes in the historic Oakwood district in downtown Raleigh. $10 admission.

The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau is a non-profit agency that promotes Raleigh and Wake County for convention and visitor business to enhance the economic growth and development of the area. For more event information, a free Visitors Guide and details about special hotel rates and promotions, visitors can call (800) 849-8499 or check out www.visitraleigh.com.

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