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31 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — TRIANGLE NC | VOLUME 16 — ISSUE 2 RALEIGH North Carolina Theatre, and other venues. The North Carolina Symphony makes its home here, along with the North Carolina Opera, and North Carolina Ballet. The Broadway Series South presents national touring acts and performances at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh. Festivals tell Raleigh's story in a myriad of ways with music, food and art at the center. The Hopscotch Music Festival (September 8-10) is a signature event since its inception in 2010. More than 120 bands take over for three days. Rolling Stone said, "It was all about an extraordinarily cool roster of bands, thousands of people wandered among ten participating music venues, creating a Mardi Gras-like atmosphere." Great American names Wide Open Bluegrass one of the "top 5 bluegrass festivals in the country." The sound some call "the country's most popular roots music" is a smorgasbord for two jam packed days (September 30-October 1). A ticketed main stage is at Red Hat Amphitheater, along with a free StreetFest with music on five stages and the North Carolina Whole Hog Barbecue Championship. Nostalgia is turned up when the family favorite, North Carolina State Fair comes to town for 11 days in mid-October. The state's agricultural bent is on display with livestock events, old-fashioned canning and cooking contests, and plenty of home grown food to eat. Attendance neared the one million mark in 2015. The city's founders revered art and smartly decided to make museums free to the public (special events are ticketed), essentially creating a mini-Smithsonian culture. The North Carolina American History Museum, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, North Carolina Museum of Art, CAM and Marbles Kids Museum delight all ages. In 2015, First Lady Michelle Obama presented the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences with the National Medal, the nation's highest honor given to museums and libraries for their community service. Since 1986, the International Festival brings lively entertainment and education to the City of Raleigh and supporters throughout the region, to encourage international culture and art. The most recent International Festival in 2015 resulted in over 28,000 individuals coming together to support and appreciate 58 ethnic groups, for three days, under one roof. Traditional malls, downtown stores and eclectic boutiques tempt fashionistas looking for the latest trends in apparel and home décor. Raleigh boasts 11 major shopping areas, three shopping malls including revered Crabtree Valley and the state's only Saks Fifth Avenue store. For those that prefer the newer trend of boutique or outdoor shopping, North Hills, North Person Street district (stop at Pharmacy Café) and Glenwood South should be on list. Some downtown shops that peddle more than apparel are: Gypsy Jule, a bohemian furniture and online fashion shop; Port of Raleigh, imported home and lifestyle accessories; Father & Son Antiques, an antique shop that sells modern furnishings, vintage clothing and accessories, records and books; and Retro Modern Furnishings.[]

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