LGBT Traveler

No matter what you love, or who you love, you'll appreciate the way Raleigh's smart and savvy locals have embraced a new-fashioned vision for their historic capital area. A community that's modern by nature—home to students, professors and a young workforce in the tech and science sectors—Raleigh is passionate about the fun, lively and welcoming vibe that artists, entrepreneurs and innovators have created for all to enjoy. Endless nightlife spots, gay and lesbian bars and clubs and authentic, handcrafted experiences are ready to be discovered by LGBT visitors.

Use our handy listings, interactive maps and event calendar to make the most of your visit. 

All Are Welcome Here

All Are Welcome in Raleigh, N.C.We know that, because of House Bill 2's (HB2's) passage in 2016 and its repeal in 2017, you may have new questions or concerns about what to expect when traveling to N.C. And we also know this: Raleigh's promise to visitors is that you'll depart feeling enriched and enlivened by your experience here. Raleigh will always be open to everyone, and we hope you'll make the choice to be warmly welcomed by our passionate locals—a diverse community of artists, athletes, creative-class innovators, politicians, business and tech workers, students and educators—all of whom make up a cultural combination found in no other place, unlocking opportunities for new experiences and learning.

A visit to Raleigh, N.C., is truly what you make of it.

The hospitality community in Raleigh extends a welcome to all visitors with open hearts, the desire to meet your needs and help you discover your own Raleigh story.


James Miller, executive director of the LGBT Center of Raleigh, and Renee Wells, director of the North Carolina State University GLBT Center, talk about how Raleigh, N.C., is a unique destination in the state due to the inclusive diversity of the community and how people from all walks of life, backgrounds and futures are welcome and embraced.

Signature Events


Out! Raleigh is the area's annual, family-friendly street festival that celebrates the LGBT community and its allies. Organized each year by the LGBT Center of Raleigh, the festival's speakers, performers and vendors (and a Kids Zone) bring seven hours of fun and family to downtown Raleigh's Fayetteville St. district. The 2018 festival returns May 5, 11am-6pm. Learn more


The CMF is one of the nation's oldest ongoing AIDS fundraisers, and you can celebrate 38 years of its philanthropy during these two popular social events in July 2018: the CMF38 Grand Gala and CMF38 Queen's Ball. The two evenings of celebration include decadent food, libations and entertainment, including live music, drag performances and more. And after the Grand Gala program, an awesome party carries on through the night. Specific 2018 event dates TBA. Learn more


The 34th N.C. Pride will feature N.C. Pride @ Night, both in nearby Durham and in Raleigh. In downtown Raleigh, expect 15+ LGBT nightlife events centered on S. Harrington St. plus a street festival. All are welcome. Specific 2018 event dates TBA. Learn more

More Information for Planning Your Visit

Celebrate the LGBT community with live music, speakers, arts, food and more, May 5, 2018…more
Join Raleigh in Sept. 2018 for a weekend festival celebrating N.C.'s LGBT communities…more
We are proud members of the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association…more
Navigate to and within Raleigh with ease with these transportation options…more
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Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau

421 Fayetteville St., Ste. 1505  
Raleigh, NC 27601   1.800.849.8499

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