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New Year's Eve Celebration

Ring in 2020 at The Umstead! We are pleased to welcome back The Soul Psychedelique to this annual event and greet the new year with dancing, drinks, and delicious food. The celebration includes premium spirits, an assortment of food stations, and a toast at midnight. Full menu available soon. Tickets are $200 plus tax and service charge and can be purchased at 919-447-4050 beginning September 16th. Tickets are non-refundable but are transferable. The celebration begins at 9:30 pm, all guests must be ages 21 and older. To reserve accommodations, visit our reservations page or speak to a Reservations Agent at 919-447-4050.  Read More

New Year's Eve Dinner in Herons

Whether you are beginning your 2020 celebration or enjoying an intimate evening, let Herons be your destination this New Year’s Eve. Enjoy an exquisite four-course dinner with choices prepared by Executive Chef Steven Greene as you look ahead to the new year. Full menu available soon, vegetarian and gluten-free options available upon request. Dinner is $145 plus tax and service charge, wine pairings available for an additional cost. Please call 919-447-4050 to reserve your table beginning September 16th. A $50 non-refundable deposit per person is required at time of reservation, kindly provide 72 hours advance notice for any cancellations or changes. Be sure to inquire about one of our luxurious guest rooms or suites and make it a New Year’s evening to remember.  Read More

Christmas Dinner in Herons

Celebrate the holidays with friends and family this year at The Umstead. Join us in Herons for a four-course dinner with choices created by James Beard Semifinalist Steven Greene, as you surround yourself with loved ones this season. Full menu available soon, vegetarian and gluten-free options available upon request. Reservations are available from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm and can be made at 919-447-4050 beginning September 16th. Dinner is $110 per person and $30 per child ages 3 to 10 plus tax and service charge, wine pairings are also available for an additional cost. A $50 non-refundable deposit per person is required at time of reservation, kindly provide 72 hours advance notice for any cancellations or changes.  Read More

White Truffle Dinner in Herons

Join us the month of December for a special White Truffle Tasting Menu available only in Herons. Called the "white diamond of Italy," this menu boasts eight courses featuring the most delicate and rare truffle in the world, providing a sensory experience unlike any other. Full menu available soon. Reservations are required. Due to the importing of the truffles, tickets must be purchased a minimum of one week prior to the desired date of reservation. Tickets are $295 plus tax and service charge and can be purchased at 919-447-4050. Tickets are non-refundable but are transferable, wine pairings are also available for an additional cost. *note: The White Truffle Tasting Menu will not be available on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.  Read More

Thanksgiving Buffet

Join us in Herons on November 28nd as three-time James Beard Award Semifinalist and Executive Chef Steven Greene prepares a delicious Thanksgiving Buffet. Choose from classics such as carved turkey, truffled macaroni and cheese, and cornbread stuffing, in addition to a variety of display stations, soups, desserts and more. Full menu available soon. Reservations are available between 12:00 pm and 6:00 pm and can be made at 919-447-4050 beginning August 15th. Buffet is $89 per person and $25 per child ages 3 to 10 plus tax and service charge. A $25 non-refundable deposit per person is required at time of reservation, kindly provide 72 hours advance notice for any cancellations or changes.  Read More

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July 2019 Events

  A great lineup of fun activities to enjoy as summer slowly starts to wind down.  Here are some of our favorite July events we are looking forward to enjoying. Destination Sunfest – Celebrate Dix Park with their “Sun”-sational festival, Sunfest, on July 13th. An all-day family-friendly event, activities include live entertainment, food, and drinks, hayrides, arts and crafts, a Ferris wheel, carousel and more.  All activities are complimentary, but the park requests you RSVP for the day.  Be sure to visit the park throughout the summer to view the beautiful blooming sunflower fields. Clem Bedwell Art Show – The Umstead is excited to announce the return of our next featured gallery artist, Clem Bedwell.  Join us on Thursday, July 18th for a welcome wine reception and gallery opening of his newest exhibit. Both an illustrator and artist, Clem explores landscapes creating spare statements of shape, space, light, and shadow. Working two- and three-dimensionally, he creates pieces that are both tactile and ephemeral, stating “I enjoy the process of creating something from nothing while working toward a painting with which I personally connect, and hopefully, one the viewer will as well.” Bedwell's work is currently featured on "The Art Tour" chef's tasting menu in Herons with his piece Under the Willows on display in the Private Dining Room. A complimentary event, kindly reserve your space at 919-447-4050. One Giant Leap Festival – In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11’s moon landing, the North Carolina Museum of History is hosting its “One Giant Leap” Festival on July 20th.  This indoor and outdoor celebration will include demonstrations, hands-on activities, crafts, a virtual reality lab featuring space travel, and a bungee-jumping station for attendees to experience weightlessness as you would on the moon.  Demonstrations, expos, screenings, and more will also be available. GalaxyCon Raleigh - Grab your superhero shirts and prepare for some pop culture references at this year’s GalaxyCon Raleigh the weekend of July 25th.  This four-day festival features celebrity guests such as Tim Curry, David Tennant, John Cleese, Ron Pearlman, cosplay costume contests, workshops, an exhibition hall and a lot more.  A family-friendly event, GalaxyCon will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center. There are plenty of movies under the stars, summer concerts, and comedy shows to take advantage of too. For more information on these and other events in the Triangle, visit our friends at VisitRaleigh or speak with a member of The Concierge team at 919-447-4030.  Read More

June 2019 Events

Summer officially starts this month, and we couldn’t be more excited.  Here are a few ways we plan to start our summer right! Triangle Restaurant Week: The Triangle is filled with culinary experiences and celebrated chefs, including recent James Beard Winner for Best Chef Ashley Christensen, not to mention James Beard Semifinalists Scott Crawford, Cheetie Kumar, Oscar Diaz, and our own Executive Chef Steven Greene.  We also have numerous unique food options and restaurants worth exploring and what better way to do so than at Restaurant Week.  From June 3rd to 9th various restaurants will be offering Prix fix menus and other special tastings to satiate your palate.  Rediscover old favorites or explore one you’ve been waiting to try; more information on restaurant week can be found here. International Food Festival: Already familiar with Raleigh’s food scene? Then take a culinary trip around the world at the International Food Festival on June 8th. Featuring dance performances, bands, and of course food from all over the globe, this family-friendly event is complimentary to all and begins at 12:00 pm. For additional festival details, visit their website here. Summer Outdoor Movies: We are enjoying all those summer nights with the abundance of outdoor movies available in Raleigh.  Head over to the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh or Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary and enjoy the movies under the moonlit sky.  Here is what’s coming in June: NCMA: The Princess Bride, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Bohemian Rhapsody Koka Booth Amphitheater: Hotel Transylvania 3, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Wreck-It Ralph: Ralph Breaks the Internet. Edmunds Oast Guest Chef Dinner: We are excited to welcome Edmunds Oast Brewery to The Umstead for a Guest Chef Beer Dinner on June 14th!  This phenomenal brewery will be bringing a selection of beers to pair with each of the 5 courses created in collaboration between Chef Bob Cook of Edmunds Oast and our own Chef Steven Greene.  Not yet available in North Carolina, Edmunds Oast Brewery was named one of USA Today’s 10 Best.  Join us on the terrace for this unique beer dinner, tickets available at 919-447-4050. The Audubon Experience: Too hot to be outdoors?  Then head inside the North Carolina Museum of Art for the Audubon Experience exhibit.  Correlating with the ongoing Birds of America Gallery, this temporary presentation showcases four different large-scale Audubon folios where visitors can educate themselves on the artist life of this incredible naturalist.  Available through September of this year, more information can be found by visiting the North Carolina Museum of Art here. Looking for more ways to enjoy our beautiful city?  Speak with a member of our concierge team at 919-447-4030 or stop by their desk for additional suggestions and arrangements.  Read More

May 2019 Events

Summer is upon us as we head into May, enjoying the last bit of springtime weather before the heat sets in.  The flowers are in bloom and the pollen has subsided, making for the perfect place to visit.  Here are just a few ways of how we plan to spend our month: Carolina Hurricanes and the NHL Playoffs: For the first time in a decade, Raleigh’s only professional sports team, the Carolina Hurricanes, has made the Stanley Cup playoffs! Our fans have come out of the shadows and taken to PNC Arena to cheer the team on, and boy is they cheering.  Get tickets fast for upcoming games, they are selling out quick.  If you can’t attend, head downtown to Glenwood South any game night for fellow fan camaraderie as the Carolina Ale House hosts watch parties in the street.  En Plein Air: It’s time to paint the town, the town of Cary that is, at the 6th annual En Plein Air event.  Saturday, May 4th, artists will be painting downtown Cary’s history, culture, and scenic views live, followed by an art auction and gala in the evening.  Music from the Mint Julep Quintet and refreshments will be available. En Plein Air is free to the public with more information available here. Thrive, NC: Held in downtown Raleigh’s City Market on May 9th and 10th, Thrive NC is a phenomenal food festival that aims to improve access to healthy and nutritious food for all in the Triangle. Bringing together more than 60 of the area’s best restaurants, this festival features food and drive samples, demos from our amazing chefs, and live entertainment and music.  This year’s chefs include James Beard 2019 winner Ashley Christensen, Vansana Nolintha of Brewery Bhavana, and our own James Beard 2019 Semifinalist Chef Steven Greene.  Tickets are $30 with proceeds benefitting non-profits in our area, tickets can be purchased here. Mother's Day and Graduation Weekend: The weekend of May 12th marks a momentous occasion as we celebrate our area’s graduates.  We also look to applaud all the mother’s in our lives with Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 13th and show our gratitude for all they do and have done.  For last-minute gifts, visit our Gift Shop for an array of options, including Belgium chocolates from Neuhaus, jewelry from renowned designers such as Alexis Bittar, artwork and more.  Umstead Gift Cards are also available at the Concierge Desk. Artsplosure: The Raleigh Arts Festival is back for the 40th annual Artplosure event! The Art Market serves as the festival’s centerpiece and hosts nearly 180 visual artists not only from North Carolina but from across the nation as well.  Original artwork of ceramics, fiber art, glass, jewelry, metal, painting, photography, wood and more will be available for purchase throughout the event in addition to the interactive artist events, live music, and large scale performances including a large scale sculptural work from Australian environmental artist Amanda Parer entitled What’s That?  Food trucks will also be available.  For a full list of Artsplosure artists and details, visit their website here. Looking for more? Speak with a member of our Concierge team at 919-447-4030 for suggestions on how to enjoy your visit to Raleigh.   Read More

April 2019 Events

April showers bring May flowers, but after all the rain we had last season, the flowers are already in bloom! Enjoy the outdoors this month at some of our favorite festivals and events, listed below: Beer and Bacon Festival: All month-long North Carolina is celebrating Beer Month and what better way to enjoy it than at the Beer and Bacon Festival on April 6th? This annual festival features loads of local restaurants and food trucks with delicious bacon dishes and more than 75 craft beers, wines, spirits, and ciders to taste. More details and ticket options available here. NCToycon: Not a beer enthusiast? Take a trip to Marbles Kids Museum on April 6th for North Carolina TOYCON. This toy and action figure focused convention brings the best toy dealers in the state along with some of the top experts in the hobby leading information panels. Perfect for both the young and the young at heart, guests can enjoy not only the convention but also the museum itself in addition to the premiere of DC’s newest superhero movie, Shazam! Tickets and information can be found here. Monet Impressions: Prefer to enjoy the outdoors inside? Then enjoy Monet’s beautiful gardens in an interpretive piece performed by the Carolina Ballet. This beautiful homage to the great French painter begins with a story of his life in the first act, followed by a sweeping impressionistic second act based on his gorgeous outdoor landscapes. Performances take place April 11th through 14th, with seating charts and tickets available here. Live & Local- Spring Fest: Celebrate the art, music, food, and beer of North Carolina April 13th at Live & Local. Presented by Artsplosure, this food truck rodeo of a festival features an afternoon of performances, art markets, and crafts perfect for the whole family. Parking information and event details are available here. Art in the Garden: Experience the annual arts festival of visual artists, food trucks, and live entertainment on April 27th in the historic Raleigh Rose Garden. Benefitting Raleigh Little Theatre, the beautiful rose garden will be in bloom, serving as the perfect backdrop to this lovely event. Event line up and details available here. Looking for more? Visit our friends at VisitRaleigh or speak with our Concierge Team at 919-447-4030.  Read More

March 2019 Events

Spring is starting to roll in, but we aren’t out of the cold yet. Here are some of our favorite late winter events to enjoy this March. BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Expo: Kick off the month with a visit to our version of LEGO-LAND at the ultimate LEGO lover’s paradise March 9th and 10th. Tour the incredible LEGO creations of life-size sculptures, replicated artwork, cities, palaces and more. Then head to the building zone to put your creative energy to use with hands-on activities designed to inspire and entertain. Details and tickets to BrickUniverse can be found here. Elton John’s Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour: Sir Elton John joins us for his final tour on March 12th at the PNC Arena. After spending more than 50 years performing, his music redefined the cultural landscape and made him a global icon. This musical and highly visual journey includes hits spanning the entirety of his career. Tickets to the Farewell Tour can be purchased here. St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival: Celebrate the great St. Patrick and Irish and Celtic traditions and culture on Saturday, March 16th with the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade and Wearin’ ‘O the Green festival. The parade begins at 10:00 am and will go down Wilmington Street before turning onto Salisbury to finish at the city center, followed by the festival until 7:00 pm. There will be live music, dancing, vendor and craft booths, and plenty of food for all. For information and map details, visit their website here. 25th Annual Reptile and Amphibian Day: After enjoying the St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, or if you want to avoid the crowd, visit N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences for their annual reptile and amphibian day. Learn more about these hopping, slithering, and crawling critters with live animals, crafts, and activities. The event opens at 9:00 am with more details available here. Art in Bloom: One of our absolute favorite events, the annual Art in Bloom flower festival will be held March 22nd to 25th at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Featuring more than 50 floral designs inspired by the surrounding artwork, there are also workshops, presentations, and lectures to enjoy. Be sure to check out our wonderful florist, Steve Taras of Watered Garden, who designs our weekly displays in the Umstead Lobby. Art in Bloom tickets and a full schedule is available here. BMX Protown: We’re heading to Wendell on March 30 for the 2nd annual ProTown BMX show. This free event features these professional bikers showing off their spins, flips, and whips as seen at the X-Games. With two performances at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm and food trucks nearby, this will be an exciting and fun way to close out the month for the whole family. More information on the BMX tour can be found here. Looking for more? Speak with our Concierge or visit our friends at VisitRaleigh.  Read More

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