Open Houses

Orange County boasts an ecclectic local music scene and a wide variety of other local recreational activities.  The Triangle area's music venues, sports programs, indoor and outdoor public facilities, unique interest groups and businesses gives a wealth of opportunities.  On any given weekend, your choices of activities to enjoy can be downright overwhelming.  The old saying of "something for everyone" truly fits.  For a sampling of things to do, visit the following websites:


To start your perusal of the area and its offerings North Carolina Tourism.  We think you'll find a number of interesting articles as well as a calendar of events, itineraries for your travels, and special suggestions of things to do.  


There's almost too much to mention when it comes to the local music scene.  The Music Maker Relief Foundation is based in Hillsborough and presents a summer music series as well as doing much good work to preserve and promote Southern music.  The Cat's Cradle in Carrboro has been around for quite a while and has always been current in it's wide variety of musical offerings.   Looking for some live music in Hillsborough?  Check out Billsborough for entertainment most night of the week    Also in Hillsborough, The Depot at Hillsborough Station and the Mystery Brewing Public House offer excellent choices for musical fun. 

It's not too far to travel to the Alltel Pavilion at Walnut Creek in Raleigh where you will see performances by musical stars and groups known nationally and internationally. Every summer Carrboro hosts the Carrboro Music Festival which boasts of free music of all kinds all around town.  These venues are just a sampling of the many ways to enjoy musical performances in the Triangle.  The Carolina Theatre in Durham hosts both a variety of music and stage performances as well as films.

Classical music and the arts may be more to your taste.  If so, you would enjoy the North Carolina Symphony or performances by the various ensembles in the UNC Music Department.  For six weeks every summer, Duke University becomes home to the American Dance Festival where you can be mesmerized by such groups as Pilobolus, the Harlem Dance Theatre, or Twyla Tharp.

We encourage you not to miss the opportunity to learn about local artists and craftsmen.  You can learn more about these creative people thru The Hillsborough Arts Council, The Orange County Artists Guild and The Arts Center


Of course, we all know one of the major attractions for the area is the excitement of the local sports teams, especially the university teams - University of North Carolina Tarheels, the Duke University Blue Devils, and the North Carolina State Wolfpack.  Basketball and the ACC is not all there is though.  North Carolina Central University also has an active sports program.  You'll find information on all the men's and women's athletic programs at the websites highlighted here.  For additional information on these and other universities in the area, take a look at our School Reports webpage.

Perhaps professional sports are of interest to you.  If so, you might want to check out the Durham Bulls, the Carolina Mudcats or the Carolina Hurricanes

And for those of you who are golfers, you can find information on local courses at Golf Courses in North Carolina.


An interest in gardening may lead you to visit Gardens in Hillsborough, the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill, the Duke Gardens in Durham or the JC Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh.  Stargazers, and children of all ages, often enjoy visiting the Morehead Planetarium and the Morehead Observatory in Chapel Hill.  If you're there in the summer, take time to walk around the sundial and enjoy the beautiful rose garden.

Your scientific interests may be fulfilled by a visit to the North Carolina Museum of Life & Science, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Marbles Childrens Museum, the Carnivore Preservation Trust or the Duke University Primate Center.

The North Carolina Museum of Art has followed it's special Matisse & Picasso exhibition with plans to focus on art and craft of North Carolina, featuring 19th century pottery and a more modern exhibit of two- and three-dimnsional works in a variety of media.  The North Carolina Museum of History features both their long-term exhibits and several changing exhibits.  Local history also includes settlement in the Hillsborough area of the Occaneechi People and involvement in the Revolutionary War as described by the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough.  Another recommended place to visit in Hillsborough is Ayr Mount, "a meticulously restored 1815 plantation home...furnished with Federal Antiques and Decorative Art."  Guided tours and a Poet's Walk are available. 


For an overview of outdoor recreational opportunities visit Outdoors in the Triangle.  Several beautiful areas to visit are Duke Forest, Jordan Lake and Eno River State Park.  Or you may prefer just bicycling around the area with the Tarwheels


If you like to join in and contribute to a good cause, many non-profit organizations in the area welcome newcomers.  For a sampling of some of these, visit the websites for the Eno-River Association, the Trading Path Association, the Friends of Bolin Creek, or Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, just to name a few.



There are no open houses at this time.

Bill Whitmore