• What's This?
    Mixed media artist and clothing designer Marie Cordella is just one of the 40 artists whose work can be viewed at ArtSpace, a visual art center that features 23 open studios, three exhibition galleries, lectures, classes and many other stimulating art events.
  • What's This?
    North Carolina State Capitol
    The North Carolina State Capitol, completed in 1840, is one of the finest and best-preserved examples of a major civic building in the Greek Revival style of architecture. It is a National Historic Landmark.
  • What's This?
    Blount Street was once home to rich industrialists and prominent civic leaders, as evidenced by these beautiful, historic homes. Nearby Blount Street Commons, currently under construction, will soon add even more residences, retail shops and parks.
  • What's This?
    Catch 22
    Catch 22 is a modern baroque aesthetic clothing boutique that offers bold designs, funky accessories, and evening essentials, handpicked from the hottest designers at notably affordable prices.
  • What's This?
    Dos TaQuitos Centro
    Dos TaQuitos Centro restaurant reflects the music, art and food of Mexico. Voted Indy's “Best of the Triangle 2008,” the owner refers to the decor as “an organized mess,” while the menu features some of the Triangle's favorite Mexican fare.
  • What's This?
    Father and Son Antiques
    Father and Son Antiques is home to a bounty of collectables and oddities, from mid-century designs and vintage threads to '50s kitch, tiki, mod, and much more.
  • What's This?
    Wachovia IMAX Theater
    This architectural sculpture marks the entrance of the Wachovia IMAX Theater at Marbles Kids Museum, which provides a larger-than-life movie experience for kids of all ages.
  • What's This?
    Knockabout is a unique gift shop for the creative class featuring items you won't find in any mall. Many of the crafts are made by talented North Carolina artisans. Be sure to visit the bakery and try one of their freshly made cookies.
  • What's This?
    Raleigh Times Bar
    The Raleigh Times Bar is located in the beautifully restored 100-year-old former home of the city's evening newspaper. Featuring creative takes on classic bar fare, and an amazing beer selection.


Release Date: Thursday, December 29th 2016

Art Putt Transforms Market Plaza For Final POP!

RALEIGH, NC (December 29, 2016) – The Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA), in keeping with one of its strategic goals to bring to life public spaces through high quality events, has teamed up with First Night Raleigh event producers to transform Market Plaza, located between 227 and 239 Fayetteville Street.  

One of the most popular features at last year's First Night event, Art Putt is a nine-hole miniature golf course with each hole creatively designed by local artists using a vast variety of mediums. Art Putt will be open in Market Plaza from 2 pm - 11 pm on Saturday, December 31 for First Night, but event producers collaborated with DRA so the public can get in an early round on Friday, December 30 starting at 2 pm. 

“Putt your way around everything from graffiti artwork to an underwater seascape and Krispy Kreme donuts! It’s fun for the whole family, and we can’t wait to see this installation enliven this new space in downtown Raleigh,” says Cameron Laws, Marketing Director for First Night.

Mini golfers play for free with a First Night wristband on both Friday and Saturday. On Friday only, a round costs $5. Patrons who mention POP! will receive a $1 discount bringing the total to just $4.

“We’re excited about it,” says DRA Director of Events, Craig Reed. “This is the type of event we envisioned for our plazas in downtown when the POP! program started.  It’s interactive, fun, and turns our plazas into more than just a walking path between Wilmington and Fayetteville Streets.”

For more information about First Night Raleigh and to purchase a wristband, visit http://www.firstnightraleigh.com.

For more information about DRA's POP! program, visit http://www.godowntownraleigh.com/event-calendar/program-our-plazas.





About Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA):
DRA is an award-winning nonprofit organization whose mission is to continue the revitalization of Raleigh’s downtown. The Alliance enhances the quality of life and positively impacts the economic success of downtown through six core services:  1. Safety and Hospitality Ambassadors; 2. Strategic Branding & Community Communications; 3. Events Production; 4. Retail Attraction & Merchant Promotions; 5. Strategic Partnerships & Stakeholder Engagement; and 6. Strategic Planning. For more information about DRA, please visit www.YouRHere.com.