Entertainment

Stadium in Chapel Hill & Carrboro

Dean Smith Center

There are no tours of the Tar Heels’ home, but basketball fans can visit the 2nd and 3rd floors during business hours. It’s named for legendary coach Dean Smith, who retired with 879 career wins and two national tit…
Basketball in Durham

Cameron Indoor Stadium

Fans of the Duke University Blue Devils worship inside Cameron Indoor Stadium, which opened in 1940 and is perhaps the nicest basketball arena on the planet. When there’s no scheduled event, you can step inside duri…
Live Music in Chapel Hill & Carrboro

Cat's Cradle

Everyone from Nirvana to Arcade Fire has played the Cradle, which has been hosting the cream of the indie-music world for four decades. Most shows are all-ages.
Live Music in Ocracoke Island

Coyote Music Den

This tiny live venue (or room) inside a clapboard waterside house offers a chance to hang out with real locals, and experience the island's homegrown folk, rock, blues and jazz. Throughout spring and summer, Coyote …
Spectator Sport in Charlotte

Charlotte Motor Speedway

At the very heart of National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) country, 14 miles northeast of Uptown, Charlotte’s prestigious motorsports arena accommodates almost 90,000 spectators. The season lasts f…
Theater in Ocracoke Island

Ocracoke Alive's Deepwater Theater

Community theater showing amateur productions. Shows range from a comedic take on the story of Blackbeard (the pirate who took a liking to the island) to the Dingbatter's (foreigner's) Guide to Ocracoke. On Thursday…
Theater in Manteo

Lost Colony Outdoor Drama

Staged between late May and August, this outdoor play, written by Pulitzer Prize–winning North Carolina playwright Paul Green, dramatizes the fate of 116 British colonists who disappeared without a trace from their …
Live Music in Charlotte

AvidXchange Music Factory

This huge complex on the northern edge of Uptown incorporates multiple entertainment venues, ranging from the open-air, 5000-seat Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre, via midsize music theaters including the F…
Live Music in Outer Banks

Art's Place

You can't miss this colorfully painted haunt in Kitty Hawk, where tourists are 'sometimes tolerated.' This place prides itself on being a 'local secret' spot, and is a cozy place for chat, burgers and the like. Plus…
Live Music in Asheville

Orange Peel

Asheville’s premier live music venue, downtown’s Orange Peel Social Aid & Pleasure Club has been a showcase for big-name indie and punk bands since 2002. A warehouse-sized place, it seats – well, stands – a thou…