Raleigh Convention Center
Located in the heart of North Carolina’s capital city, the Raleigh Convention Center is a bustling hub for culture, commerce, and technology. The modern facility has a total of 500,000 square feet of flexible event space. In addition to its elegant ballroom and massive exhibit hall, the convention center is known for its accessible loading docks, state-of-the-art technology, and award-winning culinary creations. Don’t forget to step outside and view the iconic 9,284-square-foot shimmering oak tree on the facility’s Cree Shimmer Wall.
- 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601
- 1.8 miles, 6 minutes driving
The convention center is just steps from the rockin’ Red Hat Amphitheater as well as all the fun and energy of downtown Raleigh’s restaurants, clubs, and bars. With 500,000 square feet of spacious facilities and the surrounding city life, the Raleigh Convention Center is the perfect place fora frequent host of festivals, conferences, championships, and more. The facility is home to many popular Raleigh events including IBMA’s renowned Wide Open Bluegrass festival. For more information about upcoming events at the convention center, please view their event calendar.
Cree Shimmer Wall
Adorning the west-facing wall of the Raleigh Convention Center is the 9,284-square-foot Cree Shimmer Wall. This famous piece of art is made up of 79,464 aluminum squares that change shape and disappear, which may seem very high-tech but the motion is simply caused by the wind. The wall depicts an image of an oak tree, which is a symbol for Raleigh, the City of Oaks. At night, it’s backlit by 56 light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, fixtures that can be programmed to display more than a million different colors. The work of art was developed and sponsored by Cree Inc., a local LED light manufacturer.
Directions from Our Hotel
Driving (approximately 6 minutes): Head southwest on Hillsborough Street. At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto W Morgan Street. Turn right onto S Salisbury Street. The Raleigh Convention Center will be 0.5 miles south on the right.
Public Transportation (approximately 18 minutes): Walk to Hillsborough Street at Forest Road. Take bus 100 towards RDU Airport and Raleigh. Exit at S Salisbury Street at W Morgan Street. Walk 0.5 miles south to the convention center.