Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC 27601


Convention Hours

These are the hours the Raleigh Convention Center will be open.

Day Hours
Thursday 6:00pm – 12:00am
Friday 9:00am – 2:00am (Sat)
Saturday 9:00am – 2:00am (Sun)
Sunday 9:00am – 5:00pm

*All schedules subject to change.



The good news is that there is plenty of parking near the Raleigh Convention Center (RCC) in downtown Raleigh. If you want to park close to the RCC, you will probably have to pay, but if you are willing to park further away and walk it is possible to find free parking. Remember that like many large cities, downtown parking is not usually free especially during the week.

Wherever you park whether in a paid deck, free deck or on the street make sure that you do not leave any luggage, packages, or valuables (for example, GPS devices) in plain sight. Either take them with you or lock them in your trunk.

For a list of Raleigh’s parking decks and garages, check out Get Around Raleigh Parking Options. If you click on the links for each individual deck or garage, you will even get driving directions and costs of parking.

For free parking you should park in well-lit areas and exercise caution when out late at night. Downtown Raleigh Safety Ambassadors offer free escort services and can be contacted at 919-368-7962 until midnight on Friday and Saturday.

You can find more info on the Downtown Raleigh Safety Ambassadors here.

Nearby parking decks often fill early, so we recommend becoming familiar with nearby parking options before you make the trek downtown. Your nearby options include:

  • The Convention Center Underground Deck accessible from E Lenoir St. This deck is beneath the Marriott hotel.
  • The Performing Arts Parking Deck with entrances on W Lenoir St and W South St
  • The Cabarrus Parking Deck with entrances off of W Cabarrus St

You can also check @mclaurinparking on Twitter for updates on which decks are full.


If you're looking for something good to eat, you're in luck!  There is a wide variety of food and drink options available both inside the convention and in the downtown Raleigh area. 

Convention Food Vendors


Local Food Options

Downtown Raleigh has many food options ranging from quick and easy to formal and sophisticated and everything in between. If you're looking for options outside the RCC, check out Downtown Raleigh Restaurants and Dining.