North Carolina's Research Triangle Park (RTP) is not only known for its renowned universities and burgeoning tech industry but also for its live music scene. With gifted artists studying nearby and music enthusiasts to appreciate them, the Triangle area offers a range of local music venues. As long time residents, music lovers, and local real estate experts, we would like to hightlight some of the best venues in the Research Triangle Park.

Cat's Cradle

Located in Carrboro, Cat's Cradle is an iconic venue that has been a cornerstone of the local music scene since 1969. Its' capacity is around 750, and books a variety of genres, including indie rock, alternative, and punk. Many renowned bands and artists have hit this stage, making it a must-visit spot for music lovers seeking an intimate venue to see up-and-coming bands.

The Pour House Music Hall

Located in hip downtown Raleigh, The Pour House Music Hall is a classic venue that showcases a mix of local and national acts across various genres. Booking rock, folk, blues, and experimental music, The Pour House offers an intimate setting where you can see both established and up-and-coming artists. It is one of the reasons to love downtown Raleigh!

Motorco Music Hall

Located in Durham, Motorco Music Hall is a repurposed auto shop that has transformed into a world class music venue. It offers an industrial-chic aesthetic and exceptional sound quality, Motorco attracts a range of artists, from indie rock to electronic, and houses a bar and a popular restaurant. This is one of our top recommendations for visitors as well, whether you are a music enthusiast, or not!


Situated in the heart of downtown Raleigh, Kings is a vibrant music venue known for its energetic atmosphere and eclectic lineup. From rock and pop to hip-hop and electronic music, Kings embraces diverse genres, providing a platform for both local talent and touring bands. With its intimate setting and welcoming ambiance, Kings is a go-to spot for discovering emerging artists and enjoying a night of live music.

The Haw River Ballroom

Located in Saxapahaw, a short drive from RTP, The Haw River Ballroom offers another distinctive music experience in a stunning setting. This venue is located in a renovated historic mill, and overlooks the Haw River. Haw River Ballroom books a mix of national and local acts, but specializes in folk, Americana, and indie music. This is a fantastic place to check out a show.

The Research Triangle Park is filled with outstanding music venues catering to a variety of tastes and genres. From the legendary Cat's Cradle to the intimate ambiance of The Pour House Music Hall and the unique experience of the Haw River Ballroom, these venues are destinations in their own right, and part of why we love the Triangle. Learn more about real estate options in the Research Triangle Park in the links in the venue descriptions.

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