Weekend Activities

It’s the weekend!

With Saint Mary’s exciting downtown location set in the beautiful state of North Carolina, there is no end to the possibilities for you to explore, discover, relax, and have fun! All week long, there are activities and events taking place in and around Raleigh – and the weekend is the perfect time to for you to take full advantage of all Raleigh offers.

With your “Around Town Permissions,” you can check out renowned art, science, and history museums, visit the Duke Energy Center to hear the symphony, see a ballet, or take in a Broadway show; maybe you prefer to go to a cultural festival or try a new cuisine at one of Raleigh’s many world-class restaurants. There are sports events, concerts, lectures, shopping, food truck rodeos – all within a short walk from campus.

In addition to all the city offers every weekend, you can also choose from school-sponsored activities, on and off campus, open to boarding and day students. Much like the school week, the school-sponsored weekend activities have a rhythm all their own. Friday nights feature on-campus fun, as student clubs and organizations plan and run activities like the Fourth Friday event that brings a neighborhood block-party feel to campus, the Black Curtain Coffeehouse featuring a “variety show” vibe with snacks and beverages, or the opening weekend Saints Soiree. Saturday mornings are reserved for community service programming with local organizations like the Interfaith Food Shuttle, Habitat for Humanity, and others. Saturday afternoon offers you the chance to explore North Carolina with trips to destinations like downtown Raleigh’s historic sites, the Civil Rights Museum in Greensboro, or Hanging Rock State Park; while Saturday night is reserved for favorites like Rave and Fall Ball, or off-campus dinners, college sports, and more. There are even overnight trips thrown in for good measure, like mixers hosted by schools in Asheville or Virginia, and the annual Woodberry Forest/Episcopal High School football game. Sunday provides you with time to relax and prepare for your week ahead with a morning church-shuttle service and afternoon trips to grocery stores, international markets, Target, North Hills shopping mall, and other locations. 

saturday morning community service

saturday evening entertainment

sunday afternoon activities


For most boarding students, the weekend will include a combination of school-sponsored activities, time spent relaxing on campus or catching up on homework, and forays downtown to independently explore with friends all Raleigh offers. In short, weekends at Saint Mary’s give you all you need to balance your school life with your fun life.