16 Family-Friendly Fall Festivals in North Carolina

Venture out of town for a day trip or weekend getaway to enjoy one or more of the state's best fests.


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Carolina BalloonFest happens Oct. 21-23 at Statesville Regional Airport.  Photo courtesy of Edgar L. Payne

From the mountains to the sea, there's a lot to enjoy about North Carolina in the fall, inlcuding fall festivals. Venture out of town for a day trip or weekend getaway to enjoy one or more of the state's best fests.

 

WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA

Cherokee Indian Fair
Oct. 4-8  | Cherokee
Cost:
$10. Free for ages 5 and younger.
Best for:
Culture and fun seekers. The Cherokee Indian Fair mixes traditional fair entertainment with a Cherokee twist. Dispersed amongst carnival rides and agricultural demonstrations are archery and blowgun demonstrations, cultural art, dance and music.
What’s in it for kids: Unique games, such as stickball and archery. Wednesday is Kids’ Day with kid-focused performers, a baby-crawling competition, a turtle-crawling competition, a longest-hair contest, a youth stickball tournament, and the Little Miss Cherokee and Teen Cherokee pageants. Plus, kids get in free, and receive ride wristbands and boxed lunches. visitcherokeenc.com/events/detail/cherokee-indian-fair.

 

Sugar Mountain Oktoberfest
Oct. 8-9 | Sugar Mountain Resort, Sugar Mountain
Cost:
Free
Best for: Fans of German culture, cuisine and beer. In addition to typical Oktoberfest festivities, food and drink, Sugar Mountain Oktoberfest includes high school band performances, chairlift rides, and plenty of arts and crafts.
What’s in it for kids: Hayrides, inflatable bounce houses, and Sugar Bear and Sweetie Bear mascot appearances. Unlike most Oktoberfest festivals, this one is family-friendly. oktoberfest.skisugar.com.

 

Woolly Worm Festival
Oct. 15-16 | Banner Elk
Cost:
$5 adults, $3 ages 6-12. Free for ages 5 and younger.
Best for: Lovers of nature, fun and absurdity. The highlight of the annual Woolly Worm Festival is the woolly worm race. The winning worm receives a cash prize of $1,000 and the honor of predicting the upcoming winter weather via its colored stripes. There also are juried arts and crafts, rides and food vendors.
What’s in it for kids: The centerpiece of the festival itself, the Woolly Worm Race. Enter your own worm for $5 and help your kids cheer it on. woollyworm.com.

 

Lake Eden Arts Festival
Oct. 20-23 | Black Mountain
Cost:
Day passes start at $52 for adults and $42 for ages 10-17. Weekend passes start at $173 for adults and $146 for ages 10-17 (tent campsite is included). Free for ages 9 and younger.
Best for: Fans of eclectic visual and performing arts. LEAF, as the festival is also called, is a world folk-arts celebration with performing artists, family adventure villages, activity centers and vendors as unique as the event itself.
What’s in it for kids: Throughout the festival are eight interactive family villages that include live performances at Roots Village, Stagecoach Theater in Elfhaven Village, old-world crafts in Barn Village, and sports in the World Wide Playfield. theleaf.org/the-festival.

 

Halloweenfest in Transylvania County
Oct. 29 | Downtown Brevard
Cost:
Free
Best for: Fans of ghouls, ghosts and other Halloween fun. Expect plenty of costume-themed activities, plus a pie bake-off, a pumpkin-carving competition and a beer garden.
What’s in it for kids: It’s a Halloween festival, so come dressed in costumes for contests and a parade. There’s also a pumpkin-bowling competition that kids can compete in. brevardnc.org/events/halloweenfest.

 

IN THE PIEDMONT

Carolina Renaissance Festival
Weekends Oct. 1-Nov. 20 | Huntersville
Cost:
$23 for adults, $13 ages 5-12. Free for ages 4 and younger.
Best for: Fans of Comic-Con, free spirits who love to role-play, and those looking for fun and laughs while experiencing times of long ago. The Renaissance Festival is a hodgepodge of performance stages, medieval-themed games, arts and crafts, jousting tournaments, and random costumed characters.
What’s in it for kids: Everything is geared toward children with the exception of a few performances labeled for explicit content. Kids love the costume aspect (rentals available). The Pirates Christmas weekend is a family favorite, and the weekend of Oct. 8 is Kids Free Weekend, where kids under the age of 12 are admitted free with a special coupon per paying adult. See website for coupon details. carolina.renfestinfo.com.

 

Mush, Music and Mutts Festival
Oct. 14-15 | Historic Uptown Shelby
Cost:
Saturday is free. For Friday's chili cook-off, the price starts at $10, and ages 10 and under are free.
Best for: Foodies, beer fans, music aficionados and pet lovers. What started as a festival honoring liver-mush has morphed into a two-day event, which includes a beer festival, chili cook-off, liver-mush recipe competition, Little Miss Liver Mush Pageant, pet costume contest and parade, and plenty of live music honoring Shelby’s bluegrass influences.
What’s in it for kids: Besides the opportunity to dress up Fifi in a tutu for the pet costume contest, there’s also a kids’ zone with pumpkin decorating, children’s games, inflatables and a human hamster wheel. clevelandchamber.org/mush-music-mutts-festival.

 

Carolina BalloonFest
Oct. 21-23 | Statesville
Cost:
$20 on Saturday and $15 on Sunday. Free for ages 12 and younger.
Best for: Fans of hot air balloons or those curious to learn more. Hot air balloon events include two balloon launches a day where 50 balloons take flight, plus tethered balloon rides and a walk-in balloon. There are several non-balloon activities, including beer and wine tastings, live music and artist booths.
What’s in it for kids: There is a special kids’ zone filled with inflatables, a climbing wall and a bungee jump. There are also magicians on hand to keep the little ones entertained. carolinaballoonfest.com.

 

Barbecue Festival
Oct. 22 | Uptown Lexington
Cost:
Free
Best for: Lovers of the swine! That is unless you prefer yours prepared Eastern-style (there’s kind of a rivalry). Besides barbecue, the festival hosts a wine garden that showcases Yadkin Valley wineries, arts and crafts, and a 50-ton sand sculpture.
What’s in it for kids: Besides finger-licking good barbecue, the festival caters to kids with the annual pig race, bicycle stunt shows and a lumberjack demonstration. There are also rides and games. barbecuefestival.com.

 

Annual NASCAR Day Festival
Oct. 22 | Downtown Randleman
Cost:
Free
Best for: NASCAR and car fans. The 28th annual event pays homage to NASCAR with race cars on display alongside vintage race cars and other automobiles. Richard Petty is on site to sign autographs from 4-6 p.m.
What’s in it for kids: Children’s games and rides set to the backdrop of NASCAR heroes’ race cars. There’s also a Little Miss and Mister NASCAR Pageant. randlemanchamber.com/nascar-htm.

 

Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials and Dog Festival
Nov. 12-13 | Huntersville
Cost:
$11 for adults, $7.50 ages 5-12. Free for ages 4 and younger.
Best for: Friends of man’s best friend. The weekend celebrates all things dog with the National Border Collie Sheepherding Championships, dog sports demonstrations and canine history demonstrations.
What’s in it for kids: Plenty of chances to interact with furry four-legged friends, hayrides, tractor exhibits and pumpkin chunking. ruralhill.net/sheepdogtrials.asp.

 

IN THE TRIANGLE

Railroad Days Festival
Oct. 1 | Downtown Selma
Cost:
Free
Best for: Fans of railroads and trains, from model sets to the real thing. In addition to model-train displays and a full-size caboose, the 41st annual festival features a carnival, parade, pageant and charity run.
What’s in it for kids: Plenty of trains on display, plus a kids’ zone and a children’s-focused Little Caboose Run. selma-nc.com/railroad-days-festival.

 

Festifall Arts Festival
Oct. 2 | West Franklin Street,
Chapel Hill
Cost: Free
Best for: Art enthusiasts and food-truck fans. The annual arts festival highlights everything from hand-crafted arts to live performances on three stages. Acts cover everything from music to improv and dance.
What’s in it for kids: An interactive kids' zone with science demonstrations, spin art, face painting and a poetry lab. Integrated into the live acts are performances by children's Tae Kwon Do, dance and gymnastics groups. chapelhillfestifall.com.

 

N.C. State Fair
Oct. 13-23 | N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh
Cost:
$10 for adults, $5 ages 6-12. Free for ages 5 and younger. Family and multi-day packages available starting at $44.
Best for: Anyone who loves a county fair and the carnival rides, competitions, concerts and agricultural displays.
What’s in it for kids: Kiddieland and kid-focused competitions like sugar-cube building and cookie decorating. Bigger kids can enjoy the mobile robotics contest. ncstatefair.org.

 

International Festival of Raleigh
Oct. 14-16 | Raleigh Convention Center, downtown Raleigh
Cost:
Starting at $12. Free for ages 6 and younger.
Best for: World travelers and those infatuated with learning about different cultures. The three-day event features 45 cultural booths, 28 sidewalk cafes serving international food, and fashions from around the globe.
What’s in it for kids: Children’s cultural performances, international story time and a Kids Got Talent competition. internationalfocusnc.org/festival.

 

COASTAL

Riverfest
Oct. 8-9 |  Downtown Wilmington
Cost:
Free
Best for: Art lovers. Organizers do their best to keep the amount of commercial vendors low so the arts and craft vendors can shine. There’s also an accompanying car show and concert series.
What’s in it for kids: A fireworks display and a children’s play area. wilmingtonriverfest.com

 

Bryan Richards is a food and travel writer who lives in Charlotte and recently added family travel writer to his credentials with the birth of his son. He’s also the author of The Wandering Gourmand, a culinary and craft beer travel blog. Janice Lewine is the associate editor at Carolina Parent.

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Cost: $8/resident, $10/nonresident

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Cary, NC  27519
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Kennedy Theatre
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Raleigh, NC  27601
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Chapel Hill Public Library
100 Library Drive
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Cost: Free

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Cary Arts Center
123 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27513
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Sponsor: North Carolina State Parks
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Cost: Free

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Quail Ridge Books
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Cost: Free

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East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
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Cost: $12/resident, $16/nonresident

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Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
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East Regional Library
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East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
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Walnut Creek Wetland Center
950 Peterson Street
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Harris Lake County Park
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The Factory
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Cost: $7

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Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
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Cost: $8/member, $10/nonmember

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North Carolina Botanical Garden
100 Old Mason Farm Rd.
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Cost: $1/person

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Crowder District Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd.
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Cost: $2/person

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Harris Lake County Park
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Cost: $18-$22

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: Cary Ballet Company
Telephone: 919-454-4252
Contact Name: Suzanne Murley
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Cost: $12/adult, $8/child

Where:
Holly Spring Cultural Center
300 W. Ballentine St.
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Telephone: 919-656-8373
Contact Name: Melanie Youngdahl
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A young girl dreams about taking flight in the makeshift airplane that she has built in her backyard. After a huge storm, she finds an elderly woman who looks and sounds like a bird, but who just...

Cost: $14/adult, $10 ages 12 and younger

Where:
Raleigh Little Theatre
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Raleigh, NC  27607
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Cost: Free

Where:
Cary Academy
1500 N. Harrison Dr.
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Cost: Free

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The Factory
1839 S Main St
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Cost: $15/nonmember, $10/member

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Artspace
201 E. Davie St.
Durham, NC  27601
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Cost: $5/person. Free for ages 1 and younger

Where:
Belk at the Streets of Southpoint
6910 Fayetteville St.
Durham, NC  27713
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Cost: Free

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Center
950 Peterson Street
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-2760
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood
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Families enjoy stories.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Ct.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Cost: $25

Where:
Lux Performance Arts
1231 Perry Rd., Ste. 102
Apex, NC  27502
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Sponsor: Lux Performance Arts
Telephone: 314-337-2142
Contact Name: Jamie Trudeau
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Cost: $25

Where:
Lux Performance Arts
1231 Perry Rd, Suite 102
Apex, NC  27502
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Sponsor: Lux Performance Arts
Telephone: 314-337-2142
Contact Name: Jamie Trudeau
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Cost: $20

Where:
The Scrap Exchange
2050 Chapel Hill Rd.
Durham, NC  27707
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Sponsor: The Scrap Exchange
Telephone: 919-213-1278
Contact Name: Anna Graves
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Take part in a combination acrobatics and aerial class for our smallest students. In this class, your child will build a foundation of coordination, flexibility, balance, and strength. Ages 3-7...

Cost: $25

Where:
Lux Performance Arts
1231 Perry Rd., Ste. 102
Apex, NC  27502
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Sponsor: Lux Performance Arts
Telephone: 314-337-2142
Contact Name: Jamie Trudeau
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Shop for gently used kids clothing, maternity wear, baby gear, books, toys and more. All items are $1.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Northgate Mall
1058 W. Club Blvd.
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Sponsor: Diaper Bank of North Carolina
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Cost: $14/adult, $10 ages 12 and younger

Where:
Raleigh Little Theatre
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Kick it into high gear doing TaeKwonDo with the Amerikickers. Team members will demonstrate skills like breaking boards and teach visitors some new moves.

Cost: $5 ages 1 and older

Where:
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Telephone: 919.834.4040
Contact Name: Taylor Rankin
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Enjoy a musical adaptation of the classical tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Journey with Gerda to discover adventure, meet interesting characters and learn the importance of friendship. Purchase...

Cost: $12/adult, $8/child

Where:
Holly Spring Cultural Center
300 W. Ballentine St.
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Sponsor: Carolina Children's Theatre
Telephone: 919-656-8373
Contact Name: Melanie Youngdahl
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Look under rocks, logs and leaf litter and inside vernal pools to discover the places salamanders and their eggs can be found. Learn about the lifecycle of the salamander and make a craft to take...

Cost: $6/participant

Where:
Durant Nature Preserve
8305 Camp Durant Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Celebrate Creek Week by exploring a stream at the preserve. Take a short hike to the creek, use magnifying glasses and nets to discover the creatures that live there, and learn about the importance...

Cost: Free

Where:
Horton Grove Nature Preserve
7360 Jock Rd
Bahama, NC  27503
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Sponsor: Triangle Land Conservancy
Telephone: 919-908-0054
Contact Name: Kelsey Ellis
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See talented ballet students perform divertissements of the classical ballet, "Le Corsaire." Enjoy a story about pirates, betrayal, liberation and the triumph of true love.

Cost: $18-$22

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: Cary Ballet Company
Telephone: 919-454-4252
Contact Name: Suzanne Murley
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Experience the fun of geocaching and search for caches along the trail. GPS units provided or take your own. Ages 6 and older. Meet at the picnic table near the restrooms at the New Hill Parking...

Cost: $1/person

Where:
American Tobacco Trail -New Hill Parking Area
1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Rd.
Apex, NC  27502
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park and the American Tobacco Trail
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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NOTE: This event has been canceled due to the fact that no North Carolina NCAA basketball teams will be playing on that day based on the brackets that were posted this week. Ride the train,...

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
New Hope Valley Railway
3900 Bonsal Rd.
New Hill, NC  27562
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A young girl dreams about taking flight in the makeshift airplane that she has built in her backyard. After a huge storm, she finds an elderly woman who looks and sounds like a bird, but who just...

Cost: $14/adult, $10 ages 12 and younger

Where:
Raleigh Little Theatre
301 Pogue St.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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See talented ballet students perform divertissements of the classical ballet, "Le Corsaire." Enjoy a story about pirates, betrayal, liberation and the triumph of true love.

Cost: $18-$22

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: Cary Ballet Company
Telephone: 919-454-4252
Contact Name: Suzanne Murley
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Enjoy a musical adaptation of the classical tale by Hans Christian Andersen. Journey with Gerda to discover adventure, meet interesting characters and learn the importance of friendship. Purchase...

Cost: $12/adult, $8/child

Where:
Holly Spring Cultural Center
300 W. Ballentine St.
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Sponsor: Carolina Children's Theatre
Telephone: 919-656-8373
Contact Name: Melanie Youngdahl
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Explore the forest as the sun sets, listen to Native American stories and enjoy s'mores around a campfire. All ages with parent. Registration required.

Cost: $20/resident, $28/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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