28 Don't-Miss Fall Festivals in October


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The North Carolina State Fair will be held Oct. 12-22.

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Festifall

Oct. 1 – Downtown Chapel Hill. Noon-6 p.m. Free. Engage with the local arts community through performances, handmade artworks, kids’ activities and more. chapelhillfestifall.com.

Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance

Oct. 5-8 – Shakori Hills, 1439 Henderson Tanyard Rd., Pittsboro. See the website for festival hours and to purchase tickets. Take the family for live music, kids’ activities, storytelling, face painting, food vendors and more. Ages 12 and younger not admitted without an adult. shakorihillsgrassroots.org.

Selma Railroad Days Festival

Oct. 6-7 – Downtown Selma. See website for hours. Free. Take the family for live entertainment, rides, and arts and crafts vendors. selma-nc.com/railroad-days-festival.

Triangle Oktoberfest

Oct. 6-7 – Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary. 6-11 p.m. Oct. 6; 1-11 p.m. Oct. 7. $5-$40. Enjoy German music, traditional Bavarian food, German cars, a Kinder Platz and more. Purchase tickets online. triangleoktoberfest.org.

26th Annual Dog Olympics

Oct. 7 – North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, 1060 William Moore Dr., Raleigh. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free-$5. Dogs of all breeds and sizes can take part in athletic and nonathletic competitions, and microchipping services. Canine health information booths, vendors and food trucks round out the fun. cvm.ncsu.edu/outreach/dog-olympics.

Bass Lake Day

Oct. 7 – Bass Lake Park, 900 Bass Lake Rd., Holly Springs. 2- 6 p.m. Free. Celebrate nature and the environment with live music, crafts and games, live animal displays and interactive exhibits. hollyspringsnc.us/350/bass-lake-day

Celebrate Fuquay-Varina

Oct. 7 – Downtown Fuquay-Varina. 10 a.m-4 p.m. Free. Live entertainment, food, an artists’ village, classic car show and kids’ zone celebrate the town’s rich heritage. celebratefv.com.

Downtown Chili Cook-Off

Oct. 7 – Depot Street, 146 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Groups and individuals show off their chili-cooking skills. Tickets are $10/person to taste all entries and vote for the People’s Choice Awards. live-timely-qq1bcx3me4.time.ly/event/chili-cook-off-fvda-event.

Heritage Day Festival

Oct. 7 – Historic Oak View County Park, 4028 Carya Dr., Raleigh. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. This old-time county fair showcases live music, animals, agricultural displays, heritage craft displays and costumed re-enactors. wakegov.com/parks/oakview.

Pottery and Glass Festival

Oct. 7-8 and 14-15 – Cedar Creek Gallery, 1150 Fleming Rd., Creedmoor. 10 a.m-6 p.m. Free. See pottery, glassblowing and wood turning demonstrations, kiln openings, raku firings and more. cedarcreekgallery.com.

Raleigh Children’s Business Fair

Oct. 7 – The Commons at North Hills, 4160 Main St., Raleigh. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Shop with more than 40 businesses operated by local children. raleighcbf.org.

Swift Creek Elementary School’s 85th Anniversary

Oct. 7 – Swift Creek Elementary School, 5601 Tryon Rd., Raleigh. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Celebrate the 85th anniversary of Swift Creek Elementary School with games, crafts, fire trucks, food trucks and music. swiftcreekeswcpssnetptahtml.weebly.com/anniversary.html.

Tar River Festival

Oct. 7 – Riverbend Park, S. Church St., downtown Louisburg. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Enjoy cultural demonstrations, live music, inflatables, rides, face painting and more. franklin-county-nc.chambermaster.com.

North Carolina State Fair

Oct. 12-22 – North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. See the website for hours and ticket prices. North Carolina’s signature event features live music, rides, carnival-style food, kids’ entertainment and more. ncstatefair.org.

Cary Diwali

Oct. 14 – Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary. Doors open at 10 a.m. Free. Parking is $5/car. Celebrate India and Diwali through music, dance, a craft bazaar and food vendors. A fireworks display begins at 8:30 p.m. townofcary.org/recreation-enjoyment/events/holiday-events/diwali-celebration.

DisABLE the Label

Oct. 14 – Northgate Mall, 1058 W. Club Blvd., Durham. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Celebrate National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month with games, entertainment, kids’ activities and food vendors. All abilities welcome. durhamnc.gov/1605/disable-the-label.

Haunting at Harris: Rise of the Legends

Oct. 14 – Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Dr., New Hill. 1-6 p.m. Free. Meet Blackbeard, the Loch Ness Monster, Paul Bunyan and other characters on a wagon ride. Enjoy crafts, face painting, crawly critters, an obstacle course and games. Costumes optional. Wagon rides for all ages leave every 30 minutes. Tickets available first come, first serve the day of the event only. Tickets for 1-3 p.m. rides handed out at 12:30 p.m.; tickets for 3:30-5:30 p.m. rides handed out at 3 p.m. wakegov.com/parks/harrislake.

KidFest 2017

Oct. 14 – Whole Family Chiropractic, 160 N.E. Maynard Rd., Cary. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Learn more about the different aspects of health and enjoy food, inflatables, character appearances, pumpkin painting and more. wholefamilyofcary.com.

North Carolina Fresh Catch Seafood and Music Festival

Oct. 14 – 131 S. Chatham Ave., Siler City. 1-7 p.m. See website for fees. Enjoy live music and fresh seafood as local and regional farms, fisheries and restaurants promote the richness of North Carolina’s natural resources. ncfreshcatch.com.

32nd International Festival of Raleigh

Oct. 20-22 – Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. See the website for festival hours. $5-$15/person. Explore multiculturalism through performances, cultural exhibits, world bazaars, sidewalk cafes, children’s activities and a naturalization ceremony. internationalfestival.org.

Creepy Crabtree Celebration

Oct. 21 – Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville. 2-6 p.m. Free. Celebrate Halloween and nature with scary scavenger hunts, creepy crafts and fun games. Costumes optional. wakegov.com/parks/lakecrabtree.

Midtown Pumpkin Palooza

Oct. 21 – Midtown Park at North Hills, 4011 Cardinal at North Hills St., Raleigh. 3-6 p.m. $10/adult, $5/child. Free for ages 5 and younger. Celebrate fall with pumpkin painting, giant games, an inflatable obstacle course, a bird-feeder craft and more. Adults can enjoy a chili cook-off, live band performances, a dog costume contest and smartphone scavenger hunt. midtownraleighalliance.org/2017-pumpkin-palooza.

Trick-or-Eat Food Truck Rodeo

Oct. 22 – Main Street, downtown Garner. Noon-5 p.m. Free. Enjoy 14 food trucks, street music and artisans. The Garner Police Athletics Activity League offers special crafts and games for kids. This is not a trick-or-treating event. downtowngarner.com.

Haunted Mordecai Festival

Oct. 28 – Mordecai Historic Park, 1 Mimosa St., Raleigh. 1-4 p.m. Free. Celebrate Halloween with food, music, games and crafts. Ages 15 and younger can take part in a costume contest beginning at 1 p.m. The Ghost Guild will reveal its findings from a paranormal investigation of the Mordecai House and answer attendees’ questions. raleighnc.gov/parks.

HollyFest

Oct. 28 – Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Park, 2401 Grigsby Ave., Holly Springs. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Live entertainment, a kids’ zone, cornhole competition, food trucks, and arts and crafts vendors highlight this annual festival in Holly Springs. hollyspringsnc.us/356/hollyfest.

Touch-a-Truck Fundraiser

Oct. 28 – Downtown Smithfield. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission; purchase tickets for unlimited access to activities. Kids explore their favorite trucks and heavy machinery, and meet the personnel who protect and build Johnston County communities. See emergency vehicles, tractors, construction equipment, delivery trucks and more. Enjoy food trucks, inflatables and face painting. Proceeds benefit the Me Fine Foundation. jwlsmithfield.com.

Barktoberfest

Oct. 29 – Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St., Durham. Noon-4 p.m. Free. Man’s best friend is celebrated in a family-friendly event that includes dog shows, a canine costume contest, parade, photo booth and more. durhamnc.gov/2698/barktoberfest.

Festival of Fabulous Mums

Oct. 29 – Doris Duke Center, 420 Anderson St., Durham. Noon-6 p.m. Free. Parking fees apply. Celebrate the glory of mums at this event that features cultural and historical information, arts and crafts, gardening tips and tours of the Culberson Asiatic Arboretum, where visitors will find more mums on display in a beautiful garden setting. Presented in partnership with the Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society. gardens.duke.edu/events/festival-fabulous-mums.

 

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Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
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Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
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Orange County Main Library
137 W Margaret Ln
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Sponsor: Orange County Public Library
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Orange County Main Library
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Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
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Crowder County Park
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Cost: $5

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Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Drive
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Cost: Free

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Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Road
Apex, NC  27539
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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

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Downtown Raleigh
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Enjoy tea time for the whole family. Samples of hot tea, cold tea, and kombucha will be provided, along with games and family fun.

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Vacation Bible School includes dinner. Register at wpumc.com/vbs

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East Regional Library
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Lake Crabtree County Park
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Cost: Free

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Downtown Park
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Cost: $5

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Wilkerson Nature Preserve
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Telephone: 919-996-6764
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Cost: Free

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Cost: Free

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Optimist Aquatic Center
5902 Whittier Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
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Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Court
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Vacation Bible School includes dinner. Register at wpumc.com/vbs

Cost: Free

Where:
White Plains United Methodist Church
313 S.E. Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Contact Name: Michele Vansteen
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Every year on June 21, we enjoy the most hours of sunlight during the whole year. Discover the science and cultural celebrations behind this special summer day. Make a pretty sun catcher to hang in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Enjoy stories with Amy Godfrey.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Regulator Bookshop
720 Ninth St.
Durham, NC  27705
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Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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Enjoy magic, storytelling and origami with Yasu Ishida. Grades K-5.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Court
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Cost: Free

Where:
Pine State Coffee
1614 Automotive Way
Raleigh, NC  27604
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Sponsor: Raleigh Night Market
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Vacation Bible School includes dinner. Register at wpumc.com/vbs

Cost: Free

Where:
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313 S.E. Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: White Plains UMC
Telephone: 919-467-9394
Contact Name: Michele Vansteen
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Cost: Free

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Road
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
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Cost: $6-$12

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North Carolina Transportation Museum
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Cost: $12/person. Free for ages 2 and younger.

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Raleigh Convention Center
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Raleigh, NC  27601
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Learn basic canoeing skills and a bit about the millpond's history, then head out to explore the pond's many features as seen only from the water. Canoes, paddles, and life jackets are provided,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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DIY Fest returns with more than 30 artisans and family-friendly activities to support the mission of Durham 150, the anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Durham. 

Cost: Free

Where:
The Scrap Exchange
2050 Chapel Hill Rd.
Durham, NC  27707
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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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The fair is for women thinking about getting pregnant, currently pregnant, or recently post-partum. Triangle-area organizations will have tables at the fair to share information about resources...

Cost: Free

Where:
NC Cooperative Extension
721 Foster St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: March of Dimes/Duke Family Medicine
Telephone: 678-246-9027
Contact Name: Courtney Simpson
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Want to get inside Historic Yates Mill? Join us for a half-hour tour (starting at 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30 or 3 p.m.) to view the main power drive and milling machinery while exploring the mill's history...

Cost: $5/Adult, $4/Senior (ages 60+), $3/Child (ages 7-16), Free/Child (6 - under)

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Ages 5-8 embrace science and nature while developing skills and knowledge about the natural world. Register online. Choose course #124927.

Cost: $8/resident, $10/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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Enjoy all-things blueberry, food trucks, pie-eating contests and more at Vollmer Farms' annual Blueberry Festival. The Back-40 Country Playground will be open and features a...

Cost: $12 advance tickets, $15 at the door. Free for ages 12 and younger

Where:
Vollmer Farm
677 NC Hwy 98 East
Bunn, NC  27508
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Sponsor: Vollmer Farm
Telephone: 919-496-3076
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Enjoy a movie under the stars and play games at 7:15 before the movie starts. 

Cost: Free

Where:
E. Carroll Joyner Park
701 Harris Rd.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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