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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September 2018

Run Club meets every Sunday at 8 a.m. in Midtown Raleigh or Wake Forest. Stroller friendly; children invited. 

Cost: $10/run or $100/annual pass

Where:
Optimist Park Community Center/Greenways
5900 Whittier Drive
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: FIT4MOM
Telephone: 919-348-0472
Contact Name: Missy Currin
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The autumnal equinox signals the beginning of fall. It is the point when there are exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness at the equator. Mark the change of seasons by heading to the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Embrace your inner rebel and celebrate the motorcycle lifestyle with family-friendly activities ranging from stunt shows and specialty rides to live music and local vendors. See website for hours.

Cost: $10 for ages 13 and older. Free for ages 12 and younger.

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Join Mindful Families of Durham, a Buddhist-inspired spiritual community that supports area parents, caregivers, and their children in the practice of mindfulness and the understanding of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Erwin Road
Durham, NC  27705
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Sponsor: Mindful Families of Durham
Contact Name: Adam, Laura, Josh, Sumi
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Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about carry positions, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to crawl,...

Cost: $18

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr
Morrisville, NC  17560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
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Experience a full day of outdoor experiences, nature adventures and family-friendly activities to kick off Take a Child Outside Week.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bond Park
801 High House Rd.
Cary, NC  27513
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Take part in a 5K race, a kid’s dash and family activities to raise awareness in the fight against lung cancer in North Carolina. 

Cost: Free-$30

Where:
Midtown Park
4011 Cardinal at North Hills
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Rodeos, a mule-pulling contest, arts and crafts, vendors, carnival rides, street performers, bluegrass shows and more are all part of Benson Mule Days. 

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Benson
500 S. Market St.
Benson, NC  27504
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Discover Historic Yates Mill – a place of business, community and exciting local history! Explore the inner workings of the mill itself and witness the power of water as it turns the milling...

Cost: $5 for Adults $4 for Seniors (ages 60 & over) $3 for Children (ages 7–16)* *Ch

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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Pepper Fest heats up with a fresh array of pepper-themed dishes and brews, family activities, a kid chef competition and zesty live music.

Cost: $5-$30

Where:
The Great Meadow, Briar Chapel
161 Salt Cedar Ln.
Chapel Hill, NC  27516
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PlayMakers Repertory Company presents Ken Ludwig's Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood, a rip-roaring romp through Sherwood Forest with all the thrills and romance you could ever...

Cost: $12-$57

Where:
PlayMakers Repertory Company
120 Country Club Road
Chapel Hill, NC  27599
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Telephone: 703-850-2282

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Monday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m.–noon Let’s celebrate the arrival of Fall! Make a craft inspired by the leaves’ changing colors. We will bring the materials if you bring the imagination! For all...

Cost: free

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Road
Apex, NC  27539
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
Contact Name: Ashley Martin

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PlayMakers Repertory Company presents Ken Ludwig's Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood, a rip-roaring romp through Sherwood Forest with all the thrills and romance you could ever...

Cost: $12-$57

Where:
PlayMakers Repertory Company
120 Country Club Road
Chapel Hill, NC  27599
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Search the meadow for katydid, cicadas, crickets and other incredible insects that make up approximately 80% of the world’s species of animals. All ages. Register online. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2–3:30 p.m. The harvest season was a busy time for Laura Ingalls Wilder's pioneer family. Put on your straw hat or sun bonnet and head to the park to try out the types of farm...

Cost: $6/person

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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PlayMakers Repertory Company presents Ken Ludwig's Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood, a rip-roaring romp through Sherwood Forest with all the thrills and romance you could ever...

Cost: $12-$57

Where:
PlayMakers Repertory Company
120 Country Club Road
Chapel Hill, NC  27599
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Sponsor: PlayMakers Repertory Company
Telephone: 703-850-2282

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Discover how beavers live, eat and play in their watery world. Search for beaver signs around the pond. Ages 3-5 with parent. Advance registration required.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Drive
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-6764
Contact Name: Wilkerson staff
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Ages 11 and older with special needs enjoy croquet, bocci, corn hole, ladder ball and more. Register online. Choose course #117149.

Cost: $4/resident, $5/nonresident

Where:
Page-Walker Arts & History Center
119 Ambassador Loop
Cary, NC  27513
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PlayMakers Repertory Company presents Ken Ludwig's Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood, a rip-roaring romp through Sherwood Forest with all the thrills and romance you could ever...

Cost: $12-$57

Where:
PlayMakers Repertory Company
120 Country Club Road
Chapel Hill, NC  27599
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Play giant board games and special activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Cary Park
319 S. Academy St.
Cary, NC  27511
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Enjoy nature-themed books followed by a hands-on activity or garden exploration. Ages 3-5 with adult. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
North Carolina Botanical Garden
100 Old Mason Farm Rd
Chapel Hill, NC  27517
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Sponsor: North Carolina Botanical Garden
Telephone: 919-537-3770
Contact Name: Elisha Taylor
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Apple Day features fresh North Carolina apples, an apple dessert and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
State Farmers Market
1201 Agriculture St.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Ages 11 and older with special needs enjoy trivia about sports, music, movies and more. Register online. Choose course #116583.

Cost: $2/resident, $3/nonresident

Where:
Cary Senior Center
120 Maury O'Dell Place
Cary, NC  27513
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PlayMakers Repertory Company presents Ken Ludwig's Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood, a rip-roaring romp through Sherwood Forest with all the thrills and romance you could ever...

Cost: $12-$57

Where:
PlayMakers Repertory Company
120 Country Club Road
Chapel Hill, NC  27599
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Mums and pumpkins take center stage at this festival featuring food trucks, inflatables, hayrides and vendors.

Cost: Free

Where:
Knightdale Station Park
810 N. First Ave.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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PlayMakers Repertory Company presents Ken Ludwig's Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood, a rip-roaring romp through Sherwood Forest with all the thrills and romance you could ever...

Cost: $12-$57

Where:
PlayMakers Repertory Company
120 Country Club Road
Chapel Hill, NC  27599
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Telephone: 703-850-2282

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Welcome fall's arrival with a food truck rodeo, car show, face painting, a craft show and more.  

Cost: Free

Where:
125 U.S. 1-A
Youngsville, NC  27596
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Enjoy national and regional professional dancers from the Wake Forest dance community and beyond, as well locally rising advanced dance performers. 

Cost: Free

Where:
E. Carroll Joyner Park
701 Harris Rd.
Wake Forest, NC
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Take part in a 1.4-mile walk for inclusiveness. Registration and activities begin at 10 a.m.; walk begins at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy refreshments, games, raffle and a decorating station. All ages and...

Cost: $15/family, $5/individual

Where:
Kids Together Playground
111 Thurston Dr.
Cary, NC  27518
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Mums and pumpkins take center stage at this festival featuring food trucks, inflatables, hayrides and vendors.

Cost: Free

Where:
Knightdale Station Park
810 N. First Ave.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Take the family for a celebration of Orange County’s heritage and culture. Enjoy local food, music, cooking demonstrations, local artists and crafters, and kids’ activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Blackwood Farm Park
4215 NC Hwy 86
Hillsborough, NC  27278
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Sponsor: Orange County Government
Telephone: 919-245-2063
Contact Name: Mike Lanier
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Children's booksellers read their favorite picture books. All ages.

Cost: Free

Where:
Quail Ridge Books
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Matthew Cordell's upcoming tour for his next book, "King Alice," will make a stop at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh. Cordell most recently won the Caldecott Medal for his picture book,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Quail Ridge Books
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Enjoy a day at the park and listen to stories from professional storytellers in an event presented in partnership with Wake County Public Libraries. Enjoy a wagon shuttle, activity tents, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Oak View County Park
4028 Carya Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: Wake County Public Libraries and Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space
Telephone: 919-212-7695
Contact Name: Abby Jones
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Take the family for pony rides, riding demonstrations, miniature horses and a petting area, hayrides, games, food trucks and an appearance by Woody and Jesse from Toy Story. Purchase activity bands...

Cost: Admission is free. Some activities charge a fee.

Where:
Horses for Hope
2909 Banks Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Celebrate Morrisville, Wake County’s most diverse community, with a day of food, culture and music from around the world. Kids can enjoy face painting and a bounce house.

Cost: Free

Where:
Park West Village
Village Market Place
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Snakes are very misunderstood and feared, yet are so important to the ecosystem. Meet some friendly snakes up close and learn about common snakes found in this area. All ages. Meet at the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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Want to get inside Historic Yates Mill? Join us for a half-hour tour (starting at 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m. or 3 p.m.) to view the main power drive and milling machinery while exploring...

Cost: $5 for Adults $4 for Seniors (ages 60 & over) $3 for Children (ages 7–16)* *Ch

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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Explore the historic heart of downtown Raleigh on a walking tour of Fayetteville Street. Tours highlight the people, places, architecture and political movements that have shaped...

Cost: Adults (18+) $10; Youth (7-17) $4; Children (6 & under) Free.

Where:
City of Raleigh Museum
220 Fayetteville St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Be part of the 2017 Harvest Festival, organized by St. Gregorios Indian Orthodox Church Raleigh, where authentic freshly cooked food, stage performances, music, live auction,...

Cost: Free

Where:
St Gregorios Indian Orthodox Church
225 Bashford Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27606
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PlayMakers Repertory Company presents Ken Ludwig's Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood, a rip-roaring romp through Sherwood Forest with all the thrills and romance you could ever...

Cost: $12-$57

Where:
PlayMakers Repertory Company
120 Country Club Road
Chapel Hill, NC  27599
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Telephone: 703-850-2282

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