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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December 2017

Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about tummy time alternatives, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to...

Cost: $18

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
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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  27560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
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Barriskill Dance Theatre School present its annual production of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Reynolds Theater, Duke University
125 Science Dr.
Durham, NC  27708
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Enjoy a family Chanukah concert from local band, Mishpacha (Hebrew for “family”). Mishpacha’s music is influenced by a variety of musical genres including folk,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Quail Ridge Books
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Take the family to this witty and warm journey through a lifetime of Christmases as Scrooge finally finds redemption, charity and love. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $15 and up

Where:
Kenan Theatre
120 Country Club Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC
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Join Burning Coal Theatre Company as it presents a stage production based on the children's novel by JM Barrie. Purchase tickets online.  

Cost: $25/adult, $15/student

Where:
Burning Coal Theatre
224 Polk St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Telephone: 919-834-4001
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Learn about winter. Sip pine needle tea, and observe the ice and snow through hands-on science experiments. All ages with adult. Registration required. 

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Crowder District Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd.
Apex, NC
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Cary Ballet students presents a condensed version of the holiday story for younger audiences. Join Clara, her heroic nutcracker, the evil Mouse Queen and all of Clara’s colorful friends on a...

Cost: $21-$25

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: Cary Ballet Company
Telephone: 919-200-3939
Contact Name: Michelle Gisondi
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Build a LEGO menorah, discover chocolate making and enjoy games from 3-4:45 p.m. at the Apex Community Center. At 5 p.m., a menorah lighting and fire show take place at 220 N. Salem Street in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Apex
, NC


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Enjoy a family-friendly holiday gospel tradition. The show, created by Langston Hughes, features soaring singers, inspirational dancers and the heartwarming and humorous procession of...

Cost: $26/adult, $22/student

Where:
Stewart Theatre, N.C. State University
Raleigh, NC


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Enjoy a 3.5-hour bus tour in the heart of downtown Raleigh during the holiday season. Pullen Park Holiday Express tickets included. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $55/adult, $39/child

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
, NC  27601


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The Triangle Youth String Orchestra performs its annual holiday concert. All ages. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $15/adult, $5/child

Where:
Athens Drive High School Auditorium
1420 Athens Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Cary Ballet students presents the holiday story of Clara, her heroic nutcracker, the evil Mouse Queen and all of Clara’s colorful friends. The Raleigh Boychoir's Resident...

Cost: $21-$25

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: Cary Ballet Company
Telephone: 919-200-3939
Contact Name: Michelle Gisondi
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Join in celebration of Hanukkah with a group menorah lighting (bring your menorahs from home), fun crafts for the kids, latkes, jelly doughnuts and more. This fundraising event is open to the...

Cost: $10 children 3-18, $12 adults. At the door: $12 children 3-18, $15 adults

Where:
Beth Meyer Synagogue Social Hall
504 Newton Road
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Sponsor: Beth Meyer Preschool
Contact Name: Michelle Panek
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Enjoy a family-friendly holiday gospel tradition. The show, created by Langston Hughes, features soaring singers, inspirational dancers and the heartwarming and humorous procession of...

Cost: $26/adult, $22/student

Where:
Stewart Theatre, N.C. State University
Raleigh, NC


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Come experience O'Henry's classic Christmas tale “The Gift of the Magi." Be transported back to the Roaring '20s in...

Cost: $25

Where:
Sonorous Road Theatre
3801 Hillsborough St, Suite 113,
Raleigh, NC   27607
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Take the family to this witty and warm journey through a lifetime of Christmases as Scrooge finally finds redemption, charity and love. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $15 and up

Where:
Kenan Theatre
120 Country Club Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC
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Create a snow globe to take home. All ages with adult. Registration not required. Meet at the Cardinal Shelter. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten Ten Rd.
Apex, NC
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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See 10 unique play homes built by Terramor, with $10 raffle tickets available per play home benefitting Duke Children’s Hospital and the YMCA of the Triangle. The Play Homes include a fire...

Cost: $10.00/raffle ticket

Where:
Terramor Homes Corporate Office
7208 Falls of Neuse Road, #201
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Sponsor: Terramor Homes
Telephone: 919-810-2504
Contact Name: Rebecca Newsome
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Family members join teams to shoot foul shots for a chance to win a holiday ham. See website for age divisions and times. No registration necessary.

Cost: Free

Where:
Apex Community Center
73 Hunter St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Telephone: 919-249-3402
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Enjoy a family-friendly holiday gospel tradition. The show, created by Langston Hughes, features soaring singers, inspirational dancers and the heartwarming and humorous procession of...

Cost: $26/adult, $22/student

Where:
Stewart Theatre, N.C. State University
Raleigh, NC


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Explore toys that children enjoy all over the world. Make a toy to take home and read a story. All ages with adult. Register online.

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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See a family-friendly movie on a big screen. Take snacks and a blanket. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Halle Cultural Arts Center
237 N. Salem St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Children's Book Buyer Sarah reads stories to babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Cost: Free

Where:
McIntyre's Books at Fearrington Village
2000 Fearrington Village Center
Pittsboro, NC  27312
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Kids ages 6 and younger enjoy stories. Take part in an optional arts and crafts session after storytime for $5.

Cost: Free

Where:
Read With Me Book Shop
111 E. Hargett St., $110
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Take the family to this witty and warm journey through a lifetime of Christmases as Scrooge finally finds redemption, charity and love. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $15 and up

Where:
Kenan Theatre
120 Country Club Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC
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Toddler Time is a special time for ages 5 and younger to bounce under the supervision of their parents, and without interference from the big kids. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
Sky Zone Durham
1720 Guess Rd., Ste. 90
Durham, NC  27701
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Take the family to this witty and warm journey through a lifetime of Christmases as Scrooge finally finds redemption, charity and love. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $15 and up

Where:
Kenan Theatre
120 Country Club Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC
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Explore creative movement. Ages 2-5 with caregiver. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $5/member, $8/nonmember

Where:
N.C. Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Explore creative movement. Ages 2-5 with caregiver. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $5/member, $8/nonmember

Where:
N.C. Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Explore creative movement. Ages 2-5 with caregiver. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $5/member, $8/nonmember

Where:
N.C. Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Take the family to this witty and warm journey through a lifetime of Christmases as Scrooge finally finds redemption, charity and love. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $15 and up

Where:
Kenan Theatre
120 Country Club Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC
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Kids enjoy crafting and nature while parents enjoy holiday shopping. Take a lunch and water bottle. Ages 6-10. Meet at the park office. Registration required online. 

Cost: $16/child

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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Kids hike, make projects and engage in nature activities. Ages 5-8. Register online.

Cost: $9/resident, $12/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC  27518
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Learn what the Ingalls family did to survive one especially long winter and how they celebrated Christmas. Taste an old-fashioned peppermint candy stick and take home a homemade holiday craft. Wear...

Cost: $6/child

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, AL
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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A wonderfully kid-paced hour featuring music, play and dancing with toddler stars singing on the mic at Cotton's gently amplified & participatory music show. Children delight in...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Pump It Up Raleigh
10700 World Trade Blvd, #112
Raleigh, NC  27617
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Sponsor: Pump it Up
Telephone: 919-828-3344
Contact Name: Owner/manager Kellie Paterson McHugh
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The Raleigh Boychoir presents its annual holiday concert. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Edenton Street United Methodist Church
228 W. Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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With over 25 years of singing experience, Cinnamon Ruth Leggett has engaged audiences in off-Broadway performances. Celebrate the season with a special first time musical appearance from her...

Cost: Free

Where:
Millbrook United Methodist Church
1712 E. Millbrook Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: CRLStudios
Telephone: 919-889-9332
Contact Name: Roberta Greene
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Take the family to this witty and warm journey through a lifetime of Christmases as Scrooge finally finds redemption, charity and love. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $15 and up

Where:
Kenan Theatre
120 Country Club Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC
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Website »

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Take the family to this witty and warm journey through a lifetime of Christmases as Scrooge finally finds redemption, charity and love. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $15 and up

Where:
Kenan Theatre
120 Country Club Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Come experience O'Henry's classic Christmas tale “The Gift of the Magi." Be transported back to the Roaring '20s in...

Cost: $25

Where:
Sonorous Road Theatre
3801 Hillsborough St, Suite 113,
Raleigh, NC   27607
View map »


Website »

More information

Take the family to this witty and warm journey through a lifetime of Christmases as Scrooge finally finds redemption, charity and love. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $15 and up

Where:
Kenan Theatre
120 Country Club Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC
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