24 October Festivals and Fairs in the Triangle
Mark your calendar for fall fun at these family-friendly events
Try Bavarian treats at Triangle Oktoberfest in Cary Oct. 19-20.
Photo courtesy of Triangle Oktoberfest
Fall Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance
Oct. 4-7 – Shakori Hills, 1439 Henderson Tanyard Rd., Pittsboro. See the website for festival hours and to purchase tickets. Take the family for live music, craft and food vendors, storytelling, face painting, a climbing wall and more. Ages 12 and younger not admitted without an adult. Purchase tickets online. shakorihillsgrassroots.org.
Selma Railroad Days Festival
Oct. 4-6 – Downtown Selma. See the website for hours. Free. Enjoy live entertainment, rides, and arts and crafts. selma-nc.com/railroad-days-festival.
51st Fall Pottery and Glass Festival
Oct. 5-7 and 13-14 – Cedar Creek Gallery, 1150 Fleming Rd., Creedmoor. See the website for hours. Free. Enjoy pottery demonstrations, kiln openings, raku firings, glass blowing demos, food trucks, live music, a raffle and more. cedarcreekgallery.com.
Bass Lake Day
Oct. 6 – 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, interactive exhibits and more. hollyspringsnc.us/350/bass-lake-day.
Cary Dog Days
Oct. 6 – Bond Park, 801 High House Rd., Cary. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Take Fido for fall fun in Bond Park. Enjoy a micro-chipping and vaccination clinic, dog washing by the Cary Teen Council, a Frisbee disc competition and more. Dogs must be leashed. townofcary.org/recreation-enjoyment/events/special-events/cary-dog-days.
Oct. 6 – Downtown Fuquay-Varina. All ages. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Live entertainment, food, an artists’ village, a classic car show and a kids’ zone highlight a celebration of the town’s rich heritage and growing social scene. celebratefv.com.
Fall Harvest Festival
Oct. 6 – Epworth United Methodist Church, 3002 Hope Valley Rd., Durham. All ages. 3-5 p.m. Free. Take the family for, food, games, crafts, a bounce house and more. epworth-umc.org.
Heritage Day Festival
Oct. 6 – Historic Oak View County Park, 4028 Carya Dr., Raleigh. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Step back in time at this festival that offers live entertainment, heritage crafts, agricultural displays, farm animals, antiques, fishing, pony rides, carriage rides, kids’ activities, food and more. wakegov.com/parks/oakview.
Oct. 6 – The Green at Southern Village, 400 Market St., Chapel Hill. All ages. 9 a.m.-noon. Free-$30. Enjoy a bounce house, a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction and lawn games. Walk through the Southern Village neighborhood to show support for animals. Register online. tiny.cc/pawsfest2018.
Raleigh Children’s Business Fair
Oct. 6 - The Commons at North Hills, 421 Lassiter at North Hills Ave., Raleigh. All ages. 3-5 p.m. Free. Shop more than 40 businesses operated by local children. childrensbusinessfair.org/raleigh.
Festifall Arts Festival
Oct. 7 – Downtown Chapel Hill. Noon-6 p.m. Free. Engage with the local arts community through performances, handmade artworks, kids’ activities and more. chapelhillfestifall.com.
North Carolina State Fair
Oct. 11-21 – North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. See the website for festival hours and fees. North Carolina’s signature fair features live music, carnival rides, delicious food, kids’ entertainment and more. ncstatefair.org.
Oct. 13 – Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary. 10-8:30 p.m. Free. Parking is $5/car. Celebrate India and Diwali through music, dance, a craft bazaar, food vendors and more. A fireworks display over Symphony Lake caps off the event. townofcary.org/recreation-enjoyment/events/holiday-events/diwali-celebration.
DisABLE the Label
Oct. 13 – Northgate Mall, 1058 W. Club Blvd., Durham. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Games, entertainment, vendors and kids activities await families in an event that celebrates National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month. All ability levels welcome. dprplaymore.org/295/disable-the-label.
30th Annual Walk for Hope
Oct. 14 – The Angus Barn, 9401 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 10 a.m. $30-$75. Free for ages 5 and younger. Take part in a 10K, 5K or 1-mile fun run to raise funds for mental health research. Register online. The event also features food and kids’ activities. Register online. walkforhope.com.
Oct. 19-20 – Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary. Friday, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, noon-9 p.m. $5-$20. Toast Bavaria with traditional music, cuisine, German cars, a Kinder Platz, wiener dog races, nail-driving competitions and more. Purchase tickets online. triangleoktoberfest.org.
Wake Forest Lit Fest
Oct. 19-20 – Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks. St., Wake Forest. See the website for hours and to purchase tickets for individual events. Celebrate literature and the arts with book readings, children’s storytimes, workshops, a live performance and more. wakeforestrencen.org/event/wake-forest-lit-fest.
Oct. 20 – Sunny Acres Pet Resort, 5908 US-70 Bus., Durham. 1-4 p.m. $10 for adults; $5 for children under 12. Enjoy dog-related games, a dog costume contest, swag, photos with your pup and with beagles. All leashed canines welcome. Purchase tickets online. This event is hosted by the Triangle Beagle Rescue of NC. facebook.com/events/665053433701742.
Oct. 20 (rescheduled from Sept. 15) – North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh. All ages. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Experience more than 100 exhibits, crafts, games and activities dedicated to bugs and other creepy crawlies. This year's theme is crayfish. naturalsciences.org/calendar/bugfest.
Harvest Festival at Stagville
Oct. 20 – Historic Stagville, 5828 Old Oxford Hwy., Durham. All ages. Noon-4 p.m. $5/person. Free for ages 2 and younger. Explore the harvest season for enslaved people on one of North Carolina’s largest plantations. Enjoy games, crafts, vendors, mule cart rides and hands-on activities for all ages. stagville.org/events.
Triangle Festival of Hope
Oct. 20 – Knightdale Station Park, 810 N. First Ave., Knightdale. All ages. 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Take part in a walk to benefit the Triangle Festival of Hope that also features live music, kids’ activities, food trucks, raffles, a balloon artist and more. Proceeds support caregivers and families living with dementia in North Carolina. dementianc.org/festivalofhope2018.
Sweet Potato Day at the State Farmers Market
Oct. 25 – State Farmers Market, 1201 Agriculture St., Raleigh. All ages. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. North Carolina’s state vegetable is honored at this annual festival. ncagr.gov/markets/facilities/markets/raleigh/promos.htm.
33rd International Festival of Raleigh
Oct. 26-28 – Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. See the website for festival hours and fees. This annual celebration of multiculturalism brings together nearly 50 international groups that call the Triangle home. Explore the world through main stage performances, cultural exhibits, world bazaars, sidewalk cafes, demonstrations, children’s activities and a naturalization ceremony. internationalfestival.org.
Oct. 27 – Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St., Durham. All ages. 3-7 p.m. Free. Man’s best friend is honored in a family-friendly event that includes dog shows, a canine costume contest, parade, photo booth and more. durham-nc.com/includes/calendar-of-events/barktoberfest/91631.
Oct. 27 – Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Park, 2401 Grigsby Ave., Holly Springs. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Live entertainment, a kids’ zone, corn hole competition, food trucks, and arts and crafts vendors highlight this annual festival in Holly Springs. hollyspringsnc.us/356/hollyfest.