24 October Festivals and Fairs in the Triangle

Mark your calendar for fall fun at these family-friendly events


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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.


Celebrate Fuquay-Varina

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.


PawsFest

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.


Cary Diwali

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.


Triangle Oktoberfest

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.


Beaglefest

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.


BugFest

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.


Barktoberfest

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.


HollyFest

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.

 

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September 2019

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: 24.00

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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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: 24.00

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
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Celebrate Latino culture in Durham.

Cost: Free

Where:
Compare Foods Parking Lot
2000 Avondale Dr.
Durham, NC
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Enjoy sweets from over 20 vendors for humans and pets.

Cost: Free

Where:
City Market
214 E. Martin Street
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: Jay's Italian Ice
Telephone: 919-780-4169
Contact Name: Jay Jones
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Discover Historic Yates Mill—a place of business, community, and exciting local history! Watch a brief slideshow, then explore the inner workings of the mill itself and witness the power of...

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

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-6675
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See Peppa Pig and her friends embark on a new adventure in this live stage show. Purchase tickets online. 

Cost: $29.50 and up

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
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See Peppa Pig and her friends embark on a new adventure in this live stage show. Purchase tickets online. 

Cost: $29.50 and up

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Practice your ABCs and develop your fine motor skills through games and hands-on activities. Play a letter game and go on a scavenger hunt!  For ages 18 months–3 years (with an...

Cost: Free

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Road
Apex, NC  27539
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Sponsor: Crowder County Park
Telephone: 919-662-2850
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These programs are open to students 6–12 years old. Parent/guardians are welcome to stay for the program or drop-off. Preregistration is required. Discover the amazing world of mushrooms and...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Pkwy.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 919-460-3355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
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Join park staff for an informal fishing experience for the whole family. Bring your own poles or borrow one of ours through the Tackle Loaner Program. Bait and basic instruction are provided. All...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Pkwy.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 919-460-3355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
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Robert Gibbs discusses his latest book, "Charlie Thorne and the Last Equation." Ages 8-12. Purchase the book from Quail Ridge to reserve two seats for the event and a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Quail Ridge Books
4209 Lassister Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Join us to make moveable miniature skating figures that light up!  Space is limited. To register, call 919-245-2532. Grades 3-5.

Cost: Free

Where:
Orange County Main Library
137 W Margaret Ln
Hillsborough, NC  27278
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Sponsor: Orange County Public Library
Telephone: 919-245-2539
Contact Name: Libbie Hough
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We are Voted BEST consignment sale in the Triangle and TOP 10 in the NATION!! Our sale features Children's Clothing including a wonderful boutique section, costume section, and coats section,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cary Towne Centre
1105 Walnut St
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: Kids EveryWEAR Consignment Sale
Contact Name: Gail Walker
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Enjoy a free sunset movie by the picturesque Lake Raleigh. Take a picnic blanket, lawn chairs and a non-perishable food donations (human and pet) on Fridays in September to NC State's...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Raleigh Meadows
Campus Shore Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: VisitCentennial
Telephone: 704-651-3179
Contact Name: Jude DesNoyer
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Each year more than 30,000 visitors come to BugFest to experience over 100 exhibits, crafts, games and activities. This year's theme is beetles. Interact with entomologists and other scientists...

Cost: Free

Where:
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
11 W. Jones St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Telephone: 919.707.9800
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Each year more than 30,000 visitors come to BugFest to experience over 100 exhibits, crafts, games and activities. This year's theme is beetles. Interact with entomologists and other...

Cost: Free

Where:
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
11 W. Jones St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Telephone: 919.707.9800
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Take part in a pop-up Stroller Barre class followed by a nature scavenger hunt for kids and socializing for moms. Suitable for pregnant mamas. Take a sturdy stroller (no jogger needed!),...

Cost: $5

Where:
Piney Wood Park
400 E. Woodcroft Pkwy
Durham, NC  27713
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Sponsor: FIT4MOM West Raleigh Durham
Telephone: 984-329-5970
Contact Name: Jenine N Pearson
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Give rugby a try. Take part in tag rugby pick-up games every Saturday morning at Baileywick Road Park, near the Second Shelter.  No experience necessary. All ages. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Baileywick Road Park
9501 Baileywick Rd
Second Shelter Field
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Sponsor: Raleigh Redhawks Rugby
Contact Name: denise travis
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Please join us for our 27th annual Triangle Festival of Hope & Walk to De-feet Dementia at Knightdale Station Park. The 1-mile walk through the park, or 1/4 mile shorter version, will begin...

Cost: Free

Where:
Knightdale Station Park
810 N First Ave
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Family fun for all ages includes more than 100 delicious food and craft vendors, free children's activities, live demonstrations and all genres of music from local and regional bands. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Main Street Creedmoor
301 N. Main St.
Creedmoor, NC  27522
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Sponsor: City of Creedmoor
Telephone: 919-764-1013
Contact Name: Angie Perry
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We are Voted BEST consignment sale in the Triangle and TOP 10 in the NATION!! Our sale features Children's Clothing including a wonderful boutique section, costume section, and coats section,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cary Towne Centre
1105 Walnut St
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: Kids EveryWEAR Consignment Sale
Contact Name: Gail Walker
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Visual artists from near and far will showcase their work, and 75 performing arts groups provide continuous music, dance and entertainment throughout the festival including extended Saturday...

Cost: $5 suggested donation; free for children under 12

Where:
Durham Arts Council
120 Morris Street
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: Durham Arts Council
Telephone: 919-560-2719
Contact Name: Susan Tierney
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Step back in time with our 19th-century costumed interpreters and watch the millstones at work grinding corn into meal. Tour fee: $5/Adult, $4/Senior (ages 60 & over), $3/Child (ages 7-16),...

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

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Enjoy local bands, arts and crafts vendors, car show, kids' area, fun contests and games, plus a barbecue cook-off contest featuring veteran cooking teams.

Cost: Free

Where:
River Park
114 E. Margaret Ln.
Hillsborouh, NC  27278
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This family-oriented event includes corn milling demonstrations and costumed tours of Yates Mill, and other event activities including a fun children’s scavenger hunt activity, live music and...

Cost: Free, though there is a $3-5 fee for mill tours

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-6675
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For almost 200 years, farmers brought their wheat and corn to what is now Yates Mill to have their grains ground into flour and meal. Today, you can stop by the Yates Mill visitor center to see a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Take the family for Caribbean food, live music, a Kids Zone, bounce house, face painter and more. 

Cost: Free

Where:
West Point on the Eno
5101 N. Roxboro St.
Durham, NC  27704
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Step back in time with our 19th-century costumed interpreters and watch the millstones at work grinding corn into meal. Tour fee: $5/Adult, $4/Senior (ages 60 & over), $3/Child (ages 7-16),...

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

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Celebrate diversity in Wake Forest with live performances, traditional cuisine and family entertainment. 

Cost: Free

Where:
E. Carroll Joyner Park
701 Harris Rd.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Live bands showcase this event that also features a kids zone, vendor village and food trucks.

Cost: $11.25 – $20

Where:
Raleigh Little Theatre's Rose Garden and Stephenson Amphitheatre
301 Pogue St.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Live bands showcase this event that also features a kids zone, vendor village and food trucks.

Cost: $15 advance tickets, $20 at the door. Free for ages 5 and younger

Where:
Raleigh Little Theatre's Rose Garden and Stephenson Amphitheatre
301 Pogue St.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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The Teen Advisory Board invites you to meet up with other gamers to mingle, snack, and test your skills for prizes! Guests are welcome to bring their own controllers/fightsticks. Register by...

Cost: Free

Where:
Orange County Main Library
137 W Margaret Ln
Hillsborough, NC  27278
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Sponsor: Orange County Public Library
Telephone: 919-245-2539
Contact Name: Libbie Hough
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East Cloud Kungfu hosts a Parent's Night Out event, featuring a safe environment for kids as they about the wide world of kungfu.   Check it out!...

Cost: $25 first child, $20 each additional child

Where:
East Cloud Kungfu, LLC
5655-A Western Blvd
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: East Cloud Kungfu, LLC
Telephone: 252-646-7053
Contact Name: Imari Colon
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The Clayton Center presents country crooner Billy "Crash" Craddock in concert. Sing along with Crash as he belts out his biggest hits, including Knock Three Times, Rub It In, Ruby Baby, Broken...

Cost: $25 plus taxes & fees

Where:
The Clayton Center
111 E. Second Street
Clayton, NC  27520
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Sponsor: The Clayton Center
Telephone: 919-553-1737
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