13 Fun Things to Do This Fall Weekend
Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill Events
The town of Chapel Hill’s free Festifall Arts Festival celebrates local arts and culture, noon-6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 2.
Photo courtesy of Town of Chapel Hill
Welcome October at free outdoor concerts and events this weekend. Discover where you can browse or shop a juried art market, listen to live performances, take the kids for pony and carriage rides, and learn about heritage crafts. Head out to a pumpkin patch, corn maze or go on a hay ride.
1. Enjoy blues with a zydeco-Cajun when Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos play at The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill 5-8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30. Enjoy food truck fare from Bulkogi and Chirba Chirba.
Photo courtesy of The Carolina Inn
2. Listen to the Beauty Operators — a blues, rock party band that also plays zydeco and American roots music — 6:30-9 p.m., Friday, Sept. 30, outdoors on Northgate Mall’s Plaza in Durham. Enjoy fare from local food truck Heavenly Smoke as well as Northgate Food Court.
Courtesy of Beauty Operators
3-5. Head out to enjoy a pumpkin patch, corn maze or hayride. Local farms are offering harvest-themed fun. Learn more in our roundup of fall fun at area farms.
6. Step back in time for old-fashioned fun, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, at the free Heritage Day at Historic Oak View County Park in Raleigh. You’ll find live entertainment, heritage crafts, carpentry and blacksmith demonstrations, farm animals, antiques and a quilt auction. Take the kids for pony rides, carriage rides and activities designed for them.
Photo courtesy of Historic Oak View County Park in Raleigh
7. Explore local talent at the Town of Chapel Hill’s free Festifall Arts Festival, a celebration of arts and culture, noon-6 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 2, in downtown Chapel Hill. Browse the juried artist market of handmade works from more than 100 vendors, and enjoy live performances on three stages. Performers include musicians, comedians, dance groups, magicians and others. You’ll also find a food truck court featuring food, beverages and desserts. Learn more.
8. Celebrate National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month at Durham Parks and Recreation’s DisABLE the Label event, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, at Holton Athletic Field in Durham. Enjoy games, entertainment, information booths and food trucks at this event that welcomes people of all ability levels.
9. Go for live music and fresh, cooked local seafood at the NC Fresh Catch Seafood and Music Festival, 5-10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 1, at Durham Central Park in Durham. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. Ages 12 and younger are admitted for free.
10. Head to the 9th Annual Pepper Festival 2-7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 2, in Chapel Hill. The Pepper Festival celebrates North Carolina chefs, food, music and culture to benefit Abundance NC, a nonprofit that supports local food and sustainable agriculture. Tickets range in price from $5-$30. Kids ages 6 and under are admitted for free. Learn more.
PHoto courtesy of 9th Annual Pepper Festival
11. Savor the tastes along Chatham Street in downtown Cary during the Chatham Street Chowdown food truck rodeo 4-8:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 2. Learn more.
12. Enjoy the opening of "Rolling Sculpture: Art Deco Cars from the 1930s and ’40s" at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, Saturday, Oct. 1. Head outdoors the free "Classic Car Meetup, 8 a.m.-noon in the Blue Ridge Parking Lot and then go inside the museum to see the exhibition — opening an hour early at 9 a.m.
1936 Peugeot 402 Darl'mat Coupe, Jim Patterson/The PattersonCollection; Photo © 2016 Michael Furman
13. Soak in the sounds at the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival in downtown Raleigh Sept. 30-Oct 1. Enjoy five stages of music, art food and shopping. Learn more about free and ticketed events at wideopenbluegrass.com/.