Fall Festivals Across North Carolina
Courtesy Valle Country Fair
Savor autumn by taking a day trip or weekend getaway to one of the many fall festivals across our state. From the mountains to the coast, these events showcase cultural arts and crafts, seasonal food, live music, children’s activities and much more. Update: With heavy rain forecast for Oct. 2-4, please check websites or call ahead to ensure this weekend's events are still taking place.
In the Triangle
Railroad Days Festival
Oct. 2, 7-9 p.m.; Oct. 3, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Celebrate railroads and trains with live entertainment, vendors and a children’s area. Free.
Fox 50 Family Fest and The Great American Tobacco Duck Race UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER.
Oct. 3, noon-5 p.m.
American Tobacco Campus
Blackwell St., Durham
Music, face painting, mascot appearances and a rubber duck race in the Ol’ Bull River. Free. Rubber ducks cost $10.
Oct. 3, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Historic Oak View County Park
4028 Carya Dr., Raleigh
Heritage craft displays, agricultural displays, re-enactors, live animals and more. Free.
Oct. 3-4; noon-10 p.m. Oct. 3, noon-6 p.m. Oct. 4
8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary
Wiener dog races, a children’s play area, games, prizes for German attire, live music from the Little German Band, German food and more. $20 adults, $5 ages 6-15 and free for ages 5 and younger.
Festifall Arts Festival
Oct. 4, noon-6 p.m.
Downtown Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill’s annual celebration of the arts includes live entertainment, an artist market, local food and hands-on activities. Free.
Oct. 4, noon-4 p.m.
Rock Quarry Park
701 Stadium Dr., Durham
Canine entertainment and stunts, a treibbal competition, a Skyhoundz canine disc championship, a pet market and more. Free.
Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance
Oct. 8-11; see website for hours and fees.
1439 Henderson Tanyard Rd., Pittsboro
Family-friendly celebration of music, dance and art.
30th Annual International Festival
Oct. 9-11; see website for hours and fees
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh
Live performances, cultural exhibits, sidewalk cafes, world bazaars, face painting and storytelling.
Mebane Autumn Fest
Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Hayrides, live music, crafts and antiques. Free.
Logan’s Harvest Day
Oct. 10, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Logan Trading Co.
707 Semart Dr., Raleigh
Pumpkin painting, face painting, a bouncy train, hayride and games. Free.
Oct. 10, gates open at 10 a.m.
8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary
Cultural dance, cuisine, handicrafts and more in a celebration of India. Free.
Creative Food Drive
Oct. 10, 2:30-6:30 p.m.
Durham Central Park
501 Foster St., Durham
Live music, food trucks, pumpkin painting, a bounce castle and more. View sculptures that local companies and community members build out of donated food items. Free.
N.C. State Fair
Oct. 15-25; see the website for hours and fees.
1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh
Carnival rides, agricultural and heritage exhibits, livestock competitions, performances and more.
Celebration of Children in the Arts
Oct. 17, 2:30-5:30 p.m.
Cary Ballet Conservatory
3791 N.W. Cary Pkwy., Cary
Local visual and performing artists, pumpkin painting, make-and-take crafts and more. Free.
Downtown Harvest Festival
Oct. 24, 2-6 p.m.
Carnival games, bounce castle and slide, cornhole, food and live entertainment. Wristbands are $2 for ages 2 and older. Free for adults.
Oct. 24, 2-6 p.m.
Sunny Acres Pet Resort
5908 U.S. Hwy. 70 E., Durham
Games, contests, raffles, vendors and more for families and their dog of all breeds. $5/person.
Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sugg Farm Park
2401 Grigsby Ave., Holly Springs
hollyspringsnc.us (search for Hollyfest)
Arts and crafts, pumpkin-carving contest, live entertainment, inflatables, cornhole, kids corner, food and more. Free.
Day and Night in Downtown Street Festival
Oct. 10, noon-9 p.m.
Arts and crafts, inflatables, a food truck rodeo, mechanical bull and more. Free.
Elsewhere in the State
Carolina Renaissance Festival UPDATE: THIS FESTIVAL OPENING HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO SUNDAY, OCT. 4.
Weekends from Oct. 4-Nov. 22; see website for hours and fees.
16445 Poplar Tent Rd., Huntersville
Circus-style entertainment and medieval games, live comedy, jousting tournaments, artisan marketplace and food.
Brushy Mountain Apple Festival
Oct. 3, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Downtown North Wilkesboro
Mountain heritage celebration offers live entertainment, crafts, food and plenty of apples. Pre-festival Apple Jam with live music on Friday at 6 p.m. Free.
Asheboro Fall Festival
Oct. 3-4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Music, amusements, vendors, a livestock show, heritage village and more. Free.
Oct. 3-4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Dan Nicholas Park
6800 Bringle Ferry Rd., Salisbury
Crafts, live entertainment, food and children’s area. Free.
Cherokee Indian Fair
Oct. 6-10, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; see website for fees.
Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds
545 Tsali Blvd., Cherokee
Games, rides, music, fireworks, Ferris wheel and more.
Goldston Old Fashion Day
Oct. 10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Bellevue Ave., Goldston
Local arts and crafts, classic cars and tractors, pony rides, face painting and carnival food. Free.
The Gateway Festival
Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Downtown Kings Mountain
Living history demonstrations, battle re-enactments, cute critters competition, live music and more. Free.
Oct. 10-11; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 10, noon-6 p.m. Oct. 11
286 Cabernet Ln., Dobson
Hayrides, face painting, live music, vendor booths and more. Free.
Pleasure Island Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival
Oct. 10-11, gates open at 11 a.m.; $50 advance tickets. Free for ages 12 and younger.
Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area
118 Riverfront Rd., Kure Beach
Live music, coastal cuisine, arts and crafts, magicians, clowns and juggling acts.
Sugar Mountain Oktoberfest
Oct. 10-11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sugar Mountain Resort
1009 Sugar Mountain Dr.
Children’s activity area, German cuisine, live entertainment, and arts and crafts. Free.
Boone Heritage Festival
Oct. 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Daniel Boone Park
591 Horn in the West Dr., Boone
Celebration of Appalachian heritage offers 18th-century living history demonstrations, storytelling, children’s activities and craft vendors. Free.
Lake Eden Arts Festival
Oct. 15-18; see website for hours and fees.
375 Lake Eden Rd., Black Mountain
Culinary arts, handcrafts, poetry, seven family adventure villages and live music. Advance tickets only. Free for ages 10 and younger.
High Hampton Inn Oktoberfest
Oct. 17, noon-4:30 p.m.
1525 Highway 107 S., Cashiers
Authentic German cuisine and performances by the Atlanta Polka Band and the Euro Volk Dancers in traditional German attire. Reserve a place at Oktoberfest by calling 1-800-334-2551.
Maggie Valley Fall Arts and Crafts Festival
Oct. 17-18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Maggie Valley Festival Grounds
U.S. 19, Maggie Valley
Local and regional craftsmen and food vendors. Free.
Salty Paws Festival
Oct. 17, 11 a.m.; $7/person. Free for kids 9 and younger.
Carolina Beach Lake Park
Lake Park Blvd. and Atlantic Ave., Carolina Beach
Furry fun for families and four-legged friends includes arts and crafts, food, music, pet contests, children’s activities and more.
Valle Country Fair
Oct. 17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Valle Crucis Fairgrounds
Hwy. 194 S., Valle Crucis
Harvest-season celebration features crafts, home-cooked food and mountain music. Free admission, parking fee is $10/car.
HardLox Jewish Food and Heritage Festival
Oct. 18, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Pack Square Park
121 College St., Asheville
Traditional Jewish food and culture, Israeli dancing, kids zone and more. Free.
27th Annual NASCAR Day Festival
Oct. 24, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
NASCAR show cars, racing simulators, three stages of entertainment, autograph sessions live music, crafts and more. Held in conjunction with the Richard Petty Fan Club Convention. Free.
32nd Annual Barbecue Festival
Oct. 24, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Crafts, food, rides, music and famous Lexington barbecue. Free.
Downtown Albemarle Fall Festival
Oct. 29, 4-6 p.m.
Arts and crafts, face painting, kids costume parade and more. Free.
Halloweenfest in Transylvania County
Oct. 31; 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Spooky fun includes pumpkin carving, costume contest, parade, pie bake-off, street vendors, live music and a pumpkin roll down Jailhouse Hill. Free.
Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials and Dog Festival
Nov. 7-8, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; see website for fees.
4431 Neck Rd., Huntersville
National Border Collie Sheepherding Championships, dog sports demonstrations, cooking and craft demonstrations, pumpkin chunking, antique tractors, kids activities and food vendors.
Nov. 20-22; see website for hours.
Street fair celebrating local artists features arts and crafts, fireworks, exhibitions, live music, play area and more. Free.