Fall Offers Family-Friendly Festivals in the Triangle
Oct. 4-6 – Celebrate the Triangle’s diversity through international cuisine, music, crafts and dance. $6 adults, $5 ages 7-12. Free for ages 6 and younger. 4:30-10 p.m. Oct. 4; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 5; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 6. Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. internationalfestival.org.
Oct. 4 – Family carnival with game booths, inflatables, limo rides, prizes and food vendors. Punch cards are $12 in advance, $15 at the door.
5:30-8 p.m. North Ridge Elementary School, 7120 Harps Mill Rd., Raleigh.
Fox 50 Family Fest and Great American Tobacco Duck Race
Oct. 5-6 – Enjoy live music, a baby crawling contest, face painting, live animals, appearances by Ronald McDonald and Wool E. Bull, balloon art and more on Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Pullen Park in Raleigh. Admission and activities are free, with a small fee for rides. On Oct. 6, noon-3 p.m., head to the American Tobacco Campus in Durham to watch yellow rubber ducks race to benefit the Durham Literacy Center, Marbles Kids Museum and the Museum of Life and Science. Pullen Park, 520 Ashe Ave., Raleigh; American Tobacco Campus, Durham. fox50.com/community/family-fest.
Oct. 5 – Celebrate Wake County’s agricultural and rural history with live entertainment, craft and agricultural displays, re-enactors and more. All ages. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Historic Oak View County Park, 4028 Carya Dr., Raleigh. 919-250-1013. wakegov.com/parks/oakview.
Festifall Arts Festival
Oct. 6 – Chapel Hill’s annual celebration of the arts features an artist market, live entertainment, hands-on activities and local food. All ages.
Free. Noon-6 p.m. Downtown Chapel Hill, W. Franklin St. 919-968-2829. townofchapelhill.org/festifall.
Oct. 6 – Enjoy canine demonstrations, free caricatures, a Skyhoundz Disc Dog championship and more. Free. 1-4 p.m. Durham Central Park, 502 Foster St., Durham. durhamnc.gov (search for Woofstock).
Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance
Oct. 10-13 – This family-friendly music lovers’ festival features live performances, dance, art and more. Day passes range from $28-$48 for ages 16 and older and $14-28 for ages 13-15. Ages 12 and younger admitted free. 10 a.m.-midnight Oct. 10; 9-1 a.m. Oct. 11 (into Oct. 12); 9 a.m.-midnight Oct. 12; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Oct. 13. Shakori Hills, 1439 Henderson Tanyard Rd., Pittsboro. shakorihillsgrassroots.org.
Atlantic Avenue Orchid and Garden Fall Festival
Oct. 12-13 – Celebrate the fall season with a “punkin chuckin” event, kids activities, food vendors and more. Pony rides are available from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 12; noon-5 p.m. Oct. 13. $5 punch card for kids activities. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Atlantic Avenue Orchid and Garden, 5217 Atlantic Ave., Raleigh. 919-239-8078. atlanticavenuegarden.com.
For Garden’s Sake Fall Festival
Oct. 12 – Enjoy a pumpkin patch, hayrides, pony rides, local food,
craft vendors, live music and more. Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For Garden’s Sake Nursery, 9197 N.C. 751, Durham. 919-484-9759. fgsnursery.com.
Logan’s Harvest Day
Oct. 12 – Enjoy family games and activities, free gardening classes and more. Take clothes to build your own scarecrow for a $5 donation to charity. Free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Logan Trading Co. 707 Semart Dr., Raleigh. 919-828-5337. logantrd.com.
Mebane Autumn Fest
Oct. 12 – Celebrate autumn with games, activities, pony rides, face painting, gem mining and more. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Downtown Mebane, 919-563-2767. downtownmebane.com.
Oct. 19 – Enjoy music and dance performances, handicrafts, exhibitions, food and more in a celebration of India. Free. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary. 919-460-4963. humsub.net/our-event/cary-diwali.
Super Coopers Rockin’ Run Festival
Oct. 19 – Features a 5K race and family fun relay, live music, food and more. Proceeds benefit Super Cooper’s Little Red Wagon Foundation and families affected by childhood cancer. Register online. See
website for fees. 2-6 p.m. Southern Village, Hwy. 15-501, Chapel Hill. supercooperswagon.org.
St. Francis of Assisi Preschool Harvest Moon Festival
Oct. 20 – Enjoy an afternoon of carnival games, prizes, a cupcake walk, food and more. Nominal fee for games and food. 12:30-3:30 p.m. The Franciscan School, Fellowship Hall, 10000 St. Francis Dr., Raleigh.
RTP Community Church OctoberFest
Oct. 25 – Wear a costume and enjoy trunk-or-treating, hayrides, pumpkin carving, a petting zoo, face painting, carnival games and more. Free. 6-10 p.m. RTP Community Church, 1727 Ed Cook Rd., Durham. rtpcommunitychurch.com.
Day in Downtown Festival and Chili Cook-off
Oct. 26 – This family-friendly street fair celebrates downtown Fuquay-Varina, showcases arts and crafts and features local cooks and their best chili recipes in a spirited competition.
Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Downtown Fuquay-Varina, fuquay-varinadowntown.com.
Oct. 26 – Take the family for a pumpkin carving contest, live
entertainment, inflatables, rides, arts and crafts, food vendors and more. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sugg Farm Park, 2401 Grigsby Ave., Holly Springs. hollyspringsnc.us.