Fun October Festivals in the Triangle & Across North Carolina


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Fall's arrival means festivals and fairs are in full swing. Enjoy harvest festivals, family-friendly fun, music, and arts and crafts for all ages. Venture out for a weekend getaway or a day trip to one of the many festivals across the state.

In the Triangle

Railroad Days Festival
Oct. 3, 6-9 p.m.; Oct. 4, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Downtown Selma
selma-nc.com
Celebrate railroads and trains with a parade, live entertainment, vendors, rides and more. Free.

Autism Society of North Carolina Fall Carnival
Oct. 4, 6-8 p.m.
Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church
714 E. Whitaker Mill Rd., Raleigh
wakecountyautismsociety.org/event/fall-carnival
Take the family for crafts, games, pizza, face painting, a goodie gauntlet and more. Autism families welcome. Costumes optional. Registration required for pizza. Free.

Fox 50 Family Fest and The Great American Tobacco Duck Race
Oct. 4, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
American Tobacco Campus
Blackwell St., Durham
fox50familyfest.com
Live animals, face painting, a baby-crawling contest, appearances by Stormy and Wool E. Bull, and a rubber duck river race. Free.

Heritage Day
Oct. 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Historic Oak View County Park
4028 Carya Dr., Raleigh
wakegov.com/parks/oakview/events/pages/heritageday.aspx
Live animals, antique farm equipment displays, heritage crafts, live music, antique cars and horse-drawn carriage rides. Free.

Festifall Arts Festival
Oct. 5, noon-6 p.m.
Downtown Chapel Hill
chapelhillfestifall.com
Chapel Hill's annual celebration of the arts features an artist market, live entertainment, hands-on activities and local food. Free.

Woof Stock
Oct. 5, noon-5 p.m.
Southern Boundaries Park
100 Third Fork Rd., Durham
durhamnc.gov
Enjoy canine demonstrations, free caricatures, Skyhoundz Disc Dog championship and more. Free.

Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance
Oct. 9-12; see website for hours and fees.
1439 Henderson Tanyard Rd., Pittsboro
shakorihillsgrassroots.org
Family-friendly music festival features live performances, dance and art.

Logan's Harvest Day
Oct. 11, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Logan Trading Co.
707 Semart Dr., Raleigh
logantrd.com
Pumpkin painting, face painting, a bouncy train, a hayride and games. Free.

Mebane Autumn Fest
Oct. 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Downtown Mebane
downtownmebane.com
Kids area, hayrides, live music and a local farmers market. Free.

N.C. State Fair
Oct. 16-26; see the website for hours and fees.
1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh
ncstatefair.org
Carnival rides, agricultural and heritage exhibits, livestock competitions, performances and more.

Cary Diwali
Oct. 18, gates open at 10:30 a.m.
Booth Amphitheatre
8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary
humsub.net
Music and dance performances, handicrafts, exhibitions, and food in a celebration of India. Free.

Celebration of Children in the Arts
Oct. 18, 2:30-5:30 p.m.
Cary Ballet Conservatory
3791 N.W. Cary Pkwy., Cary
caryballetconservatory.com
Local visual and performing artists, pumpkin painting, make-and-take crafts and more. Free.

Creative Food Drive
Oct. 18, 2:30-6:30 p.m.
Durham Central Park
501 Foster St., Durham
creativefooddrive.com
Live music, food trucks, kids zone and more. View sculptures that local companies and community members will build out of donated food items. Free.

Downtown Harvest Festival
Oct. 18, 2-6 p.m.
Downtown Cary
heartofcary.org
Carnival games, bounce houses, cornhole, food and live entertainment. Costumes are encouraged. Wristbands are $2 for ages 2 and older. Free for adults.

BeagleFest
Oct. 25, 2-6 p.m.
Sunny Acres Pet Resort
5908 U.S. Hwy. 70 E., Durham
tribeagles.org
Families and their dogs enjoy games, contests, raffles, vendors and more. Vaccinated, even-tempered dogs of all breeds are welcome. Proceeds benefit Triangle Beagle Rescue. $5 per dog.

Hollyfest
Oct. 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sugg Farm Park
2401 Grigsby Ave., Holly Springs
hollyspringsnc.us
Pumpkin-carving contest, live entertainment, inflatables, cornhole tournament, rides, food, and arts and crafts. Free.
Day in Downtown Street Festival and Chili Cook-off
Nov. 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
fuquay-varinadowntown.com
Arts and crafts and a spirited chili competition. Free.


Elsewhere in the State

Riverfest
Oct. 3-5; see website for hours.
Downtown Wilmington
wilmingtonriverfest.com
Fireworks, Kidz Zone, visiting ships, pirates, competitions, classic car show and more. Free.

Carolina Renaissance Festival
Weekends from Oct. 4-Nov. 23; see website for hours and fees.
16445 Poplar Tent Rd., Huntersville
royalfaires.com/carolina
Jousting tournaments, circus-style entertainment and medieval games, crafts and food.

Brushy Mountain Apple Festival
Oct. 4, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Downtown North Wilkesboro
applefestival.net
Celebrate mountain heritage with exhibits, music, food and crafts. Pre-festival Apple Jam with live music on Friday at 6 p.m. Free.

Asheboro Fall Festival
Oct. 4-5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Downtown Asheboro
randolphartsguild.com
Fall celebration featuring 400 vendors, music, livestock show, heritage village and more. Free.

Autumn Jubilee
Oct. 4-5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Dan Nicholas Park
6800 Bringle Ferry Rd., Salisbury
dannicholas.net
Crafts, food, live entertainment, games, children's puppet theater, magician, log sawing, clogging barn, pumpkin painting and more. Free.

Cherokee Indian Fair
Oct. 7-11; 5-10 p.m. Oct. 7, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Oct. 8-11
Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds
512 Tsali Blvd., Cherokee
cherokee-nc.com
Games, rides, music, fireworks, art and crafts. $10. Free for ages 6 and younger.

Boone Heritage Festival
Oct. 11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Daniel Boone Park
591 Horn in the West Dr., Boone
booneheritagefestival.com
A celebration of Appalachian heritage with living history demonstrations, crafts, music and dance. Free.

Goldston Old Fashion Day
Oct. 11, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Bellevue Ave., Goldston
visitpittsboro.com/events/goldston-old-fashion-day-0
Crafts, music, food, children's activities, homemade ice cream, hot dogs, Philly cheesesteaks, barbecue and more. Free.

The Gateway Festival
Oct. 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Downtown Kings Mountain
cityofkm.com
Classic car show, cute critters competition, live music and living history demonstrations. Free.

Harvest Festival
Oct. 11-12, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Shelton Vineyards
286 Cabernet Ln., Dobson
sheltonvineyards.com
Live music, grape stomping, face painting, hayrides and antique tractor competition. Food, crafts, pumpkins and locally grown produce available for purchase. Free.

Sugar Mountain Oktoberfest
Oct. 11-12, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sugar Mountain Resort
1009 Sugar Mountain Dr.
oktoberfest.skisugar.com
Children's activity area, Bavarian cuisine, German beverages and arts and crafts. Free.

Lake Eden Arts Festival
Oct. 16-19; see website for hours and fees.
Camp Rockmont
375 Lake Eden Rd., Black Mountain
theleaf.com
Celebrate world folk arts with concerts, dancing, crafts, healing arts, poetry, "kidventures" and workshops. Advance tickets only. Free for ages 10 and younger.

Maggie Valley Fall Arts and Crafts Festival
Oct. 18-19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Maggie Valley Festival Grounds
U.S. 19, Maggie Valley
maggievalley.org
Local and regional craftsmen, food and chainsaw demonstrations. Free.

HardLox Jewish Food and Heritage Festival
Oct. 19, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Pack Square Park
121 College St., Asheville
hardloxjewishfestival.org
Traditional Jewish food, dancing, crafts, a kids' zone and more. Free.

Halloweenfest and Osktoberfest in Transylvania County
Oct. 25; 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Main and Broad streets, Brevard
brevardnc.org
Bicycle rodeo, bake-off, Tiny Tot Pumpkin Bowl, cookie decorating, The Little Blue Choo, games, costume parade and trick-or-treating. The Brevard Rotary Club's "Flight of the Vampire" 5k Race ends the day. Free.

26th Annual NASCAR Day Festival
Oct. 25, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Downtown Randleman
randlemanchamber.com
Crafts, food, games, music, NASCAR show cars, drag cars, vintage autos and more.
Held in conjunction with the Richard Petty Fan Club Convention. Free.

31st Annual Barbecue Festival
Oct. 25, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Uptown Lexington
barbecuefestival.com
Crafts, food, rides, music and famous Lexington barbecue. Free.

Downtown Albemarle Fall Festival
Oct. 30, 4-6 p.m.
Downtown Albemarle
albemarledowntown.com
Festival and ghost walk with a costume parade and trick-or-treating. Free.

Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials and Dog Festival
Nov. 8-9, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; see website for fees.
Rural Hill
4431 Neck Rd., Huntersville
ruralhill.net
National Border Collie Sheepherding Championships, dog sports demonstrations, cooking and living history demonstrations, pumpkin chunkin, corn launching, kids activities and food vendors.

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October 2019

The Alliance for Historic Hillsborough and Ayr Mount Historic Site presents a weekend of activities centered around Scottish heritage, colonial history and the wildly popular...

Cost: See website for ticket fees

Where:
Ayr Mount Historic Site
376 St. Mary’s Rd
Hillsborough, NC
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In honor of Cameron Village’s 70th anniversary,  play tunes and games. Learn how some incredible kid musicians play songs that capture the beat of life in Raleigh in 2019.  Cameron...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cameron Village
2108 Clark Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27605
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Sponsor: Cameron Village Merchants' Association
Telephone: 919-630-2908
Contact Name: Amy Davis
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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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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
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Take part in a 10k, 5k or 1-mile-fun-run to raise funds for local mental health research. Register online. The event also features food and kids' activities. Register online.

Cost: $30-$75. Free for ages 5 and younger.

Where:
The Angus Barn
9401 Glenwood Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27617
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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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Enjoy a guided tour of the trees, shrubs and flowers that adorn the park, followed by an art activity using plant materials collected during the tour. All ages and abilities welcome. Registration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kids Together Playground
111 Thurston Dr.
Cary, NC  27518
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Make witchy legs for the Halloween season. Ages 6-10. Register online. Choose course #126766.

Cost: $31/resident, $40/nonresident

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
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  Join us to celebrate the fall moon! During a full moon in October, the mystical powers of the moon are revealed in many ways, so be on the lookout for live scarecrows, werewolves and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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Ages 5-8 embrace science and nature while developing skills and knowledge about the natural world. Register online. 

Cost: $8/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Ride a bike on the streets of Carrboro. Enjoy bike decorations, giveaways, healthy snacks and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
Carrboro Elementary School
400 Shelton St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Activities include large KidZone with fire engine, face-painting, giant games, inflatable obstacle course, and paint-a-pumpkin. Kids can enter their original pumpkin carving in the Carved...

Cost: $10/adult, $5/child. Free for ages 5 and younger

Where:
Commons at North Hills
4321 Lassiter at North Hills Avenue
Commons
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: Midtown Raleigh Alliance
Telephone: 919-606-6068
Contact Name: Tara Robbins
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In honor of Cameron Village’s 70th anniversary,  play tunes and games. Learn how some incredible kid musicians play songs that capture the beat of life in Raleigh in 2019.  Cameron...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cameron Village
2108 Clark Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27605
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Sponsor: Cameron Village Merchants' Association
Telephone: 919-630-2908
Contact Name: Amy Davis
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Enjoy a guided tour of the trees, shrubs and flowers that adorn the park, followed by an art activity using plant materials collected during the tour. All ages and abilities welcome. Registration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kids Together Playground
111 Thurston Dr.
Cary, NC  27518
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We are starting the Halloween-time festivities early! Join us for some make-and-take craft time in the park and create a “monster” to take home. We will bring the materials if you bring the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Road
Apex, NC  27539
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Ages 11-17 learn how to make desserts perfect for Halloween. Register online. Choose course #127729.

Cost: $35/resident, $46/nonresident

Where:
Herbert C. Young Community Center
101 Wilkinson Ave.
Cary, NC
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Kids hike, make projects and engage in nature activities. Ages 5-8. Register online. 

Cost: $9/resident, $12/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC  27518
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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In honor of Cameron Village’s 70th anniversary,  play tunes and games. Learn how some incredible kid musicians play songs that capture the beat of life in Raleigh in 2019.  Cameron...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cameron Village
2108 Clark Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27605
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Sponsor: Cameron Village Merchants' Association
Telephone: 919-630-2908
Contact Name: Amy Davis
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Bring your budding naturalist to the park to learn about our eight-legged friends that call the park home. A craft, engaging activity or story and a guided greenway walk through the wetland will...

Cost: $2

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Park
950 Peterson Street
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Telephone: 919-996-2760
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood

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Enjoy a guided tour of the trees, shrubs and flowers that adorn the park, followed by an art activity using plant materials collected during the tour. All ages and abilities welcome. Registration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kids Together Playground
111 Thurston Dr.
Cary, NC  27518
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Read the story by Laura Numeroff and make brownies. Register online. Choose course #127716.

Cost: $23/resident, $30/nonresident

Where:
Herbert C. Young Community Center
101 Wilkinson Ave.
Cary, NC
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In honor of Cameron Village’s 70th anniversary,  play tunes and games. Learn how some incredible kid musicians play songs that capture the beat of life in Raleigh in 2019.  Cameron...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cameron Village
2108 Clark Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27605
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Sponsor: Cameron Village Merchants' Association
Telephone: 919-630-2908
Contact Name: Amy Davis
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It's a Fall Homeschool Day at the JC Raulston Arboretum! Join us for a fun rotation through hands-on stations to learn about a variety of fall topics. Students will have a chance to interact with...

Cost: $5.00 per child for Arboretum Family members, $7.50 per child for nonmembers

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Road
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: JC Raulston Arboretum
Telephone: 919-513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
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Enjoy a guided tour of the trees, shrubs and flowers that adorn the park, followed by an art activity using plant materials collected during the tour. All ages and abilities welcome. Registration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kids Together Playground
111 Thurston Dr.
Cary, NC  27518
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Website »

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In honor of Cameron Village’s 70th anniversary,  play tunes and games. Learn how some incredible kid musicians play songs that capture the beat of life in Raleigh in 2019.  Cameron...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cameron Village
2108 Clark Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27605
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Sponsor: Cameron Village Merchants' Association
Telephone: 919-630-2908
Contact Name: Amy Davis
Website »

More information

It's a Fall Homeschool Day at the JC Raulston Arboretum! Join us for a fun rotation through hands-on stations to learn about a variety of fall topics. Students will have a chance to interact with...

Cost: $5.00 per child for Arboretum Family members, $7.50 per child for nonmembers

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Road
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: JC Raulston Arboretum
Telephone: 919-513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
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Enjoy a guided tour of the trees, shrubs and flowers that adorn the park, followed by an art activity using plant materials collected during the tour. All ages and abilities welcome. Registration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kids Together Playground
111 Thurston Dr.
Cary, NC  27518
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Parent and child ages 2-5 water plants in the native wildflower gardens. Register online. Choose course #124908.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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This program is designed to move at a toddler’s pace: Run. Stop. Pick dandelions. Run. Climb on a rock. Find an interesting leaf! Join others for an easy-paced hike around the greenway...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Park
950 Peterson Street
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Telephone: 919-996-2760
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood
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Enjoy dinner with your family on us! On Thursday, October 17th, The School for Creative Studies PTSA will be hosting its 3rd Healthy Eating Tasting Night. Local Chef Carmen Settles of Full Street...

Cost: Free

Where:
The School for Creative Studies
5001 Red Mill Rd.
Durham, NC  27704
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Sponsor: The School for Creative Studies PTSA
Telephone: 919-560-3535
Contact Name: Tanisha Davis
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Just in time for your next dress-up event!  Join us to make a tutu.  Kids 8 and up and teens make one for yourself!  Adults make one for yourself or for a child!   Call to register,...

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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Homeschoolers of all ages enjoy a day of hands-on activities focused on the history of slavery and freedom in North Carolina. 

Cost: $4/student

Where:
Historic Stagville
5828 Old Oxford Hwy
Durham, NC  27712
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Telephone: 919-620-0120
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In honor of Cameron Village’s 70th anniversary,  play tunes and games. Learn how some incredible kid musicians play songs that capture the beat of life in Raleigh in 2019.  Cameron...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cameron Village
2108 Clark Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27605
View map »


Sponsor: Cameron Village Merchants' Association
Telephone: 919-630-2908
Contact Name: Amy Davis
Website »

More information

Enjoy a guided tour of the trees, shrubs and flowers that adorn the park, followed by an art activity using plant materials collected during the tour. All ages and abilities welcome. Registration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kids Together Playground
111 Thurston Dr.
Cary, NC  27518
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Website »

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Sip cider and enjoy a cookie while listening to music and a storyteller. All ages. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Weaver Street Market Lawn
101 E. Weaver St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Enjoy live German music, traditional Bavarian food and fare, German cars, a "Kinder Platz" zone wiener dog races, nail-driving competitions and more. Purchase tickets...

Cost: $5-$20

Where:
Koka Booth Amphitheatre
8003 Regency Pkwy.
Cary, NC  27511
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Kids spend a night out in nature making memories and new friends in an old-fashioned, camp-style program. Ages 8-12. Register online. 

Cost: $15/resident, $19/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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We think about bats this time of year for Halloween. Join us as we learn the truth about bats and their importance to the ecosystem. After a wonderful story we will take a walk to some places...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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We think about bats this time of year for Halloween. Join us as we learn the truth about bats and their importance to the ecosystem. After a wonderful story we will take a walk to some places...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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Come join us for a party of spooky proportions! We will have classic monster mash games including a mummy wrap, Halloween Fear Factor eating challenge, Tarantula Toss, and other fun party...

Cost: Adults & Kids Over 14 years of age:$44; Kids 13 and under: $39

Where:
TreeRunner Raleigh
12804 Norwood Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27613
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Telephone: 919-410-7347
Contact Name: TreeRunner
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N.C. By Train and Amtrak are making it easier than ever for families to get to the N.C. State Fair through a special stop right at the fairgrounds in Raleigh from Friday, Oct. 18 through Sunday,...

Cost: See website for fees; prices vary based on pick-up location

Where:
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Join local bird expert Larry Zoller as we explore the different habitats of Harris Lake County Park to look and listen for our resident birds as well as fall migrants that have stopped to rest...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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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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Join the Preschool Teachers at Chestnut Ridge for a fun-filled morning of nature inspired activities in the great outdoors at Camp Chestnut Ridge. This event is for anyone interested in learning...

Cost: Free

Where:
Chestnut Ridge Camp and Retreat Center
4300 Camp Chestnut Ridge Road
Efland, NC  27243
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Sponsor: Chestnut Ridge Camp and Retreat Center
Telephone: 919-304-2178
Contact Name: Becky Garus
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The World Beer Festival Durham features a sampling of local, national and international breweries. Adults can also enjoy food and live music. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $15-$60

Where:
Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Blackwell St.
Durham, NC  27701
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In honor of Cameron Village’s 70th anniversary,  play tunes and games. Learn how some incredible kid musicians play songs that capture the beat of life in Raleigh in 2019.  Cameron...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cameron Village
2108 Clark Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27605
View map »


Sponsor: Cameron Village Merchants' Association
Telephone: 919-630-2908
Contact Name: Amy Davis
Website »

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Make little pumpkins, a black cat and other Halloween creatures with polymer clay. Ages 5-10. Register online. Choose course #127352.

Cost: $19/resident, $25/nonresident

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
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Is your dress-up closet looking drab?  Discover a new costume at the library’s Costume Bazaar!  Every child can select one complete costume and stay to create new accessories to go with...

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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Make a mini shadow puppet theater out of a file folder and mini shadow puppets. Please bring your own light source such as a flashlight for the full effect. Space is limited, advance registration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Carrboro Library
Inside McDougle Middle School
900 Old Fayetteville Road
Chapel Hill, NC  27516
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Sponsor: Orange County Library
Telephone: 919-969-3006
Contact Name: Jody Smith
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Enjoy a guided tour of the trees, shrubs and flowers that adorn the park, followed by an art activity using plant materials collected during the tour. All ages and abilities welcome. Registration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kids Together Playground
111 Thurston Dr.
Cary, NC  27518
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Games, entertainment, vendors and kids activities await families in an event that celebrates National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month. All ability levels welcome.

Cost: Free

Where:
Community Family Life & Recreation Center at Lyon Park
1309 Halley St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Enjoy live German music, traditional Bavarian food and fare, German cars, a "Kinder Platz" zone wiener dog races, nail-driving competitions and more. Purchase tickets...

Cost: $5-$20

Where:
Koka Booth Amphitheatre
8003 Regency Pkwy.
Cary, NC  27511
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Join us for the seventh annual Canine Contests! We're looking for the best dog tricks and canine costumes in Wake County! If your dog has a special talent and/or a super cool costume, come and show...

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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Since the 1850s, North Carolina farmers have been going to the State Fair to learn about ways to improve their farming practices. Discover the origins of the State Fair and the history behind some...

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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Mark your calendars! Our annual Halloween event, Creepy Crabtree, will return in October! This free park wide event will investigate the darker side of nature. Join the freakish festivities,...

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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Enjoy a yoga session in costume, games and treats. Ages 5-10. Register online. Choose course #127452.

Cost: $19/child

Where:
Middle Creek Community Center
125 Middle Creek Park Ave.
Apex, NC  27539
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Shop with more than 40 businesses operated by local children ages 6-14.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Commons at North Hills
421 Lassiter at North Hills Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Discover what's happening as the sun sets and listen to stories around a campfire. All ages with adult. Register online. Choose course #127673.

Cost: $18/resident, $24/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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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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N.C. By Train and Amtrak are making it easier than ever for families to get to the N.C. State Fair through a special stop right at the fairgrounds in Raleigh from Friday, Oct. 18 through Sunday,...

Cost: See website for fees; prices vary based on pick-up location

Where:
, NC


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