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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Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
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Cost: Free

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Telephone: 984-204-2200
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801 Bass Pro Ln.
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Telephone: 417-413-9368
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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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Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
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It`s 1863 at Yates Mill, and the yard is alive with activity! Step back in time with our 19th-century costumed interpreters and watch the millstones at work grinding corn into meal.  Tour fee:...

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

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Cost: Free

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Road
Apex, NC  27539
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Search for salamanders, birds, deer and more. All ages with adult. Register online. Choose course #124938.

Cost: $12/resident, $16/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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Cost: Free

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Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Road
Apex, NC  27539
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Drop by the cybrary for storytime with a librarian. Activity Room 4. Preschool and kindergarten ages. No registration necessary. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Carrboro Cybrary
100 N Greensboro St
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Sponsor: Orange County Public Library
Telephone: 919-918-7387
Contact Name: Cybrary
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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
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Kids hike, make projects and engage in nature activities. Ages 5-8. Register online. Choose course #124963.

Cost: $9/resident, $12/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC  27518
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Kids hike, make projects and engage in nature activities. Ages 5-8. Register online. Choose course #124691.

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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Travel 238,900 miles above the earth as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of humans’ first landing on the moon. What's it like to travel in space? With the help of some volunteers, kids...

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: Orange County Main Library
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Travel 238,900 miles above the earth as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of humans’ first landing on the moon. What's it like to travel in space? With the help of some volunteers, kids...

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: Orange County Main Library
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Ages 11 and older with special needs stroll through the woods. Register online. Choose course #124383.

Cost: $2/resident, $3/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC  27518
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Vacation Bible School includes dinner. Register at wpumc.com/vbs

Cost: Free

Where:
White Plains United Methodist Church
313 S.E. Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: White Plains UMC
Telephone: 919-467-9394
Contact Name: Michele Vansteen
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Celebrate our #1 pollinator by learning about the busy bees of Crowder Park. Learn the dances of bees and how they communicate, discover how pollination works, and taste different types of honey....

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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Come out to the millpond and fish the old-fashioned way - we'll provide you with a cane pole, tackle, and bait, along with basic instructions and assistance with identifying fish species....

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Court
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Vacation Bible School includes dinner. Register at wpumc.com/vbs

Cost: Free

Where:
White Plains United Methodist Church
313 S.E. Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: White Plains UMC
Telephone: 919-467-9394
Contact Name: Michele Vansteen
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Preschoolers (ages 3-5 with accompanying adult) learn about different frogs and toads that live in our area and what they sound like.  Make frog sounds, hop along the park trails and look for...

Cost: $5

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Drive
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-6764
Contact Name: Martha Kane
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Bees are really important in our gardens! Read The Honey Robber and the Bee by Eric Carle and discover the world of bees and honey! Find your fellow bees by following your sense of smell, make a...

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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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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Enjoy tea time for the whole family. Samples of hot tea, cold tea, and kombucha will be provided, along with games and family fun.

Cost: Free

Where:
IngenuiTea Kombucha Coffee & Tea
514 E Williams St
APEX, NC  27502
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Sponsor: IngenuiTea Brews
Telephone: 919-438-3684
Contact Name: Mark Poole
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Vacation Bible School includes dinner. Register at wpumc.com/vbs

Cost: Free

Where:
White Plains United Methodist Church
313 S.E. Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: White Plains UMC
Telephone: 919-467-9394
Contact Name: Michele Vansteen
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Enjoy an out-of-this world space spectacular event. Preschoolers and their families are invited to fly in for space-themed games, crafts, and more. No registration required.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Court
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Ages 11 and older with special needs enjoy yoga and breathing exercises. Register online. Choose course #125022.

Cost: $9/resident, $11/nonresident

Where:
Bond Park Community Center
801 High House Rd.
Cary, NC  27513
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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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Meet a staff member at the information desk and follow your guide outside to the garden exhibit or into one of the museum galleries. Look around and listen to a history-related story. Ages 3...

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Enjoy giant checkers, giant jenga, bubbles, and special art activities in Downtown Park. All other permanent games (ping pong, bocce ball, chess) will continue to be available.

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Park
319 S. Academy St.
Cary, NC  27511
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Kids ages 6-9 discover the wonders of reptiles that live at the Preserve.  The focus will be hands-on outdoor investigation and the study of living things in their habitat.  In case of...

Cost: $5

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Drive
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-6764
Contact Name: Marti Kane
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Parent and child ages 2-5 water plants in the native wildflower gardens. Register online. Choose course #124907.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
Website »

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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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Join Optimist Aquatic Center as thousands of kids and adults around the world unite for the world's largest swimming lesson. The World's Largest Swimming Lesson will celebrate its 10th...

Cost: Free

Where:
Optimist Aquatic Center
5902 Whittier Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Court
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Website »

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Vacation Bible School includes dinner. Register at wpumc.com/vbs

Cost: Free

Where:
White Plains United Methodist Church
313 S.E. Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: White Plains UMC
Telephone: 919-467-9394
Contact Name: Michele Vansteen
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Every year on June 21, we enjoy the most hours of sunlight during the whole year. Discover the science and cultural celebrations behind this special summer day. Make a pretty sun catcher to hang in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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What do Historic Yates Mill County Park and the woodland faeries have in common? They both love nature! Take a short walk near the millpond to search for evidence of faeries (sightings are not...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
Website »

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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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Enjoy magic, storytelling and origami with Yasu Ishida. Grades K-5.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Court
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Enjoy an indoor/outdoor vendor market with food trucks, coffee, live music outside and plenty of fun for all ages.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Pine State Coffee
1614 Automotive Way
Raleigh, NC  27604
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Sponsor: Raleigh Night Market
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Vacation Bible School includes dinner. Register at wpumc.com/vbs

Cost: Free

Where:
White Plains United Methodist Church
313 S.E. Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: White Plains UMC
Telephone: 919-467-9394
Contact Name: Michele Vansteen
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How many fireflies can you catch? Sign up for an evening of summer fun as we catch and release lightning bugs. Explore what gives them a special glow through hands-on discovery, games, and more!...

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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Every year on June 21, we enjoy the most hours of sunlight during the whole year. Discover the science and cultural celebrations behind this special summer day. Make a pretty sun catcher to hang in...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
View map »


Telephone: 919-856-6675
Website »

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This celebration of toys features interactive attractions, vendors, toy experiences and more. Purchase tickets online. 

Cost: $12/person. Free for ages 2 and younger.

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Learn basic canoeing skills and a bit about the millpond's history, then head out to explore the pond's many features as seen only from the water. Canoes, paddles, and life jackets are provided,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Young homesteaders learn about the importance of animals and pollinators on farms, both historically and today. Visit with animals, and enjoy interactive games, engaging crafts, imaginative face...

Cost: Free

Where:
Duke Homestead State Historic Site
2828 Duke Homestead Rd.
Durham, NC  27705
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DIY Fest returns with more than 30 artisans and family-friendly activities to support the mission of Durham 150, the anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Durham. 

Cost: Free

Where:
The Scrap Exchange
2050 Chapel Hill Rd.
Durham, NC  27707
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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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Want to get inside Historic Yates Mill? Join us for a half-hour tour (starting at 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30 or 3 p.m.) to view the main power drive and milling machinery while exploring the mill's history...

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

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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The fair is for women thinking about getting pregnant, currently pregnant, or recently post-partum. Triangle-area organizations will have tables at the fair to share information about resources...

Cost: Free

Where:
NC Cooperative Extension
721 Foster St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: March of Dimes/Duke Family Medicine
Telephone: 678-246-9027
Contact Name: Courtney Simpson
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Ages 5-8 embrace science and nature while developing skills and knowledge about the natural world. Register online. Choose course #124927.

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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Enjoy all-things blueberry, food trucks, pie-eating contests and more at Vollmer Farms' annual Blueberry Festival. The Back-40 Country Playground will be open and features a...

Cost: $12 advance tickets, $15 at the door. Free for ages 12 and younger

Where:
Vollmer Farm
677 NC Hwy 98 East
Bunn, NC  27508
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Sponsor: Vollmer Farm
Telephone: 919-496-3076
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Enjoy a movie under the stars and play games at 7:15 before the movie starts. 

Cost: Free

Where:
E. Carroll Joyner Park
701 Harris Rd.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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