September Festivals Feature Family Fun, Culture
La Fiesta del Pueblo
Sept. 8 – Celebrate Latino culture through popular and folk music, visual art exhibits, crafts, dance performances, authentic cuisine and children's activities. All ages. Free. Noon-8 p.m. Moore Square, 200 S. Blount St., Raleigh. elpueblo.org/eng/culture/fiesta/Fiesta2013/fiesta2013.shtml.
Harvest and Hornworm Festival
Sept. 14 – Take the family to this festival for historical demonstrations, a hornworm race, a Moon Pie eating contest, live music, craft vendors and more. All ages. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Duke Homestead State Historic Site, 2828 Duke Homestead Rd., Durham. 919-477-5498. dukehomestead.org/harvest-and-hornworm-festival.php.
Tar River Festival
Sept. 14 – The entire family can enjoy inflatables, games, pony rides, live entertainment, food and crafts. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Riverbend Park, Downtown Louisburg. franklin-chamber.org.
Sept. 20-22 – Celebrate Greek culture with authentic food, music and dance performances, crafts and much more. $3 adults, $2 ages 13-18, free for ages 12 and younger. 5-10 p.m. Sept. 20; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 21; and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 22. N.C. State Fairgrounds, Exposition Center, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. greekfestivalraleigh.com.
Sept. 21 – This festival is devoted to bugs and creepy crawlers. Enjoy exhibits, presentations, dishes featuring bugs as the main ingredient, a beekeeping workshop and more inside and outside the museum. An Evening Insectival 5-7 p.m. features live music, street performers and food at Bicentennial Plaza. All ages. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh. 919-733-7450. bugfest.org.
Fall Harvest Celebration at Yates Mill
Sept. 21 – Celebrate fall with corn-grinding tours of the mill, a kids' scavenger hunt, live music and dance, storytelling, antique vehicles,
food vendors and more. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh. 919-856-6675. wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill.
International Food and Music Festival
Sept. 21 – Enjoy food from more than 15 countries, live music, kids' games, a raffle and more. Free. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. J. Ashley Wall Towne Square, W. Third and W. Cypress Streets, Wendell. thefoodfestival.com.
Tiger CHill Carnival
Sept. 21 – Chapel Hill High's clubs, bands, sports teams and student government sponsor activities, carnival games and food booths. Enjoy performances by school bands and dance clubs, sledding on real snow, artisans and more. Admission is free, but food and games require tickets. 50 cents/ticket. 3-7 p.m. Chapel Hill High School, 1709 High School Rd., Chapel Hill. 919-929-2106. chhs.chccs.k12.nc.us.
CenterFest Arts Festival
Sept. 21-22 – Outdoor arts festival showcases more than 130 visual artists, food, live entertainment and educational activities for all ages. Suggested donation: $5. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 21 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sept. 22. Downtown Durham. 919-560-2787. centerfest.durhamarts.org.
Wide Open Bluegrass Festival
Sept. 27-28 – Enjoy bluegrass music on three music stages, a youth talent stage, the N.C. Whole Hog Barbecue State Championship, a
dance tent, artisans and much more. Purchase tickets online. $70 adults, $30 kids. 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Raleigh Convention Center, the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts and the Red Hat Amphitheater in downtown Raleigh. wideopenbluegrass.com.
Fresh Roots Festival
Sept. 28 – Music, arts and food mark Hillsborough's official kick-off to autumn. Free. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Downtown Hillsborough.
Sept. 28 – Experience a family-friendly day of live music, authentic foods, a marketplace and more. Kids enjoy hands-on activities and create traditional Latin crafts. Free. Noon-5 p.m. Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Dr., Durham. 919-560-4355. dprplaymore.org.
Raleigh Irish Festival
Sept. 28 – Enjoy a celebration of all things Irish, including music, sports and competition demonstrations, stories, vendors and more. Rides and inflatables for the kids. Free. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Moore Square, Raleigh.
Sept. 28 – Enjoy storytelling by Heather Forest and The Healing Force, live music, performances by the Rags to Riches theater troupe, face painting, a hayride shuttle and food vendors. Take a chair or blanket. Free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oakview Historic County Park, 4028 Carya Dr., Raleigh. 919-250-1200. wakegov.com/libraries/events/pages/storytelling.aspx.