September Festivals in the Triangle
SPARKcon in Raleigh Sept. 14-17 features activities for kids, live entertainment and more.
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Tar Heel Downtown
Sept. 1 – Plaza at 140 W. Franklin St., downtown Chapel Hill. 6-9 p.m. Free. Celebrate with the Tar Heels in downtown Chapel Hill the night before the football season’s opening game day. The event features an outdoor concert, interactive games for kids, face painting and Rameses, the Tar Heel mascot. tarheeldowntown.com.
North Carolina State University Entrepalooza
Sept. 7 – NCSU Centennial Campus, 1070 Partners Way, Raleigh. 5:30-7:30 pm. Free. Enjoy an interactive showcase from alumni, students and partners. The second half of the event will be the “Minute to Pitch It” competition, which features 15 students pitching their business venture for a chance to win $1,000. Reserve tickets online. ei.ncsu.edu/entrepalooza.
Raleigh Greek Festival
Sep 8-10 – Jim Graham Building at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. See website for hours. $3/adults, $2/ages 13-18 and seniors. Free for ages 12 and younger. Greek folk dancing, live music, traditional cuisine and a marketplace highlight this annual festival. greekfestivalraleigh.com.
AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day
Sept. 9 – North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Take your dog to meet rare breeds and enjoy canine demonstrations, face-painting, contests and more. akc.org/responsible.
Knightdale Education Festival
Sept. 9 – Knightdale Station Park, 810 N. First Ave., Knightdale. 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. Free. Take part in a festival that focuses on the elements of science, technology, engineering, art and math. Enjoy interactive activities, nonprofit organizations and more. knightdalenc.gov.
Oak Village Academy Grand Opening Fair
Sept. 9 – Oak Village Academy, 7711 Carpenter Fire Station Rd., Cary. 3-7 p.m. Free. Enjoy kiddie rides, costumed characters, a mini food truck rodeo, face painters and more. exploreoakvillage.com.
Sept. 10 – PNC Arena, 1400 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh. 9 a.m. $15-$50. Take part in a 5K race around PNC Arena and surrounding areas, 100- and 200-yard kids’ dashes, inflatables, and appearances by Stormy and Carolina Hurricanes’ players. Register online. nhl.com/hurricanes/community/canes-5k.
Clayton Harvest and Music Festival
Sept. 13-17 – Downtown Clayton, E. Main St., Clayton. See website for hours. Free. Clayton’s annual fall festival showcases live entertainment, food vendors, rides, hands-on activities, local talent performances, a car show, concerts and more. claytonchamber.com/pages/harvest-festival.
Sept. 14-17 – Fayetteville St., downtown Raleigh. See website for hours. Free. Celebrate the best in creative expression at this festival that features live entertainment, hands-on activities for kids, food trucks and more. sparkcon.com.
Hillsborough Hog Day
Sept. 15-16 – Downtown Hillsborough. 6-10 p.m. Sept 15; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 16. Free. Enjoy local bands, contests, games and a barbecue cook-off contest. hogday.org.
15th International Food and Music Festival
Sept 16 – J. Ashley Wall Towne Square, Cyprus and Third streets, Wendell. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Taste the world while enjoying free music and dance entertainment, kids’ games and raffle prizes. thefoodfestival.com.
Sept. 16 – North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Experience more than 100 exhibits, crafts, games and activities at this annual festival dedicated to bugs. Sample buggy dishes prepared by local chefs. Live entertainment takes place outdoors on the plaza from 5-7 p.m. bugfest.org.
Creedmoor Music Festival
Sept. 16 – 301 N. Main St., Creedmoor. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Creedmoor’s annual music festival includes local and regional bands, food and craft vendors, free children’s activities and live demonstrations. cityofcreedmoor.org.
Dog Day in the Park
Sept. 16 – Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Park, 2401 Grigsby Ave., Holly Springs. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Dog Day features a variety of local pet-care businesses, adoptable dogs, clinics, live entertainment, contests, music and more. Friendly, leashed dogs welcome. hollyspringsnc.us/355/dog-day-in-the-park.
East Chapel Hill High Festival
Fall Harvest Celebration at Yates Mill
Sept. 16 – Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Enjoy storytellers, a scavenger hunt, craft demonstrations, antique vehicles and food vendors. Tour Wake County’s last operable, water-powered gristmill, where costumed interpreters lead half-hour tours and conduct corn-grinding demonstrations. Tours are $5/adult, $3 for ages 7-16. wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill.
Oktoberfest at Lafayette Village
Sept. 16 – Lafayette Village, 8450 Honeycutt Rd., Raleigh. Noon-5 p.m. Free. This German-inspired event features food, live music, face painting, train rides and more. Watch wiener dogs compete in races at noon, 1 and 2 p.m. lafayettevillageraleigh.com.
CenterFest Arts Festival
Sept. 16-17 – Downtown Durham. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 16; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 17. $5 suggested donation. CenterFest showcases 145 juried visual artists, 600 performing artists from North Carolina and educational activities for kids. centerfest.durhamarts.org.
Sept 17 – Garner Performing Arts Center, 125 Avery St., Garner. 1-5 p.m. Free. Celebrate Latino culture with live bands, food trucks, dance performances, face painting, a piñata giveaway, crafts and more. garnernc.gov.
Benson Mule Days
Sept. 21-24 – Downtown Benson, 500 S. Market St., Benson. 6-11 p.m. See website for hours and fees. Enjoy rodeos, a mule-pulling contest, arts and crafts vendors, carnival rides, street performers and bluegrass shows. bensonmuledays.com.
Ray Price Bikefest
Sept. 22-24 – Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. See website for hours. Free. Stunt shows, specialty rides, live music and local vendors highlight the motorcycle lifestyle. capitalcitybikefest.com.
Barbecue, Blues and Brews
Sept. 23 – Downtown Fuquay-Varina. 2-7 p.m. Free. Take the family for barbecue and live music. Barbecue tasting tickets are $10/person. fuquay-varinadowntown.com/recurring-events-2/bbq-blues-brews.
Dragon Boat Festival
Sept. 23 – Symphony Lake, 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $5/advance tickets, $8 at the door. Free for ages 12 and younger. See a variety of beautiful dragon boats on Symphony Lake. townofcary.org.
Durham Latino Festival
Sept. 23 – Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Dr., Durham. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Celebrate Latino and Hispanic traditions at this annual event that also features authentic cuisine, an arts and crafts marketplace, kids’ activities and live performances. A soccer tournament takes place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. durhamnc.gov/1009/latino-festival.
East Meets West Festival
Sept. 23 – Town Hall Drive, Morrisville. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Celebrate Morrisville, Wake County’s most diverse community, with a day of food, culture and music from around the world. eastmeetswestmorrisville.org.
Kids Together Walk, Run and Roll for Inclusiveness
Sept. 23 – Kids Together Playground, 111 Thurston Dr., Cary. 10-11:30 a.m. $15/family, $5/individual. Take part in a 1.4-mile walk for inclusiveness featuring refreshments, games, raffle and a decorating station. Registration and activities begin at 10 a.m.; the walk begins at 10:30 a.m. All ages and abilities welcome. Register online. classweb.townofcary.org.
Raleigh Mini Maker Faire
Sept. 23 - Wake Technical Community College, 9101 Fayetteville Rd., Raleigh. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5/person. Enjoy interactive exhibits and demonstrations, music, food and activities for kids. Register online as an attendee. raleigh.makerfaire.com.
Youngsville Fall Festival
Sept. 23 – 125 U.S. 1-A, Youngsville. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Welcome fall’s arrival with a food truck rodeo, car show, face painting, a craft show and more. youngsvillefallfestival.com.
Carrboro Music Festival
Sept. 23-24– Carrboro Town Hall, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro. See website for hours. Free. Enjoy live music, crafts and food. carrboromusicfestival.com.
La Fiesta del Pueblo
Sept. 24 –Fayetteville St., downtown Raleigh. Noon-7 p.m. Free. See a showcase of popular and folk music, art, dance performances, educational booths, children’s activities and food from different regions of Latin America. elpueblo.org/eng/la-fiesta-del-pueblo-2017.
Harvest Festival 2017
Sept. 30 – St. Gregorios Indian Orthodox Church, 225 Bashford Rd., Raleigh. 3-8 p.m. Free. Enjoy authentic food, stage performances, music, kids’ games and a live auction. stgregoriosnc.org.
Sept. 30 – Historic Oak View County Park, 4028 Carya Dr., Raleigh. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Hear stories from professional storytellers and enjoy activity tents, live music and food vendors. Take a blanket or chair. wakegov.com/parks/oakview.