Triangle Weekend Offers Free Fall Events and Festivals
This weekend brings a flurry of fun across the Triangle as the fall festival season take flight. Enjoy international cuisine, dance music and story telling or get ready for a county-fair experience featuring live animals, crafts, antique cars and horse-drawn carriage rides. Go birding, or catch a kids ballet performance at the library. Many events are free.
You'll also find lots of family-friendly fund-raisers to benefit good causes, like bowling to help kids and a run to benefit moms. Unless otherwise noted, see our Daily Calendarfor all the details on events.
Visit our Fall Fun Guide to discover the range of corn mazes, pumpkin farms and Halloween events awaiting you across the Triangle. And if you're considering a getaway, now's the time to explore North Carolina while fall festivals gets under way.
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, head to the 26th International Festival of Raleigh to sample the cuisine of more than 50 international groups at the Raleigh Convention Center, in downtown Raleigh. Enjoy traditional dance and music, bazaars, cooking demonstrations, storytelling, games and more. For times and ticket prices, visit our Daily Calendar.
How about starting Saturday by birding? Join bird enthusiast Vernon for an easy walk while looking and listening for feathered friends at 8:30 a.m. at Lake Crabtree County Park, in Morrisville. Meet at the Waterwise Garden.
Ready to exercise and help moms? Head to the StrollerThon and 5K Run at 8 a.m. Saturday at Crowder District Park, in Apex. Besides a 5K run and traditional walk, you'll find tot trot races, entertainment and face painting. The event benefits Postpartum Education and Support and its signature program, Moms Supporting Moms.
The WakeMed Scrub Run and Fun Fest at Moore Square will also offer a 5K run and kids dash, games, music, live entertainment, face painting, arts and crafts, as well as a visit from the WakeMed Children's mascot, Twinkle. The event runs from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in downtown Raleigh.
In Chapel Hill, take your kids to Saturday Morning Storytime, from 10-10:30 a.m. at Flyleaf Books, to hear a story and enjoy an activity.
In Raleigh, babies through kids ages 5 are invited to Fancy Nancy: Bonjour Butterfly from 11-11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Cameron Village Regional Library. You'll see Raleigh Dance Theatre's ballet adaptation of the story by Nancy O'Connor.
On Saturday, head to Art in the Park, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Cokesbury Park, on Falls River, in Raleigh. Enjoy food, music, performances, kids activities and more as local artists showcase their work.
On Saturday, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., The Pajama Program will host a Bowling for Pajamas, a fund-raiser to support local children at The Alley, in Raleigh. Donate $10 and play unlimited bowling games. Shoe rental is included in the price. New books and new pajama donations will be accepted for donation to kids. Learn more about the Pajama Program's event here.
In Chapel Hill from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, BBQ for Babies offers families barbeque, music, activities and raffle prizes to benefit families in the Duke Intensive Care Nursery. The event will be held at Teer Farm, located at 7729 Kepley Rd..
In Cary from 2:30-6 p.m. on Saturday, you'll find a Celebration of Children in the Arts at the Cary Ballet Conservatory. The event features local visual, musical and performing arts, crafts, pumpkin and face painting, magic and more.
The Chapel Hill/Carrboro Mother's Club Preschool Fair will take place from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday at the Carrboro Century Center, in Carrboro. If you're looking into area schools, this event is for you.
On Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., the Dorcas Ministries will host a grand opening event at Cary Plaza, in Cary, featuring food, raffle prizes and family activities.
At 6 p.m. on Saturday, it's Garba Night at Booth Amphitheatre, in Cary. See authentic Indian folk dance from the Indian state of Gujarat and enjoy music, dance and more. Visit our Daily Calendarto find out more about tickets. (Ages 5 and under admitted free.)
My Fairy Godmother, at University Mall, in Chapel Hill will host a Grand Reopening and Book Signing party from noon-2 p.m. Saturday. Richard and Vanessa Boyd will sign copies of their book, "Nereena the Fairy Queen of Halloween." Kids can enjoy give-aways, snacks, refreshments, free mini-manicures and more. Wear a princess dress or prince charming outfit.
Historic Oak View County Park, in Raleigh, will host Heritage Day, a county-fair type event featuring live animals, crafts, live music, antique cars and farm equipment, horse-drawn carriage rides and more on Saturday, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
From 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, Mebane Autumnfest will present vendors and crafters, live music, kids hayride and more in downtown Mebane.
On Saturday from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. the Herbert C. Young Community Center, in Cary, will host a spaghetti dinner along with bingo fun. Proceeds benefit the Make-A Wish Foundation of Eastern North Carolina. You can tickets at the Herbert C. Young Community Center, but no tickets will be sold on the day of the event.
In Chapel Hill, Festifall offers hands-on activities, food and cultural arts from noon-6 pm. Sunday.
Renaissance Montessori, a new bilingual school in Cary, will host an open house celebration of the arts, sciences and culture from 1-5 p.m. Sunday. See a children's dance troupe perform, hear from a local kids' book author, learn about endangered birds and tour the school.
In Raleigh, Triangle Independent School Consortium is hosting an event to offer information on independent schools in the Triangle from 1-5 pm. Sunday. It's happening at the Hampton Inn and Suites at Brier Creek.
Thinking about heading to the movies or curling up on the couch to watch a favorite flick with the kids? See Jean's Movie Choices for Kids to find out what's worth watching and appropriate for your tot, tween or teen.
Looking for fun for your kids any day of the week? Visit our Weekly Events listing for October, where you'll find story times, crafts, support groups, exercise classes, puppetry, magic & more?