Family-Friendly Fall Festivals in North Carolina

Venture out of town for a day trip or weekend getaway to enjoy one or more of the state's best fests


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Carolina BalloonFest happens Oct. 19-21 at Statesville Regional Airport.

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From the mountains to the sea, there's a lot to enjoy about North Carolina in the fall, including fall festivals. Venture out of town for a day trip or weekend getaway to enjoy one or more of the state's best fests.


WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA

North Carolina Apple Festival

Aug. 30-Sept. 2 | Hendersonville

Cost: Free admission
Best for: Those who appreciate all things apples while mixing in free entertainment, arts and crafts, and festival-style food.
What's in it for kids: Two fun-filled kids zones featuring inflatables and amusement rides. You’ll need to purchase ride tickets on-site. 


North Carolina Mountain State Fair

Sept. 6-15 | Fletcher
Cost: $4-$10. Free for ages 5 and younger.
Best for: Those who like to celebrate the people, agriculture, art and tradition of North Carolina’s mountain region. Enjoy the Ms. NC Mountain State pageant, clogging and more. 
What's in it for kids: Over 40 amusement rides and games including a balloon wheel, super slide and space helicopters. Check out the livestock shows or get up close with cute barnyard animals. Enter your little one into the ice cream eating contest (must be at least 5 years old to participate). 


Cherokee Indian Fair

Oct. 8-12  | Cherokee
Cost: $10. $5 for ages 6-10. Free for ages 6 and younger.
Best for: Anyone who loves carnivals, culture, art, and game shows. Explore Cherokee culture through live demonstrations, dance performances, music, and food.
What’s in it for kids: A Ferris wheel, traditional Cherokee activities like stickball and archery, and a fireworks display. Wednesday is Children's Day with gates opening at 9 a.m. Ages 17 and younger enter for free and will be given a wristband to enjoy complimentary rides that day. 


Sugar Mountain Oktoberfest

Oct. 12-13 | Sugar Mountain Resort, Sugar Mountain
Cost: Free
Best for: Those wanting a taste of the popular 16-day German folk festival without having to travel far. Dress up in your best Bavarian costume for the chance to win prizes. You can also hear live music from local middle and high school bands. 
What’s in it for kids: An onsite kids activity center complete with hayrides, corn hole, pumpkin bowling, and the chance to meet Sugar Bear and Sweetie Bear. 

Families play games and have fun with inflatables at Oktoberfest

Photo courtesy of Todd Bush Photography 

Kids enjoy bounce houses and games at Sugar Mountain Oktoberfest.


LEAF Festival

Oct. 17-20 | Black Mountain
Cost: Day passes start at $49 for adults and weekend passes start at $172 (includes tent campsite). Special prices for ages 10-17. Free for ages 9 and younger.
Best for: Anyone who can appreciate and understand the power that music, art and culture have to transform lives, strengthen community and foster unity.
What’s in it for kids: Multiple interactive villages that are filled with activities like whimsical puppet shows, hoop dancers, a magical swing, Frisbee toss games, face painting and lots more. 

 

Girl plays guitar at LEAF

photo courtesy of lake eden arts festival

A young girl plays guitar while enjoying the Lake Eden Arts Festival.


Woolly Worm Festival

Oct. 19-20 | Banner Elk

Cost: $6 adults, $4 ages 6-12. Free for ages 5 and younger.
Best for: Lovers of the woolly worm and its contribution in helping determine the winter weather forecast. You’ll also love the arts and crafts, rides and food vendors onsite.
What’s in it for kids: The chance to cheer on their cute furry worm in a race to the finish with a $1,000 grand prize on the line. Enjoy inflatables, rides and festival food.

photo courtesy of wooly worm Festival

Winners of the Wooly Worm Race receive up to $1,000.


Halloweenfest in Transylvania County

Oct. 26 | Downtown Brevard
Cost: Free
Best for: Fans of Count Dracula, but in a lighthearted hometown way. Come celebrate Halloween Transylvania County-style, with a morning foot race, live music and all of the other street festival favorites. 
What’s in it for kids: Pumpkin carving and pumpkin-themed games, like Pumpkin Plinko. Dress the whole family in costumes, including your dog, for the costume contest and parade. 

 

Halloweenfest

Photo courtesy of Seyl Park

Wear your costume to Halloweenfest in downtown Brevard.


IN THE PIEDMONT

Carolina Renaissance Festival

Weekends Oct. 5-Nov. 24 | Huntersville​
Cost: $25 for adults, $15 ages 5-12. Free for ages 4 and younger.
Best for: Fans of the medieval times mixed with circus-themed attractions and shows. Interact with more than 500 costumed villagers, including mermaids and jousting knights. 
What’s in it for kids: Everything is geared toward children, with the exception of a few performances labeled for explicit content. This will be the first year that the Living Mermaids exhibit will be on display. Your little ones will also enjoy new addition Fireflicker, a curious and friendly dragon who will be roaming the festival streets. 

 

Knights joust at the Renaissance Festival

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Knights joust at the Carolina Renaissance Festival.


Annual NASCAR Day Festival

Oct. 12 | Downtown Randleman​
Cost: Free
Best for: Those who love and appreciate the adrenaline and competition associated with the sport of car racing. New this year is a wide-screen simulator that will allow festivalgoers to compete with each other. Hall of Famer Richard Petty will sign autographs from 4-5:30 p.m. 
What’s in it for kids: Plenty of rides and real life race cars for photos. There’s also a Little Miss and Mister NASCAR Pageant.

 

photo courtesy of Jeff Freeman, Randleman chairman

NASCAR Day features old race cars on display.


Mush, Music and Mutts Festival

Oct. 19-20 | Historic Uptown Shelby
Cost: General admission to Friday’s Brew Fest is $30 and for ages 21 and up, and admission to the Rotary Chili Cook-off is $10. Free for ages 7 and younger. Admission to the Liver Mush Festival on Saturday is free.
Best for: Foodies who appreciate one of the South’s most acclaimed breakfast meats: liver mush. Since its start, this two-day event has grown to include a beer festival, chili cook-off, liver mush recipe competition, Little Miss Liver Mush Pageant and more.
What’s in it for kids: An inflatable castle and a giant slide. The Kids Zone also features pumpkin painting, games and activities. Don’t forget to show off your family’s furry friend at the Pet Festival. 

 

photo courtesy of Victorian rose studio, shelby

You don't have to like liver mush to enjoy all the festivities at this event. 


Carolina BalloonFest

Oct. 18-20 | Statesville
Cost: $10 for Friday, $20 in advance for Saturday and $15 in advance for Sunday (plus a service fee). $10 for a parking pass. Free for ages 12 and younger.
Best for: People who are curious to learn about what it takes to get hot air balloons into the air and to see their beauty once they are in the sky. Events include two balloon launches a day during which 50 balloons take flight, plus tethered balloon rides and a walk-in balloon. Check out the North Carolina craft beer and wine tastings in addition to plenty of food vendors.
What’s in it for kids: A kids zone filled with free inflatables and magic shows. Kids can also wall climb, bungee or walk inside of a balloon for an extra fee. 

 

photo courtesy of michele's images

50 balloons take flight at each launch at the Carolina BalloonFest.


Barbecue Festival

Oct. 26 | Uptown Lexington
Cost: Free
Best for: Those who want to celebrate good old barbecue in what has been deemed its world capital. This annual event attracts crowds in excess of 200,000 people, all paying homage to this North Carolina staple.
What’s in it for kids: A family fun area featuring a kids stage, pig races, a lumberjack show, rides and games. 

 

photo courtesy of The Dispatch/Donnie Roberts/Barbecue Festival

Head to Lexington's Barbecue Festival to enjoy good food, alcohol and crafts. 


Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials and Dog Festival

Nov. 10-11 | Huntersville​
Cost: $8 for ages 5-12, $11 for adults. Ages 4 and younger are admitted free. Gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. 
Best for: Those wanting to see, firsthand, the excitement of sheepdog trials. What are sheepdog trials you ask? A competition where handlers command their dogs, mostly champion border collies, to round up herds of sheep. 
What’s in it for kids: Hayrides, kids activities and lots of interaction with adorable doggies. You can also bring old pumpkins and get rid of them by catapulting them over 40 feet into the air. 


IN THE TRIANGLE

Festifall Arts Festival

Oct. 12 | W. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill
Cost: Free
Best for: Art lovers, no matter what style you fancy. There will be items of interest for visual artists all the way to the performing arts. See more than 50 local artists and artisans displaying their works. 
What’s in it for kids: The Kids Zone will feature local arts organizations offering interactive crafts and activities for young artists and art lovers. 

 

photo courtesy of katie garcia photography

Enjoy and crafted artworks and live performances on three stages at Festifall.


Selma Railroad Days Festival 

Oct. 4-5 | Downtown Selma
Cost: Free
Best for: Anyone who loves trains — no matter your age. Now in its 44th year, this annual celebration features a parade, a Chew Chew Food Truck Rodeo, a fun run and live music.
What’s in it for kids: A mascot run featuring local favorites, a kids fun zone with $5 unlimited bounce access, and plenty of trains.


North Carolina State Fair

Oct. 17-27 | North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh
Cost: $10 for adults, $5 for ages 6-12. Free for ages 5 and younger. Discounts available if you purchase tickets in advance.
Best for: Literally anyone. Who doesn’t love a great fair? This year will forever be the debut of the Skygazer, a 155-foot Ferris wheel. Tickets for this ride are sold separately $6-$7. 
What’s in it for kids: Plenty of kid-friendly rides and fun foods like fried Oreos and candy bars. There will also be horse shows and livestock competitions.

photo courtesy of nORTH CAROLINA State Fair

Kids can enjoy an assortment of carnival rides at the North Carolina State Fair.


North Carolina Whirligig Festival

Nov. 2-3 | Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, Historic Downtown Wilson
Cost: Free
Best for: People who can appreciate an arts fest with its own hometown twist. Catch more than 200 vendors, live entertainment and more fun. Try your hand at the free extreme challenges or see if you have what it takes to tackle the Whirligig-Warrior course. 
What’s in it for kids: The Whirli-Kidz Zone will have lots of rides and games for the little ones. There will be a Whirli-Kidz stage that will host Nick’s Kids Barnyard Adventure show live, in addition to several performances from local dance troops. 


COASTAL

Wilmington Riverfest

Oct. 5-6 | Downtown Wilmington
Cost: Free
Best for: Fans of a fun-filled cultural street festival. Riverfest was created to show off the beauty of Downtown Wilmington and the Cape Fear River. Expect local craft vendors, live entertainment and the crowning of Miss Riverfest.
What’s in it for kids: All of the kid-friendly festival staples like climbing walls, inflatables, and arts and crafts. Don’t forget to stick around for fireworks, too. 


DeAnna Taylor is an attorney-turned-travel blogger and writer. She is a native of Charlotte and loves highlighting the city whenever she can.

 

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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...

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Ayr Mount Historic Site
376 St. Mary’s Rd
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Cost: 24.00

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Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
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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.

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The Angus Barn
9401 Glenwood Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27617
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Cost: 24.00

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Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Cost: Free

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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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Cost: Free

Where:
Cameron Village
2108 Clark Ave.
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Sponsor: Cameron Village Merchants' Association
Telephone: 919-630-2908
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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

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Kids Together Playground
111 Thurston Dr.
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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
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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

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Kids Together Playground
111 Thurston Dr.
Cary, NC  27518
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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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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
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Sponsor: Cameron Village Merchants' Association
Telephone: 919-630-2908
Contact Name: Amy Davis
Website »

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