Festivals and Fair Days
Celebration of Children in the Arts
Oct. 6 – Local visual and performing artists, gourd and face painting, make-and-take crafts and more. Free. 2:30-6 p.m. Cary Ballet Conservatory, 3791 N.W. Cary Pkwy., Cary. 919-481-6509. caryballetconservatory.com.
Oct. 6 – Celebrate Wake County's agricultural and rural history with live entertainment, crafts, re-enactors, farm animals, antiques and more. All ages. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Historic Oak View County Park, 4028 Carya Dr., Raleigh. 919-250-1013. wakegov.com/parks/oakview.
Fox 50 Family Fest
Oct. 7 – Family games and activities, live animals, vendors, prize drawings and appearances by Ronald McDonald, Wool E. Bull, Lucky E. Duck, Stormy and more. Free. 1-5 p.m. American Tobacco Campus, Blackwell St., Durham. fox50.com/
N.C. State Fair
Oct. 11-21 – The fair returns with big-name performers, Kiddieland Fun Park, folk dancing, rides, games, exhibits and carnival foods. $8 ages 13 and older, $3 ages 6-12, free for ages 5 and younger. N.C. State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 919-821-7400. ncstatefair.org.
Logan's Harvest Day
Oct. 13 – Family games and activities, including hay rides, pumpkin and face painting, a bounce house and more. Take clothes to build your own scarecrow for a $5 charity donation. Dress up a dog for a costume contest and parade at 3 p.m. Free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Logan Trading Co. 707 Semart Dr., Raleigh. 919-828-5337. logantrd.com/2012/harvest.
Mebane Autumn Fest
Oct. 13 – Celebrate autumn with vendors, live music, pumpkins, a kids zone, hayrides and more. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Downtown Mebane. downtownmebane.com.
Oct. 20 – Music and dance performances, handicrafts, exhibitions, food and more celebrate India. Free. 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary. humsub.net.