7 Family-Friendly Events in the Triangle: November 2021

Photos courtesy of Tweetsie Railroad

Nov. 5
Fall Festival and Open Talent Night
Open Arts, 1222 Copeland Oaks Dr., Morrisville
Kick off the November festival season  with Fall Festival and Open Talent Night presented by Open Arts on Friday, Nov. 5 from 5:30-7:30pm. Experience carnival style games, rides, and food. A bake & craft sale will also be showcased. Coupled with dance performances and a student-directed talent show, this festival will keep you boogieing the whole time. This event is free but the suggested donation is $15-20 per family.

Nov. 6
Fest in the West
USA Baseball Training Complex, 200 Brooks Park Ln, Cary
Shuffle on down to Cary for Fest in the West. The annual festival is returning to the USA Baseball Training Complex on Saturday, Nov. 6 from 10am-4pm. Expect food trucks, live music, contests, and of course kid activities. Presented by Goodtree.Studio in partnership with Town of Cary, they promise to put on a memorable hootenanny for the whole family.

Nov. 8 to Dec. 31 
THE POLAR EXPRESS Train Ride at Great Smoky Mountains Railroad
45 Mitchell St, Bryson City
Experience Great Smoky Mountains Railroad’s “The Polar Express” themed train ride. Once you arrive at the North Pole, Santa boards the train, greets each child and gives him or her a silver bell to keep the magic of Christmas alive. Passengers sing Christmas carols on the return trip.

Tickets quickly sell out. Purchase online in advance. Prices range from $19-$93.

Nov. 13
Taste of Lebanon Event
Saint Sharbel Church, 600 Mt Vernon Rd., Raleigh
Gurgle…gurgle…gurgle. Don’t mind me and my stomach. We’re excited about all the yummy food at the Taste of Lebanon Event. From 11am to 7pm on Saturday, Nov. 13 savor authentic Lebanese cuisine as well as traditional music. Furthermore, be entertained by the kids’ area and multiple raffles. The festival is presented by St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church and is free to attend.

Nov. 14
Party with the Pugs Spooktacular
NC State Fairgrounds, Holshouser Building, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh
Who let the dogs out? The Pawsitively Pugs Rescue, that’s who. For $5 per person, meet, pose, and root on these furry friends during the Running of the Pugs! Dancing to the DJ, winning raffles, and shopping at the vendors will be equally entertaining, especially when the pugs will be there for all of it. Trot on down on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 12-3pm.

Tweetsie Railroad
300 Tweetsie Railroad Lane, Blowing Rock
Tucked in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Tweetsie Railroad, located in Blowing Rock, is the oldest theme park in North Carolina. From its traditional Wild West theme to rotating special events, this park has something for everyone. Through Oct. 27, Tweetsie is open on Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Admission is $52 for ages 13 and older, $33 for ages 3-12, and free for ages 2 and younger. Ghost Train also runs Friday and Saturday nights through Oct. 30.

To Be Young: Coming of Age in the Contemporary
North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh
From the museum: “Where does childhood end and adulthood begin? Using both figurative and abstract images from the Museum collection, To Be Young: Coming of Age in the Contemporary offers an introspective overview of coming of age across various communities throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. The exhibition explores how youths process development through concepts such as identity, community, and kinship to form new perspectives on the world.” As always, the museum is free to attend.