8 Family-Friendly Events in the Triangle: October 2021

From the Raleigh Greek Festival to the State Fair
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OCT. 1-3
Raleigh Greek Festival
5000 Lead Mine Road
This year’s 39th Raleigh Greek Festival will be a drive-thru event. Organizers released more info about the event this week, including dates, times, and menu items. The festival is located at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church (5000 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh, and it runs Oct. 1-3. Time slots are currently set at Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday, noon-8 p.m.

Cary the Stories at Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Avenue, Cary
A new original play by Dr. Katherine Loflin, commemorating the 150 year anniversary of Cary. This walk through history will highlight Cary’s most famous stories and lesser-known ones too. A fun but educational way to learn more about a favorite town of the Triangle.

OCT. 2
KinderVillage Teddy Bear Picnic
Harvey Hill at Dix Park, 693 Palmer Dr.
KinderVillage is back at it again, but this time you can invite your teddy bears too! Psst! If you don’t have a teddy bear you can bring your favorite stuffed animal friend. Bring your own picnic too and share in the singing and dancing. You and Teddy may even get to jam on some instruments. This program is for families with children ages 2-8.

OCT. 14-24
2021 North Carolina State Fair
4285 Trinity Road, Raleigh
“Worth the Wait!” That’s The NC State Fair‘s motto this year after having to cancel last year due to Covid-19.  The event will bring back the usual sights, smells, and tastes that fairgoers have come to love year after year. Also: Read about NC State Fair accessABILITY Day (Oct. 17) here.

OCT. 16, 23, and 30
Track or Treat Halloween Express
New Hope Valley Trains, 3900 Bonsal Road, New Hill
Located southwest of Raleigh, New Hope Valley Railway calls itself the Triangle’s Train, and caters to true train lovers. Though the railway does not provide daily train rides, volunteers schedule and promote a number of special events during which visitors can go on an approximate one-hour long train ride along 8 miles of track.

OCT. 30
Inter-Tribal Pow Wow
The Big Field at Dix Park
Indigenous community organizers and Dix Park Conservancy are proud to present the first ever Inter-Tribal Pow Wow at Dix Park! The day will be filled with music, culture, and dancing. Speaking of dancing, there will be a dance competition for all tribal citizens in the categories of Grass, Fancy, Jingle, and Traditional. Interested in registering for the competition? Register here.

ONGOING
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.

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