Fall Festivals Across North Carolina

Courtesy Valle Country Fair

Savor autumn by taking a day trip or weekend getaway to one of the many fall festivals across our state. From the mountains to the coast, these events showcase cultural arts and crafts, seasonal food, live music, children’s activities and much more. Update: With heavy rain forecast for Oct. 2-4, please check websites or call ahead to ensure this weekend's events are still taking place.


In the Triangle


Railroad Days Festival

Oct. 2, 7-9 p.m.; Oct. 3, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Downtown Selma


Celebrate railroads and trains with live entertainment, vendors and a children’s area. Free.


Fox 50 Family Fest and The Great American Tobacco Duck Race UPDATE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER.

Oct. 3, noon-5 p.m.

American Tobacco Campus

Blackwell St., Durham


Music, face painting, mascot appearances and a rubber duck race in the Ol’ Bull River. Free. Rubber ducks cost $10.


Heritage Day

Oct. 3, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Historic Oak View County Park

4028 Carya Dr., Raleigh


Heritage craft displays, agricultural displays, re-enactors, live animals and more. Free.


Triangle Oktoberfest

Oct. 3-4; noon-10 p.m. Oct. 3, noon-6 p.m. Oct. 4

Booth Amphitheatre

8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary


Wiener dog races, a children’s play area, games, prizes for German attire, live music from the Little German Band, German food and more. $20 adults, $5 ages 6-15 and free for ages 5 and younger.


Festifall Arts Festival

Oct. 4, noon-6 p.m.

Downtown Chapel Hill


Chapel Hill’s annual celebration of the arts includes live entertainment, an artist market, local food and hands-on activities. Free.



Oct. 4, noon-4 p.m.

Rock Quarry Park

701 Stadium Dr., Durham


Canine entertainment and stunts, a treibbal competition, a Skyhoundz canine disc championship, a pet market and more. Free.


Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance

Oct. 8-11; see website for hours and fees.

1439 Henderson Tanyard Rd., Pittsboro

Family-friendly celebration of music, dance and art.


30th Annual International Festival

Oct. 9-11; see website for hours and fees

Raleigh Convention Center

500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh


Live performances, cultural exhibits, sidewalk cafes, world bazaars, face painting and storytelling.


Mebane Autumn Fest

Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Downtown Mebane


Hayrides, live music, crafts and antiques. Free.


Logan’s Harvest Day

Oct. 10, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Logan Trading Co.

707 Semart Dr., Raleigh


Pumpkin painting, face painting, a bouncy train, hayride and games. Free.


Cary Diwali

Oct. 10, gates open at 10 a.m.

Booth Amphitheatre

8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary


Cultural dance, cuisine, handicrafts and more in a celebration of India. Free.


Creative Food Drive

Oct. 10, 2:30-6:30 p.m.

Durham Central Park

501 Foster St., Durham


Live music, food trucks, pumpkin painting, a bounce castle and more. View sculptures that local companies and community members build out of donated food items. Free.


N.C. State Fair

Oct. 15-25; see the website for hours and fees.

1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh


Carnival rides, agricultural and heritage exhibits, livestock competitions, performances and more.


Celebration of Children in the Arts

Oct. 17, 2:30-5:30 p.m.

Cary Ballet Conservatory

3791 N.W. Cary Pkwy., Cary


Local visual and performing artists, pumpkin painting, make-and-take crafts and more. Free.


Downtown Harvest Festival

Oct. 24, 2-6 p.m.

Downtown Cary


Carnival games, bounce castle and slide, cornhole, food and live entertainment. Wristbands are $2 for ages 2 and older. Free for adults.



Oct. 24, 2-6 p.m.

Sunny Acres Pet Resort

5908 U.S. Hwy. 70 E., Durham


Games, contests, raffles, vendors and more for families and their dog of all breeds. $5/person.



Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Sugg Farm Park

2401 Grigsby Ave., Holly Springs

(search for Hollyfest)

Arts and crafts, pumpkin-carving contest, live entertainment, inflatables, cornhole, kids corner, food and more. Free.


Day and Night in Downtown Street Festival

Oct. 10, noon-9 p.m.


Arts and crafts, inflatables, a food truck rodeo, mechanical bull and more. Free.


Elsewhere in the State



Weekends from Oct. 4-Nov. 22; see website for hours and fees.

16445 Poplar Tent Rd., Huntersville


Circus-style entertainment and medieval games, live comedy, jousting tournaments, artisan marketplace and food.


Brushy Mountain Apple Festival

Oct. 3, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Downtown North Wilkesboro


Mountain heritage celebration offers live entertainment, crafts, food and plenty of apples. Pre-festival Apple Jam with live music on Friday at 6 p.m. Free.


Asheboro Fall Festival

Oct. 3-4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Downtown Asheboro


Music, amusements, vendors, a livestock show, heritage village and more. Free.


Autumn Jubilee

Oct. 3-4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Dan Nicholas Park

6800 Bringle Ferry Rd., Salisbury


Crafts, live entertainment, food and children’s area. Free.


Cherokee Indian Fair

Oct. 6-10, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; see website for fees.

Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds

545 Tsali Blvd., Cherokee


Games, rides, music, fireworks, Ferris wheel and more.


Goldston Old Fashion Day

Oct. 10, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Bellevue Ave., Goldston


Local arts and crafts, classic cars and tractors, pony rides, face painting and carnival food. Free.


The Gateway Festival

Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Downtown Kings Mountain


Living history demonstrations, battle re-enactments, cute critters competition, live music and more. Free.


Harvest Festival

Oct. 10-11; 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Oct. 10, noon-6 p.m. Oct. 11

Shelton Vineyards

286 Cabernet Ln., Dobson


Hayrides, face painting, live music, vendor booths and more. Free.


Pleasure Island Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival

Oct. 10-11, gates open at 11 a.m.; $50 advance tickets. Free for ages 12 and younger.

Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area

118 Riverfront Rd., Kure Beach


Live music, coastal cuisine, arts and crafts, magicians, clowns and juggling acts.


Sugar Mountain Oktoberfest

Oct. 10-11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sugar Mountain Resort

1009 Sugar Mountain Dr.


Children’s activity area, German cuisine, live entertainment, and arts and crafts. Free.


Boone Heritage Festival

Oct. 11, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Daniel Boone Park

591 Horn in the West Dr., Boone


Celebration of Appalachian heritage offers 18th-century living history demonstrations, storytelling, children’s activities and craft vendors. Free.


Lake Eden Arts Festival

Oct. 15-18; see website for hours and fees.

Camp Rockmont

375 Lake Eden Rd., Black Mountain


Culinary arts, handcrafts, poetry, seven family adventure villages and live music. Advance tickets only. Free for ages 10 and younger.


High Hampton Inn Oktoberfest

Oct. 17, noon-4:30 p.m.

1525 Highway 107 S., Cashiers


Authentic German cuisine and performances by the Atlanta Polka Band and the Euro Volk Dancers in traditional German attire. Reserve a place at Oktoberfest by calling 1-800-334-2551.


Maggie Valley Fall Arts and Crafts Festival

Oct. 17-18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Maggie Valley Festival Grounds

U.S. 19, Maggie Valley


Local and regional craftsmen and food vendors. Free.


Salty Paws Festival

Oct. 17, 11 a.m.; $7/person. Free for kids 9 and younger.

Carolina Beach Lake Park

Lake Park Blvd. and Atlantic Ave., Carolina Beach


Furry fun for families and four-legged friends includes arts and crafts, food, music, pet contests, children’s activities and more.


Valle Country Fair

Oct. 17, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Valle Crucis Fairgrounds

Hwy. 194 S., Valle Crucis


Harvest-season celebration features crafts, home-cooked food and mountain music. Free admission, parking fee is $10/car.


HardLox Jewish Food and Heritage Festival

Oct. 18, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Pack Square Park

121 College St., Asheville


Traditional Jewish food and culture, Israeli dancing, kids zone and more. Free.


27th Annual NASCAR Day Festival

Oct. 24, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

Downtown Randleman


NASCAR show cars, racing simulators, three stages of entertainment, autograph sessions live music, crafts and more. Held in conjunction with the Richard Petty Fan Club Convention. Free.


32nd Annual Barbecue Festival

Oct. 24, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Uptown Lexington


Crafts, food, rides, music and famous Lexington barbecue. Free.


Downtown Albemarle Fall Festival

Oct. 29, 4-6 p.m.

Downtown Albemarle


Arts and crafts, face painting, kids costume parade and more. Free.


Halloweenfest in Transylvania County

Oct. 31; 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Downtown Brevard


Spooky fun includes pumpkin carving, costume contest, parade, pie bake-off, street vendors, live music and a pumpkin roll down Jailhouse Hill. Free.


Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials and Dog Festival

Nov. 7-8, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; see website for fees.

Rural Hill

4431 Neck Rd., Huntersville


National Border Collie Sheepherding Championships, dog sports demonstrations, cooking and craft demonstrations, pumpkin chunking, antique tractors, kids activities and food vendors.



Nov. 20-22; see website for hours.

Downtown Wilmington


Street fair celebrating local artists features arts and crafts, fireworks, exhibitions, live music, play area and more. Free.

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