Fall Festivals in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro

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SPARKcon 2014 festival goers enjoy creative expressions in dance, graphic design, art, jewelry, film, comedy and more.

African-American Cultural Festival

Sept. 5-6 – Celebrate African-American culture and history with an art gallery walk, vendors, kids’ activities, food and more. Free. See website for hours. Fayetteville St., Downtown Raleigh. aacfestival.org.


Tar Heel Downtown

Sept. 11 – Celebrate with the Tar Heels in downtown Chapel Hill the night before UNC-CH’s opening game day. Enjoy a pep rally-style atmosphere featuring an outdoor concert, interactive games for kids, face painting and Rameses, the Tar Heel mascot. Free. 6-9 p.m. Downtown Chapel Hill. tarheeldowntown.com.


Greek Festival

Sept. 11-13 – Celebrate Greek culture with authentic food, music and dance performances, crafts and much more. $3 adults, $2 ages 13-18. Free for ages 12 and younger. See website for hours. North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Exposition Center, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. greekfestivalraleigh.com.


Tar River Festival

Sept. 12 – Take the family for inflatables, games, pony rides, live entertainment, food and crafts. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Downtown Louisburg. 919-496-3056. franklin-chamber.org.


Harvest and Hornworm Festival

Sept. 12 – Enjoy cultural demonstrations, kids activities, a Moon Pie eating contest, hornworm race and more. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Duke Homestead, 2828 Duke Homestead Rd., Durham. dukehomestead.org/events.php.



Sept. 17-20 – Enjoy creative expressions in dance, graphic design, art, jewelry, film, comedy and more. The event features food trucks and live entertainment including acrobatics, hoops and fire dances. Free. See website for hours. Downtown Raleigh. sparkcon.com.


Creedmoor Music Festival

Sept. 19 – Celebrate music in Creedmoor with vendors, kids’ activities, a car show and more. Free. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Main St., Creedmoor. cityofcreedmoor/org/musicfestival.



Sept. 19 – Exhibits, presentations and dishes feature bugs as the main ingredient. Enjoy a beekeeping workshop and more inside and outside the museum, and an evening Insectival featuring live music, street performers, food and more on Bicentennial Plaza from 5-7 p.m. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh. 919-733-7450. bugfest.org.


International Food and Music Festival

Sept. 19 – This culinary festival features ethnic food, live entertainment, games, raffle and a silent auction. Free. 11 a.m-6 p.m. J. Ashley Wall Towne Square, W. Third St. and W. Cypress St., Wendell. thefoodfestival.com.


Clayton Harvest and Music Festival

Sept. 19 – Celebrate music and the fall season with vendors, live entertainment and more. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Downtown Clayton. business.claytonchamber.com/events/details/2015-clayton-harvest-and-music-festival-1334.


AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day

Sept. 19 – A day celebrating dogs offers dog demonstrations, rare breeds, microchipping, kids’ activities and more. Dogs welcome. Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. N.C. State Fairgrounds, Holshouser Bldg., 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. akc.org/responsible.


Oktoberfest at Lafayette Village

Sept. 19 – Take the family for a German-inspired event featuring food, live music, face painting, train rides and more. Watch wiener dogs race at noon. Free. 11 a.m.- 5 p.m.  Lafayette Village, 8450 Honeycutt Rd., Raleigh. lafayettevillageraleigh.com.


CenterFest Arts Festival

Sept. 19-20 – Outdoor arts festival showcases more than 140 visual artists, food, live entertainment and educational activities for all ages. Suggested $5 donation. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Downtown Durham. centerfest.durhamarts.org.


Ray Price Bikefest

Sept. 25-27 – Celebrate the motorcycle lifestyle with family-friendly activities ranging from stunt shows and specialty rides to live music and local vendors. Free. See website for hours. Fayetteville St., Downtown Raleigh. capitalcitybikefest.com.


Carrboro Music Festival

Sept. 26-27– Take the family for live music, crafts and food. Free. See website for hours. Carrboro Town Hall, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro. carrboromusicfestival.com.


Youngsville Fall Festival

Sept. 26 – Enjoy a craft show, food vendors, kids’ activities and a car show. Free. 9 a.m. -5 p.m. 125 U.S. 1-A, Youngsville. youngsvillefallfestival.com.


Storytelling Festival

Sept. 26 – Storytellers Rebecca Tighe, Suzi Whaples and The Healing Force weave tales for families. Enjoy live music from the Sandbox Band. Take a chair or blanket. Free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Historic Oak View County Park, 4028 Carya Dr., Raleigh. 919-250-1013. wakegov.com/libraries/events/pages/storytelling.aspx.


Art in the Park

Sept. 27 – Take the family for an outdoor art show. Explore local arts and crafts, and enjoy local musicians. Rain date is Oct. 4. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Fearrington Village, Hwy. 15/501, Pittsboro. fearringtonartists.org.



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