Family-Friendly Festivals: October 2019

Dozens of festivals in the Triangle for family fun
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Photo courtesy of Shakori Hills GrassRoots Fall Festival of Music & Dance
The Shakori Hills GrassRoots Fall Festival of Music & Dance takes place Oct 3-6 in Pittsboro.

Shakori Hills GrassRoots Fall Festival of Music & Dance

Oct. 3-6 – Shakori Hills, 1439 Henderson Tanyard Rd., Pittsboro. See the website for hours. Take the family for live music on four stages, craft and food vendors, storytelling, face painting and a climbing wall. Children ages 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Purchase tickets online.

Bass Lake Day

Oct. 5 – Sugg Farm, 2401 Grigsby Ave., Holly Springs. 1-4 p.m. Free. Celebrate nature and the environment with live music, crafts and games, live animal displays and interactive exhibits.

Cary Dog Days

Oct. 5 – Bond Park, 801 High House Rd., Cary. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Take Fido for a dog wash, microchipping and a Frisbee disc competition.

Celebrate Fuquay-Varina

Oct. 5 – Downtown Fuquay-Varina. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Celebrate the town’s rich heritage with live entertainment, a classic car show, a chili cook-off and a kids zone.

Harvest Festival NC

Oct. 5 – St. Gregorios Indian Orthodox Church, 229 Bashford Rd., Raleigh. 2-8 p.m. The church’s annual fall festival features authentic cuisine, music, youth performances and more.

Oak View Farm Fest

Oct. 5 – Historic Oak View County Park, 4028 Carya Dr., Raleigh. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Live entertainment, heritage crafts, agricultural displays, farm animals, antiques, fishing, pony rides, carriage rides, kids activities and food highlight this old-fashioned county fair.


Oct. 5 – The Green at Southern Village, 620 Market St., Chapel Hill. 1-4 p.m. Free; $5 suggested donation. Enjoy a bounce house, a raffle, silent auction and lawn games. Walk through the Southern Village neighborhood to show support for animals. Register online.

Project Palooza

Oct. 5 – Project Enlightenment, 501 S. Boylan Ave., Raleigh. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Project Enlightenment’s annual celebration features games, crafts, fire trucks, police dogs, food trucks, face painting, Dan the Animal Man and more.

Raleigh Tamale Festival

Oct. 5 – Dorothea Dix Park, 2105 Umstead Dr., Raleigh. 2-6 p.m. Free. Celebrate all things tamale with food trucks, an amateur tamale competition, Latin dance lessons, local art exhibits and a variety of games.

Selma Railroad Days

Oct. 5 – Downtown Selma. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Take part in a 5K Railroad Run, a mascot race and a parade. Food trucks, kids activities and a model train display round out the fun.

Taste of China Festival

Oct. 5 – Bicentennial Plaza, 1 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 11 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Free. Celebrate Chinese culture with musical performances, dragon and lion dances, martial arts demonstrations, folk dances, kids activities, cultural exhibits and more.

Wake Forest Dance Festival

Oct. 5 – E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Rd., Wake Forest. 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Free. See works created by contemporary national and international choreographers, as well as international, national and regional artists performing classical ballet, jazz and contemporary dances.

Wendell Harvest Festival

Oct. 5 – Wendell Town Square, 17 W. Third St., Wendell. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Free. Take the family to enjoy arts and crafts vendors, live music, a parade, kids activities, a variety of food trucks, a car show and more.

First Fruits Farm Fall Festival

Oct. 5-6 – First Fruits Farm, 1950 E. River Rd., Louisburg. See the website for hours. Free admission; ticket purchase required for activities. Enjoy live entertainment, food concessions, kids activities and more to benefit a food donation ministry.

Northern Wake Fire Department Public Safety Day

Oct. 6 – Creedmoor Village Shopping Center, 1432 Brogden Woods Dr., Wake Forest. 1-5 p.m. Free. See fire engines, helicopters from Carolina Air Care and Duke Life Flight, firefighting demonstrations, Sparky The Fire Dog and more. Concessions available.

Cary Diwali

Oct. 12 – Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary. 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Free; parking is $5/car. Celebrate India and Diwali through music, dance, a craft bazaar and food vendors.

Hay Day Celebration

Oct. 12 – Zebulon Municipal Complex,
1003 N. Arendell Ave., Zebulon. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Celebrate fall with bounce houses, a rock climbing wall, antique fire truck rides, police cars, big trucks and heavy equipment, food trucks and more.

Wake Forest Arbor Day

Oct. 12 – E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Rd., Wake Forest. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Receive a tree seedling and enjoy organizations that offer special activities, treats and information related to trees and gardening. Children can build their own birdhouse and make a tree-inspired cookie necklace.

Kidical Mass Bike Event

Oct. 13 – Carrboro Elementary School, 400 Shelton St., Carrboro. 2:30 p.m. Free. Ride your bike on the streets of Carrboro. Bike decorations, giveaways and healthy snacks cap off the event.


Photo courtesy of Triangle Oktoberfest

Triangle Oktoberfest takes place Oct. 18-19 at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary.

Triangle Oktoberfest

Oct. 18-19 – Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary. 5-10 p.m. Friday; noon-9 p.m. Sunday. $5-$20/person. The Triangle’s nod to Bavaria features traditional music, authentic cuisine, German cars, a KinderPlatz, wiener dog races, yodeling competitions and more. Purchase tickets online.

DisABLE the Label

Oct. 19 – Community Family Life and Recreation Center at Lyon Park, 1309 Halley St., Durham. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Celebrate National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month with games, entertainment, vendors and kids activities. All ability levels welcome.

Raleigh Children’s Business Fair

Oct. 19 – The Commons at North Hills, 421 Lassiter at North Hills Ave., Raleigh. 3-5 p.m. Free. Shop more than 40 businesses operated by local children ages 6-14.

Beagle Bash

Oct. 20 – Compass Rose Brewery, 3201 Northside Dr., Raleigh. 1-4 p.m. Free. Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Triangle Beagle Rescue with barbecue, cake, ice cream, vendors, raffles and a doggie costume contest.


Oct. 26 – Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St., Durham. 3-6 p.m. Free. Man’s best friend is celebrated with dog shows, a canine costume contest, parade, photo booth and more.

Fall Fun Fest

Oct. 26 – Main Street, Rolesville. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Celebrate fall’s arrival with food trucks, a kids costume contest, and arts and crafts vendors.


Oct. 26 – Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Park, 2401 Grigsby Ave., Holly Springs. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Live entertainment, a kids zone, cornhole competition, food trucks, and arts and crafts vendors highlight this annual festival.

Baby Goat Festival

Oct. 27 – Prodigal Farm, 4720 Bahama Rd., Rougemont. Noon-5 p.m. See the website for fees and to purchase tickets. Tour the 94-acre farm and milking parlor, snuggle with goats and taste the farm’s award-winning cheeses.

Clayton Harvest and Music Festival

Oct. 30-Nov. 3 – Main St., downtown Clayton. All ages. See the website for hours. Free. Take the family for live entertainment, food vendors, rides, hands-on activities, local talent performances, a car show, concerts and more.


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