Fun Things to Do This Weekend (Oct. 28-30)

Pumpkinfest2 Fearrington
Photo courtesy of Krystal Kast Photography
See more than 50 beautiful, silly and spooky jack-o’-lanterns created by Fearrington gardeners and chefs at Fearrington Village's Pumpkinfest Oct. 30 in Pittsboro.

The Triangle is scaring up lots of fun themed for the weekend before Halloween, but you'll also find other events that celebrate fall, baseball, music, nature, dogs and more.

Trick-or-Treat Events

Catch some early Halloween fun around town, like Cary’s Great Pumpkin Carve on Chatham Street in downtown Cary, 2-8 p.m., Oct. 29, or Halloween in the Village at Lafayette Village in north Raleigh, 2-9 p.m., Oct. 29. Learn more about these events and others in our roundup of Trick-or-Treat Events.

Harvest Fun

Plan a family outing to a pumpkin patch, corn maze or for a hayride. Local farms are offering lots of harvest-themed fun. Learn more in our roundup of fall fun at area farms

NC Symphony’s “Music of Star Wars” Kids Concert

Take your kids to the NC Symphony’s “Young People’s Series: Music of Star Wars” concert Oct. 28, 29 and 30 at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh. The concerts will feature tunes from familiar movies and conductor Christopher James Lees will speak invite kids to take part in the activities. Timed for Halloween, the concerts also include a costume contest — where kids are encouraged to dress up as their favorite hero or villain. Arrive early for face painting, photos with Star Wars characters, and to enjoy the Instrument Zoo, where children can try out instruments of the orchestra. Purchase tickets and learn the schedule at

"Hoppy Hour" at North Carolina Museum of Art FREE

Celebrate the installation of Amanda Parer’s “Intrude,” giant illuminated bunnies, at the North Carolina Museum of Art Park in Raleigh at a “hoppy hour” around the bunnies, 5:30-8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 28. Food truck fare and drinks, including Fullsteam Brewery beer, wine and nonalcoholic drinks, will be on sale. Admission is free.

Amanda Parer, "Intrude," 2014, nylon, LED lights, and air blowers, various dimensions

Family Day at Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University FREE

Explore Halloween, Día de los Muertos and all things fall, noon-4 p.m., Sunday. Oct. 30. Enjoy a performance from Paperhand Puppet Intervention, and show off your creativity while taking part in a costume contest and parade. Prizes will be awarded for homemade costumes.

Photo courtesy of Paperhand Puppet Intervention

Family Voting Celebration FREE

Take your kids to celebrate Durham's superheroes — its voters — 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Oct. 29. Starting at the Durham Main Library, Kids Voting Durham, and MomsRising and friends invite all to a super hero party and parade through downtown Durham to kick off the first Saturday of early voting. This family-friendly, non-partisan, voting celebration in partnership the Durham County Library, Lango Kids RTP and Jack and Jill will feature a voting-related story time, superhero crafts (including making your own cape) and a family photo booth. Kids can cast their own vote for the same candidates and issues as adults at a Kids Voting booth. Then, capes flying, attendees can join the parade led by the Bulltown Strutters through downtown to the Durham early voting location where parents registered to vote in Durham can cast their own ballots.

“Beyond Bollywood” Exhibition FREE

Explore “Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation,” a Smithsonian traveling exhibition that opens Friday, Oct. 29 at the City of Raleigh Museum in downtown Raleigh. The exhibition, which runs through April 2, 2017, details the history of Indian Americans and their contributions to the U.S. from the 1700s to the present.

Decorated Indian tabla player Pandit Shankar Ghosh and noted Indian classical vocalist Shrimati Sanjukta Ghosh with Vikram (Boomba) Ghosh at Samuel P. Taylor State Park, Lagunita, Calif., ca. 1970.

Photo courtesy of the Ali Akbar Khan Foundation

Final Friday Fun at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Enjoy the 1973 TV movie “The Six Million Dollar Man” during Final Friday, 6-9 p.m., Oct. 28, at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. Greg Sawicki, a professor and director of the Human PoWeR (Physiology of Wearable Robotics) Laboratory, will also give a presentation on the promise of biomedical engineering. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the movie and begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $5 a person. For more information or to buy tickets, visit

Durham Bulls Fall Fan Fest FREE

Visit the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 29, for fun that includes batting practice and playing catch on the field as well as a costume contest that can earn you prizes in Durham. Check the website for the schedule of fun. Wool E. World and Playground 42 will be open. Take canned goods for donation to the Food Bank of Eastern and Central North Carolina for Hurricane Matthew victims.

Photo courtesy of Durham Bulls Baseball Club

Nature Programs for Kids

Head outdoors with your children for a nature program at a local park. Browse our Daily Calendar to explore your choices. Many nature programs are free, but some require registration.

Canine Contests FREE

Take your dog to show off his best tricks and his costume, 1-3 p.m., Oct. 29, at Crowder District Park in Apex. 

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