Guide: November Festivals in the Triangle

10 festivals to kick off the holiday season
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Don't miss these 10 November festivals

All of a sudden, November is here which means more fall festivals and equally important more holiday festivals. Here is a list of 10 festivals you can bring the whole family to and even your out-of-town guests.

Nov. 5
Fall Festival and Open Talent Night

Open Arts, 1222 Copeland Oaks Dr., Morrisville
Kick off the November festival season  with Fall Festival and Open Talent Night presented by Open Arts on Friday, Nov. 5 from 5:30-7:30pm. Experience carnival style games, rides, and food. A bake & craft sale will also be showcased. Coupled with dance performances and a student-directed talent show, this festival will keep you boogieing the whole time. This event is free but the suggested donation is $15-20 per family.

Nov. 6
Fest in the West

USA Baseball Training Complex, 200 Brooks Park Ln., Cary
Shuffle on down to Cary for Fest in the West. The annual festival is returning to the USA Baseball Training Complex on Saturday, Nov. 6 from 10am-4pm. Expect food trucks, live music, contests, and of course kid activities. Presented by Goodtree.Studio in partnership with Town of Cary, they promise to put on a memorable hootenanny for the whole family.

Nov. 6
Magic and Mischief

Fred Fletcher Park, 820 Clay St., Raleigh
Grab your wands and your house colors and fly down to Fred Fletcher Park on Saturday, Nov. 6 from 2-7pm for Magic and Mischief. Presented by Raleigh Parks and Paper & Stars Studio, this event is free and witches and wizards of all ages are welcome to attend. Imagine fantastic beasts, magical crafts, spell practice, stage performances, and most importantly magic and mischief.

Nov. 6-7
79th Annual NC Gourd Arts & Crafts Festival

NC State Fairgrounds, Holshouser Building, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh
The gourd is a decorative squash that you also can eat. For example, a pumpkin is a gourd. Learn more about pumpkins, not to mention gourds at the 79th Annual Gourd Arts & Crafts Festival. The event takes place Saturday, Nov. 6 from 9am-5pm, and Sunday, Nov. 7 from 10am-4pm. Partake in a kids’s gourd crafting session, classes, crafts, competitions, demonstrations, and raffles. Additionally, purchase gourds and tools, and learn how to take care of your new plant. The cost is $3 per person to enter.

Nov. 13
Morrisville Family Fun Fest

Morrisville Community Park, 1520 Morrisville Pkwy, Morrisville
Run, walk, or bounce at the Morrisville Family Fun Fest. As a matter of fact, you can do all three. The schedule kicks off at 11am with the 5k and 10k runs. A few hours later at 12pm, the inflatable village will come to life. Wrap up the day with a family fun walk at 4pm. A number of the scheduled activities require registration and come at a cost. Plan accordingly.

Nov. 13
Taste of Lebanon Event

Saint Sharbel Church, 600 Mt Vernon Rd., Raleigh
Gurgle…gurgle…gurgle. Don’t mind me and my stomach. We’re excited about all the yummy food at the Taste of Lebanon Event. From 11am to 7pm on Saturday, Nov. 13 savor authentic Lebanese cuisine as well as traditional music. Furthermore, be entertained by the kids’ area and multiple raffles. The festival is presented by St. Sharbel Maronite Catholic Church and is free to attend.

Nov. 14
Party with the Pugs Spooktacular

NC State Fairgrounds, Holshouser Building, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh
Who let the dogs out? The Pawsitively Pugs Rescue, that’s who. For $5 per person, meet, pose, and root on these furry friends during the Running of the Pugs! Dancing to the DJ, winning raffles, and shopping at the vendors will be equally entertaining, especially when the pugs will be there for all of it. Trot on down on Saturday, Nov. 14 from 12-3pm.

Nov. 19-Jan. 9
NC Chinese Lantern Festival

Koka Booth Amphitheater, 8003 Regency Pkwy, Cary
One of the better known festivals in the Triangle, the NC Chinese Lantern Festival is back at Koka Booth Amphitheater for the 5th year. Marvel at the luminous display of lanterns from twilight to nightfall. The expected time to view everything is about 45-75 minutes. Afterwards, indulge at the food trucks which can be found on Friday & Saturday nights. Prices vary from $15-35.

Nov. 20
Raleigh Christmas Parade

Downtown Raleigh
As soon as the Raleigh Christmas Parade announced they were back this year with a live parade, Instagram dinged with likes. On Saturday, Nov. 20 viewers can go street-side or watch from the comfort of their home on ABC11. The mile-long route will feature 115 groups, including musical acts, floats, and balloons. The parade will start promptly at 9:40am and is free to the public to attend.

Nov. 26-28
Christmas Carousel Holiday Gift Market

NC State Fairgrounds, 4285 Trinity Rd., Raleigh
In due time, Christmas will be here and that means Christmas shopping is upon us. Make the holiday season a little less stressful and a little more fun by attending the Christmas Carousel Holiday Gift Market. Bring your Thanksgiving out-of-towners to a showcase of 250 exhibitors, all ready to help you find that perfect gift. Admission is between $0-9 per person. Friday & Saturday hours are 9am-6pm and Sunday is 11am-5pm.

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