October Family Events: Marching Bands, Puppets Parade, OktoberFest

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Oct. 3-4

Triangle OktoberFest Celebrates All Things German

Take part in the inaugural Triangle Oktoberfest Oct. 3, 4-11 p.m., and Oct. 4, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., at MacGregor Village in Cary. The Bavarian-inspired festival features mouthwatering foods, a yodeling contest, weiner dog races, a kinder platz with games for kids and a display of vintage and modern German automobiles. Tickets are $5-$10 and free for ages 5 and younger. Wear full Bavarian regalia to receive free entry to the festival. MacGregor Village is at 107 Edinburgh Dr., Cary. triangleoktoberfest.org.

Oct. 4

See Marching Bands Compete in the Heart of Carolina

See high school marching bands compete in the areas of music, dance and dramatic showmanship at the 12th Annual Heart of Carolina Marching Band Invitational Oct. 4, 1-10 p.m., at Wakefield High School’s Wolverines Stadium in Raleigh. The event features all-day preliminary and finals events, with performances scheduled every 15 minutes, and concludes with an award ceremony in the late evening. The Duke University Marching Band will deliver a collegiate-level exhibition performance. Pizza, pork barbecue, funnel cakes and baked goods will be available for purchase. General admission is $10 ages 11 and older, $5 for ages 5-10 and free for ages 4 and younger. wakefieldhsband.org/heartofcarolina.

Oct. 11

Dance for a Cause in Holly Springs

Support anti-bullying and special needs programs by dancing at the Holly Springs Cultural Arts Center Oct. 11, noon-6 p.m. Download a pledge form and dance as little as you wish or for all six hours. A DJ spins tunes from noon-2 p.m. and 4-6 p.m., and Peak City Sound performs live music from 2-4 p.m. Learn new dance moves from members of the Holly Springs School of Dance, watch Calvin Klown groove to the music and enjoy food and beverage trucks. This fundraiser benefits Mayor Dick Sears’ anti-bullying campaign and supports all-inclusive community programs in Holly Springs. Admission is free but registration is required online at hollyspringscivitan.org/dance-a-thon-101114.html. The Holly Springs Cultural Arts Center is at 300 W. Ballentine St., Holly Springs.

Oct. 19

Puppets March in Hillsborough

Enjoy a spectacle of art, creativity and music at the whimsical Handmade Parade Oct. 19 at 2:30 p.m. in downtown Hillsborough. Large puppets and colorful creatures come to life in a walking, theatrical performance that is sure to entertain the entire family. The Handmade Parade is a grass roots community celebration sponsored by the volunteers at the Hillsborough Arts Council. hillsboroughartscouncil.org.

Oct. 26

Run in Disguise at the Raleigh Monster Dash

Strap on your Halloween costume and be one of the 700 runners at the Raleigh Monster Dash at Cameron Village Oct. 26. The annual family-friendly festival kicks off with a 1-mile fun run at 2 p.m., followed by a 5k at 2:30 p.m. Little monsters can enjoy a 100-yard dash at 1:45 p.m., a kids zone with activities and a visit from Ronald McDonald. Costume contests award prizes in various categories. Proceeds from the event benefit the YMCA of the Triangle. Register online by Oct. 22. $15-$30. capitalrunwalk.com/races-

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