By Katie Moosbrugger
Fall is my favorite time of year for so many reasons, and the sheer number of fall festivals in our area is one of them. We recently updated our list of local festivals that offer seasonal fun, food, crafts, and more for your entire family. Most of the events listed below are meant for families, although we did include some that are more appropriate for date nights or fun with adult friends! There are many more October festivals and events getting ready to be announced, and we will be sure to add those in as soon as we learn the details. So make a point to check this post for updates!
Festivals are listed by date from September through November…
Apple Fest 2017
All Weekends in September: Saturdays 10 am to 4 pm; Sundays 1 pm to 5 pm
Millstone Creek Orchard, 506 Parks Crossing Rd, Ramseur
Apple picking, cider pressing, story time, apple bobbing, hay rides, apple pie eating contests. Admission is $8/pp. Kids under 2 are FREE. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Second Annual Bailey Blues & Bluegrass Music Festival
Every Thursday in September from 11 am to 1 pm
Bailey Park in Greensboro
Bring your friends, family and coworkers to Bailey Park for free lunchtime blues and bluegrass performances. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Downtown Mt. Airy
Mayberry Days is a festival for the whole family with activities, events and music. Enjoy shows, a parade, contests, a Silent Auction, food, and games. Mayberry Days events take place in locations around Mount Airy, with the Andy Griffith Playhouse, Earle Theatre and Blackmon Amphitheatre being the hubs of activity. (rain or shine). There is free parking in the numerous municipal lots downtown. Visit the link above for details on times, locations, and events.
Patrick County Fair
Sept. 19 – 23
Gates Open nightly at 5:30 PM – Rides begin at 6 PM
Stuart, VA Rotary Club 420 Woodland Dr, Stuart, Virginia
Bring your family & friends & smell the cotton candy, funnel cakes, hamburger & hot dogs… have fun on the midway and on the rides. Enjoy the animal barn & live music nightly. Find out about our local business’s, community organizations and more in the exhibit area… see crafts, canning, quilts, photographs and more at the Patrick County Agricultural Fair, in Stuart VA.
Ghost Train® Halloween Festival at Tweetsie Railroad
Sept. 22–23, 29-30; October 6-7, 13–14, 20–21, 27–28
Tweetsie Railroad will celebrate its annual Ghost Train® Halloween Festival. The park has a variety of tricks and treats that are best suited to the bravest souls, as well as ones more appropriate for younger guests. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Cricket’s Nest Craft Festival
Sept. 23 from 9 am to 3 pm
Cricket’s Nest Craft Shop, Country Club Road, Winston-Salem
Cricket’s Nest sponsors an outdoor craft festival that is open to all vendors. Rain date is September 30. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Sept. 23 from Noon to 6 pm
World of Beer, 1310 Westover Ter #112, Greensboro
10+ breweries, local artists, dogs for adoption, games, a magician, pumpkin painting , face painting, a moon walk/bounce house and lots more! Proceeds are benefiting the SPCA and Benessere Animal Hospital. Non-beer vendors and activities too! Admission is FREE- tickets will be $2 per ticket, 1 ticket per beer. Event is dog and kid friendly- so bring them both!!
Hay Bale Fest
Sept. 23 and 24
Hubb’s Farm, 10276 US Hwy 421 North, Clinton, NC
On Saturday & Sunday farm guests will have an opportunity to join in some hay bale fun and discover what hay is all about during our Hay Bale Fest! Along with our hay rides, miniature hay bale maze, hay bale garden, and farm equipment, farm visitors will also have a chance at some fun hay bale challenges. On Sunday, Sept. 24, come out and see the Sam The Magic Man show at 3 PM (included in all paid admission tickets)!
Riverwalk Arts Festival
Sept. 23 from 10 am to 4 pm
Bermuda Run Town Square, Kinderton Blvd, Bermuda Run
This is a festival to celebrate artists and antiques of Davie County. Enjoy an all day festival with area musicians performing on the River Walk stage throughout the day. Several vendors will selling food and beverages for purchase. The event is FREE. Rain date September 30. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Sept. 23 from 11 am to 7 pm
Mendenhall Transportation Terminal, 220 East Commerce Avenue, High Point
A Multi-Cultural Festival with an Immigration and Naturalization Ceremony with musical performances by local groups and established artists. Experience the music, dance and art that originates locally and all over the world. Enjoy fresh food representing the many cultures within this country and the world and unique items from local craftsmen and artists! Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
FIESTA Street Festival
Sept. 23 from 11 am to 7 pm
This is an annual FREE street festival organized by the Hispanic League. All the funds raised from sponsors, vendors and donations support cultural, health, education and college scholarship programs for the Hispanic/Latino community. This event will cover a four-block area that includes the Sawtooth Center and the Milton Rhodes Center. Rain or shine. Enjoy live Latin music, cultural programs, a children’s area, tons of cuisine from all the different Latin American Countries, a beer and margarita garden and local arts and crafts. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Davie County Zombie Parade & Festival
Sept. 23 from 11:30 am to 7 pm
Beach N Tans, 953 Salisbury Rd, Mocksville
Dress-up, Come walk and bring awareness to adults with special needs in our community. Milling Manor is a facility that provides housing and services to Davie and surrounding Counties. All monies collected will be provided to them. The Parade is at 3:00 pm Sat. the 23rd. The Monster Fest starts at 11:30am & will continue until 7:00pm. Expect food and merchant vendors, haunted trails and houses, kids events, kkits and surprises. costume contests, drawings, games, music, dancing and more. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
6th Annual Co-Hops Beer Festival
Sept. 23 from 4 to 7 pm
Company Shops Market 268 E. Front Street, Downtown Burlington
In addition to 15 breweries offering over 40 local craft beers, the event will feature live music by Love & Valor, Braeburn Burgers, Yee Haw Donuts and Smitty’s Ice Cream! Tickets are on sale NOW via their website or at Company Shops Market.
End of Summer Bash!
Sept. 23 from 6 pm to 9 pm
Creekside Park; 214 Park Drive, Archdale
Enjoy a fun filled evening as we leave the summer behind and head into fall. The evening will include music by Eric and The Chill Tones, Juggling and Spinning by Jack Regal, Food Trucks including The Chill Shak Concessions, Roadway dawg’s, Sunset Slush of High Point, & More, Interactive family friendly vendors, & Rock 92 Live and on location with Chris and Chris. Rain or Shine. Admission is Free.
Second Annual Sowing Seeds Children’s Festival & Food Drive
Sept. 24 at 1 pm
Bailey Park, downtown Winston-Salem
Sowing Seeds Children’s Festival will feature about 30 child artist-vendors sharing and selling their works of art. Also these young artist will share $5 of their earnings to the WS/FC Schools Food Pantry, who helps families in need who will be onsite. Everyone is encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item as a donation. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Dixie Classic Fair
Sept. 29 – Oct. 8
Dixie Classic Fairgrounds, Winston-Salem
Delicious food, thrilling rides and the biggest pumpkins you’ve ever seen!
Sunday – Friday, 11:00 am–11:00 pm
Saturdays – 9:00 am–11:00 pm
Senior Adult Day, Starts 9:00 am, Tues., Oct. 3.
Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
The Annual Carolina Renaissance Festival
Saturdays & Sundays, Sept 30 – Nov 19
10 am to 5:30 pm
16445 Poplar Tent Rd, Huntersville
Pirates, Nobles, Wenches and Knights – it takes a lot of work to organize the region’s largest costume party! Free parking, rain or shine, no pets allowed. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Sept. 29 from 4 pm – 10 pm; Sept. 30 from 11 am to 10 pm; Oct. 1 from Noon to 6 pm
Dormition of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church, 800 Westridge Road (Corner of West Friendly Ave & Westridge Rd.), Greensboro
Live Music, Arts & Crafts, Marketplace & plenty of great authentic Greek food! Admission: $1.00 or One non-perishable item per person.
Sept. 30 from 9 am to 5 pm
Sponsored by Novant Health. For over the 100 years Thomasville has been the home of the award winning Everybody’s Day festival. Each year people from throughout the Southeast come to shop for arts & crafts, enjoy music, carnival rides, and great food! Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Black Walnut Festival
Sept.30 from 10 am – 4 pm
5393 Ham Horton Lane, Bethania
The festival features Arts, Crafts, Food and Music in the historic Town of Bethania. The festival features crafters & artisans who show and sell their creations in one of the state’s most picturesque settings. Historic and beautiful Bethania, North Carolina sets the stage for this glorious event. Food vendors, non-profit displays, and music will be present. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Art on Tap
Sept. 30 from 2 pm to 7 pm
Center City Park, 620 S Elm St, Greensboro
Art on Tap is an art and brew fest featuring a beer garden, interactive art spaces and activities for all ages, live music, and food trucks. $5 General Admission – kids under 12 are free; $15 Taster Admission – 10 taster tickets – pay per drink; $35 VIP Admission – unlimited taster. Pints are available for $5 for all event attendees (age 21 & up). Beer sampling is only available to those purchasing the Taster or VIP Admission. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Sept. 30 from 5 pm to 11 pm
The Elm Street Center, 203 S Elm St, Greensboro
Join the Triad German Club, Painted Plate Catering, The Elm Street Center and The Event Guys for the best of German food, music, dancing, and beer. Doors open at 5pm; festivities begin at 6pm. Tickets are $10 pre-sale and $12 at the door. This year’s bands include the EuroMutts and Alpen Echos. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
7th Annual Red, White & Blues Festival
Sept. 30 from 5 pm – 11 pm
Grove Winery, 7360 Brooks Bridge Rd, Gibsonville
Schedule: 5:00 pm Doors Open; 6:00 pm Not Dead Yet Blues Band; 7:40 pm Nathan Pope Band; 9:20 pm The Luxuriant Sedan. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Millstone Creek Orchards Ocktoberfest
All October weekends: Saturdays 10 am to 4 pm; Sundays 1 pm to 5 pm
Millstone Creek Orchards, Winston-Salem
Pumpkin and gourd picking, cider pressing, pumpkin chunkin’, story time, pumpkin bowling, hayrides, pumpkin pie eating contest, fire pit roasting. Admission is $8 pp; kids under 2 are FREE. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
5th Annual Spook-Tacular
Oct. 1 from Noon to 3pm
Northwood Animal Hospital
507 Eastchester Dr, High Point
Bring your dressed-up pet! Compete in contests. Over 30 local vendors on site offering an array of things for the whole family. Bounce house & music. $10 per adult. Kids 12 and under are free. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Kaleideum After Dark: Oktoberfest | Kaleideum North (formerly SciWorks)
Oct. 6 from 6–9 pm
400 W. Hanes Mill Rd, Winston-Salem
Enjoy an Oktoberfest evening at Kaleideum for ages 21 and up! They’ll have pumpkins to carve, a contest to enter, and live music by The Piedmont Polka Practitioners. Hoots will provide seasonal beer, and Carolina Vineyards & Hops will serve wine. Oktoberfest dinners available for purchase from Lowes Foods, Reynolda. Admission: $20(+ tax) includes three drink tickets. Additional drink tickets $5 each. IDs checked at the door. Free Kaleideum pint glass to the first 50 people who purchase tickets online! Advance tickets available via the link above. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
High Point Friends School Free Fall Festival
October 7 from 10 am to 2 pm
800 Quaker Lane, High Point
Free and open to the public. Bounce houses, face painting, games and prizes. High Point Central Marching band will perform, free Kindermusik demos, and much more! Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Oct. 7 from 10 am to 6 pm
Dan Nicholas Park, Salisbury
Children and adults can enjoy the festival and park by riding three miniature trains, visiting the Hurley Train Station, riding a carousel, take a paddleboat ride or play some miniature golf and gem mining for either gems or sharks teeth. Be sure to go visit the Wildlife Adventure Center and the T.M. Stanback Petting Barn. Face painting, handcrafted crafters, music, food and lots of stuff for the kids. Free admission. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Brushy Mountain Apple Festival
Oct. 7 from 8 am to 5 pm
Downtown North Wilkesboro
The Brushy Mountain Apple Festival is one of the largest one-day arts and crafts festivals in the Southeast. Over 100 civic, church and other non-profit organizations participate in the festival. FREE! Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Asheboro Fall Festival XLIV
Oct. 7 and 8 from 10 am to 6 pm
Sponsored by the Randolph Arts Guild this festival is a combination of street fair, bazaar, harvest celebration and homecoming. Held in downtown Asheboro the first Saturday and Sunday in October. The event boasts over 400 vendors, music, amusements, livestock show, heritage village and much more! Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Oct. 7 from 4 pm to 7 pm
On the lawn at Körner’s Folly, Kernersville
Must be 21+ to attend. Kernersville Oktoberfest 2017 features local food and beverages inspired by German tradition. Enjoy seasonal beers and local treats in a festive atmosphere. Held on the lawn at Körner’s Folly. All proceeds benefit Historic Körner’s Folly. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Hops & Shop: Fall Fest
Oct 8 from Noon to 6 pm
Foothill Brewing Company’s Tasting Room, 3800 Kimwell Drive, Winston-Salem
Celebrate all things fall at Hops & Shop: Fall Fest is a fun, family friendly community event that welcomes over 100 local and regional vendors selling arts & craft, antique, and upcycled vendors as well as local businesses / organizations. Four food trucks, live music, kids activities, pumpkin games, and a fundraiser raffle that benefits Foothills #crafthappiness recipient! Free Entry and Parking, kid friendly and dog friendly! Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Dark in the Park
Oct. 12 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm
Bethabara Park, Winston-Salem
A Bethabara Concert Band & Family Evening with a Halloween twist. Food, games, music, and more! Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
NC State Fair
State Fairgrounds, Raleigh
This year’s fair is all about seeking out and showcasing the finest of North Carolina. Whether that be in a horse show, livestock show, culinary, handicraft or art competition, or the “Homegrown North Carolina” concert series. Click the link above for times, events, and deals and discounts! Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Oct. 13, 14 and 15
Friday 5 pm to 11 pm; Saturday 10 am to 11 pm; Sunday Noon to 5 pm
Oktoberfest is a three day festival including a craft show, rides and games. Thirty-three food vendors will be selling home-baked chicken pot pies. roasted corn-on-the-cob, many ethnic foods,“funnel cakes,” hot dogs and hamburgers. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Trail of Treats
Oct. 13 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Bolton Park, Winston-Salem
Winston-Salem Recreation & Parks invites your family to explore the park filled with treats and games!
Fulton Family YMCA Fall Festival
Oct 13 from 6-8pm
Fulton Family YMCA, 385 West Hanes Mill Road, Winston-Salem
Free to all! Bring your friends and family to enjoy trunk or treat, carnival games, bounce house, face painting, bingo, and hot dog dinner ($4.00). Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Autumn Leaves Festival
11:30 am to 9 pm on Friday; 9 am to 9 pm on Saturday; 1 pm to 5 pm on Sunday
Downtown Mt. Airy
Blue Grass and Gospel performed by local musicians on the downtown stage, plus lots of unique arts & crafts. The roster of artisans and craftspeople covers such media as pottery, paintings, textiles and jewelry. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
17 Days: Greensboro’s Arts & Culture Festival
Oct. 13 – 29
Various locations in Greensboro
Experience more than 100 events across the city in many of some of the South’s most charming and unique venues. From classical to rock, and from theatre and dance to storytelling, the visual arts, and galleries, 17DAYS is a celebration of all things beautiful and exciting. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Harvest Day at Old Salem
Oct. 14 from 9:30am – 4:30pm
Old Salem Historic District
A fun-filled day of activities involving favorite fall foods from the harvest. Celebrate the fall harvest with hands-on activities, historic demonstrations, local exhibitors and more!
Bur-Mil Park Fall Festival
Oct. 14 from 10 am to 3 pm
Free and open to the public! A fun-filled family event to kick off the fall season! Enjoy food, games, hayrides, face-painting, balloon animals, and buy a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. Visit the more than 40 vendors and exhibitors participating this year for everything from craft demonstrations to wildlife and environmental information. Expect music, dancing, a bounce house, and other entertainment. Come hungry for hot dogs, sandwiches, funnel cakes, shaved ice, and much more. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Gibsonville Fall Festival
Oct. 14 from 10 am to 4 pm
The Annual Gibsonville Fall Festival is a growing community and family oriented event attracting thousands of people each year. The festival offers an opportunity for residents of Alamance, Guilford, and surrounding areas to enjoy arts and crafts, foods, children’s activities, business exhibits, garden train, and great live entertainment. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Annual Fall Festival
Oct. 14 from Noon to 6 pm
Whitaker Farms, 2991 Providence Church Rd, Climax
Child Admission: $10 and includes admission to the play area (slide, tire tower, rope maze, corn hole, corn pits, hay tunnel, etc.), inflatables, unlimited hay and train rides, petting zoo, 1 popcorn and drink included with your admission. Adult Admission: $5 and excludes the train rides and inflatables due to weight limits. 1 popcorn and drink included with your admission. **Pony rides will be an extra charge. Face Painting is free for a small pumpkin decal! Also enjoy food trucks and the pumpkin patch.
Touch A Truck
Oct. 15 from 12 pm to 4 pm
The Fresh Market Parking Lot off New Garden Road, Greensboro
Touch A Truck is an interactive event where children can climb upon, explore, and learn about various vehicles in a fun, festival-type atmosphere. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
1st Annual Bloktoberfest
Oct. 14 from Noon to 7 pm
JW Thomas Way in the heart of Historic Downtown Thomasville (directly off of Salem Street)
Presented by Refined & Co., Copper Still Taproom, and Salem Vintage. A FREE kid-friendly event (donations encouraged). There will be a full stage with Live LOCAL Music all day. There will be dozens of LOCAL vendors on site showcasing all of their extraordinary arts, crafts & handmade products; live street entertainment throughout, from canvas painters to face painters; delicious food & treats served all day; a Craft Beer flowing from the taps of Copper Still Taproom with a direct entry to & from the event.(All Alcohol is prohibited outdoors); and a raffle. No alcohol is allowed outside, no glass containers allowed. Chairs, Blankets, Strollers & Umbrellas are fine. This event will be held RAIN OR SHINE. Unless there is severe weather, there could be updated delays.
Howl-o-ween Trick or Treat
Saturdays & Sundays, Oct 14 -29th
3 PM on Sundays 4 & 5 PM on Saturday
Conservators Center, 676 Easy Hughes Mill Road, Burlington
A special Trick or Treat experience around the park! This tour, created especially for our younger ghouls and goblins, welcomes children of all ages. Your tour guide will share stories of unique tricks animals use in the wild and lead your group to Howl-O-Ween treats throughout the park. Everyone is welcome to dress in their favorite Halloween costumes and meet Popcorn or Fiona, the Conservators Center’s mascots. Tours last 1 hour depending on group participation. Adults: $16/Children: $14
October 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
William G. White, Jr. Family YMCA, Winston-Salem (near Hanes Park)
Bring the whole family and join in the fall fun with fire pits and s’mores, bounce houses, face painting, carnival games and more! Special prizes also available. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Oct. 20, 21 and 22
Friday 3 pm to 8:30 pm; Saturday 7:00 am to 8:30 pm; Sunday 7 am to 6 pm
Near Statesville Regional Airport at 260 Hangar Drive, Statesville
Carolina BalloonFest is a fun-filled weekend of outstanding entertainment, attractions and family activities. Enjoy the sights & sounds of over 50 colorful hot air balloons. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
8th Annual Quaker Lake Pumpkin Festival
Quaker Lake Camp, 1503 NC-62, Climax, NC 27233
The Pumpkin Festival offers many fun activities for all ages including hayrides, pumpkin painting, tower swing, inflatables, canoeing, pumpkin smashing, face painting and live music! Fill up on all your festival favorites including hot dogs, pizza, funnel cakes, popcorn, cotton candy, fried Oreos and more! Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Kernersville Pumpkin Run 2017
Oct. 21 from 7:30 am to 11 am
Kernersville Town Hall
Gather up the family for this exciting fall event! All ages are invited to walk or run the exciting 5K or 1-mile course starting at Town Hall, promoting health & fitness while having fun. Participants are encouraged to come in costume for this festive event. The annual Pumpkin Run features Live Entertainment, Kid’s Activities, Costume Contest for Adults, Children & Dogs, PRIZES & PUMPKINS!! Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Reidsville Fall Jubille
Oct. 21 from 10 am to 9 pm
Event organizers are still lining up vendors for what promises to be a great family event! Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Harvest Food Truck Challenge
Oct. 21 from 11 am to 5 pm
Kernersville Town Hall
Enjoy a variety of flavors for a great day of eating, music & family fun that Kernersville has to offer. Vendors will offer their best dish and a panel of taste-testing judges will award a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place cash prizes. Live Music by The Brickhouse Band (Raleigh, NC). Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Halloween Fun | Kaleideum North (formerly SciWorks)
Oct. 21 from 1–4 pm
400 W. Hanes Mill Rd, Winston-Salem
Enjoy “spooky science” demos and experiments, Halloween Rock laser shows in the Planetarium (2, 3, and 4 pm), and trick-or-treating for candy and novelty items (2-4 pm). Costumes encouraged. Bring a bag for your treats! Included with museum admission and free for members. Recommended for ages 3 and up. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Monster Dash and Goblin Hop
Oct. 22 from 2 to 4 pm
3210 Village Point Dr, Clemmons
Children are invited to dress in their Halloween costume and “goblin hop” along the greenway. Local businesses and organizations will have tables along the greenway with kid’s activities/games. Each table will provide a treat/giveaway for the participants.
Pumpkin Patch Palooza
Oct. 22 from 4 to 6 pm
Maple Springs United Methodist Church, 2569 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem
FREE admission and parking, donations of canned food accepted. Pumpkin Patch Palooza will feature free food, live music, games, prizes, inflatables, a petting zoo, and more. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Fall Festival at Starmount Presbyterian Church
Oct. 22 from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Starmount Presbyterian Church, West Market Street, Greensboro
Join them for live music, trunk-or-treating, food trucks, hayrides & more. Mark your calendar for one of Starmount’s most fun community events of the year! Neighbors of all ages are welcome. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
West Market Street Church Fall Festival
Oct. 25 from 6:30-8:30 pm
West Market Street UMC, 3rd Floor Children’s Area, Greensboro
Take part in a family friendly FREE evening of games, crafts and lots of candy. Wear your costume and come make new friends! Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Oct. 27 from 3 – 5 pm
Burlington Recreation & Parks in partnership with the Burlington Downtown Corporation presents the 7th annual Burlington Downtown Halloween Spooktacular. Kids 12 and under are invited to participate in a costume parade through downtown that ends with trick-or-treating. FREE event. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Annual Fall Festival
October 27 from 6 pm to 8:30 pm
Jerry Long Family YMCA, Clemmons
Enjoy a FREE night of games and family fun! Donations of non-perishable food items to benefit the Clemmons Food Pantry and recommended. Included: Carnival games, pumpkin patch and decorating, food trucks, bouncy houses, hay rides, bonfire with marshmellow roasting, and showing of “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” on back fields at 8 pm. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Winston-Salem Christian School Fall Festival
Oct. 27 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Winston-Salem Christian School, 3730 University Pkwy, Winston-Salem
Bounce Houses, Carnival Games, Food Trucks & more!
Lexington BBQ Festival
You’ll find more than 300+ art/craft vendors, rides, activities for families, and of course, lots of world famous Lexington Barbecue. A variety entertainment happens on music stages. FREE. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Halloween at Hubbs
Oct. 28 and 29
Hubb’s Farm, 10276 US Hwy 421 North, Clinton, NC
On Saturday, October 28, from little goblins on up, Hubb’s Farm is the ultimate Halloween “non-scary” fall fun place to be. Little goblins ages 10 and under, may register for the Halloween Costume Contest between 1- 3:30 PM, Contest begins at 4 PM. And yes…there will be tricks and treats between 1 – 5 PM. And “get lost” in the past dark flashlight maze. Upon sunset, children age 12 and under may board The Scarecrow Express. This is the ideal non-scary but fun Halloween event for younger children. The last Scarecrow Express all aboard call will be made at 8:30 PM so be sure to arrive early. On Saturday at 3 PM, Power’s Flying Services will thrill all spectators with a ping pong ball drop fly-over. Ages 12 and under will have the opportunity to collect the ping pong balls, 10 of which will be special prizes! On Sunday, at 3 PM, Sam the Magic Man will entertain farm guests with an audience interactive magic show.
Happy Fall Y’All Celebration
October 28 from 9 am to Noon
Village Family Chiropractic, 717 Graves St, Kernersville
Join them to celebrate fall. Here is what will be offered: B.Y.O.P. Pumpkin Painting, Adjustment specials, Free food and drink, Free Raffles and Prizes, Lots of fun activities for the kids! Call today to schedule your family’s check up for the day of the party! 336.747.3138. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Southern Charm at the Farm
Oct. 28 from 9 am to 5 pm
Tanglewood Park, Clemmons
North Carolina’s premiere artisan show featuring everything Repurposed, Vintage, Locally and Handmade! Over 200 vendors, a huge selection of food trucks, and live music. $3.00 admission for adults if you prepay for tickets online…tickets will be $5.00 at the gate, but unlike last show, parking will be FREE!
United Way Trunk-or-Treat
Oct. 28th from 2-4pm
United Way of Greater Greensboro 1500 Yanceyville St, Greensboro
Fun, family-friendly event with United Way Young Leaders, community partners, and volunteers as they decorate the trunks of their cars and fill them with candy and treats! Bring your little ghosts and ghouls, princesses and superheroes in costume to TRUNK-or-TREAT! Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Oct. 28 from 3 pm to 8 pm
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, 1215 Creekshire Way, Winston-Salem
The second annual Jeepers Creepers fundraising event to support Brenner’s Children’s Hospital. A Trunk or Treat for the community children, raffles, vendors, food, and a costume contest. Decorate your Jeep and bring plenty of candy! Contact email@example.com
Dark in the Park
Oct. 28 from 5 pm to 9 pm
Burlington City Park, Burlington
Ride the amusement rides, enter the costume contest, play carnival games, and enjoy an evening of Halloween fun. Walk over to the Thataways Stage for the Costume Contest (6pm). At 8pm turn your eyes to the sky for the annual aerial Halloween Fireworks show. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Kernersville Weslyan Church Fall Festival & Trunk-or-Treat
Oct. 28 at 6 pm
Kernersville Weslyean Church, 930 N. Main St, Kernersville
Bring backpacks and school supplies for local children through their month long Backpack Program. For more information, call 336-992-3000. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Y Halloween Funfest
Oct 28 from 6-8pm
Camp Weaver, 4924 Tapawingo Trail, Greensboro
Come out dressed in your best costume for a night of family, friends and lots of fun at the annual Y Halloween Funfest! Admission: 1 bag of nut-free candy per family please! Activities to include, archery, bounce house, hay ride, trick-or-treating and MORE!
Heavenview Autumn Festival
Oct. 28 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Heavenview United Pentecostal Church, 1410 W Clemmonsville Rd, Winston-Salem
Free event! Trunk or Treat, Carnival Games, Dunking Booth, Hot Dog Supper & more! Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Truck & Treat | Kaleideum Downtown (formerly Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem)
Oct. 29 from 1-5 pm
390 S. Liberty St, Winston-Salem
Our blockbuster annual event features more than 25 vehicles parked outside of Kaleideum Downtown! Explore the vehicles, trick-or-treat for novelties and candy, and enjoy DJ music, fun activities, a craft, and more! Costumes encouraged. $5(+ tax)/person—members & non-members, includes Museum admission. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Ellisboro Baptist Church Fall Festival
Oct. 29 from 5 to 7 pm
1604 Ellisboro Road, Madison, NC 27025
Enjoy a Chili Kick-off where adults can win prizes , dinner for all, plus music from the Christian band “We Are One.” Buggles, the Christian clown, will be doing face painting. Plus, Hall of Treats, trunk or treat, hay rides, costume contest (please no scary/demonic costumes). Cake walks for adults and children, and much more. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Come out to Triad Baptist Church for The Family Fall Fest, a church and community event for the entire family. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Trick or Treat in Old Salem
Oct. 29, 6-7:30pm
Old Salem Historic District
Children can trick-or-treat at the doors of the historic buildings along Main Street between Salem Square (600 South Main Street) and the Frank L. Horton Museum Center (924 South Main Street) from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Volunteers will be stationed at the doors of the historic buildings, giving out candy while the supply lasts. Some Old Salem residents will also be participating. Free event.
Village at Robinhood Fall Festival
Oct. 30 from 3 pm to 7 pm
Village at Robinhood Shopping Center (intersection of Meadowlark Dr and Robinhood Rd)
A fun and FREE Fall Festival hosted by the Village at Robinhood! Come dressed in your costumes for trick-or-treating! There will also be an inflatable slide and entertainment provided by Circus Daze, as well as 107.5 KZL! Funnel cakes will also be available to purchase.
Legacy Saddlebreds Trunk-or-Treat
Oct. 31 from 4 to 7 pm
Legacy Saddlebreds, 4151 Thomasville Road, Winston Salem, NC 27107
FREE! Make this your first stop on Halloween! Trick-or-Treating on the farm, games, and door prizes will make this a great place to start your Halloween festivities!
Downtown Kernersville Trick or Treat
Oct. 31 from 6 pm to 8 pm
The Downtown Trick-or-Treat is a public service provided by the downtown merchants, the Kernersville Parks & Recreation, Kernersville Police Department, and the Kernersville Chamber of Commerce. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Greater Glenwood Fall Festival
Nov. 4 from 2 – 6
Glenwood Ave & Grove St., Greensboro
The festival is free and open to the public. There will have pony rides, local foods, face painting, crafts, music, games and more! Come out and mingle with your neighbors in the crisp, fall air. This festival is kid-friendly, with prizes and games! Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Millstone Creek Orchards Fall Carnival
Saturdays: Nov. 5, 12, and 19 from 11 am to 4 pm
Sundays: Nov. 6, 13 and 20 from 1 to 4 pm
Millstone Creek Orchards, Ramseur
Celebrate Fall at the Fall Carnivale with tons of family fun! Admission: $5/person (Kids 2 & Under: Free) Admission includes: Pecan picking, kids turkey shoot, Thanksgiving centerpiece decorating station, orchard hayrides, firepit roasting (S’mores), harvest scavenger hunt, Granny’s Kitchen Tasting Event, and lots of fall family fun!
Fall Pottery Festival
Nov. 11 from 10 am to 4 pm
Leonard Recreation Center, 6324 Ballinger Rd, Greensboro
Showcasing over 50 potters from NC, SC, and VA. Free admission. A large selection of handmade, functional, decorative, and sculptural pottery will be available for sale. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Dates: Nov 11 from 12-4 pm
Conservators Center, 676 East Hughes Mill Road, Burlington
From pumpkin pie to pumpkin spiced lattes, everyone wants to get their paws on them. No one knows how to celebrate pumpkin season better than the residents of the Conservators Center! Grab a coat and a friend and join in their annual Pumpkin Prowl. Enjoy selecting, decorating, and carving the pumpkins, while enjoying food and drinks from local vendors. Then help decorate animals’ enclosures with stuffed, scented, or painted pumpkins to celebrate the season. Our animals love finding these new fascinating items in their habitats, and we enjoy watching as they investigate their gifts. Adults $26; Under 12 $20
Angelo’s Artisan Market
Sat, Nov. 11 from Noon to 6 pm
Wise Man Brewing, 826 Angelo Bros Ave, Winston-Salem
Angelo’s Artisan Market is back again at Wise Man Brewing for another fun community event that will welcome over 30 local and regional vendors selling arts & craft, antiques, repurposed items and more!! Live music, food trucks, and kids activities. Free Entry and Parking, kid friendly and dog friendly! Fun for all! Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Corks & Crafts at Westbend
Sat, Nov. 25 from Noon to 5 pm
Westbend Winery, 5394 Williams Rd Lewisville
Corks & Crafts is back again at Westbend Winery to celebrate Small Business Saturday! Come enjoy and support over 30 local and regional vendors selling arts & craft, antiques, repurposed items and more!! Live music and food trucks. Free Entry and Parking, kid friendly and dog friendly! Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Already Occurred – Watch for these Festivals in 2018!
NC Apple Festival
Sept. 1 – 4
Enjoy 4 days of fun including one of the most best known Street Fairs in the Carolinas with freshly picked apples, arts & crafts, festival food, and free entertainment at the Historic Courthouse on Hendersonville’s beautiful Main Street. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Bookmarks Festival 2017
Various locations throughout Winston-Salem
Bookmarks connects authors with readers of all ages together as renowned authors, illustrators, storytellers and chefs share their work and insights through readings, presentations, panel discussions, and book signings. The festival partners with community organizations, reading related exhibitors, and food vendors. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
2017 Surry County Agricultural Fair
Sept. 7 – 11
Veterans Memorial Park, 691 W Lebanon St, Mt Airy
Attractions include the Powers & Thomas Midway Entertainment on the midway, Hansen’s Spectacular Acrobatic Sensations, the ever popular Funnel Cake and Cotton Candy trailers, and many family games. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
1st Annual FarmPark Fest
Sept. 7, 8 and 9
Denton Farmpark, 1072 Cranford Road, Denton, NC
The 1st Annual FarmPark Fest! Bluegrass and Country music will present a weekend of fun and entertainment for fans of all ages. Artists include The Gibson Brothers, Shenandoah, The Grascals, The Boxcars, and more. Dining, shopping, and camping accommodations all available on site. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Blue Bear Music Festival
Sept 7, 8 and 9
Blue Bear Mtn. Campground, 196 Blue Bear Mountain Rd., Todd, NC (near Boone)
Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
24th Annual Autumn at Oz
Sept. 8, 9 and 10
Beech Mountain Resort (take chair lift to Land of Oz)
Join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the TinMan, and the Cowardly Lion at the Land of Oz™ for the Annual Autumn at Oz Festival. Guests are invited to visit, re-live, and celebrate one of North Carolina’s hidden gems nestled amongst the Appalachian Mountains for this 3-day event in September. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
National Folk Festival
Various locations around Greensboro
Three-day outdoor event presented FREE to the public. This festival celebrates the roots, richness, and variety of American culture. It features over 50 groups performing on seven stages – including some of the nation’s finest traditional musicians, dancers, and craftspeople in performances, workshops, and demonstrations, plus children’s activities, savory Southern and ethnic cuisines and craft brews, non-stop participatory dancing, storytelling, parades, and more. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
6th Annual CBC Bluegrass Festival
Sept. 9 from 10 am to 6:30 pm
1988 Jericho Church Road, Mocksville
Enjoy bluegrass and BBQ. Gates open at 10:00. Make sure to bring your chairs, maybe a picnic blanket. Definitely bring your family and friends Leave your pets, coolers, and alcohol at home, please. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Camel City Bikefest 2017
Sept. 9 from 11 am to 11 pm
Downtown Winston-Salem (Liberty St between 7th and MLK)
Come out for Bikes, Bands, Beer, vendors and more! Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
International Village Food and Music Festival
Sept. 9 from Noon to 8 pm
Corpening Plaza, 231 1st St W, Winston-Salem
The international backgrounds and heritage of Winston-Salem’s residents will be featured, including global cuisine, cultural entertainment, international crafts-for-purchase, and information about our international community. A few highlights for this year will include a youth art contest, international food contest, and a US Naturalization Ceremony. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
21st Anniversary of Black Family Day in NC
Sept. 9 from 2:30 pm to 7 pm
303 S Scales St, Reidsville
Included are day of learning, entertainment, spoken word artists, spiritual and civic leaders. Vendors from all over the region bring arts, crafts, and products. Enjoy ethnic and traditional menus. The Family Fun Village will feature games, bounces, face painting, & more. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Family Fun Festival
Sept. 9 from 3 to 7 pm
Union Grove Baptist Church, 2295 Union Grove Rd., Lexington
Activities for the Kids, Live Music, Food, Door Prizes & more!
Guilford Hills Back-to-School Free Community Fun Day!
Sept. 9 from 4 to 7 pm
Parkway Baptist Church, 1411 Benjamin Pkwy, Greensboro
Free event, all are invited! Come enjoy an afternoon of meeting and greeting your neighbors, music, hot dogs, popcorn, snow cones, cotton candy, games, inflatable, prizes (KFC, Krispy Kreme, Jimmy John’s, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Freddy’s, Zaxby’s, Chick-Fil-A) and so much more. Bring a Chair!
43rd Annual Stokes Stomp Festival on the Dan
Sept. 9 and Sept. 10
Moratock Park, 1077 Sheppard Mill Road in Danbury
Activities aimed for the young and young at heart. The longest running arts council sponsored event in North Carolina. Visit web site for details on entertainment. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Central Carolina Fair
Featuring rides from Michael’s Amusements, carnival food and games, musical entertainment and attractions for all ages, the 119th annual edition of the Central Carolina Fair will begin Friday, September 8 and run through Sunday, September 17. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Sept. 15 from 10 am – 10 pm; and Sept. 16 from 9 am to 10 pm
Historic Downtown Eden
RiverFest is a celebration of Eden’s art, history and river heritage. Come on down September 15 & 16 and enjoy two stages of live music, lots of great food, over 100 artisans and crafters, interactive activities for the kids, Paul Bunyon Lumberjack Show, a Trick Roper and so much more!! Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
2017 Grape Stomp Harvest Party
Sept. 15 from at 7 pm
Childress Vineyards, Lexington
Admission includes a souvenir wine glass and participation in the grape stomp. Live entertainment by Irresistible Groove, plus enjoy Premier Tables, food, wine, beer, and Gnam Gnam Gelato. Blankets and lawn chairs are permitted. No outside coolers allowed. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Sept. 15 – Oct. 29 on select nights
Carowinds Amusement Park, Charlotte
Mazes, rides, Scarezones and shows! Purchase a one-night ticket or a Scare pass. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
NC Gold Rush Festival
Sept. 16 and 17
Hubb’s Farm, 10276 US Hwy 421 North, Clinton, NC
For ultimate fall festival fun, join Hubb’s Farm this fall as they celebrate their 10th Anniversary! This year’s fall festival and maze celebrates North Carolina’s rich gold history with a NC Gold Rush themed “Corn” Maze with three challenging trails. Be sure to visit our new Pay Dirt Pete’s Gem Mine and Gold Panning, too! Enjoy the ever-popular giant slides, train rides, Cranky the Combine rides, and old fashioned outdoor games like giant checkers, and hay rides to Animal Acres, as well as fun foods. Plus at 3 pm, stay to watch Power’s Flying Services Fly Over ……1000+ Ping Pong Balls Dropped (ages 12 & under), 10 marked w/special prizes!
The Great Pumpkin Fest
Weekends Sept. 16 – Oct. 29
Carowinds Amusement Park, Charlotte
Includes Halloween-themed live shows, a pumpkin patch, a hay bale maze, trick-or-treating, a petting zoo and much more! Rides will open during the day, including the award-winning Planet Snoopy kids’ area. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Sept. 16 from 10 am to 4 pm
Historic Bethabara Park, Winston-Salem
Come enjoy apples, crafts, music, food, and more! Noah’s Place will have a large petting zoo, Captain Jim’s will be performing magic in the Visitor Center, there will be games for children and much more! Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
41st Annual Yadkin Valley Harvest Festival
Sept. 16 from 10 am to 4 pm
The 4th Annual Blowing Rock Music Festival
Sept. 16 beginning at 10 am
432 The Rock Rd, Blowing Rock, NC
Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Mountain Heritage Festival
Sept. 16 from 10 am to 4:30 pm
58 S Main St, Sparta, NC
Over 100 craft and food vendors line Main Street in Sparta, NC to celebrate the local heritage. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
20th Annual Sweet Potato Festival
Sept. 16 from 10 am to 5 pm
Rockford General Store, 5174 Rockford Rd, Dobson
Live music, vendors, local authors, craftspeople, artisans, and lots of delicious food (many sweet potato recipes!). Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Burlington Carousel Festival
Sept. 16 from 10 am to 6 pm
Sept. 17 from 12 pm to 5 pm
Burlington City Park
The 30th Anniversary of the Burlington Carousel Festival takes place over two days, September 16 & 17, 2017. Live music at multiple stages, arts & crafts fair, food, beer garden, amusement park rides and fun for the whole family. Event is FREE but bring money to enjoy shopping, face painting, rides, food and other activities. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
12th Annual Festa Italiana
Sept. 16 from 11 am to 5 pm
Raffaldini Vineyards, 450 Groce Road, Ronda
This day-long event is a celebration of Italian culture, food, art, music, and of course wine. Tickets are $20 per person and include parking, admission to the festival, commemorative Festa Italiana wine glass, and either a tasting of 3 Raffaldini wines or a glass of wine. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Texas Pete Fest
Sept. 16 from 11 am to 11 pm; Sept. 17 from 12 pm to 8 pm
Free Admission. Three day festival celebrating the talent of local, regional and national chefs as well as live music. Visit the web site for details on participating restaurants, entertainment, locations and times. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
47th Annual Day in the Park Festival
Sept. 16 from 11am – 5pm
City Lake Park 602 W Main St, Jamestown
FREE admission! Day in the Park returns to the Piedmont for its 47th festival with fun-filled, family-oriented entertainment, crafts, food and much more. It is presented by the High Point Arts Council in cooperation with the High Point Parks & Recreation Department. This year, Day in the Park will also be celebrating the North Carolina Arts Council’s 50th Anniversary with a Mountain-to-Sea theme that will showcase all the wonderful art that makes up our great state. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Downtown Asheboro Second Annual Oktoberfest
Sept. 16 from 3 pm to 9 pm
Bicentennial Park in downtown Asheboro
Enjoy live music featuring CASSETTE REWIND, German inspired foods, a beer garden featuring Four Saints Brewing Company beers, strolling entertainment, bounce houses, and more! Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Apex Music Festival
Sept. 16 from 3 pm to 11:30 pm
Historic Downtown Apex
As the only adult-focused fall music festival in the North Carolina Triangle area, this extremely popular pub-crawl experience is expected to draw over 20,000 music fans to Downtown Apex. Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.
Lake Norman Wildlife Oyster & Shrimp Festival 2017
Sept. 16 from 5 pm to 10 pm
LangTree Lake Norman, 138 Village View Drive, Mooresville
Great food and beverages, live music, and tons of family fun. Back by popular demand, LNWC will again be offering a VIP Package that includes: Fest admission; an LNWC Cleatus Cup with 6″ dock cleat handle or an LNWC engraved wine glass; complimentary beer or wine; an LNWC oyster shucking souvenir towel; and, an LNWC tote bag! Click on the event name to visit the website/Facebook page.