John C. Campbell Folk School’s Fall Festival • Brasstown • October 1-2
The 42nd annual festival features more than 240 craftspeople; bluegrass, gospel, folk, and Celtic music; dance performances; food; and kids’ activities.
Learn more: (828) 837-2775 or folkschool.org.
Farm City Day • Hendersonville • October 1
Head to Jackson Park for a day of rural and urban displays, antique and modern farm equipment, live music and dancing, arts and crafts, old-timey games, wagon rides, demonstrations, and food.
Learn more: (828) 697-4884 or historichendersonville.org.
Foothills Folk Art Festival • Newton • October 1
Formerly known as the Lake Norman Folk Art Festival, this free event showcases more than 75 regional contemporary folk artists, and includes demonstrations, kids’ activities, live music, food trucks, and two beer gardens.
Learn more: (828) 695-4360 or foothillsfolkartfestival.com.
Thistle Meadow Wine Tasting • Laurel Springs • October 2
Celebrate fall at Thistle Meadow Winery’s annual festival, featuring craft vendors and four North Carolina wineries.
Learn more: (800) 233-1505 or thistlemeadowwinery.com.
Cherokee Indian Fair • Cherokee • October 4-8
Celebrate Cherokee heritage with agricultural and art shows, food, local music and dance, rides and games, and cultural demonstrations.
Learn more: (800) 438-1601 or visitcherokeenc.com.
Leaf Festival • Cashiers • October 7-9
As the leaves begin to change in this mountain town, enjoy food, live entertainment, and more than 100 artisans selling handcrafted wood, pottery, jewelry, and more.
Learn more: (828) 743-8428 or visitcashiersvalley.com.
Mountain Glory Festival • Marion • October 8
Ring in fall with a small-town festival featuring quilt shows, arts and crafts, food, kids’ activities, and local entertainment.
Learn more: (828) 652-2215 or mtngloryfestival.com.
Spruce Pine Potters Market • Spruce Pine • October 8-9
Now in its 10th year, the Spruce Pine Potters Market showcases handmade pottery by 30 regional artists, and has food and raffle tickets available for purchase.
Learn more: (828) 765-2670 or sprucepinepottersmarket.com.
High Country Quilt Guild Show • Maggie Valley • October 13-15
Local quilters display more than 100 handmade quilts, crafts, and quilting supplies for sale. A king-size quilt created by all of the guild members will be raffled off.
Learn more: (727) 364-8995 or highcountryquilters.wordpress.com.
Rededication of the DAR Jubilee Memorial Forest • Gloucester • October 14
A stand of 50,000 red spruce trees was planted between 1941 and 1943 in memory of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Forgotten for 75 years, the forest was rediscovered, and a rededication will be held to honor the DAR.
Learn more: (828) 777-6150.
Smoking in the Foothills Barbecue Competition and Festival • Lenoir • October 14-15
This state championship barbecue event benefits Caldwell County charities and includes live music, arts and crafts, kids’ activities, and a Poker Run.
Learn more: (828) 310-2953 or smokinginthefoothills.com.
Oyster and Shrimp Festival • Morganton • October 15
The annual fund-raiser for the Burke Arts Council includes live music, craft beer and wine, a photography exhibit, and plenty of seafood.
Learn more: (828) 433-7282 or burkearts.org.
Valle Country Fair • Valle Crucis • October 15
The Church of the Holy Cross and the Valle Crucis Conference Center sponsor this charity event including regional arts and crafts, live entertainment, food, and kids’ activities.
Learn more: (828) 963-4609 or vallecountryfair.org.
Hillbilly Comedy and Variety Show • Sparta • October 15
An evening of music, comedy, and impersonations benefits the Alleghany Planning Committee’s efforts to support low-income families and individuals. There will also be a 50/50 drawing and a gift raffle.
Learn more: (336) 372-5473.
Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands • Asheville • October 20-23
See the works of nearly 200 artisans, from clay and wood to paper and leather, and enjoy performances by Appalachian musicians.
Learn more: (828) 298-7928 or craftguild.org.
Blowing Rock Halloween Festival • Blowing Rock • October 29
Head downtown for Halloween games and crafts, trick-or-treating, a fun house, a costume contest, and the Monster March parade.
Learn more: (828) 295-5222 or blowingrock.com.
Fur, Fangs, and Feathers Fall Festival • Gastonia • October 30
Visit the Sparrow Springs access area at Crowders Mountain for wildlife and nature exhibits, crafts, music, and food in a signature event for the North Carolina state parks centennial.
Learn more: (704) 853-5375 or ncparks.gov/crowders-mountain-state-park.
History Rocks! • High Point • October 1
The High Point Historical Society presents its sixth annual fund-raiser at the High Point Museum, featuring local bands, food, hands-on activities, demonstrations, and a bake sale.
Learn more: (336) 885-1859 or highpointmuseum.org.
Automobile Racers Reunion and Car Show • Hillsborough • October 1
The 10th annual reunion features a classic race car parade around the track, a classic car show, food, souvenirs, a 50/50 drawing, and the chance to get autographs from celebrated drivers and crew members.
Learn more: (919) 383-2183 or historicspeedwaygroup.org.
Sonker Festival • Mount Airy • October 1
Get your fill of this delicious deep-dish pie and the famous Surry County dip sauce while perusing educational displays and listening to old-time music on the porch of the Edwards Franklin House.
Learn more: (336) 786-6116.
Hoptoberfest • Rockingham • October 1
North Carolina craft beer and wine tastings, live music from Bantum Rooster, and chicken wings from a cooking competition are all included with the $30 admission.
Learn more: (910) 895-9058 or hoptoberfestnc.eventsmart.com.
Amy Levine and Jamie Harris Photography Art Show and Reception – Opening Weekend • Roxboro • October 1-31
Paintings by Amy Levine and photographs by Jamie Harris will be on display throughout the month, with a free art reception on October 14.
Learn more: (336) 597-1709 or kirbytheater.com.
Pepper Festival • Chapel Hill • October 2
“The South’s Hottest Festival” is one of the largest chef competitions in North Carolina, featuring around 50 of the state’s top chefs and brewers creating pepper-inspired recipes. There will also be bluegrass music and family activities.
Learn more: (919) 951-0706 or pepperfestnc.org.
Indigo Moon Film Festival • Fayetteville • October 7-9
This three-day film festival showcases the best independent films from North Carolina and beyond, and includes filmmaker talks, equipment displays, and film awards on closing night.
Learn more: (910) 309-6580 or indigomoonfilmfestival.com.
Alamance Studio Tour • Alamance County • October 8-9
Visit artists’ working studios across Alamance County, meet the artists, learn about their tools and materials, and enjoy light refreshments.
Learn more: alamanceartisans.com.
Granite Quarry Civitan Fiddlers Convention • Granite Quarry • October 8
The 50th annual fiddlers convention at East Rowan High School features youth and adult old-time bluegrass band competitions, with food available on site.
Learn more: (704) 213-1992.
Centennial Celebration at Mayo River State Park • Mayodan • October 8
This all-day state park centennial event features a fishing derby in the park’s ponds, educational exhibits, a river cleanup, bluegrass music, food, and hot air balloon rides in the evening.
Learn more: (336) 427-2530 or ncparks.gov/mayo-river-state-park.
Downtown Autumn Fest • Mebane • October 8
Welcome fall in downtown Mebane with a street fair including antiques, arts and crafts, live music, a farmers market, a kids’ zone, an antique pedal cars exhibit, and an antiques and collectibles appraisal booth.
Learn more: (919) 304-6147 or downtownmebane.com.
Fall Plant Sale • Charlotte • October 14-15
Shop for shrubs, trees, flowers, and gardening supplies at UNC Charlotte’s annual plant sale at the botanical gardens. Staff members will be on hand to answer gardening questions.
Learn more: (704) 687-0721 or gardens.uncc.edu.
International Festival of Raleigh • Raleigh • October 14-16
Celebrate the diversity of the Triangle at the 31st annual International Festival, where people from all over the world come to share their cultures, music, art, dance, and cuisine.
Learn more: internationalfestival.org.
Fall Spooktacular! • Fayetteville • October 15
The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra’s season kicks off with a special Halloween program led by guest conductor Al Sturgis. Come in costume to listen to spooky classical and popular music.
Learn more: (910) 433-4690 or fayettevillesymphony.org.
The Trinity Park Home Tour and Art Festival • Durham • October 16
Trinity Park is home to one of Durham’s oldest central neighborhoods. Eleven homes featuring the work of Trinity Park artists will be open to the public for the tour.
Learn more: (919) 264-7395 or trinitypark.org.
Barbecue Festival • Lexington • October 22
Head to Main Street for more than 300 food and arts and crafts vendors, seven stages of live entertainment, a kids’ area, special attractions, and world-famous Lexington-style barbecue.(Our State will be here!)
Learn more: (336) 956-1880 or barbecuefestival.com.
The Red Sword Guild Masquerade Ball • Raleigh • October 22
The Red Sword Guild celebrates 20 years of partnership with the American Cancer Society with a masquerade ball at the Masonic Lodge in Raleigh.
Learn more: (919) 673-1359 or redswordguild.org.
Trunk or Treat and Fall Festival • Burlington • October 23
First Presbyterian Church offers pizza, games, prizes, and plenty of festive car trunks for trick-or-treating.
Learn more: (336) 228-1703 or fpcburlington.org.
Durham Symphony Orchestra Spooktacular • Durham • October 23
A free concert at Northgate Mall features a 65-piece orchestra led by Maestro William Henry Curry. Participate in a costume contest, see a performance by the Paperhand Puppet Intervention, and eat local treats for a fun, family-friendly evening.
Learn more: (919) 286-4407 or northgatemall.com.
Clayton Halloween Food Tour • Clayton • October 27
Explore the local restaurants and event venues that have impacted Clayton’s culinary scene. Meet the owners and enjoy a progressive-style dinner with food and drink samples.
Learn more: (919) 585-4498 or claytonfoodtours.com.
North Carolina Barbecue Revival • Bahama • October 28-30
The inaugural festival includes whole-hog barbecue classes, discussions, feasts, a farm walk, and pig pickin’s with accomplished pitmasters, chefs, and barbecue experts. (Our State will be here!)
Learn more: ncbbqrevival.com.
Mooresville Centerpiece Quilters’ Guild Quilt Show • Mooresville • October 28-29
See guild member creations, including quilts and home-decorating, novelty, and wearable items at the “Handmade in America” quilt show.
Learn more: (704) 663-7064.
Tosca • Winston-Salem • October 28, 30, November 1
The Piedmont Opera opens its 39th season with Puccini’s tragic opera Tosca, starring Jill and Jake Gardner of Kernersville.
Learn more: (336) 725-7101 or piedmontopera.org.
Eastover Heritage and Heroes • Eastover • October 29
Eastover celebrates its agricultural heritage and honors military veterans with exhibits, food, and live music.
Learn more: (910) 483-6087 or eastovercivicclub.com.
Arts on the Perquimans • Hertford • October 1
This arts and crafts show sponsored by the Perquimans Arts League features more than 40 vendors, a bake sale, a 50/50 raffle, and more.
Learn more: (252) 426-3041 or perquimansarts.org.
Bluegrass on the Blackwater • Lumberton • October 6
This year’s free event, held at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater, features The Parsons, an Americana folk trio from Grays Creek that has been playing together for more than 15 years.
Photo Essay: Fall in Flat RockHendersonville: A Modern Mountain TownThe Halifax County Blackbird Invasion of 1969
Learn more: (910) 738-4339 orcarolinaciviccenter.com.
Taste of Edenton • Edenton • October 7
Sample foods from regional restaurants and listen to music by local performers on the Barker House’s waterfront lawn.
Learn more: (252) 482-7800 or ehcnc.org.
Eastern Carolina BBQ Throw Down • Rocky Mount • October 7-8
Head to downtown Rocky Mount for the ninth annual barbecue cook-off event, which also includes live entertainment and the second year of a home-brewing competition.
Learn more: (252) 972-1159 or bbqthrowdown.net.
Paranormal Ghost Tours • Scotts Hills • October 7, 14, 21, 28
The Poplar Grove Plantation manor house is haunted by five generations of the Foy family. Bring your ghost-busting gear for a tour of the house and learn about the plantation’s haunted history.
Learn more: (910) 686-9518 or poplargrove.org.
Court Square Street Fair and Barbecue Cookoff • Clinton • October 8
Visit historic downtown Clinton for craft vendors and demonstrations, kids’ art activities, inflatables, a car show, and a barbecue competition at the Sampson County History Museum.
Learn more: (910) 299-4904 or downtownclinton.com.
Scuppernong River Festival • Columbia • October 8
This festival’s 25th anniversary celebrates the Scuppernong River with a parade, water activities, live entertainment, arts and crafts, amusement rides, and fireworks.
Learn more: (252) 796-2781 or visittyrrellcounty.com.
Watercolor Society of North Carolina Juried Show • Manteo • October 8-9
See the work of more than 70 watercolor artists on display, and participate in workshops and seminars. A reception will be held on October 9 from 2-4 p.m.
Learn more: (252) 473-5558 or darearts.org.
Alzheimer’s Walk & Education Fair • Washington • October 8
Help raise money for Alzheimer’s research, education, and respite assistance in North Carolina, and learn about the disease from experts in the field, including ECU doctors, legal aid, and health specialists.
Learn more: (252) 944-3446 or alznc.org.
Six Nights of Fright • Chocowinity • October 14-15, 21-22, 28-29
A haunted hayride and walking trail through Raised in a Barn Farm is sure to scare. Music, food, and activities by the barn offer a family-friendly alternative.
Learn more: (252) 945-6153 or raisedinabarnfarm.com.
Historic Edenton Ghost Walk Tours • Edenton • October 14-15
Learn about the hauntings, goblins, and ghosts of Edenton in an evening tour of the historic downtown area.
Learn more: (252) 482-3400.
Havelock Chili Festival Havelock
OCT 14-15 Contestants in the red chili, green chili, and salsa categories vie for a chance to represent North Carolina in the international cook-off held later in the year. Attendees can sample the contestants’ chili and enjoy craft vendors, food, and music. (252) 447-1101.
Autumn with Topsail • Topsail Beach • October 15-16
This festival features regional artists displaying and selling their work, live music, food vendors, and kids’ games and rides at the Historic Topsail Assembly Building.
Learn more: (910) 599-6214 or autumnwithtopsail.com.
Oyster Festival • Ocean Isle Beach • October 15-16
Celebrate Brunswick County’s oysters in this annual festival featuring local food, arts, and crafts; kids’ activities; oyster eating, cooking, and shucking contests; live entertainment; and a shag dance competition.
Learn more: (910) 754-6644 or ncoysterfestival.com.
North Carolina Yam Festival • Tabor City • October 15-22
A week of events including a beauty pageant, a cooking contest, and the Taste of Tabor concludes with a festival featuring arts and crafts, food, exhibits, music, a classic car show, and a parade.
Learn more: (843) 602-4207 or ncyamfestival.com.
Lobsterfest • Kinston • October 21
Buy Maine lobsters — cooked, uncooked, or prepared in a meal — in the Kinston Evening Rotary’s annual fund-raiser for local projects.
Learn more: (252) 521-4901.
Smoke on the Water • Washington • October 21-22
Participate in a barbecue cook-off, or enjoy live music, sky-diving demonstrations, arts and crafts, a fire truck pulling contest, dragon boat races, a car show, and the Parade of Pigs.
Learn more: (252) 944-6136 or smokeonthewater.info.
5K Pirate Run/Walk • Bath • October 22
Dress like a pirate for this 5K, hosted by Bath High School Preservation, on a flat route through historic downtown Bath.
Learn more: bhsp5k.com.
Dismal Day • South Mills • October 22
Join the 5K Family Fun Run at Dismal Swamp State Park, then stay for the craft vendors, food, live music, cultural exhibits, kids’ activities, a chalk art contest, wagon rides, and pontoon boat rides.
Learn more: (252) 771-6593 or ncparks.gov/dismal-swamp-state-park.
Season and Serenades • Wilmington • October 22
The Wilmington Symphony performs Astor Piazzolla’s tango-inspired Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, followed by Tchaikovsky’s Serenade in C.
Learn more: (910) 362-7999 or wilmingtonsymphony.org.
Whispers from the Past Ghost Walk • New Bern • October 27-29
Visit homes, churches, businesses, and cemeteries where ghosts have been reported in a self-guided ghost tour of New Bern’s historic district.
Learn more: (252) 638-8558 or newbernhistorical.org.
Albemarle Craftsman’s Fair • Elizabeth City • October 28-30
One of the oldest juried craft shows in North Carolina features handmade pottery, leather, jewelry, and more created by more than 70 local artists.
Learn more: (252) 335-4680 or albemarlecraftsmansfair.com.
Creepy Crawl • Goldsboro • October 28
Dress up in your best Halloween costume to visit five downtown bars and restaurants with live entertainment and drink specials.
Learn more: (919) 735-4959 or downtowngoldsboro.com.
The Beast of Bladenboro Festival • Bladenboro • October 28-29
Celebrate the 10th annual Beast Festival with food, live entertainment, a classic car show, carnival rides and inflatables, and more than 100 vendors.
Learn more: (910) 876-0297 or borobooster.org.
Festival by the Sea • Holden Beach • October 29-30
Bring the family for horseshoe tournaments, sand castle-building contests, face painting, kite flying, kids’ rides, arts and crafts vendors, and live entertainment at this free event.
Learn more: ncbrunswick.com.
Splash • Elizabeth City • October 31-November 5
Artists of all levels and media are invited for a week of workshops, discussions, social events, and collaborative creation in communal workspaces.
Learn more: (252) 338-6455 or artsaoa.com.