STARworks’ Glass Pumpkin Patch • Star • October 7
Save the real pumpkins for your Thanksgiving pie, and class up your Halloween celebration with a hand-blown glass gourd from STARworks’ Glass Pumpkin Patch. On October 7, attendees will be able to choose from more than 2,500 of these beautiful glass creations, which, just like the real thing, come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Pick out your perfect pumpkin made by STARworks staff and interns for a festive touch that will last year after year.
Learn more: (910) 428-9001 or starworksnc.org.
“Conversation: What Remains” Art Exhibition • Penland • October 3-November 9
Paintings by Rachel Meginnes and ceramic work by Kelly O’Briant will be displayed at the Penland Gallery, where a reception will be held on October 7.
Learn more: (828) 765-6211 or penland.org.
Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival • Cashiers • October 6-8
Handcrafted wood, pottery, jewelry, and other art will be available for purchase throughout the weekend at this annual event, which will also feature food, drinks, and live music.
Learn more: (828) 743-8428 or discoverjacksonnc.com.
Fall Festival • Brasstown • October 7-8
Celebrate the rich heritage of Appalachia surrounded by colorful leaves at this 43rd annual festival, which will feature more than 200 craftspeople, music and dancing, demonstrations, kids’ activities, and food vendors.
Learn more: (800) 365-5724 or folkschool.org.
ColorFest • Dillsboro • October 7
The mountains will provide a fiery backdrop, displaying the beauty of autumn to all who attend this ninth annual festival, which will feature more than 50 artists and craftspeople, as well as performers and food vendors.
Learn more: (828) 586-3511 or visitdillsboro.org.
Farm City Day • Hendersonville • October 7
First held in 1955, this festival highlights the relationship between farmers and city folks. Displays of antique and modern farm equipment will be spread across Jackson Park; a special kids’ area will feature a petting zoo, a fishing pond, and old-timey games; and regional bands, singers, and dancers will also perform.
Learn more: (828) 697-4884 or visithendersonvillenc.org.
Forest Festival Day • Pisgah Forest • October 7
This celebration of forests features timbersports competitions, with events like dendrology (tree identification), log rolling, speed chopping, pole felling, and climbing. Traditional crafters and woodworking demonstrators will also be on site.
Learn more: (828) 877-3130 or cradleofforestry.com.
Hops & Harmony Craft Brew Fest • Statesville • October 7
Sample and enjoy 70-plus craft beers and ciders from more than 20 local breweries, all while listening to a great lineup of local bands.
Learn more: (704) 878-3436 or downtownstatesvillenc.org.
Open Studios Art Tour • Asheville • October 7, 21
Resident artists at Grovewood Village will open their studios to the public, granting visitors insight into their creative processes and the opportunity to view their most recent works.
Learn more: (828) 253-7651 or grovewood.com.
Harvest Happening Festival • Morganton • October 7
Skilled artisans from Linville United Methodist Church will sell handcrafted items to benefit the church and its missions. Barbecue, apple butter demonstrations, music, and dance performances add to the fun.
Learn more: (828) 584-7680 or harvesthappening.com.
Foothills Folk Art Festival • Newton • October 7
Showcasing local and regional contemporary folk artists, this family friendly annual festival includes craft sales, artist demos, and hands-on art activities for kids, along with live music, food, and beer gardens.
Learn more: (828) 695-4360 or foothillsfolkartfestival.com.
Art in the Hall: Kathi Yarnall Paintings • Morganton • October 9-November 27
Artist Kathi Yarnall has worked as a high school art teacher and a graphic designer. Now, she primarily works with watercolors and acrylics. A reception for her new exhibit in Morganton City Hall will be held on October 19.
Learn more: (828) 438-5362 or morgantonnc.gov.
Cotton Ginning Days • Dallas • October 13-15
Dallas Park will host an exhibit of more than 300 examples of antique agricultural and textile machinery; festivities will include live entertainment, kids’ activities, 70 craft vendors, and a “Somethin’ Pumpkin” cooking contest.
Learn more: (704) 922-2160 or gastongov.com.
Downtown Oktoberfest • Hickory • October 13-15
This annual three-day festival features music ranging from traditional polka to rock and roll. Enjoy beer gardens, amusement rides, carnival games, a juried arts and crafts show, and hundreds of food and commercial vendors.
Learn more: (828) 322-1121 or hickoryoktoberfest.com.
Mountain Glory Festival • Marion • October 14
This small-town celebration of autumn is complete with quilt shows, arts and crafts, food, entertainment, and the ever-popular “Best Dressed Pet” contest.
Learn more: (828) 652-2215 or mtngloryfestival.com.
Handcrafters Guild Fall Show • Brevard • October 13-14
Head to Brevard College to browse and buy beautiful pieces of artwork and craftsmanship made locally by Guild members.
Learn more: (828) 862-8122 or facebook.com/TCHGuild.
Carl Sandburg Heritage Golf Tournament • Flat Rock • October 16
Celebrate Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Carl Sandburg and the heritage of golf in Henderson County at this annual tournament. Along with on-course competitions using replica hickory clubs and golf balls, those who play in costume have a chance to win “Best Dressed.”
Learn more: (610) 917-1066 or sandburggolf.com.
Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands • Asheville • October 20-22 (Our State will be here!)
Artists and makers will exhibit a variety of crafts from traditional to contemporary works at this 70th annual craft fair.
Learn more: (828) 298-7928 or southernhighlandguild.org.
Halloween Festival • Blowing Rock • October 28
Enjoy downtown trick-or-treating, a monster march, crafts, games, inflatables, hayrides, a costume contest, and a moonlight scavenger hunt at this pre-Halloween bash.
Learn more: (828) 295-5222 or blowingrock.com.
Beary Scary Halloween • Linville • October 28
Grandfather Mountain gets spooky: Enjoy a day full of nature programs focused on creepy and crawly animals. Children who wear a costume are admitted to the park for half price.
Learn more: (800) 468-7325 or grandfather.com.
North Carolina in the Great War: A Centennial Commemoration Exhibit • Fayetteville • October 3-November 12
Nearly 61,000 North Carolinians were drafted in World War I. During the war’s centennial commemoration, this exhibit honors the 2,375 lives lost, and the more than 200 medal recipients from the Tar Heel State.
Learn more: (910) 486-1330 or museumofthecapefear.ncdcr.gov.
On Golden Pond • Davidson • October 5-22
Armour Street Theatre presents On Golden Pond, the story of a retired couple and the family drama that ensues when their adult daughter comes to visit with her 13-year-old son.
Learn more: (704) 892-7953 or davidsoncommunityplayers.org.
Fall Pottery and Glass Festival • Creedmor • October 6-8, 14-15
At Cedar Creek Gallery’s 50th annual fall festival, there will be a pottery and glass pumpkin patch, pottery demonstrations, glass blowing and wood turning, food trucks, live music, plant sales, and more.
Learn more: (919) 528-1041 or cedarcreekgallery.com.
Harvest Festival • Wendell • October 6-7
Wendell’s longest running community gathering, this festival includes a parade, a kids’ pumpkin derby, bingo, crafts, food, local vendors, and live music.
Learn more: (919) 365-6318 or wendellchamber.com.
Railroad Days • Selma • October 7
At this 42nd annual event, you can run a 5K (or opt for the family fun walk), grab a snack from a food truck, take a guided history tour, enjoy a parade, and more.
Learn more: (919) 975-1411 or selma-nc.com.
Historic Trolley Tours • Salisbury • October 7, 21, 28
Take a ride through historic downtown and see the original Cheerwine building, the Salisbury National Cemetery, the site of the only Civil War prison in North Carolina, and filming locations of movies and TV shows. You may even catch a ghost story or two.
Learn more: (704) 638-3100 or visitsalisburync.com.
NC Dance Festival • Durham • October 12
Professional dance choreographers from across the state come together to share innovative and moving performances; in its 27th season, the NCDF program will include traditional and non-traditional performance spaces.
Learn more: (336) 373-2727 or danceproject.org.
150th N.C. State Fair • Raleigh • October 12-22
“Nothing Could Be Finer” than the N.C. State Fair, especially this year — not only is North Carolina celebrating 150 years of State Fairs, but this year is the debut of the Our State Public House, which will be serving local craft beer and wine from across the state for the first time in the fair’s history. Come enjoy your favorite rides, fair food, and attractions, and visit the Public House for a flight of beer or wine samples.
Learn more: (919) 821-7400 or ncstatefair.org.
Carolina Ballet Presents: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow • Raleigh • October 12-29
Just in time for Halloween, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow will bring audiences just the right amount of macabre.
Learn more: (919) 719-0900 or carolinaballet.com.
Indigo Moon Film Festival • Fayetteville • October 13-15
Filmmakers and audiences from around the world will gather in historic downtown for three days of fun and films with friends.
Learn more: (910) 486-9036 or indigomoonfilmfestival.com.
Historic Carriage Tours • Fayetteville • October 14
See historic sights from a cozy horse-drawn carriage — a unique way to learn about Fayetteville’s colorful 250-year history. Tours are held the second Saturday of every month, except in the winter.
Learn more: (910) 222-3382 or visitdowntownfayetteville.com.
Cape Fear Concert • Fayetteville • October 14
Join the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra for this family-friendly concert, which will include coast-themed works, like Wagner’s “Overture to The Flying Dutchman,” and music from Hook and Pirates of the Caribbean. Come dressed in your best pirate costume!
Learn more: (910) 433-4690 or fayettevillesymphony.org.
Sense and Sensibility • Chapel Hill • October 18-22 & 24-29, November 1-5
The Playmakers Repertory Company presents an engaging theatrical adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel. This gossip-driven comedy follows the Dashwood sisters as they navigate late 18th-century England after their father’s sudden death.
Learn more: (919) 962-7529 or playmakersrep.org.
Deweyfest Fall Bluegrass Festival • Burlington • October 19-21
This fourth annual bluegrass celebration will include more than 20 performances, as well as camping, instrument and vocal workshops, and a beans and cornbread supper.
Learn more: (336) 524-6822 or deweyfest.com.
Ole Mill Days Festival • Hope Mills • October 20-21
Celebrate mill community heritage with a tractor pull, a movie night, a kids’ corner, street dancing, foods, craft vendors, a mill workers’ reunion, and more.
Learn more: (910) 426-4109 or townofhopemills.com.
Look on the Bright Side Quilt Show • Sanford • October 20-21
More than 100 handcrafted quilts will be presented at this event sponsored by the Hearts and Hands Quilters’ Guild, whose mission is to foster the art of quilting, encourage high standards, and stimulate an interest in quilting within the community.
Learn more: (919) 499-0766 or heartsandhandsnc.org.
Dogwood Fall Festival • Fayetteville • October 20-21
A haunted house, hayrides, bands, and brews are just a few of the spooky activities happening during this two-day event. Saturday’s festivities will also include a food truck rodeo.
Learn more: (910) 323-1934 or faydogwoodfestival.com.
Sanford Brush & Palette Club Art Show • Sanford • October 21-28
Hundreds of new, original pieces of artwork created by SBPC members will be on display during this annual free event. Talk with local artists, participate in free demonstrations, buy original art, or start holiday shopping early.
Learn more: (919) 499-3645 or sanfordbpc.org.
ComicCon • Fayetteville • October 21-22
Enjoy a weekend of fun celebrating all forms and fans of pop culture. Dress in costume for a cosplay contest, compete in trivia and gaming tournaments, and attend panels featuring special guests from the world of comics.
Learn more: (910) 316-7251 or fayettevillecomiccon.com.
An Evening with David Sedaris • Raleigh • October 23
With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness prove that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human conditions today.
Learn more: (919) 996-8700 or dukeenergycenterraleigh.com.
Artists Guild Open Studio Tour Preview Show • Hillsborough • October 23-November 12
View the work of more than 80 artists on the 2017 Orange County Artists Guild studio tour at the Hillsborough Gallery of Arts.
Learn more: (919) 732-5001 or hillsboroughgallery.com.
Artist Talks with Renzo Ortega and Antoine Williams • Greensboro • October 25
Renzo Ortega and Antoine Williams, two artists who explore themes of black identity and the immigrant experience, will discuss their work, then engage one another and the audience in an open dialogue.
Learn more: (336) 333-7460 or greenhillnc.org.
Historic Downtown Smithfield Ghost Walk • Smithfield • October 26
On this spooky walk, small groups will be guided through the Smithfield Riverside Cemetery, where costumed reenactors will tell stories about famous (and infamous) locals buried there.
Learn more: (919) 934-0887 or downtownsmithfield.com.
Treat Trail • Wendell • October 27
Young ghouls and goblins can have a howling good time collecting treats from churches, businesses, and local personalities along this non-scary trail for kids ages 12 and younger.
Learn more: (919) 366-2266 or townofwendell.com.
Art Walk • Hillsborough • October 27
Make your way through historic downtown, touring art galleries, studios, and boutique shops, all open especially for this monthly event sponsored by the Hillsborough Arts Council.
Learn more: (919) 643-2500 or lastfridaysartwalk.org.
Great Pumpkin Carve • Cary • October 28
Pick a pumpkin from the patch or bring your own to the carving stations in Downtown Park. After the carving festivities, pumpkins will be lit for display and judged in a variety of categories. Stay after the judging for family-friendly Halloween TV specials, shown outdoors.
Learn more: (919) 319-4560 or townofcary.org.
Pumpkin Fest & Promenade • Mount Gilead • October 28
Carve ’em up, sample plenty of pumpkin-inspired foods, and enjoy guided tours of the village. Jack-o’-lanterns carved throughout the day will be lit and presented at an evening Pumpkin Promenade.
Learn more: (910) 439-6802 or towncreekindianmound.com.
Save Siloam School Fundraiser • Charlotte • October 30
The goal of this fund-raiser is to restore an endangered historic school building, and to move it to the Charlotte Museum of History so it can become a permanent exhibit and community resource. This event will include a cocktail reception followed by dinner and speakers.
Learn more: (704) 568-1774 or charlottemuseum.org.
U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament • Southport • October 5-7
One of the largest king mackerel tournaments on the East Coast, this event at the Southport Marina attracts nearly 400 boats annually. There’s a $25,000 award for the largest king mackerel caught, along with 55 additional paid prizes.
Learn more: (910) 457-5787 or usopenkmt.com.
Fish-or-Treat Fright Nights Haunted Hayride • Hubert • October 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28, 31, November 3-4
The Fishstrong Foundation presents weekends of family fun featuring haunted hayrides, a spooky walking trail, a pumpkin patch, games, and concessions.
Learn more: (910) 326-1075 or fishstrong.org.
Historic Landmarks Open House • Kill Devil Hills • October 6
A self-guided tour of historic Outer Banks homes begins with a reception at the town hall, where participants receive guidebooks and a map of the properties.
Learn more: (252) 449-5318 or kdhnc.com.
North Carolina Seafood Festival • Morehead City • October 6-8 (Our State will be here!)
This waterfront celebration attracts an average of 180,000 visitors in search of fresh seafood dishes, arts and crafts, and music.
Learn more: (252) 726-6273 or ncseafoodfestival.org.
Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival • Oriental • October 6-7
The front porches of homes and businesses along the Neuse River will come alive with bluegrass, country, folk, gospel, and pop music during this festival. Musical guests include the Tony Award-winning string band The Red Clay Ramblers, and Grammy Award winner Dom Flemons.
Learn more: (252) 617-0540 or olfrontporchmusicfestival.org.
Peanut Festival and Battle of the Bands • Edenton • October 7
Celebrate peanuts and music at this 42nd annual festival; enjoy a parade, food, arts and crafts vendors, and a marching band competition.
Learn more: (252) 482-8426.
Alzheimer’s Walk and Education Fair • Washington • October 7
This walk and education event will raise money and awareness: Professionals will present talks on diagnosis, treatment, caregiving, respite, legal matters, and end-of-life issues. All funds go toward helping NC residents suffering from and caring for those with Alzheimer’s disease.
Learn more: (252) 944-3446 or alznc.org.
Scuppernong River Festival • Columbia • October 14
Local clubs, churches, businesses, and government agencies will come together to sponsor this annual event in celebration of small-town fellowship, friendliness, and fun, and the natural beauty of the river.
Learn more: (252) 796-2781 or tyrrellcounty.org.
Chamber Singers Concert • New Bern • October 15
Part of a year-long commemoration of the 200th anniversary of New Bern’s First Presbyterian church, the Rocky Mount Chamber Singers will perform a concert in the sanctuary.
Learn more: (252) 637-3270 or firstpresnb.org.
Island Art Show • Rodanthe • October 19
At this art show, which also features live music, more than 20 local Outer Banks artists and crafters will show and sell their work, including everything from fine art and prints to woodworks and sea glass jewelry.
Learn more: (443) 243-5870 or spinfinitedesigns.com.
LobsterFest • Kinston • October 20-21
The Kinston Evening Rotary Club will sell live Maine lobsters at this 27th annual event. Buy it fresh or cooked, or skip the prep and make reservations to eat a lobster meal prepared by Olivia’s Catering.
Learn more: (252) 521-4901 or lenoir.ces.ncsu.edu.
Brew ’n’ Que Fest • Kinston • October 21
Get a taste of eastern North Carolina beers, wines, and culinary delights, all while enjoying live music and exhibits.
Learn more: (252) 527-1131 or kinstonchamber.com.
Port Brunswick Days • Winnabow • October 21-22
Historians dressed in 18th-century attire demonstrate what life was once like in the first port town on the Cape Fear River. Travel back in time as a colonial town comes alive once more.
Learn more: (910) 371-6613 or nccultureevents.com.
Civil War Tour • Wilmington • October 22
Stroll through Oakdale Cemetery with local historian Kenneth Newland to learn more about North Carolina’s oldest rural cemetery and hear tales of the people buried there.
Learn more: (910) 762-5682 or oakdalecemetery.org.
Ghostwalk • New Bern • October 26-28
Step into the past during this self-guided tour: Guests will meet historic spirits from New Bern’s past at 15 different historic ghost haunts, including homes, churches, and theaters, while ghostly actors will share their spirited stories in the very locations their characters once visited and lived.
Learn more: (252) 638-8558 or newbernhistorical.org.
Beast Festival • Bladeboro • October 27-28
Inspired by a mythical creature spotted in the 1950s, this festival is just the right mix of creepy, festive, and fun. It will feature more than 100 craft and food vendors, carnival rides, a Halloween costume contest, and live entertainment all day.
Learn more: (910) 876-0297 or boosttheboro.org.
Taste of Edenton • Edenton • October 27
Bring a lawn chair and enjoy regional culinary tastings and music on the Penelope Barker House lawn.
Learn more: (252) 482-7800 or ehcnc.org.
Historic Haunt and Ghost Tour • Murfreesboro • October 27-28
Ghoulish guides will tell spooky tales during the ghost tour; a Historic Haunt will feature more than 40 live monsters, ghouls, and zombies in 17 different locations. Hang out afterward in the activities area for Halloween games, activities, and music.
Learn more: (252) 398-5922 or murfreesboronc.org.
Chicken Mull Festival • Bear Grass • October 28
Celebrate Martin County’s unique lunch specialty: chicken mull. The festival features a cook-off, live entertainment, a 5K run, food vendors, kids’ activities, handcrafted items, gifts, jewelry, and, of course, many opportunities to try the dish.
Learn more: (252) 717-6743 or chickenmullfestival.com.