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Ocracoke: Fig Festival

What: Celebrate Ocracoke’s local fig history and culture with all kinds of fig-infused fun. A marketplace will offer dozens of preserves and treats, and visitors can compete in a fig cake bake-off, among other activities.

When: August 16-17

Where: 49 Water Plant Road, Ocracoke, NC 27960

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Durham: Hops and Blues Festival

What: Grab a lawn chair for a hoppin’ evening in The Glass Jug Beer Lab’s beer garden. A handful of hop-forward breweries will serve samples while blues musicians perform.

When: August 17

Where: 5410 NC-55 Suite V, Durham, NC 27713

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Nags Head: OBX Pirate Festival

What: Ahoy, landlubbers: Learn about the history of pirates on the Outer Banks when Blackbeard’s crew invades Jockey’s Ridge Crossing in Nags Head or a realistic 18th-century living-history encampment.

When: August 14-15

Where: 300 West Carolista Dr, Nags Head, NC 27959

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Franklin: Folk Festival

What: Get folksy on this day filled with live demonstrations of woodcarving, blacksmithing, weaving, and other heritage skills.

When: August 17

Where: 51 Cowee School Drive, Franklin, NC 28734

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Hudson: Festival of the Arts

What: Celebrate the fine arts with food, wine, live music, and dancing at the HUB Station Art and Business Center.

When: August 17

Where: 145 Cedar Valley Road, Hudson, NC, 28638

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For our full list of August events, check out our Carolina Calendar.

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