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Ayden: Ayden Collard Festival

What: Sample the Southern staple, go for a spin on an amusement park ride, and enjoy live beach music at this festival.    

When: November 8-9

Where: Downtown Ayden, NC 27310

For more information, visit aydencollardfestival.com.


Highlands: Highlands Food and Wine Festival

What: This food and wine festival in downtown Highlands, also features craft cocktails and beer and live music from bands like Anderson East and The Infamous Stringdusters.   

When: November 7-10

Where: Downtown Highlands, NC

For more information, visit highlandsfoodandwine.com.


New Bern: Bacon and Brew Festival

What: Treat yourself to a bacon bar, craft brews, and multiple desserts at the New Bern Farmers Market.   

When: November 8

Where: 421 South Front Street, New Bern, NC 28560

For more information, visit ncbaconandbrew.com.


Raleigh: North Carolina Gourd Festival

What: Oh my gourd! Visit this 78th annual festival at the State Fairgrounds for all things gourd-related: displays from around the world, crafting classes and activities, vendors, educational talks, and a gourd competition.   

When: November 9-10

Where: 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607

For more information, visit ncgourdfestival.com.


Valdese: Christmas in November

What: Browse handmade wood crafts, furniture, soaps, and holiday decor from more than 50 crafters at this craft show at the Old Rock School.   

When: November 8-9

Where: 400 Main Street West, Valdese, NC 28690

For more information, visit townofvaldese.com.


Pilot Mountain: Pilot View Vintage Market

What: Find vintage and antique treasures at this outdoor market in downtown Pilot Mountain. There will be more than 130 vendors — plus food trucks to fuel your search. 

When: November 9

Where: Downtown Pilot Mountain, NC

For more information, visit pilotmountainnc.org.


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

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