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Lexington: The Barbecue Festival

What: Good ’cue is always worth celebrating. Head to downtown Lexington for Lexington-style barbecue, eight stages of entertainment, arts and crafts, and more.  

When: October 26

Where: 2 South Main Street, Lexington, NC 27292

For more information, visit barbecuefestival.com.


Bear Grass: Chicken Mull Festival

What: Ever eaten chicken mull? Try Martin County’s unique lunch specialty at this festival in downtown Bear Grass. There will also be a car show, live music, food vendors for the less adventurous, and handcrafted items.  

When: October 26

Where: ​Downtown Bear Grass, NC

For more information, visit chickenmullfestival.com.


Raleigh: North Carolina Wine Festival

What: Choose from more than 100 wines, shop from local vendors, and enjoy live music at Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park in Raleigh.   

When: October 26

Where: ​4011 Cardinal at North Hills Street, Raleigh, NC 27609

For more information, visit ncwinefestival.com.


Raleigh: Day of the Dead 5K and Festival

What: Celebrate culture, tradition, and diversity at this race in downtown Raleigh, which celebrates the Mexican holiday of Día de Los Muertos. Dressing up is encouraged.   

When: October 26

Where: 106 South Wilmington Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

For more information, visit dayofthedead5k.com.


Holden Beach: NC Festival by the Sea

What: You can only walk across the Holden Beach Bridge once a year — during this festival. There will also be a parade, art and craft vendors, and more.   

When: October 26-27

Where: Jordan Boulevard, Holden Beach, NC 28462

For more information, visit ncbrunswick.com.


Blowing Rock: Halloween Festival

What: It’s spooky season! Get in the Halloween spirit by taking part in a costume contest, a monster march down Main Street, a moonlit scavenger hunt, and trick-or-treating in downtown Blowing Rock.   

When: October 26

Where: Downtown Blowing Rock, NC

For more information, visit blowingrock.com/halloween.


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

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