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Rocky Mount: Eastern Carolina BBQ Throwdown

What: Watch a cooking competition between more than 30 teams, listen to live music, and enjoy goodies from food vendors on the lawn of the Helen P. Gay Rocky Mount Historic Train Station.   

When: October 11-12

Where: 101 Coastline Street, Rocky Mount, NC 27804

For more information, visit downtownrockymount.com.


Asheville: Ciderfest

What: Cider lovers, rejoice! Taste some of the nation’s best cider, enjoy live music, and catch beautiful fall views from Carrier Park.   

When: October 12

Where: 220 Amboy Road, Asheville, NC 28806

For more information, visit ciderfestnc.com.


Cary: Food & Flea

What: Look, we know it doesn’t sound appetizing, but hear us out. There will be more than 65 local artisans, plus food trucks and live music, in downtown Cary on October 13.   

When: October 13

Where: 100 West Chatham Street, Cary, NC 27511

For more information, visit dtcfoodandflea.com.


New Bern: MumFest

What: Enjoy a beer garden, amusement rides, a boat show, street performers, food vendors, and races downtown near the waterfront during this fall festival in New Bern from October 11 through 13. And yes, you can buy mums there, too.   

When: October 11-13

Where: Downtown New Bern

For more information, visit mumfest.com.


Brevard: Pumpkin Fest

What: October is pumpkin patch season! Grab the kids and take a walk along a pumpkin trail at Silvermont Park and Mansion in Brevard. Then, enjoy storytelling, face painting, a white squirrel scavenger hunt, and food trucks.  

When: October 11-12

Where: 364 East Main Street, Brevard, NC 28712

For more information, visit explorebrevard.com.


Marion: Mountain Glory Festival

What: This small-town celebration of fall in downtown Marion on October 12 will feature handmade crafts; beer, wine, and food; and performances by local musicians.   

When: October 12

Where: Downtown Marion

For more information, visit mtngloryfestival.com.


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

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