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Ayden: Collard Festival

What: Crazy about collards? Head to downtown Ayden for this festival, and watch a big parade, take part in a collard-eating contest, and hop on a carnival ride.

When: Rescheduled to November 8-9

Where: Downtown Ayden, North Carolina

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Nags Head: Outer Banks Food Truck Showdown

What: Keep on truckin’ to the Soundside Event Site in Nags Head on September 8, where food trucks, breweries, and local performers will show off at this toe-tapping, tummy-tempting event.

When: September 8

Where: 6800 South Croatan Highway, Nags Head, NC 27959

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Durham: Taste of Soul: Seafood Edition

What: Hold onto summer by chowing down on lobster, crab cakes, shrimp, flounder, and pineapple smoothies in Durham Central Park.

When: September 8

Where: 501 Foster Street, Durham, NC 27701

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Winston-Salem: Bookmarks Festival

What: Turn the page: Attend readings, Q&A sessions, meet and greets, and more at this celebration of books, which will feature more than 50 authors.

When: September 5-8

Where: 634 West 4th Street #110, Winston-Salem, NC 27101

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Raleigh: Hopscotch Music Festival

What: Jam out to more than 130 bands in every genre imaginable at venues across Raleigh during this music festival.

When: September 5-8

Where: 400 Block of Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

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Brevard: Mountain Song Festival

What: Hear artists like the Steep Canyon Rangers and Del McCoury at this three-day celebration of bluegrass in Brevard.

When: September 6-8

Where: 17 West Main Street, Brevard, NC 28712

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

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