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Morehead City: NC Seafood Festival

What: Recognize the state’s seafood industry through cooking demonstrations, educational sessions, live music, a blessing of the fleet — and by eating all the shrimp, oysters, and fish you can get your hands on! — during this festival at the Morehead City waterfront.  

When: October 4-6

Where: 412 D Evans Street, Morehead City, NC 28557

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Asheville: Brewgrass Festival

What: Choose from more than 100 local beers and ciders, then sit back and sip as you enjoy live performances from bluegrass bands at Salvage Station in Asheville. 

When: October 5

Where: 468 Riverside Drive, Asheville, NC 28801

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Huntersville: Hops and Hogs Festival

What: Jam out to alternative rock bands like Lifehouse, Collective Soul, and Puddle of Mudd while tasting barbecue and beer from local vendors at Historic Rural Hill in Huntersville. 

When: October 5

Where: 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, NC 28078

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Star: Pumpkin Patch

What: Why not pick out a pumpkin that will last for more than one season? Choose from more than 3,000 hand-blown glass and ceramic pumpkins at the STARworks glass and clay studios. After selecting your pumpkin, enjoy refreshments at the studio’s café and taproom. 

When: October 5

Where: 100 Russell Drive, Star, NC 27356

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Winston-Salem: Dixie Classic Fair

What: Take a spin on a carnival ride, eat funnel cake, and listen to live music at the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds during this annual fair. 

When: October 4-13

Where: 421 27th Street NW, Winston-Salem, NC 27105

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Newton: Foothills Folk Art Festival

What: Meet local and regional folk artists, watch artist demonstrations, listen to live music, and enjoy food trucks and a beer garden at this festival in downtown Newton.  

When: October 5

Where: Downtown Newton, North Carolina

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

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