This Weekend in North Carolina: October 21-23
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This Weekend in North Carolina events are provided by our partners and pulled from October’s Dates & Events section in Our State magazine.
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This Weekend in North Carolina: October 21-23The Barbecue Festival • Lexington • October 22
Enjoy this world-famous street festival celebrating the world’s best barbecue. Only one style of barbecue will be served at the festival: Lexington style! The festival will also feature seven stages of entertainment, fantastic special attractions, and more than 250 arts and craft vendors.

8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Free admission. 2 South Main Street (event is from 5th Avenue to 5th Street in historic uptown Lexington). Learn more: (336) 956-1880 or

This Weekend in North Carolina: October 21-23Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands • Asheville • October 20-23
In its 69th year, this curated exhibition celebrates a rich selection of craftsmanship, from traditional to contemporary. Meet cutting-edge creatives, experience the flavor of Appalachian bands, and carry on the stories of today’s handmade legacies.

Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission $8. Free admission children 12 and under. US Cellular Center, 87 Haywood Street. Learn more: (828) 298-7928 or

Ghost Train Halloween Festival • Blowing Rock • October 21-22
Partake in a weekend of safe, spooky fun for the whole family at Tweetsie Railroad. Kids will enjoy Halloween shows, carnival rides, and trick-or-treating. Take a chilling journey into the night on the Ghost Train. Visit “The Boneyard” with its Black Hole, 3D maze, and the “Freaky Forest,” and explore the Haunted House — if you dare.

Learn more: (828) 264-9061 or

Vineyard Harvest Celebration • Asheville • October 22
Enjoy award-winning Biltmore Wines, light bites, lawn games, a grape stomp, live entertainment, and more. Vanderbilt Wine Club members will get an exclusive first taste of Biltmore Winery’s Port-style dessert wine. Space is limited, so make sure you reserve your spot ahead of time (reservations required)!

Learn more: (800) 411-3812 or

LEAF Festival • Black Mountain • October 20-23
For more than 20 years, the LEAF Festival has been bringing together thousands of people from all walks of life to experience the power of music, art, and culture. This four-day festival takes place on the site of the historic Black Mountain College and is surrounded by rolling hills, lakes, streams, and gorgeous mountain views.

Learn more: (828) 686-8742 or

The Red Sword Guild Masquerade Ball • Raleigh • October 22
The Red Sword Guild celebrates 20 years of partnership with the American Cancer Society with a masquerade ball at the Masonic Lodge in Raleigh.

Learn more: (919) 673-1359 or

Trunk or Treat and Fall Festival • Burlington • October 23
First Presbyterian Church offers pizza, games, prizes, and plenty of festive car trunks for trick-or-treating.

Learn more: (336) 228-1703 or

Durham Symphony Orchestra Spooktacular • Durham • October 23
A free concert at Northgate Mall features a 65-piece orchestra led by Maestro William Henry Curry. Participate in a costume contest, see a performance by the Paperhand Puppet Intervention, and eat local treats for a fun, family-friendly evening.

Learn more: (919) 286-4407 or

North Carolina Yam Festival – Closing Weekend • Tabor City • October 15-22
A week of events including a beauty pageant, a cooking contest, and the Taste of Tabor concludes with a festival featuring arts and crafts, food, exhibits, music, a classic car show, and a parade.

Learn more: (843) 602-4207 or

Lobsterfest • Kinston • October 21
Buy Maine lobsters — cooked, uncooked, or prepared in a meal — in the Kinston Evening Rotary’s annual fund-raiser for local projects.

Learn more: (252) 521-4901.

Smoke on the Water • Washington • October 21-22
Participate in a barbecue cook-off, or enjoy live music, sky-diving demonstrations, arts and crafts, a fire truck pulling contest, dragon boat races, a car show, and the Parade of Pigs.

Learn more: (252) 944-6136 or

5K Pirate Run/Walk • Bath • October 22
Dress like a pirate for this 5K, hosted by Bath High School Preservation, on a flat route through historic downtown Bath.

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Dismal Day • South Mills • October 22
Join the 5K Family Fun Run at Dismal Swamp State Park, then stay for the craft vendors, food, live music, cultural exhibits, kids’ activities, a chalk art contest, wagon rides, and pontoon boat rides.

Learn more: (252) 771-6593 or

Season and Serenades • Wilmington • October 22
The Wilmington Symphony performs Astor Piazzolla’s tango-inspired Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, followed by Tchaikovsky’s Serenade in C.

Learn more: (910) 362-7999 or

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