By Kathy Hanrahan, Out and About editor and Jessica Patrick, WRAL.com editor
Raleigh, N.C. — The weather is starting to get warmer and that means festival time in North Carolina! Here's a month-by-month look at festivals across the state:
North Carolina Science Festival (April 1-30) - This statewide event features more than 600 events, including an engineering competition and Gravity Games.
Dreamville Festival (April 6) - Hip hop artist J. Cole, who was born in Germany but was raised in Fayetteville, is presenting this festival at Dix Park. There will be live music, food and vendors.
Lebanese Festival (April 13) - There will be food, dancing, Lebanese wine and beer, cultural and educational booths, belly dancing and more in Raleigh.
North Carolina Azalea Festival (April 3-7) - This annual festival is held in Wilmington. Tyler Farr with Josh Phillips and Hank Williams Jr. are headlining this year.
PirateFest (April 12-13) - Swashbucklers of all ages will converge on the banks of the Tar River in Greenville for this annual festival. There will be live music, arts and crafts for sale, mermaids, sword fights and a beer and wine garden.
Downtown Sanford StreetFest and Fireworks (April 13) - - Downtown Sanford will hold a day-long festival of music, art, and food that includes vendors, artisans, craft brews, corn hole and more.
Grifton Shad Festival (April 10-14) - In its 49th year, this is one of the oldest festivals in the state. There are parades, carnival rides, an art show and more.
NC Pickle Festival (April 13) - Mount Olive hosts this annual festival, which includes a pickle eating contest and more fun.
Pleasure Island Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival (April 13-14) - Enjoy smooth jazz, seafood and more during this two-day festival at Fort Fisher.
NC 'Cuegrass Festival (April 20) - Enjoy a day of bluegrass, local brews and great barbecue in downtown Raleigh's Warehouse District during this annual festival.
MerleFest (April 25-28) - Since its founding in 1988, MerleFest has operated as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College and so much more. This year's headliners include The Avett Brothers and Brandi Carlile.
Moogfest (April 25-28) - The festival, which is devoted to art, music and technology, will be held at several walkable venues throughout downtown Durham.
Mebane Dogwood Festival (April 26-28) - A tradition since 1988, this festival includes a golf tournament, a 5K and live music.
Spring Daze (April 27) - This arts and crafts festival at Bond Park in Cary features over 170 local artists, live music, food and more.
Fayetteville Dogwood Festival (April 25-27) - This annual festival includes carnival rides, a cornhole tournament and live music.
Brewgaloo Craft Beer Festival (April 26-27) - Sample and enjoy dozens of beers and food trucks in downtown Raleigh.
North Carolina Strawberry Festival (May 3-4) - Chadbourn celebrates this tasty fruit each year. There will be seed spitting contests, a parade and more.
Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival (May 2-5) - Enjoy four days, four stages and over 50 bands in Chatham County.
BBQ Festival on the Neuse(May 3-4) - Head to downtown Kinston for this annual celebration of great food and music.
Thrive NC (May 9-10) - The festival, which is sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, will be held at City Market. Each night will include chefs performing live demonstrations, samples from local restaurants and breweries and live music.
Cape Fear Bluegrass Festival (May TBD) - Enjoy BBQ and live music at this Wilmington festival.
RoseFest in Pink Hill (May 18) - The festival kicks off with a 5K race and Bubble Party. The following day there will be food, local crafts and more fun.
Durham Blues and Brews Festival (May 18) - This fifth annual event includes performances from three fantastic blues performers, samples from more than 20 North Carolina breweries and 10 food trucks at Durham Central Park.
Artsplosure (May 19-20) - This spring festival started in 1980 in downtown Raleigh. There are vendors, live music, children's activities and more.
Smithfield Ham and Yam Festival(May 4) - Thousands flock to downtown Smithfield for this annual event, which features pig races, inflatables and more.
Apex Peak Fest (May 4) - Arts and crafts, inflatables, live music and food will be available at this festival in downtown Apex.
Kernersville Spring Folly Festival (May 3-5) - This music festival is held annually the first full weekend of May and attracts more than 20, 000 people.
Jiggy with the Piggy Fest (May 3-4) - This Kannapolis festival features a Kansas City Barbeque Society Competition, carnival rides, outdoor movies and barbecue and wing tastings.
MayFest (May 10-12) - Held annual in Pilot Mountain, this festival includes arts and crafts, plants and flowers, local musicians and food.
Nashville Blooming Festival (May 10-11) - There will be live music, parades, carnival food and more fun.
Epicenter Festival (May 10-12) - Held at the Rockingham Festival Grounds, this music festival will include performances from the Foo Fighters, Korn, Tool, 311 and Rob Zombie.
Race City Festival (May 11) - This event includes an outdoor street fair, NASCAR displays and souvenirs, live music and food trucks in downtown Moorseville.
Got to be N.C. Festival (May 17-19) - A "mini state fair," this fest boasts rides, fried food and shows.
North Carolina Potato Festival (May 17-19) - Food, arts and crafts, contests, live entertainment, carnival rides and more highlight this annual celebration in downtown Elizabeth City.
Montford Music and Arts Festival (May 18) - In its 16th year, this free Asheville festival includes 100 vendors and a music stage. .
Freedom Balloon Festival (May 24-27) - Enjoy hot air balloons, food trucks, demos, shopping, services, a veterans memorial and more in during this four-day festival. The location is TBD.
Carthage Buggy Festival (May 11) - This festival is held each year to commemorate the Tyson and Jones Buggy Factory, which made carriages that were essential to life in rural North Carolina. There is a classic car and truck show, in addition to a buggy and tractor show.
Mondo Roots Cultural Arts Festival (June 1) - This 4th annual Clayton festival features artists from across the state and Nappy Roots headlining.
Washington Summer Festival (June 7-8) - Live music, arts and crafts and a free street fair highlight this annual event.
N.C. Blueberry Festival (June 14-15) - Held annually in Burgaw, this festival attracts more than 30,000 people. There are more than 20 events including a car show, street fair, barbecue cook-off, 5K and more.
N.C. Rhododendron Festival (June 21-23) - Bakersville hosts this annual event, which includes a pageant, craft fair, live music, 10K and classic car show.
Festival for the Eno (July 4 and 6) - Over 70 bands, crafts and artisans, food and drink in Durham.
Christmas in July (July 6) - Held in historic West Jefferson, this festival features traditional mountain music, arts and crafts, festival food and children's activities.
China Grove Farmers' Day (July 20) - This annual event includes hundreds of vendors, music, live entertainment and fireworks.
N.C. Peach Festival (July 19-20) - Candor hosts this annual festival, which includes cooking contests, a parade and live music.
N.C. Watermelon Festival in Fair Bluff (TBD) - Pageants, parades and lots of watermelon highlight this annual event.
N.C. Watermelon Festival Murfreesboro (July 31-Aug. 4) - Downtown Murfreesboro hosts this annual celebration, which also includes carnival rides, live music and fireworks.
Historic Valdese Waldensian Festival (Aug. 9-10) - Since 1976, on the second Saturday in August, Valdese hosts this annual festival featuring unique crafts, great food and top-quality entertainment.
Sneads Ferry Shrimp Festival (Aug. 9-11) - Local seafood, beer and wine and a parade are all part of this annual event.
Winterville Watermelon Festival (Aug. 22-25) - Watermelon eating contests, a parade, live music and more fun are on the schedule for this event.
Lazy Daze (Aug. 24-25) - This large festival in downtown Cary features juried artists, performances, food, drink, music and more.
Matthews Alive Labor Day Festival (Aug. 30-Sept. 2) - Live music, a parade, carnival rides and great food highlight this festival.
N.C. Apple Festival (Aug. 30-Sept.2) - This Hendersonville event includes a parade, street festival and children's activities.
Hopscotch Music Festival (Sept. 5-7) - This annual music festival takes place at clubs and larger venues throughout downtown Raleigh.
Historic Morganton Festival (Sept. 6-7) - Concerts, vendors, food and more.
Clayton Harvest and Music Festival (TBD) - There will be a vendor fair, carnival rides and games, a family movie night, concerts, a kid’s hot dog creation contest, a car show and more.
Bush Hill Heritage Festival (Sept. 14) - Over 200 vendors will be selling all types of food, homemade crafts, artwork, raffle tickets, pottery, baskets and more.
Creedmoor Music Festival (Sept. 21) - Enjoy music and food on Main Street.
Apex Music Festival (TBD) - 4 stages, 20 bands, food trucks and craft beer meet on Salem Street.
Centerfest Durham (Sept. 21-22) - This art lover's festival takes place in Durham.
Festival in the Park (Sept. 20-22) - This art and music festival takes place in Charlotte.
Eden Riverfest (Sept. 20-21) - A festival celebrating Eden's art and history.
Yadkin Valley Harvest Festival (Sept. 21) - Festivities include activities for every member of the family, live music, food vendors and more.
Benson Mule Days (Sept. 26-29) - The weekend is packed with rodeos, a mule pulling contest, arts and crafts, vendors, street dances, carnival rides, camping, parades, bluegrass shows and more.
Mayberry Days (Sept. 23-29) - This Mount Airy festival attracts up to 10,000 fans of The Andy Griffith Show.
International Folk Festival (Sept. 27-29) - This Fayetteville fest celebrates music from around the world.
Everybody's Day Festival (Sept. 29) - Thomasville hosts arts and crafts, music, carnival rides and great food.
Wide Open Bluegrass Festival (Sept. 27-28) - This two-day fest takes over downtown Raleigh.
Art of Cool Festival (TBD) - This downtown Durham music festival keeps growing every year.
National Pumpkin Festival (Oct. 4-5) - The town of Spring Hope hosts this fest the first weekend of October.
Wilmington Riverfest (Oct. 5-6) - Artists, live music, shopping and more.
Farm City Day (Oct. 5) - Farm City Day features both antique and modern farm equipment, music, square dancing, clogging, arts and crafts, children's activities, games, demonstrations and plenty of food.
Sunset at Sunset (Oct. 5) - More than 100 vendors, crafters, food services and non-profit organizations.
Hilltop Fall Festival (TBD) - A street fair, activities, food and more fill the streets of Rutherfordton.
Duck Jazz Festival (Oct. 12-13) - The event showcases national, regional and local jazz musicians on two stages.
Beericana (Oct. 12) - Over 70 breweries and 15 food trucks meet in Holly Springs.
Reidsville Fall Jubilee(Oct. 19) - Entertainment, food, fun and a car show featuring more than 200 beautifully restored antique cars and trucks, street rods and classics.
Autumn Leaves Festival (Oct. 11-13) - Enjoy soul food, bluegrass music and more in Mount Airy during this three-day festival.
Eastern Carolina BBQ Throwdown (Oct. 11-12) - The event is held in Rocky Mount.
Mumfest (Oct. 11-13) - The New Bern festival celebrates fall with food and flowers.
Mountain Glory Festival (Oct. 12) - The Marion festival is three jam-packed blocks featuring locally made arts and crafts, lots of festival foods and a wide variety of live entertainment and old time mountain music.
Nascar Day Festival (Oct. 12) - This Randleman festival pays homage to racing heritage.
Carolina Balloon Festival (Oct. 18-20) - Hot air balloons and more in Statesville.
Fairmont Farmers Festival (TBD) - Celebrate farming history and more.
Pineville Fall Fest (Oct. 18-19) - Celebrate fall in Pineville.
Valle Country Fair (Oct. 19) - Music, arts and crafts and awesome foods and baked goodies all during the peak of Fall Foliage in the mountains between Boone and Banner Elk.
Taylorsville Hometown Apple Festival (Oct. 19) - There will be entertainment, food and fun.
Woolly Worm Fest (Oct. 20-21) - At this Banner Elk festival, Woolly Worm predicts the High Country's weather.
NC Oyster Festival (Oct. 19-20) - Ocean Isle is home to this festival.
The Barbecue Festival (Oct. 26) - This Lexington fest boasts some of the best BBQ.
NC Yam Festival (Oct. 26) - A whole week in Tabor City celebrates agriculture.
This list is constantly being updated! Check back soon for more 2019 festivals.
MY POTTERY STUDIO. 1201 West Lenoir Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. 9:30-2:30 weekday.
Visitors are always welcome. Please call in advance to assure availability. 206-409-4005.
ACKLAND MUSEUM STORE. 101 South Columbia Street, Chapel Hill, NC, 27514
BOWERBIRD FLOWERS & APOTHECARY. 1322 Fordham Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514
FRANK GALLERY. 201 South Estes Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
INDIO. 905 West Main Street #20g, Durham, NC 27701
MEMORIAL ART GALLERY - The Store @ MAG. 500 University Ave. Rochester, NY 14607
NOFO At The PIG. 2014 Fairview Street, Raleigh, NC 27608
NORTH CAROLINA MUSEUM OF ART GIFT SHOP. 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607
SMALL BATCH. 200 Pollock Street, New Bern, NC 28560
THE ARTISAN'S BENCH. 307 West Main Street, Brighton, MI 48116
VISUAL INDEX. 562 Trade Street NW, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
WOODLANDS GALLERY. 419 N. Main Street, Hendersonville, NC 28792
STEINFEST. Sept. 26th - Nov. 9th Claymakers 705 Foster St. Durham, NC
ART AT LADYBUG FARM. Oct. 12th 12294 Hurdle Mills Rd. Hurdle Mills, NC
MADE & FOUND. Nov. 9th Moore Square Raleigh, NC
NC STATE CRAFTS CENTER HOLIDAY FAIR. Nov. 23rd & 24th NC State University, Raleigh, NC
BOYLAN ARTWALK. Dec. 8th 12-5, Raleigh, NC
HANDMADE HOLIDAY. Dec. 14th 12-5, Raleigh, NC
LOCALLY MADE. Dec. 15th 12-4, Raleigh, NC
LCA POP UP Show at Lewis Cherry Architecture. Raleigh, NC (Nov)
WEST ELM POP-UP. Durham, NC (Oct)
FESTIFALL. Chapel Hill, NC (Oct)
CLOTHESLINE FESTIVAL. Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, NY (Sept)
LAZY DAZE. Cary, NC (Aug) (Jerry Miller Award, Best in Show)
WORKING POTS III SHOW. James May Gallery, Algoma, W (June)
FINE.CRAFTED MARKET. Wendell, NC (June)
ARTSPLOSURE. Raleigh, NC (May)
FRONT PORCH ART WALK. Raleigh, NC (May)
HANDMADE MARKET. Raleigh, NC (May)
SPRING DAZE. Cary, NC (Apr)
PATCHWORK MARKET. Durham, NC (Apr)
HAND TO HAND. Greensboro, NC (Mar)
THE CUP, THE MUG 2017 SHOW. Clifton Springs, NY (Dec-Jan)
POP-UP RALEIGH. Raleigh, NC (Dec)
HANDMADE HOLIDAY. Raleigh, NC (Dec)
BOYLAN ART WALK. Raleigh, NC (Dec)
NC STATE CRAFT CENTER HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR. Raleigh, NC (Nov)
HANDMADE MARKET. Raleigh, NC (Nov)
COLLECTED. Holly Springs, NC (Oct)
NC STATE CRAFT CENTER HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR. Raleigh, NC
SERTOMA FALL ART FAIR. Raleigh, NC (Oct)
FESTIFALL. Chapel Hill, NC (Oct)
bazaarSPARK. Raleigh, NC (Sept)
LAZY DAZE. Cary, NC (Aug)
PATCHWORK MARKET. Durham, NC (Aug)
POP-UP RALEIGH. Raleigh, NC (Aug)
ARTSPLOSURE. Raleigh, NC (May)
FRONT PORCH ART WALK. Raleigh, NC (May)
SPRING DAZE. Cary, NC (Apr)
THE CUP SHOW at Pullen Art Center. Raleigh, NC (Apr)
PATCHWORK MARKET. Durham, NC (Apr)
POP-UP RALEIGH. Raleigh, NC (Mar)
ART FOR ALL 2017. Wilmington, NC (Feb)
POP-UP RALEIGH. Raleigh, NC (Jan)
UNITED ARTS COUNCIL. Raleigh, NC
handmade HOLIDAY. Raleigh, NC
BOYLAN ART WALK 2016. Raleigh, NC (Awarded, Best Studio Artist)
THE HANDMADE MARKET. Raleigh, NC
HOLDER GOODS & CRAFTS Pop-Up. Raleigh, NC
PULLEN ART FAIR. Raleigh, NC
FESTIFALL. Chapel Hill, NC
bazaarSPARK. Raleigh, NC
CLAY & HONEY FUNDRAISER. Raleigh, NC
POTS OF THE PIEDMONT, FRANK GALLERY. Chapel Hill, NC
THE LARKSPUR PARTY. Raleigh, NC
RAULSTON BLOOMS! Raleigh, NC
There will be live music, arts and crafts for sale, mermaids, sword fights . North Carolina Potato Festival (May ) - Food, arts and crafts.
On Friday, March 1st, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., Personify is pleased to present "Through Lines" by artists Heather Youngblood and Amy Friend as part of the First Friday Art Walk. Both artists will be on hand to speak with visitors about their work which will remain on display through Monday, March 25th.
"Through Lines" is a collection of drawings by artists Heather Youngblood and Amy Friend. Through pencil, ink, and paint, Youngblood and Friend first connected online. Inspired by one another's drawings, "Through Lines" brings together their work in physical form.
Lines are all around us. They are every edge, on every road, in every room.
Through Lines, we construct our space...
Through Lines, we create our stories...
Through Lines, we connect ourselves to the world.
Raleigh based artist and illustrator, Heather Youngblood, has been developing her style of botanical illustration since 2016. Utilizing pen and ink as her primary medium, she is often inspired by the rich history, symbolism, and folklore of flowers and plants. Through intentional and precise linework, she reflects her personal needs for control and balance in her everyday life.
Amy Friend began drawing at an early age, and it led her to travel around the country and abroad. Life experiences and challenges drive creativity, questions and self-exploration. Her work, rooted in foundations and process, delves into the complexities of life, the world around her and the way the two fit together. Through drawing, painting and collage, she creates a context for this exploration.
You can follow Heather Younglood on Instagram: @https://www.instagram.com/youngblood_made/
You can follow Amy Friend at her website: https://amydraws.com/
Dj Triple B will provide a soundtrack based on the artists and their work.
Light refreshments will be provided.
Local artisans, crafters, and entrepreneurs will be participating in markets around the area. Think about shopping local or buying local goods during the holiday season to boost local, small businesses.
Here are just a few of the upcoming opportunities to meet and buy from local sellers. Holiday markets are listed below in reverse date order.
Are we missing a public market? Send an email to the editor with details.
Thursday, December 13, 2018, 4-7pm
Join the fun and get some shopping done at The Frontier, located at 800 Park Offices Drive, Research Triangle Park NC. The market will feature 50 area vendors, offering goods for sale during a Happy Hour — with complimentary beer and wine.
This fourth-annual market highlights #ShopLocal with vendors from around the area. The event further gives back to the community by donating a portion of the profits (15% or more) to Code The Dream, a Durham-based nonprofit that provides tech education to young people from minority and immigrant backgrounds.
A new addition to the RTP Mistletoe Market for 2018 will be entertainment provided by The Victorian Carolers from 5pm to 6:30pm… A little background music themed for the holiday season.
Want something other than beer and wine? Two food trucks at The Frontier, Arepa Culture and Tenco Coffee Truck, will have food and coffee available for purchase.
See market event details at www.rtp.org/event/the-rtp-mistletoe-market.
Saturday, December 1, 2018 @ 9am-3pm
This ARTS Wake Forest third-annual event will be held inside and outside the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 Brooks Street, Wake Forest NC. Vendors will be offering a variety of handmade items from area artisans and crafters. More than 40 vendors are expected, and this event is free and open to the public. Information is available on the Town of Wake Forest website and the ARTS Wake Forest Facebook page.
Note that vendor applications were accepted over the summer and vendor acceptance completed.
Thursday, November 29, 2018 @ 6-8pm
This event is a new addition to the Town of Knightdale’s Christmas on First Avenue. Join the fun and shop while listening to live music at Knightdale Station Park, 810 N First Avenue, Knightdale NC. There will be a variety of vendors selling gift items, live Christmas music, and food trucks.
To find out how to be a vendor at the Holiday Fair, submit the town’s 2018 vendor application via email.
Saturday, November 24, 2018 @ 10am-2pm
This is a monthly public market with baked goods, locally made items, fresh produce, food trucks, and more, with this date just after Black Friday. Held in Garner Recreational Park, 221 E Garner Road, Garner NC.
If interested in becoming a vendor, find contact information and event listing here.
Saturday, November 17, 2018 @ 10am-2pm
Wayne County Extension and Community Association (ECA) will hold their annual Christmas Bazaar to raise funds to support service projects in their community. A variety of “unique and affordable” gifts will be available for purchase. Address is 3114-B Wayne Memorial Drive, Goldsboro NC.
Vendor tables may still be available. Contact information may be found on this web page.
November 16, 2018 @ 4-7pm
November 17, 2018 @ 9am-3pm
This annual market brings farmers market vendors, local artisans, crafters, handmade goodies creators, and more together for your holiday shopping pleasure. #BuyLocal gifts and goodies for holiday meals. Dozens of vendors will be set up inside, with live music, a recipe contest, raffles and door prizes, and photos with Santa Claus, with the Cousin’s Maine Lobster food truck in the parking lot.
This two-day holiday market is held at the Zebulon Community Center, 301 So Arendell Avenue, Zebulon NC. Updates may be posted on the Facebook event here.
The holiday market application link has been disabled, which may mean that all vendor spots have been filled. With questions, contact the Farm Fresh Market Manager, Maurine Brown, at 919.823.1816 or via email.
November 3, 2018 @ 9am-3pm
This craft fair is expected to have 20+ local vendors. Food, drinks, baked goods, and desserts will be for sale by Auxiliary members. The Zebulon Lions Club Building is located at 118 E Lee Street, Zebulon NC.
Call 919.404.2333 or email the Zebulon Lions Club if interested in vendor information.
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By Kay Whatley, Editor
This list may include events from North Carolina counties of Edgecombe, Franklin, Nash, Johnston, Wake, Wayne, Wilson, and beyond (Inner Coastal Plains-Five County area of Eastern NC).
While most listed events are free happenings, some ticketed events may be included.
Events may be rescheduled, delayed by weather, canceled, times adjusted, or locations changed without our knowledge. Contact an event’s organizer directly for updates.
Check out our separate “Halloween/Fall Movie Showings” events here. Movies this weekend include a free craft-and-movie at Braswell Memorial Library.
Friday, October 19, 2018 @ 8:30am-until sold out
Located at 137 Shannon Village, Louisburg NC, this farmers’ market is open Tuesday (9am-until), Friday (8:30am-until), Saturday (8am-until), through December. On Facebook here.
Friday, October 19, 2018 @ 5-8pm
Head to The Rusted Hinge Marketplace 106 E Vance Street, Zebulon NC, for this annual outside sale with door prizes, contests, giveaways, a food truck, and local “makers, crafters, and artists.” See event and vendor list here.
Friday, October 19, 2018 @ 6-8pm
Franklin County Arts Council opens their gallery at 118-B N Main Street, Louisburg NC, for this special event with six NC authors. Come and meet the authors, purchase books-as-gifts, or peruse the gallery. See author information here.
Note that this event takes place next to the town’s amphitheatre (116 N Main Street) while one of the free OkTARberfest concerts is going on. Event times overlap, so enjoy free music as you browse, or browse while waiting for the music.
Friday, October 19, 2018 @ 6:30-8:30pm
The Town of Nashville will be bringing back its popular Creekside Music Series for a second year with four concert dates. We hope that you will bring your friends and family out to this free community event at Stoney Creek Park in Nashville. The address for Stoney Creek Park is 455 West Washington Street, Nashville NC. Series details on this Town of Nashville web page.
Friday, October 19, 2018 @ 6:30-9:30pm
Free concert outdoors in Downtown Clayton’s Town Square, 110 W Main Street, Clayton NC. Arrive early and set up your lawn chairs and/or blanket. Activities, vendors, and inflatables will be available starting at 6pm. Live music will start on-stage at 6:30pm. See the full concert series on Facebook here and on the town website.
Friday, October 19, 2018 @ 7-9pm
Bring blankets/chairs and watch a movie outdoors at Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, 301 Goldsboro Street S, Wilson NC, under the stars and whirligigs. Made possible by Cucalorus’ Pop-Up Cinema and Gig East. Movies will start at sundown. See more about the park at www.wilsonwhirligigpark.org.
October 19-20, 2018
A variety of events meet in downtown Louisburg NC this weekend, including the OkTARberfest Weekend with free concerts Friday and Saturday evenings (6:30pm), plus a living history immersion event in the park Saturday with vendors.
Also going on in Louisburg this weekend: the Chamber Oyster Roast (ticketed Saturday, $35), and the Franklin County Arts Council “Six Pack of Authors” book event (Friday) by the Writers’ Guild (see above). Multiple locations. (Article)
October 19-20, 2018
Celebrate literature at events in Wake Forest NC — at Page 158 Books and the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts. See details and ticket prices at www.wakeforestrencen.org/event/wake-forest-lit-fest.
October 11-21, 2018
Head to the NC State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh NC, for fair foods, unusual snacks, concerts, contests, competitions, rides, and more. Download the detailed, daily scheduled via www.ncstatefair.org/2018/Visitor/Daily.htm.
October 18-20, 22-26, 2018 @9am-6pm
Library patrons may bring in canned pet food (no expired or open food) and receive $1-per-can off their overdue library fines (not lost-item fees). Patrons may donate pet food without owing, too, and help the library collect pet food in celebration of National Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and Make a Difference Day. Only at the HD Cooley Library, 114 W Church Street, Nashville NC. Benefits the Nash County Animal Shelter. The library is on Facebook here.
Saturday, October 20, 2018 @ 8am-noon
As the name implies, a variety of goods are available at this market, which is open on first- and third-Saturdays of the month. The market is open, rain or shine. First and third Saturdays market are held at 526 N Main Street, Tarboro NC. The HomeGrown-HandMade Market Saturday dates may be found on this Facebook event.
Saturday, October 20, 2018 @ 9-11am
Bread For Life Of America‘s free mobile food for those in need. Will be set up at the Zebulon Boys and Girls Club, 1320 Shepard School Road, Zebulon NC.
Saturday, October 20, 2018 @ 10am-noon; meal at noon
Free clothing and a free meal, open to all. Clothing available for adults and children. Held once a month as a service to the community. October only: Location will be Knightdale United Methodist Church, 7071 Forestville Road, Knightdale NC. Normally held at Faith Community Baptist Church on Buffaloe Road. Next date is November 17, 2018.
Saturday, October 20, 2018 @ 10am
Dozens of vendors for your immediate or gift shopping. Held at Bailey United Methodist Church, 12437 Green Street, Bailey NC. See list of confirmed vendors here. The church is online here.
Saturday, October 20, 2018 @ 10am-9:30pm (see below)
Downtown Louisburg NC this weekend includes the River of Yesteryear (10am-4pm) in River Bend Park Saturday with vendors, and an evening concert (6:30-9:30pm) in the town’s amphitheatre (116 N Main Street) downtown. Also Louisburg Saturday is the Chamber Oyster Roast (5-7pm, tickets $35 per adult, age 12 and under free). See our OkTARberfest Weekend article.
Saturday, October 20, 2018 @ 11am-1pm
Join Knightdale Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Programs Department for their annual pet-focused event. Take part in a 2K9 walk, check out dog-related vendors, and enter your pup in the costume contest. Held at Ashley Wilder Dog Park (part of Knightdale Station), Knightdale NC. See details here.
Saturday, October 20, 2018 @ 11am-2pm
Celebrate the monarch butterfly migration across Mexico, the United States and Canada at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W Jones Street, Raleigh NC. The day offers a variety of butterfly-oriented activities and presentations, in partnership with the Consulate General De México in Raleigh and the Consulate General of Canada in Atlanta. See details at naturalsciences.org/calendar/event/monarch-migration (linked page says event is free).
Saturday, October 20, 2018 @ 11am-7pm
Join the fun at Pearson Park in downtown Kinston NC, for a mix of Eastern North Carolina food, food trucks, craft beer, vendors, live music, wines, and fun. Event listed on the Kinston-Lenoir County Chamber of Commerce website at directories.kinstonchamber.com/events/details/enc-food-brew-n-que-186980.
Saturday, October 20, 2018 @ noon
Head to Koi Pond Brewing Company, 1107 Falls Road, Rocky Mount NC, for music, beer, food trucks, and more. For families, there will be a “Kid Zone” plus yard games, vendors, and free entertainment. See event/updates on Facebook here.
Grill-Billies Chili Cook-off
Saturday, October 20, 2018 @ noon-5pm
This first-annual cook-off will bring two dozen teams together to compete with their chili recipes. Public needed to sample the chilis (free) and help choose the best chili. There will be arts and crafts vendors there for your holiday gift shopping pleasure too. Event organized and hosted by Grill-Billies BBQ, 36 N Pine Street, Wendell NC. Visit www.grillbilliesbarbecue.com/products/copy-of-peoples-choice-contest-mar-24th-wendell for details.
Saturday, October 20, 2018 @ noon-10pm
Food, music, vendors, hayrides, cemetery tours, and so much more in Fayetteville NC. See details, schedule, free stuff to do, and ticket information at www.faydogwoodfestival.com.
Saturday, October 20, 2018 @ 2-6pm
This is the fifth year for the city’s fall concert series which will be at the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, 301 Goldsboro Street S, Wilson NC. Entry is free for this live music event. Additional concerts planned on alternating Saturdays through October 20, 2018 (final date). Food trucks on-site. Adults-only: wrist bands available for $1 allowing beer/wine purchase. Bring chair/blanket for comfort. No coolers. See event details on the Historic Downtown Wilson website.
Saturday, October 20, 2018 @ 6-8pm
This Miracle League of Franklin County event will be held inside the school, 1753 Long Mill Road, Youngsville NC. Costumes are optional. Open to all — whether Miracle League participants or not — all special needs children and their families are welcome. Visit www.miracleleagueoffranklincounty.com.
Sunday, October 21, 2018 @ noon-5pm
Head to downtown around 111 W Main Street, Garner NC, for this food truck rodeo with more than a dozen food trucks, craft breweries, street music, and an opportunity to shop from local artisans. See details at downtowngarner.com/trick-or-eat-food-truck-rodeo-2018.
Sunday, October 21, 2018 @ 1-5pm
This third-annual festival at Odom Farming Co, 1426 Claridge Nursery Road, Goldsboro NC, offers farm activities, vendors, food trucks, music, games, contests, and more. Watch for event/updates via the farm’s Facebook page.
Sunday, October 21, 2018 @ 2-4pm (doors open 1:45pm)
Help for writers with issues from “I want to write but I don’t know where to begin” to “I’m close to my goal but not sure what’s next.” This event is free. Held on the first floor of the High Point Public Library, 901 North Main Street, High Point NC. See www.murderwewrite.org.
Sunday, October 21, 2018 @ 3:30-5:30pm
Are You Grieving the Loss of a Pet? The SPCA Pet Loss Support Group is not intended to replace professional counseling services or physician recommendations; it provides a space for sharing with others who have experienced the loss of a pet. The group’s meetings are open to all who are interested. Meetings held on third Sunday of most months at the SPCA of Wake County, 200 Petfinder Lane, Raleigh NC. The SPCA of Wake County website is spcawake.org.
Sunday, October 21, 2018 @ 4pm-?
Held at New Hope United Methodist Church, 200 E New Hope Road, Goldsboro NC, bring leashed/contained animals (of any type) to this “outdoor worship service where Pastor Steve Wellman will give us insights in our relationship with God and the animals that He has entrusted us with. Hymns, a mini-sermon, and concludes with the blessing of our animals.” Church info at gotnewhope.org.
Sunday, October 21, 2018 @ 4-6pm
Free for all ages. Wear a costume, collect candy, and enjoy the free hot dog dinner for the whole family. Festival activities include carnival games, a (cup)cake walk, face painting, pumpkin painting, cornhole, and more. Held at Faith Baptist Church of Smithfield, 202 S 4th Street, Smithfield NC. See church updates at www.facebook.com/FirstBaptistSmithfieldNC or visit the church website at fbcsmithfield.org.
Sunday, October 21, 2018 @ 7-10pm; doors open 6:30pm
Head to the Haunted Forest at Panic Point, 2808 Cedar Creek Road, Youngsville NC, for an evening just for grown ups. Tickets available via www.raleighhauntedhouse.com This date, Raleigh Brewery will have quality brews available (with ID).
Sunday, September 30-December 23, 2018 @ 2-4pm (every-other Sunday)
Sundays are for families, and are free. Bring your family to the Art Gallery for an afternoon full of family-friendly activities instructed by April Dickens. Drop into the gallery for art making, interactive play, gallery sketching, or go on your own exhibition tour! Registration is not required, drop-ins of age 3 and up with accompanying adults welcome. Held at Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences, 270 Gay Street, Rocky Mount NC. See the event on Facebook. For more information, visit imperialcentre.org. (Article)
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 @ 7-8:30pm
Held at Wilson County Public Library, 249 Nash Street N, Wilson NC. All writers welcome. Join author Merry Simmons (2018 Romance Writers of America RITA Award Finalist) as she shares advice for moving your story forward using goals, motivation, and conflict. This program is presented in partnership with the Wilson Writer’s Group. The Wilson County Public Library is online at www.youseemore.com/wilsoncountypl.
Thursday, October 25, 2018 @ 4:30-8:30pm
The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources Department annual Spooktacular is a free, family-oriented festival designed for children ages 12 and under. Held at the Flaherty Park Community Center, 1226 N White Street, Wake Forest NC. Festival include face painting, a cupcake walk, ghostly games/activities, and a supply of free pumpkin. Costumes encouraged. For more details, visit www.wakeforestnc.gov/halloween-spooktacular.aspx.
Friday, October 26, 2018 @ 4-5:30pm
The fun is happening at the HD Cooley Library, 114 W Church Street, Nashville NC, with this event. Enjoy games, trick-or-treating, a pet adoption event, and more. Get your face painted or a glitter tattoo.
Once the sun sets, hunker down in the parking lot for a free movie showing: Hocus Pocus. (See below)
Saturday, October 26, 2018 @ dusk
Gather at the HD Cooley Library, 114 W Washington Street, Nashville NC, for a free screening of a Halloween-themed, family-friendly movie, popcorn, and community. See the Town of Nashville’s Parks and Rec calendar for this event and more.
Friday, October 26, 2018 @ 6:30-8:30pm
A wine and cheese social to celebrate the literature of the fantastic, featuring a live performance of Edgar Allan Poe’s Classic story The Tell-Tale Heart. Held at Edgecombe County Memorial Library (ECML), 909 N Main Street, Tarboro NC. Admission is $10 per person, and tickets are available at the library. Proceeds will go to ECML Friends of the Library. Library information is online here.
Saturday, October 27, 2018 @ 9am-6pm
This free event, no registration required, will be held at the Wilson County Public Library’s main library, 249 Nash Street W, Wilson NC. Celebrate Halloween early with the Wilson County Public Library with an all-day movie marathon of classic black-and-white horror films. Attendees may bring a lunch. The library will be serving free popcorn and lemonade to movie watchers. (Movie ratings: unrated due to age.) The library is online at www1.youseemore.com/wilsoncountypl.
Saturday, October 27, 2018 @ 10am-4pm
Head to Rolesville for fun in the park. Held in Main Street Park, 200 S Main Street, Rolesville NC. There will be arts and crafts vendors, informational booths, small businesses selling goods, hot dogs, live music, and costume contests. Interested in being a vendor? See vendor application form here (PDF).
Saturday, October 27, 2018 @ 10am-2pm
Monthly public market with baked goods, locally made items, fresh produce, food trucks, and more. Held in Garner Recreational Park, 221 E Garner Road, Garner NC. Future date is November 24, 2018. See event here.
Saturday, October 27, 2018 @ 5-7pm
Join the fun at W.A. Foster Center, 1012 S John Street, Goldsboro NC, for a costume contest, dance off, games, refreshments, and more. Tickets are $5 per person (ages 7-14) and may be purchased online at www.goldsboroparksandrec.com/register (must have/make an account to register). For more information, call 919.734.4164.
Saturday, October 27, 2018 @ 5-8pm
Enjoy games, inflatables, free sno cones, a free hot dog dinner, popcorn, and much more. Join in the cake walk, pumpkin pickup, trunk or treat, ride a pony, or visit the petting zoo area. This free event designed for community fun is organized by Pilot Baptist Church, 8103 NC-39 Hwy, Zebulon NC. Sign up (requested for planning) may be done via www.jotform.com/chrismoniz/PilotHarvest2018.
Saturday, October 27, 2018, 6:30-11pm
Immerse yourself in a real, unusual, and slightly creepy part of the Victorian Era by attending a unique, historical funeral. This event will be held at the Weil House, 200 W Chestnut Street, Goldsboro NC. Presented by the Wayne County Historical Association, the evening presentation offers immersion in a historical home, complete with Victorian era-appropriate furnishings, demonstrations, and displays. See our article here.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 @ 5-9pm*
(Rescheduled from September due to Hurricane Florence) This is more than just a Halloween Night. Festival planners and Clayton Chamber of Commerce have loads of events planned, costumes, trunk-or-treat, hot dogs, contests, plus a free movie, plus a Midway carnival. Festival events span Halloween and several days following, taking over Clayton NC. See the Clayton Harvest Festival Facebook page for the event details and a number of posts describing the different parts of the festival, and what’s planned for each day. Note: *Time change.
November 3-4, 2018
The NC Whirligig Festival is held in Historic Downtown Wilson NC each year, celebrating the life of local folk artist Vollis Simpson and his whirligig creations. Find festival details at whirligigfestivalnc.org.
Friday, November 9, 2018 @ noon
On this date, the topic is “10 Plants That Make Great Holiday Greenery” in this event by the Nash County Co-op Extension Service. Held at the Nash County Arboretum, located at the Nash County Agriculture Center, 1006 Eastern Avenue, Nashville NC. See full 2018 tour at nash.ces.ncsu.edu.
Saturday, November 9-10, 2018 @ 10am-2pm
This series focuses on demonstrations and displays of traditional / old-time processes. This presentation is included with museum admission fee. See upcoming topics at www.tobaccofarmlifemuseum.org/events/stepping-into-the-past. Held at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, 709 N Church Street, Kenly NC.
November 9-10 is BBQ Cook Off Challenge: BBQ and family fun activities. Future date: Kenly Christmas Celebration (November 30 and December 1, 2018).
Saturday, November 10, 2018 @ 9am-1pm
Markets are held once-a-month in Fall and Spring. The market welcomes arts and craft vendors and farmers to sell their wares. The location is the Uptown Selma Gazebo, in the back parking lot of Town Hall, near 100 E Anderson Street, Selma NC. The market season Facebook event is here. See www.selma-nc.com/selma-saturdays.
Saturday, November 10, 2018 @ 5:30-7:30pm
Enjoy a free movie outdoors on the football field at Rolesville Middle School, 4700 Burlington Mills Road, Rolesville NC. Bring a chair or blanket for comfort. Concessions will be open for purchases during the movie. See full movie series here.
Toe Tag Chronicles Writers Event
November 11, 2018 @ 2-4pm; doors open 1:45pm
At this free event, Murder We Write presents “Toe Tag Chronicles” with actual case studies from their resident forensics expert, Jacque Perkins, who will present cases she encountered while working in the NC Medical Examiner’s office. This program will be especially helpful for murder mystery writers, but open to writers of all genres. Held on the second floor of High Point Public Library, 901 N Main Street, High Point NC. Visit www.murderwewrite.org for more information.
November 16-17, 2018
Zebulon Farm Fresh Market (ZFFM) reopens for two days in November to provide holiday shopping. Shop for gifts at the Holiday Market with vendors, entertainment, food trucks, and more at the Zebulon Community Center, 301 S Arendell Avenue, Zebulon NC. See ZFFM web page for market hours/schedule each day.
Saturday, November 17, 2018 @ 2-5pm
Head to Arkham Comix, 3710 Peppermill Drive, Suite F, Wilson NC, and meet local authors, check out books they’ve written, pick up some books for gifts (or yourself), and you can even get the books signed. Support local authors, buy and read local. Joint event with Sovereign Tomorrow Publications. See author names in Facebook event discussion.
December 13, 2018 @ 4-7pm
The fourth-annual Mistletoe Market returns to The Frontier, 800 Park Offices Drive, Research Triangle Park NC. This holiday market offers holiday shopping from 50 local vendors and artisans. Shoppers may also enjoy complimentary beer and wine. Visit www.rtp.org/event/the-rtp-mistletoe-market.
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