October 12, 2018

North Carolina State Fair
The largest annual event in the state, the North Carolina State Fair draws one million visitors through the gates each October, marking what many consider to be the unofficial beginning of the fall season. Eleven days of high-flying rides, deep-fried foods, live music, stunt shows and other entertainment (including nightly fireworks) has been a can’t-miss event for generations of families—the 2017 version of the North Carolina State Fair marked the 150th year of the event! Thursday though October 21st; 1025 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh NC 27607

Farmer’s Day Festival
Coats, NC will celebrate our 105th Farmers Day Festival, which honors our heritage and our farmers in the community. They will be celebrating with many live stage events, 80+ vendors, farm equipment show, kid’s park, auto show, campground with trail ride and live bands. The Lions Club will sponsor a pig cook off contest and sell barbecue plates. The largest parade in Harnett County begins at 1 pm on Saturday. Saturday & Sunday; 127 S McKinley St, Coats, NC 27521

Autumn Leaves Festival
The Autumn Leaves Festival  is held in Mt. Airy, NC each fall and showcases their rich musical heritage, like Old-Time, Blue Grass and Gospel performed by local musicians on the downtown stage. The unique arts & crafts of more than 200 craftsmen line the streets with many demonstrating their talents and skills passed down through the generations. Then there is “Food for the Soul” – ham biscuits, collards & cornbread, barbeque, hamburgers, ground steak and more served with hospitality by our local civic and other community groups. Friday, 9 am – 9 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 12 -6 pm; corner of W. Elm and N. Main St, Mt. Airy, NC

MumFest is a combination of family fun, entertainment, attractions, exhibitors and great food in the beautifully restored setting of historic downtown New Bern and its waterfront. About 100,000 festival-goers enjoyed Mumfestivities in 2017. And, MumFest 2018 promises to be another fabulous fun-filled fall weekend! Saturday & Sunday; New Bern, NC 28563

Mountain Glory Festival
Marion, North Carolina celebrates the arrival of autumn in the Blue Ridge during their annual Mountain Glory Festival.  For 35 years, beautiful downtown Marion has hosted this popular celebration on the 2nd Saturday in October. Celebrate small-town life in the mountains. You will find original handicrafts with three jam packed blocks, featuring locally made arts and crafts. Enjoy lots of festival foods and the wide variety of live entertainment, focusing on old time mountain music. Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm; 21 S Main St, Marion, NC 28752; 828.652.2215

Eastern Carolina BBQ Throwdown
The Annual Eastern Carolina BBQ Throw Down is a professional cooking competition based on KCBS categories (chicken, pork ribs, pork, & beef brisket). Awards include Grand Champion, Reserved Grand Champion, and People’s Choice Award. Cash awards, trophies, and plaques were awarded up to 10th place in each category. Friday, 12 – 8 pm, Saturday, 12:30 – 6 pm; 101 Coastline St, Rocky Mount, NC; 252.972.1159

Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo
The city of Raleigh serves up every type of food you can think of…on a truck! Eleven city blocks (over a half-mile!) in downtown Raleigh are lined with more than 50 of the best food trucks around. Feast on wood-fired pizzas, lobster rolls, over-the-top ice cream concoctions, barbecue sandwiches and more. Sunday; Downtown Raleigh, NC

Sip + Savor: A Wine, Food, and Music Experience
More than 30 of the Triangle’s finest restaurant dishes will be paired with world-class wines at the second annual Sip + Savor – A Wine, Food, and Music Experience. Enjoy live music and desserts on the DPAC stage, along with wine from some of the world’s finest wine producers and sommeliers. There will be hands-on educational classes and panel discussions on the wine industry. A portion of proceeds will benefit Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, a nonprofit, volunteer organization that each year re-routes millions of pounds of healthy food to people in need in a seven-county area. This food comes from retail food donations, the Food Shuttle Teaching Farm, volunteer food drives and field gleaning. Sunday, 4 – 7 pm; 123 Vivian St, Durham, NC 27701

2018 Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Festival
Taste local and regional chocolates and cheeses along with a variety of wines from different regions of Italy, Spain, France and the US. You can also browse vendors and the shops of Lafayette Village. Visit the demonstration tent to learn from experts in these categories.  There will also be live music from three bands, two DJ’s and other entertainment during this relaxing and unique local festival. All VIP Ticket holders will be automatically entered to win a $500 gift card and basket from SAKS! $29.95-$119.95; Saturday, noon; 8450 Honeycutt Rd, Raleigh, NC 27615; 919.714.7447

Blocktober Fest – A Benefit for Dynamic Water
Dynamic Water is a non-profit organization based in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park, and is dedicated to providing access to clean, safe drinking water to communities in need. They partner with organizations around the world like the Thirst Project, Su Nica and Global Hope India to fund the building of water wells. Little City Brewing and Provisions Co. is celebrating their anniversary with their co-hosts, Dynamic Water. Enjoy live music all day with the best local DJ’s, beer tents, food vendors, contests, giveaways, carnival-style and other games, bounce house, local celebrity/business owners, sumo wrestling, human size beer pong, prizes, and luxury vehicle displays. Free; Saturday, noon; 400 W. North St, Raleigh, NC

Brüeprint Brewing Company Celebrates 4 Years of Beers
Enjoy special beer releases, food trucks, and more. There will be food from: Arepa Culture NC, Barone Meatball Company, Soul Fresh Spring Rolls, Trash Talk Food Truck, Ingredient NC, and Cousins Maine Lobster. Music is by Rock ‘N Roll High School (1 – 3 pm) and Major Vice (5 – 9 pm). Free; Saturday, 12 – 11 pm; 1229 Perry Rd, Ste 101, Apex, NC

International Night Market
This monthly affair has a dozen or so local, small businesses with a global focus. They believe in the power of open alleyways, open markets, and open hearts. This weekend, support GumCha – The original, hand loomed 100% cotton scarf; Descalza; Kaleido Collection; and Carolina Soap Market. Free; Friday, 7 – 10 pm; 726 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701

Walk/Run for Hope
In the nearly 30 years since it began, this flagship charity event has raise millions of dollars towards better understanding—and, eventually, maybe even curing—illnesses like depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD, postpartum depression, schizophrenia, and anorexia. 100% of the money raised by participants directly funds local mental health research at the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Psychiatry. It also helps call attention to the stigma and significance of these often invisible illnesses, which affect as many as 1 in 5 American adults. Show solidarity and walk for family, friends, and community members living with a mental illness. After the walk is over, celebrate with a family-friendly afternoon of food, games, music, and prizes. $70, $30/children, $75/day of, $35/children day of; Sunday, 10 am; The Angus Barn, 9401 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC 27601

By Whitney

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