October 19, 2018

SPARKcon 2.0
Hurricane Florence huffed and puffed, but she couldn’t extinguish the SPARK for long! They’re ready to reboot and and fill downtown Raleigh with all things creative and SPARKy! Each year, SPARKcon features more than 2,000 artists in 200+ events. Each segment of the creative community plans their own “SPARKs” to showcase their talent. SPARKcon’s goal is to connect and educate emerging, creative leaders through training, interdisciplinary collaboration, and an open source structure leading to the creation of a unique four-day creativity explosion in Downtown Raleigh. Each category, or group of activities, is called a “SPARK” (musicSPARK, fashionSPARK, etc.) and is organized by volunteers who create programming that best represents their art form, whether a performance, an exhibition, showcase. or interactive digital game. This open source leadership structure allows any organizer, talent or audience member to create and add value to the experience in their own way. Through Sunday; 400 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601

Triangle Oktoberfest
This authentic German festival focuses on family fun, traditional Bavarian food, local and authentic Enjoy German beers from Munich, live music by The Polka Brothers, wiener Dog Races and Parade, Kinder Platz (inflatables, face painting and games), Masskrugstemmen (Stein Hoist) competition, Hammerschlagen (hammer striking) competition, and yodeling. The festival supports The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and other local charities. $15+; Friday, 5 – 10 pm, Saturday, 12 – 9 pm; Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary

Midtown Pumpkin Palooza
The Midtown Raleigh Alliance invites you to join in for a fall festival of events for the entire family (even the dog!) This year’s event promises another fun-filled day ~ including a live band, a KidZone, the famous Midtown Chili Cook-off, the all new ‘Terrence and Torry’s Tailgate Zone’, a Canine Costume Contest, beer by Trophy Brewing and the fantastic new Bubbly & Baubles by The Capital Grille and Kendra Scott. They will also raffle a diamond and onyx necklace from Fink’s Jewelers and a pair of Carolina Panthers tickets. Register online and save! Help support kids coping with cancer in their family as we support KidsCAN from the Holt Brothers Foundation! $10/online, $5/ages 6-16, free/5 and under, $25/family (2 adults and 3 kids), (Adult and family tickets $5 more at gate); Sunday, 3 – 6 pm; 4011 Cardinal at North Hills St, Raleigh, NC 27609; 919.438.2210

Reidsville Fall Jubilee
Each October, thousands take the opportunity to see how Reidsville embodies their city slogan — ­Live Simply; Think Big — at the city’s annual Fall Jubilee. The Fall Jubilee is one of the largest festivals in Rockingham County and has entertainment, food, fun and a car show featuring more than 200 beautifully restored antique cars and trucks, street rods and classics. The Reidsville Fall Jubilee showcases more than 100 quality vendors offering a mix of art, crafts, jewelry, fashion accessories, pottery, home and garden décor, and much more. You will also find favorite fun festival foods, including  turkey legs, hot dogs, barbecue, blooming onions, funnel cakes, snow cones, steak and cheese sandwiches, ribs, and sausage dogs — to name a few. The Kidz Zone features family entertainment, including bounce houses and amusement rides, and Touch A Truck with vehicles from the city’s Police, Fire, and Public Works departments. Free; Saturday, 10 am-9 pm; 230 W. Morehead St, Reidsville, NC 27320

Carolina Balloon Festival
Iredell County continues the heritage of hot air ballooning, spotlight the community of Statesville and donate a percentage of Carolina BalloonFest proceeds to local nonprofit organizations. Hot air balloon flights are scheduled twice daily. $5+; Friday-Sunday; Statesville Regional Airport, 260 Hangar Dr, Statesville, NC 28677

Don’t Be Mean to People: A Festival for the ACLU of NC
Ponysaurus Brewing Co. is hosting “Don’t Be Mean to People: A Festival for the American Civil Liberties of North Carolina,” a two-day music festival with 20 acts including Wye Oak, Rafiq Bhatia, Superchunk (acoustic), Kooley High, Skylar Gudasz, Spider Bags, Body Games, Work Clothes, Tooth, The Hot at Nights Orchestra, Eugene Chadbourne, Shirlette Ammons and The Dynamite Brothers, ZenSoFly, Pie Face Girls, Al Riggs, Nathan Bowles & Joe Westerlund, The Dynamite Brothers, Polyorchard, and The Muslims. All of the proceeds from the festival benefit the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina, an organization with the mission of preserving and defending the guarantees of individual liberty found in the North Carolina Constitution and the U.S. Constitution. Friday, October 19th, Runaway, a Durham apparel and lifestyle brand, releases a co-branded collaboration capsule line with Ponysaurus Brewing Co. In conjunction, Ponysaurus Brewing Co. will release The Runaway IPA, a collaboration India Pale Ale brewed with the Runaway team. $40/two days, $150/VIP; Friday & Saturday; 219 Hood St, Durham, NC 27701

CMF39 October Raleigh Drag Brunch
Featuring Dana St JamesValarie Aunt-Carol RockwellEmory StarrTia Douglas, & Jayden James Starr. $20; Sunday, 11:30 am, show: 12:15 pm; 511 West Hargett St, Downtown Raleigh, NC

TerraVita’s Fall Fête on the Village Green
TerraVita Food & Drink Festival’s ninth year will wrap up with our signature event under the tent. The Fall Fête includes a lot of amazing food and drink with live bluegrass! It gets larger this year, featuring both an Artisan Tent and more than 40 chefs and food artisans from across the state of North Carolina – representing the coast, the mountains, and everything in between. In addition, two dozen beverage producers will offer sustainably-sourced beverages from across the globe – including microbrews; spirits; craft sodas; organic coffees; drinking vinegars; and biodynamic, organically-grown, and natural wines. Participants include Jolie in Raleigh, Buxton Hall Barbecue in Asheville, Vidalia in Boone, Crook’s Corner in Chapel Hill, Fullsteam Brewery and Durham Distillery. For the VIP experience, guests will enter at noon and enjoy signature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres by Hummingbird for the first half hour, then have the opportunity to enjoy the big tent 30 minutes earlier than standard admission, beginning at 12:30 pm. $65-$100; Saturday, 12:30 pm (VIP enters at 12 pm); 400 Market St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Mac and Cheese Throwdown
Get your mac and cheese craving cured this weekend. The current lineup is Relish, The Butcher’s Market, Oak and Dagger, Wandering Moose, Dram and Draught, US Foods, The Mac House, Southern Charred, NOFO and the chef from 214 Martin. All proceeds benefit The Hope Center at Pullen. $25; Sunday, 5 – 8 pm; Market Hall, 215 Wolfe St, Raleigh NC

2018 Bull City Race Fest & Food Truck Rodeo
The half marathon and 5-miler begin at the American Tobacco Campus in downtown Durham. From there, half marathoners head north, weaving through downtown Durham for the first mile of the course before heading west and weaving through the Trinity Park neighborhood. The trip through Trinity Park concludes near the halfway point of the half marathon with a run through Duke University’s East Campus, the original location of the university. The second half of the course takes runners through Duke’s central campus via Campus Drive, then through the Duke Forest and Forest Hills neighborhoods before crossing the finish line back at the American Tobacco Campus. Runners not up to running the full half marathon may take part in the 5-mile run or the 1-mile fun run. Participants in the half marathon and 5-miler must maintain a 15:00 mile pace throughout the race. Sunday 7:30 am; 318 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701

Trick or Eat Food Truck Rodeo
Downtown Garner’s Trick or Eat Food Truck Rodeo is back! Bring your family and friends and enjoy 15 Food Trucks, 3 Craft Breweries, street music, and local artisans! Truck Line-up: Cousins Maine Lobster, Ingredient NC, Dusty Donuts, Bam Pow Chow, BO’s kitchen, Oak City Fish and Chips, Fuzzy’s, Empanadas, Longleaf Swine BBQ, Flattz Signature Flatbreads, Moonrunners Saloon, JAM Ice Cream, Not Just Icing, Inc., The Cow and The Oak, Medley, and Gussy’s Greek Street Food. Craft Breweries include Brice’s Brewing Company, Double Barley Brewing, and Haw River Farmhouse Ales. Sunday, 12 – 5 pm; W Main St, Garner, NC 27529

This epic gathering of beagles raises money for Triangle Beagle Rescue Of NC. Triangle Beagle Rescue (aka TriBeagles or TBR) is a breed-specific beagle rescue in the Triangle (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill) area of North Carolina. Triangle Beagle Rescue of NC is committed to saving the lives of beagles no matter their age or their veterinary care needs. They are a 100% foster-based rescue and are always looking for wonderful fosters to join our life saving team; the more fosters we have, the more lives we can save. There will be vendors, games, contests, swag, raffles, food, beagles and FUN! Friendly, leashed dogs (and their humans) welcome. All money raised will go towards the care of our rescue beagles. Saturday, 1-4 pm; Sunny Acres Pet Resort, Durham, NC

By Whitney

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