November 2, 2018

Carolina Artisan Craft Market
Come out to the Carolina Artisan Craft Market at the Raleigh Convention Center for handcrafted jewelry, furniture, pottery, photography and more—a perfect opportunity for fun holiday shopping! Browse and chat with the artists to walk away with a best-fit piece for you or a friend. Also, enjoy live music and artist demonstrations. Friday – Sunday; 500 S. Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

77th Annual NC Gourd Arts & Crafts Festival
Check out all things gourds at this total fall festival! The N.C. Gourd Society’s annual event features displays of gourds from around the world, gourd crafting classes, make-and-take crafts and vendors of dried gourds, gourd seeds, gourd crafts, gourd art, books, T-shirts and crafting supplies. The event, held at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, also includes a silent auction, a free gourd crafting table for kids and free talks on how to grow gourds. Saturday & Sunday, 9 am – 5 pm; 1025 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607

North Carolina Whirligig Festival
Wilson, N.C. hosts its 14th annual North Carolina Whirligig Festival in Historic Downtown Wilson. The popular community arts festival, which attracts more than 60,000, happens annually the first weekend in November in celebration of the arts, specifically the whimsical, wind-driven whirligigs (giant sculptures made from recycled industrial parts by local folk-artist Vollis Simpson). This year’s festival footprint is expanded to encompass the new Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, which opened last November to considerable fanfare. Free; Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday, 12 am – 5 pm; 301 Goldsboro St, Wilson, NC 27893

Día de los Muertos at Neuse River Brewing Company
Join in the  4th Annual Dia de los Muertos party! Celebrate and remember those that are no longer with us but live on in spirit with special beer releases, special edition Dia de los Muertos glass, children’s activities, food from the El Molcajete NC food truck, and live music from 3-6 pm. Saturday, 2 – 7 pm; 518 Pershing Rd, Raleigh, NC 27608

8th Annual Durham Oktoberfest
Join in a German Kitchen Takeover with pretzels, schnitzels, brats and more! Wash it all down with Paulaner Oktoberfestbier. The Oberkrainer Band will be playing from 4:30 – 6:30 pm in the Garage Bar and Little German Band & Dancers will perform from 7 – 11 pm in the showroom. Friday, 4 pm; 723 Rigsbee Ave, Durham, NC 27701

Eyes Up Here Comedy
Laugh the night away with The Triangles best comics, hosted my Kahtleen McDonald. $5; Friday, doors: 7 pm, show: 8 pm; Neptunes Parlour, 14 W Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601

6th Annual Salt & Smoke Festival
Acme presents the sixth annual Salt & Smoke Festival at Rock Quarry Farm. Feast on a whole heritage hog BBQ with heaping plates of southern sides, raw oysters, the best local booze, live music all day long, and much more. Back-to-back shows by Boom Unit Brass Band, Old Well Wishers, Ellis Dyson & The Shambles, and a dance party with DJ Darion Elder! $100; Sunday, 3 – 8 pm; 54 West, Chapel Hill, NC 27516; 919.929.1408

Pumpkin Smash
Wondering what to do with your leftover Halloween Pumpkins? Join MIX 101.5 for the 3rd Annual Great Pumpkin Smash. It’s a full day of family fun! Eat pumpkin foods, AND smash leftover halloween pumpkins! Saturday, 11 am – 2 pm; 711 Beaver Dam Rd, Creedmoor, NC 27522

Durham Central Park’s Food Truck Rodeo
This is the final one of 2018! A Durham Central Park Food Truck Rodeo is an all-ages Sunday afternoon gathering of dozens of the Triangle’s most popular food trucks, five times each year. Chow down on eat from the trucks’ menus–from savory and stick-to-your-ribs to sweet treats. Featured band: the Triangle’s very own Niito! Recommended for fans of music that blurs the lines between R&B, Soul, Funk, Jazz and Blues. Guest trucks have included included American Meltdown, MaMa Dukes, Pie Pushers, Porchetta, Chez Moi Bakery and OnlyBurger. Locally-brewed craft beer and a band are always on hand. Dogs are allowed at the Food Truck Rodeo on regular (not retractable) leashes. Sunday, 12 – 4 pm; Durham Central Park, 502 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701

City of Oaks Marathon
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina City of Oaks Marathon, Presented by WRAL Each course has been designed to showcase many of the focal points of the City of Raleigh, including Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh, the State Capitol Building, the Glenwood South restaurant district, Meredith College, NC State University, and the NC State University Bell Tower. Each course highlights the diversity of Raleigh’s landscape, from modern city to wooded trails with a streamed setting. Marathon runners will be treated to a run on the Capital Area Greenway system. The City of Oaks race has a distance option for any runner! You can #RunOaks by racing any of the following distance options: 26.2 mile Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Raleigh City of Oaks Marathon, Presented by WRAL, 13.1 mile UNC REX Healthcare Half Marathon, the Old Reliable 10k, Four-person Marathon Relay, and a Kids’ Mile. Sunday, 7 am; 2011 Hillsborough St, Raleigh, NC 27607

Super Saturday with Epic Axe Throwing
Feeling adventurous? Epic Axe Throwing will be at Compass Rose! Come out and throw axes while drinking beer. End up being a natural? Join in the EPIC tournament! Food Truck for the night will be Mr. Mongolian from 5-9 pm. Live music: Nico Zarcone Band from 8-11 pm. $5/5 throws, $20/tournament; Saturday, axe throwing: 1 – 4 pm, tournament: 3 pm; 3201 Northside Dr, Raleigh, NC 27615

By Whitney

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