Find a North Carolina fall festival to attend in 2019. Our events calendar for September, October and November 2019 has things to do across North Carolina including activities in Asheville, Charlotte, Raleigh, Winston-Salem and more. Our list includes festivals celebrating the local harvest, food, music, beer, Oktoberfest and more.
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North Carolina Rice Festival - Leland, NC - Mar 1 to Mar 3, 2019
Florence update – postponed until March 1-3, 2019 Rice cooking contest, live music, arts and crafts, art contest, kids play area and a beer garden. Held at Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville.
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Brookwood and Carolina Place Oktoberfest - Wilmington, NC -
Shine to Wine Festival - North Wilkesboro, NC - Sep 17, 2016
12th annual event. Wine/beer/spirit tastings, live entertainment, art and food. General admission is free. Tasting ticket is $15 in advance or $20. It is held annually on the third Saturday in September.
Oktoberfest House Party - Cashiers, NC - Oct 15, 2016
The High Hampton Inn will host its seventh annual Oktoberfest House Party with a special menu of German food and German beer. Live music and costumed dancers complete the afternoon of German fun. Location: High Hampton Inn, 1525 Highway 107 South, Cashiers, N.C. 28717
Linden Crossroads Festival - Linden, NC - Oct 29, 2016
Pagan Pride Days Festival - Raleigh, NC - Jan 1, 2017
Unusual pagan event attracts over 3000 participants for live entertainment and education with workshops, music, vendors and more. Held at the NC State Fairgrounds.
North Carolina Apple Festival - Hendersonville, NC - Sep 1 to Sep 4, 2017
Labor Day Weekend family festival for over 60 years celebrating the most important agricultural product in Henderson County. Street fair, arts & crafts, King Apple Parade, festival food, free entertainment.
Dublin Peanut Festival - Dublin, NC - Sep 16, 2017
Celebrate the harvest in the peanut capital of North Carolina. Peanut bakeoff contest, parade, pageant, car show, pedal tractor pull and more.
Cashiers Leaf Festival - Cashiers, NC - Oct 6 to Oct 8, 2017
More than 10,000 visit this mountain village for the changing leaves and 100 artisans and merchants. Free admission. Plenty of food and drinks and lots of live music choices on various stages.
17DAYS Festival - Greensboro, NC - Oct 13 to Oct 29, 2017
Experience over 100 main events during this 17 day festival. Activities include music, theater, dance, storytelling, art, and cultural activities. Enjoy local wine and brew tastings plus great food.
Swansboro Mullet Festival - Swansboro, NC - Oct 14 to Oct 15, 2017
World Beer Festival - Durham, NC - Oct 14, 2017
Sample beers from breweries around the world. Several festivals here, including the North Carolina Beer Festival with some of the state’s best, a Cask Ale Festival, Cider Garden and Belgian Bier Festival. Don’t miss the new Friday night happy hour.
Winterville Watermelon Festival - Winterville, NC - Aug 23 to Aug 25, 2018
Amusement rides, live entertainment, food vendors and commerical vendors, bingo, family fun night, Dare Devil Dog Team performances, Vendor and Craft Show, parade, Watermelon eating contest, and more
Oak Island Art Guild Arts & Crafts Festival - Oak Island, NC - Sep 1, 2018
Come on down to the soccer field behind Middleton Park and Town Hall for over 100 arts and crafts vendors, as well as festival food! This event offers free admission and benefits the Art Guild’s philanthropic activities
Ayden Collard Festival - Ayden, NC - Sep 6 to Sep 9, 2018
A popular event with pageant, parade, art show, eating and cooking contests, live entertainment including music acts and talent show. Since 1975.
Hopscotch Music Festival - Raleigh, NC - Sep 6 to Sep 9, 2018
More than 120 bands over 3 days in downtown Raleigh, offering rock, hip-hop, metal, folk, electronic, experimental, and more, plus an art exhibition and more
Goombay Street Festival - Asheville, NC - Sep 7 to Sep 8, 2018
Enjoy sights and sounds of the African-Caribbean at this free weekend festival, held at Pack Square Park. Lots of live music, drums, gospel, reggae, funk and soul plus kids area, local dance troupes and food and craft vendors.
Mountain Song Festival - Brevard, NC - Sep 7 to Sep 9, 2018
Brevard Music Center’s Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium features a covered 1800 seat main stage with additional lawn seats. This event has plenty of food, music, children’s activities, picking sessions, and more for this 3 day event.
North Carolina Folk Festival - Greensboro, NC - Sep 7 to Sep 9, 2018
Held the same week as the National Folk Festival, this 3 day outdoor event features over 300 musicians, dancers, and craftsman on multiple stages. Includes a Family Activities Area, Arts Marketplace and food court.
Outer Banks Stunt Kite Competition - Nags Head, NC - Sep 8 to Sep 9, 2018
Regional kite competition with free family fun fly day (Saturday) and demos. Watch the talented kite fliers on Sunday with performances synchronized to music.
Oktoberfest Happy Hour - Raleigh, NC - Sep 14, 2018
Canceled due to Florence – however, weather permitting, the taproom *may* be open, and they will play German music. Please call them to confirm (their number is (919) 400-9086), and be safe when travelling.
CenterFest Arts Festival - Durham, NC - Sep 15 to Sep 16, 2018
Florence update – canceled due to storm. They will be back in 2019, and are focusing on shifting the artists who would have come to the November show, the Durham Art Walk Holiday Market (Nov 17 & 18, 2018). Voted one of the top 100 fine arts festivals in the country. Features continuous music, dance, entertainment by more than 70 performing acts. Also a featured kids zone area for hands-on art activities and fun.
Carolina in the Fall - Wilkesboro, NC - Sep 21 to Sep 22, 2018
4th annual Music and Food Festival featuring the state’s best folk/roots music bands, plus a variety of bands from around the world, to entertain bluegrass and folk music lovers. Food trucks from around the region feed the masses and vie for the festival’s Food Truck Championship trophy, and local vineyards and breweries are on hand with the best of the region’s beverages.
Festival in the Park - Charlotte, NC - Sep 21 to Sep 23, 2018
54nd annual event. Festival food, clowns, karaoke, aerial dance, arts & crafts and family fun zone.
Waldhorn Restaurant Oktoberfest - Pineville, NC - Sep 21 to Oct 13, 2018
This German restaurant opens up for their Annual Oktoberfest with German food and live music under the tent. Dance the night away. Music bands.
Lafayette Village Oktoberfest - Raleigh, NC - Sep 22, 2018
Enjoy German food, local craft beer, live music and wiener dog races at this village located on six acres in North Raleigh. There are also kids games, crafts and door prizes. Lafayette Village is designed to resemble a European village with quaint shops, gourmet restaurants and paved walkways. and stuff
Southport Moose Oktoberfest - Southport, NC - Sep 22, 2018
Note: Postponed due to road conditions, please see website for the updated date. Choice of weiner schnitzel or bratwurst with german potato salad and sauerkraut, plus beers, live music and more.
Mayberry Days - Mount Airy, NC - Sep 24 to Sep 30, 2018
Live music, comedy, magic shows, Barbecue Cook-off, parade, games and family fun. Hosted by the Surry Arts Council at various locations including the Andy Griffith Playhouse, Earle Theatre and Blackmon Amphitheatre.
Liberty Antiques Festival - Staley, NC - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2018
An annual event with over 400 dealers and thousands of pieces of 18th-20th century antiques and collectibles from furniture, glass, pottery, military, toys, dolls, jewelry, art and so much more. Children and parking are free.
Muscadine Festival - Kenansville, NC - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2018
Celebrate North Carolina’s State Fruit at Duplin County Events Center. Amateur wine making contest, cooking contest., live music, food, arts, crafts, fun and over 30 local wineries.
Art of Cool Festival - Durham, NC - Sep 28 to Sep 29, 2018
Musical performances at various venues in downtown Durham.
Carrboro Music Festival - Carrboro, NC - Sep 29 to Sep 30, 2018
21st annual. Free two day event with local music performances (over 200 acts across 29 venues!) plus farmer’s market and more.
Mountain Heritage Day - Cullowhee, NC - Sep 29, 2018
Hosted by Western Carolina University, this event features the best of folk and roots music bands in the area, performing on three stages. Sample local wine and brews plus great southern styled foods, plus workshops, arts and crafts, dance, family reunion, kids’ tent and more. Admission and parking are free!
Charlotte Oktoberfest - Charlotte, NC - Sep 29, 2018
This annual North Carolina Oktoberfest will have live music, beer from local, national and German breweries, games in the Creative Loafing Beerlympic Village, and food vendors with brats and other foods.
New Bern Oktoberfest - New Bern, NC - Sep 29, 2018
Bluegrass Island Festival - Manteo, NC - Oct 3 to Oct 6, 2018
Enjoy a weekend of bluegrass by the sea! Held at Roanoke Island Festival Park
WNC Pottery Festival - Dillsboro, NC - Oct 3, 2018
A juried art event with 40+ master potters plus demonstrations and silent auction. WNC Clay Olympics competition precedes the festival.
Shakori Hills GrassRoots Fall Festival of Music & Dance - Pittsboro, NC - Oct 4 to Oct 7, 2018
Four days of music, dance, art and education with more than 60 bands on 4 stages.
Brushy Mountain Apple Festival - North Wilkesboro, NC - Oct 5 to Oct 6, 2018
40th annual. One of the largest one-day arts and crafts festivals in the Southeast. Enjoy free admission to the event, which features 4 different music stages, dancers and other live entertainment, plus Appalachian Heritage crafts and more from over 425 arts and craft vendors, 100 food vendors, including everything Apple, and more. Attended by over 160,000. Activities begin on Friday night with the “Apple Jam.”
North Carolina Seafood Festival - Morehead City, NC - Oct 5 to Oct 7, 2018
The rich cultural traditions of eastern North Carolina are yours to absorb with music, craftsmen, artists, storytellers and more, plus boat builders, net hangers, crab pot makers and more who share their crafts, as well as the opportunity to discuss issues with policy makers, commercial fisherman, educators and others to preserve the state’s seafood industry. Fill your belly with some of the best seafood, including “Down East” clam chowder, shrimp burgers and so much more.The Enjoy music on three stages from blues to jazz geared for the whole family. Stop by tables hosted by all kind of vendors, including local organizations, artists, and more.
Wilmington Riverfest - Wilmington, NC - Oct 5 to Oct 7, 2018
250,000 visit the two-day celebration located from Market Street to Cape Fear Community College. Take in live music, dancing and more on multiple stages. The kids zone includes facepainting, airbrush tattoos, mardi gras mask making, inflatables and more. Other offerings include craft vendors, concession booths, fireworks, Miss Riverfest, and more.
Duck Jazz Festival - Duck, NC - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2018
Free festival showcasing national, regional and local jazz musicians in Duck Town Park. Bring your food coolers, chairs, blankets, pets and kids to this family friendly event. Downtown business, including eateries, are open to help you enjoy this great event.
Great Grapes Wine, Arts & Food Festival - Charlotte, NC - Oct 6, 2018
15th annual. Casual wine tasting event with hundreds of wines available for tasting from 20+ wineries, plus festival food, live music, arts & crafts, and free kids area. Souvenir tasting glass with admission. Kids and parking are free. Held annually at Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall.
Phoenix Fest - Durham, NC - Oct 6, 2018
17th annual. Celebrate African American cultural traditions with music, a parade and family friendly activities, plus food and other vendors.
Asheboro Fall Festival - Asheboro, NC - Oct 6 to Oct 7, 2018
46rd annual event. A wonderful combination of street fair, bazaar, and homecoming with a 10K road race, live music, crafts, Heritage Village and more, hosted by the Randolph Arts Guild, and featuring over 400 vendors, amusements, livestock show and more.
Kernersville Oktoberfest - Kernersville, NC - Oct 6, 2018
Asheville Oktoberfest - Asheville, NC - Oct 6, 2018
This Oktoberfest mixes Bavaria with Asheville. Local breweries, oompah band, Oktoberfest games and food. Only 3000 tickets will be sold. Ticket prices escalate as the event approaches (starting at $25 per person) and they expect them to sell out. Oktoberfest contests like the stein race and keg-rolling contest will be back, as well as new competitions to keep everyone on their toes. The Stratton Mountain Boys will be yodeling and playing Polka music on the stage. Location: Coxe Avenue, Asheville, NC
Oktoberfest Under the Bridge - Wilmington, NC - Oct 6, 2018
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Milltown Oktoberfest - Carrboro, NC - Oct 6, 2018
St. Patrick Oktoberfest - Fayetteville, NC - Oct 7, 2018
A 20 piece German band will be playing while attendees enjoy bratwurst and other food, beer and wine, and more. 21+ event.
Columbus County Fair - Whiteville, NC - Oct 9 to Oct 14, 2018
Acrobatic thrill shows, live music, Old McDonald’s Farm, hypnotist shows, horticulture and livestock exhibits, children’s entertainment, arts and crafts, contests and midway rides for all ages. Held at the Columbus County Fairgrounds.
North Carolina State Fair - Raleigh, NC - Oct 11 to Oct 21, 2018
Nearly one million attend each year. Folk festival, fireworks, flower & garden show, local wine and craft beer exhibit, grandstand shows and more. Held annually at State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raleigh, NC.
Autumn Leaves Festival - Mount Airy, NC - Oct 12 to Oct 14, 2018
Nearly 200,000 typically attend over the course of the weekend. Toe tapping, foot stomping, hand-clapping music with arts & crafts and great food choices. Known for its old time Bluegrass and Gospel music. Admission is free. One of North Carolina’s longest running events.
MumFest - New Bern, NC - Oct 12 to Oct 14, 2018
Annually attended by more than 100,000 who enjoy the family fun, entertainment, foods and attractions.
Hickory Oktoberfest - Hickory, NC - Oct 12 to Oct 14, 2018
A three day outdoor festival on the second weekend in October generally attended by more than 100,000 people. Get your exercise in with a 5K run/walk OR 10K run. Consume a beverage in one of the two beer gardens. Multiple stages offer live music from polka to rock & roll. Juried arts and crafts show of handmade products offers prizes to the top three artisans. First prize is $300, second prize is $200 and third prize is $100. Amusement rides, carnival games and KidFest area for children. Hundreds of food and commercial vendors will be there offering delicious food from barbecue to Bavarian pastries, as well as unique products and art. Location: Union Square, Main Ave NW, Hickory, NC 28601
John Blue Cotton Festival - Laurinburg, NC - Oct 13 to Oct 14, 2018
35th annual. Home tour, hayrides, crafts, pony rides, food and children’s games plus a new car and motorcycle show and live entertainment.
Pleasure Island Seafood Blues and Jazz Festival - Kure Beach, NC - Oct 13 to Oct 14, 2018
25th annual. A weekend of non stop musical talent on both the Jazz Stage and Blues Stage. Enjoy the Arts & Wine Garden, crafts, wine tasting, delicious locally sourced seafood, and Kidz Zone.
Sugar Mountain Resort Oktoberfest - Village of Sugar Mountain, NC - Oct 13 to Oct 14, 2018
Annual Oktoberfest with fall foliage and a weekend of festival activities. The Harbour Town Fest Band will be filling the area with live music and Bavarian atmosphere from the Oom Pah Band every afternoon. The Avery Smooth Dancers and the Mountain Laurel Cloggers will get you out of your seat and moving with them. Bavarian food will include bratwurst, knockwurst sauerkraut, pretzels, strudel and Spaten Oktoberfest beer. This is a family friendly event with arts & crafts and children’s fun center (including inflatable bounce houses and hay rides). Admission is free. Free parking with shuttle service. Pets are welcome if they are on a leash, but they will not be allowed inside or on the deck. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy the breathtaking views and fall colors with a ski chairlift ride. Round trip ride takes 45 minutes and costs $12 for a one-time ride or $25 for an all-day ticket.
Mills River Oktoberfest - Arden, NC - Oct 13, 2018
Triad German Club Oktoberfest - Winston-Salem, NC - Oct 13, 2018
This Winston-Salem Oktoberfest is hosted by the Triad German Club and includes live music, traditional German food and beer. Tickets are $12 in advance and incudes a traditional German food platter. Food includes items such as bratwurst, wieners, rippchen, sauerkraut, potato salad, homemade pastries and pretzel rolls. Beverages, including German beer, are sold separately. A portion of the proceeds benefit schools with German language and culture programs.
Wings Over Water Wildlife Festival - , NC - Oct 16 to Oct 21, 2018
More than 400 avian species to spot on guided birding trips, art and photography workshops, tram tours, kayak and canoe tours, and more. Over 100 guided programs for enthusiasts during this event. There is an encore event in December.
Lake Eden Arts Festival - Black Mountain, NC - Oct 18 to Oct 21, 2018
For over 20 years LEAF has put on this non profit event, filled with art, crafts, learning experiences, food and lots of local live music concerts. Enjoy two festivals each year, in May and October, on the beautiful grounds of Lake Eden at the site of the Historic Black Mountain College.
Stecoah Harvest Festival - Robbinsville, NC - Oct 19 to Oct 20, 2018
Two day harvest festival with free Friday evening campfire and music jam. Sarurday activities include live music, demonstrations of blaksmithing, butter churning, and corn-grinding; arts & crafts, country fair, quilt show, and more. Saturday admission is only $3 for adults, kids and parking are free. Held at Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center
Carolina Balloon Fest - Statesville, NC - Oct 19 to Oct 21, 2018
45th annual. Watch 50 hot air balloons rise to the skies! Enjoy tethered balloon rides for $5-10 – proceeds from the event benefit local nonprofits. Live music entertainment on 2 stages, plus a kids’ zone, artisan marketplace, 5k run, wine and beer tasting and more.
Onslow Oktoberfest - Jacksonville, NC - Oct 19 to Oct 27, 2018
The community fundraiser for Onslow Community Outreach includes live music and 5K run. Children’s area offers entertainment, amusement rides, games, micro racing, animal park and home improvement workbench/clinics. The festival was started in 2008. Location: Riverwalk Crossing Park, 421 Court Street, Jacksonville, NC
Triangle Oktoberfest - Cary, NC - Oct 19 to Oct 20, 2018
Presented by the Apex Sunrise and Cary MacGregor Rotary Clubs in collaboration with the Town of Cary, the 5th Annual Triangle Oktoberfest is an authentic German festival focused on family fun, traditional Bavarian food and fare, and plenty of local and authentic German beers from Munich, all to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and other local and international charities. Live entertainment will showcase The Polka Brothers from NYC, Wiener Dog Races, a kid-friendly Kinder Platz (inflatables and face painting), Masskrugstemmen (stein hoist), and Hammerschlagen (hammer striking) competitions.
Autumn with Topsail - Topsail Beach, NC - Oct 20 to Oct 21, 2018
Over 100 regional artists in a juried Artists and Crafts Court, plus exciting live entertainment, amazing food plus beer and wine, inflatables and crafts for children, and more!
NC Oyster Festival - Ocean Isle Beach, NC - Oct 20 to Oct 21, 2018
Local cuisine, arts and crafts, children’s activities, live music, Oyster Stew Cook-off Contest and the Oyster Shucking Contest. Describes itself as a Food Festival, Arts Festival, Oyster Festival and a Music Festival.
Yadkin Valley Grape Festival - Yadkinville, NC - Oct 20, 2018
Annual festival with live entertainment, food, fun, and of course wine events. Wine tasting tickets are $20 (advance) and $25 (door).
Wilmington Oktoberfest - Wilmington, NC - Oct 20, 2018
This 13th Annual Oktoberfest will include authentic German food and beer, wiener dog races, live music and kids zone. Admission is $5.
Creedmoor Music Festival - Creedmoor, NC - Oct 20, 2018
Update – postponed due to Hurricane Florence. Original date 9/15, moved to 10/20 Creedmoor invites you to their 27th annual music festival. Great music, food, and festival fans will converge on Main Street, rain or shine. Bring the entire family for live music, handicrafts, gifts and family fun. Activities include a Kid’s Corner, bounce house, tee-ball, and more. Music ranges from top-notch local and regional bands playing bluegrass, gospel, classic rock, country, and dance music. TK’s Car Show is held next door at the same time.
Lighthouse Beer & Wine Festival - Wilmington, NC - Oct 26 to Oct 27, 2018
Sample from 100 craft breweries and wineries in one place. Held for over 15 years in Wrightsville Beach. Don’t miss the Voracious & Rare Beer Festival on Friday night!
Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair - Fletcher, NC - Oct 26 to Oct 28, 2018
Fleece show, workshops, demonstrations, shopping, contests and more. Held at the WNC Agricultural Center. Children under 13 are free.
Barbecue Festival - Lexington, NC - Oct 27, 2018
Free admission for over 100,000 people to the barbecue capital of the world. Great food, live entertainment, and the finest exhibits along with a wine garden, barbecue carnival, sand sculptures, car show, and BMX stunt shows make this a fun day. Since 1984
North Carolina Pecan Harvest Festival - Whiteville, NC - Oct 27 to Nov 3, 2018
The 26th Annual event features the Columbus Cooks Pecan cooking contest, kid’s block, Tri Beach Cruisers car show, art show, boat show, festival food, craft demonstrations, 5k run, festival parade, and of course lots and lots of pecans.
Calabash Oktoberfest - Calabash, NC - Oct 27 to Oct 28, 2018
Activities include Bavarian costume contest, arm wrestling contest, horse drawn carriage, best bier stein contest, and children’s entertainment. Enjoy authentic German food and Munich beer.
Brewgrass Festival - Asheville, NC - Oct 27, 2018
21+. An annual event held at Memorial Stadium in downtown Ashville. Experience include over 200 brewery/brewpup tastings, food court, great music and arts. Since 1996.
Clayton Harvest and Music Festival - Clayton, NC - Oct 31 to Nov 4, 2018
Rescheduled due to Hurricane Florence! From 9/12-16 to 10/31-11/4. This five day festival includes Clayton Idol (a singing competition), movie night, great food, midway, Squealin’ on the Square BBQ competition, Latin American Festival, and more.
Dtown Oktoberfest - Durham, NC - Nov 2, 2018
Florence Update – postponed to 11/2/18 The Little German Band and dancers will entertain with oompah music and dancing. Beer inside the Motorco decorated as a beer hall. Bratwurst and pretzels will also be available.
North Carolina Gourd Festival - Raleigh, NC - Nov 3 to Nov 4, 2018
77th Annual event at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, featuring competitions for gourd growers and crafters. Admission fees cover building rental and insurance.
Wilson Whirligig Festival - Wilson, NC - Nov 3 to Nov 4, 2018
35,000 attend. Arts & crafts, food vendors, 5K, live music and contests, 3 stages of live music and kid’s zone mean fun for the whole family!
Colfax Persimmon Festival - Oak Ridge, NC - Nov 3, 2018
An annual event at the historic Stafford farm. A celebration of persimmon and historic farming, plus live music and demonstrations.
Cucalorus Film Festival - Wilmington, NC - Nov 7 to Nov 11, 2018
Founded in 1994 this annual festival screens over 200 films at several area venues. Dress up for the red carpet and enjoy your nights out. Recent addition can help venture capitalists and entreprenteurs meet at the Cucalorus Connect conference, which featured more than 50 events (in addition to the film festival) such as panels and workshops.
NC Comicon - Durham, NC - Nov 9 to Nov 11, 2018
Enjoy a weekend of fantasy, superheroes, wizards and cosplayers. Costume contest and film festival as well.
Bull Durham Blues Festival – Durham – Sept 11-12, 2015
A two day blues and roots music festival.
Queen City Fair – Charlotte, NC – October 2015
Crossroads Festival – Linden, NC – October 25, 2015
Event features a parade, crafts, cornhole tournament, apple pie and paper airplane contest, bingo, great food, and live bands.
Albemarle Harvest Festival – Albemarle, NC – Nov 7, 2015
15th annual event by Vintage Virginia Apples and the Cove Garden Ruritan Club. Workshops, local musicians, hayrides, food & craft vendors, Apple Pie Contest and more.
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