Ayden Collard Festival - Ayden, NC - Sep 5 to Sep 8, 2019
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 5 to Sep 7, 2019
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
Shakori Hills GrassRoots Fall Festival of Music & Dance - Pittsboro, NC - Oct 3 to Oct 6, 2019
Four days of music, dance, art and education with more than 60 bands on 4 stages.
North Carolina State Fair - Raleigh, NC - Oct 17 to Oct 27, 2019
Folk festival, fireworks, flower & garden show, local wine and craft beer exhibit, grandstand shows and more. New for 2019 is the nation’s tallest mobile Ferris Wheel, measuring in at 155 feet (that’s 62 feet taller than Dorton Arena!). Tickets are $6 in advance and $7 at the fair, and are not included in the unlimited rides wristband. Held annually at State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raleigh, NC. Future N.C. State Fair DatesOctober 15-25, 2020; October 14-24, 2021; October 13-23, 2022
Clayton Harvest and Music Festival - Clayton, NC - Oct 30 to Nov 3, 2019
The Clayton Chamber of Commerce’s Clayton Harvest Festival has roots dating back to the 1951 when the Clayton Merchant’s Association (now CCOC) hosted Clayton’s first festival, the Cotton Festival. With over 31,000 in attendance, the current five-day festival incorporates events such as carnival rides and games, a BBQ competition at Squealin’ on the Square presented by Carolina Packers, Home of the Bright Leaf Hot Dog, Clayton’s largest vendor fair with a military crossroads, Halloween night fun, concerts, a Latin American Festival, and much more.
Wilson Whirligig Festival - Wilson, NC - Nov 2 to Nov 3, 2019
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!
North Carolina Gourd Festival - Raleigh, NC - Nov 9 to Nov 10, 2019
77th Annual event at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, featuring competitions for gourd growers and crafters. Admission fees cover building rental and insurance.