11 Ways For Families to Enjoy Fair & Festival Season
Feed Your Festival Craving This Weekend in the Triad
The 76th National Folk Festival opens with a parade featuring the Bahamas Junkanoo Revue.
Image courtesy of ArtsGreensboro.
It is clearly fair and festival season. And many of the Triad's offerings are free for families to peruse and enjoy. Here are our top picks for a weekend filled with arts, crafts, music, books and so much more.
3rd Annual Sportsman’s Open House, Lexington, FREE
Visit the Bob Timberlake Gallery for Friday Night Wine Time with Second Wind, a food truck by Bull City Street Food, vendors and more.
This year’s headlining act is Scythian. Returning to the CBC campus for the fifth consecutive year is The Snyder Family Band from Lexington, NC. Make sure to bring your friends, chairs and maybe a picnic blanket.
31st Annual Bush Hill Heritage Festival, Archdale, FREE
This street festival includes music; food; crafts; commercial items; classic cars, trucks, tractors, motorcycles; and quilt and import car shows. Special kids area to feature amusements, rides and more.
42nd Stokes Stomp Festival on the Dan, Danbury, FREE
This year's parade theme is "Your View from Hanging Rock: Celebrating 100 Years of NC State Parks." The parade begins at 10 a.m. Enjoy also Main Stage performances, Children's Next Generation Stage entertainment, vendors and more.
76th National Folk Festival, Greensboro, FREE
One of America’s largest, most prestigious and longest-running celebrations of arts, culture, and heritage. This festival celebrates the roots, richness and variety of American culture. It features over 300 of the nation’s finest traditional musicians, dancers and craftspeople in performances, workshops and demonstrations, plus children’s activities, savory Southern and ethnic cuisines and craft brews, non-stop participatory dancing, storytelling, parades and more.
Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors, Winston-Salem, FREE
The largest annual book festival in the Carolinas, Bookmarks brings writers and readers of all ages together as renowned authors, illustrators, storytellers and chefs share their work and insights through readings, presentations, discussions, workshops and book signings. This free festival partners with community organizations, reading related exhibitors, and a variety of food vendors. The twelfth annual festival will feature more than 40 authors along with creative and interactive activities for children. Visit the Piedmont Parent booth while you're here — we'll have a make-and-take activity for the kids and would love for you to stop by and say hello!
Central Carolina Fair, Greensboro
The 118th annual Central Carolina Fair will light up the sky around the Greensboro Coliseum Complex once again this fall. Featuring rides, carnival food and games, thousands of exhibits by local 4H groups and wholesome family entertainment and attractions for all ages.
Downtown Food Truck Festival, Burlington, FREE
Come to Downtown Burlington for the Food Truck Festival and enjoy live music, oversized jenga and checkers, corn hole boards, a bouncy house, craft vendors and over 15 food trucks. Special events to memorialize 9/11 are also planned.
Fall Arts & Crafts Fair, Graham, FREE
The Columbiettes of Blessed Sacrament Church are holding their third annual Arts & Crafts Fair. Come visit dozens of vendor booths with huge variety of items to offer.
Greensboro Home Show, FREE
This event features a wide selection of home improvement professionals in a fun, interactive environment. After meeting with and comparing expert exhibitors, you'll be inspired and motivate to start planning with confidence.
Tea with Seagrove Potters, Seagrove, FREE
Seagrove potters celebrate the southern tradition of sweet tea with a variety of pitchers and tumblers available. Sweet teas paired with tasty treats at each participating shop.
For more family-friendly weekend events, visit our comprehensive online calendar.