October Festivals & Fairs

Fall Fun In and Around the Piedmont Triad.


Find fairies, jousters and more at the Carolina Renaissance Festival in Huntersville, open every Saturday and Sunday from Oct. 1 through Nov. 20.

Image courtesy of the Carolina Renaissance Festival.

Candy apples, fried elephant ears, artisan crafts, bounce houses, hayrides, face painting, leaves changing colors, sweater weather — it's time to enjoy autumn and all its Carolina offerings. Here is our list of Piedmont Triad festivals and fairs for October, with a few nearby day trips included, as well. 

Oct 1

Dillsboro. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 828-506-8331. This unique historic town welcomes over 40 local demonstrating artists who will line Front Street with colorful art and demonstrate their work. Enjoy meeting and talking with local artists, all the while surrounded by the spectacular beauty of the mountains. Church Street will be sectioned off for food booths. visitdillsboro.org.

Oct. 1-2

44th Annual Asheboro Fall Festival
Randolph Arts Guild, 123 Sunset Ave., Asheboro. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. 336-629-0399. This popular combination street fair, bazaar, harvest celebration and homecoming offers a variety of quality arts and crafts, demonstrations, children’s crafts, food, live music, and a flea market section. randolphartsguild.com.

Oct. 1-9

134th Dixie Classic Fair
Winston-Salem Fairgrounds, 421 27th St. NW, W-S. $4-$10. 336-727-2236. Rides, food, exhibits, shows, music, animals, carnival games and more. All Ages. See website for full schedule. dcfair.com.


Oct.1-Nov. 20

Carolina Renaissance Festival
Carolina Renaissance Festival Grounds, 16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville. $13-$23. 704-896-5555. Saturdays and Sundays. Each day is filled with an abundance of attractions and entertainment for all ages. Twelve stages are packed with continuous live comedy, music, dance, and circus style entertainment. The Village pathways are bursting to life with over 500 costumed villagers that interact with you for your amusement. Food, artisan crafts, games and rides, jousting battles and more. carolina.renfestinfo.com.

Oct. 2

Art in the Arboretum
Greensboro Arboretum, 401 Ashland Drive, GSO. Noon-5 p.m. Free. A juried art and fine craft event featuring fifty artists from throughout the region exhibiting hand-crafted offerings in an outdoor gallery. The arboretum provides a beautiful backdrop for arts, crafts, music and family fun. Activities include entertainment on three stages, interactive art, a butterfly exhibit, kids activities, Art Bark and Garden Quest. There will also be two food courts set up for outdoor dining. greensborobeautiful.org.

Cheers to Cheese Fest
Grove Winery & Vineyards, 7360 Brooks Bridge Road, Gibsonville. 1-5 p.m. Free. 336-969-5698. Sample and purchase cheese and talk with cheesemakers about their craft. Wine tasting room will be open for tasting and shopping. Live music and food truck. nccheesetrail.com.

Oct. 7

BlockFest & Fire Safety
Smart Start of Davie County, 1278 Yadkinville Road, Mocksville. 11 a.m.-Noon. Free. 336-751-2113. Children will be engaging in block-play stations, maximizing their enjoyment and learning of math and science. Space is limited, so please call 336-751-2113 to reserve a spot. Rain Date is October 28. In conjunction with BlockFest, Smart Start will be hosting the Mocksville Fire Department as they share the importance of fire safety. daviesmartstart.org.

Oct. 7-9

Leaf Festival
Cashiers. Free. 828-743-8428. Held each year as the leaves begin to change in this beautiful mountain village nestled at 3,487 feet in elevation, this free event has grown tremendously since its inception in 2009. This year's festival expects to welcome more than 100 artisans and merchants and over 10,000 visitors. visitcashiersvalley.com.

Oct. 8

Bur-Mil Park Fall Festival
Bur-Mil Park, 5834 Bur-Mil Club Road, GSO. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. 336-641-2020. Enjoy food, games, hayrides, face painting, balloon animals and buy a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. More than 40 vendors and exhibitors, food, music, dancing, a bounce house and more. myguilford.com/parks.

Downtown Mebane Autumn Fest
Downtown Mebane. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 336-212-0551. Enjoy a downtown street fair featuring antiques, arts and crafts, live music, a farmers market, a kids’ zone, an antique pedal cars exhibit and more. This is a rain or shine event. downtownmebane.com.

Fall Family Fun Night
Lake Cammack Park & Marina, 4790 Union Ridge Road, Burlington. 3-9 p.m. $6. 336-421-3872. Bring the family out for an evening full of carnival type games, hot dogs, chips, drinks, hot chocolate, hayrides and more. Families can also enjoy a movie on the big outdoor screen. Bring a blanket and enjoy the popcorn as you and your family watch the movie under the stars. For more information, please call 336-421-3872. Rain date: Sunday, Oct. 9. Children age 3 and younger are admitted free. burlingtonnc.gov/youth.

Oct. 10-14

Colonial Living Week
Alamance Battleground State Historic Park, 5803 NC 62, Burlington. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $2. 336-227-4785. Life as it was during Colonial times comes alive as costumed interpreters demonstrate such skills as open-hearth cooking, candle making and cider making. There will also be musket demonstrations during this five-day educational program. In addition to providing for a great outing for history buffs, this event offers social studies teachers and homeschool students a memorable, interactive field trip opportunity.

Oct. 15

3rd Annual Harvest Festival
NC Transportation Museum, 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $4-$6. 704-636-2889. An old-time harvest festival that takes you back to simpler times. Enjoy horseshoes, corn hole, old-time games, and see corn shucking and corn shelling, and antique tractors. Kids can make a cornhusk doll and play with old-time marbles. Enjoy the train ride and hay ride. Also enjoy the Antique Auto Club of America Car Show, which is free for spectators courtesy of the Furnitureland AACA. nctrans.org.

Celebrate Cedarock! Fall Festival
Cedarock Historical Farm, 4242 R. Dean Coleman Road, Burlington. 4-6:30 p.m. Free. 336-229-2410. Enjoy playing old-time farm games like plinko, pin the tail on the donkey, cow pie toss, beanbag toss, milk can toss, an egg spoon relay race, a sack race and a bicycle tire roll. Game participants will be treated to Halloween candy. Additional activities include hayrides, professional face painting and storytelling. alamance-nc.com.

Old Salem Harvest Day
Old Salem Museums and Gardens, 900 Old Salem Road, W-S. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $11-$23. Enjoy a fun-filled day of activities involving favorite fall foods from the harvest. Participate in special hands-on activities and historic demonstrations. Included with All-In-One ticket. oldsalem.org.

Oct. 21-23

Carolina BalloonFest
Near Statesville Regional Airport, 260 Hangar Drive, Statesville. A fun-filled weekend of outstanding entertainment, attractions and family activities. Bring cameras, lawn chairs and blankets to bask in the beautiful Carolina autumn weather as the backdrop to all the sights and sounds of over 50 colorful hot air balloons, which are scheduled to launch twice daily. Enjoy also a kids zone, a walk-in balloon, a pilot meet and greet, the balloon learning center, and the artisan village and marketplace. Children age 12 and younger are admitted free. See website for ticket prices, schedule of events and hours. carolinaballoonfest.com.

Oct. 22

28th Annual NASCAR Day Festival
Downtown, 102 W. Naomi St., Randleman. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. 336-495-1100. Considered the premiere event celebrating the heritage of NASCAR Legend Richard Petty and his family, this event will cover a one-mile area of downtown Randleman. The event, held in conjunction with the Richard Petty Fan Club Convention at the Petty Museum, includes vintage race car displays, food, craft and amusement vendors, games, and live music.

33rd Annual Barbecue Festival
Uptown Lexington, Main St., Lexington. 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. One of the Country’s most popular food festivals. Over four hundred exhibitors sell everything from handmade crafts to handmade fudge. A juried competition includes artists and craftsmen from across the country. barbecuefestival.com.

Blue Ridge Folklife Festival
Ferrum College, 20 Museum Drive, Ferrum. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5-$10. 540-365-4412. Celebrate the heritage of the Blue Ridge. This festival delights visitors young and old with the best of the region's "real roots" musicians and artisans, plus old-time folk games, tales, draft horse and mule contests, coon dog races, sheep herding demos, custom and antique cars, vintage tractors, authentic country foods, a living history farm museum, and much more. blueridgefolklifefestival.org.

Stokesdale Fall Festival and Craft Fair
Stokesdale, 8405 and 8407 Stokesdale St., Stokesdale. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. 336-362-5756. Over 90 vendors, handmade and local crafters, artists of all types, face painting, and dessert and food trucks.

Oct. 29

HORSEPOWER Therapeutic Learning Center 2nd Annual Harvest Festival
HORSEPOWER Therapeutic Learning Center, 8001 Leabourne Road, Colfax. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. 336-931-1424. Bring the whole family to enjoy music, food trucks, games, tours and of course, pony rides. horsepower.org.

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