Our Top 11 Weekend Picks for Families

Triad-area Family-Friendly Events


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Saturday's Day of the Dead open house event at MOA is designed for family fun and learning.

Image courtesy of Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University.

It's a great weekend to be in and around the Triad. Are you a NASCAR fan? Head down to Randleman. Do you love barbecue? Head over to Lexington. Want to be frightened — in honor of Halloween, of course — by ghosts? Try High Point or Winston-Salem. Here are our top eleven family-friendly picks for Triad-area events that will ensure your family enjoys enjoy a tremendous fall weekend.


28th Annual NASCAR Day Festival, Randleman, FREE

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, Lexington, FREE

Over four hundred exhibitors sell everything from handmade crafts to handmade fudge. A juried competition includes artists and craftsmen from across the country.


Boo at the Zoo, Asheboro

Celebrate the excitement of the season with a weekend of safe daytime Halloween fun. Enjoy trick or treat games, storytelling, live entertainment and a children’s costume contest.


Carolina BalloonFest, Statesville, DAY TRIP

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.


Day of the Dead Open House, Winston-Salem, FREE

Celebrate the Day of the Dead with crafts, activities, and food related to this unique holiday at this all-ages event.


Ghost Stories in the Park, High Point

Tales of ghosts and goblins told by a storyteller. Snacks including s’mores, popcorn and apple cider will be for sale.


Ghoulash! Halloween Festival, Greensboro, FREE

Greensboro Youth Council (GYC) presents this annual Halloween festival. Activities include trick-or-treating, face painting, temporary tattoos, bounce houses, game booths, storytelling, a photo booth, Thriller dance lessons, and costume contests. 


Hawg Run, Lexington

This run event will be held on the morning of the Barbecue Festival and will be hosted by the J. Smith Young YMCA. Help Lexington Celebrate. The YMCA has planned a great 5K event in celebration of Barbecue Month. There’s also a non-competitive Fun Run/Walk division. Fun for the entire family. 


Howl-O-Ween Tours at the Conservators Center, Burlington

Join animal residents for a special trick-or-treat experience around the park. Created especially for younger ghouls and goblins, this tour welcomes children of all ages.


Pumpkin Run 2016, Kernersville

Gather up the family for this exciting fall event. All ages are invited to walk or run the 5K or 1-mile course in Fourth of July Park, promoting health and fitness while having fun. Participants are encouraged to come in costume for this festive event. This annual event features vendors and exhibitors, live entertainment, kids' activities, costume contests for adults, children and dogs, prizes, and pumpkins. 


Sock Hop, Winston-Salem

Winston-Salem Girls Chorus is hosting a 1950's style Sock Hop fundraiser event, which includes a hot dog supper (vegetarian hot dogs available), live music by the choirs, and special guest entertainers. Soda floats and other special desserts available for additional purchase. Crafts available for kids.


For additional family-friendly weekend events, visit our comprehensive online calendar.

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