September Festivals & Fairs
Fall festivals, fairs and fun taking place in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, High Point and surrounding communities
Latin American dancers perform for the crowds at Fiesta!
Photo courtesy of the Hispanic League
SmallTown Country Music Fest
Headlining the event will be Brothers Osborne, also featuring Tiffany Ashton, Natalie Stovall and the Drive, Ruthie Collins, and Kelleigh Bannen. Free parking. Food trucks will be onsite. 4-9 p.m. $20-$25. Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Inner Grounds, 414 Deacon Blvd., Winston-Salem. wsfairgrounds.com.
Winston-Salem Comic Con
This event promises to be bigger and better than ever. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $5. 336-971-2847. Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex, 414 Deacon Blvd., Winston-Salem. wsfairgrounds.com.
Bookmarks Festival: Keynote Opening Event: A Celebration of Books featuring International Bestselling Author Azar Nafisi
Azar Nafisi has lectured and written extensively promoting literacy and the importance of reading books. A book signing will follow the program. 7 p.m. $22-$55. 336-747-1471. Hanesbrands Theatre, 209 N. Spruce St., Winston-Salem. bookmarksnc.org.
76th National Folk Festival
This festival celebrates the roots, richness and variety of American culture and features over 300 of the nation’s finest traditional musicians, dancers and craftspeople in performances, workshops and demonstrations. Also enjoy children’s activities, savory Southern and ethnic cuisines and craft brews, non-stop participatory dancing, storytelling, parades and more. Free. 336-373-7523. Downtown Greensboro, Elm St. District, Greensboro. nationalfolkfestival.com.
Central Carolina Fair
The 118th annual fair features rides, carnival food and games, thousands of exhibits by local 4H groups and wholesome family entertainment and attractions for all ages. See website for hours. Greensboro Coliseum Complex, 1921 W. Gate City Blvd., Greensboro. greensborocoliseum.com.
5th Annual Carolina Bible Camp Blue Grass Festival
This year’s headlining act is Scythian. Junior Sisk and Rambler’s Choice join the festival lineup this year for the first time. Also appearing will be Lightnin’ Charlie, The Snyder Family Band and more. Bring chairs, a picnic blanket, and family and friends. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $15-$20. Carolina Bible Camp, 1988 Jericho Church Road, Mocksville. cbcbluegrass.com.
31st Annual Bush Hill Heritage Festival
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 clowns, amusements and rides. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. N. Main St., Archdale. bushhillfestival.com.
Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors
The largest annual book festival in the Carolinas 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. Visit the Piedmont Parent booth while you’re here. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. 336-747-1471. Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, 251 N. Spruce St., Winston-Salem. bookmarksnc.org.
Cedarock Historical Farm Open House
The farm will be open for public viewing along with living history demonstrations of farm life during the late 19th century. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. 336-229-2410. Cedarock Historical Farm, 4242 R. Dean Coleman Road, Burlington.
Fall Arts & Crafts Fair
Come visit dozens of vendor booths with huge variety of arts and crafts items. Rain date is September 17. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. 336-684-5593. 1620 Hanford Road, Graham.
National Folk Festival Happenings
The museum and its surrounds will feature family fun and a Pacific Asian American theme with unforgettable music, dance and crafts. See website for hours. Free. 336-373-2043. Greensboro Historical Museum, 130 Summit Ave., Greensboro. greensborohistory.org.
Bookmarks Festival: Keynote Closing Event: John Grisham
His newest book series for middle grade readers is Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer. There are currently over 300 million John Grisham books in print worldwide in 40 languages. Nine of his novels have been turned into successful films. 4 p.m. $22-$35. 336-747-1471. RJ Reynolds Auditorium, 301 N. Hawthorne Road, Winston-Salem. bookmarksnc.org.
Downtown Food Truck Festival
Come to Downtown Burlington and enjoy live music, oversized jenga and checkers, cornhole boards, a bouncy house, craft vendors, and over 15 food trucks. Special events to memorialize 9/11 are also planned. 1-5:30 p.m. Free. Rusted Bucket Tavern, 132 E. Davis St., Burlington. facebook.com/the-rusted-bucket-tavern.
Harvest Moon Festival
This year, singer-songwriter Cashavelly Morrison performs covers and songs from her debut album, “The Kingdom Belongs to a Child.” Play games on the lawn, assemble your own fifteen-bean soup mix, and savor the delicious produce of the season from local farms, breweries, cider works and food trucks. Admission is $10 for members and students, and $15 for non-members. RAH passes accepted. 6-9 p.m. Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem. reynoldahouse.org.
Dailey & Vincent Landfest
Come for a weekend of music, comedy, camping, food and family fun. This year’s lineup features amazing artists, such as Dailey & Vincent, Jimmy Fortune, Balsam Range, The Gibson Brothers, Jerry Douglas, Earls of Leicester and many more. $17.50-$110. Denton Farm Park, 1072 Cranford Road, Denton. daileyvincentfest.com.
2nd Annual Zombie Parade & Monster Fest
Come out for a day of food and merchant vendors and vehicles of all types. Kids events begin at 1 p.m. ($2 fee) and include storytelling, games and Lowe’s Home Improvement crafts. The Zombie Parade begins at 3 p.m. (see website for parade participation fees). Enjoy trick-or-treating after the parade. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Beach 'N Tans, 953 S. Salisbury St., Mocksville. facebook.com/zombiesofmocksville.
Come enjoy apples, crafts, music, food and more, including the Hogway Speedway with the Official Racing Pigs, as well as plenty of children’s games. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Historic Bethabara Park, 2147 Bethabara Road, Winston-Salem. cityofws.org.
Big Galute Chili Cook-Off
Chili competition featuring local vendors, door prizes, children’s play area, classic car cruise-in and live music. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. $5. 336-340-5541. Creekside Park, 214 Park Drive, Archdale. heartofnorthcarolina.com.
29th Annual Burlington Carousel Festival
This two-day music festival fills City Park as crowds gather from across the state and beyond for family-friendly fun. Art and antiques, food, music, and amusement park rides offer something for everyone. Food trucks and a beer garden will be set up. There will be three stages with bands and performers scheduled through the weekend. Visit the website for a full schedule.10 a.m.-10 p.m. Free. 336-229-3149. Burlington City Park, 1333 Overbrook Road, Burlington. btowneventsnc.com/carousel-festival.html.
Liberty Antiques Festival
Twice a year, 400 dealers from more than 25 states pack this 100-acre farm with 18th-20th century furniture and accessories, pottery, glass, clocks, dolls, toys, military items, advertising, decoys, jewelry, quilts, folk art and “in the rough” country Americana. No crafts or reproductions, just truckloads of antiques and collectibles. Free parking. Children under 12 admitted free. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $7. 800-626-2672. Pike Farm, 2855 Pike Farm Road, Staley. libertyantiquesfestival.com.
42nd Annual Mountain Heritage Day
Visit the mountains for a combination old-fashioned mountain fair and showcase for Southern Appalachian music, arts, dance and song, with the atmosphere of a big family reunion. Visitors will find three stages of traditional old-time gospel and bluegrass music and dance, with plenty of fiddles, banjos and clogging. Admission and parking are free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 828-227-3193. Cullowhee. mountainheritageday.com.
Cricket Craft Festival
Browse arts and crafts vendors galore at this annual outdoor event sponsored by the Cricket’s Nest Craft Shop. Rain date is Oct. 1. 9 a.m. Free. South Fork Park & Community Center, 4403 Country Club Road, Winston-Salem. cricketsnest.com/september-festival.
Over 25,000 people are expected to attend this multicultural event, where you can enjoy Latin music, cultural programs, a children’s area, Latin cuisine, a beer and a margarita garden, and local arts and crafts. This event is free to the public and is a rain or shine event. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. 336-770-1228. Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts , 251 Spruce St. N., Winston-Salem. hispanicleague.org.
GSO Mini Maker Faire: Where Art and Science Create Innovation
This event celebrates “making” of all shapes and sizes. Expect to see art and technology intersecting in amazing and inspiring exhibitions. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Forge Greensboro, 219 W. Lewis St., Greensboro. forgegreensboro.org.
RiverWalk Arts Festival
Enjoy an all-day festival with area musicians performing on the River Walk stage throughout the day. Several vendors will be onsite as well as food and beverages for purchase. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Free. Bermuda Run Town Square, Kinderton Boulevard, Bermuda Run. facebook.com/DavieCountyArtsCouncil.
Asian Pacific American Celebration
Discover Greensboro’s connections to the Asian Pacific world during this cultural arts festival. Enjoy music, performances, crafts and foods from cultural communities represented in the exhibit “I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story.” On view September 24, 2016 through February 12, 2017, the exhibit is a celebration across a multitude of diverse cultures that explores how Asian Pacific Americans have shaped and been shaped by the course of this nation’s history. 2-5 p.m. Free. 336-373-2043. Greensboro Historical Museum, 130 Summit Ave., Greensboro. greensborohistory.org.
Reynolda Meadow Celebration
Visit for a family-centered community event outdoors at Reynolda, which is focused on the completion of the Reynolda Meadow Project to grow more native forms of plant and animal life that existed in the Piedmont area before being developed and transformed by humans. Enjoy family-friendly activities, hayrides, refreshments and information and activity tables from community partners. 1-4 p.m. Free. Reynolda House Museum of American Art, 2250 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem. reynoldahouse.org.
Pink in the Park
Come out to the park to help raise awareness as well as honor those touched by breast cancer. This festival is designed to educate and support those dealing with breast cancer. Visit vendor booths, register for giveaways, learn, remember and honor. 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Free. Center City Park, 200 N. Elm St., Greensboro. pinkinthepark.com.
134th Dixie Classic Fair
Rides, food, exhibits, shows, music, animals, carnival games and much more. All Ages. See website for schedule and full list of events. $4-$10. 336-727-2236. Winston-Salem Fairgrounds, 421 27th St. NW, Winston-Salem. dcfair.com.