There are so many fun festivals, fairs, and events happening all over North Carolina in the month of October. We have highlighted a few of our favorite ones.
Dixie Classic Fair Oct. 2 – 11, 2015, Winston-Salem
North Carolina’s second-largest agricultural fair celebrates 133 years of fun, food and competition this fall. The annual event features thrilling carnival rides and booths, more than 100 food concessionaires (with plenty of deep-fried fare), a children’s barnyard zoo, concerts, and agriculture, food and crafts competitions.
NC State Fair Oct. 15 – 25, 2015, Raleigh
The fun stretches on and on each fall at the state fairgrounds in Raleigh with a Folkfest, grandstand shows, agricultural exhibits and competitions, rides and games, and Kiddleland Fun Park.
Carolina Balloon Fest Oct. 16 – 18, 2015, Statesville
Soaring for 42 years, the festival features 50 colorful hot air balloons, mass ascensions, a Saturday night balloon glow, balloon rides, plus such well-grounded pursuits as local wine sampling, craft beer and food, entertainment and children’s activities.
Colorfest: Fine Arts and Fine Crafts Fair Oct. 17, 2015 [NEW DATE], Dillsboro
Visitors see more than art on display at this street festival – they see art being made as painters capture scenes in the picturesque Great Smoky Mountains town. Add music, regional wine and craft beer, North Carolina fare and brilliant foliage to complete the picture.
Woolly Warm Festival Oct. 17 – 18, 2015, Banner Elk
Here’s our prediction: Fall foliage will be near its peak in Banner Elk when Isabella tiger moths race up 42-inch strings to forecast the severity of the coming winter. We further predict that the 20,000 festivalgoers will delight in the fun, food and mountain setting – regardless of whether their woolly worm wins the race.
Barbecue Festival Oct. 24, 2015, Lexington
Even without the music, craft vendors and other activities, people would flock to the Barbecue Festival, now in its 32nd year, which unfolds in a town whose name is synonymous with pit-cooked pork. Organizers are planning for more than 400 exhibitors and some 200,000 visitors who can pig out on festival day and take part in a month’s worth of events.