Fall Festivals For All

Photo courtesy of N.C. State Fair

Photo courtesy of N.C. State Fair

N.C. State Fair

October 17–27
1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh

Celebrate everything that is uniquely North Carolina at the N.C. State Fair this year! Enjoy live music, vendors, livestock shows, food, rides, games, and much more. This fair is the largest event in the state, drawing one million visitors.


September 13–15
Raleigh Warehouse District

Each year, SPARKcon features 200+ events and showcases over 2,000 artists. This unique four-day creativity event in downtown Raleigh features performances, exhibitions, music, dance, art, fashion, film, design, and comedy.

Wide Open Bluegrass

September 27–28
Downtown Raleigh

Enjoy live music on eight free stages throughout downtown Raleigh, with music from IBMA and Grammy Awards winners, top-notch emerging acts, and traditional bluegrass bands. The festival also features a dance tent, workshops, and an exhibit hall with instruments and gear in the Raleigh Convention Center, along with food vendors, a juried arts market area, and more.

Photo by Robert Davezac

Photo by Robert Davezac

Film Fest 919

October 9–13
Silverspot Cinema, University Place in Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill–based Film Fest 919 returns with an early look at some of the most anticipated films of the awards season, and the chance to meet the artists behind them. The 2019 film lineup will be announced in September.

Pumpkin Palooza

October 13
4191 Main at North Hills Street

Back for its fourth year, this fall festival highlights the season with outdoor activities for the whole family. Enjoy the Midtown Chili Cook-Off, KidZone, pumpkin carving contest, food tents, craft beer, trivia contest, and more.

North Carolina Wine Festival

October 26, 11am–6pm
4011 Cardinal at North Hills Street

Head to the Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park at North Hills for the 5th Annual North Carolina Wine Festival. Enjoy tastings from over 100 varieties of North Carolina wines, from sweet to dry, while you groove to music from live bands. Grab a bite to eat from local food vendors and browse the exhibitor tents for treasures.

Photo by Flyboy Photo & Media

Photo by Flyboy Photo & Media