Fall is in full swing on The Triangle and with vaccinations and measures to protect the public in place, we have a number of fall festivals you can safely put on your calendar. These range from heritage-based festivals, celebrating the diversity of The Triangle, food festivals for the foodies, to arts festivals and even a Comicon. They all have one thing in common and that is they unify our community and are a chance to reconnect with neighbors and have a great day with family and friends. We have a little bit of everything this fall for you to enjoy. Should you be looking for a home this fall, these festivals give you a perfect opportunity to meet some of your neighbors and check out what Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh, and Cary are all about! Then, you can contact My NC Homes to see what is available in these neighborhoods. Enjoy!

Triangle Oktoberfest 

October 1 and 2 at Booth Amphitheatre, Cary celebrates traditional Oktoberfest events in a way the whole family can enjoy. Triangle Oktoberfest in Cary features traditional Bavarian food, authentic German beer, and more nontraditional activities like wiener dog races. Admission is $15-$25, and kids under 16 get in for free. This year sales go towards Alzheimer's North Carolina.

Raleigh Balloon Glow

​​The Raleigh Balloon Glow is such a unique way to experience Dorothea Dix Park. This three-evening event is on the weekend of September 24-26 and features hot air balloons glowing at dusk. You can take a tethered balloon ride, grab a bite from a local vendor, or peruse arts and crafts. This makes a great date night or family event, as there are events for children. This is part of the nationwide Balloon Glow Tour.


Festa Italiana

Festa Italiana Raleigh celebrates all things Italy with family games, food trucks, vendors, and much more. This weekend, September 25, Festa Italiana is a nonprofit corporation that sponsors the largest, most diverse, annual public celebration of all things Italian and Italian American……. In North Carolina.  Festa Italiana takes place at Glenwood South Neighborhood in Raleigh on Saturday, September 25, 2021. The charities this year are Spare Some for Autism and Military Missions in Action.  Grazie Mille!!


International Food and Music Festival 

If you are wanting a festival that is food-based, but your crowd is not completely wanting Italian, the International Food and Music Festival in Wendall is another great option. Also on September 25, it offers menus from around the world Asia, Europe, Central America, South America, and live music. It takes place at the St. Eugene’s Catholic Church.


Wide Open Bluegrass Festival 

So many people have missed live music and what better and safer way to enjoy live music, and music that is very close traditionally to the Triangle, than at Raleigh's Wide Open Bluegrass Festival. This is considered the largest urban bluegrass festival in the world. Enjoy a free "Street Fest" with five music stages, a dance tent, a BBQ competition, and a wide array of shopping. This is one of the best events in Raleigh from September 30-October 1!

FestiFall Arts Festival

Festifall Arts Festival in Chapel Hill offers art enthusiasts and artists in the community to mingle in the crisp fall air and create a marketplace to enjoy the season. Booths of original artwork in a variety of mediums, crafts, and live music, and performance art are just some of the attractions on October 2 in Chapel Hill. The best part about this festival is it is absolutely free!



Artsplosure; the Raleigh Arts Festival is back from October 9th to 10th, 2021. It will bring 175 juried artists and craftsmen across 10 categories to downtown Raleigh, all of which are for sale! Additionally, there will be music, kids' activities, and more entertainment. This is a great way to enjoy fall and admire the talent the Triangle has to offer.


North Carolina State Fair

Some state fairs offer carnival rides, fried food, and little in the way of history, but the North Carolina State Fair really is steeped in tradition. With rich agriculture and farming in and around Raleigh, the North Carolina State Fair was once a see-and-be-seen event. Some might still feel it is! It is long awaited and offers rides, games, food stands, fried everything, and agricultural exhibits. It lasts 10 days, October 13-23 at the fairgrounds in Raleigh. Tickets for the fair are $10 at the gate.

NC Comicon 

Nov. 11-13 in Durham is the Bullcity Comicon. This is the last festival of the season and you do not often see cities come alive quite like when there is a comicon in town. Comic lovers, Cosplay aficionados, costume contests, and signings are all part of this event. Single-day tickets start at $25.

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