2020 Best of Fall Family Events and Activities
Fall in The Triangle will look a bit different this year, but there are plenty of socially distanced events, and family fun to be had this fall. We are offering some of what we consider to be the "Best Of"alternatives to the classic Triangle Fall Events and festivals. Please be sure to call ahead for availability as most of the events require reservations.
Best Family Halloween in Chapel Hill
Halloween at the 1870 Farm October 17th, 18th, 24th & 25th, 1870 Farm is offering a Halloween celebration with 20 people per time slot, with 30 minutes between to sanitize. At approximately 2 people per acre, this is a perfect socially distant celebration. Price is $15 per person and includes an hour access to the farm, animals in costume, feed for animals, pumpkin per participant, and hands on time with animals. The trick or treat and hayride is canceled this year. The 1870 farm is located on Old Lystra Road in Chapel Hill.
Best Hayride and Corn Maze- Chatham County
Huckleberry Trail Farm 2020 Fall Festival includes a corn maze, tractor drawn hayride, pumpkin patch, and cotton field. While attendees will need to wear masks and hands on activities are not allowed, there is still a lot of fun to be had. Huckleberry Trail Farm is located on Hwy 64 between Pittsboro and Siler City, just 30 minutes from Cary, Apex, Chapel Hill, Durham, and Greensboro.
Best Place to Spend a Sunny Day and Take in Culture - Raleigh
Dorothea Dix Park is open for visitors and offers select fall programming with new COVID protections. Some events include Yoga, weekend Walking History Tours, and September Movie Premier of the historical biopic, Roots of Hope, Story of John Hunter. Be sure to book your tickets in advance and to bring your protective covering this year, as they are required. Dix Park is the largest city park in the heart of Raleigh.
Best Horseback Riding and Farm Experience- Research Triangle Area
Sunrise Community Farm Center offers horseback riding, animal feeding, and crop harvesting at an education centered farm, founded in 1805. They offer fall 2020 distance camps, horseback riding lessons, and tours and pony rides on Saturdays. If you are looking for a new activity for your family for fall, this is a great choice. Sunrise Community Farm Center is located in Chapel Hill off I40 on Millhouse Road.
Best Place to Celebrate a Small Family Event or Milestone
The 1870 Farm offers classes, private visits, lecture series, and much more in Chapel Hill. It is part of the North Carolina Agritourism initiative and it is an educational farm first and many of the livestock are rescues. It offers fresh eggs and farm stand daily with appointments by request for family visits to see the animals 7 days a week. Private field trips and a small number of events at the 1870 farm, in advance and with limits of attendees. Even for a fun afternoon activity, and to find some produce for supper, this is an excellent activity with purpose.
Best Historic Farmstand for Pie Baking Ingredients - Durham
Perkins Orchard started as a humble tomato and cucumber farmstand in 1970 by Reverend Dr. Joseph Perkins and it steadily grew to grow plums, apples, cherries, pecans, blueberries, peaches, and most recently, Christmas trees.At present, there is no picking of produce or fruit, however Perkins is the largest Fruit and Vegetable Stand in Durham and is open for selling the best seasonal produce and artisanal jams and ciders to celebrate the fall season. Located one mile off of Highway 54/I-40 and off East Woodcroft Pkwy, it is minutes from Chapel Hill, Durham, and Cary.