November Activities in the Triangle Area

Wake County Public School System Magnet Fair

Where: Southeast Raleigh High School

When: Saturday, Nov 3, 9 am – 12 pm

We’re lucky to have several amazing school systems throughout the Triangle. The fair will take place this Saturday for those in Wake County interested in learning about Magnet and/or Early College Schools. Personally, I can’t say enough about the Magnet School system. Both of my children attended Magnet Schools and had great experiences. If you have any questions about schools in the area (public, private or parochial) don’t hesitate to ask me.


Orange County Open Studio Tour

Where: Throughout Orange County (find a map here and further information on their website)

When: Saturday & Sunday, Nov 3, 4; Saturday & Sunday, Nov 10, 11

“The Orange County Artists Guild is a non-profit organization of ‘artists supporting artists,’ seeking to increase the visibility and recognition of area artists and craftspeople.” The Open Studio Tour is the main project of the guild and functions to help raise interest and awareness for local artists. 91 artists will open their studios to the public (for free) and display their work and working environments.

Open Studio Tour

Durham Food Truck Rodeo

Where: Durham Central Park

When: Sunday, Nov 4, 12 – 4 pm

Food trucks, food trucks, food trucks. You’ve heard it before but luckily it never gets old. Local band Niito will be performing live at the final rally of 2018 in Durham Central Park. They are described as making “music that blurs the lines between R&B, Soul, Funk, Jazz and Blues.” Dogs on leashes are welcome and there will be plenty of delicious food and beverages.

Durham Food Truck Rodeo


NC Comicon and Comiquest Film Festival

Where: Durham Convention Center

When: Friday – Sunday, Nov 9 – 11

Started in 2010, NC Comicon now takes place twice a year, once in Raleigh in March and again in Durham in November. NCC, as it’s known, has become one of the most prestigious “cons” in the country, drawing fans and aspiring creators from around the world and regularly featuring all-star creators and guests. NC Comicon is a prime destination for fans and creators of all walks and passions to learn, celebrate, and share in a wide variety of interests including comics, film, gaming, animation, design, and more.

NC comicon


Headbands of Hope Give Gala

Where: Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh

When: Friday, Nov 16, 7:30 – 10:30 pm

“The Worst Fundraiser Ever,” claims the event website in big, bold letters. Instead of paying for tickets with money, attendees pay by offering a service, gift or talent to children with cancer and other life-threatening conditions. The offers are then distributed to patients and families. The black tie event is open to the public and promises to be a unique experience with a special cause.

Give Gala

The Durham Art Walk Holiday Market

Where: Sites around Downtown Durham

When: Saturday, Nov 17, 10 am – 5 pm; Sunday, Nov 18, 1 – 5 pm

As you might imagine, the Holiday Market is a great place to find special and unique gifts for loved ones. There will be all sorts of products in all sorts of stores available throughout downtown Durham. But that’s only the beginning. The streets will be filled with art from local talent, live music, restaurants and more.

Durham Holiday Market

Carrboro Film Festival

Where: The ArtsCenter, Carrboro

When: Saturday, Sunday, Nov 17, 18

“Now celebrating its thirteenth year, The Carrboro Film Festival has grown to become the premiere festival in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. Featuring world class films of every length and genre, CFF is known for packed houses and standing ovations.” The festival will show everything from short films to feature films to documentaries.  A two-day pass is only $20!

Carrboro Film Festival


Raleigh Christmas Parade

Where: Starts on Hillsborough Street and ends on Fayetteville Street (see map here)

When: Saturday, Nov 17, Starts at 9:40 am

The Raleigh Christmas Parade is the largest Christmas parade between Washington D.C. and Atlanta. The parade was originally started in November by local businesses in order to get locals thinking about the holiday season. It still focuses on buying local and is put on byu the Greater Raleigh Merchants Association’s Shop Local Raleigh initiative.

Raleigh Xmas Parade


Iron Pour

Where: Durham Central Park

When: Saturday, Nov 17, 3 – 10 pm

If you’re looking for something a little different this November this might just be it. 3,000 pounds of iron will be melted down and poured into molds (by professionals) in Durham Central Park. Attendees will have the opportunity to create their own mold that will then be filled by the experts.

Iron Pour


North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival

Where: Koka Booth Ampitheatre, Cary

When: Saturday, Nov 24 – Jan 14, 2019

Koka Booth Ampitheatre and Regency Lake will be transformed into a sparkling and glowing display of lights and colors. There will be over 15,000 LED lights and 20 displays. The dragon, pictured below, is 21 feet tall and 200 feet long! Check the website for a range of ticket options.

NC Chinese Lantern Festival


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