October Activities in the Triangle Area

Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance

Where: Pittsboro (Find directions here)

When: Thursday-Sunday, Oct 6 – 9

Shakori Hills focuses on local and regional acts from a range of genres including bluegrass, world music and psychedelic rock. Attendees can go to as many of the four days as they want and camping overnight is an option.

The Rally in Raleigh

Where: 1126 S Saunders St, Raleigh (Tobacco Road Harley-Davidson)

When: Friday, Oct 7 – Sunday, Oct 9

Put on by Tobacco Road Harley-Davidson, there will be three days of “motorcycle mania,” live music, food trucks, vendors and much more.

Cary Diwali

Where: Koka Booth Amphietheatre, Cary

When: Saturday, Oct 8, Gates open at 10 am

Also known as the “Festival of Light,” Diwali is one of the most widely celebrated religious and cultural events in India. The festival will feature live music, dance performances, delicious food and more.

Festifall Arts Festival

Where: West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill

When: Saturdays, Oct 8, 15, & 22 1 – 6 pm

Festifall Arts Festival provides the community and artists with a way to come together and interact. Every year West Franklin Street is shut down and taken over by a sea of artists and crafters selling their wares and demonstrating their talents. There will be live music and plenty of the area’s best food trucks. The festival facilitates interaction between the local arts community and the broader Chapel Hill community.

SAS Championship

Where: Prestonwood Country Club, Cary

When: Monday, Oct 10 – Sunday, Oct 16

Come out and catch some of the world’s best golfers at the area’s biggest professional golf event. The tournament will raise over $5 million for area youth initiatives.

NC State Fair

Where: NC State Fairgrounds

When:  Thursday Oct 13 – Sunday Oct 23

First started in 1853, the NC State Fair was originally created to give the agricultural community a venue to showcase its crops, livestock and new technology while at the same time sharing with those that may not know much about agriculture. While the State Fair has not strayed from this core mission, it has grown considerably in other aspects, namely food, rides and games. The exhibitions are now filled with flashing lights, both calm and adrenaline pumping rides and some monstrosities of gastronomy like deep fried candy bars, hamburgers with donuts for buns, and fried bacon. There will also be plenty of more natural (and traditional) foods like homemade ice cream, barbecue (ever present) and fudge.

Tar Heel Antiques Festival

Where: Lloyd’s Dairy, 226 North Lloyd’s Dairy Rd, Chapel Hill

When: Saturday, Oct 15, 9 am – 5pm; Sunday, Oct 16, 9 am – 5 pm

“Join us for a day or the entire weekend to enjoy the love of antiques through our vendors booths, appraisals and onsite auction.” The show will feature antiques in all price ranges with for something everyone from the casual visitor to the seasoned antique hunter.

Film Fest 919

Where: The Drive-In Carraway Village (outdoors) and Silverspot Cinema, Chapel Hill

When: Wednesday, Oct 19 – Sunday, Oct 23

Film Fest 919 highlights an array of the best feature films from throughout the year. It also gives audiences an opportunity to interact with filmmakers and other enthusiasts. A full list of films and screenings is available on the event’s website.


Where: Durham Central Park

When: Saturday October 29, 3:30 pm – 6 pm

Durham Parks and Recreation, and Beyond Fences are teaming up to bring you and your dog an afternoon of fun. Beyond Fences is a non-profit organization that strives to bring basic pet care resources to area neighborhoods. The organization provides free services, supplies, information and support and proactively reaches out to the community to build relationships with families and help keep pets healthy and happy. The event will feature a music performance, dog costume contest, photo booth and raffle to win great pet prizes (all proceeds go to charity).

Make sure to double check event times as they can change and have fun!