Tour the Parade of Homes
Oct. 1–2; 7–9; 14–16, Noon–5 P.M.
Throughout the Triangle
Featuring 144 homes throughout Wake, Durham, Orange, and Chatham Counties, the 2022 Parade of Homes is the Triangle’s largest open house — a self-guided tour that showcases new home construction at a variety of price points. See unique designs, products, and the newest technology used in local homebuilding. Visit triangleparade.com for full details on home locations.
Attend the North Carolina State Fair
NC State Fairgrounds, Raleigh
Rides, music, entertainment, blue ribbon winners, livestock competitions, lots of food, and nightly fireworks — October isn’t the same without NC’s signature festival. Thrill seekers, consider purchasing a wristband for unlimited access to ride attractions.
This is Halloween!
Fuquay-Varina Haunted Trail
Oct. 15, 5 P.M. Family Trail, 7 P.M. Full Fright
Carroll Howard Johnson Park
Pick your own poison at the Fuquay-Varina Haunted Trail: a sunlit, casual walk past costumed characters or a terrifying trek through dark woods with thrills at every turn (not recommended for children under 10). Parking is available at the Fuquay-Varina Community Center with a shuttle running to the Carroll Howard Johnson Park.
Oct. 21, 4–7 P.M.
Sugg Farm Park
A free, family-friendly gathering featuring costume contests, a slime-making tent, a mini corn maze, and lawn games. Make your own s’mores around the fire pit, and visit nature-themed candy stations — bring your trick-or-treating bag for all that candy. Geared toward children ages 3 and up.
Haunted Trail at Sugg Farm
Oct. 28, 7–11 P.M.
Sugg Farm Park
Enter the haunted trail at your own risk — and be prepared for plenty of scares! Suitable for guests age 12 and older. Younger children may attend with an adult. Tickets required.
The Cary Theater, 122 E. Chatham St., Cary
The Town of Cary’s outdoor screening party showcases 1- to 5-minute zombie-themed short films by professional and rookie filmmakers alike. Each film must include the year’s secret signature prop (last year’s was hand sanitizer). View these locally created zombie short films on a huge outdoor screen in downtown Cary.
Oct. 29, 10 A.M.–4 P.M.
Sugg Farm Park
A Holly Springs tradition — the annual free family-friendly festival celebrates all the people, places, and services that the community has to offer. Featuring local artists, businesses, food vendors, children’s activities, and local entertainment.
North Carolina International Festival
Nov. 5, 10 A.M.–10 P.M.
Nov. 6, 11 A.M.–6 P.M.
NC State Fairgrounds Expo Building, 4285 Trinity Road, Raleigh
More than 30 cultures come together to celebrate holidays around the world with live music, performances, international food, a vendor bazaar, dance party and competition, and kids’ town. Immerse yourself in the cultures of the world that are all represented in our local community.
BBQ, Blues & Brews
Nov. 12, Noon–4 P.M.
405 E. Broad St.
Calling all crafters and makers — The BBQ, Blues & Brews festival, hosted by the Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association, returns after a two-year break. Local artisans, musicians, and barbecue chefs put their best feet forward for the expected 3,000 visitors to downtown Varina. Don’t miss the return of one of Fuquay’s favorite events.
Grapes, Grains & Giving Gala
Nov. 11, 6:30–9:30 P.M.
The Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce hosts a fundraiser benefitting the Holly Springs Food Cupboard.
A Christmas Carol
Holly Springs Cultural Center
A holiday tradition comes home to Holly Springs. See Charles Dickens’ classic story of Ebenezer Scrooge performed by a cast and crew of local residents. Produced by Carolina Children’s Theatre in partnership with Holly Springs Parks and Recreation.