The first official day of fall is just around the corner on September 22, cooler weather the past few days has allowed us to keep windows open at night, and the school year is well underway. Because this time of year is so lovely, there are nearly countless fall festivals, craft shows, and fairs in the Piedmont Triad. Seriously, there are hundreds! A little searching yielded this far-from-comprehensive list of events in Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point, and other towns within an easy drive: Thomasville, King, Staley, Eden, and others. We hope you enjoy reading about all the fun things to do this fall - and please contribute your own suggestions by commenting below!
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High Point City Lake Park, High Point, September 17, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
In addition to artists and crafters, this year's festival will include live entertainment, living history, children's entertainment and activities, plus plenty of festival fare. Free admission; available $6 all-day ride tickets include train, carousel, mini golf, inflatables, and a rock-climbing wall!
Historic Bethabara Park, Winston-Salem, September 17, 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Come enjoy apples, crafts, music, food, and more! Noah's Place will have a large petting zoo, Captain Jim will be performing magic in the Visitor Center, there will be games for children and much more!
Old Leaksville Shopping District on Washington Street, Eden, NC, September 16-17; (Friday, 5 - 10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.)
This festival features two stages of live music, lots of great food, over 100 artisans and crafters, interactive activities for the kids, King BMX Stunt Show, a Trick Roper and so much more! Friday's headliner is Trial by Fire, a Journey tribute band; and Saturday's headliner is Groovetown.
Pike Family Farm, Staley, NC, September 23-24, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
400 dealers from more than 25 states pack this 100-acre farm near downtown Liberty, North Carolina. Dig through the past to find today's treasures amongst 18th to 20th century furniture, accessories, pottery, glass, clocks, dolls, toys, military items, advertising memorabilia, decoys, jewelry, quilts, folk art, and "in the rough" country Americana. No Crafts or Reproductions - just truckloads of antiques and collectibles.
Downtown Thomasville, NC, September 26, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Everybody's Day is North Carolina's oldest festival, and it brings tens of thousands to downtown Thomasville. Join us at this incredible arts and crafts festival. Beautiful weather, great music, tons of food, fun rides, and incredible craftsmanship, plus thousands of the nicest people.
YMCA Camp Weaver, Greensboro, September 26, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Festivities include live music, kid zone with inflatables and more, handmade craft show, business showcase, chili cook-off, 7th Annual Car Show, and more.
Winston-Salem Fairgrounds, Winston-Salem, September 30 - October 9
From famous fried foods and Ferris wheels to 4-H and fireworks - it's the second-largest agricultural Fair in NC and fun for the whole family.
Downtown Asheboro, NC, October 1 - 2, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
This festival is a combination of street fair, bazaar, harvest celebration, and homecoming. The event boasts more than 400 vendors, music, amusements, a livestock show, heritage village, and much more!
Central Park, King, NC, October 1, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
KingFest offers a variety of activities for all ages, including live music performed at the amphitheater—from 50s and oldies to bluegrass and gospel—arts and crafts, children's activities, a youth fishing tournament, a horseshoe pitching tournament, community-prepared country food, heritage demonstrations, miniature train rides, a classic cruise-in car show, kids' Olympics, a corn hole tournament, contests and prize drawings. Admission and parking are free, and parking is adequate for bus tours.
Greensboro Arboretum, Greensboro, Sunday, October 2, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
This juried art and fine craft exhibit and sale is held in the outdoor gallery of the Greensboro Arboretum. Artists from throughout the region exhibit their hand-crafted offerings along the garden's paved walkways. Live entertainment on three stages, Garden Pop-Up art activities for kids, Art Bark for dogs, two food courts, Garden Quest, and more makes this a wonderful afternoon outing for all ages.
Bur-Mil Park, Greensboro, Saturday, October 8, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Free and open to the public! Enjoy food, music, bounce house, games, hayrides, face-painting, balloon animals, and buy a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch. Visit more than 40 vendors and exhibitors participating this year for everything from craft demonstrations to wildlife and environmental information. Come hungry for hot dogs, sandwiches, funnel cakes, shaved ice, and much more. While you’re there, stop by the Frank Sharpe Jr. Wildlife Education Center to visit live exhibits. For more information, call 336-641-2020.
Downtown Mount Airy, NC, October 14 - 16; Friday-Saturday 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sunday, 12-6 p.m.
The Autumn Leaves Festival showcases our rich musical heritage, such as old-time, bluegrass, and gospel, performed by local musicians on the downtown stage; the unique arts and crafts of more than 200 craftsmen line the streets with many demonstrating their talents and skills passed down through the generations; then there is "Food for the Soul,” including ham biscuits, collards and cornbread, barbeque, hamburgers, ground steak and more served with hospitality by local civic and other community groups.
Dobson, NC, October 14 – 16; Friday, Fireside Kickoff at 6:30 p.m. (reservations required); Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sunday, Noon - 6 p.m.
At Shelton Vineyards’ 10th Annual Harvest Festival, you can stroll through the grounds and visit vendors with hand-crafted items and locally grown produce. Face painting is available for kids of all ages or you can enjoy a hayride through the vineyard. Relax and listen to the bluegrass bands playing Saturday and Sunday while sipping on your favorite Shelton Vineyards wine. Will Jones Band will be performing Saturday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; and The Southern Express Band will be performing Sunday, October 16, 2016, noon - 2 p.m.
Historic Stafford Farm, Oak Ridge, October 22, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
On a historic farm with structures dating back into the early 1800s or before, the Annual Colfax Persimmon Festival celebrates the persimmon and historic farming with a wide range of exhibits, demonstrations, arts and crafts, live music, and of course, many persimmon-related items for purchase. October 29 is the back-up date in case of inclement weather. Admission fee: $10 for ages 12 and older; $2 for ages 6-11; free for ages 5 and under.
Main Street, Downtown Lexington, Saturday, October 22, 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
This annual event dedicated to the special Lexington-style vinegar and ketchup-based barbecue is listed in the book 1000 Places to See in the USA & Canada Before-You-Die. Sample Lexington-style barbecue from 20+ local restaurants, plus many more visiting food vendors, cheer on racing pigs, racing people, seven stages of musical entertainment, a dog show, a car show, arts and crafts, and many other special attractions.
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