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Best time to visit North Carolina

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7 THINGS TO DO IN NORTH CAROLINA (OCTOBER 18 - OCTOBER 27)

North Carolina State Fair

North Carolina State Fair

October 13–23, 2022 • event

Raleigh hosts one of the largest and oldest fairs in the country

Carolina Renaissance Festival

Carolina Renaissance Festival

October 1–November 20, 2022 (Saturdays and Sundays) • event

Go back in time watching dozens of costumed characters enjoying music and feasting on ale and turkey legs

North Carolina Fall Colors

North Carolina Fall Colors

October–early November • nature

Stunning fall foliage wraps North Carolina's landscapes from the Appalachian Mountains in the west to the Atlantic plains in the east

Tail of the Dragon Road at Deals Gap

Tail of the Dragon Road at Deals Gap

April–October • activity

An extremely curvy drive between North Carolina and Tennessee, excellent for motorcycles and sport cars

Barbecue Festival

Barbecue Festival

October 22, 2022 • event

Find out why Lexington is called the barbecue capital of the world

Clingmans Dome

Clingmans Dome

April–November • activity

Drive up to the highest point in the Smokies

High Shoals Falls

High Shoals Falls

all year round • nature

The No. 1 attraction in South Mountains State Park

35 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Carolina Balloon Fest

Carolina Balloon Fest

out of rangeOctober 14–16, 2022 • event

A fun hot air balloon festival in the Southeast

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

out of rangeJuly 7–10, 2022 • event

The largest gathering of Scottish clans in the United States

Liberty Antiques Festival

Liberty Antiques Festival

out of rangeApril 29–30, 2022 | September 23–24, 2022 • event

One of the most famous antique fairs in Eastern U.S.

NC Mountain State Fair

NC Mountain State Fair

out of rangeSeptember 9–18, 2022 • event

A showcase of North Carolina's agriculture with lots of entertainment

Carolina Panthers Fan Fest

Carolina Panthers Fan Fest

unconfirmedearly August 2022 • event

One of the favourite football fan events in Charlotte

4th of July

4th of July

out of rangeJuly 2–July 4 • event

Old-fashioned small-town celebrations and massive street parties

NC Chinese Lantern Festival

NC Chinese Lantern Festival

out of rangemid-November 2022–early January 2023 • event

The night is illuminated with dozens of giant lanterns in Cary

North Carolina Seafood Festival

North Carolina Seafood Festival

out of rangeSeptember 30–October 2, 2022 • event

One of the best food festivals of the Southeast

Monarch Butterfly Migration

Monarch Butterfly Migration

out of rangeMay–July | mid September–early October  • nature

The most recognizable Monarch butterflies fly on the treetop level along the state's best mountain ridges twice a year

North Carolina Azalea Festival

North Carolina Azalea Festival

out of rangeApril 6–10, 2022 • event

The largest festival of its kind in North Carolina

North Carolina Apple Festival

North Carolina Apple Festival

out of rangeSeptember 2–5, 2022 • event

A premiere family event in North Carolina

Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing and Snowboarding

out of rangemid-November–early April | February–mid-March • activity

Consider North Carolina as a lovely place for your active family getaway

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

out of rangeearly November–early January  • event

Amazing light displays in the Southeast that will make your Christmas unforgettable

Cicada Mania

Cicada Mania

out of rangeMay–mid-June • nature

A billionth population of American cicadas come out during final weeks in their lives to rejoice in a huge mating par

Charlotte Motor Speedway Christmas Lights

Charlotte Motor Speedway Christmas Lights

unconfirmedNovember 2022–January 2023 • event

A spectacular drive-thru made of four million LED lights

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

out of rangeApril–September • nature

Attracted by fruits and nectar, these birds are often spotted in the gardens

Hummingbirds

Hummingbirds

out of rangemid-March–early Fall • nature

Watch hummingbirds escape the cold in this beautiful state

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival in Cary

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival in Cary

out of rangeAugust 5–6, 2022 • event

A foodie's paradise in a suburb of Raleigh and 30 minutes drive from Durham

Charlotte Christmas Village

Charlotte Christmas Village

unconfirmedlate November–late December 2022 • event

A sweet European-inspired celebration in Uptown Charlotte

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

out of rangeFebruary 1–5, 2022 • event

Ring in Lunar New Year with dances and delicious food in Charlotte

High Country Beer Fest

High Country Beer Fest

out of rangeAugust 27, 2022 • event

Join over 1500 beer lovers at High Country Beer Fest and learn more about the craft brewing industry

North Carolina Folk Festival

North Carolina Folk Festival

out of rangeSeptember 9–11, 2022 • event

A free, locally-produced multicultural event

Tanglewood Park Festival of Lights

Tanglewood Park Festival of Lights

unconfirmedmid-November 2022–early January 2023 • event

A spectacular holiday display located just a 10-minute drive west of Winston-Salem

Jacksonville Winterfest

Jacksonville Winterfest

out of rangeFebruary 19, 2022 • event

One of the best family-friendly events in North Carolina

Carrboro Music Festival

Carrboro Music Festival

out of rangeOctober 1–2, 2022 • event

A showcase of the best musicians in the Piedmont region of North Carolina

Festival of Lights in Greensboro

Festival of Lights in Greensboro

unconfirmedearly December 2022 • event

One of the most impressive holiday celebrations in North Carolina

Charlotte Comicon

Charlotte Comicon

out of rangeMarch 27, 2022 | August 7, 2022 | December 11, 2022 • event

A one-day family-friendly comic and toy show

GalaxyCon Raleigh

GalaxyCon Raleigh

out of rangeJuly 28–31, 2022 • event

One of the largest comic cons in North Carolina

St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade

on holdMarch 14, 2020 • event

A beloved annual event in Uptown Charlotte

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

out of rangeearly March–mid-April • nature

Spring is an enchanting time in North Carolina thanks to massive tree blossoms

Blowing Rock Winterfest

Blowing Rock Winterfest

out of rangeJanuary 26–29, 2023 • event

Tons of fun winter activities in the scenic North Carolina mountains

Hops and Hogs Festival

Hops and Hogs Festival

out of rangeOctober 8, 2022 • event

Enjoy delicious craft beer, mouth-watering BBQ, and live music at the Hops and Hogs Festival

Festival of Lights at Hill Ridge Farms

Festival of Lights at Hill Ridge Farms

out of rangeNovember 24, 2022–January 1, 2023 • event

Old-fashioned holiday fun for the whole family

Piedmont Winterfest

Piedmont Winterfest

out of rangeNovember 19, 2021–January 30, 2022 • event

Winter wonderland in downtown Greensboro

Brewgaloo

Brewgaloo

out of rangeApril 22–23, 2022 • event

The largest beer festival in North Carolina

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