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3 THINGS TO DO IN NORTH CAROLINA (JULY 10 - JULY 19)

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

July 09–12, 2020 • event

The largest gathering of Scottish clans in the United States

The Tail of the Dragon (Deals Gap)

The Tail of the Dragon (Deals Gap)

April–October • activity

An extremely curvy road between North Carolina and Tennessee

Clingmans Dome

Clingmans Dome

April–November • activity

Drive up to the highest point in the Smokies

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Carolina Balloon Fest

Carolina Balloon Fest

October 18–20, 2019 • event

A fun hot air balloon festival in the Southeast

North Carolina Seafood Festival

North Carolina Seafood Festival

October 02–04, 2020 • event

One of the best food festivals of the Southeast

North Carolina State Fair

North Carolina State Fair

October 15–25, 2020 • event

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

Liberty Antiques Festival

Liberty Antiques Festival

April 24–25, 2020 • event

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

4th of July

4th of July

most events are canceled for 2020 • event

Old-fashioned small-town celebrations and massive street parties

Cicada Mania

Cicada Mania

May–mid-June • nature

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

NC Mountain State Fair

NC Mountain State Fair

September 11–20, 2020 • event

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

Carolina Renaissance Festival

Carolina Renaissance Festival

October 03–November 22, 2020 • event

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

North Carolina Azalea Festival

North Carolina Azalea Festival

April 01–05, 2020 • event

The largest festival of its kind in North Carolina

NC Chinese Lantern Festival

NC Chinese Lantern Festival

November 22 2019–January 12 2020 • event

The night is illuminated with dozens of giant lanterns in Cary

Carolina Panthers Fan Fest

Carolina Panthers Fan Fest

August 02, 2019 • event

One of the favourite football fan events in Charlotte

Carrboro Music Festival

Carrboro Music Festival

October 04, 2020 • event

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

Barbecue Festival

Barbecue Festival

October 24, 2020 • event

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

North Carolina Folk Festival

North Carolina Folk Festival

September 11–13, 2020 • event

A free, locally-produced multicultural event

North Carolina Apple Festival

North Carolina Apple Festival

September 04–07, 2020 • event

A premiere family event in North Carolina

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

November–early January • event

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

Tanglewood Park Festival of Lights

Tanglewood Park Festival of Lights

November 15 2019–January 01 2020 • event

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

Festival of Lights at Hill Ridge Farms

Festival of Lights at Hill Ridge Farms

November 28–December 29, 2019 • event

Old-fashioned holiday fun for the whole family

Festival of Lights in Greensboro

Festival of Lights in Greensboro

December 06, 2019 • event

One of the most impressive holiday celebrations in North Carolina

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