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8 THINGS TO DO IN NORTH CAROLINA (OCTOBER 16 - OCTOBER 25)

Carolina Balloon Fest

Carolina Balloon Fest

October 15–17, 2021 • event

A fun hot air balloon festival in the Southeast

North Carolina State Fair

North Carolina State Fair

October 14–24, 2021 • event

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

Carolina Renaissance Festival

Carolina Renaissance Festival

October 02–November 21, 2021 (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 23, 2021 • 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

25 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

out of rangeJuly 8–11, 2021 • event

The largest gathering of Scottish clans in the United States

NC Mountain State Fair

NC Mountain State Fair

out of rangeSeptember 10–19, 2021 • event

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

Liberty Antiques Festival

Liberty Antiques Festival

out of rangeApril 23–24, 2021  • event

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

4th of July

4th of July

out of rangeJuly 4 • event

Old-fashioned small-town celebrations and massive street parties

North Carolina Seafood Festival

North Carolina Seafood Festival

out of rangeOctober 2–4, 2020 • event

One of the best food festivals of the Southeast

North Carolina Azalea Festival

North Carolina Azalea Festival

out of rangeApril 3–11, 2021 • event

The largest festival of its kind in North Carolina

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

North Carolina Apple Festival

North Carolina Apple Festival

out of rangeSeptember 3–6, 2021 • event

A premiere family event in North Carolina

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

NC Chinese Lantern Festival

NC Chinese Lantern Festival

canceledNovember 13–December 31, 2020 • event

The night is illuminated with dozens of giant lanterns in Cary

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

Charlotte Motor Speedway Christmas Lights

Charlotte Motor Speedway Christmas Lights

out of rangeNovember 21, 2020–January 17, 2021 • event

A spectacular drive-thru made of four million LED lights

Carolina Panthers Fan Fest

Carolina Panthers Fan Fest

out of rangeAugust 8, 2021 • event

One of the favourite football fan events in Charlotte

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

out of rangeearly November–early January  • event

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

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

out of rangeFebruary 12–13, 2021 • event

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

Baltimore Oriole

Baltimore Oriole

out of rangeApril–September • nature

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

Jacksonville Winterfest

Jacksonville Winterfest

out of rangeFebruary 20, 2021  • event

One of the best family-friendly events in North Carolina

Carrboro Music Festival

Carrboro Music Festival

out of rangeOctober 04, 2020 (virtual event) • event

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

North Carolina Folk Festival

North Carolina Folk Festival

out of rangeSeptember 10–12, 2021 • event

A free, locally-produced multicultural event

Tanglewood Park Festival of Lights

Tanglewood Park Festival of Lights

out of rangeNovember 13, 2020–January 1, 2021 • 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

out of rangeNovember 28–December 29, 2019 • event

Old-fashioned holiday fun for the whole family

Festival of Lights in Greensboro

Festival of Lights in Greensboro

out of rangeDecember 6, 2019 • event

One of the most impressive holiday celebrations in North Carolina

Blowing Rock Winterfest

Blowing Rock Winterfest

out of rangeJanuary 28–31, 2021  • event

Tons of fun winter activities in the scenic North Carolina mountains

Piedmont Winterfest

Piedmont Winterfest

out of rangeNovember 20, 2020–January 31, 2021  • event

Winter wonderland in downtown Greensboro

Charlotte Christmas Village

Charlotte Christmas Village

out of rangeNovember 27–December 23, 2020 • event

A sweet European-inspired celebration in Uptown Charlotte

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