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5 THINGS TO DO IN NORTH CAROLINA (OCTOBER 14 - OCTOBER 23)

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

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

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

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

Clingmans Dome

Clingmans Dome

April–November • activity

Drive up to the highest point in the Smokies

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Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

July 09–12, 2020 • event

The largest gathering of Scottish clans in the United States

Carolina Balloon Fest

Carolina Balloon Fest

October 16–18, 2020 (no public attendance; balloons up in the sky) • 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

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 10–19, 2021 • event

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

Skiing and Snowboarding

Skiing and Snowboarding

mid-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

November 21, 2020–January 17, 2021 • event

A spectacular drive-thru made of four million LED lights

NC Chinese Lantern Festival

NC Chinese Lantern Festival

November 13–December 31, 2020 • event

The night is illuminated with dozens of giant lanterns in Cary

North Carolina Azalea Festival

North Carolina Azalea Festival

April 01–05, 2020 • event

The largest festival of its kind in North Carolina

Barbecue Festival

Barbecue Festival

October 23, 2021 • event

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

Carolina Panthers Fan Fest

Carolina Panthers Fan Fest

August 02, 2019 • event

One of the favourite football fan events in Charlotte

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

early November–early January  • event

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

Carrboro Music Festival

Carrboro Music Festival

October 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

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

Tanglewood Park Festival of Lights

Tanglewood Park Festival of Lights

November 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

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

Blowing Rock Winterfest

Blowing Rock Winterfest

January 28–31, 2021  • event

Tons of fun winter activities in the scenic North Carolina mountains

Piedmont Winterfest

Piedmont Winterfest

November 20, 2020–January 31, 2021  • event

Winter wonderland in downtown Greensboro

Jacksonville Winterfest

Jacksonville Winterfest

February 20, 2021  • event

One of the best family-friendly events in North Carolina

Charlotte Christmas Village

Charlotte Christmas Village

November 27–December 23, 2020 • event

A sweet European-inspired celebration in Uptown Charlotte

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