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8 THINGS TO DO IN NORTH CAROLINA (OCTOBER 15 - OCTOBER 24)

Carolina Balloon Fest

Carolina Balloon Fest

October 14–16, 2022 • event

A fun hot air balloon festival in the Southeast

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

Barbecue Festival

Barbecue Festival

October 22, 2022 • event

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

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

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

43 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

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

out of rangeAugust 11, 2022 • event

One of the favourite football fan events in Charlotte

NC Chinese Lantern Festival

NC Chinese Lantern Festival

out of rangeNovember 18, 2022–January 8, 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

4th of July

4th of July

out of rangeJuly 2–July 4 • event

Old-fashioned small-town celebrations and massive street parties

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

Carolina Classic Fair (Dixie Classic Fair)

Carolina Classic Fair (Dixie Classic Fair)

out of rangeSeptember 30–October 9, 2022 • event

The favorite fall event for the City of Winston-Salem

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

North Carolina Azalea Festival

North Carolina Azalea Festival

out of rangeApril 12–16, 2023 • 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

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

Greensboro Fun Fourth Fireworks

Greensboro Fun Fourth Fireworks

out of rangeJuly 4, 2022 • event

One of the top 4th of July celebrations 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

GalaxyCon Raleigh

GalaxyCon Raleigh

out of rangeJuly 28–31, 2022 • event

One of the largest comic cons in North Carolina

Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

out of rangeearly November–early January  • event

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

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

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 Folk Festival

North Carolina Folk Festival

out of rangeSeptember 9–11, 2022 • event

A free, locally-produced multicultural event

Charlotte Christmas Village

Charlotte Christmas Village

unconfirmedlate November–late December 2022 • event

A sweet European-inspired celebration in Uptown Charlotte

Fort Bragg 4th of July Parade & Fireworks

Fort Bragg 4th of July Parade & Fireworks

out of rangeJuly 4, 2022 • event

Celebration in the largest military installation in 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

Kernersville 4th of July Community Concert & Fireworks

Kernersville 4th of July Community Concert & Fireworks

out of rangeJuly 4, 2022 • event

Become a part of a splendid community Fourth in the largest suburb of Winston-Salem

Elizabeth City Christmas Parade

Elizabeth City Christmas Parade

unconfirmedDecember 3, 2022 • event

This is how North Carolina folks celebrate the big holiday

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

unconfirmedmid-Febuary 2023 • event

One of the best family-friendly events in North Carolina

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

unconfirmedmid-January 2023 • 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

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

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

out of rangeearly March–mid-April • nature

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

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

Blowing Rock Winterfest

Blowing Rock Winterfest

out of rangeJanuary 26–29, 2023 • event

Tons of fun winter activities in the scenic North Carolina mountains

St. Patrick's Day Parade

St. Patrick's Day Parade

out of rangeMarch 11, 2023 • event

A beloved annual event in Uptown Charlotte

Brewgaloo

Brewgaloo

out of rangeApril 21–22, 2023 • event

The largest beer festival in North Carolina

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

unconfirmedmid-November 2022–January 2023 • event

Winter wonderland in downtown Greensboro

Waynesville Christmas Parade

Waynesville Christmas Parade

out of rangeDecember 5 • event

Join this annual tradition filled with joy and Christmas lights

Craftsmen's Christmas Classic in Greensboro, NC

Craftsmen's Christmas Classic in Greensboro, NC

out of rangeNovember 25–27, 2022 • event

A universal art and craft show, offering something for every taste and budget

Lake Julian Festival of Lights

Lake Julian Festival of Lights

out of rangeDecember 1–23, 2022 • event

A magical display with animated and stationary light displays

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