Annual Events

There is always something fun going on in Orange County. Plan your visit around these major events happening this SUMMER!


July 8-24.  The 15th Annual 10 By 10 in the Triangle.  An international festival of new, ten-minute plays.  10 Actors, 10 Directors, 10 Minutes, 10 By 10! Tickets are $14-$18 depending on performance date.  Evening performances at 8 pm and 3 pm matinees. Festival at The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main Street, Carrboro. or call (919) 929-2787.


August 5-September 5. 17th Annual Forest Theater Giant Puppet Pageant – The Beautiful Beast. Paperhand Puppet Intervention Shows Fri-Sun and Labor Day, Forest Theatre on the UNC Campus, (919) 923-1857.

August 6. BikeFest 2016: The 21st Annual Rural Heritage Tour.  The Tour with 850 riders begins at the Superior Courthouse in downtown Hillsborough and offers a choice of several rides in rural Orange County. Check-in opens at 6:30am and first ride at 7:30 am.  Sponsor: Carolina Tarwheels Bicycle Club. (919) 383-9722.

August 27. River Park Concert.  Free Concert at River Park in downtown Hillsborough, 144 E. Margaret Lane from Noon – 7:30 pm.  Food Court, Beer, & Wine Garden, Community, Environmental, Art & Wellness Booths.  Featuring performances by 4 bands and a young musicians workshop.  For details, visit


September 10. Colonial Kids Day.   11 am – 3 pm.  Discover the history of colonial Hillsborough with a day of living history activities.  Bring the entire family for a day of free living history activities at the Burwell School Historic Site (319 N Churton St). Learn crafts such candle-making, butter-churning, quilt-making, and more. Throughout the day there will be demonstrations by the Carolina Colonial Dancers, craft activities by the Daughters of the American Revolution and Colonial games by the staff of the Burwell School.  The Orange County Historical Museum (201 N. Churton St.) will host spinning and weaving demonstrations from 11am to 3 pm, as well as finger weaving activities for children and families.  A walking tour of the Revolutionary War-era sites of Hillsborough will depart from the Alexander Dickson House (Hillsborough Visitors Center – 150 E. King St.) at 11 am. Tickets are $5 each and can be purchased at the Visitors Center.  Colonial Kids Day is an annual event sponsored by the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough, the Burwell School Historic Site, and the Orange County Historical Museum. For more information contact the Visitors Center at (919) 732-7741.

September 10.  Bluegrass at Moorefields.  2 pm – 7 pm will take place on the lawn at Moorefields, an idyllic homestead on 70 beautiful acres in Hillsborough. Rain Date is Sunday Sept 11.   Bring your chairs and blankets.  Proceeds benefit Historic Moorefields.  The event features five bands, food trucks, beer & wine.   Moorefields Estate, 2201 Moorefields Road, Hillsborough, Visit for tickets.   Call (919) 732-4941.

September 16-17. Hog Day. Friday 6 pm – 10 pm and Saturday 10 am – 5 pm.  River Park, Downtown Hillborough, W. Margaret Lane.  Music, crafts, kids events, contests, and barbecue.   



2016 Major Annual Events