Annual Events

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



October 1.  Festifall  Street fair with music, arts and crafts, children’s area and food. West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill; Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation Department (919) 968-2784.  Noon-6 pm.  Free.

October 18-21 West End Poetry Festival.  Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings and all day Saturday. Detailed schedule to come. Event will feature receptions, Poetry readings, Panel sessions, workshops, an open mic and more.  Sponsored by the Town of Carrboro and planned by the Carrboro Poets Council.  Free. (919) 918-7364.

October 18-21. 8th Annual TerraVITA Food & Drink Festival Chapel Hill.  4-day festival (Wed – Sat) dedicated to excellence and sustainability in the South, showcasing the very best in food and beverage.   Multiple events and tastings and dinners leading up to the finale, The Grand Tasting on the Green on the lawn at Southern Village on Saturday from 1 pm – 4:30 pm. .This event should not be missed by any serious foodie! Visit website for event calendar and ticket information.

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October 27-28 Hillsborough Spirits Tour Hillsborough, the oldest town in the Triangle is haunted! Join the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough’s annual Haunted Tour through the historic district to encounter these ghostly residents! This fun and dramatic tour will bring you face-to-face with Hillsborough’s past. Tours last approximately one hour. The ghost performances are family-friendly, but please be aware that this is a walking tour over several blocks, and may include hills and uneven ground. Tickets: FREE for children 11 &  under; $12 for adults 12 & up. Call (919) 732-7741 or (photo credit: Alliance for Historic Hillsborough)

October 28. 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 multiple bands and a young musicians workshop.  For details, visit

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Through October 29.  Fall Corn Mazes at McKee Farms in Rougemont.   $11 corn maze admission. Age 2 and Under Free.  Fridays 3-8pm, Saturday 10-8pm, Sunday 1-7pm.  2 mazes – 12 acre cornfield maze and 2 acre fun, interactive adventurous maze for children.  Haunted Maze ($12) from 6 pm – 10 pm. Regular maze closes at 6 pm on Haunted Nights.  Cedar Creek Farm, 5011 Kiger Rd, Rougemont, (919) 732-8065.

October 31.  Halloween Carnival, Carrboro Town Commons. Carnival games and prizes. Popcorn, sodas, hot chocolate, apple cider and coffee with be sold at concessions. 6 pm – 8:30 pm.  (919) 918-7364.

October 31.  Homegrown Halloween, Chapel Hill.  (919) 968-2760. (25,000 people in Halloween costumes flock to downtown Chapel Hill’s Franklin Street.)



November 4-5 & 11-12. 23rd Annual Orange County Open Studio Tour.   Orange County; Over 70 artists invite you into their studios to see where and how they work.  Sponsor: Orange County Artists Guild (919) 933-7880.  First two weekends in November.

November 10. Light Up Carrboro. The public is invited to ring in the holidays, Carrboro-style from 6 pm – 8 pm. The 2nd Friday Artwalk will be in full swing and local businesses will be open late for shopping and dining. The centerpiece event is the annual Townsend, Bertram & Company Tree Lighting in front of Carr Mill Mall featuring live music from Ella Bertram at 7 pm. Enjoy free Beer from Yesteryears Brewery, free hot cider and snacks. Raffle prizes. You don’t want to miss this. Carr Mill Mall, 200 N. Greensboro Street, Carrboro,

November 14. Ladies Night Out. 6 pm – 9 pm. Hillsborough Merchants present: Ladies Night Out: Hats & Wraps!  Grab your friends and head to beautiful Hillsborough, NC. TREAT YOURSELF with wine, snacks, shopping, and fun. The theme is hats and wraps, so adorn your favorite and away you go. Check in will be at The Wine Company and the first 250 ladies get a free gift!  

Carrboro Film Festival

November 18-19. 12th Annual Carrboro Film Festival.  Two-day festival with workshop, films and free after party. Anticipate about 45 films.  Festival at The ArtsCenter.  Saturday, Nov. 18 – 11 am – 6 pm & Sunday, Nov. 19 – 11 am – 7 pm.  Tickets are $15.00 for a 1-Day, All-Day Festival Pass (either All-Day Saturday OR All-Day Sunday), and $20.00 for a 2-Day, All-Weekend Festival Pass. Kids 12 and under are FREE all weekend long, and do not require a ticket for entry.

November 25.  Storytelling Event: Home for the Holidays in Hillsborough. Please join the Orange County Historical Museum for an evening of holiday storytelling from 7 pm – 9:30 pm.  In addition to storytelling from local authors, there will be music, reception and laughs.  Tickets are $25.00 in advance and $30.00 day of.  Event at Merry Hill Farm, 2004 Ben Johnson Road, Mebane.  All proceeds benefit the Orange County Historical Museum, (919) 732-2201 or email ; 

November 26. Downtown Chapel Hill Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony.  Join the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership for the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in downtown Chapel Hill in the Memorial Garden of University Baptist Church, 100 S. Columbia Street.  Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there to greet children and take pictures! Music. 6pm.  (919) 967-9440.

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Through December 8.  Sculpture in the Garden.  Exhibit on display up to two months.  North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. Annual display of nearly 50 one-of-a kind sculptures placed amid the native wildflowers and shrubs to delight garden visitors.  (919) 962-0522. 


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