Annual Events

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


Thru December 9.  Sculpture in the Garden. Preview party September 17. 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. 

Thru October 30 - 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) on October 22, 28 and 29 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 14-15.  West End Poetry Festival.  Friday, 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill.  An opening reception and readings by five poets.  Saturday, noon to 8:30 pm at the Century Center in Carrboro. Poetry readings, Panel sessions, an open workshop, an open mic, evening reception, and a final reading. Sponsored by the Town of Carrboro. Free. Schedule on website. (919) 918-7364.

October 15.  The popular Hillsborough Handmade Parade returns this fall at 2:30 pm through downtown Churton Street. Presented by the Hillsborough Arts Council.

October 21. Voices from the Grave. 6 PM – 9 PM. Haunted Tours of the Old Chapel Hill Cemetery on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by candlelight and be visited by spirits from beyond the grave! General Admission $15 per person. Reservations required. Flashlight and walking shoes recommended. Presented by the Preservation Society of Chapel Hill.(919) 942-7818 for tickets.

October 28-29 "Spirits of Hillsborough" will appear during the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough's annual ghost walks through the historic district.  This fun and dramatic tour will bring you face-to-face with Hillsborough's past. With help from the Orange Community Players, the spirits of fierce Elizabeth Scamp, William Hooper (a signer of the Declaration of Independence), and the Haint of Stillhouse Branch will rise from the grave to educate and entertain. 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 are timed and groups depart from the Hillsborough Visitors Center (150 E. King St.). Friday tours every 20 min: 8pm, 8:20pm, and 8:40 and Saturday tours every 20 min: 5 - 8:40. Tickets: $5 for children 12 and under; $12 for adults. Call (919) 732-7741.

October 31  Halloween Carnival. Carnival games for all agesCarrboro Town Commons. 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 5-6 & 12-13. 22nd 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. 

Click here for a complete listing of 2016 Major Annual Events