Lots Of Fun Things To Do In The Fall In The Triangle
It’s Fall in the Triangle of North Carolina arguably the best time of year in this part of the world. From now until January we will be blessed with mild weather ( barring any hurricanes) no humidity and tons of fun things to do in the Triangle. This is the time for festivals, outdoor concerts, state fairs, corn mazes and pumpkin patches. It’s also the time to head to the mountains and take in the spectacular sights and colors of the leaves as they explode on the Blue Ridge Mountains. Early Fall is also a great time to head to the beach when after Labor Day the rates go down and many hotels and beach rentals offer special rates in September. It’ll still be warm enough to enjoy the sand maybe not the water as much, not that the beaches get crowded here anyway but it’ll be quiet.
Wide Open Bluegrass Raleigh Oct 2-3 2015
One of the best things about the Fall in the Triangle and this is a recent addition to our list is the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival which this year takes place on Friday and Saturday October 2nd and 3rd in downtown Raleigh. The festival is entering it’s third year in Raleigh and has been hugely successful with crowds enjoying both the free and ticketed music performances. Starting on Tuesday Sept 29th the business of the IBMA gets under way for those involved in Bluegrass and all week long you will be able to see bands play at local bars and restaurants. The line up for the paid concerts is here and Alison Krauss & Union Station play Friday and Sam Bush plays on Saturday. The Wide Open StreetFest is just full of music, food, arts and crafts, locally produce and BBQ Sauces, craft beer you name it. The North Carolina Whole Hog Barbecue Championship will be judged and all that slow cooked pork will be chopped and sold on Saturday. There are rides for the kids and stages set up along Fayetteville Street in Raleigh where bands and musicians play through out the day. There is youth stage as well which is very popular. The Artsplosure Arts Market has local artists and crafts people selling magnificent paintings, jewelry, poetry and more.
NC State Fair October 15-25 2015
The highlight of many young and not so young farmers year has to be the NC State Fair which this year is held on October 15th -25th at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Thousands of people from all over the state come to visit the fair so we’re lucky to have it in our backyard. The Midway is a huge attraction with kids and adults alike I suspect some people never venture far from the rides and the food area. From 9 am to 9 pm there is something to see and do at the Fair and that won’t be enough time to see it all. Horses, cows, sheep, chickens are just a few of the livestock that will be at the fair for judging and viewing. Cooking, pumpkin carving, flower arranging even Bonsai demonstrations go on all day long and there is an endless supply of food vendors which of course brings us to the question ..What delicacy will they deep fry this year? Twinkies, Oreo’s, Avocado for the health conscious fair goer. Music is a big part of the NC State Fair and this year all the musical acts come from North Carolina everything from Jazz, Celtic Rock, Gospel and Pop will be on hand at various stages around the grounds and nightly in the Dorton Arena where there is no admission charge this year. Tickets at the gate for adults are $10, children ages 6-12 are $5 and under 5 get in free. Seniors over 65 are free and Thursday October 22nd is the Food Lion Hunger Relief Day where if you bring five cans of Food Lion brand canned goods you get in for free.
Clayton Harvest and Music Festival
The Clayton Harvest and Music Festival runs from September 16-20 2015 and kicks off with Karaoke at the Flipside on Wednesday from 8.30-10.30 $200 first prize! The Clayton Idol contest will have a number of ages categories and the winner will be announced on Saturday. The Town Square Concert Series will wrap up for the season with the last concert and a band called Walrus that is Thursday from 6-9pm. Zaxby’s Movie Night is Friday and on Saturday Main Street in Clayton will be jam packed with local vendors and folks from all over for a day of strolling, classic cars, antique tractor show, for truck rodeo, lots of crafts for the kids and music and dance.
Pumpkin Patch Farms And Corn Mazes Near Raleigh and Clayton
Pumpkin Patch farms are a great way to get outside and enjoy the beautiful Fall weather and there are a number of farms that have a pick your own pumpkin set up. Always call first before you head out to any farms to make sure they are open and what they offer. Some are all in with corn mazes, hay rides, mums for sale and other focus on the farm produce only.
DJ’s Berry Patch is located at 1223 Salem Church Road in Apex their phone number is (919) 600-4020. Yu can pick your own pumpkin at DJ’s and they have Mums and plenty of summer produce left. They are open every day in the season. They have small medium and large pumpkins and gourds and you can buy pre picked pumpkins as well.
Green Acres Farm is located at 11321132 Morrisville Carpenter Rd, Cary, NC 27519 and their phone number is (919) 481-2435. They have two corn mazes this year and they are honoring our Troops and Hometown Heroes, the mazes are very elaborate one is a map of the United States with a soldier saluting in the middle and the other is made up of the badges of the EMS, Firefighter and Police. I know you’re probably wondering how they manage to make such designs and the answer is a GPS unit attached to a mower. Check out their Facebook page to see it in action. Along with the maze they sell pumpkins pick your own and pre picked and they it’s a tad early but they also sell Christmas trees. There are lots of activities on hand like child friendly hay bale maze, tractor rides, horse drawn wagon rides, bouncy house, pony rides, picnic area and restrooms.
Hill Ridge Farms is located at 703 Tarboro Road Youngsville, NC 27596 their phone number is (919) 556-1771. There is lots to do at the Farm here with hay rides, train rides, a splash pad to name a few fun things to do. There is a picnic area if you’d like to pack lunch and they have the Chuckwagon Grill a country store, lemonade stand and kettle corn. You could easily spend all day here feeding the farm animals goats, sheep chickens and rabbits and theres a pond where you can feed the fish. The Hill Ridge Farms Express has a big red engine and can hold up to 100 people. You can go gem stone panning with two covered 75 foot flumes or take a hay ride tour of the farm. Explore the Indian Teepee and Fort Arrowhead to get a feel of frontier life.
Ken’s Korny Corn Maze is located at 3175 Benson Road (Hwy 50), Garner, NC 27529 their phone number is (919) 779-4765. Ken’s has over 10 acres of fun things to do in the Fall starting with a 6 acre 2.5 mile corn maze. They have a straw maze and a hay jump, a pirate ship and a monster truck to climb on. Hay rides, corn tunnel, corn box, there is a picnic area with restrooms and concessions. They sell pumpkins and have a produce and garden center.
Page Farms is located at 6100 Mt Herman Road, Raleigh, NC 27617 their phone number is (919) 451-5534. The farm has pick your own pumpkins, hay rides and farm animals. They have picnic tables and like most of the other farms offer school trips.
Phillips Farm is located at 6701 Good Hope Church Rd, Cary, NC 27519 you can email them at Kelsey@phillipsfarmsofcary.com or contact them on Facebook. The farm has been in the Phillips family for over 100 years and they grow hay, straw, corn and strawberries. The 2015 season opens September 19th and for the price of admission there are lots of activities. Corn maze, fun house, bouncy pillow and giant tube swing. Take a hayride around the farm, climb on the giant spider web. Compete in rubber duck races or Roller Racers take a spin on a pedal car, ride the cow train or play in the rock digging box. For an additional charge you can fire the pumpkin launcher, shoot the corn cannon or the pumpkin sling shot and feed the baby goats. They also have pick your own pumpkins.
Lazy O Farm is located at 3583 Packing Plant Road Smithfield, NC 27577 and their phone number is (919) 934-1132. The farm runs their Maze Dayz from October thru November 10th 2015 they have different prices for the activities so $12 per person gets you the maze, barnyard, pumpkin, hayride, picnic area and playground. You can stuff a scarecrow while you’re there for $11 and on October 31st they have Trick or Treat from 2-5pm for children up to 12 years of age. They sell fresh eggs, duck and turkey as well as chicken, goats milk soap and livestock feed. They do weddings and birthdays.
Smith’s Nursery is located at 443 Sanders Road, Benson, NC 27504 their phone number is (919) 934-1700. They offer pick your own pumpkins from the patch and hay rides. They are growing tomatoes in the greenhouse and they also have a CSA program, Community Supported Agriculture worth checking out while you are there.
Clayton Fear Farm is located at 1620 Loop Road, Clayton, NC 27527 and their phone number is (919) 553-0016. Daytime at the Fear Farm is not scary or haunted but a fun thing to do in the Fall in Clayton. Pick your own Pumpkins, jumping pillow, corn box, spider web, giant slide, pedal carts. They have a playground and corn maze and offer birthday parties and corporate events and they now serve food. Boyette Family Farm is also responsible for the Lights on the Neuse at Christmas time.
Haunted Hayrides And Things That Go Bump In The Triangle
Haunted Forest at Panic Point is located at 2808 Cedar Creek Rd, Youngsville, NC 27596, their phone number is (919) 526-8612. The terror begins on Friday October 2nd and ends on Sunday November 1st 2015 check their website for actual days and times. The attractions include the Zombie Shoot out, the Carny Crypt, the Haunted Forest and Hayride, The Dark Trail and The Corn Maze. On September 12 2015 they are having a 5K mud run with zombies.
Darkside Haunted Estates is located at 11875 NC 222 Hwy W, Middlesex, NC 27557, their phone number is (919) 269-8620. The scares are available every Friday and Saturday from September 25th through November 7th from 7pm-11pm. They have a haunted trail and a zombie paintball hayride…sounds delightful.
Harvested Farms Nightmares is located at Ken’s Korny Corn Maze at 3175 Benson Road (Hwy 50), Garner, NC 27529 their phone number is (919) 779-4765. So when the kids have been through the corn maze during the day as night falls the place takes on a more sinister note.
Clayton Fear Farm is located at 1620 Loop Road, Clayton, NC 27527 and their phone number is (919) 553-0016. At night time this attraction lives up to its name more so than during the day. Opening October 2nd 2015 the park has a number of attractions like Fear Farm Academy, The Black Hole, Fear Forest Haunted Hayride, Slaughterhouse I think you get the picture
Other Fall Festivals and Fall Activities Near Raleigh
Benson Mule Days is a unique festival celebrating mules and horses and it is a sight to see when hundreds of horse and mule owners and thousands of spectators descend on Benson in September. This year the Benson Mule Days runs from September 24-27. People come from as far away as Germany, Alaska and California while some folks just saddle up in Clayton and ride into town. There are rodeos, mule pulling contests, arts and crafts carnival ride and a huge parade on Saturday. If you like horses and wagons, mules and donkeys you won’t want to miss this famous Johnston County event.
The Historic Yates Mill County Park will hold its 10th Annual Fall Harvest Celebration on Saturday, September 19, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.Corn grinding demonstrations in the old mill which is a neat place to visit, they have a very informative visitor center. There will be games and a scavenger hunt, food and entertainment.
The 2015 N.C. Grape Stomp Festival will be held at Gregory Vineyards on September 20, 2015 from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. They are located in Johnston County at Gregory Vineyards & Lane’s Seafood & Steak House 275 Bowling Spring Dr.Angier, NC 27501 the phone number is (919) 894-7700.
The Greek Festival in Raleigh is held at the Jim Graham Building in the NC State Fairgrounds this year it runs September 11-13. Try authentic Greek food and see and hear traditional music and dance. Check out their web site for more information. While you are there go and spend some time at the Raleigh Flea Market held every Saturday and Sunday 9am-6pm except October.
Do you have more fun things to do in the Fall in the Triangle and would like them added to the list send us an email and we’d be glad to include them firstname.lastname@example.org