It’s Fall, Y’all: The Top Seasonal Festivals around the Triangle

Do you feel it? That cool breeze in the air? Okay…so maybe the temperatures around the Triangle haven’t quite gotten the message, but fall is right around the corner.

With fall comes colorful leaves, popular seasonal drinks, and all-things pumpkin, but it also rings in prime festival season! Check out a few of the top celebrations happening around the communities in the Triangle, and let us know if we missed any of your favorites.

BugFest

A beetle on a piece of grass.

When: September 21st, 9am – 7pm

Where: Museum of Natural Sciences

What: Bringing in more than 30,000 visitors each year, BugFest is one of the most popular events that the Museum of Natural Sciences hosts. This year’s theme is beetles, and guests can check out over 100 exhibits, crafts, and games, as well as chat with scientists and entomologists. The festival is 100% free, and full of fun for all ages!

Dragon Boat Festival

A dragon boat.

When: September 28th, 11am – 6pm

Where: Koka Booth Amphitheatre

What: A celebration of Asian heritage in the Triangle area, the Dragon Boat Festival features boat races, ethnic dishes and street food, cultural displays and performances, and tons of games and activities. Get to know a little more about the cultures that help shape life in the Triangle, and check out a few of the races!

Wendell Harvest Festival

Pumpkins.

When: October 5th, 10am – 10pm

Where: Wendell Town Square

What: If you call the eastern suburbs home, then the Wendell Harvest Festival is a can’t-miss! Get in the fall spirit and enjoy hundreds of vendors, a parade, live music, food trucks, a beer tent, and more.

FestiFall Arts Festival

A woman on stage.

When: October 12th, 11am – 3pm

Where: Downtown Chapel Hill

What: An annual celebration in Chapel Hill, the FestiFall Arts Festival is making some big changes from last year, in addition to being on a Saturday afternoon. This year, you can expect even more vendors at the Arts & Craft Market, artist demos at the Open Air Studio, and tons of activities in the Kids’ Zone.

Triangle Oktoberfest

A beer being poured.

When: October 18th – 19th

Where: Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre

What: Although the Triangle Oktoberfest has only been happening for six years, it’s grown to become one of the most popular seasonal events in the area. If you’re looking for a traditional Oktoberfest experience—complete with German beers, Bavarian foods, Polka music, and more—then you should snag your tickets now!

Park West Village Fall Festival

Gourds in a hay field.

When: October 24th, 4pm – 8pm

Where: The District at Park West Village

What: Fill up your candy bags a little early at the Park West Village Fall Festival! Here, you’ll find trick-or-treating, free hayrides, a costume contest, and a free movie screening, perfect for getting in the Halloween spirit. Stay posted for the movie announcement, and be sure to get there early enough to grab some free popcorn, courtesy of Stone Theatre Park West 14.

HollyFest

A man playing guitar on stage.

When: October 26th, 10am – 4pm

Where: Jefferson L. Sugg Farm Park at Bass Lake

What: Live entertainment, an Arts & Crafts Alley and Harvest Market, a Kids Zone, tons of local food and drinks—HollyFest is a Holly Springs tradition, perfect for ending October with a bang.

Celebrate Fall in the Triangle

No matter the season, there’s always something happening around the Triangle—and we’re here to make sure you’re up-to-date on it all. Take some time to explore our in-depth area guides, browse our buying resources, and give us a call when you’re ready to start seeing a few homes in person!

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