Fall Fun for All

Festivals in western Wake run the gamut from local traditions
to global celebrations.

by Cheryl Capaldo Traylor

When the air begins to cool in the evenings and the humidity is a smidgen lower, that’s when you know autumn is on the horizon in North Carolina. Shorter days bring all things pumpkin-flavored and a variety of fall festivals. Whether you are interested in arts, music, food, brews, or international culture, there is a festival
for everyone in western Wake County.

dragon boat festival photos by fire rose photography

dragon boat festival photos by fire rose photography

dragon boat festival photos by fire rose photography

dragon boat festival photos by fire rose photography

Dragon Boat Festival
September 22nd, 9am to 4:30pm
Booth Amphitheatre, Cary  |  AsianFocusNC.org

Watch dragon boats race across Symphony Lake. Enjoy live stage performances and cultural displays. This annual festival also features a variety of ethnic foods and delicacies.


Apex Music Festival

Apex Music Festival

Apex Music Festival

Apex Music Festival

See traditional indian dances like those of the dicsciples of Kavitha Konda, NRK School of Performing Arts, at the east meets west festival in morrisville.

See traditional indian dances like those of the dicsciples of
Kavitha Konda, NRK School of Performing Arts, at the east meets west festival in morrisville.

Beericana Craft Beer & Music Festival
September 8th, noon to 6pm
Sugg Farm Park, Holly Springs  |  Beericana.com

Enjoy the convergence of more than
70 local and regional craft breweries,
live music, and food trucks that this
festival brings together for a full day
of outdoor entertainment.

Apex Music Festival
September 15th, 3pm to midnight
Downtown Apex  |  ApexMusicFestival.com

This popular festival is in its eighth year, and it’s easy to see why. With three outdoor stages and one indoor theater, there’s music for everyone: rock, folk, rhythm and blues, bluegrass, country, pop, and more. Food trucks, craft beer, and street vendors round out the entertainment.

Bygone Daze
September 15th, 10am to 4pm
Page-Walker Arts & History Center, Cary
TownofCary.org

Take a step back in time for a day of old-fashioned Victorian fun as Cary celebrates the Page-Walker Hotel’s 150th anniversary. The festival features carriage rides, craft demonstrations, live music, games, and history displays. Expect a day of historical authenticity, plus food trucks, of course.

SAVOR Fuquay-Varina
September 25th, 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Fuquay-Varina Arts Center  |  Fuquay-Varina.com

Gastronomes enjoy watching chefs from local restaurants compete in the 5th annual SAVOR Fuquay-Varina culinary competition. Free samples and a raffle ticket are included with your purchased ticket. Beer and wine are sold separately. This event is popular with foodies
and anyone who appreciates fresh, quality,
local food.


East Meets West Festival
September 29th, 11am to 4pm
Park West Village, Morrisville
EastMeetsWestMorrisville.org

Help celebrate Wake County’s diverse community with a day of food, culture, and music from around the world. Enjoy multicultural stage performances, facepainting, and games. And if that’s not enough, there’s belly-dance lessons!

 

Jewish Cultural Festival
September 30th, 1pm to 4pm
Cary Senior Center, Cary  |  TownofCary.org

Celebrate the harvest festival of Sukkot, and learn about the culture and religion of the Jewish people. Events include dancing, food, and educational seminars.

Celebrate Fuquay-Varina Festival
October 6th, 10am to 4pm
Downtown Fuquay-Varina  |  CelebrateFV.com

Enjoy a day of live entertainment with music, storytellers, artists, and magicians. Take a walking tour with the mayor, check out the classic car show, and sample the best in spicy bowls in the chili cookoff.

Cary Dog Days
October 6th, 9am to 1pm
Field #6, Bond Park, Cary   |  TownofCary.org

A day devoted to our furry best friends. Watch Fido perform in Frisbee competitions, allow the Cary Teen Council to give him a good washing, enjoy a boat ride together, and perhaps bring a new friend home from a local rescue group. Pet-related vendors and veterinarians provide rabies vaccinations and microchipping. Lots of dog-gone fun!

Bass Lake Day
October 6th, 2pm to 6pm
Bass Lake, Holly Springs  |  HollySpringsNC.us

Experience hawks, snakes, turtles, owls, and frogs at this annual nature and environmental education festival. Enjoy a day of nature, music, crafts, and interactive exhibits with the family.

Cary Diwali Festival
October 13th, 10am to 8:30pm
Booth Amphitheatre, Cary  |  TownofCary.org

Come celebrate Diwali, the beginning of the Indian New Year, with music, dance, cultural exhibits, bazaars, and traditional Indian food. Finish with fireworks at 8:30.

Triangle Oktoberfest
October 19th-20th, Saturday 5pm to 10pm & Sunday noon to 9pm  |  Booth Amphitheatre, Cary
TriangleOktoberfest.org

Celebrate German traditions with Bavarian food and authentic German beers at the 5th annual Triangle Oktoberfest. Live entertainment, music, dancing, weiner dog races, kid-friendly games, and yodeling.

Ghost Walk
October 27th, 7pm, 7:20pm, 7:40pm, & 8pm
Page-Walker Arts & History Center, Cary
TownofCary.org

Hear scary stories and local legends during a walking tour of historic downtown Cary. (For details, see page 71)

HollyFest
October 27th, 10am to 4pm
Sugg Farm, Holly Springs  |  HollySpringsNC.u
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Enjoy live entertainment, plenty of food, and a Children’s Corner with activities, games, crafts, and kids’ rides. Come back at 7pm for a Haunted Hayride on the Farm, complete with zombies, monsters, and creepy clowns. Hayride recommended for children 10 and over.

Celebrate Fuquay-Varina Festival   

Celebrate Fuquay-Varina Festival

 

Celebrate Fuquay-Varina Festival   

Celebrate Fuquay-Varina Festival

 

Celebrate Fuquay-Varina Festival   

Celebrate Fuquay-Varina Festival

 

Celebrate Fuquay-Varina Festival

Celebrate Fuquay-Varina Festival

 
Pumpkin Flotilla

Pumpkin Flotilla

Pumpkin Flotilla

Pumpkin Flotilla

Pumpkin Flotilla
October 26th, 4pm to 7pm
Bond Park, Cary  |  TownofCary.org

As darkness falls, watch eerie jack-o’-lanterns float hauntingly across Bond Lake. Arrive early with your carved pumpkin, and don’t forget a costume. Food trucks, live music, and boat rentals available.

Triangle Oktoberfest
October 19th-20th, Saturday 5pm to 10pm & Sunday noon to 9pm  |  Booth Amphitheatre, Cary
TriangleOktoberfest.org

Celebrate German traditions with Bavarian food and authentic German beers at the 5th annual Triangle Oktoberfest. Live entertainment, music, dancing, weiner dog races, kid-friendly games, and yodeling.

Ghost Walk
October 27th, 7pm, 7:20pm, 7:40pm, & 8pm
Page-Walker Arts & History Center, Cary
TownofCary.org

Hear scary stories and local legends during a walking tour of historic downtown Cary. (For details, see page 71)

HollyFest
October 27th, 10am to 4pm
Sugg Farm, Holly Springs  |  HollySpringsNC.us

Enjoy live entertainment, plenty of food, and a Children’s Corner with activities, games, crafts, and kids’ rides. Come back at 7pm for a Haunted Hayride on the Farm, complete with zombies, monsters, and creepy clowns. Hayride recommended for children 10 and over.