North Carolina Festivals

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North Carolina Festivals

From the mountains to the coast, experience our state’s culture, foods and history at these annual festivals

Soak up North Carolina culture at these annual festivals across the state, categorized by the Piedmont, mountain and coastal regions, and listed in order of date.

Photo courtesy of Fest in the West

Local Fall Festivals

Clayton Harvest Festival

October 26–29; Thursday, 5–10 p.m.; Friday, 5–11 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–11 p.m.: Sunday, noon–9 p.m.

This four-day festival in downtown Clayton features carnival rides, a barbecue cook-off, kids activities and car, motorcycle and tractor shows.

Falling for Local

October 7, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.    

Take the family for hay rides, inflatables, lawn games, kids activities and a free pumpkin patch.

The Big Field at Dorothea Dix Park
101 Blair Drive, Raleigh


Festifall Arts Market & More

October 14, 21 and 28; 1–6 p.m.

Chapel Hill’s annual fall arts festival features three separate markets in the downtown district offering interactive art experiences, entertainment and artisan vendors.

North Carolina State Fair

October 12–22; visit the website for hours and rates

Rides, music, live entertainment, livestock competitions and every fried food you can imagine highlight this annual fair and agricultural exposition at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds.

4285 Trinity Road, Raleigh


Oktoberfest at Lafayette Village
September 30, noon–4 p.m.
This German-inspired festival features traditional foods, fall brews, live music and fun activities.

8450 Honeycutt Road, Raleigh


October 21, 1–4 p.m.

The Poe Center for Health Education (224 Sunnybrook Road, Raleigh) hosts PoeFest, a free community festival to celebrate healthy choices. Enjoy food and prizes, interactive theaters, local entertainment and more. Free books and produce will be available, along with fun at the KidsLab.


Triangle Oktoberfest

October 6, 5–10 p.m.; October 7, noon–4 p.m. and 4–8 p.m.

Koka Booth Amphitheatre turns on the Bavarian charm with live music, authentic cuisine, beer sampling, wiener dog races, a German car show and a Kinder Platz. Tickets are $15–$25 per person; free for ages 16 and younger.

8003 Regency Parkway, Cary


Wendell Harvest Festival

October 7, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Celebrate fall’s arrival in downtown Wendell with a parade, stage performances, vendors, food trucks and an evening concert.

Additional North Carolina Festivals


Brewgaloo, Raleigh
April 2024

North Carolina Pickle Festival, Mt. Olive 
April 2024

Dreamville Festival, Raleigh
April 2024

Fayetteville Dogwood Festival, Fayetteville
April 2024

PeakFest, Apex
May 2023

Durham Blues & Brews Festival, Durham
May 18, 2024

Got to be NC Festival, Raleigh
May 2024

Durham Blues & Brews Festival, Durham
May 2024

Fest in the West, Cary
May 6, 2023

Pimento Cheese Festival, Cary
June 2024

Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas, Charlotte
June 2024

North Carolina Blackberry Festival, Lenoir
July 14–15, 2023

Canteloupe Festival, Ridgeway
July 15, 2023

The Brushy Mountain Peach Heritage & Festival, Brushy Mountain
July 29, 2023

North Carolina Watermelon Festival, Murfreesboro
August 2–5, 2023

Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival, Cary
August 4–5, 2023

August 26, 2023

Pinehurst Barbecue Festival, Pinehurst
September 1–3, 2023

North Carolina Apple Festival, Hendersonville
September 1–4, 2023

CenterFest Arts Festival, Durham
September 16–17, 2023

Benson Mule Days, Benson
September 21–24, 2023

IBMA World of Bluegrass, Raleigh
September 23–30, 2023

Raleigh Blues Festival, Raleigh
September 29, 2023

North Carolina Muscadine Festival, Kenansville
September 30, 2023

Celebrate Fuquay-Varina, Fuquay-Varina
October 7, 2023

October 12–22, 2022

Carolina BalloonFest, Statesville
October 20–22, 2022

Fayetteville Dogwood Festival, Fayetteville
October 20–22, 2024

Clayton Harvest Festival, Clayton
October 26–29, 2023

Barbecue Festival, Lexington
October 28, 2023

North Carolina Chinese Lantern Festival, Cary
November 2023–January 2024

Mountain Festivals

MerleFest, Wilkes County
April 25–28, 2024

Christmas in July Festival, West Jefferson
First weekend in July

Hillbilly Jam, Maggie Valley
July 21–22, 2023

Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, Asheville
August 3–5, 2023

Sourwood Festival, Black Mountain
August 12–13, 2023

Dirty Dancing Festival, Lake Lure
September 16, 2023

Mayberry Days, Mount Airy
September 18–24 2023

Cashiers Valley Leaf Festival, Cashiers
October 6–8, 2023

Brushy Mountain Apple Festival, Wilkesboro
October 7, 2023

North Carolina State Fair

Apple Harvest Festival, Waynesville
October 21, 2023

Woolly Worm Festival, Banner Elk
October 21–22, 2023

Highlands Food & Wine Festival, Highlands
November 9–12, 2023

Coastal Festivals

North Carolina Azalea Festival, Wilmington
April 12–16, 2023

The North Carolina Strawberry Festival, Chadbourn
April 30–May 4, 2023

The Carolina Strawberry Festival
May 3–4, 2023

The North Carolina Blueberry Festival, Burgaw 
June 2024

North Carolina 4th of July Festival, Southport
July 4, 2023

Watermelon Festival, Fair Bluff
July 29, 2023

Outer Banks Watermelon Festival, Nags Head
August 3, 2023

Ockracoke Fig Festival, Ocracoke
August 4–5, 2023

Fig Festival, Ocracoke
August 5, 2023

The Beaufort Pirate Invasion, Beaufort
September 2–24, 2023

Outer Banks Kite Festival, Nags Head
September 8–9, 2022

The North Carolina Seafood Festival, Morehead City
September 30–October 2, 2022

Ocean Fest, Surf City
October 7–8, 2022

Mumfest, New Bern
October 8–9, 2022

Swansboro Mullet Festival, Swansboro
October 14–15, 2023

Crystal Coast Flotilla, Beaufort
December 2, 2023