The Triangle and surrounding areas are ready for fall! Here’s a list of some of the festivals, haunted houses/trails, hayrides, corn mazes, and other fall farm activities.
Benson Mule Days https://bensonmuledays.com/
September 22nd to 25th | Downtown Benson
This year is the 73rd year for this festival, which celebrates the mule and its role in rural farming. The festival includes live music, rodeos, a carnival, vendors and much more.
Triangle Balloon Festival https://balloonglowtour.com/
Meridian Community Foundation Park, Efland | September 23rd to 25th
This outdoor event features hot air balloons, a nightly laser show, live entertainment, bounce houses and much more.
IBMA World of Bluegrass Street Festival https://worldofbluegrass.org/
Downtown Raleigh | Friday, September 30th: 12 pm to 11 pm and Saturday, October 1st: 12 pm to 11 pm
Free and Ticketed performances by a wide range of musicians along with an art market, and food and beverage vendors.
Triangle Oktoberfest https://triangleoktoberfest.org/
Booth Amphitheatre, Cary | Friday, September 30th: 5 pm to 10 pm and Saturday, October 1st: 12 pm to 8:30 pm
An authentic German festival focused on family fun (Black Forest Band, Yodeling Contest, Wiener Dog Race & Parade, and more), traditional Bavarian food, and local and authentic German beers from Munich.
Brushy Mountain Apple Festival http://www.applefestival.net/
North Wilkesboro | Saturday, October 1st
The Brushy Mountain Apple Festival is one of the largest one-day arts and crafts festivals in the southeast.
The 94th Wendell Harvest Festival https://www.wendellchamber.com/wendell-harvest-festival/
Downtown Wendell | Saturday, October 1st: 10 am to 9 pm
Enjoy a kid’s village, a parade, stage performances, vendors, food trucks, and a concert by the Brickhouse Band.
NC State Fair https://www.ncstatefair.org/2022/index.htm
NC State Fairgrounds, Raleigh | October 13th to 23rd
Rides, music, entertainment, livestock competitions, and lots of food.
12th Annual Durham Oktoberfest https://motorcomusic.com/event/12th-annual-durham-oktoberfest/
Motorco, Durham | Saturday, October 15th: 1 pm to 5 pm and 6 pm to 10 pm
A full day of Oktoberfest celebration with steins of Oktoberfest Bier & German food, music and dancing.
Family Halloween Fun - Phillips Farms of Cary https://phillipsfarmsofcary.com/
Cary | Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 17th through October 30th
Corn Maze, Wagon Ride, Cow Train, Family Fun Park, and Sunflower Field
Pumpkin Patch Express https://www.lifeandscience.org/
Museum of Life + Science, Durham | Saturday and Sundays in October
Take the Ellerbe Creek Railway to the pumpkin patch and pick out a pumpkin. Enjoy a hay maze, mini golf, nature bingo, and take-home activities, then ride the Ellerbe Creek Railway back.
McKee Cornfield Maze https://mckeecornfieldmaze.com/
Rougemont | Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 24th to October 30th
12-acre adventurous maze for families and a smaller maze for children. Also, hayrides, pumpkin patch, animals, barrel train rides, play areas, corn hole, ice cream, and more.
Spring Haven Farm https://www.springhaven.farm/
Chapel Hill | September 28th to October 31st (excluding Mondays and Tuesdays)
Spring Haven Farm is hosting Pumpkin Carving with Goats. Pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, and then carve it. There will also be other fall activities, like a tractor train ride or The Haunted Forest. You can meet other animals as well.
Hill Ridge Farm http://www.hillridgefarms.com/
Youngsville | September 28th to October 30th, Wednesday through Sunday
Activities typically include hayrides, pumpkins, and more. Free pumpkin with admission ticket.
34th Annual Hallow-Eno https://anc.apm.activecommunities.com/dprplaymore/activity/search/detail/12483?onlineSiteId=0&locale=en-US&from_original_cui=true
West Point on the Eno, Durham | Monday, October 31st: 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Join us for our 34th annual Halloween event, an evening full of fun for the whole family! Designed particularly for children ages 12 and younger, this special event features campfire stories and songs, hayrides, treats, crafts, games, and more.
Scary Halloween Activities - Hollerin Haunts Hayride https://www.hollerinhauntshayride.com/
Clinton | Open September 23rd through November 5th
Haunted Hayride, NC Zombie Hunt and The Darkness!
Devil’s Playground at Cathis Farm https://devilsplaygroundhaunt.com/
Lillington | Open September 23rd through October 1st
Hellfire Resort Haunted Attraction. There’s also a midway entertainment area with zombie Tag, carnival-style games, and axe throwing.
Orange County Feargrounds https://www.feargrounds.org/
Efland | Friday, October 28th and Saturday, October 29th
20,000 square feet of ghoulishness in the haunted barn and a haunted hayride.
Haunted Forest at Panic Point https://www.raleighhauntedhouse.com/
Youngsville | Open September 24th to November 5th
6 haunted attractions, including a Haunted Forest, Dark Trail, Haunted Hayride, Killers in the Corn, Stalkers’ Farm, and Carny Crypt.
Clayton Fear Farm https://claytonfearfarm.com/
Clayton | Friday and Saturdays from September 20th to October 29th, plus October 27th, 30th, and 31st
Fear Forest Hayride, The Black Hole, Slaughterhouse and the Farmhouse.
Xtreme Haunt: A Zombie Shooting Experience https://www.xtremeparkadventures.com/attractions/xtreme-haunt/
Durham | Friday and Saturday, October 21st, 22nd, 28th, and 29th
Visitors ride on a 40-foot military truck with mounted paintball guns to shoot at roaming zombies in the dark.
Haunted Farm at Phillips Farm https://phillipsfarmsofcary.com/haunted-farm/
Cary | Open Friday and Saturday from September 24th to October 29th
Four different attractions. Two haunted houses: Big Top Terror and the Gore House. Plus, Rebellion Trail (a hayride) and Field of Lost Souls (a trail through the corn.) Each attraction has trained scare actors who will not touch you.
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