Weekend Roundup: Halloween Fun, International Festival, Park Celebrations and more

Halloween celebrations, Fall festivals, an International celebration and much more are happening around town this weekend. Get excited for a fun weekend with a few of our favorites!

** Events are subject to change. Be sure to click on the event link to verify date and time **

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Halloween Craftapalooza at KnackDIY Craft Studio, Raleigh

Halloween Craftapalooza

October 27th  |  10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  |  KnackDIY Craft Studio, Raleigh

Get crafty to celebrate the Halloween season at Knack DIY with an afternoon of face painting, a costume contest, make glow in the dark slime and more big surprises.  Visit their Facebook Page and Website to learn more and register.





International Festival

October 26th – 28th  |  Raleigh Convention Center, Downtown Raleigh

Annual three-day festival of international performances, food, games, art, cultural exhibits and shopping. This year’s theme is “Celebrations around the World” with over 50 Triangle communities sharing their traditions and celebrating our area’s diversity. This is a ticketed event. Visit their website HERE to learn more. 

Town of Cary’s A Howlin’ Good Halloween

October 26th & 27th  |  Cary

Herbert’s Haunted House, a Costume Dance Party, a Great Pumpkin Carving event, Halloween Mall Crawl, and a Fall Festival.  Learn more about each of these events HERE.

RLT Presents The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

October 19th – 28th  |  Canton V. Sutton Theatre at The Raleigh Little Theatre, Raleigh

Take your family to visit this classic tale by C.S. Lewis and journey to the Land of Narnia with RLT. Enjoy special events such as a Post-Show Discussion and Milk & Cookies Night. A Sensory-Friendly performance designed especially for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, sensory sensitivities, or other disabilities will be held November 3rd at 1:00 p.m. Visit their website HERE to learn more and purchase your tickets. 

Halloween in the Village

October 27th  |  2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  |  Lafayette Village, Raleigh

Celebrate Halloween with the family and trick-or-treat around the village in the shops of the local merchants. Be on the lookout for local princesses and superheroes from Enchanted Wishes.

Apex Music Festival

October 27th  |  3:00 p.m. – Midnight |  Historic Downtown Apex

Live music is coming back to the heart of downtown Apex during this annual festival with four stages, 10 bands, food trucks, and craft beer & wine. Admission Wristbands ranges from $15 – $35. See HEREThis tends to be an adult-focused event, but music lovers of all ages are welcome. Strollers are not permitted.

Trick-or-Treat Trail & Trunk-or-Treat

October 27th  |  4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  |  Hatcher Creek Trail at Morrisville Community Park, Morrisville

Trick-or-Treat with the family (for ages 0-12 years) through the 1/4 mile paved loop at the Hatcher Creek Trail. Collect goodies from costumed characters, play in bounce houses, and enjoy your favorite bites to eat from local Food Trucks. Also, Town of Morrisville Police and Fire Departments we will also present Trunk or Treat, where local businesses and community organizations will sponsor and decorate a police car or fire truck. Participants with the best trunk will win the “Tricked Out Trunk” award! 

Witches on Salem Street & Trick-or-Treat on Salem

October 26th & October 28th  |  Salem Street, Downtown Apex

Grab your witches hat and enjoy an evening of shopping and dining around downtown Apex on Friday, October 26th. (Stores will be offering discounts for shoppers wearing their hats.) Bring the kiddos out and for an evening of trick-or-treating on Salem Street in downtown Apex with local merchants on Sunday, October 28th from 3pm – 4:30pm.  

Halloween Spooktacular: Mystery at the Symphony

October 27th  |  1:00 p.m.  |  Memorial Auditorium, Downtown Raleigh

Enjoy this  “whodunnit” concert as you enjoy the comical and cunning Inspector Beckensteiner, investigating a concert where major suddenly became minor. The inspector suspects everyone, including the audience. The culprit is revealed in a surprising reenactment of the ill-fated show. Get to the concert early for a costume contest, face painting and an instrument zoo. This is a ticketed event. Learn more and purchase your tickets HERE.

Kooky Spooky

October 27th  |  6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  |  Marbles Kids Museum, Downtown Raleigh

Celebrate dressed in your costume and celebrate Halloween Marbles-style with a family-friendly night of ghoulish activities including a Monster Mash Dance Party. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  Visit HERE to purchase your tickets and learn more. 

North Carolina Wine Festival

October 27th  |  Noon – 6:00 p.m.  |  Coastal Credit Union at Midtown Park, Raleigh

It’s Wine Time! Join the 4th annual N.C. Wine Festival by sampling your favorite wines, chardonnay’s, and more as you meet the makers and representatives behind these fantastic wines. Learn more and purchase your tickets HERE

FallFest at Dix Park

October 27th |  11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  |  Dorothea Dix Park, Raleigh

The City of Raleigh and Dorothea Dix park is hosting the first annual FallFest!  This is a family-friendly festival that’s feature live music, a pumpkin patch and a pumpkin decorating area, hayrides, a kids zone and much more. Vendors and Food Vendors will be on site. Registration is not required. Stay later for the Movies by Moonlight double-feature event, too! Learn more HERE.

Boo at the Zoo

October 27th |  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. |  NC Zoo, Asheboro

Trick or treating, storytelling, live entertainment, and a costume contest!  The Zoo is also bringing in face-painting for kids 12 years and under, giant bubble making, hula hooping, a souvenir bag and more. Food will also be available for purchase. This is a ticketed event.  Learn more about this event and ticket pricing HERE.

Pop-Up Art: Altered Architecture Photographs

October 28th  |  Noon  |  NC Museum of Art, Raleigh

FREE art-making event for all ages. Registration required. Be inspired by the exhibitions, Candida Höfer in Mexico, and take your own photos of the Museum campus. Print and alter pictures on site to create a mixed-media work of art.

Pumpkin Patch Express

October 28th  |  10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  |  Museum of Life & Science, Durham 

Enjoy a train ride on the Museum’s Ellerbe Creek Railway for a trip through the pumpkin patch. Arrive at the patch and pick your own pumpkin, enjoy a hay maze, pumpkin decorating, a corn crib and other carnival games.  The train leaves the station every half hour. This is a ticketed event. Pre-registration required. For ages 2 years and older. Learn more HERE

Art in the Park: Fantastic Halloween

October 28th – October 31st  |  8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  |  Historic Yates Mill County Park, Raleigh

Stop by the park visitor center and make spooky crafts, a trick-or-treat bag, paper plate jack-o-lanterns,  and paper bag monster puppets.  FREE for all ages. Registration not required.

Did we miss an event this weekend?  Please share in the comments below!

Stay tuned to our “A Magical Morning with the Sugar Plum Fairy” on Sunday, December 9th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. sponsored by Tutu School Raleigh & Cary. We will be announcing all the Sugar Plum Fairy fun very soon!


Visit our Community Events Calendar to plan ahead for more family fun happening in and around Raleigh.

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