Start planning for the weekend with these family-friendly festivals, fairs, haunted trails, anniversary celebrations, food trucks and even a Ghost Train for kids of all ages.

Weekend Family Fun Happening In & Around Raleigh:  October 14th-October 16th

N.C. State Fair

Thursday, October 13th-Sunday, October 23rd.  State Fairgrounds, Raleigh

State Fair is back with the best entertainment, exhibits, rides and, of course, delelcious food that you’ve been waiting all year for. Food Lion Hunger Relief Day in Thursday, October 20th. Exchange 5 cans of Food Lion canned food products for one free admission ticket.

Storytelling Pajama Night with Donna Washington

Friday, October 14th.  6:30pm-8:00pm.  Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts

FREE event. Put on your best jammies and spend an evening cozying up, drinking hot chocolate and listening to great bedtime stories from multiple award-winning Donna Washington.

SAS Championship “Food Truck Friday”

Friday, October 14th.  4:00pm-8:00pm. Preston Country Club, Cary

“Food Truck Friday” is back again at the annual SAS Golf Championship.  Entry to this event is FREE and open to the public.  Come and enjoy some delicious eats from some of the area’s top food trucks: Cousin’s Main Lobster, Chirba Chirba Dumplings, American Meltdown, & Spanglish.

Raise the Lot

Saturday, October 15th. 11:00am – 5:00pm  11 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh

For all ages.  Enjoy a day of bands, food and activities all to raise awareness and money for the Wake County Big Sweet project.

Haunted Trail – Family Fright

Saturday, October 15th.  Carroll Howard Johnson Environment Education Park 

FREE event. The Family Fright (appropriate for families with younger children) will be from 5pm-6pm. Full Fright (scarier and for bigger kids) from 7pm-9pm.  The Haunted Trail is free, but please note there will be scary stuff, so enter at your own risk! This is an outdoor activity with low lighting so remember to wear appropriate shoes, preferably tennis shoes, and dress for the weather.

Cary Diwali 2016 Festival

Saturday, October 15th.  10:00am-8:30 pm .  Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary

FREE event. Brind your lawn chairs and blankets and spend a celebrating with cultural programs, exhibitions, visit the bazaar, live music and a fireworks display to close out the night.

Track or Treat Halloween Express

Saturday, October 15th.  New Hope Valley Railway, New Hill

Take a spooky ride on a real train.  Ride on a steam engine that is transformed into a Ghost Train. The train ride will transport you through a pine forest where you’ll see flying witches, smoking cauldrons, a 13-foot tall grim reaper and other shenanigans along the route.  Singing pumpkins, a new Count Cluckula kids’ game, a stand-along caboose with creepy artwork and so much more.  Don’t forget to wear your costumes – parents included!  Purchase tickets online for October 15th, 22nd & 29th.

31st International Festival of Raleigh

Friday, October 14th-Sunday, October 16th.  Raleigh Convention Center

For all ages.  Come travel the world with music, dance, arts, food and more.  Visit a varitey of booths to learn about different cultures and purchase souvenirs to take home.  Don’t forget to check out the kids talent show on Sunday.

Raleigh Little Theatre’s Costume Sale

Saturday, October 15th.  10:00am-2:00pm. Parking lot behind Stephenson Amphitheatre at Raleigh Little Theatre

Vintage hats, fun costumes, and other accessories will be sale.  Concessions will also be available.

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Saturday, October 15th.  12:00pm-4:00pm.  Patrick Jane’s Gourmet Pizza Bar & Bistro, Cary

Come out and celebrate Patrick Jane’s 3rd Anniversary with live music, prizes, giveaways, free face painting and more.




Pullen Park Pumpkin Patch Bash

Saturday, October 15th.  3:00pm-7:00pm.  Pullen Park, Raleigh

Join in for an afternoon of fun, games, and pumpkins!  Pick your favorite pumpkin at the pumpkin patch, enjoy an awesome magician and balloon artist and test your luck at a variety of fun carnival games, too. Stay late for a family-friendly movie at 7pm.

Make it, Take it:  Mini Greenhouse

Saturday, October 15th.  1:00pm-3:00pm. NC Museum of History, Raleigh

Drop-in program.  Take a walk through the fall crops in the museum garden, then make a miniature greenhouse and plant some seeds to take home.

Harvest Day

Saturday, October 15th.  11:00am – 3:00pm. Logans Trading Company, Raleigh

Hay rides, pumpkin painting, games, tractor rides & more.

SuperFun Saturday

Saturday, October 15th.  10:30am – 12:30pm.  Halle Cultural Arts Center, Apex

For ages 4-12 years.  FREE program for families to enjoy a morning of arts and crafts together.  No registration required.



Save the date for the KidDilly Expo on Saturday, January 21st, 2017 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Cary.  Families will enjoy a day of fun games, activities, entertainment and more from premiere Western Wake family-friendly businesses.

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