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Be sure to check out our complete guide to Durham this Fall including festivals, pumpkin patches, and Halloween celebrations.

The best season is almost here and there are some many things to do in Durham this Fall. Here are the events, festivals and seasonal experiences to keep on your radar.


Visit a local pumpkin patch. Fall means pumpkins, and that means Pumpkin Patches. We’ve rounded up a list of all the spots and around Durham. Check them all out here.

Paint a pumpkin at Perkins Orchard For $10 get a small pumpkin and a decorating kit! Make it there or to-go.

Visit Little Shop of Horror. Stock up just in time for Halloween. A local favorite, Little Shop of Horror has an awesome selection of movies, gifts, and oddities. You can actually visit all year around!

Work your way through Durham’s local fall seasonal craft beers. See all Durham’s breweries here and keep an eye out for their seasonal releases.

Celebrate the LGBTQ community at Pride: Durham | Sept 29 The parade will be happening in the early afternoon and the main stage will have live performances at 2pm. Prayer and opening ceremony will be at 11am.

Celebrate really good beer at Wicked Weed Beer Festival | Sept 30 Come by County Fare for music, beer tastings, magicians, outdoor fun, and food trucks. Each food truck at County Fare will be offering one of their menu items that was created especially to pair with a Wicked Weed beer.

Drink your way through unlimited samples at World Beer Festival | Oct. 6  Access into the Art of Beer Experience for beer ingredient samplings, pairings, educational seminars, a mini commercial brewery and more!

Get your pet blessed at the Blessing of the Animals| October 7 The Blessing of Animals is an outdoor worship service held each year on the Sunday in October closest to the Feast Day of St. Francis. Last year, Duke Chapel ministers blessed animals ranging from hamsters to horses. The service is open to the public and all well-mannered pets are invited.

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Duke Chapel

Watch a horror film at Carolina Theatre | Oct. 12-14  Splatterflix showcases 16 of the creepiest horror films during this weekend at Carolina Theatre.

Cycle through Durham at the Bike-a-Bull City Fest | Oct. 13 Choose from three rides that all end at noon at Durty Bull, followed by family-friendly celebrations!

Get Spooky at Fright Night at Forest Hills Park Oct. 13 | 6-9 p.m.DPR will host a fall festival and haunted house! Plus carnival games and a costume contest for kids and adults. Admission for this event will be a canned food donation (1-4 cans) from each family – with all proceeds going to the Durham Rescue Mission.

Hang with baby goats at the Goat Kid Festival | Oct 21 1-5 pm Just a short drive away in Rougemont, you can tour the 95-acre Prodigal Farm and milking parlor, play with the wee goats, meet the milking does, and taste nationally award-winning cheeses.


ALSO SEE: 10 Durham Festivals to put on your calendar


Take on Zombies at Xtreme Combat Park | Oct. 13-30  You’ll ride on a 40-foot military truck with mounted paintball guns to shoot at roaming zombies in the night, enjoy a zip line in the dark and face a challenge in a mini escape room.

Ride at Pumpkin Express at the Museum of Life and Science | Oct 6-28 (Weekends Only) Pick the perfect pumpkin to decorate and take home, then enjoy crafts and a variety of carnival games before returning to the station.

Experience Halloween the old-fashioned way at Duke Homestead’s Halloween Phantamagoria | Oct. 27  Enjoy a kid-oriented daytime version of THE popular Halloween Phantasmagoria event with crafts and hands-on activities. Learn all about Halloween history, and what Halloween would have been like for North Carolina kids in the 1870s.


ALSO SEE: All the Fall Festivals, Activities and Halloween Celebrations in Durham, NC


Ticket or Treat on Ninth Street. Bring your kiddos in their best costumes on Halloween. Perfect for the little ones with a early bedtime. The Regulator Bookshop will hold a “Scary Stories Storytime” with storyteller Amy Godfrey starting at 4 p.m.

Durham Central Park

Bring Your Pup to Barktoberfest | October 27Head to Durham Central Park for an afternoon of doggone. Local celebrity judges will determine the winner of the costume contests, and you can enjoy treats from local food trucks and brewers while watching canine attendees show off their wooftastic tricks.

Celebrate Halloween at West Point on the Eno | Oct 31  Join in for the 30th 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 face painting. No need to register – just come out, rain or shine!

Get weird at the Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Ball | Oct 31A fully-interactive, theatrical FX-driven, light show-blazing, fog-blowing, call-backing, costume-wearing, motion picture extravaganza at Carolina Theatre.


ALSO SEE: 7 Ways to celebrate Halloween All Month Long in Durham


Note: This list was updated October 2018. If you know of a festival or activity that should be included, please shoot a note to info@bestofthebull.com. (In order to maintain accuracy, the data below is constantly refreshed based on new information.)