The best season is 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.
‘Tis the season of pumpkin everything. We’re ready for cooler weather, corn mazes, apple cider, and carving pumpkins. What about carving pumpkins with baby goats, you ask? Yep, we’ve got you covered. There’s so many great pumpkin patches, farm, and corn mazes to visit in and around Durham. Here’s the best farms to get your Fall on.
Fall is here which means that, along with cooler weather, so are everybody’s favorite Durham festivals, along with a few new ones. Here is the 12 you can’t miss.
Beer and cider from local breweries, food prepared for the season and, of course, s’mores made by you over Liberty Arts’ own fire pits.
For $10 get a small pumpkin and a decorating kit! Make it there or to-go.
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!
See all Durham’s breweries here and keep an eye out for their seasonal releases.
The parade will be happening at 11 am, and the main stage will have live performances at 1 pm. Head to Central Park in the evening at 5pm for even more music, food trucks, and vendors.
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.
Between all the dog-friendly accommodations, parks, attractions, stores, dining and other things to do with your dog, Durham is a great place to have a pup. Discover the many dog-friendly places Durham has to offer!
Because it’s finally not 100 degrees out. Here’s 22 things to do outdoors for FREE!
Splatterflix showcases 16 of the creepiest horror films during this weekend at Carolina Theatre.
These six hiking destinations boast a diversity of trail lengths and features, perfect for an afternoon excursion.
Head to Spring Haven Farm to carve your pumpkins this year with baby goats jumping up on the tables around you, putting their cute little heads inside of hollowed out pumpkins, petting them, and feeding them. Tickets must be purchased online, not at the farm. Grab them now before they sell out!
Prime patio weather is finally upon us. Stay cool at 15 of the best patios and rooftop bars in Durham.
Your favorite North Carolina brewers will serve up samples while scientists school you on the science behind beer making and drinking. In addition to exploring MLS’s 65,000 sq. feet of indoor hands-on exhibits, you’ll get to enjoy Gateway Park, Hideaway Woods, and Magic Wings Butterfly House.
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.
Pick the perfect pumpkin to decorate and take home, then enjoy crafts and a variety of carnival games before returning to the station. (Grab tickets because they will sell out!)
Explore historical concepts of Spiritualism, awe, and wonder from the 19th century at Duke Homestead. You are invited to wander the property to see what wonders you can find. This will be unlike any other Halloween experience you will have!
Appropriate for all ages. (No experiences are designed to scare!)
Choose from three rides that all end at Durty Bull, followed by family-friendly celebrations!
Bring your kiddos in their best costumes on Halloween. Perfect for the little ones with an early bedtime.
Head to Durham Central Park for an afternoon of doggone fun. 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.
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.
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!
A fully-interactive, theatrical FX-driven, light show-blazing, fog-blowing, call-backing, costume-wearing, motion picture extravaganza at Carolina Theatre.
See the Moon up close at Bull Moon Rising | Oct. 31- Nov. 3
Open 24 hours a day, the breathtaking exhibit will be suspended over CCB Plaza, atop the watchful eye of Major the Bull, providing the closest look at the moon our city has ever seen.
Museum of the Moon will be home to numerous free events and performances for everyone to enjoy. The lineup includes a reading of “Goodnight Moon” by Mayor Steve Schewel, Paperhand Puppets Halloween-themed performance, a Bull Moon Ball at Unscripted Hotel, and a lot more.
Note: This list was updated September 2019. If you know of a festival or activity that should be included, please shoot a note to firstname.lastname@example.org. (In order to maintain accuracy, the data below is constantly refreshed based on new information.)
Be sure to check out our complete guide to Durham this Fall including festivals, pumpkin patches, and Halloween celebrations.
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