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10 Fun Things Without the NC State Fair

(The Triangle Trend) — Typically, Fall is greatly anticipated among Triangle locals for the beloved NC State Fair. It’s a family-friendly favorite and an event that kids and adults alike look forward to all year. But in case you missed the memo, 2020 won’t be getting its fix of greasy yet delicious fair foods or skeptical yet exhilarating fair rides. Although the NC State Fair got canceled, the show must go on. So here are some Fall festivities that you can go ahead and mark down on your calendar.

Raleigh Film and Art Festival

Fri, Oct 2, 2020, 5:00 PM – Sun, Oct 4, 2020, 9:00 PM EDT

This festival is run by NC State University Libraries and Centennial campus. Attendees will enjoy info and clips from 120 films, special celebrity guest Q&As, discussions with award-winning industry insiders, captivating spoken word performances, and much more. For 2020, the RFAF event will be completely virtual.

2020 NC Wine Cheese & Chocolate Express Festival

Sat, October 10, 2020 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT

8450 Honeycutt Road Raleigh, NC 27615 (Lafayette Village)

$32 – $119.95

The 5th Annual NC Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate Festival is being held as an “express” version this year. They will be offering a variety of Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate focused packages that will allow you to taste local and regional chocolates and cheeses!  There will be beverages featured from different regions of Italy, Spain, France, and the US.  Drive through and receive your package to take home with you.

Sewing Acts of Kindness – Thanksgiving Tote Bags

Sat, October 10, 2020 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT

Craft Habit Raleigh 2423 Crabtree Blvd Raleigh, NC 27604

Join Craft Habit to make Thanksgiving Tote Bags for the Garner Food Pantry. Fabric, sewing machines, and tools will all be provided for this project. Bags for this project are pre-cut, and all attendees will be assembling them according to specific instructions. Some sewing experience is needed for this event.

VIP Masquerade Gala Opening

Sat, October 31, 2020 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM EDT

5291 Capital Boulevard Raleigh, NC 27616 (C3 at the Venue)

$55 – $500

C3 at the Venue is a venue space for meeting and events, all inclusive catering and bar services. To celebrate their opening, they’re inviting interested ones to attend their VIP Gala! Special Guest, Music, Dinner and tours of their new event space.

There will be limited admission to this Gala Opening. Come out and be a part of their history, all while practicing Social Distancing.

The House Presents: “Free Wine Tasting”

The House 4310 South Miami Blvd Durham, North Carolina 27703

Join the party at The House each Saturday Night with a Live DJ! This night specifically caters to the ladies while providing a free wine tasting of all assortments. The variety includes personal favorites such as Moscato, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, etc.

The Tasting Experience 2020

Thu, October 1, 2020 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM EDT

The Cloth Mill at Eno River 437 Dimmocks Mill Road Suite 3 Hillsborough, NC 27278

The  Cloth Mill’s goal is for attendees to indulge in a complete sensory experience with brilliant decor, specialty lighting and soothing music. While you taste and sip, you’ll have a chance to tour their gorgeous venue and speak with both venue representatives and wedding professionals.  Each time block will be limited to 45 minutes.

Dogwood Donut Eating Champion

Sat, October 17, 2020 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

New Performance Stage in front of City Hall 433 Hay Street Fayetteville, NC 28301

The 38th Annual Dogwood Festival is bringing something sweet to the table! Adults and Teens will compete for the title of Dogwood Donut Champion, a trophy and a chance to lift the Dogwood Donut Belt. The winner of the kid’s competition will receive a trophy.

Halloween “Sip & Paint”

Sat, October 31, 2020 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT

New Performance Stage in front of City Hall 433 Hay Street Fayetteville, NC 28301

Hosts will provide a pre-sketched canvas for you to paint, food, wine, games & more. Their menu includes fruits and veggies, wings (dry rub, barbeque, lemon pepper, hot), mash potato bar, mac n cheese bar, desserts, wine, and $35 sangria pitchers.

The House Presents: “Friday Night House Party”

The House 4310 South Miami Blvd Durham, North Carolina 27703

Get the weekend started with $5 drink specials, including Blue Motorcycle, Long Island, Liquid Marijuana, and Absolut! Join them for a good time every Friday 10pm to 2am. Ladies Free All Night.

Outdoor Concert at Casa Chaotica

Casa Chaotica 113 Plantation Ct Clayton, NC 27527

Sat, October 3, 2020 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT

$15 – $40

The Paco Band’s Outdoor concert series continues in Clayton. Come on out to Casa Chaotica for a safe, socially distant, outdoor concert! The Paco Band will perform flamenco music, original pieces, and covers. Arrive early and pick your favorite spot!

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