Raleigh, N.C. — Summer festivals are great, but there's nothing better than enjoying craft booths, live music, games and food trucks with family and friends on a cool, sunny autumn day.
10 fall festivals
We found 10 Triangle-area festivals you won't want to miss this season. There's something for everyone on this list.
Hopscotch Music Festival - Sept. 8-12 in Raleigh
Showcasing 120 bands in three days, Hopscotch is one of the area's largest music festivals. Featured artists are both local and from out-of state, and they represent almost every music genre imaginable - rock, hip-hop, metal, folk, electronic, experimental and more. You'll see the diverse bands spread throughout both large downtown Raleigh venues and cozy bars. Tickets for Hopscotch range from $40 for a single show to $225 for a VIP wristband.
Beericana Craft Beer & Music Festival - Sept. 10 in Holly Springs
Now in its third year, Beericana features 70 breweries all spread out on a grassy field at Sugg Farm Park. An assortment of bands and food trucks make the one-day festival complete. General admission to Beericana is $45, which includes 2 p.m. entry to the festival and unlimited beer tastings.
SPARKcon Creativity Festival - Sept. 15-18 in Raleigh
SPARKcon brings artwork, circus performances, comedy shows, dancing, fashion design, drama, literature and more to the streets and venues of downtown Raleigh for one large celebration of creativity. The free festival spans over four days, allowing festival-goers to create their own schedules from hundreds of performance-based and interactive events.
Apex Music Festival - Sept. 17 in Apex
The Apex music festival might only be one day long, but it packs a lot of jazz! More than 15 bands will perform outside and in various downtown Apex venues, and there will be plenty of food vendors and beer to go around, too. Admission is $10.
CenterFest Arts Festival - September 17-18 in Durham
CenterFest features 140 visual artists, live music, dancing and a kids zone to entertain the little ones. Attendees can shop for handmade jewelry, furniture and one-of-a-kind art while enjoying more than 50 musicians and performers over the festival's two-day span. The event is free, but a $5 suggested donation will be taken at the gates to support the Durham Arts Council.
Triangle Oktoberfest - Sept. 23-24 in Cary
This exciting festival celebrates traditional Oktoberfest events in a way the whole family can enjoy. The event features lots of traditional Bavarian food, local, authentic German beer and activities like wiener dog races, costume contests, competitions and more. Admission is $15-$25, and kids under 16 get in for free. Ticket sales go towards Alzheimer's North Carolina.
Wide Open Bluegrass Festival - Sept. 30-October 1 in Raleigh
Raleigh's Wide Open Bluegrass Festival is called the largest urban bluegrass festival in the world. Attendees can enjoy a free "Street Fest" with five music stages, a dance tent, a BBQ competition and art, food and shopping or purchase single or multiple-day tickets to access dozens of concerts at Red Hat Amphitheater.
FestiFall Arts Festival - Oct. 2 in Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill's Festifall Arts Festival provides an opportunity for art enthusiasts and artists in the community to meet and interact. Shoppers will enjoy a vibrant market of handmade artworks along with food trucks and live performances on outdoor stages. Entry is free.
North Carolina State Fair - Oct. 13-23 in Raleigh
Rides, games, food stands, fried everything, agricultural exhibits and much, much more make up the 2016 North Carolina State Fair, a 10-day fall staple happening October 13-23 at the fairgrounds in Raleigh. Tickets for the fair are $10 at the gate.
NC Comicon - Nov. 11-13 in Durham
The fall festival season in the Triangle closes with NC Comicon, a convention for comic lovers known for its costume contests, charity events and signings. Single-day tickets start at $25, but multiple-day passes can be purchased for the event as well.
Find even more fall events on our best bets calendar.