Weekend best bets: NC State Fair and fall festivals
Posted October 14, 2021 9:00 a.m. EDT
Updated October 14, 2021 11:44 a.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — Lots of fall fun ahead this weekend, including the return of the state fair.
North Carolina State Fair - The fair returns to the N.C. State Fairgrounds this weekend. It was canceled last year due to COVID-19. We have your guide to the new food and rides, plus safety protocols.
Falling for Local at Dorothea Dix Park (Dix Park, 1800 Umstead Drive, Raleigh) - Celebrate Autumn in Raleigh with this family-friendly event at Dix Park on Saturday. The event is free to attend and will include live music, hay rides, inflatables, lawn games, kids activities, photo ops and a pumpkin patch.
Bull City Race Fest and Food Truck Rodeo (Diamond View Park, 318 Blackwell Street, Durham) - This festival has something for the fastest runners and families alike. It is Sunday at American Tobacco Campus and includes a half marathon, five miler and 1 mile distances. There will also be a variety of food trucks on hand.
NC Wine Festival (Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary) - The NC Wine Festival will feature more than 30 wineries providing samples, plus live music. The event is Saturday at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. Masks are not currently required in outdoor settings in Cary but are strongly encouraged in situations where social distancing is difficult to maintain. Masks will be required when visiting the restroom facilities on site, in accordance with local mandates for masking in indoor or enclosed spaces.
Festifall Arts Market & More (Downtown Chapel Hill) - This annual celebration will take place as pop-up block parties at three different locations in downtown Chapel Hill this October. The first event is Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. on Henderson Street.
Grand Opening Festival in the Park (The Glass Jug Beer Lab - Downtown Durham, 545 Foster St Suite 10, Durham) - The Glass Jug will celebrate the grand opening of its downtown Durham taproom with an event at Durham Central Park on Friday from 4 to 11 p.m. There will be food trucks, live music, vendors and a beer trailer.
Pop-Up Raleigh Art and Vintage Market (Trophy Brewing and Taproom (Maywood), 656 Maywood Avenue, Raleigh) - Pop-Up Raleigh is downtown Raleigh's original monthly artisan market. It takes place Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. at Trophy Brewing and Taproom on Maywood Avenue.
Music, Comedy and Theatre
Zac Brown Band: The Comeback Tour (Coastal Credit Union Music Park (formerly Walnut Creek Amphitheatre), 3801 Rock Quarry Rd., Raleigh) - Zac Brown Band will be joined by Devin Dawson and Ashland Craft for this show on Friday night at Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek in Raleigh.
Dvořák "New World" Symphony - North Carolina Symphony Opening Weekend (Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts - Meymandi Concert Hall, 2 E. South St., Raleigh) - It's the North Carolina Symphony's opening weekend. Things kick off Friday and Saturday nights with Dvořák "New World" Symphony at Meymandi Concert Hall.
North Carolina Theatre Presents '9 TO 5' (Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts - Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, 2 E. South St., Raleigh) - Based on the hilarious hit film, 9 to 5 is an outrageous, 1980s era revenge story of friendship and female empowerment. The show stars Lauren Kennedy, Ryah Nixon, Ben Davis and will have a special appearance from Raleigh's very own Ira David Wood III. The show runs through Sunday.
Nikki Glaser: One Night with Nikki Glaser (Carolina Theatre of Durham, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham) - Nikki Glaser is one of the funniest female voices in comedy today. See her on stage at Carolina Theatre of Durham on Friday night. The Carolina Theatre of Durham is requiring all fans to provide printed proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours or full vaccination for entry. The City of Durham is requiring face coverings to be worn while at the theater except while eating or drinking.
All Time Low (The Ritz, 2820 Industrial Drive, Raleigh) - All Time Low plays The Ritz Saturday night. This venue requires attendees of all shows to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within 72 hours of the event or full COVID-19 vaccination (at least two weeks after final dose). Proof must be a printed copy of a negative test result or vaccination, or the original vaccination card. Face coverings are strongly recommended for fans who are not fully vaccinated, unless actively eating or drinking, per CDC guidelines.
America (Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., Durham) - Perennial classic-rock favorite, America comes to DPAC for the first time on Sunday. The show is part of their 50th anniversary tour. At this event, guests age 12 and older are required to provide documentation of full COVID-19 vaccination status or as an alternative, a recent negative COVID-19 test. Face covers will also be required for this event per the City of Durham and Durham County face cover requirement.
Brett Eldredge: Good Day Tour (Red Hat Amphitheater, 500 S. McDowell St., Raleigh) - Brett Eldredge brings his "Good Day" Tour to Red Hat Amphitheater on Saturday. Show attendees must provide a negative COVID-19 test within 72-hours of the event, or proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Mask wearing is encouraged but not required.
Lake Street Dive (Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary) - See the band on stage at Booth Amphitheatre on Sunday evening. Masks are not required but are encouraged. Masks are not currently required in outdoor settings in Cary but are strongly encouraged in situations where social distancing is difficult to maintain. Masks will be required when visiting the restroom facilities on-site.
NEEDTOBREATHE w/ Switchfoot, The New Respects (Red Hat Amphitheater, 500 S. McDowell St., Raleigh) - See these three bands on stage at Red Hat Amphitheatre on Friday night. The venue requires proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test. Masks are not required but encouraged.
RAIN: A Tribute to The Beatles (Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., Durham) - Experience the worlds' most iconic band and come celebrate The Best of Abbey Road Live with RAIN - A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES - at DPAC Friday and Saturday. Masks are required at this event. DPAC also requires guest to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event date.
Pumpkin Patch Express (North Carolina Museum of Life and Science, 433 W. Murray Ave., Durham) - Pick the perfect pumpkin to take home and decorate during this event at the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science.
The Cupcake Run at Brier Creek (The Cupcake Run at Brier Creek, 8181 Brier Creek Pkwy, Raleigh) - This 7th annual 5K will happen Saturday morning. The run/walk starts at the clock tower at Brier Creek Commons and goes through the shopping center. It is stroller and pet-friendly.
Move-A-Bull City (The Scrap Exchange, 2050 Chapel Hill Road, Durham) - Move-A-Bull City is Bike Durham's annual celebration of transportation. This family-friendly event will have bike rides, workshops, music, hula hoops, jump ropes, street chalk, food trucks and more at The Scrap Exchange in Durham on Saturday.
Science Nights: Monster Makers (North Carolina Museum of Life and Science, 433 W. Murray Ave., Durham) - The North Carolina Museum of Life and Science in Durham will celebrate Halloween with this interactive monster-themed adventure Friday night. Mix and match stuffies to sew, glue, or pin together your own unique frankenstuff or design a perler bead creature and fuse it together with heat. Tickets are required for entry.
Fright Night (Edison Johnson Recreation Center, 500 West Murray Avenue, Durham) - Durham Parks and Recreation will host this free drop in event for all ages at Edison Johnson Recreation Center on Friday night. There will be carnival games, a costume parade, movie and more fun.