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Fun Fall Activities to Do in North Carolina

We all get to that point each semester that we need to get out of our Elon bubble and take an adventure. North Carolina is a big state, so there are more than enough things to try out throughout the fall. As the weather cools down, leaves change, and the fall spirit is in the air, we all grab our PSL’s and embrace the season. If you decide that you want to take a trip outside of Elon, here are some top fall signature places and events you can attend to this fall:


  1. SCarowinds – Sept. 15 – Oct. 29, Charlotte, NC


Carowinds theme park is transformed to a scream work as the largest Halloween-themed even in the Carolinas. Get your scare on and ride roller coasters and attend haunted shows for all ages. There are 16 different haunted shows and attractions so experience a little Halloween early.


2. Wilmington Riverfest Oct. 7-8, Wilmington

This family-friendly cultural festival takes place from October 708 at the Cape Fear River. The riverfest includes 200 craft and food vendors along with entertainment all weekend. The annual Miss Riverfest will be crowned at the event as well. Bring your family, friends, and neighbors because you will definitely find something to do at any age.


3. North Carolina State Fair Oct. 12-22, Raleigh


The fun stretches on at the state fairgrounds in Raleigh with a Folkfest, grandstand shows, agricultural exhibits and competitions, rides and games, and Kiddieland Fun Park. There will be a concert (lineup TBD). Get an unlimited ride wristband for $25. There are unlimited possibilities at the state fair, so you better stop by before your time at Elon runs out.


4. Carolina BalloonFest Oct. 20-22, Statesville

The Carolina BalloonFest has been around for over 44 years. It features 50 colorful hot air balloons glowing in the sky, but that’s not all. Vendors come in with local wine sampling, craft beer and food, and endless entertainment for people of all ages.


5. Barbeque Festival, October 28, Lexington

We all came to the south for some good southern cooking. Join the Barbeque Festival in Lexington which is known for its pit-cooked pork. Over 400 exhibitors can pig out all day to a month’s supply of barbeque. There’s a huge variety on the menu so anything with barbeque you want, you name it and it’s in your stomach.

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