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October Events Calendar 2010

October Events in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill


The NC State Fair in Raleigh

The North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh.

NC State Fair
October in North Carolina means the State Fair and the beginning of our nearly perfect fall weather. While the abundant outdoor summer music series generally start to wind down this month, football season is in full swing, and there are fun festivals and events almost every weekend. And of course, the month culminates in everyone's favorite fall holiday, Halloween.

Featured October Events

North Carolina State Fair-October 18-24

The North Carolina State Fair takes place October 18-24, 2010 at the State Fair Grounds in Raleigh.

Raleigh International Festival-October 1-3
Celebrating it's 25th year, the Raleigh International Festival is a 3-day celebration of music, food and culture from around the globe. Raleigh Convention Center. Adults $7. Kids 7 and under FREE.

Festifall Arts Festival - October 3
Festifall is a family-friendly outdoor arts and crafts festival. Music, food and kids-activities. Downtown Chapel Hill 1-6 p.m. FREE

World Beer Festival - October 9

The World Beer Festival features over 300 beer vendors from all over the country; local restaurants, vendors, family entertainment; and great music by local and regional artists. Tickets $45 in advance, $50 at the door, if available. VIP tickets $80, advance purchase only. 12-4pm and 6-10pm.
Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham.

More Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill October Events

Phoenix Fest - October 2

Phoenix Fest is an annual cultural celebration of the business and cultural legacy of Durham's Hayti community, one of North Carolina's oldest African American communities. Starting with a parade that features marching bands, motorcycles and classic cars, the festivities continue with musical talent from all over the east coast, eye-pleasing vendor displays and lip-smacking soul food. FREE.

Parade of Homes - October 2-3, 8-10, 15-17

The Parade of Homes is a simultaneous open house of new homes in Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties. Homes will be open from 12-5 p.m. Listings will be in a Parade of Homes magazine that is available beginning Sep. 30. FREE

Blessing of the Animals- October 3

The Blessing of the Animals service is held each year near the Feast Day of St. Francis. The service will be held in the Duke Chapel at Duke University at 3 p.m. All persons who love animals, along with all pets and their human friends are invited. Music by the Durham Children's Choir and information booths staffed by local animal protection and welfare groups.

Campout Carolina- October 8-9

Campout! Carolina is an annual statewide event encouraging friends, families, churches, scout troops and community groups of all kinds to show support for North Carolina's environment. Those who participate are encouraged to pitch a tent in their backyard or favorite North Carolina campsite, turn off or unplug non-essential electrical items, and enjoy an evening outdoors with family and friends.

Spooky Saturday - October 23
Spooky Saturday is a day of spooky fun with crafts, special programs and animal encounters. Museum of Life and Science, Durham. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Museum admission required. See more Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill 2010 Halloween events.

Fuqua/Coach K Conference on Leadership - October 25-27

The Fuqua/Coach K Conference on Leadership features outstanding speakers from the public and private sectors who have led and are leading through times of uncertainty. Participants will experience interactive learning in breakout sessions moderated by Duke Faculty and Scholars. Each year, conference participants attend a moderated practice session with Coach K and Duke Men's Basketball Team and a special gala dinner. Cost $1500 per person, $1350 per person for groups of 4 or more.

Ongoing Events

Friday Fun
Here are some ideas on how to fill your October Fridays.
First Fridays in Raleigh | Second Friday Art Walk in Chapel Hill and Carrboro | Last Fridays in Hillsborough | Fridays on the Front Porch at the Carolina Inn

College Football
Check out the schedules of the NC State Wolfpack, the UNC Tar Heels, the Duke Blue Devils and NCCU. All have home games in October.

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