The leaves are starting to change and everything smells of pumpkin spice – is Fall finally here? This weekend brings plenty of chances to celebrate Fall and the rich heritage of North Carolina – from crafts to music to sustainability.
Held at Historic Oak View County Park in Raleigh on Saturday October 4th, Heritage Day celebrates the abundant agricultural history of the area with an old time county fair-like event. Free to all ages, the event is from 10am to 4pm and features fun activities for all ages: antique farm equipment and cars, heritage crafts, live music, live animal exhibits, horse-drawn carriage rides, and historical re-enactors. Proceeds from a live auction of quilts will benefit The Capital Quilters Guild and The Center for Volunteer Caregiving. Additional handmade craft items and food will be on sale throughout the park.
While the World of Bluegrass is a massive week-long festival of all things bluegrass, one fantastic aspect of the event is the Wide Open Bluegrass Street Festival, a 2 day free event that takes over a large part of downtown Raleigh on October 3rd and 4th. Featuring four live music stages, a youth talent stage, a dance tent, an art market, and the NC Whole Hog Barbecue State Championship, there’s plenty to do from noon to 11pm. There will also be free access to the International Bluegrass Music Association Exhibit Hall at the Convention Center from 10am – 7pm, featuring instrument manufacturers and other bluegrass-oriented businesses.
An annual event celebrating sustainable initiatives in the Piedmont, the Green Gala brings together multiple businesses and organizations working to create a positive impact in the Central North Carolina region. Hosted by TS Designs, a full-service screen-printing and domestic apparel company, the event is from 2 – 7pm on Saturday October 4th and includes tours of the TS Designs campus and their semi-annual $5 t-shirt sale as well as a keynote address from leader, entrepreneur, organic farmer and author Bryan Welch. Tasty local food will be available as well as local beer and Burlington-based band Sweet T and the Biscuits will also perform.