As the weather cools down, festival season warms up. From fairies and goats, to peppers and pirates, there is something for everyone this September. Find all events on the Full Calendar and sign up for the weekly newsletter for highlights and reminders.
Raleigh Greek Festival
Fri.-Sun. Sept. 6-8. NC State Fairgrounds, Raleigh
Listen to Greek music, watch traditional dances and eat authentic, homemade Greek food.
Brazilian Day Festival
Sat. Sept. 7. Durham Central Park
Celebrate Brazilian culture with music and dance performances, capoeira workshops, games, food and more.
NC Jerk Fest
Sat. Sept. 21. West Point on the Eno, Durham
Enjoy Jamaican jerk and other Caribbean foods while listening to reggae music. Kids Zone with free bounce house and other activities.
Irish Fest in the Forest
Sat. Sept. 21. Downtown Wake Forest
Celebrate Irish-American culture with Irish music, dancing, Leprechaun Lane Kids Area, and a red hair and freckles contest.
Sat. Sept 21. Bull City Burger & Brewery
Get your lederhosen and dirndl ready for limited edition beer, bratwurst and burgers (including veggie burgers). Music and a kids’ play area with a bounce house and entertainment.
Mama Afrika Festival
Sun. Sept 22. Knightsdale Station Park, Knightsdale
Experience African culture through drumming, poetry, music, food, workshops, exhibits and more.
Asia Fest and Dragon Boat Festival
Sat. Sept 28. Booth Amphitheatre, Cary
Watch the famous dragon boat races and enjoy a festive day of performances, culture exhibits, children’s activities, ethnic food and more.
Sat. Sept. 28. Lafayette Village, Raleigh
Try over 20 fall-style beers, listen to live music and watch the Wiener Dog Races.
Sat.-Sun. Sept. 7-8. Durham Convention Center
Channel your inner geek and check out the unique, handmade crafts. Free craft activities for kids. Cosplay is highly encouraged!
Sat. Sept 14. Southern Community Park, Chapel Hill
Meet and learn about animals while listening to live music and doing lots of animal-related crafts.
City of Oaks Pirate Fest
Sat. Sept. 14. Dorothea Dix Park, Raleigh
Engage in sword fights, sing sea chanties, play swashbuckling games, and more while you learn about the history of pirates in North Carolina.
Fall Goat Festival
Sat.-Sun. Sept 14-15 and Sat.-Sun. Sept 21-22. Spring Haven Farm, Chapel Hill
Celebrate fall with goats and other farm animals while enjoying fall treats and live music. Kids can take the Tractor Train Express.
Magical Hill & Fairy House Competition
Sat. Sept. 21. Chapel Hill Community Center Park
Embrace everything magical and whimsical at this inaugural event with food trucks, arts and crafts, and a fairy house competition. Dress as a fairy or gnome!
Sat. Sept. 21. NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh
Dive into the exciting world of bugs through 100+ exhibits, games, and activities and interact with entomologists to see bugs up close!
Centerfest Arts Festival
Sat.-Sun. Sept 21-22. Downtown Durham
Stroll through streets filled with the work of juried artists and enjoy live performances and activities for kids.
Burlington Carousel Festival
Sat.-Sun. Sept 21-22. Burlington City Park
Enjoy amusement park rides, listen to live music, and shop at the arts and crafts fair.
Sun. Sept 22. Downtown Pittsboro
Try creative, pepper-themed dishes by local chefs competing for awards at this large street festival with a kids’ zone.
Carrboro Music Festival
Sun. Sept 29. Downtown Carrboro
Listen to a wide variety of live music at venues throughout Carrboro.
Paperhand Puppet Intervention Summer Show: We Are Here
Fri.-Sun. Sept. 13-15, Fri.-Sun. Sept 20-22, Fri.-Sun. Sept. 27-29. Forest Theatre, Chapel Hill
The beautiful and moving giant puppet show ends this month.
Peppa Pig Live
Sun. Sept. 15. Durham Performing Arts Center
Characters from Nick Jr.’s hit show come to life in this new show filled with singing, dancing, games and surprises.
Who’s Bad: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute
Fri. Sept 13. Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro
Abbey Road LIVE! – 50th Anniversary of “Abbey Road”
Sat. Sept 28. Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro
Mountains to Sea Trail Birthday Hike
Sat. Sept. 7. Glencoe Paddle Access, Burlington
Hike 2-3-miles on natural surface trails (roots, rocks, etc.) over rolling terrain with a few steep hills at a moderate pace.
High Ropes Discovery Day
Sat. Sept. 7. Bethesda Park, Durham
Explore Durham Parks and Recreation’s high ropes course and navigate a variety of obstacles, some reaching 55 feet in the air.
Sat. Sept. 14. NC Botanical Gardens, Chapel Hill
Meet live caterpillars, hear their fascinating stories, and explore the garden for these mysterious insects and their plant partners.
Sat. Sept. 28. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh
Climb into the canopy of a majestic oak tree on the NC State campus. All equipment and instruction are provided.