Ah, October. I can see you from the precipice of September and you look outstanding. How outstanding do you look? Let me count the ways.
Sooo the first weekend of October was kind of a wash out because of all that rain, resulting in cancellations. But there’s still half a month remaining and more opportunities to explore our local communities. I’ve added a few updates to the original post below in blue.
True to your name October, you’re a month of “fests” mainly of the beer persuasion. Various Octoberfests are planned for this weekend, including a two-day event at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre as well as the ever enjoyable Saxapahaw Oktoberfest. Raleigh’s Big Boss Brewing will be serving an incredible variety of specialty ales during their annual Casktoberfest on the first and Fullsteam Brewery kicks off the month with a very special 5th Anniversary Shindig. Who doesn’t love a shindig?
Best of all, starting October 1st when we tour a North Carolina Craft Distillery we now have the option to buy one bottle of spirits on site – it’s the law! Distilleries span our state from the Outer Banks to our western mountains. In the Triangle we can visit Topo Distillery in Chapel Hill, Durham Distillery, Fair Game Beverage in Pittsboro and Raleigh Rum, pick up a passport during our visit and plan our travels along the Craft Distillers Trail.
October 24th is a big day for grand opening celebrations. First Ponysaurus Brewing in downtown Durham is throwing their opening party, replete with food trucks, live music and beers-a-plenty beginning at 4 pm. Meanwhile in Raleigh, Compass Rose Brewery hold its official grand opening party and they’ll be serving their own brews. That party starts at noon. With some careful planning you may be able to fit both events in your Saturday fun-genda.
Fall at the local farmers market is just the best. Just as leaves turn brilliant hues of gold, produce in vibrant shades of orange, red and deep, dark green makes an appearance. Our local farmers markets have loads of fun events planned for October too. Midtown Farmers Market is going to the dogs… er, rather the dogs are coming to Midtown Farmers Market this Saturday. Carrboro Farmers Market celebrates the People’s Pepper with a special cooking contest. Next week Holly Springs Farmers Market caps off their season with the annual Chili Cook Off and South Durham Farmers Markets is throwing a little Harvest Festival with some really great raffle prizes. There’s absolutely no reason to skip a weekly visit to the nearest farmers market, rain or shine. You’ll miss out on too much if you do!!
Of course, if you’re any kind of local foodie aficionado you know TerraVita Food & Drink Festival is the second weekend in October. You’ve got those tickets already, right?
The fun just. doesn’t. stop. this month. It starts with twangy, toe-tapping tunes at Wide Open Bluegrass, continues through the multi-cultural International Festival and then the real party gets started at the 2015 NC State Fair, where nothing could be finer October 15th.
Our local art museums aren’t holding back either. The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University is celebrating 10 years with a Downtown Durham Block Party on October 10th. The Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill has pulled out their best modern pieces for Testing Testing (and it’s always free to visit the Ackland, so no excuses!). Finally, we have the chance to enter a new world at NCMA – The Worlds of M.C. Escher: Nature, Science and Imagination will rock your world. Not sure what the forecast for Sunday holds but Festifall will go on in downtown Chapel Hill either way because you can’t keep a great arts festival down.
And if photography is your “thing” you’ll love that the whole month long Click! Triangle Photography Festival plans special events all over our region.
Raleigh’s Hillsborough District plans to Art it Up for the whole weekend, October 16 -18. Planned events (some free, some ticketed) span art realms from performance to visual arts. Download this .pdf for complete details and a map.
No need to leave your dearest doggie friends out of the fun this month. SPCA of Wake County’s annual Down by the Tracks 14 is on again at Seaboard Station. Circle October 25 on your calendar and plan a special date with your pooch.
I have to admit I’ve become a bit addicted to the various maker markets that seem to pop up every where around the Triangle (and my coffee mug collection is expanding exponentially as a result). Raleigh Makers Market is the first on my agenda for the month, followed by the Durham Patchwork Market the following weekend. Then October 18th I’ll be heading back to The Bazaar in Carrboro for another round.
Two of my favorite indie shops are celebrating anniversaries this month too. Kitchenworks in Chapel Hill’s University Place turns 31 years old! That’s an incredible milestone and they have an equally impressive selection of goods to stock my kitchen. Before I head off for work each day I leave my dog with a little something special from Oliver’s Collar, a Durham dog treat bakery. The treat shop turns two on Saturday and plans to raffle off loads of prizes, all to benefit Durham APS. It’s think it’s time for more treats!
What do you get when you combine local artists/makers with local brews and a farmers market? The Hops and Shop Market in downtown Raleigh’s City Market. The seasonal monthly event returns for our local shopping pleasure on October 25, Noon to 5 pm and admission is FREE! See the market’s website for details on participating vendors.
Of course I’ve not even mentioned all the pumpkin patches and corn mazes there are to explore. But those come with the new month too. Now October, if you could just make it stop raining that would be awesome sauce on top of our pumpkin cheesecake.