Take a scenic hike at Eno River State Park, which offers five access points throughout Durham and Orange counties and 28 miles of trails as well as camping sites, picnic areas and wildlife viewing.
For UNC football fans of all ages, Tar Heel Town is the place to be before the game in Kenan Stadium with an array of free family activities, concerts, food trucks and merchants in Bell Tower Park. The fun begins three hours prior to kickoff; click here for the 2015 schedule.
Relax over afternoon tea at The Carolina Inn (Thursdays through Sundays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.). Choose from a variety of teas, coffees, savory sandwiches, assorted sweets and scones. Reservations must be made at least one day in advance by calling 919-918-2735.
While the kids play with a bubble machine and dance to live music, adults can taste a variety of locally grown pepper-based dishes at the Pepper Festival, held in Briar Chapel’s Boulder Park and hosted by The Abundance Foundation.
Hear tunes on every corner at the Carrboro Music Festival, a free music bash in September with more than 180 performances by Triangle artists at 25 venues in downtown Carrboro.
Plan a family outing to West Franklin Street in October for Festifall. The free street art festival showcases live entertainment, plus booths full of local art, craft activities and food vendors.
The Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance, held in October in Pittsboro, is four days of music (more than 60 bands on four stages!), art, food and educational activities. Can’t make it this fall? The festival also takes place every April.
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Celebrate Halloween at the Carrboro Center with a Halloween Party filled with games and dancing on October 12. Teens 15+ are encouraged to wear their costumes and bring their CDs or iPods.
Kids can easily (and safely) gather sweet treats during the Trunk-or-Treat at Homestead Aquatic Center on October 24. Afterwards, it’s time for a Dive in Movie inside. Bring your own chair, blanket or floats to watch Hocus Pocus in the pool or on the pool deck.
You could call it “track or treat” – the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA Pumpkin Run on October 24 takes participants through a 4-mile loop through Carolina North Forest Trails and then back to the YMCA for a post-run party with a DJ and fall treats. Tip: wear your costume while running and you could win a prize!
Enjoy musical depictions of fantastic holiday characters, eg. goblins, skeletons and Caribbean pirates, at the Chapel Hill Philharmonia’s free classical music concert designed for children and parents on October 25 at 3 pm.
Stroll through the gardens at Fearrington Village and spot all 50 carved pumpkins during Pumpkinfest on October 29. After, enjoy music from Gasoline Stovepipe or dinner from one of the Village eateries.
Carve your jack o’lantern for Pumpkin Carving Contest and then bring it to Carrboro Town Commons on October 30 to be on display during the Halloween Carnival. Vote on the best pumpkin – the winner will be announced at 8:15 p.m.
Play carnival games at the Carrboro Halloween Carnival, an annual tradition at Carrboro Town Commons on October 30. Hot chocolate, apple cider and snacks will be available for purchase.
Join the Orange County Historical Museum on October 31 for a spooky afternoon of history, crafts for kids ages 4-12 and treat bags from 2-5pm. The event is free with a suggested donation of $2 per child.