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Sep
16
Sat
FREE Concert by CHARLIE! @ Meadowmont Gazebo
Sep 16 all-day

The Charlie Band, a fantastic, soulful cover band based in North Carolina, is back by popular demand! It is rare to find so much musical talent packed onto one stage! Relax on the gazebo lawn and keep the summer evening fun going! Bring your friends and family, a chair and blanket, and enjoy dinner from The Only Burgers Food Truck! FREE parking on site!

CenterFest Arts Festival @ Downtown Durham, NC
Sep 16 @ 10:00 am – Sep 17 @ 5:00 pm

2017 CenterFest Arts Festival
Dates: Saturday and Sunday, September 16th and 17th
Times: Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sunday 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: Downtown Durham, Triangle Area, North Carolina
Presenter: Durham Arts Council, www.durhamarts.org
Contact: centerfest@durhamarts.org

Now in its 43rd year, CenterFest 2017 will be the largest arts and community festival in Durham and the longest-running street arts festival in North Carolina. Located in Durham’s historic city center, CenterFest showcases 145 juried visual artists from across the U.S. and 600 performing artists from North Carolina, plus great food, continuous music and entertainment on five stages, fun, educational activities for kids and families and a showcase of services provided by government departments and community nonprofits. 2017 features include a beer garden, new Emerging Artists showcase and new Saturday evening entertainment. Mark your calendars for September 16-17! Updates available at www.centerfest.durhamarts.org.

8th Annual Hot Pick’n Finger Lick’n BBQ & Bands, September 16 @ Town of Rolesville Ballfields
Sep 16 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

Join the Rolesville Chamber of Commerce and some of the best cooks in the surrounding area for the 8th Annual Hot Pick’n Finger Lick’n BBQ & Bands cook-off festival on Saturday, September 16, 2017, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. We will have chicken, barbecue, and ribs, all prepared by local competing cooks. Our cook-off is sanctioned by the North Carolina Pork Council. Judges include Rolesville Mayor, Frank Eagles; WNCN News Anchor, Sharon Tazwell; Robert Pettyjohn, BBQ Judge. Bring your lawn chairs, sit back and listen to great local music all day. For more information, contact the Rolesville Chamber of Commerce office at 919-562-7059. Free admission! Kid friendly! Food, drinks, all-day festival.

Venue: Town of Rolesville Ballfields
Address: 121 Redford Place Drive
$10 – $12 per plate

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Sep
23
Sat
Critter Carnival @ Southern Community Park
Sep 23 all-day

On Saturday, September 23, 2017, the inaugural Critter Carnival (formerly Furry Friends Festival) will be held at Southern Community Park in Chapel Hill, NC to raise awareness and funds for numerous local animal rescue and rehabilitation charities. From Noon to 7:30pm a wide variety of first-rate rock, bluegrass and jazz bands will perform alongside amazing aerial silk artists, hula hoopers, sideshow freaks and more. Admission is FREE!

Musical acts:
KATHARINE WHALEN’S SWEDISH WOOD PATROL (from Squirrel Nut Zippers!)
BULLTOWN STRUTTERS
FIRESIDE COLLECTIVE
TRIPLE FRET
THE BUCKET BROTHERS
(See band bios & videos here)

Circus acts:
Adam Dipert’s Object Manipulation
The Creep & Cheetah SideShow
Mari Kearns
and many more to be announced!

We’ll have treats from Maple View Mobile ice cream and Fahsyrah’s Lemonade, arts and crafts vendors including henna and a digital photo booth, and a silent auction for a wide variety of great items.

The beneficiaries of this year’s festival are numerous animal-related charities in Chatham, Durham, Orange and Wake counties dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating dogs, cats, wildlife, farm animals and exotic animals. They include All Breed Animal Rescue of the Carolinas (ABARC), Chatham Animal Rescue & Education (CARE), Hope Animal Rescue, Piedmont Wildlife Center, Robinshood Wildlife Rescue, and Wildlife Welfare, with many more to be announced.

Celebrate Southern Village! Hosted by Your Children’s Champions @ Southern Village Green
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us for a FUN and FREE family event hosted by the merchants in Southern Village that care for and support children in our community: Chapel Hill Children’s Clinic, Chapel Hill Day Care Center, Southern Village Pediatric Dentistry, The Tumble Gym, and Village Pediatrics!

The event will be filled with bounce houses, face painting, balloon twisting, dancing, musicians, fairy hair and henna tattoos by Rishi Salon, Jeff the Alpaca from 1870 Farm, a magic show and much more!

Sep
24
Sun
10th Annual Pepper Fest @ Briar Chapel, Great Meadow Park, Chapel Hill, NC
Sep 24 @ 3:00 pm

Spice up your weekend at the 10th Annual Pepper Festival!

One of the largest chef competitions in North Carolina, the Pepper Fest heats up with a fresh array of pepper-themed dishes and brews, family activities, a kid chef competition and zesty live music!

Join us on September 24, 3-6 p.m., as chefs compete with one-of-a-kind recipes, featuring the locally bred and grown North Carolina pepper. From pepper chocolate to pepper donuts, you’ll see a dizzying collection of dishes from culinary stars like Watt’s Grocery and La Farm Bakery along with bold brews from the likes of Fullsteam, Carolina Brewery, Mystic and more!

Eat your fill while enjoying the musical line up of rock and Americana bluegrass with Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellies and The Piedmont Regulators.

Families can explore workshops, face painting, bubble art and storytelling journeys at the Kids’ Pepperpalooza. Stop by the Spicy Kids Chef Competition where pint-sized pepper-chefs face off with their own daring dishes.

Proceeds benefit Abundance NC, a nonprofit that supports sustainable food, fuels and more than 200 farmers across the state.

Tickets are available at www.pepperfestnc.org/tickets.

Event time: Sunday, September 24, 3-6 p.m.
Event location: Briar Chapel, Great Meadow Park, Chapel Hill, NC
For your GPS, enter: Margaret B. Pollard Middle School
185 Granite Mill Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27516. PepperFest is just up the hill from Margaret Pollard Middle School on Great Ridge Pkwy. Then watch for signs and people directing traffic!

Oct
1
Sun
Festifall @ Downtown Chapel Hill
Oct 1 @ 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Chapel Hill’s 45th annual Festifall Arts Festival will provide a unique opportunity for the community, art enthusiasts and artists to interact. A vibrant market of handmade artworks along with live performances presents a day of discovery for the festival’s attendees as they engage with the local art community. Historic West Franklin Street in Downtown Chapel Hill provides a beautiful backdrop to our celebration of arts and culture. Check our website for more information. http://www.chapelhillfestifall.com/

Oct
6
Fri
50th annual Fall Pottery and Glass Festival @ Cedar Creek Gallery
Oct 6 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

The festival, which showcases artist demonstrations, offers live music and a local onsite-food truck is one of our most popular events every year.

Although every festival is special in its own right, this year’s event is especially significant as it leads into the 50th anniversary of the gallery. Marking the first kiln opening in 1968 this upcoming fall, we will be celebrating five decades of creating, showcasing and supporting fine craft. Started by two potters, Sid and Pat Oakley, Cedar Creek Gallery has stood the test of time by maintaining its high standard of supporting artisans from all over North America and connecting the public to quality, hand-crafted treasures.

Oct
7
Sat
50th annual Fall Pottery and Glass Festival @ Cedar Creek Gallery
Oct 7 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

The festival, which showcases artist demonstrations, offers live music and a local onsite-food truck is one of our most popular events every year.

Although every festival is special in its own right, this year’s event is especially significant as it leads into the 50th anniversary of the gallery. Marking the first kiln opening in 1968 this upcoming fall, we will be celebrating five decades of creating, showcasing and supporting fine craft. Started by two potters, Sid and Pat Oakley, Cedar Creek Gallery has stood the test of time by maintaining its high standard of supporting artisans from all over North America and connecting the public to quality, hand-crafted treasures.

Oct
8
Sun
50th annual Fall Pottery and Glass Festival @ Cedar Creek Gallery
Oct 8 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

The festival, which showcases artist demonstrations, offers live music and a local onsite-food truck is one of our most popular events every year.

Although every festival is special in its own right, this year’s event is especially significant as it leads into the 50th anniversary of the gallery. Marking the first kiln opening in 1968 this upcoming fall, we will be celebrating five decades of creating, showcasing and supporting fine craft. Started by two potters, Sid and Pat Oakley, Cedar Creek Gallery has stood the test of time by maintaining its high standard of supporting artisans from all over North America and connecting the public to quality, hand-crafted treasures.

Oct
14
Sat
50th annual Fall Pottery and Glass Festival @ Cedar Creek Gallery
Oct 14 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

The festival, which showcases artist demonstrations, offers live music and a local onsite-food truck is one of our most popular events every year.

Although every festival is special in its own right, this year’s event is especially significant as it leads into the 50th anniversary of the gallery. Marking the first kiln opening in 1968 this upcoming fall, we will be celebrating five decades of creating, showcasing and supporting fine craft. Started by two potters, Sid and Pat Oakley, Cedar Creek Gallery has stood the test of time by maintaining its high standard of supporting artisans from all over North America and connecting the public to quality, hand-crafted treasures.

Oct
15
Sun
50th annual Fall Pottery and Glass Festival @ Cedar Creek Gallery
Oct 15 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

The festival, which showcases artist demonstrations, offers live music and a local onsite-food truck is one of our most popular events every year.

Although every festival is special in its own right, this year’s event is especially significant as it leads into the 50th anniversary of the gallery. Marking the first kiln opening in 1968 this upcoming fall, we will be celebrating five decades of creating, showcasing and supporting fine craft. Started by two potters, Sid and Pat Oakley, Cedar Creek Gallery has stood the test of time by maintaining its high standard of supporting artisans from all over North America and connecting the public to quality, hand-crafted treasures.

Oct
16
Mon
50th annual Fall Pottery and Glass Festival @ Cedar Creek Gallery
Oct 16 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

The festival, which showcases artist demonstrations, offers live music and a local onsite-food truck is one of our most popular events every year.

Although every festival is special in its own right, this year’s event is especially significant as it leads into the 50th anniversary of the gallery. Marking the first kiln opening in 1968 this upcoming fall, we will be celebrating five decades of creating, showcasing and supporting fine craft. Started by two potters, Sid and Pat Oakley, Cedar Creek Gallery has stood the test of time by maintaining its high standard of supporting artisans from all over North America and connecting the public to quality, hand-crafted treasures.

Oct
19
Thu
TerraVita’s Hill Fire: Coastal Roast @ Carrboro Farmers Market
Oct 19 all-day

For the third year, TerraVita celebrates the men and women who love to play with fire, but with a twist. Hill Fire: Coastal Roast will celebrate the bounty of our shores and farms with a seafood and veg-forward inspired menu. Our line up:

– Scott Crawford of Crawford and Son in Raleigh, NC
– Annie Pettry of Decca in Louisville, KY
– Ian Boden of The Shack VA in Staunton, VA
– Kevin Johnson of The Grocery in Charleston, SC
– Dean Neff of PinPoint Restaurant in Wilmington, NC
– Cheetie Kumar of Garland in Raleigh, NC
– Gabe Barker of Pizzeria Mercato in Carrboro, NC
– Teddy Diggs of Il Palio in Chapel Hill, NC
– Lionel Vatinet of La Farm Bakery in Cary, NC
– Bruce Moffett of the Moffett Restaurant Group (ncluding Barrington’s Restaurant, Stagioni: Four Seasons of Food and Good Food on Montford) in Charlotte, NC
— Chelsea Raby in Stuart, VA

In addition, we’ll have cider by James Creek Ciderhouse and craft beer by Fullsteam Brewery.

Tickets are $85.

On sale now: terravitafest.com

TerraVita’s Into the Wild: Feasting on the Foraged @ Barn of Chapel Hill
Oct 19 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Foraging has become one of the hottest food trends – it’s hip, yet historic. The “forest-to-table” movement combines the childlike thrill of a scavenger hunt with the satisfaction of a good deal, since preparing a meal with flowers, foliage, fungi, and fruit procured from the land (as local as “eating local” can get) costs little to nothing. There are some rules of the game, however – and our experts will map it out for you!

At The Barn of Chapel Hill, a charming educational farm on the edge of Orange County, a small group (no more than two dozen) will head into the woods in search of wild edibles, led by experts from the Piedmont Picnic Project. Once you return, you will reap the benefits of your bounty with a wild cocktail class, led by our friends from Fair Game Beverage Company. Using previously foraged ingredients, chef Clark Barlowe of Heirloom will prepare a delicious lunch and give us a little post-polish on his foraging techniques before we head home. Get ready – it’s bound to be a wild time!

Tickets are $65. You must be 21 or older to attend.

Tickets on sale now: terravitafest.com

Oct
20
Fri
TerraVita’s Sustainable Classroom @ Southern Season
Oct 20 all-day

A hallmark of the TerraVita Food & Drink Festival, the Sustainable Classroom is the perfect fit for any food and drink lover. Think culinary workshops, food and beverage tastings and demonstrations, discussions, and educational sessions all wrapped into one! Classroom sessions range in topic, but share a focus on sustainability and feature visionary producers, chefs, journalists, cookbook authors, food artisans, brewers, bakers, distillers, authors, sommeliers, and industry phenoms offering insights and delicious tastes that will stimulate all the senses. Participants may choose to attend up to 4 classes for this Friday class pass, each of which is 1 hour and 15 minutes long.

After purchasing your ticket, you will receive a ballot selection (first purchased, first served – so if you purchase early, you will be guaranteed your choice of classes) to choose one class per time slot at 9 am, 10:45 am, 12:30 pm, and 2:15 pm. You will receive an email immediately after you submit your choices and then a confirmation email the week before the event with your class choices, times, and locations. Classes will be held at Southern Season’s Cooking School and the Great Room at Top Of The Hill.

Our 2017 Class Titles:
– Pastry with Perks: Hand Pies & Coffee
– Beyond the Kitchen: Food Leaders Paving the Path of Social Justice
– (Veg-) Forward Motion: The Power of Plant-Based Eating
– The Appalachian Table: A Humble Region Gets Its Due
– Oyster Throwback: The Rise of Aquaculture & the Resurgence of the Oyster Industry in the Southeast
– Heart & Soul: The Roots of Soul Food & the Cultural Influence on Southern Cuisine
– The Vines, They Are A-Changin: Climate Change & The New Emerging Wine Regions
– Elevating Your Beverages: Taking Your At-Home Cocktails & Mocktails Up a Notch

Our participants include, but are not limited to: Adrian Miller, Scratch Baking, Acme Food & Beverage Co., Crude Bitters & Sodas, Ronni Lundy, Amanda Cushman, Fran Costigan Vegan Pastry Chef, Poole’s Diner, Crook’s Corner, Vimala’s Curryblossom Café, Carrboro Coffee Roasters and East Durham Pie Company.

$80 for all-day pass (choose four classes)

Go to terravitafest.com for more information and to purchase tickets.

Ticketholders must be 21 or older.

TerraVita’s Seasoned in The South: A Tribute to Bill Smith @ Barn of Chapel Hill
Oct 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Bill Smith has cemented and expanded the Crook’s Corner legacy since 1993, preserving its classic dishes such as shrimp and grits, Mount Airy chocolate souffle cake and Hoppin’ John, while adding his own trademarks like house-cured eastern North Carolina corned ham, soft shell crabs, artichoke relish, honeysuckle sorbet and green peach salad.

Like Chapel Hill itself, Bill (a 50-year-resident) embodies both the traditions of the South – speaking often about the influence of his grandmothers’ and aunts’ cooking growing up in New Bern – and the open-mindedness of the area’s educated population, as he works outside of the kitchen to promote music, dance, literature and social justice.

While the late Bill Neal has been credited with giving Southern cuisine a strong national platform, Bill Smith has advanced it. At this familial dinner featuring surprise cameos, chefs who consider Bill Smith a mentor and a hero will honor him with courses served in a beautiful barn on the edge of Orange County. Evenings like this – and chefs like Bill Smith – don’t come around often.

Confirmed talent for this dinner includes:

– Cookbook author Sheri Castle
– Vivian Howard of A Chef’s Life and Chef & the Farmer in Kinston, NC
– Elizabeth Karmel of Girls at the Grill in New York City
– Sam McGann of The Blue Point in Duck, NC
– Matthew Register of Southern Smoke BBQ of NC in Garland, NC
– Chris Stewart of Glass Onion in Charleston, SC

Tickets: $120. Must be 21 or older.

Buy tickets at terravitafest.com

Oct
22
Sun
Chatham Marketplace Harvest Fest FUNdraiser @ Chatham Marketplace
Oct 22 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Chatham Marketplace, with the help of our wonderful owners and board, is throwing our first ever HARVEST FEST! Fall Fundraiser and we’re doing it BIG!!

Local Brewery Beer Garden- featuring Fullsteam Brewery, Foothills Brewing Co, Southern Pines Brewing Co, Haw River Farmhouse Ales, Ponysaurus, Bear Creek Brews, Duck Rabbit Brewery, Chatham Cider Works

Local Harvest Fest- featuring Firsthand Foods local bratwurst
LIVE MUSIC on a stage in the lawn- featuring Dave Smith & Tracy Lynn, Ozymandias, and The Unmentionables

We will have kids activities and a BOUNCE HOUSE!!
Purchase your tickets before Oct 1st for early bird pricing!!
https://harvestfesttickets.eventbrite.com

Nov
18
Sat
Holiday Open House – Cedar Creek Gallery @ Cedar Creek Gallery
Nov 18 @ 12:00 pm – Nov 19 @ 6:00 pm

Our holiday open house features a handmade holiday tree by John Martin, live music and of course photo ops with Santa Clause. We will also have over 500 handmade ornaments including the 2017 Snowflake Ornament made by a local North Carolina artist which will 100% benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC.

Dec
9
Sat
Chapel Hill – Carrboro Holiday Parade @ Downtown Chapel Hill
Dec 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Chapel Hill – Carrboro Holiday Parade will take place from 10am – 12noon on Saturday, Dec 9, 2017
A favorite Chapel Hill tradition, the annual parade showcases the rich diversity of our community. From marching bands to business leaders, youth groups, and creatively decorated floats, this event puts everyone in a festive mood. At 10am, the parade begins in front of Morehead Planetarium and progresses through Chapel Hill on Franklin Street, ending around noon at the Carrboro Town Hall. Music, live interviews, and commentators will be broadcast both on television and by live public address on the street. Don’t miss the elves, reindeer, candy canes and of course, Santa Claus riding his sleigh!