When you’re not at the N.C. State Fair getting your fried food and fun on, here’s a host of other happenings around town worth checking out.
N.C. State Fair
Answering all your fried, farm-y, freaky, family dreams — and more — nothing could be finer than the N.C. State Fair. Starting Thursday and running through Oct. 21, this year’s edition doesn’t disappoint. There will even be a man wrestling an alligator near Gate 1 and a Paul Bunyan lumberjack show at the N.C. Forest Services Area (read real-life lumberjacks throwing axes and log rolling). Oh, and do NOT miss the “crack-n-cheese” in the waffle cone (cone stuffed with mac-n-cheese and topped with turkey barbecue, slaw, ‘cue sauce and turkey cracklings) by Hickory Tree BBQ. See you there in stretchy pants!
Things that suck but are totally worth your time: “Dracula,” opening Oct. 11 by the Carolina Ballet, and running through Oct. 28 at Fletcher Opera Theater.
Get your shuckin’ and shaggin’ on at the 2018 Oyster Roast at the North Carolina State Capitol on Friday (7 to 11 p.m.) with proceeds going toward the restoration, preservation and conservation of the Capitol building. The last taste of summer includes live music from The EMbers, local brews, wine and plenty o’ eats, plus tons of oysters (raw and steamed), obv, with a silent auction to boot.
May the farce be with you. Kirby Derby is live for its 17th year, and second on Harvey Hill at Dorothea Dix Park on Saturday (3:05 to 9 p.m.), to include a kids comp of pinebox mini track racers, a parade, a soapbox derby, music, costumes and plenty of fam-friendly memories in the making.
Perhaps the mother of floral contemporary art, Georgia O’Keeffe’s legacy will be on view at the North Carolina Museum of Art with “The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art,” showcasing a range of her paintings and sculptures alongside works by emerging artists that expand upon O’Keeffe’s legacy. On view from Oct. 13 through Jan. 20.
Hill Ridge Farms
If you haven’t expanded your pumpkin love beyond your PSL, it’s time for a trek to Hill Ridge Farms for some pumpkin patch, hay rides and all kinds of farm fun. The 2018 Fall Harvest & Pumpkin Fest is ongoing through Nov. 4.
Food Truck Festival
Food truck fans, roll over to Brier Creek Saturday (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) for a fest featuring food trucks galore (50 plus!), live music and more.
Block partying for a cause is Blocktober Fest, a benefit for Dynamic Water, hosted by Little City Brewing and Provisions Co. Taking over the 400 block of W. North Street for the second annual installment, the “Little City Big Heart” event commemorates Little City’s anny by giving back. Co-hosts to include Dynamic Water for the carnival-style affair featuring live music all day (via the best local DJs), beer tent, food vendor, giveaways galore and so much more.