Here are 10 things to do this weekend

The Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park in Wilson. The Whirligig Festival is this weekend.Travis Long

The ghostly ghoulish days of Halloween are (mostly) behind us. Leaves crunch underfoot. The air is crisper. Sweater weather is upon us. And plenty of fall fun abounds around town, from farm animal costume parades (hence, “mostly”) to holiday open houses — and even a sausagefest to boot.

Fall Festival and Farm Animal Costume Parad

Nothing puts the icing on your Halloween week cake like a Fall Festival and Farm Animal Costume Parade (Sun., noon to 5 p.m.) at Old Mill Farm in Durham.

Holiday Open House

For those that start celebrating the holidays the day after Halloween, post up at Vintage Home South in Durham for the weekend-long Holiday Open House – Sip, Snack, Shop & Save holiday mixer for the best local wares and fare of the season.

Dia de los Muertos

Extend your Halloween love into a Day of the Dead celebration at Neuse River Brewing Company’s fourth annual Dia de los Muertos (Sat., 2 p.m.) featuring special beer releases, El Molcajete food truck, live music (3 to 6 p.m.), kids activities and a special edition Dia de los Muertos glass. Bottoms up!

Bob Dylan and His Band

The Voice of a Generation Bob Dylan and His Band will take stage at DPAC Saturday for a can’t-miss concert.

City of Oaks Marathon

Whether you’re running, rooting or just staging a rockin’ avoidance game, Sunday sees 4,000-plus pound the pavement for the 2018 12th annual installation of the City of Oaks full and half marathon and 10K races. Game on.


In the famed words of Joel McHale… Sooooo meaty. Meat lovers meet your paradise at the Bull City’s second Sausagefest (Sun., noon to 3 p.m.) at The Rickhouse. Back by popular demand, the meat market invites you to taste and stock up on locally crafted sausages from your fave restos and butchers.

Fall Fireside Dinner

Feast on the flavors of fall with an alfresco Fall Fireside Dinner hosted by Edwards Mill Bar & Grill (Sat., 5:30 p.m.). The communal patio supper by the fire pit, and underneath string lights, will offer a charcuterie salad, Hatteras clam chowder alongside a cider mule, coq au vin with mulled red win, and s’mores paired with boozy hot cocoa.

The NY Cat Film Festival

Whether you spend your day posting Angry Cat memes or fancy yourself the quintessential cat lady (or dude), the first annual NY Cat Film Festival gives you the chance to explore the fascinating felines we share our lives with via the likes of “Nobody Owns a Cat” and “Pure Fluff.” The fest takes place at The Cary Theater Friday (times vary).

Whirligig Festival

Pop over to Wilson for the 14th annual North Carolina Whirligig Festival this weekend with 50K of your closests friends for fun across four stages, 200-plus vendors, arts & crafts, special events and a free whirli-kidz zone.

“The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe”

Journey to the land of Narnia via Raleigh Little Theatre’s staging of “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” (times vary).


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