Things to Do: October 2022

Cary Diwali Celebration

1. The Diwali Celebration, India’s most widely celebrated religious and cultural event, is returning to Cary, featuring music, dance, performances, a handicraft bazaar, Indian food vendors, art and cultural exhibits, children’s activities, and much more! Saturday, Oct. 8, 10 a.m.–10 p.m.; Koka Booth Amphitheatre.

NC State Fair

2. The NC State Fair (and all of its fried deliciousness) is coming back to town! This 11-day event has it all — rides and games, livestock shows, blue ribbon competitions, grandstand shows, live music, fair food, and many other family-friendly attractions. Oct. 13–23; NC State Fairgrounds.

3. Don’t miss Falling for Local at Dorothea Dix Park, presented in partnership by The City of Raleigh, Dix Park Conservancy, and Shop Local Raleigh. This fall-themed festival has a bit of everything — live music, local makers and vendors, beer tents, food trucks, activities, inflatables, hayrides, and a free pumpkin patch with 1,000 pumpkins! Saturday, Oct. 15, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; The Big Field at Dix Park.


4. It’s wine o’clock at the North Carolina Wine Festival, where the grape tour continues! Taste more than 100 different varieties of NC wines from sweet to dry while enjoying food vendors, live music, and treasure-filled exhibitor tents. Saturday, Oct. 15; Koka Booth Amphitheatre.

5. Celebrate spooky season at Cary Theater’s Seventh Annual Zombiepalooza, a free outdoor screening party featuring zombie films made by the community with all types of cameras, including smartphones! Costumes are encouraged. Friday, Oct. 28; The Cary Theater.

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