Things to Do: October 2023

1. Cure what ales you at Triangle Oktoberfest, the largest and most authentic German festival in NC with something for everyone — live music, German food, a KinderPlatz zone (kids area), Schlagen-Hammer (hammer-striking) competitions, the Mr. and Mrs. Oktoberfest contest, and (or course) beer. Friday, Oct. 6, and Saturday, Oct. 7. Koka Booth Amphitheatre.

2. 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. 14, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Koka Booth Amphitheatre.

Photographed by Jonathan Fredin

3. The NC State Fair 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. 12–22. NC State Fairgrounds.

Photographed by Jonathan Fredin

4. Sip back and relax at the North Carolina Wine Festival, featuring local North Carolina wineries, artisans, music, food, and fun! Taste more than 100 different varieties of NC wines, from sweet to dry. Saturday, Oct. 28. Koka Booth Amphitheatre.

5. Celebrate spooky season at Cary Theater’s Eighth Annual Zombiepalooza, a Zombie short film competition open to North Carolina filmmakers and residents of all ages and skill levels. Costumes are encouraged! Sunday, Oct. 20. The Cary Theater.


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