101 North Carolina Festivals: September
Smoky Mountain Folk Festival
Lake Junaluska | lakejunaluska.com
Held each Labor Day weekend, this festival has offered traditional music and dance of the Southern Appalachian Region for nearly half a century.
Ayden Collard Festival
Ayden | aydencollardfestival.com
This four-day event, which got its start in 1975, has been estimated to draw 15,000 visitors to celebrate the healthy greens its named for.
Bluegrass Island Festival
Manteo | bluegrassisland.com
Blue Skies, Blue Water, Bluegrass! More information and next year's line-up available at the festival's website.
Day at the Docks
Sponsored by Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative
Hatteras | hatterasonmymind.com
This dockside festival was started to celebrate the "Spirit of Hatteras" when the village recovered from Hurricane Isabel in 2003. The event remains a confirmation of the strength of community, heritage and living traditions of the waterman.
Dublin Peanut Festival
Sponsored by Four County EMC
Dublin | dublinpeanutfestival.com
This festival takes us back in time to show the early years of peanut harvesting from horses and plows, to peanut stacks and to tractors and mechanical peanut pickers of today. The Festival includes a peanut cook-off contest and each entry must include peanuts. Cash prizes are given to these winners. We have for sale roasted, salted in the shell and freshly boiled peanuts. The students of Dublin Elementary School create our festival T-shirt graphics each year.
Engelhard Seafood Festival
Sponsored by Tideland EMC
Engelhard Seafood Festival on Facebook
To honor all our local fishermen who have worked long, hard and dangerous hours to bring North Carolina Seafood to the tables of families near and far.
Festival of Books and Authors
Winston-Salem | bookmarksnc.org
Featuring 45+ authors, plus readings, book signings, panels, exhibitors, family-friendly area.
Read more about the Festival of Books and Authors, as covered by Carolina Country!
Sponsored by Piedmont Electric
Hillsborough | hogday.org
Orange County's largest and longest running festival. Enjoy local bands, fun contests & games, and our original BBQ cook-off contest featuring veteran cooking teams!Hog Day will be hosted at the Riverpark in downtown Hillsborough, NC.
Muscadine Harvest Festival
Sponsored by Four County EMC & Tri-County EMC
Kenansville | ncmuscadinefestival.com
Join us in celebrating the heritage of the NC state fruit, the Muscadine Grape!
National Folk Festival
Greensboro | nationalfolkfestival.com
A Great American Festival Comes to North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad. Make your plans now to join us in the heartland of North Carolina for The National Folk Festival—one of America’s largest, most prestigious, and longest-running celebrations of arts, culture, and heritage. Best of all, this three-day celebration is FREE! No tickets needed!
NC Fall Festival
Sponsored by Lumbee River EMC
Raeford | Facebook @ncfallfestival
Formerly the NC Turkey Festival, this event has expanded to celebrate the coming of fall in Raeford and Hoke counties.
NC Honey Festival
Sponsored by Brunswick Electric
Whiteville | nchoneyfestival.com
The mission of the North Carolina Honey Festival is to highlight the significance of bees in our environment, celebrate honey and honey products, encourage bee-friendly practices, and promote beekeeping in all of North Carolina’s regions. Look forward to a fun-filled day of bee exhibits, food, honeybee product vendors, and community fellowship.
NC Spot Festival
Sponsored by Four County EMC
Hampstead | ncspotfestival.com
Proceeds from the festival are divvied up between the fire department and the five “Topsail” schools in the Pender County school system. Every year the festival is filled with– live music, scholarship pageantry, arts, and crafts, lots of stuff for the kids to do, plus, of course, those delicious spot, fried just right by Hampstead Fire Department fire men and women. The Spot Festival is one of the most important events in Hampstead, it brings thousands of visitors to our community every year.
North Carolina Apple Festival
Hendersonville | ncapplefestival.org
For more than 70 years, the lure of freshly picked apples has called festival-goers to this event at and around Hendersonville’s historic courthouse.
North Carolina Hot Sauce Contest
Oxford | nchotsaucecontest.com
The NC Hot Sauce Contest brings thousands of people to downtown Oxford to interact with friends, merchants, fans, artisans and vendors. North Carolina’s finest hot sauces and barbeque sauces, along with breweries and wineries spice up the blends and texture of downtown’s historical streets. Enter the NC Pepper Eating Contest sponsored by Bailey Farms. Capture all the history of Oxford by visiting the Granville County Museum and their September Sensations Bazaar at the Harris Exhibit Hall, famous for showcasing local artisans. Activities for children, local shops waiting to greet you and great restaurants.
Sweet Potato Festival
Rockford | rockfordgeneralstore.com
Enjoy sweet potato pies, sweet potato sonker, cakes, drinks & coffee, fried pies, roll-ups, country ham biscuits, chicken stew, pintos & cornbread and more great food.
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