Weekend at a Glance: Festifall, Freedom Fund Banquet and Festivals

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Spend your weekend engaging in fall festivities around town, from a corn maze to a pumpkin patch and multiple craft markets

weekend antique festival
Stop by the Tarheel Antique Festival this weekend to shop for hidden treasures.

Compiled by Eloise Rich


Visiting Artist Lecture
Join Abraham O. Oghobase as he shares his photography exhibit called Land/Min(e)dscapes as part of the Click! Photography Festival. The gallery can be viewed at UNC through the end of the month, while the lecture takes place via Zoom beginning at 7 p.m. Registration is recommended.

Author Talk
UNC professor in the department of African, African-American and Diaspora Studies Claude Clegg III shares his narrative history of Obama’s presidency, “The Black President.” The event will be both live-streamed and in-person at Flyleaf Books. Reservation is encouraged for in-person attendees.


Heather Evans Smith Exhibit
The Horace Williams House hosts “Alterations,” Heather Evans Smith’s collection of photographs focused on the tools of trade such as sewing needs, buttons and spools. The work, inspired by Heather’s grandmother, is on exhibition through the end of November. To view the exhibit in-person, an appointment must be made in advance.

McKee’s Corn Maze
Spend the day getting “corn-fused” in this 12-acre maze at Cedar Creek Farm and Landscaping, then enjoy a hayride and play with the farm animals. The maze is open from 3 to 8 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and 1 to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are required.


Movies by Starlight
Head to The Lumina Theater at Southern Village for a drive-in movie. Choose from a showing of “Inside Out” on Friday at 8:30 p.m. or “Clueless” on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are required. 

West End Poetry Festival
The 16th annual festival features readings from poets and celebrates various poetic styles. Poets are invited to engage with audiences and share in the reading, writing and listening of poetry. On Friday, Crystal Simone Smith hosts a poetry workshop over Zoom from 7 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday features readings at the Carrboro Town Commons from 3 to 6:45 p.m.


Live Music at Epilogue
Browse the bookshelves and enjoy a sweet treat at Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews while modern folk artist Andrew Kasab provides live tunes from 6 to 8 p.m.

Carolina Basketball Late Night
To kickoff the Tar Heel men’s and women’s basketball season and celebrate Hubert Davis’ first year leading the men’s program, the teams will make their debut at the Dean E. Smith Center joined by emcee Brian “B-Daht” McLaughlin. The teams will take the court for a three-pointer shoot-out before splitting up for scrimmages. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the event begins at 7:30 p.m.

The Connells Concert
The North Carolina indie rock band that formed at UNC return to old stomping grounds to perform live at Cat’s Cradle. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door.

The Straight 8s
The rockabilly and swing trio play a live concert at Yonder Southern Cocktails & Brew from 8 to 11 p.m.

Chapel Hill’s annual festival returns for several dates in autumn, featuring dozens of local artists and craftspeople selling their works. This installment, taking place on Henderson Street from 4 to 8 p.m., will feature a performance from StoryUp! Aerial Theater, poetry from the Poetry Fox, music from Clark Blomquist and more. Don’t forget to stop by Maple View Farm Ice Cream’s truck. 


Oktoberfestiversary at Craftboro
Celebrate Oktoberfest and the brewery’s second anniversary, along with a special beer release, beginning at noon. Entertainment is provided by The Little German Band and Dancers from 1 to 4 p.m. accompanied by eats from The Flying Pierogi Food Truck.

Pumpkin Patch at Chestnut Ridge
Spend the morning at Chestnut Ridge Camp and Retreat Center with animals, a hayride and pumpkins from 9 a.m. to noon. Tickets are required.


Tarheel Antique Festival
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the festival will offer dozens of antique vendors, antique appraisals and on-site auctions. Tickets can be purchased upon arrival.

Halloween at 1870 Farm
Begin Halloween festivities with family-friendly fun on the farm, including animals in costume, trick-or-treating and pumpkin decorating. Tickets for 2-hour time slots, starting from 10 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., are required and costumes are encouraged!

“Something Rotten”
Stone Soup Theatre Co. performs this Renaissance-era musical farce at The Forest Theatre at 3 p.m. each day. Tickets must be purchased in advance.


The Bazaar Craft and Art Market
Join local craftspeople at this market, organized by High Street Design, from noon to 5 p.m at the Carrboro Town Commons. Shop from local artists and enjoy vendors including Carrboro Coffee Roasters, Vegan Ice Cream Man and Yee Haw Doughnuts, and live music.

NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP hosts the annual banquet virtually and in-person at The Drive-in at Carraway Village, joined by keynote speaker Nsé Ufot and host Creighton P. Blackwell. The fundraiser, starting at 7 p.m. benefits the NAACP’s work to ensure equality of rights and support racially just, equitable communities. An optional dinner is provided, and tickets are required.

Littober Fest at Local 506
DJ Kyng Rash hosts this costume party and hip-hop show, including a costume contest with a prize. Tickets are required, and doors open at 7 p.m. for the event that starts at 8 p.m.

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