Weekend at a Glance: Films, Fair Food and Festivals

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This weekend, get festive with fun fall activities for the family, or watch a number of virtual performances and newly released films

weekend events – PawsFest
Paws4ever hosts its annual festival PawsFest supporting rescued animals. Photo courtesy of Paws4ever

Compiled by Hannah Larson


Speed Stick
Cat’s Cradle hosts this group of unlikely friends for a livestream performance at 8 p.m. Laura King and Tom Simpson will bring a mix of improvisational music and exciting new beats.


Kevin Morby
Tune in for another livestreamed performance hosted by Cat’s Cradle at 9 p.m. for a solo performance by this singer-songwriter. Kevin releases new songs from his new album “Sundowner.” Purchase tickets in advance.


Chestnut Ridge Farm Pumpkin Patch
Every Saturday in October, Chestnut Ridge Farm opens its pumpkin patch and a whimsical Halloween-themed forest with bonfires and cute farm animals. Tickets must be purchased in advance as attendance will be limited.  

Haunted Barn at Firefly Farm
Firefly Farm hosts this spooky, family-friendly fun event, featuring a barn full of creepy haunted scenes, complete with spiders, aliens and clowns. Candy gift bags wait at the exit for every brave soul. After the tour of the haunted barn, visit miniature donkeys, horses and chickens. 

ZOOCRÜ Live at Cat’s Cradle
The Durham-based jazz/hip-hop fusion quintet performs on Cat’s Cradle’s livestream at 8 p.m. They blend all kinds of popular American genres into a sound best described as “Black American music.” All of the musicians are trained in jazz, however, they also use components from hip-hop, blues, rock and gospel. 


Pumpkin Carving, Harvest Festival 
Test out your pumpkin carving skills by reserving a table for your group at Sunrise Community Farm Center. After you finish your masterpiece, the center offers other fun festivities like riding a pony, feeding the chickens, s’mores by the bonfire and more.

Tarheel Antique Festival
Stop by The Barn at Lloyd’s Dairy for its biannual antiques festival, which was initially inspired by a visit from Mike Wolfe of “American Pickers,” on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. Vendors from across the country will show off their wares, and there will be free antique appraisals and on-site auctions.


‘It Can’t Happen Here’
A scrappy band of professional and community actors livestream a Zoom adaptation of Sinclair Lewis’s 1936 novel, “It Can’t Happen Here,” at 7 p.m. Hosted by Cat’s Cradle, the performance tells the story of a fascist takeover of the United States by an American president.

All Weekend

Film Fest 919 
For the rest of October on Wednesdays-Saturdays, watch newly released films at theaters throughout Chapel Hill. The festival, founded three years ago by Randi Emerman and Carol Marshall, showcases Academy-nominated films and offers opportunities to engage with filmmakers. Catch one of the 19 films screening this weekend at the drive-in at Carraway Village, The Green at Southern Village or Silverspot Cinema.

Mama Dip’s Kitchen is Cooking Up Classic State Fair Food
Since the N.C. State Fair was canceled this year, Mama Dip’s brings favorite fair classics to Rosemary Street all weekend from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Its kitchen offers corn dogs, fresh cut fries, roasted corn, funnel cake and several other tasty treats.

‘Haints’ Misbehaving Ghost Tour
Hosted by Haunted Hillsborough Tours, this two-hour, 1.25-mile walk focuses solely on local ghost tales and legends. Visit three haunted houses and hear seven other tales of mysterious, spectral happenings.

PawsFest 2020
The 15th annual festival, hosted by Paws4ever, supports rescued animals and helps them find their forever homes. The month-long event features a virtual fundraising walk, waived adoption fees, 50% off sales at the Paws4ever ReSale Store, free socially-distanced individual sessions at the Paws4ever Learning Center on Saturday and much more.

Carving Pumpkins with Goats at Spring Haven Farm
Enjoy fall-time fun at Spring Haven Farm, complete with train rides, spooky decorations, fall-themed snacks and a haunted maze. Pick your own pumpkin right from the patch, and carve it with the company of friendly goats. All tools are provided, including take-home bags for pumpkin seeds. This year pumpkin picking time slots (10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day) are limited, so get your ticket early! Friday-Sunday is sold out, but time slots for Thursday are still available.

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