North Carolina Whirligig Festival @ Downtown Wilson
Nov 4 – Nov 5 all-day

Wilson, N.C. hosts its annual North Carolina Whirligig Festival on November 4-5 in Historic Downtown Wilson. The popular family-friendly community arts festival, which set attendance records last year, happens annually the first weekend in November. The street festival celebrates the arts, specifically the whimsical, wind-driven whirligigs (giant sculptures made from recycled industrial parts by local folk-artist Vollis Simpson). Families can enjoy arts and crafts, three live entertainment stages, 200+ vendors, food and beverage including a beer garden, non-profit organizations, and the free Whirli-Kidz Zone. The City of Wilson also sponsors Touch-A-Truck (for kids ages 3+ to explore, climb and touch variety of city trucks and emergency response vehicles) and an Inspiration Station zone where kids of all ages can build and create alongside local artists.

This year’s festival coincides with the November 2 Grand Opening of the downtown Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, a one of a kind art park to celebrate its namesake and act as a home for his many creations.

Who: Wilson, N.C., with farming roots dating to 1849, is a vibrant community located in Eastern North Carolina, known for its hometown charm, thriving arts community, antiques, barbecue, and award-winning, revitalized downtown.

Where: The city of Wilson is 45-minutes east of Raleigh on U.S. Route 264. North Carolina Whirligig Festival is held in the heart of Historic Downtown Wilson along Nash, Tarboro, Goldsboro, South and Douglas Streets. Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park is located at 301 Goldsboro Street S., Wilson, N.C. 27893.

When: Saturday & Sunday, November 4-5, 2017 (rain or shine). Saturday, 10 am – 5 pm; Sunday, 12 noon – 5 pm. For schedule of events, parking or more information, visit or call Wilson Visitors Center at 800-497-7398.

Admission is free.

Repticon Raleigh Reptile & Exotic Animal Show @ North Carolina State Fairgrounds Scott Building
Nov 18 – Nov 19 all-day

Repticon Raleigh is a reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages, and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and frequent free raffles for coveted prizes. Exciting, educational, family-oriented fun for everyone!

Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm (VIP Entry at 9:00am)
Sunday: 10:00am-4:00pm (No VIP Early Entry)

Adults – $10, Children (5-12) – $5, Under 5 – Free
Visit our website for special offers on 2-day and VIP tickets

Durham Art Walk Holiday Market @ Downtown Durham
Nov 18 @ 10:00 am – Nov 19 @ 5:00 pm

The 2017 Durham Art Walk Holiday Market kicks off the holiday season with local art, music, food, and family activities at various locations in Durham’s historic downtown district. Durham Art Walk is produced and presented by the Durham Arts Council with support from many generous community sponsors. Be a part of this great community art event: shop, sponsor, volunteer! Start you Art Walk at the Durham Arts Council Building, 120 Morris Street. Saturday November 18, 10am-5pm, Sunday November 19, 1pm-5pm.

The Durham Art Walk Holiday Market @ Durham Arts Council
Nov 18 @ 10:00 am – Nov 19 @ 5:00 pm

Browse local artwork and start on your holiday shopping lists at this weekend-long event held by the Durham Arts Council. Featured artists are set up over several walkable sites including the Durham Armory and Vega Metals.

Holiday Open House – Cedar Creek Gallery @ Cedar Creek Gallery
Nov 18 @ 12:00 pm – Nov 19 @ 6:00 pm

Our holiday open house features a handmade holiday tree by John Martin, live music and of course photo ops with Santa Clause. We will also have over 500 handmade ornaments including the 2017 Snowflake Ornament made by a local North Carolina artist, which will 100% benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC.

Film Festival Series: To Life @ Levin JCC
Dec 12 @ 7:00 pm

An uplifting drama-romance bringing together two disparate wounded souls, To Life! tells of the growing bond between an aging Polish-born cabaret singer and a young German man driven by a secret.

To Life is part of the Film Festival Series at the Levin JCC. The Levin JCC and Israel Center invite you to bring your family and friends to screen films educating and celebrating Jewish and Israeli community, culture, and history. Each month, our Film Festival Series will feature a new or older movie that highlights the work of Jewish directors, actors, and screenwriters. Some films may not be suited for all ages.