Jump in a pile of leaves, pick your pumpkins, head to a haunt and other fun fall events
By Kelli Rainer and Marie Muir
Farm Festivals and Markets
Sept. 11 and 18, 6 p.m.; Oct. 9, Oct. 16,
Nov. 13, Nov. 20 and Dec. 11, 5 p.m.
Dine with a miniature donkey named JoJo and the many goats at Elodie Farms (pictured above and below) in Rougemont. Tour the farm, visit with the animals and sit down for a five-course, locally sourced dinner prepared on-site by chef and farmer Ted Domville. Tickets are required, and dinners are BYOB.
9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily
Shop for your fall feast at the largest and oldest produce market in Durham. Paint your own pumpkin, peruse its wide selection of fruit, enjoy funnel cakes, candy apples and more.
HOLDER HILL FARM
Pick your own pumpkin, enjoy play areas, hay rides, walking trails and more this fall. Currently closed to the public, but operates a produce stand on the Sherron Road side of the farm, which is open throughout the week. Follow on Facebook or Instagram for updates.
BLACK FARMERS MARKET
Second Sundays, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
Support Black farmers and entrepreneurs in the north parking lot at Golden Belt Campus. Local vendors include Hawk’s Nest Healing Gardens, Bull City Confectionaries, D. Hughes Pottery and many more.
DURHAM FARMERS MARKET
Wednesdays, 3-6 p.m. and Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon
Shop a wide selection of locally grown flowers, produce, dairy, meat and more every Wednesday through October and Saturday through November at Durham Central Park.
DURHAM ROOTS FARMERS MARKET
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-noon
Fill up on farm goods in the NC Farm Bureau parking lot at 1901 Hillandale Rd. every Saturday this fall. Local vendors include Catawba Trail Farm, Toad Hill Farm, Grass Grazed and more.
SOUTH DURHAM FARMERS MARKET
Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon until mid-November, then 9 a.m.-noon
Tackle your grocery list at the market at 5410 N.C. Hwy. 55. Save the date for Bark at the Mark(et) on Oct. 9 to meet dog-friendly vendors and a Halloween party on Oct. 30 with pumpkin painting, trick-or-treating, a photo booth and more.
Friday, Oct. 15, 6-9 p.m.
Durham Parks & Recreation hosts an all-ages fall event at Edison Johnson Recreation Center. Wear your favorite spooky attire and enjoy carnival games, a costume parade and a haunted house. Consider bringing a few canned goods to contribute to the local food drive.
Saturday, Oct. 23, 3-6 p.m.
Canine residents and families can join DPR for an afternoon of family fun and food at Durham Central Park. Participate in a costume contest and games, sip on a brew in the beer garden, meet pet-friendly organizations and vendors, eat some tasty treats and more.
Friday, Oct. 29, 5:30-9 p.m.
Travel back in time at Duke Homestead State Historic Site. Explore the grounds and immerse yourself in folklore, spiritualism and technologies of the Victorian era. Bring the whole family for a Halloween experience designed not to scare but is full of surprises. Tickets are required.
TRUNK OR TREAT
Friday, Oct. 29, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Celebrate fall with the Holton Career & Resource Center staff for a fun-filled family event. Wear your costumes and go trick-or-treating among open trunks of cars displaying candy and decorations.
Sunday, Oct. 31, 6-9 p.m.
Come out to West Point on the Eno for this 32nd annual Halloween evening full of family fun that’s designed particularly for children ages 12 and younger complete with campfire stories and songs, hayrides, treats, crafts, games and face painting.
XTREME PARK ADVENTURES XTREME HAUNT
Dates/times to be announced.
This Halloween extravaganza features six main attractions that will put you in the center of the action. Immerse yourself in zombie hunts, a pitch-black maze, mock prison breaks and more.
More Fall Fun
Show your school spirit this fall and cheer on our hometown teams at Duke University’s Wallace Wade Stadium or North Carolina Central University’s O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium.
DURHAM CIDER CRAWL
Saturday, Sept. 18, noon-10 p.m.
Sip your way through the best ciders in the city. This is a “make your own adventure,” non-ticketed event in which you can pick and choose from 10 unique stops including Bull City Ciderworks, Honeygirl Meadery and The Oak House Durham. All locations, hours and details will be posted on the Facebook event page a few days before the crawl.
Saturday, Sept. 18, 1 p.m.
Attend Motorco Music Hall’s 11th annual event, complete with liters of Paulaner Oktoberfest bier, German food specials and live music by The Little German Band and Dancers.