‘Tis the season of pumpkin patches, fall festivals and spooky activities. Near and far, here’s where you can run a 5K, find a corn maze, take a cute pumpkin pic and fully immerse yourselves in the fun.
:: Gross Farms: There’s a corn maze and a pumpkin patch, but you can also find a giant tire tower and John Deere Pedal Kart racing. Open now through Nov. 3.
:: Kalawi Farm and Ben’s Ice Cream: Now through Nov. 3, get lost in a corn maze, take a hay ride, play in a giant pit of kernels — name a fall activity and you can probably find it here.
Local One-Time Events:
:: Oktoberfest in Pinehurst: On Oct. 26, kids can enjoy activities starting at 4p.m. at Tufts Memorial Park, and the beer-drinking fun begins at 6 p.m. with German brews, a stein-holding competition, stein relays and more.
:: Halloween Haunt: The streets of downtown Southern Pines are turning spooky on Oct. 27 for Halloween Haunt. Bring the kids and trick or treat with local businesses starting at 5 p.m., then head to Downtown Park for crafts and games.
:: Pinehurst Turkey Trot and Flapjack Fest: It’s all going down on Nov. 23, so you can’t use the excuse that it’s too hot outside to run. And honestly, who wouldn’t want to sign up for a race with the word flapjack in the name?
Events Worth a Day Trip:
:: Pumpkin Flotilla: Bring your carved pumpkin on Oct. 25 to Bond Park Lake and watch it float. The night scene is worth documenting, so make sure you tag us in your pictures.
:: Carolina Balloonfest in Statesville: Watch a sea of hot air balloons take flight, or take a ride in one, from Oct. 18-20.
:: Windy Hill Orchard: Pick your own apples, feast on apple cider donuts, watch apples be pressed into cider or take part in a hard cider tasting at this orchard in York, South Carolina.