August 24, 2016
With the start of traditional schools around the corner, it can only mean one thing: the summer fun is almost over. *insert tears*
But, fret not, with the end of summer, comes the great things the Fall brings: hoodies, hay rides, and hot cocoa. And, let's not forget Fall Festivals!
In many cases, schools and churches have their own little festivals to start off their year and to usher in the Fall. But, let's not forget all the big festivals coming up!
1. 4th Friday - We all loved the great happenings downtown during the summer. But, the fun doesn't end because it is Fall! 4th Friday continues all the way through the fall, to include the local favorite, "A Dickens Holiday". What's great is the event is free!
2. Cumberland County Fair (Sept 9-18) - Who doesn't love a good fair? Well, Cumberland County has their two-week long shin-dig right on down at the Crown Coliseum. Visitors can enjoy the rides and see prize-winning livestock. Admission is $7, but check out the week night specials for extra discounts.
3. International Folk Festival (Sept 23-25) - Each year, the International Folk Festival breaks records for attendance. But, who could resist the parade of different cultures (and foods)! The weekend long event is free, but the experienced festival-goer knows to bring extra money to sample all of the delicious foods.
4. NC State Fair (Oct 13-23) - Need some more fair action? Well head out to Raleigh, NC to see the NC State Fair! Only an 1.5 hour drive from Fayetteville, the NC State Fair has everything from around the state that you need and much more! Tickets are $10, but there are also discounts for through out the week.
5. Ole Mill Days in Hope Mills (Oct 15) - Hope Mills has always been the embodiment of small town, so there is nothing better than the small town feel of Ole Mill Days. The event is free, making it all the more better.
6. Dogwood Fall Festival (Oct 27-29) - What's better than one Dogwood Festivals? Two! By the time the Dogwood Fall Festival comes around, Fall is in full swing with pumpkins and hayrides. So, the Festival should be no different! While the Festival itself is free, extras like hayrides and haunted tours are extra.
Many say that there is nothing going on in Fayetteville. But, that is always far from the truth. In addition to these huge festivals, there are always many others celebrating the end of summer. If you know of any others, list them below!