Now that the heat of summer has waned and the cool air of autumn has found the Triangle, we’ve found a myriad of events and activities nearby our Ryan’s Crossing community to get you in the spirit of fall! This is the best time of year to explore the handmade crafts, heritage, and history of our historical town of Pittsboro. We invite you to experience some of our seasonal community gatherings and festivals that proudly showcase our rich southern roots.
First is the Huckleberry Trail Farm Festival. Starting on October 9th, and running for the remainder of the month, this year’s festival marks the 10-year anniversary of Huckleberry Trail Farm in Siler City. Hayrides are a southern fall tradition and not to be missed. Jump on the tractor-pulled hayride for some great photographs on the way down to the pumpkin patch. This is the perfect opportunity to pick out your pumpkins for carving or decorating, as you can take your pick right off the vine! A special scavenger hunt is scheduled for Education Day on October 29th. The farm also has a fun corn maze, cotton patch, and its very own Field of Dreams. Huckleberry Trail Farm has worked hard to make this an accessible, spectrum-friendly venue to encourage everyone in the family to attend. Admission tickets are available for purchase online, and the festival is open on the weekends (Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.). Refreshments, fall decorations, and merchandise will be available for purchase.
Second, discover For Garden’s Sake (FGS). This nursery and landscaper offers an array of workshops, classes, and live music sessions suitable for every generation at their gorgeous venue off Hwy 751. Beginning Thursday, October 14th, its garden center offers several hands-on learning opportunities: Fall Floral Arrangements, Container Garden Workshop, Preparing Your Houseplants for Winter, and How to Create ‘Spooky’ Floral Arrangements. FGS even hosts a Costume Party complete with food, music, and games. Plenty of yard games such as cornhole, lawn Jenga and Yatzee, horseshoes and tic-tac-toe will keep you hanging around and having a great time. One of the best workshops for your little ones to check out will be on Saturday, October 30th, where children ages 6 and up can learn the basics of seed propagation and planting. FGS has goats, a fall-decorated vintage truck (great for photo-ops!), and Potting Shed for refreshments (including mimosas!). Check out the Pittsboro-Siler City Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Event Page for details on dates and times.
We highly suggest that you and your family head downtown on October 30th for the Pittsboro Fall Street Fair. This annual festival is held on the last Saturday of October and showcases local creativity with food vendors, performers and musicians, craft merchants, and handmade goods. There will be over 140 vendors/booths this year, and every year includes fun children’s entertainment and games to join. From 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., along the downtown streets of Salisbury, Hanks, and Fayetteville Streets, this free event will be another spectacular outing to peruse the traditional and locally crafted southern home wares of Chatham County on your search for holiday gifts.
Once October draws to a close, and before the hectic Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays arrive, make a quick outing to nearby MOSAIC for last-minute gift shopping. One of the MOSAIC Comes Alive events was postponed to November due to inclement weather. On Saturday, November 13th guests will find an array of locally produced handicrafts and goods including delectable eats and drinks, live music from renowned Counterclockwise String Band, and plenty of good times!