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The best time to be in North Carolina is during the fall, and October means it is finally here! As we patiently wait for the leaves to begin to change, here is where you will find us this month enjoying the cooler weather:

Fall Menus: with the new season comes new fall menus in Herons! With fresh flavors and new ingredients from over 14 local farms, including our own One Oak Farm, we can’t wait to see what Chef Steven has been cooking up. For reservations and menus, visit us here.

Oktoberfest: Starting off the month, we are heading to the Kokabooth Amphitheater on October 6th and 7th for Oktoberfest! There will be live entertainment, wiener dog races, Bavarian food, contests, and of course German beer, all going to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. For ticket information and other details, click here.

The North Carolina State Fair: We are going to the fairgrounds October 12th through 22nd for the annual N.C. State Fair. This annual event brings in visitors from all over, including locals, to try the array of deep fried foods, games, rides, music and shows. Open daily, tickets can be purchased here.

Birth of the Bird: The Umstead Gift Shop is delighted to present The Birth of the Bird by Oiva Toikka for Iittala beginning on October 14th. Discover how these amazing glass birds are created by artisans in Helsinki, Finland. Beginning as a mere piece of molten glass, these nature inspired creations are delicately hand crafted through a 7 stage process. This unique display will be available for viewing in The Gift Shop until November 18th. Information available here.

Diwali Festival 2017: the 17th annual Diwali Festival or Festival of Lights, is being held at Kokabooth Amphitheater on October 14th as well. This sensory experience is a widely celebrated religious and cultural event in India, and will feature music, dance, a handicraft bazaar, food vendors, art, and more. More information can be found here.

International Festival: Head to downtown Raleigh October 20th through October 22nd for the 32nd annual International Festival. With live performances, food, a bazaar, cooking workshops, and a children’s corner, there is something for everyone. For tickets and more information click here.

Halloween at Hogwarts: The top most visited attraction is the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and we love their adult nights events! This month, step through platform 9 ¾ on October 27th for their Harry Potter Halloween event. Drink butterbeer, walk through the Forbidden Forest, and enjoy music, games, and drinks afterhours at the museum. Event information and tickets available here.

For more events and other ways to live like the locals do, speak with our Concierge at 919-447-4030.

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