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Must-See Events in North Carolina

Must-see events in North Carolina crop up in every season and city. While the State Fair brings together diverse communities in a celebration of all that makes the state special, if you look beyond this world-class happening, you'll begin to discover what North Carolina is all about. Ride the waves and listen to beach music on Carolina Beach and rock out to heavy-metal heavyweights at Rebellion Festival.

Events in North Carolina: Top Accommodations

House Holden Beach
Feb 21 - Feb 28
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$243
$143 per night
House ∙ 16 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

Beautiful House in Holden Beach with Wood-Burning Fireplace

3.5
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Holden Beach, Lockwoods Folly, North Carolina
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House Havelock
May 17 - May 24
$250 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Whole Vacation Home in Havelock with Grill, Patio & Yard

4.8
Outstanding (95 ratings)
Havelock, Craven County, North Carolina
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House Sunset Beach
Dec 21 - Dec 28
$180 per night
House ∙ 12 guests ∙ 4 bedrooms

House in Sunset Beach with Indoor Pool + Course Views

5.0
Outstanding (34 ratings)
Sunset Beach, Shallotte, North Carolina
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The Best Family-Friendly Events in North Carolina

The Best Family-Friendly Events in North Carolina

Round up the family for countryside or beachside adventure in North Carolina. Get ready for a bustling state fair, delicious treats, and groovy tunes.

  • 1. North Carolina State Fair

    Centered on the agricultural heritage of the state, this fair in Raleigh features a Folk Festival, Historic Village, Animal Ark, and garden show among its many attractions. Livestock competitions vie for your attention amid career counseling and firework displays. Children will be enthralled by the Grandstand Shows, a plethora of free entertainment and carnival rides, not to mention Kiddieland Fun Park.

  • 2. North Carolina Apple Festival

    Deep in North Carolina's Hendersonville, the state's Apple Festival tempts visitors much like the fruit did our Biblical ancestors. Responsible for its fiendish allure are a street fair and arts and crafts stalls, besides myriad apple-related edibles. The highlight of the festival is the King Apple Parade, which culminates at the Historic Courthouse on the town's charming Main Street. The festival also puts growers in touch with the local community, fostering sustainable living and local pride.

  • 3. Summer's Soundtrack

    Take the kids to Tiki Pier at Carolina Beach, where live music works together with sea, sand, and sunshine to produce blissful results. Surf bands draw fans of beach music like wave riders to a roller. The pier itself bobs along with the rhythm of the dancers, which can make it feel a little like bobbing about on the ocean.

Best Places to Stay for Events in North Carolina

House Biltmore Hills
Jul 11 - Jul 18
$177 per night
House ∙ 10 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Beautiful House in Biltmore Hills with Yard

4.8
Outstanding (14 ratings)
Biltmore Hills, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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Cottage Northwest Raleigh
Jul 11 - Jul 18
-30%
$593
$418 per night
Cottage ∙ 11 guests ∙ 5 bedrooms

Cottage in Northwest Raleigh with Open Fireplace

5.0
Outstanding (58 ratings)
Northwest Raleigh, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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House Southeast Raleigh
Aug 3 - Aug 10
-19%
$126
$102 per night
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Lovely House in Southeast Raleigh with Private Patio

4.8
Outstanding (4 ratings)
Southeast Raleigh, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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The Best Outdoor Events in North Carolina

The Best Outdoor Events in North Carolina

Venture down the rabbit hole of the state's must-see events a little further, and North Carolina will begin to show you what it's all about. Expect gigs in green hills and cityscapes with a welcoming atmosphere.

  • 1. Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival

    Every spring and fall, thousands of music fans congregate at Silk Hope. Situated on an idyllic 75-acre farm, the festival takes place over the course of four days. Kids' activities, dance workshops, and instrument making are among the alternative attractions at this unique festival that will entertain your entire family.

  • 2. Music in the Gardens

    Durham's contribution to North Carolina's outdoor festival scene takes place on Wednesday evenings throughout June and July. Concerts are held on the lawn adjacent the Doris Duke Center, providing the ideal opportunity to gather and enjoy live music in a serene natural setting.

  • 3. Sundown in Downtown

    In contrast with the pastoral vibes of North Carolina's other outdoor festivals, Benson's version takes place in the heart of the city. This way, should the weather turn, the show will go on in a comfortable indoor venue. Local performers draw crowds from across the state to this summer crowdpleaser.

  • 4. Alive After 5

    Charlotte's outdoor event heralds the beginning of summer. Located on a rooftop terrace in town, this concert offers plenty of live music, grilling, and drinking in the beer and wine garden. Grab a wristband and move freely between all the EpiCentre bars without having to pay entry. The festival runs every Thursday throughout August.

Recommended Accommodations for Events in North Carolina

House Carolina Beach
Dec 1 - Dec 8
-65%
$310
$108 per night
House ∙ 8 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Wonderful House in Carolina Beach with Grill

Carolina Beach, Federal Point, North Carolina
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House Holden Beach
Dec 3 - Dec 10
-64%
$323
$116 per night
House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Vacation Home in Holden Beach with Yard & Patio

4.5
Excellent (54 ratings)
Holden Beach, Lockwoods Folly, North Carolina
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House Tuckasegee
Sep 7 - Sep 14
$424 per night
House ∙ 10 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Whole Vacation Home in Tuckasegee with Pool & Patio + Mountain Views

5.0
Outstanding (45 ratings)
Tuckasegee, River, North Carolina
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The Best Music Events in North Carolina

The Best Music Events in North Carolina

You'll soon discover that North Carolina's music festival schedule is virtually endless. Here's where to start.

  • 1. Hopscotch Music Festival

    Raleigh's three-day music festival is another pleasing jam between the musical and visual arts. SiteWork, for instance, is a local artist group developing the cultural and conceptual landscape of the city, and POSTERscotch sees local artists sell handmade posters. Meanwhile, various record labels and promoters organize parties throughout the festival. The final string to the festival's bow is its design component, which brings together designers working in all fields.

  • 2. MerleFest

    Hosted by Grammy winner Don Watson in honor of his son Eddy Merle Watson, this annual music festival still draws hordes of traditional music fans to Wilkesboro. Genres span blues, folk, Cajun, and Celtic, and the festival is famous for unlikely onstage jams such as the Grateful Dead performing with Sam Bush. Famous headliners have included Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, and Elvis Costello, to name but a few.

  • 3. Carolina Rebellion

    North Carolina's premier rock and heavy metal festival has seen such headliners as Skillet, Korn, Papa Roach, The Deathtones, Marilyn Manson, and Lynyrd Skynyrd. You'll find that even the backup acts are a who's who of the genre, making this festival a must for metal fans hailing from far beyond the state periphery.

Top Offers for Events in North Carolina

House Holden Beach
Mar 22 - Mar 29
-43%
$200
$114 per night
House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

House in Holden Beach with Yard & Patio

4.5
Excellent (54 ratings)
Holden Beach, Lockwoods Folly, North Carolina
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Maisonette Holden Beach
Feb 21 - Feb 28
-31%
$109
$75 per night
Maisonette ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms

Duplex in Holden Beach with Patio & Yard

3.6
Good (44 ratings)
Holden Beach, Lockwoods Folly, North Carolina
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House Havelock
May 17 - May 24
$250 per night
House ∙ 6 guests ∙ 3 bedrooms

Whole Vacation Home in Havelock with Grill, Patio & Yard

4.8
Outstanding (95 ratings)
Havelock, Craven County, North Carolina
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Information about Must-See Events in North Carolina

📏 Average home size 211 m²
🥳 Busiest month January
🛏️ Popular home types Condo and House rental
🌡️ Hottest months 90 °F in July and June
❄️ Coldest months 32 °F in February and January
🌧️ Rainiest months July and January

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Must-See Events in North Carolina: What is the cost per night?

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Must-See Events in North Carolina: are there many vacation rentals available for a group?

Usually the size of a House rental is 211 m² and can fit 9 guests on average which is ideal for large groups.

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