7 Things to Do in Wake Forest In October

7 Things to do in Wake Forest This Month

After almost two years of Covid, Wake Forest and North Carolina are opening up several fun events to enjoy during the month of October! This list offers indoor, outdoor, and virtual events. We hope this encourages you to make time to step away from the daily rhythms of life and have fun this fall. Many of these events can be done with a group, family, or alone. There are ways to meet neighbors in your community or reconnect with family and friends. We hope that these events spark joy in your month!


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Halloween Boo Bash

While Halloween is observed on October 31st, Wake Forest is celebrating on October 21st from 4:30pm to 7:30pm at E Carroll Joyner Park! This is a free family event. Costumes are optional at this event thrown by the Town of Wake Forest. It is a chance to meet individuals in the community and enjoy family time!

Wake County Public Libraries’ Event: Things That Go Bump

On October 25th and October 27th The Wake County Public Library is offering a virtual event to recommend adult stories and upcoming events. If you are a reader, this event is a great resource to connect to the library in your area. Stories wrap us in and give a brief escape from the chaos around us! 

 NC State Fair

Wake Forest is only 40 minutes from the North Carolina Fairgrounds. The North Carolina State Fair is back this year, from October 14th-October 24th! Go enjoy the rides, games, food, and attractions that the NC State Fair offers. This is a great way to make memories and have fun, or start a new tradition!

Hill Ridge Farms: Fall Pumpkin Festival

October is the month of the Fall Pumpkin Festival at Hill Ridge Farms. Guests receive a free pumpkin with admission. Go enjoy Hayrides, the Hay Jump, Jumping Pillow, The Giant Mountain Slide, Colorful Maze, Jump Pad, Corn House, and play areas. This fall fun is something you don’t want to miss out on!  

Tractor’s Corn Maze

Tractor’s Corn Maze offers hay rides, a real pumpkin patch, and 8 acre corn maze! On Saturday Night they have Corn Maze After Dark. Tractor’s Corn Maze is traditional October fun. It is an outdoor event that is fun for all ages! 

Strike and Barrel Bowling

Bowling is back. Strike and Barrel is a great bowling venue in downtown Wake Forest. They offer bowling, food, drinks, and a huge arcade. Bowling is a fun date night to enjoy a fun outing with your partner, as well as a great spot for a group gathering or family fun! Enjoy the sport and the people you are with!   

Horseshoe Farms

In the midst of a busy season, visit Horseshoe Farms Nature Preserve. The preserve has 146 acres and 2 great natural surface trails to explore. It also has a connector trail to the greenway along the Neuse river. October is a great month to soak up the changing leaves and slow down outdoors. 

We hope you and your family have a great fall season! Please let us know if any our Wake Forest counselors can help you this season!