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30 Triangle Must-Dos in 30 Days This Fall
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Whether you're brand new to the Triangle or you've been here for ages, there are certain things around town that you just shouldn't miss. We've rounded up a list of 30 fall must-do experiences to give you a taste of all the Triangle has to offer in just 30 days. What are you waiting for? Get out there and start exploring!

30 Must-Dos
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Try Beasley's Famous Chicken & Waffles
$, Beasley's Chicken and Honey, Raleigh

Fall is the perfect time to warm your belly with the famous chicken and waffles at Beasley's. Don't be ashamed if you eat the whole thing.

This experience has 152 bookmarks and 2595 views.
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Cheer for the North Carolina FC
-, WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary

Soccer—one of the most popular sports in the Triangle! Get your own local fix of the worldwide craze with the North Carolina FC at Wake Med Soccer Park.

This experience has 207 bookmarks and 2867 views.
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Reconnect With Nature at Falls Lake
Free, Falls Lake State Recreation Area, Wake Forest

Falls Lake is a nature lovers dream located in North Raleigh. There are five swim beaches in the recreation area as well as boating ramps, picnic shelters, camp sites, mountain biking trails and more!

This experience has 64 bookmarks and 226 views.
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Local Escape: Bask in the Glory of the Eno
Free, Eno River State Park, Durham

Minutes from Durham and Chapel Hill, the Eno River State Park offers secluded wilderness trails with the serenity and sounds of the river. Before it gets cold, take a break from civilization and march into the wild.

This experience has 3964 bookmarks and 21734 views.
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Gaze at Fall Flora and Fauna at William B. Umstead State Park
Free, William B. Umstead State Park, Raleigh

Tucked away behind the RDU airport is a beautiful park where you can spend hours getting lost in nature. Explore over five-thousand and a half acres via the extensive network of hiking and multi-use trails.

This experience has 1437 bookmarks and 6990 views.
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Find Cash-Only Carolina BBQ in DTR
$, Clyde Cooper's Barbeque, Raleigh

This gem in downtown Raleigh has been cookin' up Carolina-style BBQ since 1938. Pull up a chair for a classic, no-frills meal. Cash only!

This experience has 124 bookmarks and 1005 views.
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Watch 'Em Shuck at 42nd Street Oyster Bar
$$, 42nd Street Oyster Bar, Raleigh

September's chilly weather kicks off oyster season and 42nd Street, a casual raw bar and seafood restaurant has a long history of serving up the best in town. Originally a grocery selling oysters and draft beer, it now offers a delectable menu and live music.

This experience has 34 bookmarks and 195 views.

Durham's Pit offers delicious whole hog BBQ with a view—grab a seat and grub out on the patio before it gets chilly!

This experience has 114 bookmarks and 1188 views.
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Grab Dinner Off the Belt at Rockin' Rolls Sushi Express
$$, Rockin' Rolls Sushi Express, Durham

Get ready to have your concept of sushi rocked. Not only is everything at Rockin' Rolls Sushi Express all-you-can-eat, but it's all delivered to you via rotating conveyor belt.

This experience has 185 bookmarks and 38755 views.
Taste Fall Flavors at the Durham Farmers' Market
$, The Durham Farmers' Market, Durham
Wed December 13, 3:00p - 6:00p

Savor local flavor, celebrate the seasons and support local farmers at the Durham Farmers' Market. Join the locavore revolution!

This experience has 475 bookmarks and 3091 views.
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See Your Favorite Show at DPAC
-, Durham Performing Arts Center, Durham

One of the best performing arts venues anywhere, DPAC is the Triangle’s award-winning home of superstar entertainment!

This experience has 166 bookmarks and 2513 views.
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Go on a Haunted Tour of Durham
$19, Tyler's Restaurant & Taproom, Durham
Fri December 15, 7:30p - 10:00p

Go on a haunted tour of Downtown Durham and combine it with a pub crawl—sip, get spooked and have fun.

This experience has 269 bookmarks and 3959 views.
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Enjoy Crisp Sips at Durham's Only Cidery
$, Bull City Ciderworks, Durham

Handcrafted hard cider—is there really any drink that goes better with a crisp fall day (or any day)? Bull City Cidery is taking fermented apples to the next level. Beer, ya better watch out.

This experience has 329 bookmarks and 2976 views.
Grab a Pint at Brüeprint in Apex
$, Brüeprint Brewing Company, Apex

Apex's very first brewery offers a delicious selection of craft brews—four evergreens and rotating seasonals.

This experience has 52 bookmarks and 822 views.
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Explore Durham's Murals by Bike
Free, Durham Central Park, Durham
Sat January 06, 10:00a

Explore Durham's beautiful murals on two wheels! Preservation Durham hosts monthly bike rides through town while visiting unique works of street art.

This experience has 115 bookmarks and 1194 views.
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See the World's Largest Outdoor Photo Exhibit
Free, 101 City Hall Plaza, Durham
Fri August 18 – Thu November 30

Durham, along with six other cities, was lucky enough to be picked to be part of the world's largest photo exhibition series. Cheer on local photographers at this massive traveling installation.

This experience has 204 bookmarks and 1771 views.
Watch the Carolina Hurricanes
$, PNC Arena, Raleigh

Come watch the Hurricanes blow away their opponents, where icing means more than just a cupcake topping.

This experience has 258 bookmarks and 4220 views.
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Trek Up the Lake Johnson Park West Loop with Hike NC
Free, Thomas G. Crowder Woodland Center at Lake Johnson Park, Raleigh

Nature is calling! Bring friends, fam or your dog along for a free, guided hike along the West Loop of Lake Johnson Park. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife, rare plants and of course, amazing views!

This experience has 87 bookmarks and 535 views.
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Celebrate World Cultures at the East Meets West Festival
Free, Morrisville Town Hall, Morrisville
Sat September 23, 12:30p

The East Meets West Festival celebrates Morrisville, Wake County's most diverse community, with a day of food, culture, and music from around the world.

This experience has 12 bookmarks and 166 views.
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Get Down at Triangle Oktoberfest
$15+, Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary

Head over to Koka Booth on October 6-7 for an authentic Bavarian experience featuring plenty of brews, fare, live music and more.

This experience has 342 bookmarks and 4003 views.
Photo by @raleighfoodpics
Celebrate the NC State Fair's 150th Year
$, North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Raleigh
Thu October 12 – Sun October 22

Eat something deep fried and ride the ferris wheel! The NC State Fair is bringing hometown lovin' to Raleigh.

This experience has 705 bookmarks and 4780 views.
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Go on a Craft Beer Adventure at World Beer Festival
$25+, Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham
Sat October 14, 12:00p

Every fall thousands of people descend on the Durham Bulls Athletic Park to taste over 200 beers with food pairings from local chefs, live music, and plenty of people-watching.

This experience has 174 bookmarks and 2174 views.
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Dance & Drink with BCBB for Octoberfest
Free, Bull City Burger and Brewery, Durham
Sat September 23, 4:00p

Get your liederhosen ready because BCCB is shutting down Parrish St. for a thoroughly Durham Octoberfest celebration complete with burgers, live music, street dancin' and, you guessed it, beer!

This experience has 151 bookmarks and 2305 views.
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Explore the Globe at the International Festival
$6+, Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh
Fri October 20 – Sun October 22

The International Festival brings over 60 nations from around the world to the Convention Center for a weekend of entertainment, exploration, inspiration and, of course, some eating and drinking.

This experience has 401 bookmarks and 3764 views.
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Spice It Up at Pepperfest
$25, Margaret B. Pollard Middle School, Chapel Hill
Sun September 24, 3:00p

It's about to get hot! Abundance NC's annual Pepper Festival returns to Chapel Hill for an afternoon of pepper-everything, from snacks to brews to eco-fashion and more.

This experience has 26 bookmarks and 642 views.
Eat Up at the Food Truck Rodeo
$$, Durham Central Park, Durham

Enjoy live entertainment, view arts and crafts, and chow down at over 40 food trucks! Come hungry to Durham Central Park's Food Truck Extravaganza, you'll surely leave happy!

This experience has 670 bookmarks and 6976 views.
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Pack up a picnic and join fellow bluegrass music lovers on the Crescent Deck at Cary's Booth Amphitheatre for a fun mid-week outdoor concert with friends. Pups are welcome as well!

This experience has 27 bookmarks and 279 views.
Photo by @kwkristi
Shimmy in Downtown at Wide Open Bluegrass
$30+, Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh
Fri September 29 – Sat September 30

Wide Open Bluegrass brings some of the greatest bluegrass in the world onto stages in downtown Raleigh. Catch the madness and the artists shaping bluegrass history on September 30 and October 1.

This experience has 162 bookmarks and 3184 views.
Photo by @ncartmuseum
Join NCMA's Free Community Celebration: Threads of Africa
Free, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh
Sat September 23, 12:00p

Head to NCMA for a FREE daylong celebration of African art, nature and culture. The NCMA park will come alive with music, dance, drum-making workshops, food, African cultural activities and more!

This experience has 23 bookmarks and 278 views.
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Don't be sad when summer is over because Honeygirl is opening for Fall Fridays! Spend Friday evenings unwinding with a glass of mead and some fun activities like tastings, pop-up markets and movies.

This experience has 45 bookmarks and 550 views.
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