Triangle events to add to your daybook:
The Fair! The Fair!
Through Oct. 23; N.C. State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh; $8-$10 for adults, $6 for military, $3-$5 for kids 6-12, free for kids 5 and under, free for seniors 65 and over; NCStateFair.org
With apologies to Santa, this is maybe the most wonderful time of the year in North Carolina. The N.C. State Fair has a little of everything – food, pig races, rides, livestock, music, pig races, crafts, contests and pig races. Go early and often. It opens Thursday (Oct. 13) at 3 p.m. and runs through Oct. 23.
10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday; Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh; $6-$25; internationalfocusnc.org
More than 62 cultural groups showcase food, music, art and culture at this annual festival, which also has a world beer tasting, kids’ activities and a bazaar.
Film and art
6-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2-7 p.m. Sunday; Marbles Kids Museum, 201 E. Hargett St., Raleigh; $13/day or $23/3-day pass; raleighfilmandartfestival.com
Explore art, music and film at the Raleigh Film & Art Festival, which will have parties showcasing painters, tattoo artists, fashion designers, filmmakers and musicians.
10 a.m. Saturday; Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy, Cary; free ($20 reserved seating); boothamphitheatre.com
Diwali, a religious and cultural event in India also known as the festival of lights, marks the victory of good over evil, light over dark and the beginning of the New Year. Expect vibrant performances, unique exhibits and fireworks.
World of Beer
Noon-4 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. Saturday; Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Durham; $45-$85; allaboutbeer.com
The World of Beer Festival includes more than 250 beers with selections from N.C. and across the world. Plus this year, a cider garden with more than 25 varieties. (Seasonal beer showcase on Friday costs $30.)
Fill empty bowls
3:30-7 p.m. Sunday; Weaver Street Market, 101 E. Weaver St., Carrboro; $15-$50; tablenc.org
The fourth annual Empty Bowls Dinner offers a great dinner and dessert along with live music to help nonprofit Table NC provide hunger relief to local needy kids.