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1. Knit a chunky blanket
Learn how to DIY a chunky knit blanket just in time for fall weather on Friday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library, 510 N. Queen St. For more information call 252-527-7066 Ext 134 or visit neuselibrary.org.
2. Join the Tryon Palace coven
Join the Tryon Palace coven for free, family fun activities on Friday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the North Carolina History Center, 529 S Front St. There will be tricks and treats, as well as an all-time favorite movie, Hocus Pocus. The movie starts at 7 p.m. Costumes are encouraged for a contest and a chance to be awarded a prize. The contest is judged by age groups. For more information visit tryonpalace.org or call 252-639-3500.
3. Fall Festival
Check out the Fall Festival at St. Pauls Catholic School on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. at 3007 Country Club Road in New Bern. There are bands for purchase for $10 each or 4/$35 for the carnival-style rides and activities. Children under age 2 are free. There will be fire trucks, K-9s and other agencies on site with demonstrations as well as food for sale, beer and wine for sale and free Italian ice. For more information visit stpaulcs.org, call 252-633-0100 or email email@example.com.
4. Enjoy a bit of family fun
Onslow Parks & Recreation is hosting a free family fun night on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at 100 Recreation Lane in Jacksonville. There will be games, activities, music and a movie. All activities are free and everyone is welcome. For more information call 910-938-5312.
5. Enter the zombie playhouse
If you dare, head to the County Jaycee's Fairgrounds, 3700 U.S. 70 East in New Bern, for a scary good time at the Zombie Playhouse. Friday and Saturday night from 7 to 10 p.m. Reports of zombies, crazy clowns and all types of restless ghouls are haunting the barn. For more information visit the event’s Facebook page or call 252-636-0303.
6. Fun at the fair
Enjoy the final days of the Onslow County Fair, 146 Broadhurst Road in Jacksonville on Friday and Saturday. Gates are open 4 to 11 p.m. Friday and noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, with live music, carnival rides, games, food and more. Admission is $6 cash or free for children 3 and under and seniors 65 and older. For more information visit onslowcountyfair.com.
7. Breast Cancer Benefit Ride
Harley-Davidson of New Bern is hosting its 11th annual Breast Cancer Benefit Ride from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 1613 U.S. 70 E. benefitting Journey of Hope Cancer Center New Bern. For more information call 252-633-4060. Riders are $20 and passengers $10. Registration is at 9 a.m. and kickstands are up at 11 a.m.
8. Take the frozen custard challenge
Get ready to take on the Freddy's Frozen Custard Challenge and 5k race at 8 a.m. Saturday at Jacksonville Commons, 100 Recreation Lane. Challengers run the flat course around the Commons loop before heading into a nature trail filled with frozen custard and a few challengers, while 5k runners will take the loop before enjoying frozen custard at the finish line. For more information visit the Facebook event page.
9. Join the fight against Alzheimer's
Join in the fight against Alzheimer's disease at 421 Court St. in Jacksonville on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon by supporting the cause of support and research efforts through the Alzheimer's Association. Help make Jacksonville Walk to End Alzheimer's at Riverwalk Crossing the biggest one yet. For more information visit online at act.alz.org/jacksonvillenc.
10. Run the most welcoming race
Self-described as the most welcoming race in Eastern North Carolina, the Mother Earth Brewing Ironclad Half Marathon & 5k starts at 7 a.m. Saturday at Grainger Stadium, 400 E. Grainger Ave. in Kinston. This is the 5th annual race that also celebrates the 10th anniversary of Mother Earth Brewing. For more information visit ironcladraces.org.
11. Carve Pumpkins in Kinston
Carve pumpkins from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Herritage, located at 200 North Herritage St. in Kinston. Cost is $10 a person, with pumpkins, and tools supplied, and The Herritage will even pre-gut and clean up the mess. For more information call 252-622-8625 or y email firstname.lastname@example.org.
12. Head to the Barnyard Bash
Free family fun is right around the corner on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at Northwoods United Methodist Church, 1528 Gum Branch Road in Jacksonville, at the Barnyard Bash. Get ready for free pony rides, cow trains, bounce houses, cornhole, face painting, free hot chocolate, s' mores, hot dogs, popcorn and more. Everything is free except for pumpkin painting which requires the purchase of a pumpkin. For more information visit the event link on Facebook or call 910-346-9727.
13. Catch Cartacula
Snead's Ferry's Halloween Golf Cart Parade starts Saturday at 6 p.m. The route will take the carts from New River Marina, down Peru Road to Park Lane. There will be spooky-cool golf carts with ghouls and goblins behind the wheel, food, music, fun and a 50/50 raffle. For more details visit the event page on Facebook or call 910-330-3003. Rain date is Oct. 26.
14. Go autumn on Topsail Island
The 31st Autumn with Topsail Festival will be held Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 720 Channel Blvd. in Topsail Beach. Art and beach music lovers will gather rain or shine. Enjoy exciting live music, food, beer and wine, inflatables, crafts for children, and more. Proceeds from the festival go to the Historical Society of Topsail Island. There is a free shuttle available to and from specific parking areas. For more information visit online at autumnwithtopsail.com.
15. Witness history
The Town of Cape Carteret is hosting a celebration of the 60th commemoration of the town Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. at Cape Carteret Community Park, 104 Dolphin St. Food, bounce houses, games, music, crafts, vendors, hayride, touch-a-truck, and witness the historical burial of a time capsule to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the town. For more information visit online townofcapecarteret.org.
16. Grab a bowl
The Havelock Chili Festival will be held Friday and Saturday at Walter B. Jones Park, 309 E. Main St. The family-focused event will include chili as well as musical entertainment, games, and activities. The fun begins at 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday, with tickets for wings and chili available at the big white tent or from Chili Festival volunteers who will be recognizable in Chili Aprons. Tickets will be 1 for $1. For more information call 252-447-1101 or visit the Facebook event page.
17. Raise awareness for human trafficking
Walk for the millions of victims across the globe who have suffered at the hands of human trafficking at 10 a.m. Saturday at the corner of Western Boulevard and University Drive in Jacksonville. To learn more or register visit A21.org/walk or call 910-265-2139.
18. Enjoy community fun
The Contentnea-Savannah School - PTA is hosting Kinston Community Fun Day for all ages at the Contentnea-Savannah K-8 School, 3400 Ferrell Road in Kinston, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. There will be food trucks, games, bounce houses, 3-on-3 basketball contests, and vendors. For more information call 252-527-8591.
19. Ruck in remembrance
The USO of North Carolina at Jacksonville is hosting a Beirut bombing memorial ruck that will start at 8 a.m. Sunday, marking the beginning of a week of remembrance in honor of the Marines, sailors, and soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice for freedom on Oct. 23, 1983, in Beirut, Lebanon. The Ruck starts at the Beirut Memorial in Lejeune Memorial Gardens, traveling along the green-way to the Camp Lejeune Main gate and back to the Memorial for a total of 10.23 miles. Participation is $35 per person. For more information visit give.uso-nc.org/event/coastal-area-beirut-ruck.
20. Ride in honor of the fallen
New River Harley-Davidson is hosting its 4th Annual Beirut Memorial Ride on Saturday, 2394 Wilmington Highway in Jacksonville. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and kickstands are up at 11:30 a.m. Cost is $20 per bike and $10 per passenger. A free memorial T-shirt will be available for the first 100 people to register. For more information contact email@example.com.