The weather is changing, the leaves are falling, and there's no better time to #VisitRowanCounty. We've picked our top 10 October events that we think make Rowan County worth the trip. We've got an assortment of events for families, theater lovers, history buffs and so much more.


Piedmont Players Theatre presents Shakespeare in Love: Young Will Shakespeare has writer's block, but that all ends when he finds his muse - Viola. This performance will take place in the historic Meroney Theater in Downtown Salisbury. 

October 3-5, 6, 9-12


Busker's Bash & Salisbury's Best Busker Contest in Downtown Salisbury: Salisbury's best local talent, from musicians to dances to magicians, line the streets of Downtown Salisbury. Visitors can pick up maps and follow the path to enjoy performers and vote for their favorite performer.

October 4


Day Out with Thomas at the North Carolina Transportation Museum: The No. 1 blue engine will be at the North Carolina Transportation Museum for the final weekend of the 2019 Day Out with Thomas tour. Ride Thomas, meet his friends, enjoy themed activities and more.

October 4-6


Autumn Jubilee: The 40th annual Autumn Jubilee will be held at Dan Nicholas Park. Enjoy two days of family fun, handmade crafts, delicious food, music, inflatables and more!

October  5-6


Fall Festival on the Farm at Patterson Farm: Patterson Farm's fall festival season runs September 21 - November 2. Each weekend has a different theme with some varied activities! 

Grandparents Weekend | October 5-6

Scout Appreciation Weekend | October 12-13

Touch a Tractor Weekend | October 19-20

Brew & Moo Weekend | October 19-20

Teacher Appreciation Weekend | October 26-27

Rowan Arts & Ag Presents Theatre at the Farm: "Stinky Cheese Man" | October 26-27


Fall Festival at Lazy 5 Ranch: Lazy 5 Ranch's annual fall festival is back! Enjoy a straw castle, corn box, pumpkin patch, pumpkin slingshot, fall decor and so much more! 

Saturdays & Sundays in October


OctoberTour: Historic Salisbury Foundation's annual OctoberTour is one of the oldest historic home tours in the South! The tour features houses of varying sizes, complexity and architectural styles. 

October 12-13


Lee Street theatre presents Time Warp Trolley Tour: Join your favorite Rocky Horror characters as they give you a snippet of the story with a lot of the music. This is an adults only (21+) musical trolley tour experience.

October 17-19


Kaleidoscope Arts & Ag Festival: The closing event of the 2019 Rowan County Arts & Ag season will be held in the Kannapolis Research Park. Bring the family to explore artisans, breweries, wineries, food vendors and more! Stilt walkers, bubble and balloon artists will provide entertainment.

October 19


Gold Hill Ghost Tour in the Park: Historic Gold Hill will host their annual Ghost Tour in the Park event. Tickets will be available onsite only.

October 26



Looking for Halloween events? Check out our Halloween in Rowan County blog, or our Haunted Trails blog

For more events and happenings in Rowan County, visit our events calendar.