October events in Edenton, North Carolina, and Chowan County.

The events are listed chronologically by the last day the event will be held. Please make sure to look at the whole list to see if an event is going on during the time you plan to visit.

(If you prefer to also see community events (such as Town Council Meetings), as well as the featured events below, go to this page.)

Friday, October 1 - Saturday, October 2, 2021
75th Chowan County Regional Fair continues

The Fair highlight Chowan's Heritage through exhibits, activities, amusement rides and entertainment with great food on the American Legion Fairgrounds! Stay tuned for details. To purchase tickets in advance: send check or money order to: Chowan County Regional Fair, P.O. Box 390, Edenton, NC 27932

American Legion Fairgrounds

252-482-5642 / 252-482-4057



Fridays & Saturdays in October

Open Studio Weekend at Sound Shore Pottery


Visit a working pottery studio located on the banks of the Albemarle Sound. Relax while taking in a panoramic view of the Albemarle while watching the potter work and discuss the ceramic process. Browse the gallery with over 500 pots on display for sale. Ask questions about the process or any of the pots. Enjoy this highly personal experience that will leave you with a deeper appreciation of one of the signature fine American crafts of North Carolina.


1222 Sound Shore Drive, Edenton, NC

10 AM - 5 PM





Saturday, October 2, 2021

46th Annual Peanut Festival & Parade

It’s that time of the year when leaves are beginning to fall and the air is getting cooler, so pick up those chairs and come on out and watch the 46th annual Peanut Festival Parade on Saturday, October 2nd at 11:00 am and then stop by the Boy Scout Hut and pick up some good BBQ and Fried Chicken plates to carry home or just sit in car and eat. Plates are $10.00 each. Time will be from 11:00 until 2:00 pm. We will then move behind the football field to continue to sell plates from 4:00 pm until 7:00 pm. Yes, you can still drive up and pick up your plate.

Battle of the Band will kick off at 4:00 pm. We will be hosting 10 visiting bands for Battle of the Band competition this year. This is the time for our Marching Aces to shine and show their talents as we kick off our annual Peanut Festival. Also, we will have an Arts and Crafts table, baked goods, and concessions!

John A. Holmes Highschool 

11 AM - Til

October 2, 2021

Roaring 20's @ the Penelope Barker House Welcome Center

Join the Edenton Historical Commission inside the house and out on the lawn overlooking Edenton Bay as you celebrate the Roaring 20s together.  

"We are exited to offer tickets to our upcoming fundraiser: Penelope’s Prohibition Party! On June 19th, please join us on the lawn at the Penelope Barker House Welcome Center to celebrate the end of “Coronabition”!

We will have Covid-friendly prepackaged hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, a jazz band, and a murder mystery! This is sure to be an fun filled event with a gorgeous setting. In case of rain, the party will be moved into the house and onto the porches. To purchase tickets, call us at 252-482-7800.

  Call to purchase tickets

Friday, October 8, 2021

Shrimp by the Bay 

LIVE music, fresh fried shrimp, and a whole lot of fun! Come join us for Shrimp by the Bay! 

Courthouse Green

6:30 - 10:30 pm


Rain or Shine





Saturday, October 9, 2021

Free NC Symphony Community Concert

Colonial Park

4:00 - 4:45 PM




Friday, October 8 & Saturday, October 9, 2021

All Things Edenton - Art Gallery & Music

Come and see all of the new art by local and regional artists on Friday and Saturday at “Your Community Arts Center” the Chowan Arts Council. Listen to the music of Peter Boehling on Saturday evening from 5:00 - 7:00 PM. Don’t miss it!

Chowan Arts Council

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM 






Friday, October 8 & Saturday, October 9, 2021

Pilgrimage Tour of Homes and Countryside - Rescheduled

Private homes and plantations along with  public buildings which are each more than 100 years old open to tour. Ticket purchasing can take place online at Edentonpilgrimage.org or in person at Historic Edenton State Historic Site Visitor Center.

Mark your calendar!

For more info and photos of past tours, go here.


Historic Edenton State Historic Site Visitor Center

$35 in advance/$40 days of and Groups of 10 or more $30







Friday - Saturday,  October 15 - 16,  2021

Historic Edenton Ghost Walk

Friends of Historic Edenton State Historic Site will host the Ghost Walk on both evenings and have family friendly events taking place on the Courthouse Green!

Historic Edenton State Historic Site 

108 N Broad Street

Learn More



Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Brick and Boards Awards for Preservation and Restoration

Edenton Historical Commission presents Bricks and Boards Awards for Preservation and Restoration. Complimentary reception and program. Space limited. Reservations required.

Historic 1767 Chowan County Courthouse

6:00-8:00 PM

Call 252-482-7800



Friday, October 23 -  Saturday, October 24, 2021

The Penelope Barker Celebration

The 147th Celebration of the Edenton Tea Party - details are forthcoming 

The Barker House 

505 S Broad Street

Learn More



Friday, October 29, 2021

Safe Trick Or Treating in Downtown Edenton

Destination Downtown Edenton invites the little ones, dressed in their Halloween Finest to join them and our Downtown Merchants 

5:30 PM until the candy runs out! 

S Broad Street