Fall break has officially begun at Elon University. Though things are beginning to slow down, this week gives anyone sticking around the area a great opportunity to see what the local community has to offer. Over the break, students, families and community members can find a number of upcoming fall events happening nearby. Check out these top picks to get yourself up and out the door before classes start again Monday. 

Woods of Terror

A nationally recognized horror experience, Woods of Terror is a haunted theme park set up in the woods. Just 30 minutes away in Greensboro, the award-winning event takes attendees through various horror themes such as “Arachnophobia” and “Blackbeard’s Revenge." The event features a 45-minute walk through the woods through different haunted houses and attractions.

Woods of Terror is taking place from Oct. 17-19, starting at 7:30 p.m. every night except for Saturday, which starts at 6:30 p.m. Prices range from $20-32 depending on the day. 

Carolina Renaissance Festival

Celebrating its 26th year, the Carolina Renaissance Festival brings you to the 16th century. The festival hosts a variety of performers, operate rides and features an artisan marketplace. Jousting and other demonstrations also are held at the fair. The event takes place rain or shine and is an outdoor experience. Costumes are welcomed and activities are for all ages, making this a great opportunity for families. 

The festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19 and Sunday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. — 5:30 p.m. Admission is $25 for adults and $15 for children. Parking will also be free for all attendees.

The Carolina Renaissance Festival is located in Huntersville, about an hour and a half from campus. 

North Carolina State Fair

Taking place every October, the North Carolina State Fair is a family-friendly event that includes carnival rides, games and educational attractions. A ferris wheel, carousels and vendors will be present around the grounds. The fair celebrates the best of North Carolina, providing a day of entertainment and agricultural education. Agriculture is a major industry in the state, and the state fair brings attention to local farmers and the environment. 

The North Carolina State Fair opens its doors at 12 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17. The fair will also be operating at 8 a.m. all weekend starting on Friday, Oct. 18 through Sunday, Oct. 20. Tickets are $13 for adults and $8 for children at the door. 

The event takes place annually in Raleigh, NC, just over an hour from Elon. 

"Brew Ha Ha!" Paramount Theater Edition

Looking for something close to campus for the weekend? Look no further. Brew Ha Ha! is a monthly stand-up comedy event featuring local North Carolina performers, as well as acts from Virginia and Georgia. Hosted by Loud Mouth Comedy and Beer Works, the show is the perfect late-night scene. 

Brew Ha Ha! will open at 9 p.m. and go until 11 p.m. on Friday, Oct 18. Tickets are $10 and drinks will be provided by Beer Works. 

The event is taking place at the Paramount Theater in Burlington, a short drive down the road from Elon’s campus. 

Take this week to relax and explore the local community. Have a safe and fun break Elon!