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THREE CAN'T MISS SEPTEMBER EVENTS NEAR ALTA BLU

One of the best perks of living at Alta Blu is having easy access to everything happening in the area. We recommend keeping the good summer vibes rolling into September by checking out one of our favorite annual events. Why not check out:

HOG DAY | September 14 & 15

Now 36th years strong, the annual Hog Day in River Park is fun for the whole family. Back this year is the popular “Pigs on Parade,” where local families and businesses compete to have the best-dressed piglet statue on display. Live music, arts and crafts and a BBQ cook-off contest round out the event. There’s also an activity area for kids, plus the heart-pumping Hog Day 5k, which supports the Orange County Optimist Club and contributes to local children's charities and programs throughout the county. Everyone from professionals to kiddos are welcome to run the race--it’s feel-good fun for all. For more details, check out hogday.org.

CURDS & CRAFTS FESTIVAL | September 16

Munich may have Oktoberfest, but here in NC we host our own fall celebration in September. The annual Curds & Crafts Festival celebrates the best of local beers and cheeses at The Cloth Mill at Eno River. Attendees indulge in unlimited samples from 16 cheese-makers, 12 breweries and delicious charcuterie, bread and jam vendors. An entrance ticket also includes a take-home souvenir tasting glass, insulated bag, voucher toward an in-event purchase and a few bonus nibbles. After an afternoon enjoying gourmet bites and drinks to your heart’s content, you can still feel guilt free about going--ticket proceeds benefit the Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI), whose mission is to cultivate markets, policies and communities that support thriving, socially just and environmentally sound family farms. Fair warning--tickets need to be purchased in advance, so head here to secure yours soon!

CARRBORO MUSIC FESTIVAL | September 29 & 30

Soak up the last of the September sunshine at this annual celebration of local music, now in its 21st year. The festivities kick off with a free, ticketed show at the Cat’s Cradle on Saturday evening. Then, on Sunday, the tunes will sound out all over town, with over 200 acts performing for free across 29 venues--guaranteeing that almost wherever you head in the city, their will be music for your ears to enjoy. The artists are diverse and the performances run from 1pm until midnight, so there’s no excuse to catch a show or two before the weekend ends. For more information on the musicians, supporting vendors and the free shuttle bus, check out carrboromusicfestival.org.

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Of course, if you have any questions, the Alta Blu team is ready to provide answers, directions or recommendations for all things local living. Now go have fun making the most of these final weeks of summer--we’ll see you soon!

-- Team Blu