Oak and Smoke Festival

Oak City Brewing Company located at 616 North First Avenue, and backing up to Knightdale Station Park, will bring a mix of two of North Carolina’s favorite past times, great music and great food, together with some fantastic local brew for a day of fun-filled festivities as the inaugural Oak and Smoke Festival will take place on Saturday, October 22.

The first ever Oak and Smoke Festival with see the days events commence at noon with live music, as the bluegrass festival portion of the event will take place on the Oak City Brewing Company lawn section. The great tunes will continue for the duration of the entire event, with music from the Ninth Street Ramblers, New ‘Shine Revival, and Carolina Tradition Bluegrass Band.

Those planning to spend the afternoon listening to the lively tunes are encouraged to bring fold out chairs or a blanket for their own comfort and seating. There will be a limited number of tent spaces that are available to purchase at the brewery prior to the Oak and Smoke Festival as well. These may only be purchased in person for $30 and will include one general admission entry.

Some of the finest local BBQ from anywhere in the area will also be available at the Oak and Smoke Festival, as the delicious tastes of both “Heavenly Smoke” out of Raleigh, and Big Mikes BBQ of Cary will be on hand tickling the taste buds of all in attendance at the Oak and Smoke Festival. Of course, with the setting of Oak City Brewing Company as the host for the Oak and Smoke Festival, there will also be a wide selection of beers, with the outdoor beer tent and the tap house open, pouring, and serving for the patrons throughout the event.

Tickets for the Oak and Smoke Festival are on sale now and going fast at eventbrite.com and can also be purchased in person at Oak City Brewing Company. They are $5 each and all patrons attending must be 21 years of age and older. As an added bonus, the first 250 patrons to arrive at the Oak and Smoke Festival will receive a free koozie.

The Oak and Smoke Festival will start at noon and run until 6:00 p.m. For more information on this event and Oak City Brewing Company, visit oakcitybrewingcompany.com.

Knightdale Dogtoberfest

Returning for a second consecutive year on Saturday, October 22 to Knightdale Station Park, Knightdale Dogtoberfest will be a day full of “dog-themed” fun for the whole family and “man’s best friend.”

Knightdale Dogtoberfest kicks off in the same fashion as the inaugural event did last year, with the running (or walking) of the “2k9” Fun Run starting at noon. The run will loop around Knightdale Station Park and prizes will be given out at the conclusion of the “2k9” to the top several finishers. On top of these runners being awarded prizes, their will also be goody bags given out to the first 100 contestants that had signed up for the fun run at Knightdale Dogtoberfest.

Continuing in what figure to be a Knightdale Dogtoberfest tradition, will be the return of the wildly popular dog costume contest which will also see prizes awarded in a variety of categories to the dogs that will be judged by the local girl scouts.

Likewise, there will once again be a booth at Knightdale Dogtoberfest set up by the Wake County Animal Shelter (WCAS) where information and literature on how to adopt a dog will be provided. For those looking to leave Knightdale Dogtoberfest with a new pet, you will also be able to actually adopt a dog through the WCAS as well. Several other pet related vendors will also be on hand to share in this day dedicated to the dogs.

Heading into the fall season, Knightdale Dogtoberfest is just one of the many great community and family friendly events that the Town of Knightdale will be holding at Knightdale Station Park. You can find a full listing of the events coming up at Knightdale Station on their events page at knightdalestation.com or for a full listing of all the great upcoming events this fall and into the winter visit the official Town of Knightdale website at knightdalenc.gov.

(Photo Credit: Town of Knightdale)

Drafts and Carafes

For the second consecutive year, on the heels of a fantastic turn out in its inaugural event, the Town of Knightdale will host the Drafts and Carafes Festival at Knightdale Station Park on Saturday, October 15, featuring some of the area’s top breweries and wineries in addition to a whole host of other things…at the Station.

The 2nd Annual Drafts and Carafes Festival starts at 4:00 p.m. and goes until 7:00. This is a family friendly event and all attending are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for seating throughout. There is no entrance fee, however the individual vendors will be charging for food, beverages, and other on-site crafts and other items for sale.

Much like the inaugural Drafts and Carafes Festival, there will be a great variety of local brews and wine for tasting at the event. The lineup of local breweries for the 2016 edition of the Drafts and Carafes Festival is one you sure don’t want to miss out on, with Gizmo Brew WorksBruePrintBull City Ciderworks, and Double Barley Brewing set to be serving up their craft beers.

Local wineries  will also be offering up a taste of their flavorful North Carolina spirits and will be announced in the days preceding the event. Gregory Vineyards and Neusiok Wines will both be represented at Knightdale Station Park on October 15.

Additionally, in what has become a “tasty tradition” at all Knightdale Station events, with the Drafts and Carafes Festival being no exception, there will be five different food truck options at the event, offering a nice variety of dinner and dessert options for all. The Food Trucks scheduled to be on site…at the Station for the Drafts and Carafes Festival are: BaoziThe Tot SpotQSpressoBrachi – Le Petit RollBam Pow Chow, and Two Roosters Ice Cream. In addition to the food trucks, several vendors are also set to be on hand with Tink & Twist, GerDan Chocolates and Lowe’s Foods of Knightdale all taking part in the festivities as well.

For more on the 2nd Annual Drafts and Carafes Festival at Knightdale Station Park or if you have interest in being part of the event, contact Megan Thornton at megan.thornton@knightdalenc.gov.

(Photo Courtesy of Town of Knightdale)