Fall Weekend with Friends

The fall season is the perfect time to pack your bags and head on over for an amazing escape complete with festivals, plays, delicious food, comfy accommodations, and more!
Day One
Stop 1  |  Airbnb Check-in 
Settle into one of many Airbnbs in and around Sanford including a beautiful home built in 1910. Reserve the lower level to enjoy a wrap-around porch and a private entrance leading into a grand foyer, living room, and kitchen. Best of all, this gorgeous place is only four blocks from downtown shopping, restaurants, Temple Theatre, and more.

Stop 2   |  Fall Festivals & Events
Kick off your weekend trip by visiting one of the many festivals and events Sanford has planned all season long. Come experience it all from music festivals to haunted pub crawls.

Carolina Indie Fest – Sept. 23-24
StreetFest & Fireworks – Oct. 8
Boo & Brew Ghost Tour – Oct. 13-29
Murder for Two – Oct. 13-30
Trail of Terror – Oct. 27-29

Stop 3  |  Late Night at Local Joe's
For over 20 years, this local pub and restaurant has offered locals and visitors a friendly spot to relax, grab a beer or cocktail, and chow down on delicious wings, burgers, and pizza.
Day Two
Stop 1  |  Farmer’s Market
Shop fresh produce, preserves, and more from local farms. Come meet your local farmers and artisans and celebrate NC agriculture and craftsmanship at the market!

Stop 2   |  Dinner at Smoke & Barrel
At this unique neighborhood pub, folks crave the slow-cooked smoked pork, savor the beef brisket, and take delight in live music and drinks.

Stop 3  |  Temple Theatre
Catch an amazing show like Beehive: The 60s Musical at the historic Temple Theatre. Beehive celebrates the powerful female voices of the 1960s with such timeless hits as “My Boyfriend’s Back,” “Be My Baby,” “Son of a Preacher Man,” and “Me and Bobby Mcgee.” Told from the perspective of six young women who come of age in this enigmatic decade, beehive takes us from their first beehive dance to the challenges we faced as a nation.
Day Three
Stop 1  |  Brunch On The Patio At Cafe 121
Established chef Gregg Ham delivers a local American fusion menu with exceptional service for a sophisticated weekend dinner. The rustic elegance of the restaurant’s decor is sure to impress.

Stop 2 |  Afternoon Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch
Make your way over to Gross Farms for fall delights and wholesome family fun! Start by getting lost in the largest corn maze in all of Lee county, spanning a 10-acre field. Once you’re free of the maze, the farm’s pumpkin patch greets you with gorgeous gourds of all shapes and sizes. End a perfect evening with a hayride around the property, bundled up next to loved ones in the crisp fall air.