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Experience Autumn in Chatham Park

Between cozy sweaters, beautiful foliage, hearty recipes, and fun family traditions, the fall season is a favorite amongst many so at Chatham Park, we ensure our residents are surrounded with opportunities to enjoy the autumn season.  Here are a few of our favorite fall-themed activities taking place in and nearby our 7,068-acre master-planned community located just outside of Raleigh in Pittsboro, North Carolina:

Phillips Farm of Chatham
Nothing says the beginning of fall like pumpkins! Whether you want to carve, decorate with, or eat them, pumpkins are the perfect way to start the season. Support local by visiting Phillips Farm of Chatham – open every day from now through Halloween – and picking your perfect gourd! (Keep this venue in mind for your Christmas tree needs as they start selling their beautiful Fraser Firs the weekend after Thanksgiving.)

Huckleberry Trail Farm
Reminisce on those childhood memories of hayrides and corn mazes when you discover
the Huckleberry Trail Farm Festival. This year’s festival will last through the month of October and marks the 10-year anniversary of Huckleberry Trail Farm in Siler City. With our cotton patch, Field of Dreams, and special scavenger hunt – scheduled for Education Day on October 29th– you are sure to find something to entertain the different generations of your family. Admissions tickets are available for purchase online, and the festival is open on the weekends (Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.). 

For Garden’s Sake
Plant lovers can unwind at For Garden’s Sake (FGS) and take advantage of seasonal workshops including Fall Floral Arrangements, Preparing Your Houseplants for Winter, and How to Create “Spooky” Floral Arrangements. This nursery and landscaper offers an array of workshops, classes, and live music sessions at their gorgeous venue off Hwy 751. FGS has goats, a fall-decorated vintage truck (great for photo-ops!), and Potting Shed for refreshments (including mimosas!). Check out the Pittsboro-Siler City Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Event Page for details on dates and times. 

Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge
On Saturday, October 30th, explore the Piedmont Farm Animal Refuge in Pittsboro during its Halloween-themed tour from 11 a.m to 2 p.m. Feel free to come in costume! Meet rescued farm animals and enjoy vegan candy, enchanting stories, and pumpkin carving.

Pittsboro Fall Street Fair
Another fantastic fall event on October 30th is the Pittsboro Street Fair. This annual festival will showcase local creativity with over 140 booths ranging from food vendors, performers, and musicians to craft merchants and handmade goods. This year’s activities will also include fun children’s entertainment and games to join. From 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., along the downtown streets of Salisbury, Hanks, and Fayetteville Streets, this free event will be a spectacular outing to peruse the traditional and locally crafted southern home wares of Chatham County on your search for holiday gifts. 

Trunk or Treat Fall Festival
Looking for a little Halloween fun? Join Chatham County Parks and Recreation on Saturday, October 30th from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. for a FREE outdoor event at Northeast District Park. Activities will include pumpkin carving and painting, games, crafts, and a photo booth. 

Shop Pittsboro
The quaint town of Pittsboro offers a variety of storefronts where you can enjoy a fall afternoon. Complete a fall-themed craft at The Creative Goat, browse French Connections for unique gifts and home decor, and then grab a coffee or delicious pumpkin spice muffin at Aromatic Roasters. Don’t forget about First Sunday where you can meet with artisans and local businesses. During the First Sunday event on November 7th, Chatham Park and MOSAIC are proud to sponsor the Chatham Art Council’s Chatham Experience. This event will showcase art from 15 local artists who were awarded the JumpstART grant. Their work will be on display in both the Welcome Center and participating surrounding businesses. Pittsboro First Sunday is a family-friendly event with food trucks and live music. 

MOSAIC at Chatham Park
Experience the beginning of MOSAIC at Chatham Park. This 44-acre live-work-play-learn mixed-use development – located within Chatham Park along Highway 15-501 – will provide upscale opportunities for shopping, dining, and entertainment as well as space for businesses. Mark your calendar for Saturday, November 13th, when MOSAIC will host the rescheduled last day of the MOSAIC Comes Alive series. Guests will enjoy an array of locally produced handicrafts and goods including delectable eats and drinks, and live music from renowned Counterclockwise String Band!

We love that these adventures are just a stone’s throw from Chatham Park but remember that you do not have to leave the community to enjoy the sights and sounds of fall. Watch the changing foliage on our beautiful nature trails, picnic at the Knight Farm Community Park, tour our stunning model homes in Vineyards at Chatham Park, and enjoy autumn in this live, work, play, learn community.

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Chatham Park Summer Activities

Chatham Park is focused on providing its residents a high quality of life in all aspects from working and learning to relaxing and playing! There are many fun and exciting options this summer within Chatham Park and the Pittsboro area for people and families in all stages of life to enjoy. Whether you like to hike, swim, or just relax, we have found the perfect places and activities to explore in and around our neighborhood.

Knight Farm Community Park: Memorial Day weekend 2021 saw the dedication ceremony of Knight Farm Community Park, the first of many recreational parks and open spaces planned within Chatham Park. Just down the street from our Information Center, the park has already become an inviting staple in our development. The 10-acre park integrates natural materials repurposed from the site’s former farmland into its Natureground play area, a spacious dog park, and the measured walking trail around its perimeter. Knight Farm Community Park offers several fun activities for kids of all ages, including a large splash pad where colorful water fountains cool you off. Other activities include whimsical playhouse equipment, a dragon-shaped climbing gym, a large multi-use field, a musical chime garden, and a covered pavilion with public restrooms and picnic tables. Walkable to downtown Pittsboro, Knight Farm Community Park is definitely the only one of its kind in Chatham County!

Downtown Pittsboro: When you live in the Vineyards at Chatham Park, you get much more than just beautiful scenery and neighborhood parks. You also get an intimate community that is within walking distance to the charming historic streets of downtown Pittsboro. Watch the daybreak over the iconic Chatham County Courthouse and clocktower while you munch on a freshly baked treat from Willy’s Cinnamon Rolls Etc.
Stroll quaint stores like New Horizons Downtown or French Connections where you can find everything from outdoor apparel and gear to jewelry, antiques, handmade crafts, and more. Pick up a meal and head home with authentic farm-to-table flavors from Angelina’s Kitchen. This Pittsboro staple creates Greek and New Mexican inspired dishes using local farm produce and meats. There are also family-friendly opportunities held throughout the season that you will not want to miss! For more ways that you can enjoy downtown living just steps away from your front door, visit the downtown Pittsboro website for summer activities and events.

Chatham Beverage District: Located at 220 Lorax Lane in Pittsboro, less than 2 miles from Chatham Park Information Center, Chatham Beverage District is a 17-acre campus dedicated to hand-crafted libations and local eats. Fair Game Beverage Co., Chatham Cider Works, Starlight Mead, and Copeland Springs Farm & Kitchen are permanent residents of the district, offering tastings and tours of their award-winning products and processes. Hand-crafted, small-batch, and local spirits, wines, and ciders pair perfectly with the organic and sustainable kitchen fares provided by Copeland Springs. Rent a bicycle, join an axe-throwing contest, or try your tasty treats at the picnic tables located throughout the campus. Check out their website for each vendors’ hours and events.

Bynum Front Porch: Bynum, NC is a former mill town located on the Haw River. To preserve the old general store and post office, residents created a non-profit music and story-telling series centered on the front porch, a part of homes where many southern Americans gathered for conversation and song with their neighbors and families during hot summer evenings. On Friday evenings and Saturdays throughout the summer, you can attend a free music concert or hear family-friendly lore shared from the porch stage. On the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, the Bluegrass Circle Jam invites all levels of musicians and their instruments to join the acoustic porch pickin’ from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Storytelling night occurs on the 2nd Saturday from 6:30 – 9 p.m. Make sure to carry some cash to put in the hat when it gets passed around, as this is a completely donation-funded community event. 

Lower Haw River State Natural Area: With over 1,000 acres of preservation land, the Lower Haw River has hiking and running trails, canoe and kayak launches, top-rated bird watching and photography scenes, and is home to several endangered species and habitats. The Haw River Trail has two trailhead accesses and several miles of pathway inside Chatham County and makes up part of the 70-mile mixed use trail running from Haw River State Park to Jordan Lake Recreation Area. This hiking trail combines with the well-known Mountains-To-Sea trail and follows the Haw River down to Jordan Lake. 

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area:  Jordan Lake is another popular destination near Chatham Park where many Triangle area residents enjoy spending their summer weekends. The state park offers hundreds of RV and tent camping sites, as well as playgrounds and swim beaches. Several boat ramps and a canoe/kayak launch get busy during the hotter months of the year, and anchoring in a quiet cove for floating or grilling is a favorite pastime for motorboaters. Water sports such as skiing, jet skiing, and knee-boarding are also excellent ways to enjoy a day on Jordan Lake. There are rental and excursion companies throughout the Triangle that provide RV and/or boat rentals, or even a guided boat or kayak trip for those unfamiliar with the area. Fishing is done year-round from one of the many docks or on the banks under the shade of trees. Designated swim areas are safely roped off and located close to the playgrounds and picnic tables for a convenient kid-friendly outing. 

Chatham Park is honored to provide a community that is convenient to an array of fun, family-friendly activities this summer. Whether you are a current or future resident of Chatham Park or just passing through, we hope that you will take advantage of these area attractions and make your summer of 2021 unforgettable!