It’s no secret that fall will look a little different this year due to capacity limits and some of our favorite festivals being cancelled. Just because your favorite fall traditions may not be possible this year, doesn’t mean that you have to sit at home all season. There are still so many wonderful things to do in Rowan County to enjoy the upcoming fall weather!

Here’s a list of some of our favorite things to do in the fall in Rowan County:


Dunn’s Mountain Hike

Dunn’s Mountain Park has a walking trail that leads to the top of a mountain with a beautiful view of those colorful fall leaves. This is a perfect activity for the entire family to get out and enjoy the cool fall weather while also enjoying the amazing scenery. The Dunn’s Mountain Park Guide holds all of the updated information on park hours and COVID-19 restrictions.


The beautiful view from the top of Dunn’s Mountain.


Dan Nicholas Park Walking Trails

Traditionally during this time of year, Dan Nicholas Park would have hosted the famous Autumn Jubilee. As a safety precaution, the event had to be postponed until 2021. However, there are still multiple walking trails that lead you right up to the water and perfect scenery for beautiful fall leaf photography. Spend half a day enjoying the trails at Dan Nicholas Park with your friends and family for a breath of fresh air. Entry is free of charge, but check the Dan Nicholas Park Guide for updates on closures at the park due to COVID-19.


Dan Nicholas Park has some beautiful scenery in the fall!


Patterson Farm

Patterson Farm Market and Tours has a variety of different options for Fall Fun on the Farm! From Geocaching adventures, to a corn maize, and virtual tours, they have something that everyone in your family will enjoy no matter their age. For information on all of the events available at Patterson Farm this fall, visit their website here. This year, Patterson is also hosting MOOvies on the Farm every other week through Halloween. The drive-in showings will include a Friday and Saturday night feature! Kettle corn and fresh squeezed lemonade will also be available for purchase. Some of the movies include Moana, Sweet Home Alabama, and Field of Dreams!

Visit for information on where to purchase tickets and the movies that will be shown!

Pricing is as follows:
Ages 12 & up: $8
Ages 3 – 11: $5
Ages 2 & under: FREE


Check out MOOvies on the Farm at Patterson Farm!


Visit a Local Farmers’ Market

The Salisbury Rowan Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday morning from 8 a.m- 12 p.m. through December 19 at the Farmers’ Market & Railwalk Pavilion! Here you will find the best local produce in Rowan County along with a variety of baked goods, activities for children, live music, and food demonstrations every week. To stay up to date on information about the Farmer’s Market, visit their Facebook page here.


The Salisbury-Rowan Farmer’s Market is open for business every Saturday morning!


Row Co River Adventures Moonlit Kayak Tours

On October 2, and again on November 1, Row Co River Adventures is hosting a guided group moonlit paddle down the Yadkin River! October 2 is a Harvest Moon and November 1 is a Hunter’s Moon and Dia De Los Muertos. Use a rental or bring your own kayak and meet at the York Hill Boat Access to paddle up river for an hour facing sunset. Then turn around and float back to the landing with the moon as your guide! For more information on how to register for these moonlit tours, visit the Row Co River Adventures Facebook page here.


You won’t want to miss the moonlit tours in October and November at Row Co River Adventures.


Virtual OctoberTour

The 45th Anniversary of the OctoberTour was not going to be stopped because of COVID! This year, the tour that we all know and love will be offered virtually. This new, virtual, and interactive tour will allow you to enter some of the wonderful private historic properties of Salisbury and Rowan County, just like you would if you were physically present for a tour. Participants can also experience a scavenger hunt from the comfort of your own home!

The dates and times for the virtual tours are: Friday: October 9, 6-9 p.m., Saturday: October 10, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., and Sunday: October 11, noon-5:30 p.m. Visit their website anytime on these dates to become a part of the virtual tours.  


Visit Local Vineyards

Morgan Ridge Vineyards in Gold Hill is still open for wine tastings, occasional concerts, and Wine Down Fridays recurring every Friday afternoon. Concerts are added periodically to their Facebook page, so be sure to like and stay up to date on all things happening at Morgan Ridge.

Cauble Creek Vineyards in Salisbury is also still open for tastings. Their hours are Thursday: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday:  11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday: 1  – 6 p.m. September is also the perfect time to pick your own grapes!

Douglas Vineyards in Kannapolis is open as well for small group tastings. The vineyard hours are Fridays: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturdays: 11 a.m. – 6pm, Sundays: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. If you have visited the vineyard before, things will be a little different if you choose to visit in the near future. All seating is outdoors to adhere to social distancing policies, and wine will be served in a plastic cup for the same health concerns.


#VisitOutdoors at one of our amazing vineyards in Rowan County!


Dinosaur Drive Thru Dino Hunt

Friday, September 25, 4-9 p.m. and Saturday, September 26, 12-8 p.m., the Rowan County Fair Grounds is hosting a drive thru dinosaur exhibit! For $5 a person or $15 a carload you can drive through and see 10 different dinosaurs. For only $5 more per person, you can upgrade the experience to a dino-hunt where you can hunt the dinosaurs with your Nerf guns! Prizes are awarded to the best hunters. To order tickets in advance make your payment at For more information on the drive thru event visit the Rowan County Fair Ground website here.


Live Music at Morgan Ridge Railwalk Brewery and Eatery

Every Friday and Saturday, Morgan Ridge Railwalk Brewery and Eatery hosts live music from 7:30-9:30 p.m. There is no cover charge for the live music so you can sit back, have a beer, and enjoy the live music. $3 pint specials are available both days! Visit their Facebook Page to stay up to date on which artists are performing on specific dates.


Check local event calendars to find live music near you!


As you can see, just because our normal fall events have been postponed, or made virtual, that doesn’t mean that this fall season in Rowan County will be any less exciting. With all of the uncertainty around us, event calendars are still changing weekly for many organizations and business. To stay up to date, make sure to follow/like your favorites on social media and check the Salisbury Post Community Calendar or the Visit Rowan County NC Event page for more updates in the community.