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Meet & learn about animals at Critter Carnival!

On Saturday, October 16, 2021, the 7th annual Critter Carnival will be held at Southern Community Park in Chapel Hill, NC to raise awareness and funds for numerous local animal rescue and rehabilitation charities. From 10am to 2pm you can meet and learn about animals while enjoying a wide variety of live music. Bring your critters and join us! Admission is FREE!

  • Musical acts include Batalá Durham and John Saylor, with more to be announced!
  • Animal-related vendors and arts & crafts vendors
  • Maple View Ice Cream and Fahsyrah’s Lemonade
  • Kids area with animal masks, sidewalk chalk, animal coloring books, Play-Doh, art supplies & bubbles
  • A free martial arts demo where kids can learn to break wooden boards!
  • A silent auction for lots of great items

The animal charities attending the 2021 festival are a large variety of nonprofits in Alamance, Chatham, Durham, Orange and Wake counties dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating dogs, cats, wildlife, farm animals and exotic animals, including:

  • American Wildlife Refuge
  • BeWild
  • Carolina Tiger Rescue
  • Conservators Center
  • Eyes Ears Nose and Paws
  • Go Conscious Earth
  • Goathouse Refuge
  • Jenna and Friends Animal Sanctuary
  • Orange County Animal Services
  • Orange County Beekeepers Association
  • Our Wild Neighbors
  • Paws4ever
  • Piedmont Wildlife Center
  • Raptor Insights
  • Spirit Canine Rescue
  • Wildlife Welfare
  • + Many more to be announced

Visit the Charities page to learn more about these amazing organizations.


Southern Community Park
 is located at 1000 Sumac Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27516.

Critter Carnival is located at the Northern entrance next to the playground, just off 15/501.

Critter Carnival is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Donations are greatly appreciated and sponsorships are available.