Historic Oak View Major Events

Night shot of the Livestock Barn during Sleigh Rides event with holiday lights

Please note: Due to COVID-19, major events are canceled through the end of 2021.

Historic Oak View County Park offers major events in a festival format centered around a nature, history, or recreational topic.  These large one-day events usually occur in the spring or fall.  Learn more about the special events below.

Barnyard Birthday Bash

Graphic for the Barnyard Birthday Bash event featuring cartoon goat

The Barnyard Birthday Bash is an annual event held in mid-May to celebrate the birthdays of the park goats, Levi, Elliot, Felix and Leroy. This free family event is great for preschool age kids and features games, activities and, of course, cake!

Oak View Farm Fest

Graphic design advertising Oak View Farm Fest event with cartoon barn

Take a step back in time on the first Saturday in October and celebrate farm life! Oak View Farm Fest has everything you would expect at an old-time county fair. Bring the whole family out for a fun-filled day and a look back at Wake County's rural and agricultural history. The free event features:  

Farm animals, antique equipment and cars, traditional crafts, agricultural exhibits, live music, horse-drawn carriage rides, cane pole fishing, pony rides, historic lawn games, face painting, food vendors, and more!          

Check back for more details!

Sleigh Rides and Cider

Graphic design advertising Sleigh Rides and Cider event with cartoon Santa

Spend a winter night at Oak View and get in the holiday spirit!  

  • Horse-drawn carriage rides
  • Festive music and storytelling
  • Holiday games and crafts
  • Hot apple cider and cookies
  • A visit from Ole Saint Nick

The event is free, and registration is not required. Please Note: Due to COVID-19, major events are canceled through the end of 2021.

Christmas at Oak View: 1850-1950

Tour Oak View with this self-guided activity to learn how the Christmas holiday was experienced by the different people and families living and working at Oak View through its long history, from its days as a plantation to a system of farm management, sharecropping, and tenant farming.

Visitors can take the self-guided tour throughout December, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and Sunday 1-5 p.m.