As summer fades away and the leaves on the trees turn colors, it’s time to start thinking about the fall festival season. With cooler weather and the ripening pumpkin and apple harvests, there are plenty of opportunities in Charlotte to have fun outdoors with the family. From wine tastings to dressing up like a knight,there is something for everyone to enjoy right here in Charlotte.
48th Festival in the Park
1409 East Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28203
Hours: Sept 21 – 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sept. 22 – 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sept. 23 – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
This is a family friendly outdoor festival hosts a variety of stages for entertainment and events. Enjoy national, regional and local musical talent, plus a Charlotte Folk Society Stage, a Clown Stage, Youth/Variety Stage, Jazz Stage and a Family Fun Zone with games, rides, concessions and vendors. This festival features a variety of foods and beautiful music perfect for both relaxation and good times.
Great Grapes Festival
Symphony Park at Southpark Mall
4400 Sharon Road
Charlotte, NC 28211
Price: $20 for admission and tasting glass
Date: Oct. 6 – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
With the slogan “uncork yourself, uncork the fun,” this festival boasts a large outdoor venue with tents showcasing more than 200 wines from 20 wineries. Each ticket includes a wine-tasting souvenir glass, admittance to all cooking demonstrations, endless wine tastings and entertainment. Take advantage of a children’s area with food concessions and vendors as well. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the music from the Symphony Park Band Shell.
Country Days Corn Maze
416 Joe Lee Helms Road
Indian Trail, 28079
Dates: Sept. 30 to Oct. 30 Fridays 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturdays – 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sundays – 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
A popular annual attraction for school groups, youth groups and families, this exciting maze brings with it barn animals, corn hole, a play ground, a corn box, the cow train, a corn canon, washers, a slingshot, duck races, a petting zoo and a rodeo. Enjoy shopping for locally made gifts, food, and arts and crafts in the General Store. Country Days Corn Maze makes for a perfectly affordable autumn day for the entire family.
The Annual Carolina Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace
16445 Poplar Tent Road
Huntersville, NC 28078
Price: $20 adult/$10 child
Dates: Oct. 6 to Nov. 18, Saturdays and Sundays – 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
This medieval amusement park creates an authentic 22-acre village. Enjoy 11 interactive stages, a large jousting stadium and a huge cast of wandering villagers and minstrels, a royal court, games, music and a place to feast. Attendees are highly encouraged to dress up and join in the fun. Take advantage of an option for the Renaissance romantics with weddings and vow renewals here as well. Click here for a list of festival events.
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The Third Annual Sip & Stroll
210 E. Trade St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
Dates: Sept. 14 – 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sept. 15 – 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Sip & Stroll festival in Charlotte features the finest wines and best local artists. Art mediums include painting, photography, glass making, watercolor and locally made jewelry featured in booths at the festival. For the less experienced, enjoy wine classes to experience wine tasting and broaden your understanding of wine. This two-day event in Charlotte will definitely broden your expertise in good wine and beautiful art, so don’t miss out this September.
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