The 45+ Best Things To Do In Charlotte This October

The 45+ Best Things To Do In Charlotte This October

Thursday, Sep 28 2017

Cooler temps, tailgating, fall-flavored desserts—these are just a few reasons to get excited for October and, lucky for us, there are also a ton of awesome events happening in Charlotte! Get ready to flesh out your calendar with international food festivals, pumpkin carving competitions, Uptown celebrations and so much more!

October Must-Dos

Engage with the Community at CreativeMornings/CLT at Charlotte
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Engage with the Community at CreativeMornings/CLT

This monthly breakfast lecture series serves the creative community with a short themed talk by an awesome community member, coffee, breakfast and the promise of connecting with like-minded people.

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Engage with the Community at CreativeMornings/CLT
Free   .  Charlotte   .  Charlotte
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NOW OPEN: HIT 'EM WHILE THEY'RE HOT

Get Away at SouthBound at SouthBound
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Get a Taste of SoCal at SouthBound

Brand new SoCal inspired restaurant, SouthBound, is bringing the flavor and style of Southern California to the heart of South End.

Get Away at SouthBound
$   .  SouthBound   .  Charlotte
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NOW OPEN: Bulgogi Box at Bulgogi Box
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Try Korean-Style BBQ at Bulgogi Box

Charlotte, get ready to dig into delicious Korean barbecue! Bulgogi Box is bringing delicious, authentic Korean-Style BBQ and signature cocktails to Camden Gallery in South End!

NOW OPEN: Bulgogi Box
$   .  Bulgogi Box   .  Charlotte
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Wind Your Way Through the Amazing Maize Maze at Historic Rural Hill
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Wind Your Way Through the Amazing Maize Maze

Get lost and (hopefully found) in a seven acre corn maze featuring over two miles of paths. Check the schedule for updated hours and night maze dates.

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Wind Your Way Through the Amazing Maize Maze
$11   .  Historic Rural Hill   .  Huntersville
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Party With Your Pet at BARKtoberfest in Plaza Midwood at Resident Culture Brewing
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Party With Your Pet at BARKtoberfest in Plaza Midwood

It's time to celebrate—Plaza Midwood is decked out with dog stations. How to celebrate? BARKtoberfest! Come out for a pet parade and then chill out at Resident Culture Brewing for a pet fest.

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Party With Your Pet at BARKtoberfest in Plaza Midwood
Free   .  Resident Culture Brewing   .  Charlotte
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Go Medieval at the Carolina Renaissance Festival at Carolina Renaissance Festival
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Go Medieval at the Carolina Renaissance Festival

Fairies, knights, nobles, jousting, mead, turkey legs and more! These are just a few of the things you'll find at Carolina Renaissance Festival, happening every weekend Sat. 30 through Nov. 19!

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Go Medieval at the Carolina Renaissance Festival
$25   .  Carolina Renaissance Festival   .  Huntersville
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Drink & Donate at Mutts & Mimosas Sunday Boozy Brunch at Sycamore Brewing

Drink & Donate at Mutts & Mimosas Sunday Boozy Brunch

Sycamore Brewing is raising money for hurricane victims at a Mutts & Mimosas Brunch. Bring your pup and come ready for multiple beermosas ($1 for every drink is donated), live music and grub.

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Drink & Donate at Mutts & Mimosas Sunday Boozy Brunch
Free   .  Sycamore Brewing   .  Charlotte
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Scare Yourself Silly at Scarowinds at Carowinds
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Scare Yourself Silly at Scarowinds

With over 25 fright inducing rides ranging from mazes to roller coasters to scare zones, there's no way you'll leave Scarowinds with your wits about you.

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Scare Yourself Silly at Scarowinds
$34+   .  Carowinds   .  Charlotte
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Show Big Love for the Tiny Stage Concerts Songwriter Showcase at Triple C Brewing Company
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Show Big Love for the Tiny Stage Concerts Songwriter Showcase

TinyStage is all about showcasing incredibly talented Charlotte artists who perform original songs in great locations. Head to D9 Brewing to hear great music and enjoy great beer!

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Show Big Love for the Tiny Stage Concerts Songwriter Showcase
Free   .  Triple C Brewing Company   .  Charlotte
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Explore in Awe at the Chinese Lantern Festival at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
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Explore in Awe at the Chinese Lantern Festival

For over a month, DSBG will be home to an otherworldly experience. Over 800 handmade lanterns will take over 12 acres to create an illuminated wonderland of flora and fauna from around the world!

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Explore in Awe at the Chinese Lantern Festival
$21.95   .  Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden   .  Belmont
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Watch Movie Magic at 15 Short Film Festival at The Evening Muse
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Watch Movie Magic at 15 Short Film Festival

The 15 Short Film Festival brings together the best of the best in short films from around the world. Snag a $10 ticket to see 15 films ranging from documentary to animated to comedic, but all short!

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Watch Movie Magic at 15 Short Film Festival
$10   .  The Evening Muse   .  Charlotte
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Pick a Pumpkin at Carrigan Farms at Carrigan Farms
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Pick a Pumpkin at Carrigan Farms

Head out to Carrigan Farms for the perfect fall day—hayrides, fresh apple cider and picking out the perfect pumpkin!

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Pick a Pumpkin at Carrigan Farms
$10   .  Carrigan Farms   .  Mooresville
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Enjoy Tunes and Skyline Views during the Sunset at Metropolitan Concert Series at Metropolitan
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Enjoy Tunes and Skyline Views during the Sunset at Metropolitan Concert Series

The Metropolitan's fall concert series features an eclectic mix of genres performed by local and regional artists. Enjoy an evening of live music with a great view of the Charlotte skyline!

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Enjoy Tunes and Skyline Views during the Sunset at Metropolitan Concert Series
Free   .  Metropolitan   .  Charlotte
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Marvel at William Ivey Long's Spectacular Costume Design  at Mint Museum UPTOWN
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Marvel at William Ivey Long's Spectacular Costume Design

You may not know his name, but you definitely know his work. Explore the work from famed costume designer William Ivey Long, designer behind 'The Rocky Horror Picture Show,' 'Cinderella' and more.

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Marvel at William Ivey Long's Spectacular Costume Design
$   .  Mint Museum UPTOWN   .  Charlotte
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Close Out Summer with the BYOB Competition and Fall Finale Festival at U.S. National Whitewater Center
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Close Out Summer with the BYOB Competition and Fall Finale Festival

Fall Finale will be a festival to remember! Watch or participate in the BYOB (build your own boat) Competition, sample cider and relax on the lawn. It's a great way to close out summer!

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Close Out Summer with the BYOB Competition and Fall Finale Festival
Free   .  U.S. National Whitewater Center   .  Charlotte
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Sip Fall Flavors at the Charlotte Cider Festival at Rooftop 210
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Sip Fall Flavors at the Charlotte Cider Festival

Come celebrate the beginning of one of the most wonderful times of the year—fall! Sample fall's signature spiked beverage at the 4th Annual Charlotte Cider Festival!

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Sip Fall Flavors at the Charlotte Cider Festival
$15+   .  Rooftop 210   .  Charlotte
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Get Your Swerve on at the Silent Disco Bar Crawl at Uptown Charlotte
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Get Your Swerve on at the Silent Disco Bar Crawl

Dance like no one is watching at this mobile music Silent Disco Bar Crawl! Jam all night to EDM Dance, Top 40 Club remixes or '80s, '90s & Old School Hip Hop with your personal LED headset.

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Get Your Swerve on at the Silent Disco Bar Crawl
$15+   .  Uptown Charlotte   .  Charlotte
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Celebrate the Butterfly Highway at the Charlotte Monarch Festival at First Ward Park
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Celebrate the Butterfly Highway at the Charlotte Monarch Festival

At this educational festival, you can learn all about Monarch butterflies, pollinators, and wildlife habitats. Food, fun and music included!

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Celebrate the Butterfly Highway at the Charlotte Monarch Festival
-   .  First Ward Park   .  Charlotte
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Come Out for the Queen City Quiz Show Finale at Camp North End
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Come Out for the Queen City Quiz Show Finale

Queen City Quiz Show is finishing off season 1 with a bang! Come out to watch semi-finalists go head to head and then the culmination at the finale! Expect vendors, breweries and entertainment.

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Come Out for the Queen City Quiz Show Finale
Free   .  Camp North End   .  Charlotte
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Celebrate at Hola Charlotte Festival at North Tryon Street
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Celebrate at Hola Charlotte Festival

Charlotte's official Hispanic Heritage Festival returns with entertainment and education. Come for authentic arts, crafts, soccer, dance, Latin food and two live music stages.

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Celebrate at Hola Charlotte Festival
Free   .  North Tryon Street   .  Charlotte
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Crown the Best at Charlotte's Grilled Cheese Fest at 1441 S Tryon St
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Crown the Best at Charlotte's Grilled Cheese Fest

Feast on samples of gooey, melty grilled cheese creations made by CLT's best chefs and then vote for the BEST grilled cheese in Charlotte! Brews, music and activities are included!

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Crown the Best at Charlotte's Grilled Cheese Fest
$35+   .  1441 S Tryon St   .  Charlotte
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Shop the December Finders Keepers Market at NoDa Brewing Company North
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Shop the October Finders Keepers Market

The Finders Keepers Market has found a new home at NoDa Brewing. Come check out all things local—from the crafts to cupcakes to coffee—at this awesome market.

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Shop the December Finders Keepers Market
Free   .  NoDa Brewing Company North   .  Charlotte
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Get Mighty with All-You-Can Eat BBQ & Bottomless Beer at Sugar Creek Brewing
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Get Mighty with All-You-Can Eat BBQ & Bottomless Beer

Stuff your face with all-you-can-eat BBQ and beer, all in the name of a great cause. Once you've had your fill, enjoy beer barrel relays, strong man competitions, live music and more.

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Get Mighty with All-You-Can Eat BBQ & Bottomless Beer
$50/80   .  Sugar Creek Brewing   .  Charlotte
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Treat Your Taste Buds to a Cheese & Cider Pairing at Red Clay Ciderworks
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Treat Your Taste Buds to a Cheese & Cider Pairing

Indulge in an excellent evening of cider and cheese pairing, while experts in both will guide you through each delicious sip and bite.

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Treat Your Taste Buds to a Cheese & Cider Pairing
$19+   .  Red Clay Ciderworks   .  Charlotte
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Enjoy the Season at the First Ward Fall Festival at First Ward Park
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Enjoy the Season at the First Ward Fall Festival

Get in the spirit of the season with a free fall festival filled with roots and blues music, local food trucks and craft beer and wine. Don't forget your blankets and chairs if you want get cozy.

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Enjoy the Season at the First Ward Fall Festival
Free   .  First Ward Park   .  Charlotte
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Create & Learn at Charlotte Mini Maker Faire at Discovery Place
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Create & Learn at Charlotte Mini Maker Faire

We can't say no to an all-ages gathering of techies, crafters, educators, authors, artists, students and all-around tinkerers. It's like a great big game of 'Show and Tell.'

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Create & Learn at Charlotte Mini Maker Faire
$17   .  Discovery Place   .  Charlotte
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Grub Out at the Southeast Asian Street Food Festival at 1817 Central Ave
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Grub Out at the Southeast Asian Street Food Festival

Hit the 4th Annual Southeast Asian Street Food Festival for everything from a pho-eating contest to performances to food from all over Southeast Asia.

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Grub Out at the Southeast Asian Street Food Festival
Free   .  1817 Central Ave   .  Charlotte
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Breakaway Music Festival Announced in Charlotte at AvidXchange Music Factory
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Breakaway Music Festival Announced in Charlotte

Zedd, Lil Dicky, Blackbear, Kyle and Cheat Codes will headline Charlotte's first Breakaway Music Festival. The festival will happen at AvidXchange in October.

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Breakaway Music Festival Announced in Charlotte
$40   .  AvidXchange Music Factory   .  Charlotte
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Globe Trot at the International Festival at University of North Carolina at Charlotte
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Globe Trot at the International Festival

UNC Charlotte's 42nd Annual International Festival brings a colorful marketplace of over 50 nations to the campus. Come celebrate the international community with art, dance, food, music and more.

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Globe Trot at the International Festival
Free   .  University of North Carolina at Charlotte   .  Charlotte
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Dress Up Your Pup for Pug-O-Ween at Lucky Dog Bark & Brew Charlotte
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Dress Up Your Pup for Pug-O-Ween

Get ready for cute overload as Pug-O-Ween takes over Lucky Dog. Bring your pup for a costume contest, come bob for beer and raise money for Mid Atlantic Pug Rescue. All pups are welcome!

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Dress Up Your Pup for Pug-O-Ween
Free   .  Lucky Dog Bark & Brew Charlotte   .  Charlotte
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Venture Out to the Latin American Festival at Symphony Park
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Venture Out to the Latin American Festival

One of Charlotte's largest cultural events, the Latin American Festival brings an incredible lineup of food, crafts, artists and Grammy award-winning performances to Symphony Park.

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Venture Out to the Latin American Festival
$5   .  Symphony Park   .  Charlotte
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Down Brunch Bevs at the Charlotte Bloody Mary Festival at The Fillmore Charlotte
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Down Brunch Bevs at the Charlotte Bloody Mary Festival

What's better than brunch? A whole festival dedicated to your favorite brunch bev, the Bloody Mary. Get ready to crown the Queen City's best Bloody Mary as you sample from tons of competitors.

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Down Brunch Bevs at the Charlotte Bloody Mary Festival
$25+   .  The Fillmore Charlotte   .  Charlotte
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Get Outside for Open Streets 704 at Charlotte
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Get Outside for Open Streets 704

Charlotteans will flood the streets to experience what life is like when a main street is car free. Come out to experience Charlotte in a new way, plus engage in arts, green and fitness fun!

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Get Outside for Open Streets 704
Free   .  Charlotte   .  Charlotte
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Dine & Drink at Chefs for Kids' Cancer at The Underground - Fillmore Charlotte
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Dine & Drink at Chefs for Kids' Cancer

Gather at The Fillmore Underground for Chefs for Kids' Cancer, an evening of eating and drinking with some of Charlotte's best chefs to raise funds for childhood cancer research.

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Dine & Drink at Chefs for Kids' Cancer
$$$   .  The Underground - Fillmore Charlotte   .  Charlotte
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Time Travel to the Roaring '20s at Science on the Rocks at Discovery Place
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Adults Only: Science On The Rocks at Discovery Place

Leave the kids at home for an after hours, adults only experience at Discovery Place.

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Time Travel to the Roaring '20s at Science on the Rocks
$10   .  Discovery Place   .  Charlotte
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Test Two-Wheelers at Fall CycloFest at U.S. National Whitewater Center
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Test Two-Wheelers at Fall CycloFest

Experience the East Coast's largest outdoor cycling demo and festival! The USNWC is hosting CycloFest, a huge bike event where you'll get to take the most innovative two-wheelers out there for a spin.

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Test Two-Wheelers at Fall CycloFest
Free   .  U.S. National Whitewater Center   .  Charlotte
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Get Your Pumpkin Fix at GUTS 9th Annual Pumpkin Carving Competition at BB&T Ballpark
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Get Your Pumpkin Fix at GUTS 9th Annual Pumpkin Carving Competition

GUTS is a glorified pumpkin carving event for CLT's creative talent supporting Make-A-Wish. Watch the area's creative community compete in a timed carving contest and join in on the festivities!

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Get Your Pumpkin Fix at GUTS 9th Annual Pumpkin Carving Competition
$10   .  BB&T Ballpark   .  Charlotte
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Rock & Run at Rocktoberfest 5 Miler & Half Marathon at NewDominion
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Rock & Run at Rocktoberfest 5 Miler & Half Marathon

With six stages of entertainment planned along the course, Rocktoberfest will have you feeling pumped up all the way to the finish line.

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Rock & Run at Rocktoberfest 5 Miler & Half Marathon
$30+   .  NewDominion   .  Charlotte
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Savor Unlimited Pours at South End Wine Festival at 308 W Carson Blvd
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Savor Unlimited Pours at South End Wine Festival

Drink wine to do good—that's the way we think the world should work and that's how the South End Wine Fest operates. Grab a ticket for unlimited tastings and to support Classroom Central.

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Savor Unlimited Pours at South End Wine Festival
$35   .  308 W Carson Blvd   .  Charlotte
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Show the Pups Some Love at the 8th Annual Dogtoberfest at Heist Brewery
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Show the Pups Some Love at the 8th Annual Dogtoberfest

Head to Heist Brewery for the 8th Annual Dogtoberfest. There's nothing better than a Saturday spent having a pint, supporting local rescue organizations and pampering your pooch.

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Show the Pups Some Love at the 8th Annual Dogtoberfest
Free   .  Heist Brewery   .  Charlotte
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Pedal Your Way Through CLT for Biketoberfest at Triple C Brewing Company
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Pedal Your Way Through CLT for Biketoberfest

Sustain Charlotte brings you Biketoberfest, a Saturday of exploring CLT via sustainable transportation (bike, light rail and your feet) and supporting local business. Oh, and there's an after party!

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Pedal Your Way Through CLT for Biketoberfest
$10+   .  Triple C Brewing Company   .  Charlotte
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Cheers to Three Years at Sycamore Brewing at Sycamore Brewing
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Cheers to Three Years at Sycamore Brewing

Sycamore Brewing is turning two! Come toast to two years of success at their all-day celebration.

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Cheers to Three Years at Sycamore Brewing
Free   .  Sycamore Brewing   .  Charlotte
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Perfect Your Hand Roll at Birmingham Sushi Class at Sycamore Brewing
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Perfect Your Hand Roll at Birmingham Sushi Class

Want to learn how to roll perfect sushi to enjoy in the comfort of your own home? Birmingham Sushi will teach you the basics of roll making, sauce mixing, raw fish selection and more.

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Perfect Your Hand Roll at Birmingham Sushi Class
$40   .  Sycamore Brewing   .  Charlotte
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Get Spooked at the Sleepy Hollow Haunted Trail at Latta Plantation Nature Center
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Get Spooked at the Sleepy Hollow Haunted Trail

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow lives on at Latta Plantation. Wander down the haunted trail to get spooked by the Headless Horseman. Spirits from OMB and goodies available to bring you comfort.

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Get Spooked at the Sleepy Hollow Haunted Trail
$10   .  Latta Plantation Nature Center   .  Huntersville
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Don your Favorite Super Suit for the HeroRun at Fairview Plaza
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Don your Favorite Super Suit for the HeroRun

Super runners assemble! Suit up as your favorite superhero and run a 5K or a 1K fun run to honor and show your support for all of our armed forces and military heroes.

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Don your Favorite Super Suit for the HeroRun
$20/$40   .  Fairview Plaza   .  Charlotte
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Walk to End Alzheimer's at BB&T Ballpark
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Walk to End Alzheimer's

Join the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care and research. Sign up individually or with a team and walk to make a change.

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Walk to End Alzheimer's
$$   .  BB&T Ballpark   .  Charlotte
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Let Art & Pumpkins Collide at Carved at Lenny Boy Brewing
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Let Art & Pumpkins Collide at Carved

Head to Lenny Boy for Carved. The area's best in creative food backgrounds—chefs, mixologists, etc.—will come together to see who can carve the best pumpkin while you booze and shmooze.

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Let Art & Pumpkins Collide at Carved
$18   .  Lenny Boy Brewing   .  Charlotte
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Celebrate Day of the Dead With Levine Museum of the New South at Levine Museum of the New South
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Celebrate Day of the Dead With Levine Museum of the New South

Celebrate the Day of the Dead or Dia de Muertos at a festival filled with sugar skull workshops, traditional foods, arts and crafts and more, plus free admission!

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Celebrate Day of the Dead With Levine Museum of the New South
Free   .  Levine Museum of the New South   .  Charlotte
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The 45+ Best Things To Do In Charlotte This October
The 45+ Best Things To Do In Charlotte This October