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!
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.
Brand new SoCal inspired restaurant, SouthBound, is bringing the flavor and style of Southern California to the heart of South End.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
Head out to Carrigan Farms for the perfect fall day—hayrides, fresh apple cider and picking out the perfect pumpkin!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
At this educational festival, you can learn all about Monarch butterflies, pollinators, and wildlife habitats. Food, fun and music included!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Indulge in an excellent evening of cider and cheese pairing, while experts in both will guide you through each delicious sip and bite.
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.
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.'
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.
Zedd, Lil Dicky, Blackbear, Kyle and Cheat Codes will headline Charlotte's first Breakaway Music Festival. The festival will happen at AvidXchange in October.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Leave the kids at home for an after hours, adults only experience at Discovery Place.
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.
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!
With six stages of entertainment planned along the course, Rocktoberfest will have you feeling pumped up all the way to the finish line.
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.
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.
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!
Sycamore Brewing is turning two! Come toast to two years of success at their all-day celebration.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!