Is there anything more comforting than wearing your favorite cozy sweater, taking an evening stroll and listening to the crunch of leaves under your feet during this time of year? There are so many fun things to do in Charlotte come the fall, from exploring pumpkin patches and local farmers’ markets, to street festivals and art exhibits. If you’re wondering what you can do to (pumpkin) spice up your calendar this season, be sure to keep reading — we’ve selected a few up-and-coming events and places you won’t want to miss.
Fall Artisan Market
Nestled amid beautiful lakes and lush green forests, the Anne Springs Close Greenway is the perfect place to explore nature. With numerous hiking and cycling trails, horseback riding, and kayaking spots, there is something for everyone here. Discover local handmade pieces, homemade goodies and farm-fresh produce. The annual Fall Artisan Market will take place at Anne Springs on Saturday, October 2nd.
Hola Charlotte Festival
The Hola Charlotte Festival in Uptown Charlotte highlights Latin American culture with events for all ages. Be sure to visit Tyron street on Saturday, October 9th to experience live musical performances, dancing, face painting, street vendor, traditional delicacies and more.
Charlotte Dragon Boat Festival and Asian Festival
The annual Charlotte Dragon Boat Festival race is a chance to see creative teamwork at its finest. Participants who are 15 years of age or older can register to join a team by simply filling out the event form online. Be sure to experience the thrill of the races, numerous vendors and musical performances taking place Saturday, October 16th at Ramsay Creek Park.
Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade
Come be part of the 75th edition of the Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade, a beloved community tradition. Kicking off on Wednesday, November 24th, patrons will experience live music, street performers, giant balloon mascots and more. Visit Tyron street in Uptown to get in on all the excitement.
The Great Pumpkin Fest
The Great Pumpkin Fest is any kid’s dreamland, with a games corner, a mummy pit, candy corn acres, hay bale maze, a pumpkin fest trail and more. This one-of-a-kind Halloween event for kids also hosts a costume contest and live entertainment all in one magical place. Visit Carowinds from Monday, September 18th to Sunday, October 31st to get in on the fun.
If you enjoy creepy Halloween decor and aren’t afraid of what’s lurking around every corner, SCarowinds is the place for you. Blood-thirsty vampires and hungry zombies eagerly await visitors to give a good fright to. This world-class theme park offers spooky rides, a wicked carnival, a scary arcade and more. Visit these creepy attractions from Sunday, September 17th through to Sunday, October 31st — if you dare.
Windy Hill Orchard & Cidery’s
Discover a one-of-a-kind apple picking experience at Windy Hill Orchard & Cidery’s, complete with hard cider flights for grown-ups and delicious apple cider doughnuts for kids. If you need an excuse to take a break from apple picking, they have beautiful fire pits to sit around at and enjoy the crisp evening air. The annual apple harvest festival kicks off Saturday, October 16th.
Aw Shucks not only has a corn maze and pumpkin patch, but it also includes an animal barn to visit farm favorites, cozy fire pits and more. Don’t get lost in the maze before you have a chance to check out their pumpkin market with sweet and savoury treats. Visit this unique location Friday, September 24th to Sunday, November 14th.