Fall is the best time for festivals in Charlotte. Here’s a big list of Charlotte area fall festivals, Halloween festivals, Halloween movies, trick-or-treat events and more. It’s time for hayrides and pumpkins. Here is a growing list of fall and Halloween festivals for 2015. Most of these are free. Some have a nominal charge and some charge for activities. Do you know of others? Let me know and I’ll get them on the list. This list will be updated, as many organizations haven’t published information yet. Also, make sure to check out the list of haunted hayrides, corn mazes, and pumpkin patches, which will be updated soon. And if you haven’t already done this (what are you waiting for?) you can subscribe for one daily email from Charlotte on the Cheap. Make sure to click on each link for the necessary details. Want to get your event highlighted, or even a prime spot at the top of this list? Ask me about sponsoring this post. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yiasou Greek Festival
September 10 – 13
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 600 East Boulevard
Greek music, dancing, cultural displays, kids’ area, food
$3, free for ages 12 and under.
Festival of India
Music dancing, Henna tattoos, more
$7, free for kids under 10
Southern Sauce Beer, Bar-b-que and Bands Festival
September 18 – 19
Romare Bearden Park
Music, kids’ activities, art, food (charge for food)
Festival in the Park
September 25 – 27
Entertainment on 6 stages
Retro Horror Films
October 2 – November 5
Ayrsley Grand Cinemas, 9110 Kings Parade Boulevard
$5 tickets. Different retro movie each week.
October 7, 3:30 p.m.
Mountain Island Library, 4420 Hoyt Galvin Way
Face-painting, storytelling, games, and special presentation by Chef Jill Dahan as all ages celebrate Fall Festival. Costumes welcome
Fall Festival for seniors
October 9, 10 a.m.
Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center, 2921 Tuckaseegee Road
Music by DJ JoJo and games with prizes. Fish/chicken, hushpuppies, ice cones, popcorn, and dessert.
Ballantyne Fall Festival–Autumn in the Park
Ballantyne District Park, behind Morrison Family YMCA at 9405 Bryant Farms Road
Hayrides, bounce house, face painting, field day activities, pumpkin painting, Charlotte’s Best Oyster Roast
Latin American Festival
October 10 – 11
Symphony Park at SouthPark
Music, dance, food, crafts, art
$10 for one day; $15 for two days; Children 10 and under are free
Autumn Treasures Fall Festival
BBQ Competition, live music, kids’ activities, car show, more
Pineville Fall Festival
October 16, 17
Pineville Lake Park, 1000 Johnston Drive, Pineville
Carnival rides, live music, juggling, more
Bailey Road Park, 11536 Bailey Road, Cornelius
Beer, bands, kids’ activities
CommunityHuntersville Fall Festival
October 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Barnette Elementary, 13659 Beatties Ford Rd, Huntersville
Arts & crafts, hayrides, inflatables, carnival games, more
UNCC International Festival
UNCC Main Campus
International booths, music, dance, games, food, fireworks
Toddler Fall Festival
October 30, 10 a.m.
Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center, 440 Tuckaseegee Road
Costumes and crafts. Age 2-5
$2. Register in advance using above link.
All Hallows Eve celebration
Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville
Trick-or-treating, pumpkin painting, historical Halloween characters.
$8 adults/$7 kids
Belmont Boo Festival
October 24, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Stowe Park, 24 South Main Street, Belmont
Craft vendors, food, inflatables, games, prizes, candy, costume contest 6 p.m.
Blakeney Boo Bash
No info on this yet.
GUTS Pumpkin Carving Contest
NC Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Boulevard
Watch the pumpkins get carved, and then vote on your favorite
Trunk or Treat
Chestnut Square Park, Indian Trail
Details not available yet
Davidson Halloween March
Main Street, Davidson
Costumed kids march down Main Street, collecting candy from business owners and vendors.
Huntersville Halloween Festival
Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville
Games, arts & crafts, moon bounce, pumpkin patch
Plaza Midwood Fall Crawl & Cankerworm Festival
Plaza Midwood neighborhood
Information not available yet
Various comic book stores. Follow above link for details.
Free comic books, other activities
Day of the Dead Celebration
Levine Museum of the New South, 200 East 7th Street.
Explore the Mexican tradition of Dia de Los Muertos, with activities, food, storytelling and altars.