It’s 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. Most of these are free. Some have a nominal charge and some charge for activities.
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Yiasou Greek Festival
September 7 – 10
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 600 East Boulevard
Greek music, dancing, cultural displays, kids’ area, food
$3, free for ages 12 and under. Also free if you ride CATS or Lynx
Festival of India
Music dancing, Henna tattoos, more
$7, free for kids under 10
Catawba Indian Festival
Schiele Museum of Natural History, 1500 East Garrison Boulevard in Gastonia
Explore the culture and history of the Catawba Indians through music, dance, storytelling, crafts and more.
$3 + museum admission, which ranges from $4 to $7.
Fiddle ‘n’ Pig Shindig
Anne Close Springs Greenway, 250 Dairy Barn Lane, Fort Mill, SC
Bluegrass music and BBQ.
Oktoberfest at Blue Blaze Brewing
Blue Blaze Brewing, 528 South Turner Avenue
Oktoberfest games, accordion music, JJ’s Red Hots brat for purchase, more
Pizza Peel & Taproom Plaza Midwood, 1600 Central Avenue
Games and prizes. Food and drink for purchase
Two stages of music, art, kids’ activities, beer, food trucks, more
Quidditch Day at The Amazing Maize Maze
Watch a Quidditch match between Charlotte Quidditch UNCC and UNCG Quidditch and then learn some Quidditch skills yourself. After that, challenge yourself in the Amazing Maize Maze ($8-$11)
Lincoln County Apple Festival
Live music, kids’ activities, parade, farmer’s market, more
Festival in the Park
September 22 – 24
Entertainment on 5 stages
September 22 – 24
Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
Enjoy the popular seasonal brew, German food and live music.
Indian Trail Cultural Arts Festival
Chestnut Square Park, 320 Chestnut Parkway, Indian Trail
Sugar Creek Brewing Fall Fest
Sugar Creek Brewing, 215 Southside Drive
Live music, pig roast, games for kids, vendors. Also “Fall Into Desserts.”
Fall Fest: free
Fall Into Desserts: $10
Tryon Street between Trade and 8th Street
Live Latin music and cultural performances all day, the Latin American Cultural Village, a kids’ zone, and of course authentic Latin cuisine.
UNCC International Festival
UNCC main campus
Music, dance, cultural display, games, food from many countries
Sycamore Brewing’s 3-year Anniversary Party
Sycamore Brewing, 2161 Hawkins Street
2 stages of live music, giveaways, beer releases, food trucks
Yadkin Valley Pumpkin Festival
September 23, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Downtown Elkin, NC
Annual Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off, kids’ activities, live music, craft vendors, more
Retro Horror Series
Ayrsley Grand Cinemas 14, 9110 Kings Parade Boulevard
September 29 – November 2
Double features of your favorite horror flicks. $5
Kannapolis Fire Department Open House
Kannapolis City Hall, Laureate Way, Kannapolis
Emergency vehicles, music, entertainment, rescue helicopters, inflatable games, and a Pit Road, which will consist of community partners with lots of great information, and more. There will be a fire truck parade.
Downtown Davidson Fall Art Festival
Literary Festival of Charlotte
October 7th, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Little Rock Cultural Center, 401 North Myers Street
Poetry, readings, face-painting, drum circle, candy, more
Latin American Festival
Symphony Park at SouthPark
Music, dance, food, crafts, art
$10; Children 8 and under are free
Pineville Fall Festival
October 20, 21
Pineville Lake Park, 1000 Johnston Drive, Pineville
Carnival rides, live music, kids’ activities, more
October 21, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Bailey Road Park, 11536 Bailey Road, Cornelius
Beer, bands, kids’ activities
Community Huntersville Fall Festival
October 14, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Barnette Elementary, 13659 Beatties Ford Rd, Huntersville
Arts & crafts, hayrides, inflatables, carnival games, more
Huntersville Halloween Festival
Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville
Games, arts & crafts, moon bounce, pumpkin patch, fireworks
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Noah’s Event Venue, 2124 Yorkmont Road
40+ geeky artisans, music tent, kids crafts, food trucks, short film fest, more
7 p.m. to midnight
Noah’s Event Venue, 2124 Yorkmont Road
Costume party, Geeks Got Talent, free food, cash bar, photo booth, caricatures, psychic card reader, more
$30 in advance. $35 at the door. First 50 readers to use CLTCHEAP promo code in advance get $5 off.
GUTS Pumpkin Carving Contest
Davidson Halloween March
October 27th, 5 p.m.
Main Street, Davidson
Costumed kids march down Main Street, collecting candy from business owners and vendors.
All Hallows Eve celebration
Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville
Trick-or-treating, pumpkin painting, historical Halloween characters.
$9 adults/$8 students and seniors/free for kids 5 and under
Plaza Midwood Fall Crawl & Cankerworm Festival
Plaza Midwood neighborhood
Kids’ activities, live music, tree banding.
Haunted Tour and Carnival at Ray’s Splash Planet
Ray’s Splash Planet, 215 N. Sycamore Street
Games, contests, trick-or-treating
$5 ages 4 and up
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.
Downtown Concord Candy Crawl
October 31, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Union Street, Concord
Trick or Treat at local businesses
October 31, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Fountain Park in Rock Hill, SC
Free trick-or-treating at more than 20 vendors, the Boo Ha-Ha Dance Party, our annual Costume Contest and meet The Carolina Ghostbusters (along with Ecto-1). Of of course you don’t want to miss our Grand Marshall of the Festival “Maxx” the Robot (a full action 10 foot Robot)!