Lincoln County Apple Festival is worth the 45-minute drive from Charlotte. It features an apple recipe contest, craft and art vendors, live music, a parade of high school bands, a farmer’s market (not just apples!), kids’ activities and more. It takes place in downtown Lincolnton on Saturday, September 16th, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival is free to attend. Check back for more information soon.