It’s an October Saturday morning. You wake to a perfect temperature; no sweat on your forehead and also no huddled sprints to your sweater closet. Ten o’clock approaches as you begin brewing your favorite blend of pumpkin spice coffee. Maybe a slice of warm applesauce bread to compliment.
It’s noon and your family has planned a trip to the pumpkin patch. Hay rides, hot apple cider and tons of smiling faces surround you. You get a little lost in the corn maze before heading out with your perfectly picked pumpkins for carving.
The clock strikes nine and it’s finally time to enjoy 16 savory ounces of that frothy Oktoberfest you’ve been dreaming about all day. Ah, the oaky smell of logs burning around red stones at your favorite bar & grille concludes your evening with a warm embrace and a gratefulness that you live in a city that embraces the Fall so eloquently.
Ready to dive head-first into Hallothanksmas? Us, too. (UPDATED: Nov. 1st) Here’s your list of must-attend activities going on this month:
Chili Cook Off | Dilworth/South End
1930 Camden Road | Charlotte, NC 28203
November 11th from 11am-3pm
A fun and competitive tradition of getting together with your friends and neighbors to compete for best chili recipe! Plot twist: You’ll also be competing against some of Charlotte’s best restaurant chefs…good luck!
The Muggles Market | Noah’s Event Venue
2421 Yorkmont Rd | Charlotte, NC 28217
November 3rd from 10am-4pm
Fan-girls and guys, prepare yourselves: Hosted by the Charlotte Geeks, this event features over 50 artisans presenting and selling their handmade items, and also provides other activities and oddities – like a short film fest, performance tent, medieval courtyard demonstrations, a food truck rally, a fan car showcase and more! Plus food and music. Seriously, you guys can’t miss this. (Can you tell I’d fit right in?)
Southern Christmas Show | The Park Expo and Conference Center
800 Briar Creek Rd | Charlotte, NC 28205
Nov 8th – Nov 18th
For some of us, there’s no “in between” from Halloween to Christmas. November 1st begins my Christmas tree hunt and gift shopping! The Southern Christmas show is like nothing you’ve seen before; grand exhibits with lights, deco, colorful displays of ornaments, fir trees and reindeer, plus food, drink, art and other home décor/eclectic gifts available for purchase and plenty of merriment to go around! This is a unique experience and most importantly, a way to make the dreaded holiday shopping FUN! Bring the whole family and make a day (or week) out of it.
Novant Health’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
Beginning on South Tryon St. from 9th St. to Stonewall St.
Nov 22 beginning at 9:00am
The Thanksgiving Day Parade is a Charlotte tradition dating back to 1947, when it started as a small-town community event. In the 70+ years since its inception, this parade has become the number one destination for Thanksgiving Day celebration! The parade consists of floats, huge balloons, marching bands and other various performance acts. Watch online, on TV, or grab a ticket and be there in person!
Seasonal Beer Tastings
Various Craft Beer Breweries throughout Charlotte and Lake Norman
Through the entire Fall and Winter seasons
Charlotte’s craft beer scene has exploded over the last few years; There are over 250 breweries in the entire state and a large amount concentrated in Charlotte and Lake Norman. As crafters and artists, brewers embrace the season changes and the creative freedom it allows them to integrate into their brews. Most breweries will announce seasonal beer releases through their social media, so be on the lookout for seasonal brews like OMB’s “Mecktoberfest” or Bold Missy’s “Mary’s Monster Fall Spice” Ale.
Asheville Fall Hiking
Blue Ridge Parkway, Chimney Rock, Lake Lure, etc.
October-November (Peak days Oct. 31-Nov 8)
Asheville is known for a lot of things; Biltmore Estate, the Smokey Mountains, downtown Asheville, tons of breweries and wineries, and especially, the Fall foliage. Many people travel from all over the U.S to hike the Blue Ridge or Smokey Mountains, visit Lake Lure, or climb one of the many mountains that best showcase the areas most beautiful features. Take a weekend trip with the family or go for a day drive – either way, you won’t regret going.
Holiday on Ice Charlotte | NASCAR Hall of Fame
November 16th – January 6th 2019
400 E. Martin Luther King Blvd | Charlotte, NC
For under $15.00 for an entire day, you can enjoy ice skating in uptown at the NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza with the family, friends, as a birthday party or celebration, group event, solo skating or a romantic date! Snacks and drinks including hot chocolate are offered at the plaza, or if you work up a real appetite, Buffalo Wild Wings is located right across from the rink.
Are we missing anything in the month of November? Comment below and let us know!