(Updated October 8th, 2019)
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. Here’s your list of must-attend activities going on this Fall:
Hola Charlotte Festival
Held in uptown Charlotte on Saturday, October 12th, this is the largest Hispanic heritage event in the region! It celebrates National Hispanic Month by offering authentic foods, dancing, and many more Latin cultural experiences and performances!
Festival of India
Also in uptown Charlotte on October 12 and 13, this festival celebrates the Indian culture through traditional foods, dances, film screenings, and art, plus tons of vendors offering fun activities for the kids, souvenirs, and more.
Carolina Balloon Festival
At the Statesville regional airport the weeekend of October 18-20, you can experience the fun of riding in a hot air balloon above the beautiful QC! You’ll have the chance to talk with the pilots, see hundreds of hot air balloons in flight (it’s a sight to see!) and at night, there will be a balloon glow!
Fall Harvest Festival
On Saturday October 6th in downtown Mint Hill, you can experience this first annual Fall festival with your family and friends. You’ve heard of pumpkin decorating contests…well this festival is doing something a little different: A scarecrow decorating contest! There will also be a pumpkin patch, obstacle course, and children’s art center.
Queen Charlotte Fair
From October 4th through the 13th, you can bring the kids and the family to the Route 29 Pavilion in Concord for some carnival-style fun and games!
Asheville Fall Hiking
Blue Ridge Parkway, Chimney Rock, Lake Lure, etc.
October-November (Peak days Oct. 26-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 15th – early January
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? Comment below and let us know!