Charlotte Fall Festivals and Fairs
Local festivals to fill your fried-dough, face painting, petting-zoo, Midway quests for the season.
Don't miss the Cabarrus County Fair, Sept. 7-15.
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Fried turkey legs, funnel cakes, and a fried snicker bar always bring back memories of perfect fall nights at the fair. Thankfully, we get to enjoy these delicacies year after year. Be sure to enjoy one of these festivals or fairs this fall season in and around Charlotte.
Aug. 31-Sept. 3
Come enjoy a parade, vendors, games, rides, the Kids Connection interactive area and four stages entertainment.
Location/Cost: Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St. Free admission.
Hours: Fri., 6-10pm; Sat., 9am-9pm; Sun., noon-9pm; Mon., 9am-5pm
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Charlotte Kosher BBQ event features a BBQ contest, watermelon and pickle-eating contests, live music, a kids’ zone and mechanical bull riding.
Location/Cost: Levine Jewish Community Center, 5007 Providence Road. Free admisson; additional cost for food.
features more than 10,000 automotive vendor displays. In addition, kids can enjoy a play zone and eat fair food.
Location/Cost: Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pkwy. South, Concord. $11; free for children 13 and younger with a paying adult.
Hours: Thurs.-Sat., 8am-6pm; Sun., 8am-4pm.
Features Hellenic cultural exhibits, authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, entertainment, a kids’ play area and rides, art and shopping.
Location/Cost: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 600 East Blvd. $3. Chldren 12 and under are free.
Hours: Thurs., 11am-9pm; Fri.-Sat., 11am-10pm; Sun. noon-8pm.
Come out for rides, food, entertainment, friendly competitions and fun! Enjoy delicious food, more than 40 thrilling rides and 30 games.
Location/Cost: Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4751 NC Hwy. 49 N., Concord. $3.25-$7.50; additional cost for rides.
Hours: Fri., 4-11pm.; Sat. 1-11pm; Sun. 1-10pm; Mon.-Thurs. 4-10pm.
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The Anne Springs Close Greenway’s 13th annual barbeque and bluegrass festival offers a full day of brews and BBQ. Enjoy the Fiddle ‘n Pig Biergarten, featuring some of the region’s best craft beers.
Location/Cost: Anne Springs Close Greenway Dairy Barn, 291 Dairy Barn Lane, Fort Mill. $5-$12.
Sept. 15-Oct. 28
Family-friendly Halloween attractions for young children, including a costume parade, hay bale maze, foam zone, plus rides.
Location/Cost: Carowinds Amusement Park, 14523 Carowinds Blvd. Tickets start at $48.
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays., 11am-5pm.
A variety of musicians and groups will perform in several different venues with music and fun for everyone. See website for schedule.
Location/Cost: Uptown Shelby. Free.
Hours: See website.
Food, carnival rides and games, live entertainment. Special Needs Fun Day held Fri., Sept. 21 from 1-3pm.
Location/Cost: Rescue Squad Park, 7889 Galway Lane, Denver. Free, additional cost for rides and food.
Hours: Fri., 5-11pm; Sat., 11am-11pm.
Stroll along the arts and crafts exhibits, stages with live entertainment, children’s rides and attractions.
Location/Cost: Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd. Free.
Hours: Fri., 4-9:30pm; Sat., 10am-9:30pm; Sun., 11am-6pm.
Flow, relax and enjoy a day full of yoga, wine, kombucha and more at the inaugural Flow Fest; blending elements of wellness and mindfulness in a natural outdoor setting.
Location/Cost: U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center. $6 for parking.
This eclectic art crawl showcases local vendors, two stages of live performances, craft beer, food trucks and activities for kids.
Location/Cost: Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak St., Cornelius. Free.
Stroll the historic streets of Downtown Davidson while browsing more than 40 of the area’s best artisans and enjoying live music and an interactive children’s art area.
Location/Cost: Historic Downtown Davidson, 108 South Main St., Davidson. Free.
Shop for pottery, enjoy hands-on activities and historic cooking demonstrations. BBQ will be available for purchase.
Location/Cost: Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells. $5-$8.
Visitors will enjoy live entertainment, food, vendors, exhibitors, games, activities for kids, free talks, heritage arts demonstrations, raffle prizes, a 5K and cooking demonstrations.
Location/Cost: Union County Agricultural Center, 3230 Presson Road, Monroe. Free.
Celebrate the history and culture of Gold Hill with arts, crafts, a parade, bluegrass music, food and heritage living exhibits. The parade begins at 9am.
Location/Cost: Gold Hill Mines Historic Park, 735 Saint Stephens Church Road, Gold Hill. Free.
The streets will be lined with some of the best BBQ in the region, as well as entertainment, a car cruise and kids’ activities.
Location/Cost: Fountain Park, 300 E. Main St., Rock Hill. Free.
Hours: Fri., 5:30-10pm; Sat., 11am-5pm.
Come for a full afternoon of chili tastings, live music, beer and wine, local vendors, bungee trampolining and a kids' zone with inflatables.
Location/Cost: Iredell County Fairgrounds, 630 North Main St., Troutman. $10; children 8 and younger free.
Sept. 29-Oct. 28
Try the pumpkin slingshot, and let children play in the giant corn box and the straw castle. Visit the pumpkin patch, and for an additional cost, enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride through the farm to feed the animals, such as giraffes, zebras and bison.
Location/Cost: Lazy 5 Ranch, 15100 Mooresville Road, Mooresville. $7. No credit cards.
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9am-6pm; Sun., noon-6pm.
Sept. 29-Oct. 28
Every weekend in October, Lewis Farm opens up for fun-filled family days at the farm. Admission to the farm includes horse-drawn hay rides, a maze and slide, a chance to feed barnyard animals, and fall harvest themed games.
Location/Cost: Lewis Farm, 330 Lewis Road, Gastonia. $7.
Hours: Sat., 9am-4pm; Sun., 1-6pm.
Sept. 29-Nov. 18
This annual festival is full of attractions, entertainment, games and rides, live performances, jousting, authentic food such as turkey legs and fish and chips, shopping, and costumed cast members.
Location/Cost: 16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville. $14+.
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-5:30pm.
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Come see actors dressed up in old time garb and enjoy the Renaissance Festival's games, crafts, food and shows.
Art, crafts, costumes, food, music, dance and games combine to create the experience of traveling the globe in one day.
Location/Cost: Barnhardt Student Activity Center-UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd. Free.
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Visitors can enjoy live entertainment, art exhibits and children’s activities. Food will be available for purchase, and adults can enjoy the sip-n-stroll area with wine and beer.
Location/Cost: 210 Matthews Station St., Matthews. Free.
Festival features internationally renowned musical acts and dance performances, a diverse authentic selection of Latin American food, and an interactive street festival environment with activities for the whole family.
Location/Cost: Symphony Park at South Park Mall, 4400 Sharon Road. Free until 2pm; $5 after 2pm.
Enjoy cider sampling and the entertaining BYOB (Build Your Own Boat) Competition. Take part in the trail race, yoga or Neptune’s Revenge, the USNWC’s new nighttime boatercross showdown, all while enjoying live music.
Location/Cost: U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy. Free admission; $6 for parking; additional fee for activities
Hours: Fri., 4-8pm; Sat., 9am-8pm
Come for live Latin music, the Latin American Village highlighting 15 Latin countries, salsa dancing, Latin food and beverages, cultural dance performances, Zumba demonstrations, and Latin art.
Location/Cost: Uptown Charlotte, N. Tryon St. and W. 6th St. Free.
Come out to Indian Trail’s first Family Fall Festival. This community festival will feature vendors, demonstrations, performances, live music and a cultural enrichment.
Location/Cost: Chestnut Square Park, 320 Chestnut Pkwy., Indian Trail. Free.
Come enjoy live music, food trucks, bounce house, local breweries and festivities for all ages! Furry friends can have fun too during the Pet Parade.
Location/Cost: Latta Park, 601 E. Park Ave. Free.
Come out for fair food, more than 30 rides, a petting zoo, a thrill show and a rattlesnake show.
Location/Cost: Route 29 Pavillion, 5650 Sandusky Blvd., Concord. $5-$8, free for children 4 and younger
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 4pm-close; Sat.-Sun., 1pm-close.
Celebrate fall on the Anne Springs Close Greenway the last three weekends in October with wagon rides, a pumpkin patch, kiddie corn maze, petting zoo, pedal carts, horse rides, face painting, kayaking and more.
Location/Cost: Anne Springs Close Greenway, 2573 Lake Haigler Drive, Fort Mill. $10 members; $12 nonmembers; children 4 and younger free; $5 additional parking fee.
Hours: Sat. and Sun., 9am-4pm.
Come enjoy food, music, rides, arts, crafts and a local student art show. Stop by the family stage on Saturday for kid-friendly performances.
Location/Cost: Lake Park, 1000 Johnston Drive, Pineville. Free.
Hours: Fri., 6-10pm; Sat., 10am-10pm.
Bring your cameras, lawn chairs, and blankets to experience a family-friendly festival featuring more than 50 hot air balloons, live music, food, wine and craft beer, kids’ zone, and artisan marketplace.
Location/Cost: 260 Hangar Drive, Statesville. $5-$35.
Hours: Fri., 3-8:30pm; Sat., 7am-8:30pm; Sun., 7am-6pm.
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BalloonFest features launches of 50 balloons across Statesville's sky.
The fun begins with the Pet Parade. Come enjoy live music, food trucks, local breweries and festivities for all ages!
Location/Cost: Latta Park, 601 E. Park Ave. Free.
Fall Community Extravganza includes breakfast, a car show, bake sale, silent auction, vendor sales and children’s games and activities.
Location/Cost: Huntersville United Methodist Church, 14005 Stumptown Road, Huntersville. $10.
Come dressed in costume, and enjoy several games, treats, crafts and fun activities! Stick around after sunset for the feature film, “Scooby Doo.”
Location/Cost: Village Park, 119 North Main St., Kannapolis. Free.
Festival features live music, NC beer, food trucks and a kid's zone with crafts and games.
Location/Cost: Bailey Road Park, 11536 Bailey Road, Cornelius. Free.
Stallings Fest is a community fall festival that has amusements, craft and food vendors, live entertainment, fireworks and more!
Location/Cost: Stallings Municipal Park, 340 Stallings Road, Stallings. Free.
See the livestock, shop for goods at the farm stand and purchase some of the delicious apple cider.
Location/Cost: Windy Hill Orchard and Cider Mill, 1860 Black Hwy., York. $10-$12.
Watch the apple dish pageant, run the 5K, visit the farmers market, purchase fresh apples and visit the Kids’ Orchard.
Location/Cost: Downtown Lincolnton, 115 W. Main St., Lincolnton. Free admission.
Compete in the 5K or cornhole tournament. Enjoy vendors, local food, a pumpkin pie-eating contest, the craft beer garden, Classic Car Cruise-In and the Festival Kids Zone.
Location/Cost: Downtown Statesville, Statesville. Free.
Come celebrate the rich culture of agriculture with local breweries, wineries and goods from farmers and artists.
Location/Cost: Downtown Kannapolis, Kannapolis. Free.
Experience and savor Turkish food and coffee, fortune telling, live performances, cooking demonstrations, bazaar and children's activities.
Location/Cost: Extravaganza Depot Banquet, 1610 N Tryon St. $5; Children younger than 6 free.
Celebrate the traditional Mexican holiday with altars, music and dance performances, traditional foods, sugar skull workshops, and arts and crafts.
Location/Cost: Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St. Free.
Come out for the chili, and stick around for some fun! Check out the corn hole tournament, local bands, a huge raffle, a bake sale, celebrity judges, Sir Purr, Chubby Checker and fire trucks.
Location/Cost: esign Center, West Worthington Avenue at Camden Road. $12; free for children.
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