Charlotte Fall Festivals and Fairs

Fall festivals feed your need for fried dough, live music and family fun.


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Don't miss the Cabarrus County Fair, Sept. 6-14.

Photo courtesy of Cabarrus County Fair

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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. Share these memories with the kids this season by attending a few festivals or fairs in and around Charlotte.


Matthews Alive Festival

Aug. 30-Sept. 2

Enjoy vendors, food, the Kids Connection area, games, rides and four stages of entertainment. Do not miss the parade at 10:30 a.m. Saturday!

Location/Cost: Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St. Free admission.

Hours: Fri., 6-10 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun., 1-9 p.m.; Mon. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Matthews_Alive

Photo courtesy of Matthews Alive


Charlotte Kosher BBQ

Sept. 2

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. 

Hours: 11am-3pm


Yiasou Greek Festival 

Sept. 5-8

Come enjoy cultural exhibits, food, entertainment, live music, dancing, wine tastings, art and the Kids Playland with rides, face painting and games.

Location/Cost: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 600 East Blvd. $3. Children 12 and younger free.

Hours: Thurs., 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. noon-6 p.m.



World L!t Street Festival

Sept. 7

Enjoy street food and music from around the globe, and shop the marketplace.

Location/Cost: Camp North End, 1824 Statesville Ave. Free.

Hours: 4-10 p.m.


York County Family Food Truck Festival

Sept. 7

Bring the family out to enjoy a variety of foods, vendors and entertainment including bounce houses, photo booth, face painting, balloon animals, laser tag and trampolines.

Location/Cost: Heritage International Ministries Conference Center, 375 Star Light Drive, Fort Mill. Free.

Hours: Noon-6 p.m.


Cabarrus County Fair

Sept. 6-14

Experience rides, food, entertainment, friendly competitions, a petting zoo and fun! See website for specials and ride ticketing information.

Location/Cost: Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, 4751 NC Hwy. 49 N., Concord. $5-$8, children 5 and younger free, additional cost for rides. 

Hours: Fri., 4-11 p.m..; Sat. 1-11 p.m.; Sun. 1-10 p.m.; Mon.-Thurs. 4-10 p.m.

Photo courtesy of Cabarrus County Fair

Photo courtesy of Cabarrus County Fair



Gripped Festival

Sept. 13-14

This family friendly event will offer carnival rides and inflatables, a climbing wall, food trucks, beverages, and music. Cycling fun at the festival includes a BMX stunt show, bike safety rodeo, vintage bike show, a bike expo and racing action throughout the weekend!

Location/Cost: Rock Hill BMX Supercross Track, 1307 Riverwalk Pkwy., Rock Hill. $5-$10.

Hours: 10am-11pm.


Harrisburg Multi-Cultural Festival

Sept. 14

Discover different cultures through arts, music, fashion, dance and food.

Location/Cost: Harrisburg Park, 191 Sims Pkwy., Harrisburg. Free.

Hours: 11am-5pm.


Fall Kickoff at Springs Farm

Sept. 14

Come for food from Roman's All-Star Cafe, local craft beer from Amor Artis, games, vendors and homemade ice cream.

Location/Cost: Springs Farm, 1010 Springfield Pkwy., Fort Mill.

Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.


The Great Pumpkin Fest

Sept. 14-Oct. 27

Carowinds presents family-friendly Halloween attractions for young children, including a costume parade, hay bale maze, foam zone, pedal tractors and rides.

Location/Cost: Carowinds Amusement Park, 14523 Carowinds Blvd. Tickets start at $48.

Hours: Saturdays and Sundays. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with select Sundays until 7 p.m.


Festival in the Park 

Sept. 20-22

Enjoy music, food, vendors, talented artists and a relaxed atmosphere in Freedom Park.

Location/Cost: Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd. Free.

Hours: Fri., 4-9 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Festival in the Park

PhotO: Deborah Young Studio


Carolina Irish Fest

Sept. 21

Come for two performance stages with music and dance, vendors, a kids' area, food, and games.

Location/Cost: Uptown Charlotte, 7th Street and Caldwell Street. $10-$15.

Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.


Downtown Davidson Fall Arts Crawl

Sept. 21

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.

Hours: 5-9 p.m.


Flow Fest

Sept. 21-22

Flow into a weekend full of yoga. There is one kids' yoga session and one family yoga session. See website for full schedule. There will be vendors and live music in the evening.

Location/Cost: U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center. $6 for parking.

Hours: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.


Lakefront Hops Fest

Sept. 21

Support the Ace & TJ's Grin Kids with two bands, 12 local breweries, cider, wine, food, style truck and kids' zone.

Location/Cost: The Kilted Buffalo Langtree, 19 Landings Dr STE 101, Mooresville. Free.

Hours: 3-9 p.m.


Latin American Festival

Sept. 21

Festival will feature Latin American food, performances, crafts, art and activities for the whole family. This year’s festival headliners are Nacho and Celso Piña.

Location/Cost: Aldersgate, 3800 Shamrock Drive. Free until 2 p.m.; $10 after 2 p.m.

Hours: Noon-8 p.m.


Mecktoberfest

Sept. 20-22

The 11th annual Mecktoberfest at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. includes games and competitions, plus plenty of room for kids to run. 

Location: Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, 4150 Yancey Road.

Hours: Starts at 11 a.m. each day.


Stand Together Music Festival

Sept. 21

The event raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Cancer research.  There will be food, a kids’ zone, music and lots of fun.  Darrell Harwood will headline with a total of five bands performing throughout the day. 

Location/Cost: Town of China Grove, 333 N. Main St., China Grove. Free.

Hours: 2-10 p.m.


UNC Charlotte International Festival

Sept. 21

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.

Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

International_Festival

Photo credit: Flickr


Union County Heritage Festival

Sept. 21

Expect live entertainment, food, vendors, educational and creative activities for kids, free talks, art, raffles, a 5K race, and cooking demonstrations. Be sure to also check out the Union County 4-H Expo.

Location/Cost: Union County Agricultural Center, 3230 Presson Road, Monroe. Free.

Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., race at 8 a.m.


El Grito Mexican Independence Festival

Sept. 22

Enjoy Mexican street food, live music, cultural dances, vendors, lucha libre, outdoor games and bounce houses for the kids. Mexican attire is welcome and encouraged. elgritocharlotte.com.

Location/Cost: Aldersgate, 3800 Shamrock Drive. Free.

Hours: Noon-6 p.m.


Art of Sound Music Festival

Sept. 27-28

A variety of musicians and groups will perform in several different venues with music and fun for everyone. Festival will be will be held in conjunction with the Arts on the Square Arts Festival on Sept. 28. See website for schedule.

Location/Cost: Uptown Shelby. Free.

Hours: See website.


ArtWalk and MusicFest of Matthews

Sept. 28

See the arts and crafts market, live performances, a high school art exhibit and the hands-on children’s area. Adults can enjoy the Sip and Stroll.

Location/Cost: The Green at Matthews Station, 210 Matthews Station St., Matthews. Free.

Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.


Dog Gone Good Time Festival

Sept. 28

The festivities include an amazing day with your pooch, sponsors, vendors, family activities, doggy games and more.

Location/Cost: Walter Y. Elisha Park, 345 N. White St., Fort Mill. Free.

Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Gold Hill Founders Day

Sept. 28

Celebrate the history and culture of Gold Hill with arts, crafts, a parade, bluegrass music, food and gold panning.

Location/Cost: Gold Hill Mines Historic Park, 735 Saint Stephens Church Road, Gold Hill. Free.

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


Imagine STEAM Festival

Sept. 28

Come for fun, hands-on learning activities, interactive demonstrations and family-oriented entertainment in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) fields.

Location/Cost:Fountain Park in Old Town Rock Hill, 300 E. Main St., Rock Hill. Free.

Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


Piedmont Pottery and Pickin'

Sept. 28

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, children 3 and younger free.

Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


'Tawba Walk Arts and Music Festival

Sept. 28

This festival showcases local vendors, two stages of live entertainment, local craft beer, food trucks and kids’ zone with inflatables and more.

Location/Cost: Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak St., Cornelius. Free.

Hours: 2-8 p.m.


Denver Days

Oct. 4-5

Come out for food, carnival rides and live music. Blue Monday will perform Friday evening, and La Acoustics and Kelby Costner will perform on Saturday.

Location/Cost: Rescue Squad Park, 7889 Galway Lane, Denver. Free admission.

Hours: Fri., 6-10 p.m.; Sat., noon-10 p.m.


Queen Charlotte Fair

Oct. 4-13

The Queen Charlotte Fair is a major, semi-annual event hosted every spring and fall offering family-friendly entertainment, carnival rides and food.

Location/Cost: Route 29 Pavillion, 5650 Sandusky Blvd., Concord. $5-$10, 4 and younger free.

Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 4-10 p.m.; Fri., 4-11 p.m.; Sat. noon-11 p.m.; Sun., noon-10 p.m.


Carolina Renaissance Festival

Oct. 5-Nov. 24

The Carolina Renaissance Festival is filled with charming cottages, castles, kitchens and pubs, all with simulated architecture of a 16th century European village.

Location/Cost: 16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville. $15-$26.

Hours: Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Renaissance Festival

photo courtesy of carolina renaissance festival

Come see actors dressed up in old time garb and enjoy the Renaissance Festival's games, crafts, food and shows.


Charlotte Kids Fest

Oct. 5

Charlotte Kids Fest will inspire young minds with artistic, creative, playful and educational experiences. Enjoy a Play Zone, activities, performers, food trucks and more.

Location/Cost: UNC Charlotte, 9100 Robert D. Snyder Road. Free.

Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.


Charlotte UNITE Festival

Oct. 5

The family orientated festival includes live music, food from different cultures, craft beer, a kids' zone and community speakers.

Location/Cost: NoDa Brewing Company, 2921 N. Tryon St. Free.

Hours: Noon-8 p.m.


Family Fall Festival in Indian Trail

Oct. 5

This community festival will feature vendors, rides, performances, games and more at Chestnut Square Park.

Location/Cost: Chestnut Square Park, 320 Chestnut Pkwy., Indian Trail. Free.

Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.


Gaston Day School FallFest 2019

Oct. 5

Enjoy rides, games and activities for kids of all ages! Stroll through the vendor tents, and fuel up at the food trucks.

Location/Cost: Gaston Day School, 2001 Gaston Day School Road, Gastonia. Free, unlimited ride wristbands $25.

Hours: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.



Indian Land Fall Festival

Oct. 5-6

The 14th Annual Indian Land Fall Festivalwill feature family-friendly activities and entertainment, such as live music, vendors, trackless train, inflatables, firetruck rides, farm zone and food trucks.

Location/Cost: Indian Land High School, 8063 River Road, Indian Land. Free admission. There is a $5 fee for parking and shuttle. Guests can purchase $15 armbands for kids' activities.

Hours: Sat., 10am-9pm; Sun. 11am-7pm.


Lazy 5 Ranch Fall Festival

Oct. 5-Oct. 27

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. $8-$11; children younger than 2 free. No credit cards.

Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-6 p.m.


Philadelphia United Methodist Church Annual Fall Festival

Oct. 5

Enjoy bounce houses, children’s games and activities, bake sale, BBQ, vendors, bingo, and music from Destination Bluegrass Band. Bluegrass music begins at 2 p.m.

Location/Cost: Philadelphia UMC, 1691 Hwy 160 W., Fort Mill. Free.

Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


St. Ann's Family Carnival

Oct. 5

Come out for a day of rides, games, silent auction, bingo, raffle and food.

Location/Cost: St. Ann Catholic Church, 3635 Park Road. Free admission.

Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.


Tawba Fest 2019

Oct. 5

The 6th Annual Tawba Fest features food, shopping, craft beer and music.

Location/Cost: Riverwalk Carolinas, Riverwalk Parkway, Rock Hill. Free.

Hours: 5-9 p.m.


USNWC Fall Festival

Oct. 5

Enjoy cider sampling and the entertaining BYOB (Build Your Own Boat) Competition. Take part in the trail race, yoga or regular pass activities 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: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

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Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

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Multiplied: Edition MAT and the Transformable Work of Art examines the rise of three-dimensional objects issued in editions, which emerged as an international phenomenon in the 1960s and 1970s.

Cost: $5-$9, children younger than 10 free

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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The Things Come Apart exhibit reveals the inner workings of common, everyday items. Images explore how things are designed and how technology has evolved over time.

Cost: $6-$7, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
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Carowinds will pay tribute to military service men and women by honoring their bravery during Military Days. Active, inactive and retired service members are granted free admission to Carowinds by...

Cost: Free to military service men and women

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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This cultural celebration will include The Spectacle of Color Parade, a street party and festive foods.

Cost: $45+, children ages 3-5 free entry with a Pre-K Pass

Where:
Carowinds Paladium
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
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This exhibit explores the various aspects of walls, which includes the artistic, social, political and historical aspects, as well as the physical barriers like fences or sand berms. The space is...

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
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Website »

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Join us for our Pinkyswear Virtual Kids Triathlon event. This virtual event which kicks off formally on June 1st for all ages and abilities, and the triathlon can be completed anywhere! The...

Cost: $15

Where:
, NC


Sponsor: Pinkyswear Foundation
Contact Name: Valorie Liggett
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Drop off your little ones to explore, play and learn during Music Mondays, Theater Thursdays and Food Fridays. A small snack is provided. Register online.

Cost: $21-$31

Where:
New Hope Baptist Church
2024 Redbud Drive
Gastonia, NC
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Toddlers can enjoy a special jump session every weekday morning. With each child age 6 and younger, an adult may jump for free, not including DefyGravity socks for $3.

Cost: $11 for one hour

Where:
DefyGravity Trampoline Park
8116 University City Blvd.
, NC
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George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows presented faith of Jesus Christ in song. Come discover the ways the Lord used their efforts and their music to open hearts around the world. Read inspiring...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
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Sponsor: The Billy Graham Library
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Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $8, $10 on weekends and school holidays

Where:
Superior Play Systems
11415 Granite St.
Suite C
, NC
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Hear live music every Thursday, June 4 through August 13. Bring chairs, blankets, and money for food trucks, beer, wine and sodas. See website for lineup.

Cost: $5 per person (free for members); $5 per car for parking

Where:
Anne Springs Close Greenway
291 Dairy Barn Ln.
Fort Mill, SC
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River Jam brings live music outdoors, right in the middle of the world’s largest man-made whitewater river. Hear music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, as well as during each of...

Cost: $6 for parking

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: USNWC
Website »

More information

This exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on the black basalt sculpture made by Josiah Wedgwood and other Staffordshire potters in late eighteenth-century England. 

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
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Website »

More information

Multiplied: Edition MAT and the Transformable Work of Art examines the rise of three-dimensional objects issued in editions, which emerged as an international phenomenon in the 1960s and 1970s.

Cost: $5-$9, children younger than 10 free

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

The Things Come Apart exhibit reveals the inner workings of common, everyday items. Images explore how things are designed and how technology has evolved over time.

Cost: $6-$7, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Carowinds will pay tribute to military service men and women by honoring their bravery during Military Days. Active, inactive and retired service members are granted free admission to Carowinds by...

Cost: Free to military service men and women

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

This cultural celebration will include The Spectacle of Color Parade, a street party and festive foods.

Cost: $45+, children ages 3-5 free entry with a Pre-K Pass

Where:
Carowinds Paladium
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

This exhibit explores the various aspects of walls, which includes the artistic, social, political and historical aspects, as well as the physical barriers like fences or sand berms. The space is...

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Join us for our Pinkyswear Virtual Kids Triathlon event. This virtual event which kicks off formally on June 1st for all ages and abilities, and the triathlon can be completed anywhere! The...

Cost: $15

Where:
, NC


Sponsor: Pinkyswear Foundation
Contact Name: Valorie Liggett
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Join the Grizzlies for their Independence Day fireworks extravaganza.

Cost: $10-$15, children 3 and younger free

Where:
Sims Park
1001 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Gastonia, NC
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Come to the ballpark for Friday Fireworks!

Cost: $13+

Where:
BB&T Stadium
324 S. Mint St.
, NC
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Run the 5K through the Olde Providence neighborhood or complete the Family Fun Run. Enjoy the post-race party at the Windyrush Country Club pool.

Cost: $15-$45

Where:
Olde Providence Elementary School
3800 Rea Road
, NC
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Enjoy this community fireworks display at the lake. Viewing locations include Buster Boyd Bridge Boat Landing, Papa Doc's outside deck, Rey Azteca deck at Lake Wylie Plaza, Lake Wylie...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Buster Boyd Bridge Boat Landing
185 Blucher Cir.
Clover, SC
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Drop off your little ones to explore, play and learn during Music Mondays, Theater Thursdays and Food Fridays. A small snack is provided. Register online.

Cost: $21-$31

Where:
New Hope Baptist Church
2024 Redbud Drive
Gastonia, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Toddlers can enjoy a special jump session every weekday morning. With each child age 6 and younger, an adult may jump for free, not including DefyGravity socks for $3.

Cost: $11 for one hour

Where:
DefyGravity Trampoline Park
8116 University City Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows presented faith of Jesus Christ in song. Come discover the ways the Lord used their efforts and their music to open hearts around the world. Read inspiring...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: The Billy Graham Library
Website »

More information

In addition to pass activities, the festival will feature live music, yoga, Battle Royale SUP Sprint and two days of fireworks. 

Cost: $6 for parking, activities and food available for purchase

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: USNWC
Website »

More information

Drop in for safe play on the equipment indoors.

Cost: $8, $10 on weekends and school holidays

Where:
Superior Play Systems
11415 Granite St.
Suite C
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Caregivers and their littles learn new yoga poses with songs and games. Multiple class rates available.

Cost: $20

Where:
Tiny Blooms Yoga
15905 Brookway Drive
Suite 4106
Huntersville, NC
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Teach or play with your child in the heated pool.

Cost: $5 per swimmer, max $15 per family

Where:
Goldfish Swim School
13403 S. Ridge Drive
, NC
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Visit Harrisburg or two days of fun, including amusements, food, entertainment and two nights of fireworks!

Cost: Free

Where:
Harrisburg Park
191 Sims Pkwy.
Harrisburg, NC
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rab dinner from a variety of local food trucks at this weekly rally. Visit the website for a list of participating trucks.

Cost: Free admission

Where:
Resident Culture Brewing Company
2101 Central Ave.
, NC
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This family-friendly event features craft brews, wine, cider, live music and the best food trucks in Charlotte. Bring the whole family, including your dogs. Along...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sycamore Brewing
2161 Hawkins St.
, NC
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Treat the kids and yourself to a fun night out! Drop kids off to run, play and dance. Pizza dinner is included.

Cost: $25

Where:
Romp n' Roll NW Charlotte
3611 Mt. Holly-Huntersville Road
207
, NC
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The businesses at the Warehouses on White are pleased to host each first Friday for a night of fun and food!

Cost: Free

Where:
Warehouse on White
130 W. White St.
Rock Hill, SC
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Live the story of Stephen and the Apostles. Experience the rousing power of ANNO DOMINI: the year of our Lord while enjoying a Greek dinner.

Cost: $10-$40

Where:
NarroWay Theater
3327 Highway 51
Fort Mill, SC  29715
View map »


Website »

More information

River Jam brings live music outdoors, right in the middle of the world’s largest man-made whitewater river. Hear music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, as well as during each of...

Cost: $6 for parking

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: USNWC
Website »

More information

Celebrate the 4th of July at the annual fireworks show, which will occur on both July 3 and July 4.

Cost: $45+, children 3-5 receive free admission with Pre-K Pass

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

This exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on the black basalt sculpture made by Josiah Wedgwood and other Staffordshire potters in late eighteenth-century England. 

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Multiplied: Edition MAT and the Transformable Work of Art examines the rise of three-dimensional objects issued in editions, which emerged as an international phenomenon in the 1960s and 1970s.

Cost: $5-$9, children younger than 10 free

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

The Things Come Apart exhibit reveals the inner workings of common, everyday items. Images explore how things are designed and how technology has evolved over time.

Cost: $6-$7, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Carowinds will pay tribute to military service men and women by honoring their bravery during Military Days. Active, inactive and retired service members are granted free admission to Carowinds by...

Cost: Free to military service men and women

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

This cultural celebration will include The Spectacle of Color Parade, a street party and festive foods.

Cost: $45+, children ages 3-5 free entry with a Pre-K Pass

Where:
Carowinds Paladium
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

See the original, Broadway-style dinner show, and experience the story of Stephen and the Apostles. See website for showtimes.

Cost: $10-$40

Where:
NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy 51
Fort Mill, SC
View map »


Sponsor: NarroWay Productions
Telephone: 803-802-2300
Website »

More information

This exhibit explores the various aspects of walls, which includes the artistic, social, political and historical aspects, as well as the physical barriers like fences or sand berms. The space is...

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Join us for our Pinkyswear Virtual Kids Triathlon event. This virtual event which kicks off formally on June 1st for all ages and abilities, and the triathlon can be completed anywhere! The...

Cost: $15

Where:
, NC


Sponsor: Pinkyswear Foundation
Contact Name: Valorie Liggett
Website »

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Kick off Independence Day with a 4-mile race and 1-mile kids’ run. There will be no race-day registration. The event starts in Midtown with a family friendly finish line festival at Park...

Cost: $7-$42+

Where:
Metropolitan
1111 Metropolitan Ave.
Charlotte, NC
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Sponsor: New Dominion
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Bring the kids, strollers or dogs to complete 7.4 miles, 7.4 kilometers or 1.7 miles.

Cost: $25+

Where:
The Huntersville Business Park
13420 Reese Blvd. W.
Huntersville, NC
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Before the afternoon and evening festivities, enjoy a morning parade. The parade will travel down Highway 49 beginning at Captain Steve’s Restaurant and ending at Robinson Ave. off...

Cost: Free

Where:
Highway 49
Harrisburg, NC
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Welcome new citizens to the Charlotte community at a U.S. Oath and Naturalization ceremony. Learn more about the meaning of citizenship, democracy, immigration and freedom, and participate in...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Drive
, NC
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Parade will feature vehicles, walkers, trucks, military equipment, horses and fire trucks.

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Indian Trail
Indian Trail, NC


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Decorate your bikes and wagons at the Town Hall Green at 5:15pm for the People's Parade, which will begin at 6:15pm. Decorations will be provided. Picnic in Stumptown Park, beginning at 6pm,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Stumptown Park
120 S. Trade St.
Matthews, NC
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Stars versus Stripes will feature some of the best collegiate players in the nation with fireworks to follow.

Cost: $19+

Where:
BB&T Stadium
324 S. Mint St.
, NC
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Enjoy music outdoors with the family. Dates: April 28, May 3, May 17, June 7, June 14, July 4, Aug. 2, Aug. 23, Sept. 6 and Sept. 20.

Cost: Free

Where:
Davidson Village Green
Intersection of Main Street and Concord Road
, NC
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Watch Kannapolis take on West Virginia!

Cost: TBA

Where:
Atrium Health Ballpark
1 Cannon Baller Way
Kannapolis, NC
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The DJ and beverage garden will kick off at 6pm, and featured bands will start at 7pm. Food will be available for purchase.

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Belmont
Main Street
Belmont, NC
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All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a free certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and a commemorative...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Home Depot
4750 South Blvd.
, NC
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Website »

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George Beverly Shea and Cliff Barrows presented faith of Jesus Christ in song. Come discover the ways the Lord used their efforts and their music to open hearts around the world. Read inspiring...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: The Billy Graham Library
Website »

More information

In addition to pass activities, the festival will feature live music, yoga, Battle Royale SUP Sprint and two days of fireworks. 

Cost: $6 for parking, activities and food available for purchase

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: USNWC
Website »

More information

On Saturdays and Sundays from noon-5pm, the arcade bar opens to all ages with a parent or guardian present.

Cost: Cost for games

Where:
Abari Game Bar
1721 N. Davidson St.
, NC
View map »


Telephone: 980-430-4587
Website »

More information

Live the story of Stephen and the Apostles. Experience the rousing power of ANNO DOMINI: the year of our Lord while enjoying a Greek dinner.

Cost: $10-$40

Where:
NarroWay Theater
3327 Highway 51
Fort Mill, SC  29715
View map »


Website »

More information

Visit Harrisburg or two days of fun, including amusements, food, entertainment and two nights of fireworks!

Cost: Free

Where:
Harrisburg Park
191 Sims Pkwy.
Harrisburg, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

River Jam brings live music outdoors, right in the middle of the world’s largest man-made whitewater river. Hear music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, as well as during each of...

Cost: $6 for parking

Where:
USNWC
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.
, NC
View map »


Sponsor: USNWC
Website »

More information

Celebrate the 4th of July at the annual fireworks show, which will occur on both July 3 and July 4.

Cost: $45+, children 3-5 receive free admission with Pre-K Pass

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

This exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on the black basalt sculpture made by Josiah Wedgwood and other Staffordshire potters in late eighteenth-century England. 

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free

Where:
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Multiplied: Edition MAT and the Transformable Work of Art examines the rise of three-dimensional objects issued in editions, which emerged as an international phenomenon in the 1960s and 1970s.

Cost: $5-$9, children younger than 10 free

Where:
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

The Things Come Apart exhibit reveals the inner workings of common, everyday items. Images explore how things are designed and how technology has evolved over time.

Cost: $6-$7, children 3 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
Schiele Museum
1500 E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Carowinds will pay tribute to military service men and women by honoring their bravery during Military Days. Active, inactive and retired service members are granted free admission to Carowinds by...

Cost: Free to military service men and women

Where:
Carowinds
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

This cultural celebration will include The Spectacle of Color Parade, a street party and festive foods.

Cost: $45+, children ages 3-5 free entry with a Pre-K Pass

Where:
Carowinds Paladium
14523 Carowinds Blvd.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

See the original, Broadway-style dinner show, and experience the story of Stephen and the Apostles. See website for showtimes.

Cost: $10-$40

Where:
NarroWay Theatre
3327 Hwy 51
Fort Mill, SC
View map »


Sponsor: NarroWay Productions
Telephone: 803-802-2300
Website »

More information

This exhibit explores the various aspects of walls, which includes the artistic, social, political and historical aspects, as well as the physical barriers like fences or sand berms. The space is...

Cost: $6-$15, children 4 and younger free, included with admission

Where:
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Join us for our Pinkyswear Virtual Kids Triathlon event. This virtual event which kicks off formally on June 1st for all ages and abilities, and the triathlon can be completed anywhere! The...

Cost: $15

Where:
, NC


Sponsor: Pinkyswear Foundation
Contact Name: Valorie Liggett
Website »

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