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Written by:  Mikala Young
Date: September 1, 2014

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.

SEE ALSO: North Carolina Fall Festivals and Fairs

SEPT. 1
Matthews Alive!

Matthews Alive! Celebrate Labor Day weekend with rides, amusements, carnival midway and games. $1 per ticket for rides. Sept. 1. Mon., 9am-5pm. Downtown Matthews, corner of John and Trade Streets. matthewsalive.org.

SEPT. 4-7
Yiasou Greek Festival
Enjoy homemade Greek food, rides for young children, art and shopping. $3, free for children 12 and under. Sept. 4-7. Thur., 11am-9pm; Fri-Sat., 11am-10pm; Sun., Noon-8pm. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 600 E. Blvd. yiasoufestival.org.

SEPT. 5-13
Cabarrus County Fair
State-of-the art rides, live concerts, and lots of family entertainment, including pig racing. $3-$7. Sept. 5-13. Mon.-Fri., 4pm-11pm, Sat., 1pm-11pm, Sun., 1pm-10pm. Cabarrus Arena, 4751 NC Hwy. 49 N., Concord. 704-786-7221. cabarruscountyfair.com.

SEPT. 13-14
20th Festival of India
Be dazzled by the richness of Indian culture. $5-$7. Sept. 13-14. Fri.-Sat., Noon-7pm. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. indiafestival.iacofcarolinas.org/.

SEPT. 18-21
AutoFair
Marvel at the special collection of rare and unique vehicles. Kids can enjoy the Play Zone with bounce houses and face painters. $10; Kids under 13 free with adult. Sept. 18-21. Thurs.-Sat. 8am-6pm; Sun. 8am-4pm. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pkwy S., Concord. 704-455-3267. charlottemotorspeedway.com.

SEPT. 19-20
Fiddle 'n Pig Shindig Annual BBQ & Bluegrass Festival
Join other families on the lawn for food, live music and family activities. $5 on Friday, $6-$10 on Saturday. Sept. 19-20. Fri., 6pm; Sat., 11am. Anne Springs Greenway, 288 Dairy Barn Lane, Fort Mill. 803-547-4575. ascgreenway.org.

SEPT.19-21
Festival in the Park
Enjoy music, art, food and children's activities in a fair-like atmosphere. Free. Sept. 19-21. Fri., 4-9:30pm; Sat., 10am-9:30pm; Sun., 11am-6pm. Freedom Park, 2435 Cumberland Ave. 704-338-1060. festivalinthepark.org.

SEPT.20
Lincoln County Apple Festival
Live entertainment, food, crafts, and children activities. Free. Sept. 20. 9am-4pm. Downtown Lincolnton, Main Street, Lincolnton. lincolncountyapplefestival.com.

Sept. 25-28
Denver Days
Includes a student fun night and fun day for children with special needs. Free. Sept. 25-28. Wed., 4-10pm; Thurs., 1-10pm; Fri., 4-11pm; Sat. Noon-11pm. Downtown Denver, 3635 N. Hwy 16. denverlakenormanrotary.com.

SEPT. 26-OCT. 5
Day Out With Thomas
Take a 25-minute ride in a full size Thomas the Tank Engine, visit with a life-sized Percy, participate in storytelling, live music and build with Mega Blocks. $22-$24. Sept. 26-Oct. 5. Fri.-Sat. 9am-5pm; Sun. 1-5pm. NC Transportation Museum, 411 S. Salisbury Ave., Spencer. 704-636-2889. nctrans.org.

SEPT. 26-27
Mount Holly Arts and Music Festival
Live musical entertainment, vendors, food and a kids zone. Sept. 26-27. Free. Fri., 6-10pm; Sat., 11am-10pm. Historic Downtown Mount Holly, 106 S. Main St., Mount Holly. 704-827-5262. mounthollyartsfestival.com.

SEPT. 27-28
Artfest of Matthews
View the works of more than 50 local artists that will be on display and for sale. Featuring a children's hands-on art area with pottery lessons and craft making. Free. Sept. 27-28. Sat., 10am-5pm; and Sun., noon-5pm. Matthews Town Green, 232 Matthews Station St., Matthews. 704-847-4411. matthewsnc.gov.

SEPT. 27
Fall Into Fun Festival
Live entertainment, kid's area that includes putt-putt and a cornhole tournament, and the South Carolina chili championship cook-off. Free. Sept. 27. 10am-3pm. City of Light, 3000 World Reach Drive, Indian Land, S.C. 803-804-7042. indianlandfallfestival.com.

SEPT. 27
Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival
Enjoy magicians and jugglers, plus works by woodworkers, potters, and jewelry makers. Free. Sept. 27. Noon-4pm. Downtown Kannapolis, 216 W. Ave., Kannapolis. 828-231-5037. kannapolisarts.com.

SEPT. 27-NOV. 2
Lazy 5 Ranch Fall Festival
Take your chance at the famous pumpkin slingshot, let your children play all afternoon in the giant corn box, or watch the Percheron Draft Horses as they press sorghum cane stalks to make molasses. 15100 Mooresville Road, Mooresville. 704-663-5100. lazy5ranch.com.




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