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Summer festivals are fun, but the heat is not. Fall offers all the fun of festivals with the added benefit of not sweating away the enjoyment! Grab your calendars and clear a few weekends for some of the top Charlotte fall festivals this season. And, October 20 seems to be the big day to be in town and festival hop. Read the list and you’ll see what we mean!

Charlotte Fall Festivals 2018

Carolina Renaissance Festival – September 30 through November 19, 2018

16445 Poplar Tent Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078
Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

With a turkey leg in hand, you are bound to have a good time at this history driven festival! History comes to life through the reenactments of jousting knights on horseback, day-long entertainments, arts and crafts, games, rides, and feasting. If you feel inclined, you can even show up in your best Renaissance attire. Tickets are $24 for adults and $14 for children. Kids under the age of five are always free. Time travel your way back to Camelot and visit the Carolina Renaissance Festival!

Family Fall Festival – October 6, 2018

320 Chestnut Pkwy, Indian Trail, NC 28079
Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Beautiful nature mixed with a variety of cultural attractions makes for a perfect Saturday! Bring the family to this small-town festival for live Irish-Celtic performances and storytelling. Spanning the Chestnut Square Park are culturally diverse food stations by talented vendors from all over. The event also has art vendors and kids stations with entertainment for all ages. This is a free event. Enjoy music, art, and food with your family and walk along the scenic nature trail when you’re done!

Fall Frolic – October 13-28, 2018

2573 Lake Haigler Drive, Fort Mill, SC 29715
Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Autumn is alive at Anne Springs Close Greenway! Fall Frolic’s festivities have been happening for nine years and continues to bring guests back every year. There are wagon rides, hay bale mazes, farm animals, pedal carts, horse rides, a monster mural, a pumpkin patch, to name a few. This event is perfect for the kids, but suitable for the adults too! Food trucks and beverage vendors will be available every weekend. Tickets are $12 and children four and under get in free. Parking is $5. For just a short 40 minute drive from Charlotte, you can ring in the fall season at Fall Frolic!

Carolina Balloonfest – October 19-21, 2018

260 Hangar Dr, Statesville, NC 28677
Hours: Friday 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Sunday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Check riding in a hot air balloon off your bucket list! Carolina Ballonfest will be hosting their 45th annual festival completely dedicated to hot air balloons. A sea of these floatable rides will cover the field allowing festival goers to get up close and personal with the beauties. Book a hot air balloon ride in advance if you dare! The event will also feature an evening balloon glow that is like nothing you’ve ever seen before! Tickets are $5 for Friday, $10 for Saturday, and $15 for Sunday. Children 12 or younger get in free. Balloon rides are purchased separately and range from $150 to $300. A wide variety of delicious foods, wines, beers, and live music will be offered to guests as well.

Surround yourself with vibrant colors and a dream-like atmosphere at Carolina Balloonfest! Image: Carolina Ballonfest

South End Wine Fest – October 20, 2018

308 W Carson Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203
Hours: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. 

Wine, live music, food, and fun! South End Wine Fest was voted Charlotte Magazine’s 2016 and 2017 best Charlotte wine event, as they continue to wow all who attend. Taste the flavors and notes of over 25 different wine vineyard’s best wines while listening to live music. Food trucks will also be spread throughout the festival adding even more flavors to the event! All proceeds will benefit Classroom Central and their mission to help students living in poverty to effectively learn. General admission tickets are $25 and designated driver tickets are $10. There is also VIP available for $550 that includes seating for 10 wine lovers, four bottles of wine at the table, early access, the ability to bring your own food to the festival, and unlimited wine tastings.

Fall Harvest Festival – October 20, 2018

4430 Mint Hill Village Lane, Mint Hill, NC 28227
Hours: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 

There’s never an age limit to decorate your own scarecrow! Mint Hill is throwing there very first annual Fall Harvest and to make it extra special they are having a scarecrow decorating contest. For just a $20 fee, you can make your scarecrow as funny, scary, or serious as you want. The event is free unless you want to enter into the contest. Fall Harvest is complete with a pumpkin patch, a bouncy house for the kids, face painting, fun foods, and games!

BLA/ALT Music Festival – October 20, 2018

1824 Statesville Ave, Charlotte, NC 28206
Hours: 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. 

Black Alternative Music is celebrated in all its glory at this highly anticipated music festival! Sit back and listen to local and national black alternative musicians showcase their talent and love for music. The festival will be honoring those who laid down the foundation of black alternative music- Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, Alabama Shakes, Tracy Chapman and so many more. Celebrate the art of music and listen to the talent of so many at the Black Alternative Music Festival! Reserve your free tickets online at 

Nest Fest – October 20, 2018

The White Barn, 3202 River Rd, Midland, NC 28107
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Here’s a new concept- Beauty Hunting! Nest Fest has created a name for shopping for your home and life. Only 20 minutes east of Charlotte, guests can shop from curated vendors from all over the South, pickers and junkers, antiquers, painters, and plenty more! Roam around and listen to live music coming from banjos and amazing voices while eating a variety of foods from multiple food trucks. Bring your blankets or porch chairs and enjoy the coziest fall festival in town! Tickets are $20.

Apple Harvest Festival – October 20, 2018

1860 Black Hwy, York, SC 29745
Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Freshly picked apples definitely scream that it’s finally fall! Apple Harvest recognizes the versatility of apples and applies that to various foods, drinks, and activities throughout the festival. There is a hard apple cider bar (YUM!), apple cider donuts, and an apple butter demonstration. Aside from the apples, fresh smoked BBQ will also be served. Admission including the hayride is $10 and admission including hard cider is $12. With live music and activities for the children like bouncy houses and hayrides, this festival is the place to be this fall!


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