Now in its 25th year, the Carolina Renaissance Festival and Artisan Marketplace returns once again. Travel back in time and watch knights jousting on horseback, take part in plenty of feasting, check out falconry shows, and do some shopping.
Cost: $24 purchased online or at Harris Teeter
Halloween is fast approaching, and every adrenaline junkie’s favorite hangout, Carowinds, is transforming accordingly. Welcome to Scarowinds, a perfectly creepy fright fest to get you in the mood for all things ghosts, ghouls, and goblins. There are over 500 monsters just waiting to make your acquaintance so, um, good luck
Cost: Tickets start at $31 when you buy online
U.S. National Whitewater Center
Sample cider, participate in a yoga class, listen to live music, and even try your hand at a Build Your Own Boat competition. It’s the perfect way to welcome the season.
Cost: $6 per car to park
The 7th annual Hola Charlotte festival comes to uptown Charlotte in a spirited celebration of Latin American culture. Browse the Latin American cultural village, sample authentic cuisine, check out a street art show, and watch live music and dance performances.
Cost: Free to attend
Throw on your best fall outfit and head out to the South End Wine Festival. You’ll expand your wine drinking repertoire, plus there’s live music and plenty of food. Added bonus: you’re drinking for a cause. Proceeds from the event benefit Classroom Central.