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Wednesday, September 7, 2016
16 Charlotte area fall festivals to put on your calendar
September marks the start of one of the best times in Charlotte: festival season. As the weather cools, you’ve got outdoor options just about every weekend. Load up on fried food, carnival rides and local art.
Dates: September 2-5 Location: Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St. Details: Admission is free. Festival offers family games, rides and activities as well as food and entertainment. All proceeds support Matthews-based schools and nonprofits.
Dates: September 8-11 Location: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 600 East Blvd. Details: Tickets are $3, but kids 12 and under are free. One of Charlotte’s premier festivals for good reason. Step inside for choral performances, lectures and cathedral tours or stay outdoors for food, entertainment, rides and games.
Dates: September 9-17 Location: Cabarrus Arena & Events Center, 4751 N.C. Highway 49 North Details: Tickets range from $3.25 to $7.50, and children 5 years old and younger are free. Rides, fair food, petting zoo, a youth horse show and chainsaw art are among the attractions.
Dates: September 10 Location: AvidXchange Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. Details: Billing itself as the largest food truck festival in the Carolinas, more than 100 local and regional food trucks will converge. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $25 for VIP. Trucks will be offering a $4 food option.
Dates: September 17-18 Location: Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. Details: Children younger than 10 are free. Tickets are $6 in advance or $7 at the door. Sponsored by the India Association of Charlotte, it features performances, art and a “Charlotte Idol” contest.
Dates: September 24 Location: Free. UNC Charlotte Student Activity Center, 9201 University City Blvd. Details: Browse booths that represent cultures from more than 50 nations. Arts, crafts and costumes are featured.
Date: October 15 Location: Windy Hill Orchard, 1860 Black Highway, York, S.C. Details: Check back for ticket information. This 23rd annual festival includes hard and regular cider, hayrides and apple doughnuts.