Charlotte Fall Festivals – Fall 2024 NC Events

Carolina Balloon Fest - Statesville, NC - Oct 18 to Oct 20, 2024
Watch 50 hot air balloons rise to the skies! Enjoy tethered balloon rides for – proceeds from the event benefit local nonprofits. Live music entertainment on 2 stages, plus a kids’ zone, artisan marketplace, 5k run, wine and beer tasting and more.

Hickory Oktoberfest - Hickory, NC - Oct 11 to Oct 13, 2024
A three day outdoor festival on the second weekend in October generally attended by more than 100,000 people. Get your exercise in with a 5K run/walk or 10K run. Consume a beverage in one of the two beer gardens. Multiple stages offer live music from polka to rock & roll. Juried arts and crafts show of handmade products offers prizes to the top three artisans. First prize is $300, second prize is $200 and third prize is $100. Amusement rides, carnival games and KidFest area for children. Hundreds of food and commercial vendors will be there offering delicious food from barbecue to Bavarian pastries, as well as unique products and art. Location: Union Square, Main Ave NW, Hickory, NC 28601

Holidays at the Garden - Belmont, NC - Nov 24 to Dec 23, 2023
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden – Sing along to your wintertime favorites at the popular topiary display, take in the rolling lights of the Piedmont Prairie and stroll among the twinkling cherry trees. Grab a bite from the food trucks, roast a marshmallow beside a roaring fire, sip a warm or cold beverage and soak up the season’s cheer.

Charlotte Southpark Turkey Trot - Charlotte, NC - Nov 23 to Nov 23, 2023
8k, 5k, 1 mile, and Tot Trot (26.2 yards). Starting and finishing at the SouthPark Mall, the largest road race (9,000+ total participants) in North Carolina is a homecoming destination for extended families, old classmates, and a place to meet and celebrate with neighbors. The community comes together to kick-off the holiday season with a healthy morning run/walk before heading home to celebrate Thanksgiving with food and family. The Charlotte Turkey Trot is a fundraiser for Charlotte-based Samaritan’s Feet – providing shoes for underprivileged children in the Charlotte region.

Turkey Dash Charlotte - Charlotte, NC - Nov 23 to Nov 23, 2023
The foundation of Turkey Dash is family and friends, so they offer a 4-mile timed run/walk and a 1-mile fun run/walk on Thanksgiving morning. If you register for the 4-mile, you can run/walk the 1-mile at no additional cost! They also provide a “Family Village,” with bounce houses and other activities for the kids so they are entertained waiting for their parents to run

University City Turkey Trot 5K - Charlotte, NC - Nov 23 to Nov 23, 2023
Participation in this event supports Sickle Cell Partners of the Carolinas, a non-profit established to provide support for patients and families affected by sickle cell disease, a hereditary illness

Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade - Charlotte, NC - Nov 22 to Nov 22, 2023
Starts at 5:30pm on Thanksgiving Eve on Tryon St in uptown Charlotte

Southern Christmas Show - Charlotte, NC - Nov 9 to Nov 19, 2023
Support local businesses this holiday season – shop for holiday décor, apparel, food and wine, jewelry, toys, and more. Get your holiday shopping done in person and avoid shipping hassles later. My sweet friend Melina will be there among the awesome vendors, be sure to say hi!

Wine & Food Festival - Charlotte, NC - Sep 30 to Sep 30, 2023
Casual wine tasting event with hundreds of wines available for tasting from 15+ wineries, plus festival food, Held annually at Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall. Formerly called the Great Grapes Wine, Arts & Food Festival

Festival in the Park - Charlotte, NC - Sep 22 to Sep 24, 2023
Festival food, clowns, karaoke, aerial dance, arts & crafts and family fun zone.

Waldhorn Restaurant Oktoberfest - Pineville, NC - Sep 18 to Oct 10, 2021
This German restaurant opens up for their annual Oktoberfest with German food and live music under the tent. Dance the night away to music bands.