2019 Fall Festival Roundup

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Why This Matters: Cultural festivals provide access to arts, science, history and heritage experiences in neighborhoods and towns across our community.
By Giovanna Torres
Marketing and Communications Coordinator


Many people say Fall is their favorite time of the year—pleasant weather, cozy sweaters, Autumn leaf colors…but there’s also a ton of arts and cultural festivals that make this time of year so appealing!

From food to music and film, there’s a great variety of offerings happening across Mecklenburg County this Fall. Thanks to ASC’s public and private donors, several of these family-friendly events emphasize arts, culture and heritage. Many of them also provide spaces for local and regional artists to sell their works.

ASC supports a variety of Charlotte-Mecklenburg festivals primarily through its Cultural Vision Grant program, which funds cultural programming that builds community or demonstrates relevant cultural expression.

Here’s a look at upcoming fall festivals supported by ASC, as well as other local festivals taking place in the coming weeks.

Festival in the Park
When: September 20 – 22. Friday (4 – 9 p.m.), Saturday (10 a.m. – 9 p.m.) and Sunday (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Where: Freedom Park (1908 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28203)
What’s Happening: Since the fall of 1964, Festival in the Park has brought Charlotteans from all walks of life together to enjoy arts, crafts, music and family entertainment. Their mission is to build community by celebrating the arts.
Cost: Free

UNCC International Festival
When: September 21 (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
Where: UNC Charlotte main campus (9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28223)
What’s Happening: The International Festival is centered around booths arranged in colorful marketplace style representing the cultures of over 50 nations. The booths are staffed by UNC Charlotte international students and members of Charlotte’s international community and feature art, crafts and costumes from each participating country. Many booths offer international food for sale.
Cost: Free
Details: https://ifest.uncc.edu/

Davidson Fall Art Festival
When: Saturday, September 21 (5 p.m. – 9 p.m.)
Where:  Downtown Davidson (101 N Main St, Davidson, NC 28036)
What’s Happening: Come spend a lovely evening strolling the historic streets of Downtown Davidson as we showcase over 40 of the area’s best makers! Expect to find a wide variety of handmade gifts including pottery, jewelry, photography, fine art, metal work, textiles and more.
Cost: Free
Details: http://townofdavidson.org/1117/Davidson-Fall-Art-Festival

Latin American Festival
Saturday, September 21 (12 p.m. – 8 p.m.)
Where: Aldersgate (3800 Shamrock Dr., Charlotte, NC 28215)
What’s Happening: Enjoy an incredible lineup of musical artists and dance performances, a diverse and authentic selection of Latin American food, handmade crafts, visual artists, and an interactive street festival environment with activities for the whole family.
Cost: Free admission until 2 p.m. / $10 after
Details: https://charlottecultureguide.com/event/425036/29th-annual-latin-american-festival

Festival El Grito
When: Sunday, September 22 (12 p.m. – 6 p.m.)
Where: Aldersgate (3800 Shamrock Dr., Charlotte, NC 28215)
What’s Happening: North Carolina’s largest free Mexican Independence Day Celebration. Charlotte Hispanic community’s most significant event, also known as “Fiestas Patrias” features musical entertainment from internationally acclaimed bands, cultural dances, large sponsor activations, an appearance by the Consul of Mexico, elected officials and dignitaries from the area.
Cost: Free
Details: https://elgritocharlotte.com/

Charlotte Film Festival
When: September 25 – 29
Where: Ayrsley Grand Cinemas 14 (9110 Kings Parade Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28273)
What’s Happening: The Charlotte Film Festival was created to give established and emerging filmmakers a weekend festival to showcase their works for industry peers and avid independent film enthusiasts. While the festival has evolved into a week-long event, what remains consistent is their mission to DISCOVER DIFFERENT and to provide the highest quality festival experience for filmmakers and audience members alike.
Cost: $12 General Admission, $10 Student Ticket (With valid/current ID) and $75 All-Access Pass.
Details: https://www.charlottefilmfestival.org/

Fall into Huntersville
When: September 28 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
Where: Northcross Shopping Center (9709 Sam Furr Rd., Huntersville, NC)
What’s Happening: The Annual Fall Into Huntersville festival features local businesses, kid events, music by DJ Lamb and more.
Cost: Free
Details: https://www.huntersvillechamber.com/fall-into-huntersville-festival-september-28/

Tawba Walk Arts and Music Festival
When: Saturday, September 28 (2 p.m. – 8 p.m.)
Where: Oak Street Mill (19725 Oak St., Cornelius, NC 28031)
What’s Happening: The Tawba Walk Arts & Music Festival is your all-access pass to discovering the area’s premiere talent, featuring 2 stages of live bands and performances, over 100 local artists & craftsmen, multiple food truck courts, local craft breweries, sidewalk shop specials, kids zone, street art and much more.
Cost: Free
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1050886181775491/

Matthews ArtWalk and MusicFest
When: Saturday, September 28 (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
Where: The Green at Matthews Station (210 Matthews Station Street)
What’s Happening: The event includes an Arts & Crafts Market, live music and dance performances,
a Sip & Stroll, snack vendors, a Senior High School Art Exhibit and a Hands-on-Art area for children to enjoy!
Cost: Free
Details: https://matthewschamber.org/events/artfest/

Culture Feast
When: Friday, October 4 (6 p.m. – 10 p.m.)
Where: Uptown Charlotte on S. Tryon Street at Levine Center for the Arts
What’s Happening: Enjoy an evening filled with delicious food, unique arts and cultural experiences and lots of fun at ASC’s annual Culture Feast! Meet new people and connect with your community in a one-of-a-kind outdoor setting, while sharing a meal, having conversations and experiencing the best of Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s arts and culture scene. Bring a friend and share an unforgettable evening of Culture For All.
Cost: Tuesday, Aug. 27 – $45 per ticket Friday, Oct. 4 – $50 per ticket, available at event entry
Details: https://www.artsandscience.org/programs/for-community/culture-feast/

Tina Ross Afternoon in the Park
Saturday, October 5 (12 p.m.)
Where: Mint Hill Town Hall (7151 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd., Mint Hill, NC 28227)
What’s Happening: The Town of Mint Hill, in conjunction with ASC and Atrium Health, will sponsor the Tina Ross Afternoon in the Park. Previously called Sunday Afternoon in the Park, this event will take place at the fountain in front of Town Hall and honor the late Commissioner Tina Ross. The event will offer art of all types, music and festival foods.
Cost: Free
Details: https://charlottecultureguide.com/event/424398/tina-ross-afternoon-in-the-park

Charlotte Kids Festival
When: Saturday, October 5 (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
Where: 9100 Robert D. Snyder Rd., Charlotte, NC 28262
What’s Happening: Fueled by imagination, creativity, and giggles, the Charlotte Kids Fest will inspire and motivate young minds with professional artistic, creative, playful, and educational experiences. Enjoy the outdoors of UNC Charlotte’s campus with hands-on activities, performers, food trucks, and more!
Cost: Free
Details: https://charlottekidsfest.org/

Queen City Unity presents: The Charlotte UNITE Festival
Saturday, October 5 (12 p.m. – 8 p.m.)
Where: NoDa Brewing Company (2921 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28206)
What’s Happening: The free family orientated festival includes musical performances from local artists of all backgrounds, food from different cultures in Charlotte, NoDa Brewing Company’s tasty brews, a Kids Zone, and community guest speakers that you will not want to miss.
Cost: Free
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/576404246219565/

Carolina Renaissance Festival
Saturday and Sundays from October 5 through Sunday, November 24
Where: 16445 Poplar Tent Rd., Huntersville, NC 28078
What’s Happening:
Known as one of the largest of the Renaissance fairs nationwide, the Carolina Renaissance Festival is a place where imagination, fantasy, and history burst to life every event day. A perfect setting for a fictional, story-book renaissance village called “Fairhaven” that is filled with charming cottages, castles, kitchens and pubs, all with simulated architecture & design of a 16th century European village.
Starting at $15

Huntersville Fall Festival
When: Saturday, October 12 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
Where: (13659 Beatties Ford Rd., Huntersville, NC 28078)
What’s Happening: Enjoy local art and craft booths, children games and crafts, inflatables, scarecrow making, food trucks, pumpkin patch and ALL DAY live entertainment. This event is free to attend and free parking. Wrist bands are available for children’s area.
Cost: Free
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/13659-beatties-ford-rd-huntersville-nc-28078-8326-united-states/7th-annual-huntersville-fall-festival/453647705400661/

HOLA Charlotte Festival
When: Saturday, October 12 (12 p.m. – 7 p.m.)
Where: Uptown Charlotte on South Tryon St. from E. Stonewall St. to 4th St.
What’s Happening: Hola Charlotte is the largest Hispanic Heritage celebration in Charlotte highlighting Latin American culture and all its richness. Experience the Latin American Cultural Village, authentic Latin American food and beverage, nationally acclaimed Latin American bands and artists, Latin American Art Street Show, Meet and Greet with performers, Cultural Dance performances, Cultural Pavilion, Hispanic Heritage and Contemporary Fashion and more.
Cost: Free
Details: https://charlottecultureguide.com/event/424516/hola-charlotte-festival

Festival of India
When: Saturday October 12 and Sunday, October 13 (12 p.m. – 8 p.m. each day)
Where: Belk Theater (130 North Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28202)
What’s Happening: Festival of India is organized to showcase that diversity of culture and heritage to the larger community in the Carolinas and provides an excellent opportunity for cultural exchange in a fun setting. Expect a large Food Court on the street, various Indian souvenirs, costumes, jewelry and other works for viewing and buying. Activities for children include Kids Art Corner and Kids Art competition, in addition to all the dancing and singing activities. Don’t miss out on all the fun including Yoga demo, a Henna tattoo, Saree demo and dancing on the street to pulsating Indian music beats.
Cost: $6 online; $7 at the Festival. Free for kids under 10
Details: https://charlottecultureguide.com/event/425041/festival-of-india

Pineville Fall Fest
When: Friday, October 18 (6 p.m. – 10 p.m.) and Saturday, October 19 (10 a.m. – 10 p.m.)
Where: Pineville Lake Park (1000 Johnston Dr., Pineville, NC 28134)
What’s Happening: Music, Food and Family Fun! Expect Arts & Crafts Vendors, a Children’s Art Show, a Chili Cook Off, a Pie Eating Contest and Amusement Rides.
Cost: Free; wristbands for rides $15
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/645699485917356/

Fall Harvest Festival
When: October 26 (6:30 p.m.)
Where: Mint Hill Town Hall (7151 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd., Mint Hill, NC 28227)
What’s Happening: Join us for a night of family fun with a scarecrow decorating contest, photo opportunity in our pumpkin patch, pumpkin bowling, face painting, inflatables, fun foods and family games and a lot more.
Cost: Free
Details: https://www.minthill.com/event_details.php?Fall-Harvest-Festival-565

Day of the Dead / Día de los Muertos
When: November 3 (12 p.m. – 6 p.m.)
Where: Levine Museum of the New South (200 E 7th St., Charlotte, NC 28202)
What’s Happening: This annual Día de los Muertos celebration is a local, intimate recreation of the Mexican Day of the Dead tradition. This colorful and vibrant event features traditional foods, folkloric arts and crafts, traditional dances, and fun activities for children.
Cost: Free
Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/latin-american-coalition/day-of-the-dead-d%C3%ADa-de-muertos/436838307173882/

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