Why This Matters: ASC supports fall festivals that increase access to arts, science, history and heritage offerings and the quality of cultural programming in neighborhoods and towns throughout Mecklenburg County.
By Bernie Petit
It’s easy to get distracted at fall festivals. It’s understandable, too.
The sound of lively music usually greets your ears before you walk through the festival gates. Once inside, the bustle of the crowd and the smell of festival foods can get you off-track.
But there are good reasons to maintain your focus at fall festivals that emphasize arts, culture and heritage. If you care about supporting local artists, you can buy artwork directly from them. You can learn something new about other cultures and you can participate in activities that allow you to express yourself creatively.
That’s why ASC supports Charlotte-Mecklenburg festivals through its Cultural Vision Grant program, which funds cultural programming that builds community or demonstrates relevant cultural expression, and through Town Grants that increase access to and strengthen the quality of arts and culture offerings in towns throughout Mecklenburg County.
So, to help keep you focused, here’s what you don’t want to miss at fall festivals supported by funding from ASC, as well as other local festivals taking place in the coming weeks. Admission is free unless noted.
Festival of India
Noon-6 p.m. Sept. 9-10, Belk Theater (130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte)
Don’t Miss: The traditional Indian dances performed inside Belk Theater and in front of the theater on North Tryon Street. Presented by the India Association of Charlotte, the Festival of India showcases the diversity of Indian food, art, music and Bollywood entertainment. There will be yoga demonstrations, henna tattoos available for festivalgoers and more.
Admission: $6 online at carolinatix.org, $7 at the door.
Tawba Walks Arts & Music Festival
2-10 p.m. Sept. 16, Cornelius Town Hall & Lawn (21445 Catawba Ave.)
Don’t Miss: The two stages of live bands and performances and more than 80 local artists and crafts people. There will also be street art, a kid’s zone, food trucks and local craft beer.
Festival in the Park
4-9:30 p.m. Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sept. 23 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 24, Freedom Park (2435 Cumberland Ave., Charlotte)
Don’t Miss: The popular Artist’s Walk, the area of the festival that features more than 150 regional artists. For more than 50 years, this Charlotte tradition has been seen as the last push of summer and a celebration of the fall to come. You’ll also find bands and crafts of all sorts presented in a fun outdoors atmosphere.
Other Fall Festivals
ArtWalk & JazzFest
10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 30, Matthews Chamber of Commerce (210 Matthews Station St)
24th Annual Carolina Renaissance Festival
10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 30-Nov. 19, Carolina Renaissance Festival (16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville)
Admission: $14 – $25; free for children 4 and younger.