Why This Matters: National Arts & Humanities Month is a collective recognition of the importance of culture in America.
By Lillian Parker
Is it possible October is the best month of the year? In addition to fall-time fun and Halloween spookiness, October is National Arts & Humanities Month, the largest annual celebration for the arts and humanities in the nation.
National Arts & Humanities Month brings together people from coast to coast to recognize the important role the arts plays in our lives and communities. What better way to see the impact of arts and culture in Charlotte-Mecklenburg than to experience them firsthand!
How will you celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month? Here are nine activities happening in Charlotte-Mecklenburg this October to help you get started.
Culture Blocks Experiences – FREE
Various Dates, Times & Locations
Find a free Culture Blocks class, workshop or performance near your neighborhood. Upcoming events includes pottery classes, live music, photography workshops, dance classes and more across 10 geographical blocks of Mecklenburg County. Offerings vary by location. More information.
The Adventures of Madeline – TICKETED
Friday, October 11 – Sunday, October 20
Matthews Community Center
Presented by Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts and Theatre Matthews
The Adventures of Madeline is based on the original book by Ludwig Bemelmens. Adventurous young Madeline is very good at getting into trouble, but she’s also fantastic at solving problems. Follow Madeline as she adopts a dog named Genevieve, ends up in the hospital and meets the new boy next door who turns out to be a bad hat. More information.
Hola Charlotte Festival – FREE
Saturday, October 12 (12-7 p.m.)
Uptown Charlotte on South Tryon Street from E. Stonewall Street to 4th Street
The largest Hispanic Heritage celebration in Charlotte, the eighth annual Hola Charlotte Festival returns with a Latin American Cultural Village, authentic Latin American food and beverages, nationally acclaimed bands and artists, cultural dance performances, a creative space and more. The festival is free to attend. More information.
Organ at Davidson OCTOBER cONCERT – FREE
Monday, October 14 (7:30 p.m.)
Davidson College Presbyterian Church
100 N. Main Street, Davidson, NC 28036
Top chamber musicians of the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra, including two violinists, a cellist and an organist, will perform a unique program of music by renowned violinist Heinrich Biber (1644-1704). Immediately following the performance, guests are invited to a Friends of the Organ meet-the-artists reception. More information.
Harlem 100 – TICKETED
Tuesday, October 15 (7:30 p.m.)
Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts
Presented by Blumenthal Performing Arts
Harlem 100 celebrates one of the most influential artistic movements of our country and gives insight into Harlem then and now. Created in collaboration with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem and JMG Live, this multi-media show captures the sights and sounds of Harlem through the work of legendary artists such as Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Langston Hughes, Billie Holiday and more. More information.
Open Studio Saturday – FREE
Saturday, October 19 (12-4 p.m.)
McColl Center for Art + Innovation
Explore four floors of art and creativity with your family and friends. Participate in fun hands-on arts activities, meet artists-in-residence and create your own work of art to take home. More information.
Make & Mingle: Laser Cut Lanterns – TICKETED
Thursday, October 24 (6 p.m.)
Discovery Place Science
Create your own laser cut wood lantern for the perfect addition to your fall décor. Choose from two designs to have laser cut for you, then sand, stain and assemble and complete with LED lights. Registration is required, and the registration fee includes light hors d’oeuvres, one beer/wine ticket and free parking at the Museum. More information.
The Nightmare Before Christmas in Concert – TICKETED
Friday, October 25 (7:30 p.m.)
Presented by Charlotte Symphony
Witness Tim Burton’s Halloween classic “The Nightmare Before Christmas” shown in its entirety like you’ve never seen – or heard – it before. The iconic score will roar to life at the hands of the Charlotte Symphony as you follow Jack the Pumpkin King’s quest to seize Christmas on a large screen above the orchestra. More information.
ArtoberFest – FREE
Sunday, October 27 (11 a.m.)
2229 Weyland Ave., Charlotte, NC 28208
Presented by Health Empowerment Renewal
Celebrate the rich cultural heritage of Charlotte’s West Side with live music, a selfie park, live art, kids activities/fashion show, food trucks, games, artist kickback and more. More information.