Celebrate Autumn at These 5 Fun Fall Fests in Charlotte

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It’s no secret that autumn is especially beautiful in the Queen City. Next to the changing leaves, fall fests in Charlotte are just another part of the magic. This festival season’s got a little bit of everything – arts and crafts, rides and games, live music (and live animals – but we’ll get to that later) and so much more! 

If you love fall fun and you’re ready to celebrate the season, you won’t be disappointed by these fall fests in Charlotte we just can’t wait for!

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1. Festival in the Park

You know it’s Fall in Charlotte when Festival in the Park rolls around! The iconic fan fave is back in Freedom Park this year much to the city’s delight. It’s the festival we love and remember but this year it just feels a little sweeter. They say absence makes the heart grow fonder, and if you’re fond of this tried and true Charlotte fest that features art, culture, live music and dancing, and lots of local food, then you are in for a treat! 

Fri, Sept 24 | 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Sat, Sept 25 | 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sun, Sept 26 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

📍1908 East Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28203

Known as “Union County’s biggest party of the year”, Carolina Corn Fest is a down home celebration created by locals who love festivals. Take in scenery and live music while participating in arts and crafts,  and even a corn maze! Bring the kids or make it a date night. Either way the Carolina Corn Fest is a good time that isn’t to be missed.

Sat. Sept 18 | 5:00 – 10:00 pm

📍3718 Plyler Mill Rd, Monroe, NC, 28112

Llamas, alpacas and deer – oh my! Animal lovers rejoice, Lazy 5 Ranch’s beloved fall fest is back. If you’ve ever wanted to meet a majestic animal close up, then now’s your chance. Meet, greet and feed zebras, giraffes, bison, and more. There’s also all sorts of human fun to be had, like their famous pumpkin slingshot, straw climbing castle, a corn box for the kids to play in (think Lazy 5’s version of a ball pit) pumpkin picking, and a horse-drawn wagon ride!

Due to uncertainty related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the venue suggests calling ahead at 704-663-5100 to confirm event times. 

Sun. Sept 26 – Mon. Oct 25 | 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

📍15100 Mooresville Rd, Mooresville NC 28115

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4. Carolina Renaissance Fest

Hear ye, hear ye – the Renaissance Festival has returned! 

This much-missed whimsical whirlwind has returned, and we are thrilled. Operating 8 Sundays between October through November, the Carolina Renaissance Festival is “a 16th-century European style art and entertainment festival blending history and fantasy through outdoor theater.” 

Experience arts and crafts, magic tricks, rides falconry, jousting knights on horseback, mythical creatures (Hello, mermaids, fairies and dragons!) feasting like they did in days of yore, and so much more! 

Sat. + Sun, Oct 2 – Nov 21 | 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
📍16445 Poplar Tent Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078

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5. Oktoberfest @ Suffolk Punch

What would fall be without Oktoberfest? One of the biggest staples of the season, Oktoberfest in Charlotte is nothing short of a big deal. Suffolk Punch is making sure their Oktoberfest is one of the top-tier fall fests in Charlotte this year. 

Suffolk Punch’s Oktoberfest will feature the first release of their limited-edition Oktoberfest Marzen, plus live music all day and Oktoberfest food specials (including their legendary currywurst and Queen City pretzels – yum)!  

Sat. Sept 11 | 10:00 am – 11:59 pm 
📍2911 Griffith Street, #suite a, Charlotte, NC 28203

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Mila Simmons

Mila Simmons

Mila is the Charlotte Content Lead/City Manager for UNATION, and author of the Stuff to Do in Charlotte City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Charlotte area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinCharlotte on Instagram and Facebook.