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Ayrsley Retro Horror Series + More Things to Do in Charlotte This Weekend

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Hey, Charlotte! Fall is in full swing, and for this city, that means fairs and festivals and lots of them – Halloween-themed (it’s never too early!), food-focused, Renaissance fests, wine-downs and more, Autumn is the season for things to do in Charlotte!

From the classic horror films at the Ayrsley to Taste of Charlotte, here are just a few of the thing’s we’re looking forward to this weekend in the Queen City. 

Are old-school films your thing? Get on down to the Ayrsley Grand where retro has been the king of the Halloween scene since before we can remember.

From October 1st until November 4th, the Ayersley Grand will put on two iconic, classic horror films a night. We’re talking all the original creep shows like Halloween, Psycho, Friday the 13th, the Lost Boys, and more! This freaky film fest has been a Charlotte Halloween staple for years – don’t miss out!

Event Details
🗓 Oct. 1 |  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Oct 2 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Oct 3 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm
📍 9110 Kings Parade Blvd Charlotte, NC 28273
🎟 $5.00

The all-ages festival for food and fun is back at Truist Field this weekend.

Enjoy food and drink from local vendors serving up any sort of cuisine you can imagine from tried and true local restaurants. There will also be live music, a wine cellar for those of age, and entertainment (like a rock-climbing, obstacle courses, a giant slide, and a bounce house for the kids)!

Event Details
🗓 Oct. 1 |  4:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Oct. 2 | 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Oct. 3 | 11:00 am – 6:00 pm

📍 324 S Mint St, Charlotte, NC 28202
🎟 Free

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

This much-missed whimsical whirlwind has returned, and we are thrilled. Operating Saturdays and 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!

Event Details
🗓 Oct 2  |  10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Oct 3 | 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
📍 16445 Poplar Tent Rd, Huntersville, NC 28078
🎟 $27.00

Emmy Award winner, poet and Director of Creative Engagement at the Blumenthal, Boris “Bluz” Rogers will lead a workshop in poetry and performance this Saturday at the Harvey B. Gantt Center.

Engage in a curated, step-by-step creative journey to creating a writing masterpiece – during the workshop, participants will craft and perform a poem using the writing techniques outlined in the class. If you’re feeling creative, or if you’ve always wanted to try your hand and writing poetry. you won’t want to miss this event.

Event Details
🗓  Oct 2 |  12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
📍 551 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202
🎟 $10.00

Calling all brunch fans and vegans alike, the Best Damn Vegan Brunch hits Charlotte this Sunday! VeganEats CLT and Summit Seltzer are teaming up to bring you an afternoon full of brunch, sips, live music, hookah, vendors, and more.

Get ready to vibe to trap and r&b while checking out the boss brunch menu featuring vegan takes on brunch classics like Chick’n and Waffles and’ Shrymp ‘n’ Grits. Tickets will go fast, so get yours while you can!

Event Details
🗓 Oct 3 |  2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
📍 2215 Thrift Rd Suite B, Charlotte, NC 28208
🎟 $28.16

RuSan’s is one of Charlotte’s absolute fave go-to sushi restaurants. There isn’t just one thing that makes the RuSan’s experience amazing. From the inspired menu and drinks to the warm, welcoming atmosphere, if you’re in the mood for good food and good vibes, a meal at RuSan’s won’t disappoint. 

First time at RuSan’s or new to sushi? Try a traditional favorite like a California Roll (crabstick and avocado) or a Dynamite Roll (chopped tuna, sriracha, mayo, masago, green onion, cucumber).

Wanna check out RuSan’s signature creations? Check out the Chipotle Roll (chipotle crab, avocado, and tempura flakes, topped with seared tuna, candied jalapeno and, chipotle mayo) or the LOL roll (hot chili tiger shrimp wrapped in avocado rolled rice, panko deep fried and topped with eel sauce and aioli).
If you’re not in the mood for sushi, RuSan’s also offers favorites from the kitchen like fried rice, yakisoba, udon, ramen, teriyaki, and more!

🗓 Mon | 11:30 am – 9:30 pm
Tues | 11:30 am – 9:30 pm
Wed | 11:30 am – 9:30 pm
Thurs | 11:30 am – 9:30 pm
Fri | 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Sat | 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
Sun | 3:00 pm – 9:30 pm

📍 2440 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC 28203

Keep Up With Things to Do in Charlotte

If you’re looking for even more things to do in Charlotte this weekend, check out our website and make sure to tag us in your photos (@StuffToDoInCharlotte)!

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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.

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