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Charlotte is considered a wonderfully entertaining metropolis and, yet, having fall fun in the country is often less than an hour away!

Families in the Queen City have their favorite pumpkin picking and apple picking farms and the top family choices are as consistent as Charlotte’s beautiful fall weather!

Hall Family Farm is right in Mecklenburg County, up the well-traveled Providence Road. The short drive taking you past all the lovely neighborhoods on the way is almost as enjoyable the farm itself! Families can tackle a 5-acre corn maze, pick a pumpkin, take a hayride and enjoy a bonfire. Kids can enjoy the free activities including a mini maze and race. Fall hours are September 29-November 8; Monday-Sunday 9am-6pm and Friday-Saturday 9am-6pm.

Carrigan Farms is just over 30 minutes from Charlotte, right outside Mooresville. This is a family owned farm with a genuine family atmosphere. Apples are still on the trees waiting to be picked and are available at the great rate of $6.50 per half-peck bag. Pumpkins are grown on the farm and families can pick them right off the vine! The pumpkin patch, tractor-drawn hayride takes the children and adults right to the pumpkins where $10 gives you the pumpkin of your choice!

Hodges Family Farm is not only a great time, but is also an agritourism sight hoping to educate families about farm animals and local farming. Hayrides will take you to pick out your own pumpkin, farm animals and pony rides. There is even a Hay Mountain! After Thanksgiving, Frazier Firs from the local mountain areas are available for your very own, personally chosen Christmas tree! For every real Christmas tree harvested, two-three seedlings are planted in its place. Buying a Christmas tree supports over 100,000 people employed in the industry.

The Hunter Farm provides a smaller experience, especially for those families with little ones. The farm is open to the public September 27th through November 16th. The ticket price includes a short hayride, choosing a small pumpkin and a visit to the petting barn. Bonfires and night rides are available with reservations. Located in Weddington, the Hall Family Farm is an easy, low-key adventure.

Wise Acres is an organic way to pick your pumpkin and have some fun! Pick your own pumpkin and enjoy the fall colors as you travel on the hay wagon through the local woods. Explore a mini sudangrass maze and play in the playground made of 100% recycled materials. Fresh air is free and fresh ingredients are for sale.

 The Regal Corn Maze in Statesville is a popular fall destination for those who like a challenge! Adventures include a corn maze, corn cannon, giant slingshot, seer head lassoing and a cow train and mini maze for the smaller set! Only about an hour from Charlotte, the Corn Maze is open every weekend in October.

The gates are flung open and inviting you to fall fun at Charlotte’s local farming communities! Fall colors, brisk air, pumpkins, hayrides, apples and mazes await!










Festival-In-The-Park-5Charlotte’s beautiful fall weather is calling families outside for fall festival celebrations! Gather family and friends and enjoy the faint cool fall breeze whispering through the Carolina sunshine!

No family member is more appreciative of fantastic weather more than the family pet! WOOFSTOCK is a “far out” festival for you and Fido at Amos’ Southend on Saturday, September 13! Food trucks will be there to feed the humans while they bid on silent auction items. Great Dane Friends of Ruff Love and the Blue Ridge Boxer Rescue are hosting this groovy good time. New, furry family members will offered for adoption.

Charlotte is a fantastic city of cultural diversity! The Festival of India is a great way to learn about and celebrate Charlotte’s Indian community. Experience the richness of arts, crafts, languages and cuisines from different regions of India. A large food court will offer a wide range of Indian delicacies. Children will have their own activities to keep them engaged while mom gets a beautiful henna tattoo! Festival of India will be held at the Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center September 13-14.

Travel from India and explore the entire world at the 39th Annual UNC International Festival at UNC Charlotte! This huge exhibition of cultures of the world is a Charlotte tradition. Learn about different lands as you meander through tents of displays and enjoy song, dance and cuisine.

 CHARLOTTE CRABS & BEER FEST is a delicious way to welcome fall on September 13! A Low Country Boil is a Carolina delicacy that is sure to please the entire family in Uptown Charlotte! Fresh Blue Crabs will be offered along with specialty beer, games, music and various vendors.

Another way to satisfy your need for HOPPY fun is at the 2014 CHARLOTTE BEER FESTIVAL on September 20 at the BB&T Ballpark. Uptown Charlotte’s home of the Charlotte Knights will host a showcase of craft beers from local and international breweries. Music and fun will be from 5-9pm

Carolina Brewmasters, Charlotte Oktoberfest will be a September 27th celebration this year at the NC Music Factory. This is a charity event that has been contributing to nonprofits for over 15 years and is one of the largest beer fests in the Southeast.

Great Grapes! Is a casual wine tasting with hundreds of wines to try! Held at Symphony Park at Southpark Mall, this stroll allows people to refill their tasting glass at each tent offering NC wines. Live music will be provided and patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets on October 4, 11am-7pm.

A little outside of Charlotte, Shelton Vineyards will be hosting its Ninth Annual Harvest Festival October 10-12. This family friendly festival will include local craft items and produce for sale, hayrides and bluegrass bands. Enjoy the fun while sipping on your favorite Shelton Vineyard wines. Food will be available, as will regular winery tours and tastings.

The 12th Annual Q-City Charlotte BBQ Championship and festival will be October 17-18 in Uptown Charlotte! Teams will cook and compete for the Governor’s Cup Trophy. Pork eating along with other food trucks and vendors will fill your tummy with yumminess while you listen to great music and sample some favorite beverages.

Festival in the Park is a favorite Charlotte tradition! Held at Freedom Park, the festival has been serving up food, fun, music and original art since 1964. Over 180 artists and crafts people surround Freedom Park’s Lake. The festival will be September 19-21.

Charlotte’s close neighbor, Statesville, is host to Carolina BalloonFest, the premier hot air balloon festival of the Southeast! On October 17-19 families can bring lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy the amazing sight of over 50 colorful hot air balloons. Take a balloon ride, enjoy the food and listen to the music! Benefits go to the American Cancer Society.

Cajunfest is a celebration of the Bayou in Charlotte! Held in the new, beautiful Romare Bearden Park in Uptown Charlotte, this festival will have music, Cajun food and activities for the kids. Admission is free on September 28, 11am-8pm

No festival news would be complete without including the Carolina Renaissance Festival! This medieval amusement park will entertain you with everything from jousting tournaments to turkey legs to munch on. Enjoy the fun Saturdays and Sundays, October 4-November 23.

Charlotte is the epitome of Southern perfection during the fall! Warm sunshine and cool breezes are beckoning you outdoors for fantastic fall fun frolics!






Charlotte offers respite from its hot, yet beautiful, summertime with it’s cool, yet hot, comedy scene!

Beat the Southern heat with Ralphie May on July 29-30 at the Comedy Zone. Ralphie’s comedic timing resulted in a standing ovation on the Tonight Show and his performance on the first season of NBC’s hit reality series “Last Comic Standing” propelled him into success. This show is for 18t audience members.

Also at the Comedy Zone on August1-2 is Dave Attell. Attell is the popular creator and host of Comedy Central’s travelogue series Insomniac with Dave Attell. Named one of Entertainment Weekly Magazine’s 25 Funniest People in America, Attell will be sure to get you chuckling. For 18 and older.

Family friendly giggling with a Southern dinner menu can be found at the IMPROV CHARLOTTE Comedy show at Upstage in Charlotte’s popular art district of NoDa. This most touted improve comedy troupe will perform their monthly comedy show on Friday, August 1. All ticket proceeds go to charity.

The Duke Energy Theater is offering some guffaws for mature audiences through August 2 with the funny “Things You Shouldn’t Say Past Midnight”. The award winning farce is soon to be launched nationally as a television series. This entertaining bedroom comedy is best suited for mature audiences.

The Charlotte Comedy Theater offers an ensemble of comedians ready and willing to take on the hilarious unpredictability of improvised scenes and games. Shows are every Friday and Saturday night 8-9:30pm .

The always outstanding Funny or Die Oddball and Curiosity Festival has one of the best line ups of comedians offered at one venue. The PNC Music Pavilion will be hosting the comedy festival on Saturday, August 9 at 5:00pm. Scheduled to perform are: Louis CK, Aziz Ansari, Hannibal Buress, Chris Hardwick and more! The laughs will be nonstop!

The Levine Center: Knight Theater will host comedian Anjelah Johnson Live on Friday, August 15. This beautiful and hilarious Mexican Native American comedic actress will have you rolling in the aisle! Most famous for her characters on the MADtv sketch comedy series and making one of the most successful, viral comedy videos “Nail Salon”, Johnson’s stand-up routine is riotous!

Summertime is giggle time in Charlotte! The Queen City’s Southern summer is sizzling with sidesplitting stand up!







Ballantyne is a not only locally regarded as a wonderful place to live; recently, the 28277 zip code was nationally recognized as the Number 2 Most Moved-into Zip Code in the Country!

Welcomemat Services, a company that provides information to local businesses seeking to reach new residents with direct-mail packets, recently released a report revealing that the Ballantyne, specifically the 28277 area, had 594 move-ins from May 4 to May 31. Charlotte’s University Area ranked 6th in the country.

Welcomemat was originally founded in Ballantyne Corporate Park in 2003!

Ballantyne Corporate Park is one of the many reasons that this booming area of South Charlotte is so popular.

Ballantyne Corporate Park is a 535-acre office and business community. Beautifully designed by principal developer Bissell Companies, Ballantyne Corporate Park is home to multiple global, national and local headquarter operations, including Insurance giant MetLife. Surrounded by parks, restaurants, bike paths and neighborhoods, Ballantyne Corporate Park is nestled in as part of the Ballantyne community.

Ballantyne residents, both new and long immersed, are not surprised at the new ranking.

Ballantyne enjoys being known as an area to live, work and to play; often described as an Edge City. The South Charlotte Area, which includes Ballantyne, is highly respected, with 12 excellent public schools and a large selection of private school options. Being an Edge City not on a body of water, Ballantyne residents enjoy a full 360-degree choice of travel with the convenience of easy access to the 485 outer loop.

Proximity to Uptown, local hospitals, restaurants, shopping, greenways and schools creates a suburb that allows families the peace of tree-lined neighborhoods without giving up travel convenience to other bustling business and entertainment areas of the city.

There are over 30 restaurants at the main Ballantyne intersection and over 200 restaurants and retail stores within driving distance. Ballantyne is pedestrian and bike friendly, welcoming everyone out into the lovely Southern sunshine!

Ballantyne’s mid to high-range beautiful houses, townhomes and abundance of apartments are a fit for all life styles!









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Charlotte is splashing into the lazy, hazy, beautiful days of a Southern summer!

A variety of water worlds and water activities are available within the Charlotte area ready to keep the entire family cool!

The U.S. Whitewater Center is the world’s largest manmade river! Rafting for all levels and flat-water activities, like kayaking and paddle boarding in the Catawba River, are great ways to involve the entire family in water activities. The Carolina summer breezes are available for landlubbers, including canopy tours, hiking, biking and zip lining.

The Great Wolf Lodge has plenty of splash room in its 80,000ft, comfortable 84-degree indoor water park! Approximately 30 minutes from Charlotte, this kid- coveted, magical destination includes thrilling slides for the adventure seekers and a zero-depth entry for the younger children and toddlers. Magiquest for battling dragons and Scoops Kid Spa for an ice cream-themed manicure are available for the water logged.

Ray’s Splash Planet is conveniently located in Charlotte’s fun Uptown! Ray’s offers a variety of water activities including the Vortex, a quick-current pool, and a three-story water slide. A lazy river, lap lanes for swimming and water sports round off the fun.

Carowind’s is a theme park destination for all thrill seekers! After all the roller coaster turbulence, riders can seek out the refreshing Boomerang Bay! This 60,000-gallon wave pool is for all ages and includes towering water slides and a lazy river.

Lake Norman is 520 miles of lake lover’s fun! Rent a boat or Jet Ski and cruise the water! Lake access is readily available, especially convenient through Lake Norman State Park, which allows fishing and a small beach for swimmers.

Lake Wylie is a manmade lake that can boast being in North AND South Carolina! Lake Wylie has 325 miles of shoreline, offering boating, fishing and swimming. Boat rentals are available. Anchor in one of the many coves and enjoy a relaxing time with friends and family!

Nothing could be finer than to be in Carolina in the summertime! Enjoy the sunshine and beauty of a Charlotte summer by beating the heat in the many water activities available in the Queen City!





Fourth of July Fireworks burst over Charlotte, North Carolina's, Center City.


Charlotte is celebrating 4th of July with fireworks and family fun!

News Talk 1110 and 107.9 The Link’s SkyShow 2014 with the Charlotte Knights returns to Uptown Charlotte at the BB&T Ballpark, 324 S. Mint Street for the best fireworks display in the Southeast! SkyShow is the Southeast’s largest fireworks display! Stadium gates open 5:00 p.m. The Skyshow Street Party runs 3-7 and will have live music, balloon artist, food and games for the entire family! The game begins at 7:05. After the watching the Charlotte Knights play ball, enjoy the fireworks display and make sure to stick around to honor our Veterans and Military Personnel at the patriotic flag ceremony.

Skyshow fireworks can be seen from several locales near Uptown Charlotte.

The Mecklenburg County Courthouse parking deck at 832 E 4th Street offers great night viewing. The deck has an outdoor plaza with benches, tables and chairs.704 686-0400

Another parking deck viewing point is Crown Plaza Parking Deck at 201 S. McDowell Street.

Thompson Park at 1129 E. 3rd Street is 3.3 acres and is close to the fireworks. The entrance is off of East 3rd Street between South Kings drive and the exit ramp of I-277.

Loft 1523 offers one of the best views for Queen city fireworks from its balcony. Loft is a nightclub and is a grown-up venue. Uptown chic attire is expected.


The U.S. National Whitewater Center is offering family fun at its 4th of July Festival. Live music and fireworks will be available July 3-4, 3:30-10pm at 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy.

The Charlotte Symphony will be performing a special July 4th musical evening! Summer Pops musical theme is Celebrating America and will be 8:15 p.m. at Symphony Park, 4400 Sharon Road.

Athletes can celebrate freedom at the July 4 Spectacular 4 Miler presented by Toast Café. The family festival and 4-mile race finish will take place in the Dilworth neighborhood at Toast Café, 2400 Park Road in Charlotte. The run begins at 7:30a.m.

Get a jump on July 4 by participating in The Charlotte Firecracker 5k and Fun Run on July 3, 2014. The run loops around the Olde Providence neighborhood in South Charlotte. The 5k will finish at the Windyrush Country Club where family can enjoy swimming, music, food and drinks.

The entire family will have an action packed day on July 4 at Carowinds! On July 4-5 free park admission for ally active, inactive or retired United States Service men and women will be given with a valid military I.D. Carowinds Thrill Zone will be the place to be for the fireworks extravaganza Nights of Fire in the skies above Carowinds!

Southern hospitality blasts in with patriotic family fun throughout the Charlotte area! Gather your family and friends and celebrate freedom in the Queen City!






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Charlotte men and women have long enjoyed the pleasures of a fantastic game of golf on fantastic courses!

Charlotte offers many pristine private and public courses for the devoted golfer with nothing but serious intentions and many more casual courses for fun golfing excursions.

Top ten courses in the Charlotte area can be divided into public and private courses.

South Charlotte offers The Golf Club at Ballantyne as a wonderful public course serving golf enthusiasts of all skill levels. The Golf Club is a favorite PGA, 6,740 yard, par 71, championship course offering a challenging, fair course with water features. The country club setting appeals to those wanting a higher end course.

Carolina Lakes Golf Club is a newer addition to the Charlotte public golf scene. The Carolina Lakes is just minutes from the Ballantyne area in the beautiful Sun City Community. The course is a 7,024-yard, par 72-championship course. The course maintains a G2Bent Grass greens and Bermuda fairways and was nominated for Golf Digests Best New courses.

Also just minutes from Ballantyne, in the quaint town of Fort Mill is Springfield Golf Club. The 6,906-yard, par 72 public golf course is considered a beautiful course with hills, woods, and streams.

Deer Brook Golf Course is a 6,950-yard, par 72 public course in Shelby. Deer Brook is considered well worth the 40-minute drive from Charlotte, with very accommodating staff and excellent greens.

Olde Sycamore in Southeast Charlotte is a 6,965-yard, par 72, and semi private course. Nestled among beautiful Carolina pines, this is public course is one of Charlotte’s more well maintained, challenging courses.

Private courses in Charlotte are world renown! From the famous Quail Hollow to the Myers Park Country Club, the Queen City reigns in golf.

Quail Hollow, host to the Wells Fargo Championship, is the most well known of Charlotte’s premier private golf courses. Quail Hollow is a 7,114-yard, par 72 course. It is a private equity facility with “ Accompanied By Member” guest policy.

Ballantyne Country Club Golf Course is a private, member owned club. The course is designed for all skill levels 7,034 yard, and par 72. Residency within the community is not required for membership and is open to the entire Charlotte area.

Piper Glen Country Club is a private, non-equity course. The beautiful course, designed by Arnold Palmer is a 6,883-yard, par 72 course located in South Charlotte.

Myers Park Country Club is a traditional, private country club owned by its members. Myers Park Golf Course features a 7,120-yard, par 71 course. Considered a tight course, there are water hazards in play on five holes. A member must accompany guests.

Charlotte Country Club is located in the historic Plaza-Midwood area, just three miles from Uptown Charlotte. The golf course is 7,355yard, par71 Donald Ross course. The course is considered the oldest and most elite of all the private clubs in Charlotte. Founded in 1910 and restored in 2009, the beautiful course remains one of the most sought after memberships in Charlotte.

Charlotte’s beautiful weather only compliments the Queen City as the Southern golfers destination! We can’t help but offer Southern Charm on and off the green. This Father’s Day, treat dad to a golfing excursion under Carolina blue skies!








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