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CHARLOTTE HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS October 21, 2016

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Charlotte offers a plethora of paranormal activities for Halloween! Haunted Houses, from the fairly tame Scarowinds to the heart-pounding Haunted Mill, all your traditional favorite fear factor locations are waiting for you during October!

Charloteeans searching for suspense (without the screams) can also find frightful fun throughout the Charlotte area this month!

Blumenthal Arts presents THE ILLUSIONISTS October 21-23 at Oven’s Auditorium. Considered the world’s best magic show, seven magicians are prepared to awe and delight with their sophisticated art of deception!

Queen City Ghost Tours offers a historical scare, starting in Uptown Charlotte! Learn about ghostly visitors from the Revolutionary War to present-day, local haunted homes! Walking and driving tours are available.

Detectives of all ages will enjoy the Murder Mystery/Dinner –Evil Never Dies on October 22nd. Intrigue and wine will dominate this whodunit evening at Cougar Run Winery! Help solve the mystery while enjoying a dinner catered by 2 Gals Kitchen.

Stretch your skeleton and move those muscles at the first annual Costume Dash on October 29th. Dress in your Halloween costume and enjoy the fun run through South End! Costume contest, prizes, and after party at Draught Charlotte. Charitable sponsor is the American Cancer Society. NoDaWeen festival includes a Freaky 5K and a Pimp My Pumpkin competition. The 3rd Annual Hound Dog Hustle is a way for you and your four-legged baby to enjoy the fall foliage! The 5k run/walk on Oct. 23rd starts at 9:00 am and benefits the Carolina Bassett Hound Rescue. The Rescue saves homeless hounds from kill shelters.

Sophisticated spooks will find their inner fabulousness at The Duke Mansion’s Casino Party and Auction on October 28th. Casino games, silent auction, dancing with delicious delectable created by executive Chef Harrison Booth. Midnight in the Garden at Historic Rosedale Planation offers an indoor and outdoor experience for all ghost busters! The Paranormal Grounds Investigation will be 6:30-8pm using technology in partnership with the Charlotte Area Paranormal Society. Real ghost stories and possible spirit contact continues in the Paranormal House Investigation, 9-11pM.

Halloween can be fun and educational! Plaza Midwood’s Fall Crawl Cankerworm Festival will be on Oct. 29th, 9am-7pm. Tree banding supplies to get rid of those real-life creepy crawlies will be available from 9am-12pm. Enjoy the festivities including a costume parade, live music and libations from Birdsong Brewery. Dia De Los Muertos: Day of the Dead will be presented at the Levine Museum of the South on Sunday, November 1st. Traditional foods, art and dances will have you transported to Mexico! Science on the Rocks Fright at the Museum will be at Discovery Place in Charlotte’s Uptown! This is an adult event with a live zombie dissection, live music, creepy crawly experiments and much more! October 21st.

Fall is gorgeous in Charlotte. Enjoy outdoor Halloween festivities at Times Haunted Food Truck Festival on October 22nd. Movies, food trucks, movies, and a costume contest will fill The Charlotte Open Air Market, 5471 Central Avenue. GUTS on October 22nd at the BB&T Ballpark will be a pumpkin panic as carvers compete for the best jack lantern! A special “peoples choice” vote will have everyone cheering for his or her favorite! Benefits Make-A-wish foundation. Hall’s Family Farm is pumpkin picking fun for the entire family! Pumpkin Patch and hay rides ever day through October 31st. Also catering to your little cowboys and cowgirls, Hodges Dairy Farm offers a child size maze, pony rides, farm animals for your little pumpkins. A short drive from Charlotte will have fall fun finders looking skyward! The Hot Air Balloon Fest featuring 50 hot air balloons, balloon flights, wine and craft beer tasting, kids zone and much more in Statesville! October 21-23rd

The Queen City s a hotbed for a heart-ponding, happy Halloween. Get on your ghoul on by running, riding, dancing, and eating your way through an October bursting with fun in Charlotte!

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CHARLOTTE HOPS WITH LOCAL BREWERIES October 7, 2016

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Charlotte beer enthusiasts are satisfying their need for suds by flocking to one of many local breweries located throughout the Queen City. No matter your brew bias, Charlotte’s craft beer scene will make your hoppin’ stout and your barley pop!

Local breweries are offering special events during the fall months!

The 6th Annual Brewer’s Ball will be in the heart of Uptown Charlotte on Saturday, October 15th at Discovery Place. Favorite, top-rated restaurants, distilleries and breweries will be serving up hope for a cure for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Sample and sip while carousing silent and live auctions.

Sycamore Brewery presents Brisket and Brewery Fest on October 15th. The festivities will be 12pm -11pm at 2161 Hawkins Street. OooWee BBQ, Queen City Q and Spoons BBQ Food Truck will provide the brisket. Bluegrass bands will be Dear Brother, The Clyde’s, and Mountain Feist. Also at Sycamore on October 20th, Save A Paw’s Halloween Party! Save A Paw is dedicated to adoptions, prevention of animal abuse and promotion of rescue groups.

Sugar Creek Brewing Company  IPA release party will be on Saturday, October 15th. Souther State of Mind is a pale ale collaboration between Southern Tier and Sugar Creek. This family friendly event will include Live music, a chance to rub elbows with the brew team, Southern bbq and corn maze.

D9 Brewery will host the 2016 Seeing Is Believing fundraiser on October 16th. The watching party for the Panthers vs. Saints will have BBQ and brews to quench your thirst, fill your tummy and help prevent avoidable blindness! d9brewery.com

Matthews Chamber Fall Fest Craft Beer Crawl and Corn Hole Tournament will be held on October 22nd, 12pm-5pm. Saunter on out to Harley Davidson of Charlotte on Independence Boulevard for local craft beers, live music, food vendors and corn hole! Beers that only meet the Brewers Association of Craft Beer standards will be served. Proceeds benefit Matthews Free Clinic.

Charlotte Brews Cruise began in 2013 and is still a favorite! The cruise is a safe and relaxed way to sample local beers, explore and support local brewers! Public tours are Saturdays and private tours can be arranged for any day of the week. Discounts for designated drivers.

Charlotte offers the always fun, pedal-powered Trolley Pub to as a way to explore! The private tour tours are two hours and explore NoDa and Uptown breweries. The mixer tour is a per-person charge and the crawl includes NoDa breweries and restaurants. Family friendly tours are available!

Also pedal-powered, Uptown Bikes and Brews is a fun, bicycle tour! Cycle through some of Charlotte’s trendiest neighborhoods and sip some samples at local breweries including: Robot, Sycamore Brewery, Growler’s Pub and Triple C!

All About Beer Magazine at BB&T Ballpark will host Beer Quest on November 19th, 1-5pm. Beers will be presented in paths, separated by beer style for patrons to explore. Paths will include: Hoppy and Curious, Fizzy Yellow Greatness, The Dark Path and Not 4 Noobs.

The Queen City offers more than two-dozen unique, craft beer locations and each brew master is vying to be King of the quench! Drink and support local business by enjoying a peppery pint, grainy growler or smooth stein at Charlotte’s microbrewery and micro pub scene!

Try : Wooden Robot Brewery   Sycamore Brewing   Triple C Brewing Company    Sugar Creek Brewing Company    NoDa Brewing Company     Free Range Brewing Company                     Lenny Boy Brewing Company   Heist Brewery   Birdsong Brewing Company                              The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery    D9 Brewing Company    Bayne Brewing Company 

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