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UNMASKED HALLOWEEN FUN IN CHARLOTTE October 3, 2015

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October Charlotte is beautiful with her precious city of green unmasking the brilliant colors of fall! October is forever a pumpkin picking, candy cruising, cider sipping, fun festival time in the Queen City!

Pumpkins, hayrides, haunted houses and trick or treating can be enjoyed at many Charlotte area attractions like Carrigan Farms (Scarrigan Farms for Halloween) , Carowinds (Scarowinds) and the Hall Family Farm in Ballantyne

Outside the sugar-pumped squeals, pumpkin patches and haunted houses, Charlotte offers grownups a more unmasked October of spooky fun!

October 2-November 5th The Ayrsley Grand Cinemas 14 is showing a Retro Horror Film Series. Enjoy classics such as: The Birds, An American Werewolf in London and Friday the 13th!

Make your reservations for an Uptown, candlelight, historical walking ghost tour of Charlotte offered by Port City Java Hearst Tower! The Carolina History and Haunts tour guide, dressed in 19th century attire, will take your group through historic 4th ward and settler’s cemetery.

The budding chefs in your family will enjoy mastering Pumpkin. Gourds, Squash and Candies Cooking Class offered at Mimosa Grill on South Tryon Street on October 3rd. On October 17th Upstream restaurant in Phillips Place will offer a yummy cooking class of Sweets and Treats featuring baking goods and pastries!

The 2nd Annual Cider Fest on October 9th will have you enjoying juicy fall apples with an adult twist! Rooftop 210 will feature cider mixology, samples of different ciders and new cider cocktails at this fall-themed festival!

South Charlotte’s Ballantyne Festival-Autumn in the Park will feature Charlotte’s Best Oyster Roast on October 10th! You don’t want to miss local brews, family fun and fresh oysters! The festival will be at Ballantyne District Park at 9405 Bryant Farms Road.

Historic Rosedale Plantation is perfect for celebrating your inner ghost! The Feast of the Hunter’s Moon-Antebellum dinner will be at the plantation on October 17th. Enjoy an elegant farm to table 7-course dinner all served in an appropriate period candlelight atmosphere.

Also at Rosedale, on October 23rd and 24th, a Paranormal Grounds Investigation will have all creatures of the night on a ghost -busting quest! Join professional ghost hunters as they take you through the grounds of Rosedale’s 200 year- old plantation, and attempt contact with the beyond. You will have the opportunity to use the latest technology with the Charlotte Area Paranormal Society.

Knight Theatre at 430 South Tryon Street will musically celebrate Halloween suspense with Evil Dead The Musical on October 25th! This comical musical tells the story of college friends accidentally unleashing an evil force that turns them into demons. w

Dracula will be performed on October 30th-November 15th at Theatre Charlotte. Dark humor and terror at the theater will be a great way to celebrate Halloween!

Release your inner poltergeist at Charlotte’s grown-up venues of apparitional hunts, theatrical phantoms and deliciously demonic vittles!

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CHARLOTTE FARMS OPEN FOR FALL FAMILY FUN October 5, 2014

 

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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!

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CHARLOTTE FALL FESTIVALS OFFER FAMILY FUN September 8, 2014

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!

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