Fall Festivals 2016 ~ Your Complete Round Up

Fall in the South means lots of things…cooler temps, football, leaves changing colors, and of course, FESTIVALS. There are fall festivals all over this area this time of year, and shouldn’t be missed. A great way to spend some QT with the family and friends.


Matthews Alive

September 2-5 Times vary by day

Downtown Matthews

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Don’t miss a weekend full of rides, food, music, vendors and a whole lot of fun for the whole family.



Yiasou Greek Festival

September 8-11 (times vary by day)

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral

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Everyone knows and everyone goes, so don’t miss the fun at this annual event, and certainly don’t miss the FOOD. Their menu is HERE and you can drive thru/pick up…yes, I can taste the loukoumades now.



Cabarrus County Fair

September 9-17 (times vary by day)

Cabarrus Arena & Events Center in Concord NC

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What a good ol’ county fair should be…food, rides, music, etc., and FUN for the whole family.



Cornwell Center Family Festival

Saturday, September 10 @ 9-11:30am

Myers Park Baptist Church

cornwell camp

Family fun with inflatables, a climbing wall, and dunking booth and more. Perfect start to your Saturday.



Fiddle-n-Pig Shindig

September 10 @ 11am-9pm

Anne Springs Close Greenway Ft Mill SC

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Live music and barbeque…say no more. Cook teams from across the region to compete for trophies and prize money and some of the best bluegrass acts in the Carolinas.  This year the music starts at 11am on Saturday.



Mint Museum Potters Market Invitational

September 10 @ 10am-4pm

Mint Museum Randolph

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More than 50 North Carolina potters gather on the lawn of the Mint Museum Randolph to sell their creations. There will be pottery demonstrations, food, live music, and more, and your ticket is also valid for museum admission.



Eat From a Truck Festival

September 10 @ 12-6pm

AvidXchange Music Factory

eat from a truck

Don’t miss what’s being called The Carolinas Largest Food Truck Festival. Over 100 trucks expected.



3rd Annual ‘Tawba Fest

September 10 @ 2-9pm

Riverwalk Carolinas in Rock Hill

Tawba Fest

Celebrate fitness, food and fun this afternoon along the banks of the Catawba River.




September 16-October 30



A festival of sorts, we guess. Not recommended for children, get super scared at this annual weekends only event.



Lincoln County Apple Festival

September 17

Downtown Lincolnton

lincoln apple

Celebrate the fall’s favorite fruit with family and friends today.



Festival of India

September 17 & 18 (times vary)

Belk Theater

festival of india

Check out the 21st year of this cultural festival presented by the Indian Association of Charlotte. Dance, art, exhibits and film. Children under 10 get FREE admission.



Downtown Davidson Art Crawl

September 17 @ 5-9pm

Downtown Davidson

art crawl

The Sanctuary of Davidson sponsors this event where you can enjoy live music, wine, beer, and over 25 artisans displaying and selling their pieces.



Fall Auto Fair

September 22-25 : Times vary each day

Charlotte Motor Speedway

fall auto fair

Car lovers, don’t miss it. Vendors, a kids’ play zone, fair food and more.



Festival in the Park

September 23-25- Times vary by day

Freedom Park

festival in the park

Truly one of the BEST weekends in Charlotte. Festival in the Park celebrates 52 years with food, art and fun for all.



Mount Holly Art & Music Festival

September 23 @ 6-10pm, September 24 @ 11am-10pm

Downtown Mount Holly

MH Arts Fest

This festival has it all. Live music, awesome artists on display, food, and a kidzone complete with fencing, yoga, crafts and more.



Day Out With Thomas the Train

September 23-25, September 30 & October 1-2

NC Transportation Museum in Spencer NC

day out with thomas

Tickets always go fast for this annual event. If you have Thomas fans (or train fans), don’t miss out on the great family event.



The Denver Days Festival

September 23 @ 5-11pm, September 24 @ 11am-11pm

Rescue Squad Park

denver days

The Rotary Club of Denver Lake Norman sponsors this annual family-friendly festival.

Indian Trail Cultural Arts Festival

September 24 @ 11am-7pm

Chestnut Square Park

indian trail

Free admission…art, culture and family fun.



Piedmont Pottery Festival

September 24 @ 10am-4pm

Historic Brattonsville

CH Museums

Art vendors, bluegrass music, pottery educations and barbeque…enjoy.



41st Annual UNCC International Festival

September 24 @ 10am-6pm

UNCC Main Campus


Dancing, parades, food, and an international marketplace  are all part of the plan for this event.



St. Ann’s Parish 19th Annual Carnival

September 24 @ 10am-6pm

St. Ann’s Catholic Church

St. Ann's

Enjoy carnival food, games, rides, activities, church tours and more. Great fun for the whole family.



Kaleidoscope Art Festival

September 24 @ 12-5pm

Downtown Kannapolis


Enjoy this FREE festival with art vendors, food vendors, a kids zone and art displays.



The Carolina Jubilee

September 30 & October 1 @ 10am

VanHoy Farms in Harmony, NC

carolina jubilee

Don’t miss the Carolina Farm Trust’s annual music and food festival at the gorgeous VanHoy Farms.



Great Grapes Wine & Food Festival

October 1 @ 11am-7pm

Symphony Park at Southpark

great grapes

Wine and food…festivals don’t get any better than that.



Hola Charlotte 2015

October 1 @ 12-7pm

North Tryon & 6th Street in Uptown Charlotte

hola charlotte

Don’t miss this FREE festival, known as Charlotte’s Official Hispanic Heritage Festival.



Carolina Renaissance Festival

Weekends October 1-November 20



Don’t miss out on this annual event that has been providing family fun for years.



Latin American Festival

October 8 @ 12-8pm

Symphony Park at Southpark

latin american

Music, food, cultural demos and more. Children 8 and under get in FREE.



Pineville FallFest

October 14 @ 6-10pm, October 15 @ 10am-10pm

Pineville Lake Park

pineville fall fest

Music, rides, food, arts & crafts and LOTS of family fun.



Apple Harvest Festival

October 15 @ 10am-6pm

Windy Hill Orchard

windy hill

Tickets aren’t on sale yet, but they will go fast…don’t miss out.



SouthEnd Wine Fest

October 15 @ 2-6pm

Southend (308 W. Carson Street)


A $50 ticket gets you unlimited tastings from over 25 vineyards. Proceeds benefit Classroom Central.



Carolina Book Fest

October 15 – Signings 10am-3pm, Monster Mash @ 7:30pm

Marriott Center City

book fest

Celebrate writing and reading with book signings and a costume party.



Lost Hollow Music Festival

October 15 @ 10am, October 16 @ Noon

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden


So much musical fun for the whole family. Kids can make their own instruments while the grown ups enjoy craft beer and cornhole.



Carolina Balloonfest

October 21-23 – Times Vary by Day

Statesville, NC


Don’t miss this annual festival filled with hot air balloon fun. Food, music, balloon rides, a 5K, a kids’ zone and more!



Open Streets 704

October 23 @ 1-5pm

Uptown & Southend


Don’t miss this afternoon of truly “open” streets for biking, walking and exploring Charlotte.

Did we miss your personal favorite? Don’t get mad, get listed! Please comment below and we will add in new updates periodically.