It’s the first week of Fall but we are still feeling summer-y… so we’ve sprinkled in a few pumpkin and falling-leaves activities along with some great outdoor festivals, fishing, new shows and art exhibitions.

Framing It! at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Many factors must be weighed when exhibiting a work of art, from framing to installation to critical contextualization. This exhibition examines the different considerations that go into displaying an artwork and how it affects perception of the piece from meaning to value.

Hike for Your Health
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve

Get outside, get moving and get healthy… enjoy fresh air, sunshine and beautiful surroundings with other hikers.

McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square

iLuminate is a company based on the fusion of technology and dance. Audiences will see dancers in electrified glow-in-the-dark suits performing dynamic routines and illusions on a darkened stage.

Rescue Ranch Homeschool Club
Rescue Ranch

This drop-off program for children presents an engineering challenge based on popular nursery rhymes.

Wee Wednesday at Main Street Children’s Museum
Main Street Children’s Museum

Enjoy stories, movement with music, and a seasonal craft.

How to Be a Superhero
Discovery Place Kids Huntersville

Do you have what it takes to be a superhero? Storytime with “Superhero Instruction Manual” by Kristy Dempsey at the Town Hall Main Stage.

Bring A Friend to The Mint Day

Share your Mint experience with your friends and family. All members are invited to bring up to four additional guests on top of their existing membership benefit level.

Family Friendly Friday
Knight Gallery at Spirit Square

Friday, September 28, 6:00 p.m.

LOL at clean comedy for all ages by some of the best improv groups in the Carolinas, including With Teenage Handbook, Brothers Grimprov, Background Noise and Family Friendly.

Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze
Historic Rural Hill

Friday, September 28

Get lost in the giant seven-acre corn maze featuring over two miles of interconnecting paths. Take a hayride, play cornhole and hike the trails.

Day out with Thomas at N.C. Transportation Museum
N.C. Transportation Museum

Day Out With Thomas Offers an opportunity for children and their families to take a ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt and much more.

Matilda the Musical
McColl Family Theater

Matilda uses the magical powers she discovers within herself to create a better life for both her and her loving protector and teacher, Miss Honey. See website for showtimes.

Paws in the Park
Stowe Park

Bring your furry friend for Paws in the Park! Enjoy police dog education, vendors, pet photos and paw-art for your pet.

Grilling in the Garden
Pike Nurseries

Garden experts will show off their portfolios, answer general landscape design questions and more. Families are invited to enjoy complimentary soda and hot dogs from 11am-1pm (while supplies last).

28th Annual Latin American Festival
Symphony Park at South Park Mall

Saturday, September 29, noon

Internationally renowned musical acts and dance performances, a diverse authentic selection of Latin American food, and an interactive street festival environment with activities for the whole family.

The Great Chili Cook-Off
Iredell County Fairgrounds

It’s a full afternoon of chili tastings, live music, beer and wine, local vendors, bungee trampolining and a kids’ zone with inflatables.

Crafternoon Hosted by Crowned Sparrow Co.
7th Street Public Market

Paint a faux pumpkin, and make it into a planter for succulents. All necessary materials are included. Learn painting techniques and how to plant and care for the plants.

Campfire Chemistry
Latta Plantation Nature Center

In order to build the perfect campfire, you need fuel, heat, and little bit of science. Experiment around the campfire, and watch the chemical reaction when heat is applied to a marshmallow.

25th Annual Carolina Renaissance Festival
Carolina Renaissance Festival Fairgrounds

Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Step back in time and enjoy entertainment, rides, shopping, food, and free parking at this rain-or-shine event.

Beginning Fly-tying Workshop for Teens
The Museum of York County

Experiment with tying wet flies, soft hackles and nymphs.

Bank of America Roval 400
Charlotte Motor Speedway

Sunday, September 30, 2:00 p.m.

The Bank of America Roval 400, NASCAR’s homecoming showcase of speed and excitement, is the first road course race in NASCAR’s playoffs and the cutoff race in Round 1.

Family Leaf Shape Adventure
Latta Plantation Nature Preserve

Bring the family to explore nature and use your senses to learn more about leaves.

Keep On Your Radar

Harvest at the Haven

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