Yiasou Drive-Thru, Apple Picking’, Auto Show, Sunflower Mazes, FestiFall, Pups on the Patio and More Things to Do This Weekend 9/9

You may have noticed a chill in the air at sunrise and some early leaves dropping overhead, which means Fall is right around the corner in the Queen City! Whether school is back in session or work is ramping up, make time this week for some favorite early fall traditions including pick-your-own apples, Oktoberfest celebrations and open air markets.


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Yiasou Greek Festival
Thursday, September 9 – Sunday September 12
After taking the year off last year, everyone’s favorite Greek Festival is back with a drive-thru event! Check out the menu and get ready for a delicious meal on the go.

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Charlotte Autofair at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Thursday, September 9 – Saturday, September, 11
The world’s largest automotive fair is in town this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Check out thousands of classic cars, collectible vehicles, vendors and a family-friendly Kids’ Zone. Tickets are available now.

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Beaver Farms Sunflower Maze & You Pick
Now Open
Spend an afternoon among the sunflowers at Beaver Farms in Statesville. The maze is open everyday from 10:00a – 7:00p except Wednesdays and Fridays, when private bookings are available.

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The Guys by Anne Nelson with Davidson Community Players
Thursday, September 9 – Sunday, September 12
Based on a true story of the somber days in NY following September 11, The Guys explores the relationship between two strangers put together by unthinkable circumstances. Tickets available now.

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River Jam Run: Race Edition at USNWC
Thursday, September 9, 6:30p
Hit the trails for the final installment of the River Jam Run! After the race, enjoy live music and local brews. Registration is required.


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Pick Your Own Apples at Windy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill
Friday, September 10 – Sunday, September 12
Apple season is here! Grab a spot at the Orchard to pick your own throughout September into mid-October. Reservations are now open.

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Friday Street Festival at Oak Street Mill
Friday, September 10, 6:00p – 10:00p
This month’s theme, Taste of the World, will include live music from jazz artist Calvin Edwards Band and local Reggae favorite Astral Lion as well as a variety of local food trucks, artisans and lots of kid-friendly activities.

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Food Trucks at the Airport Overlook
Friday, September 10 – Sunday, September 12
Flight paths and food trucks make for a pretty exciting dining experience! Enjoy lunch or dinner with a little runway ambience at the Charlotte Douglas Airport Overlook.

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Bee Mighty Tennis Tournament
Friday, September 10, 9:00a
Join Bee Mighty in their mission to help NICU babies and their families thrive by participating in their 1st annual tennis tournament. Tickets are available now.

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Poet Ada Limon with Charlotte Center for Literary Arts
Friday, September 10 & Saturday, September 11
Enjoy a poetry reading and poster release at Queens on Friday followed by a Master Class with Charlotte Lit on Saturday. Registration is required.


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Oktoberfest at The Suffolk Punch
Saturday, September 11, 10:00a
Sip on a limited edition Oktoberfest Marzen while listening to live music and eating traditional German snacks at this all-day event.

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NoDaHood FestiFall at Divine Barrel Brewing
Saturday, September 11, 12:00p – 5:00p
Explore this outdoor market in the heart of NoDa including over 45 vendors, live music, food trucks and an adoption event with South of the Bully.

9/11 Commemorations

This year marks the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and a time to reflect on the devastating effects of that day. Here are a few commemorations happening in and around Charlotte:

Flags of Remembrance at Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St., Charlotte

Chief’s Cup Baseball Game, CMPD Blue Hornets vs. CFD Blaze, 6:00p at Truist Field

Charlotte Auto Fair, Military Members and First Responders receive free admission

Indian Trail 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony, 8:00a at Veterans Memorial Garden

Fort Mill First Responders Memorial, Fort Mill Fire Department, 121 Tom Hall St.


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Closing Celebration of “It Takes a Village” at Mint Museum Randolph
Sunday, September 12, 1:00p – 5:00p
Last call to check out “It Takes a Village” at Mint Museum Randolph. Celebrate the closing of this fantastic exhibit with complimentary admission, performances from Goodyear Arts, food trucks and a cash bar.

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Pups on the Patio at Billy Sunday
Sunday, September 12, 2:00p – 5:00p
Support Stand for Animals and CMPD Animal Care & Control with special cocktails, friendly pups and more. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated back to both organizations.

Next Week:

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PJ Party with Insomnia Cookies
Monday, September 13, 9:00p – 1:00a
Is there anything better than free cookies, giveaways and the release of a new breakfast-inspired Cereal N Milk cookie? Check out Insomnia Cookies for all of the late-night goodness.

Save the Date:

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Flower Dyeing Class with Pocket of Poppies
Sunday, September 19, 1:00p
Reserve your spot now for an afternoon of flower dyeing with Ester Farr of Pinehill Creative. Participants will create their own linen tea towel and silk scarf or table runner.