Ghost Tour, Plant Sale, Film Fest, Restaurant Opening, Build Your Own Boat, Fall Festivals Galore and More Things to Do This Weekend 10/14

Festival season is in full swing and the Charlotte area is buzzing with live music, great food and wine, Halloween-themed fun and more. Stock up on fall plants, enjoy the small town life and celebrate the season while doing good for our friends and neighbors this week in the Queen City.


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Annual Plant Sale at Winghaven Garden
Thursday, October 14 through Saturday, October 16
Wing Haven Nursery’s annual Fall Plant Sale continues this week with scheduled shopping for the public starting on Thursday. Reservations are required.

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Ghosts of Davidson Tours
Limited dates available through Halloween
Enjoy a spooky stroll through the streets of Davidson and hear stories of college grave-robbing, haunted train tracks and more. Reservations are required with a few dates left leading up to Halloween.

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Ha-LOWE-en Trick or Treat Tryouts at Lowe’s
Registration Open Now through October 18
Limited spots are available for this special Halloween gathering at Lowe’s stores across the Charlotte area. Dress up and hone your trick or treating skills in preparation for the big day.

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Charlotte Film Festival at Ayrsley Grand Cinemas
Now through Sunday, October 17
Expand your horizons with some of the most acclaimed independent films from around the world. Check the schedule for more information about the work featured this year.


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Grand Opening of Mariposa at The Mint Museum Uptown
Friday, October 15
Created by Jill Marcus and her team with the goal of providing a global food experience, Mariposa’s menu is based on her travels around the world. Check the website for reservations.

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Pineville Fall Fest at Pineville Lake Park
Friday, October 15 & Saturday, October 16
Enjoy two days of fall festival fun including a full line up of live music, local vendors, a chili cook-off and more! Each evening will conclude with a fireworks show at 10:00p.


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Dogtoberfest at Rescue Ranch
Saturday, October 16, 11:00a – 6:00p
Give your four-legged friends some love at Rescue Ranch this weekend! Activities include a doggy costume contest, pumping painting, live music, food trucks and a Barking Lot dedicated to products for your pups.

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Build Your Own Boat at USNWC
Saturday, October 16
Grab a seat along the whitewater and watch as brave, amatuer boat-makers put their creations to the test down class II – IV rapids.

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Fall for Matthews in Downtown Matthews
Saturday, October 16, 10:00a – 4:00p
We dare you not to ‘fall’ for Downtown Matthews during this all-day festival celebrating local art and small businesses. Spend the afternoon enjoying live music, a sip & stroll, a dedicated children’s area and browsing the work of local vendors.

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Beer Release at Pilot Brewing
Saturday, October 16, 11:00a
Spend your Saturday sipping a new brew made in honor of Justice Ginsburg with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Dottie Rose Foundation; an organization which aims to connect the next generation of young women with technology and computer science.

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Oktoberfest in Old Town Rock Hill
Saturday, October 16, 4:00p – 10:00p
Head to Fountain Park in Rock Hill for an Oktoberfest celebration including live music, German food and drink and a wiener dog race for the ages.

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Native Shrub Identification Class with UNCC Botanical Gardens
Saturday, October 16, 1:00p
Take some time to discover the evergreen and deciduous native shrubs growing around the Carolinas. Learn how to identify what you may see in the mountains and Piedmont region as you enjoy the outdoors this fall. Registration is required.


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Pints for Parker at Lost Worlds Brewing
Sunday, October 17, 12:00p – 5:00p
Do your part to support our community’s smallest fighters and donate blood with OneBlood and the Pounding for Parker Foundation. Reward your good deed – and replenish your system – with a local brew from Lost Worlds.

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RAIN: A Tribute to the Beatles at Belk Theater
Sunday, October 17, 7:00p
There’s no better way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Abbey Road than a live performance of the record breaking album, delivered note-for-note in the theater. Tickets are available now.

Next Week:

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Open Air: An Artist Conversation with Stephanie J. Woods
Tuesday, October 19, 7:00p
Spend an evening in and enjoy a conversation with artist Stephanie J. Woods, whose work is featured at the Gantt Center. This free, virtual program will be streamed on the Center’s YouTube channel.

Save the Date:

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BayHaven Food & Wine Festival at Camp NorthEnd
Friday, October 22 – Sunday, October 24
Get to know the work of black culinary experts in the Charlotte area and support the mission of No Kid Hungry at the inaugural BayHaven Food & Wine Festival. Tickets are available now.

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Tricks & Treats with Charlotte Cirque and Dance Center
Saturday, October 23, shows at 2:00p & 7:00p
Marvel at the artistry of Charlotte Cirque and Dance students and enjoy games and mini-workshops for kids and adults alike. Tickets are available now.