Even More Fall Festivals, Moonlight on Main, Mint’s 85th Birthday, Food & Wine, Dragon Boats, Trunk or Treat and More Things to Do This Weekend 10/21

We sure do love to celebrate fall and this week is no different. We’ve got festivals all over the Queen City, plenty of choices to enjoy the fresh, cool air at local breweries and other gathering spots, not to mention the chance to do some good for the beloved organizations in our area that strive to make things better for us all. Get outside and enjoy another festive week in Charlotte!

Featured Event:

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Skate with Pride at Red Clay Ciderworks
Friday, October 22 – Sunday, October 24
Spend your weekend on wheels with one of three themed skating parties made for the 90s kid in all of us. Bring your own skates and blades or rent from Screamin’ Wheels. Tickets are available now.

Now Through Sunday:

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Talking Walls Charlotte
10/18 – 10/24
A citywide public art & mural festival bringing together artists with diverse styles & backgrounds. Link through here to see the 2021 Featured Artists and Mural Tour.


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Mint Hill Madness at Veterans Memorial Park
Thursday, October 21 through Saturday, October 23
There’s something for everyone at Mint Hill Madness including live music, a family carnival, and the Mint Hill Lion’s Club 5k. A special fireworks show will round out the celebration on Saturday evening.

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Freemark Abbey Wine Dinner
Thursday, October 21, 6:30p
Share a four-course meal with friends and special guest, Barry Dodds, the Estate Manager of Freemark Abbey Winery. Reservations are required.


Wellbeing Bar, An Alcohol Free Happy Hour Event
Friday, October 22 6-9 pm
Not Just Coffee Jay St Location
Join Counterculture Club’s gathering with Hygge Coworking, Athletic Brewing, Kin Euphorics, Not Just Coffee, Your Farms Your Table, the Champagne Problems Podcast, Harvest & Moon and Updog Kombucha for a night out that anyone can enjoy, regardless of their personal relationship with alcohol.
Tickets are FREE for Counterculture Club members; $20 for non-members/$25 at the door and include admission, food, drinks and more.

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Moonlight on Main in Belmont
Friday, October 22 through Sunday, November 7
Celebrate our one and only Moon with three weeks of lunar-inspired activities in downtown Belmont. Check the schedule online for a comprehensive list of events.

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Beers for Equality at NoDa Brewing
Friday, October 22, 5:00p – 9:00p
Help HRC Charlotte support LGBTQ+ advocacy work and enjoy your favorite local brew from NoDa Brewing. Tickets will be available soon and may also be purchased at the door.

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Darrell Scott at Booth Playhouse
Friday, October 22, 8:00p
Coming off recent tours with Robert Plant and the Zac Brown Band, singer-songwriter Darrell Scott will be live on-stage at Booth Playhouse. Tickets available now.

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Cheers to 85 Years! at The Mint Mueseum
Friday, October 22 – Sunday, October 24
Celebrate one of Charlotte’s most treasured Museums with a weekend of free admission and family-friendly fun including artist talks, live music and mini art kits. Check the schedule for a full list of activities.

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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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Charlotte Dragon Boat & Asian Festival at Ramsey Creek Park
Saturday, October 23
Spend a day at the lake celebrating the rich history and culture of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Events include Dragon Boat racing and performing arts.

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Sara May’s Chocolate Allergy-Friendly Trunk or Treat
Saturday, October 23, 12:00p – 2:00p
Get your costumes ready and visit Sara May’s in Indian Trail for an allergy-friendly Trunk or Treat. Safe treats, including those of the non-candy variety, are welcome.

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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.

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Dallas Lavender Lane Fall Festival
Saturday, October 23 & Sunday, October 24, 10:00a – 5:00p
Music, games and kid-friendly fun is on the schedule for the 2nd annual Fall Festival at Dallas Lavender Lane, along with local craft, art and food vendors. Admission is $5 (cash) for parking.

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Fall Fest at Baxter Village
Saturday, October 23, 12:00p – 6:00p
Shop the goods of over 125 arts & crafts vendors, enjoy live music, local food and drinks and more fun at the largest Fall Festival in south Charlotte.

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Frank’s Chili Fest
Saturday, October 23, 12:00p – 7:00p
Head to Plaza Midwood for an afternoon of chili-tasting and support the mission of Frank McLean Forever. End the evening watching the Charlotte skyline turn yellow in honor of the organization and its families.

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SouthEnd Fall Festival at Pritchard at South End
Saturday, October 23, 4:00p – 6:00p
Dress up in your Halloween best and enjoy a trunk-or-treat, live music, games and more family-friendly fun.

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Walk to End Alzheimer’s Charlotte at Truist Field
Saturday, October 23
Join over 600 communities nationwide in the fight to end Alzheimer’s. Participants can join the walk at Truist Field or Walk from Home.


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Biketoberfest at Triple C Brewing
Sunday, October 24, 11:30a
From the casual rider to experienced cyclist, everyone is welcome to join Sustain Charlotte and learn how easy it is to get around the Queen City on two wheels. Registration is required.

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October Photo Walk with The Light Factory Photo Arts Center
Sunday, October 24, 1:00p – 3:00p
Take a spooky stroll around Elmwood Cemetery and learn the art of long exposures from expert photographers. Registration is required.

Next Week:

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NoteWorthy with Harvey Cummings
Wednesday, October 27, 7:30p
If you are looking for a cozy evening at home, join jazz composer and saxophonist Harvey Cummings for this installment of NoteWorthy. The concert will stream live on WDAV’s Facebook page.