If you live in an apartment in Charlotte, NC there are quite a few festivals for you to enjoy in October. No matter what you are looking for, you should find one that is nearby and that will suite your fancy in the list below.
Carolina Renaissance Festival, Oct. 4 – Nov. 23
Jousting knights in armor, medieval costumes and feasts fit for royalty are all common sights at the annual Carolina Renaissance Festival. Rain or shine, this 16th Century show goes on for eight consecutive weekends starting October 4. Come dressed as you are or rent a costume to wear as you enjoy the all the festivities which include games galore, human-powered rides, the world’s largest rocking horse, a maze and Queen Darts. The festival will be held at 16445 Poplar Tent Road in Huntersville (www.royalfaires.com/carolina).
Charlotte Book Fair, Oct. 4
Now in its fourth year, the Charlotte Book Fair encourages traditional, digital and financial literacy for attendees of all ages with a full day of cultural and educational activities. Children can play and enjoy activities and programs like the making Comics workshop in the Children’s Village. Adults can attend author readings and a publishing workshop. Plus, festivalgoers of all ages can enjoy the Marketplace, which will be brimming with books from local and regional authors, one-of-a-kind crafts and food from Mert’s Heart & Soul along with other vendors.
This year’s festival is venturing beyond the written word to include elements of film, music, theater and interactive collaborations with a special performance by On Q Performing Arts in addition to film screenings and live music. The festival will be held at Little Rock Cultural Center.
Lake Norman Folk Art Festival in Sherrils Ford, Oct. 4
This annual festival showcases the growing world of Southern contemporary folk art. The exhibition features various mediums of artwork including clay, paint, found objects, carvings, metal and glass. Expect to see unique collages, pet portraits, repurposed clothing, carved wooden figures and other creations. (www.lakenormanfolkartfestival.com).
Latin American Festival, Oct. 12
For 24 years, this festival presented by the Latin American Coalition has showcased the music, food and culture of Latin America. Meet artists and artisans on a stroll of the Plaza de Artistas, and enjoy a variety of visual art on display and for sell. Organizers said last year’s festival brought in a record number of attendees from out-of-state, and are expecting this year’s festivities to do the same. The festival will be held in Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall. Admission is $5 and free for children under 8. (www.latinamericancoalition.org).
Q-City Charlotte BBQ Championship in Uptown, Oct. 17 -18
Nothing says fall like Carolina ‘Que. Taste the competition as 100 BBQ aficionados and pit masters face off in this annual event, formerly known as the Blues, Brews & BBQ. Winners take home cash prizes and an opportunity to represent the Southeast at the Memphis in May Championship. (www.charlottebbqfestival.com).
The Charlotte Post