Is it Halloween yet?
Welcome to September, the unofficial start of the autumn season. As hot and sweltering days change into crisp autumn nights, you can enjoy outdoor evenings and pumpkin spice everything, as well as catch some amazing cultural events in the city. If you didn’t take full advantage of all of Charlotte’s latest restaurants openings, you can use this guide to help you catch up, and if you’re looking for some family friendly events, we’ve got quite a few autumn-specific activities. This is your guide to 61 spectacular things to do in (and around) Charlotte this September.
1. Enjoy a stunning candlelit concert
The classical music series, Candlelight, has been charming the nation, and we’re happy to say that Charlotte has got its very own set of candlelit concerts illuminating the city. In September, you can enjoy a few very special concerts, from stunning tributes of amazing contemporary artists like Coldplay, as well as legendary women throughout music history, to epic renditions of sci fi classics, that will transport you to other worlds.
2-24. Spend an afternoon food hopping through Optimist Hall
We have heard the news that Optimist Hall has started charging for parking after 1.5 hours, but we don’t think that should deter you from visiting one of our favorite food halls. Come and make a day out of it by stall hopping around the hall, with each stall having its own unique style of food they’re cooking up.
25-32. Pick apples and enjoy hayrides at these family-friendly farms under 2 hours away
Gather the whole family and head on over to one of these farms and orchards to spend a perfect autumn afternoon. From hayrides and apple picking to pumpkin picking and farmers markets, some farms even high up in the mountains with panoramic views.
33. Catch a flick Charlotte’s only arthouse cinema
The Independent Picture House, an old school cinema dedicated to indie and foreign films, recently opened in Charlotte. Their movie line up is a variety of different genres, in multiple different languages, and offers some of the best indie films, new and old, you’ve probably never seen before. You can get your tickets and see what’s playing here.
34-48. Try one of Charlotte’s newest restaurants or bars from this quick list
Charlotte’s dining scene has been on fire lately, so much so that we were able to compile a quick list of 14 recent and upcoming openings, which is not even including some of the new openings from August.
49. Enjoy the last bits of late summer days at this waterfront restaurant
The end of summer got you down? No worries, because you can still soak up the rest of those warm nights this month with a trip to Drift, a waterfront restaurant on Lake Wylie that opened this summer. Go for the views but stay for the signature cocktails and sensational seafood.
50. Sip on craft cocktails at this new bar and garden in South End
Brand new to South End, Canopy Cocktail has got an amazing space to enjoy. From a lush and relaxing green patio to a swanky indoor bar, both seating areas offer different vibes but similarly amazing cocktails and bites. We’re especially fond of the Panic at the Pisco cocktail made with Pisco.
51-59. Take a BBQ tour throughout the state
If you’re looking to take a tour across North Carolina for the finest BBQ in the state, then this handy guide will have you on our way. Featuring old faithfuls and contemporary spots alike.
60. Be awed by the amazing installations at this year’s Charlotte International Arts Festival
We’re probably the most excited for the return of the Charlotte International Arts Festival, ranging from September 16th to October 2nd and full of amazing installations. We go into full detail here about the inflatable man installation as well as the featured work of art by Architects of Air.
61. Dine under cherry blossoms at this stunning Japanese restaurant
Saku Yakitori and Sushi is one of Charlotte’s newest restaurants, and it’s stunning. With amazing murals created by some of Charlotte’s local artists to gorgeous cherry blossoms that bloom above you as your seated at the table, and that’s not even counting the food. Fresh sushi, grilled meats and signature cocktails await you at one of Charlotte’s newest and best Japanese spots.