All of the haunts, farms, and orchards you’ll need all month long.
Hello Charlotte, and welcome to October, the month where fall is fully in swing. We’re in love with October and fall, with the season’s delightful fall colors sweeping over North Carolina and fantastic fall flavors taking over the culinary menus. We rounded up some amazing fall-centric festivals, farms, spooky fun, restaurants, and cultural activities to do this month and put it all together in one place to make your October go by a little easier. So here we go, welcome to the spookiest month of all and enjoy these 46 spectacular (and spooky) things to do in Charlotte.
1. Enjoy an enchantingly beautiful evening at these candlelight concerts
These highly popular candlelight concerts are back this October just in time for the fall season. Enjoy a beautiful evening listening to classic renditions of magical movie soundtracks, a tribute to Queen, and classic composers like Vivaldi.
2-15. Enjoy fall activities at these farms and orchards through the Carolinas
The farms & orchards dotted around North Carolina and near Charlotte are getting ready for the fall season with all things spooky and gourd. From pumpkin patches, to corn festivals, cider doughnuts and hayrides, there’s something going on nearly every weekend (and in some cases, every weekday as well) around NC, no matter what you and the family are interested in.
16-24. Get spooked at these terrifying haunts and mazes in the Carolinas
If you’re a fan of screams, thrills, and all things that go bump in the night, then you’re absolutely going to love this one, Charlotte! The season of the witch is here, and it’s time to indulge in our primal instinct, the feeling of being scared.
25-30. Take a brewery tour to try all of these German-style lagers
Now that we’re in October, it’s officially the season to celebrate Oktoberfest. What better way to kick off the autumn festivities than with an awesome brewery tour, tasting some of the best märzens and Oktoberfest-style beer in Charlotte. We had to include Charlotte’s oldest biergarten on the list as well, of course.
31. Enjoy the Annual Carolina Renaissance Festival starting Saturday, October 1st
Charlotte’s annual Renaissance Festival is making its grand return this October, Saturday the 1st, and we couldn’t be more excited. Witness a jousting match, stuff your face with stews, turkey legs, and mead, and purchase your way through handcrafted makers and artisans. It’s sure to be an amazing time, so don’t miss it.
32. Pick a pumpkin at Truist Field’s 3rd annual pumpkin patch
33-38. Take a nature-filled train ride through North Carolina
These train excursions are the perfect summer and autumn activity if you’ve ever wanted to go back in time and experience travel the way it used to be: slow and relaxing. One of the offered routes takes passengers through 52% of one of America’s biggest and most beautiful national parks, the Great Smoky Mountains while another offers a big dose of railroad history alongside your scenic views. So all aboard for a train filled with stunning views of North Carolina nature.
39-46. Take a road trip across the state for beautiful views of the NC fall foliage
Looking to see some of the best fall foliage views in North Carolina? Then we’ve got an amazing roundup for you. Take a road trip into the western part of North Carolina, hitting all the most beautiful state parks and mountain views along the way. Starting in Charlotte all the way Cerhohala Skyway is over 10 hours driving so unless you have several days ahead of you we recommend you take this trip parts at a time. Either way, every stop is absolutely breathtaking and the perfect activity to cross off your fall bucket list.
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