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 and maybe catch up on a few cool events you may have missed. We’ve also included quite the round up of new restaurants and bars that have opened or will be opening up this month, so check them out all right here. Here are 34 stellar things to do this September right here in Charlotte.
1. These Candlelight Concerts are the perfect way to elevate your autumn nights
Want to get into the autumnal season? We think these enchanting Candlelight concerts are the perfect way to enjoy the crisp autumn air, feel a little cultured, and enjoy the sound of Bach, Beatles, Vivaldi, and much more. These are the perfect way to spend the spooky season as you get lost in an enchanting indoor or open-air venue as classic music plays amongst a sea of flickering candles.
2. This terrifying haunted house is one of the best in the nation
Spooky Woods has been labeled as one of the best haunts in the nation, and for good reason. It’s terrifyingly fun. By day, Kersey Valley is the perfect place to engage in a little family fun like pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and the like. But by night, Kersey Valley transforms into its darker alter-ego, Spooky Woods. The largest haunt in North Carolina, Spooky Woods will be offering scary themed mazes, a zip line, and a haunted train ride. Who’s ready?
3. Enjoy a paint & sip event at one of Charlotte’s favorite breweries
Have you ever paint & sipped? If not, we think you’re missing out on one of life’s great joys. Get a little tipsy with a beer and feel like you’re channeling the great Picasso. If paint & sip isn’t exactly your thing, Petty Thieves is an awesome and eclectic brewery that offers yoga, art galleries, and other events, so we recommend keeping up to date with their calendar, especially as this new season starts.
4-14. Take a foodie road trip to Asheville
Beer Town U.S.A has also got a ton of amazing restaurants. The food scene has been exploding for the last 3 to 4 years and it’s not stopping anytime soon. We rounded up some of the most amazing Appalachian fine dining, breweries, and global cuisine the city has to offer.
15. Enjoy this dog-themed mural at Skiptown
And don’t forget your furry friend! Skiptown is Charlotte’s premiere spot made specifically with you and Rover in mind. Bring ole’ Fido along to enjoy dog treats while you sit back with a beer and chow down on Skiptown’s bar menu.While you’re here, don’t miss out on Skiptown’s latest contribution to the Charlotte art scene. This cute and warm-hearted mural depicts over 700 hand-painted pups. We absolutely love it.
16. Enjoy rooftop views and Japanese food at this brand new bar
Experience Japanese and seafood in the heavens at this beautiful new rooftop lounge on top of the Hyatt in Southpark. The menu is inspired by flavors of the east, with Lemongrass Martinis with Jumbo Shrimp, Robata-Grilled Lobster, and Whole Fried Snapper. Their craft cocktails also take inspiration, with a whole sake list for you to enjoy.
17-23: Try one (or all) of these hot chicken sandwiches
Nashville’s got nothing on these hot chicken sandwiches. Just kidding, this isn’t a competition guys. But if it were, I think these sandos would have a really good shot at the gold. From Horace’s Hot Chicken covered in slaw to buttery pickle chips on top of the breaded cut at Bossy Beulah’s, it’s hard to pick just one.
24. Enjoy Greek Food in a drive-thru style festival
From September 9th – 12th, enjoy a food festival like no other. Due to the rise of the Delta variant, this returning festival will be drive-thru only, but that hardly seems like a negative. Pull up in your car, roll your window down, and enjoy a taste of Greece right in your own backyard. Baklava, Hummus, and Gyros abound, and we can’t wait to try them all.
25. Check out the new restaurants coming to Binaco Tower
There are two new upscale bars heading to the new Binaco Tower which we’re really excited for. The indoor lounge will actually be a Cuban-style Cigar Lounge, called Havana Smoke & Reserve. Sit on lush came leather seats and enjoy the views as you sip on whisky and suck back a cigar. If you’re not a big fan of smoke then head upstairs to the rooftop bar, Novelty House. This open-air brunch and dinner spot will be the perfect destination for date night or girls day brunch with its seasonally changing floral arrangement that’s absolutely stunning.
26. Take a ride on the newly extended Gold Line
The Gold Line’s extension that connects the east to the west side has long been in the works, but we’re excited to finally announce its fully in operation. Tickets are free throughout the end of the year and trains run from 5am to 2am. Now, go all the way from Historic West End to Plaza Midwood in style.
27-34. Enjoy the great outdoors at one of these unique Air BnBs
North Carolina is absolutely known for its lush forests, mountain peaks, and lakes/rivers, and we think it’s about time we get out there and enjoy them while we can, don’t you? We rounded up 8 unique concept Air BnBs from cabooses to cabins where you can escape the city and chill out in nature.