The Fall season is officially here. That means it is time for festivals, everything pumpkin, football, hunted houses, Thanksgiving, hay rides and more. Below are ten experiences for you to check out this Fall season.
Make your way through the Amazing Maize Maze at Rural Hills and other corn mazes. Huntersville is home to one of the largest corn mazes in the Southeast. It’s more than seven acres of corn-filled fun happening now through November. Costs between $9-$17. Other corn mazes include include Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard in Hendersonville, Country Days Corn Maze in Indian Trail, Hubb’s Farm in Clinton, and Black’s Peaches in York.
Pick out the perfect pumpkin for you and your family, then sip on a pumpkin ale. Pumpkin farms open soon for the season. Some local farms include Simpsons Produce, Phil Simpson Pumpkin Lot, Hunter Farm, Spring Farm Market, Bush-N-Vine Farm and Black’s Peaches. After you pick out your perfect pumpkin, swing by a local brewery or shop or grocery store for a pumpkin flavored beverage. NoDa Brewing Co., Sycamore Brewing and Catawba Brewing Co. all have a variety of pumpkin selections to try out this season.
Check out the old timey Renaissance Festival. This festival has been a Charlotte-area tradition since 1993. More than 1,000 artists (including 500+ interactive costumed characters) bring the fictional village of Fairhaven to life with performance stages, hands-on games and rides, an artisan marketplace and plenty of food. The festival is open Saturdays and Sundays, October 1st-November 22nd from 9:30AM-5:30PM. Day passes are $20 for kids ages 5 to 12 and $32 for adults. Parking is free.
Pedal through Charlotte at Biketoberfest. This scavenger hunt-style event takes riders along a bike-friendly route through the neighborhoods of Villa Heights, Optimist Park, Midtown, and NoDa. Following the ride will be an after-party at Triple C Brewing Co. Taking place on Sunday, October 30th at 12PM.
Get a taste of the what Charlotte has to offer in the food scene at the Taste of Charlotte. Make your way to Truist Field to sample delicious food from hundreds of Charlotte-area restaurants at the three-day Taste of Charlotte food festival. Taking place September 30th-October 2nd. The festival is free to attend. Festival coins for food samples can be purchased on-site at the various booths or pre-purchased for pick up.
Fall time is the perfect time for oysters. Whether they’re raw, grilled, or roasted, oysters are available at many restaurants throughout the area, including Sea Level, ROCKSALT, The Waterman, and many others. RockSalt has $1.25 oysters Tuesday-Friday from 4PM-6PM and Saturday-Sunday from opening to 6PM. Sea Level has $1.50 oysters Monday-Friday from 2PM-6PM. The Waterman has $1.50 oysters from 2PM-7PM, Monday-Friday.
Fall is for football! Check out a Panthers game. Root from the stands or from your living room. There are 10 games in Charlotte, one during preseason and nine during the regular season.
Watch hot air balloons take off in the sky at the 2022 Carolina Balloonfest. Head over to Statesville for the second-oldest balloon festival in the country. Dozens of colorful balloons will take to the sky October 14th-16th. Tickets are $15-$45 located at 260 Hangar Drive in Statesville.
Fall means it’s time for the NC State Fair in Raleigh at 1025 Blue Ridge Road. The event is ranked among the top 25 fairs in the country and features live music, carnival games, rides, agricultural exhibitors and competitions. Taking place October 13th-23rd. Tickets range from $10-$13.
A must do is to take a trip to Windy Hill Orchard & Cidery. Windy Hill is less than an hour outside the city, making it the closest orchard to Charlotte. They have apple picking, hayrides, a hard cider bar, and their famous fried apple cider donuts. Order a flight of hard cider or pick out some hard cider to go for an at-home tasting. Add in ciders from GoodRoad CiderWorks and Red Clay Ciderworks for a full tasting event. Pick-your-own apples cost $7 for a quarter peck bag (4-6 pounds). To pick apples, everyone must have their own reservation and pre-purchased bag to enter the orchard. Windy Hill is located at 1860 Black Highway in York, South Carolina. Their farm stand is open Thursday through Sunday 10AM-6PM. The cider bar is open Friday from 12PM-7PM and Saturday and Sunday 10AM-6PM.