MacKID's Guide to Fall Festivals in the Greater Charlotte Area

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By Michelle DiPetro September 19, 2021

The temps are dropping and fall decor is starting to make its way into our living rooms and doorsteps. We've rounded up all the Fall Family Fun in the Greater Charlotte area - from the Lake Norman all the way down to Rock Hill and everywhere in between! 

Think we missed one? Drop us a note at or and we'll add it in!

Just in time for the weekend - you won't want to miss: 

Union County Heritage Festival September 18th, 2021
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Union County Agriculture Center -3230 Presson Rd Monroe, NC, 28112

Scarowinds at Carowinds
Weekends September 17 - October 31, 2021
7:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.
Carowinds - 14523 Carowinds Blvd, Charlotte, NC, 28273
Cost: Free with Gold Pass, ticket prices vary

4th Annual Carolina Corn Fest at Aw Shucks Farm
September 18th, 2021
5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Aw Shucks Farm - 3718 Plyler Mill Road, Monroe, NC
$16 in advance, $20 at the door

Flow Fest at U.S. National Whitewater Center
September 18th, 2021
All day event (check back for details)
U.S. National Whitewater Center - 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte, NC
Free (parking is $6)

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Shelby Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch
Sept. 18 – Oct. 31
Fridays 4 – 10pm | Saturdays  10am-10-pm | Sundays 2-8pm
Haunted Maze: After dark Fridays & Saturdays in October
Location: 120 Broadway Dr. Shelby, NC 28152
Cost: $12-$15

The Great Pumpkin Festival at Carowinds
Weekends: September 18 - October 31, 2021
Hours: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Carowinds 14523 Carowinds Blvd, Charlotte, NC, 28273
Cost: Free with Gold Pass; ticket prices vary

Carolina Catfish Festival
September 24th and 25th, 2021
Eastridge Mall, Gastonia, NC
Cost: Free

Charlotte Festival in the Park
September 24th to 26th, 2021
Friday- 4-9PM / Saturday- 10AM-9PM / Sunday- 10AM-5PM
Freedom Park, 1900 East Boulevard, Charlotte, NC
Cost: Free

Fort Mill Main Street Oktoberfest Jam
Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021
Time: 3-9PM
Locations: Main Street, Downtown Fort Mill
Cost: Free

Hunter Farm Fall Weekends
Sept. 25 - Nov. 13

  • Tues : 2pm - 7pm
  • Wed - Sunday : 9am - 7pm

Location: 13624 Providence Rd. Weddington, NC 28104
Cost: $10 for ages 2+

Alpaca Fiesta 
September 25th, 2021
Time: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Lanart, 10325 Hambright Road, Huntersville
Cost: Free

Black's Peaches Fall Festival Weekends
Every weekend in October ~ enjoy hayrides, a corn maze, pumpkin-chunkin, a farm playground, corn shelling, a hay maze, cow milking, a horse rodeo, and skeeball.
The pumpkin patch is open every day in October.
Location: 1800 Black Highway York, SC 29745
Cost: $7 per person.

Cherry Place Farm Fall Festival Weekends
Every weekend in October
Saturdays: 10AM-6PM, Sundays: 1-6PM
Details: The October festival is a self-guided tour of the farm that features a two-acre cornmaze, a pumpkin patch, hayrides, petting and feeding the animals, and free popcorn.
Location: 1922 Oakdale Road, Rock Hill, SC 29730
Cost: Admission is $9 per person for everyone ages 2 and up.

Mint Hill Scarecrow Festival
October 1-31, 2021
Location: Downtown Fort Mill
Cost: Free

Taste of Charlotte 
October 1st to 3rd, 2021
Location: Truist Field, 324 S. Mint Street, Charlotte
Cost: Free Entry - food is per item

Tuck Fest
October 1st to 3rd, 2021
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte
Cost: Free (parking is $6)

Carolina Renaissance Festival
October 2nd to November 21st, 2021 (Saturdays and Sundays)
Location16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville
$28 (ticket prices vary)

Fort Mill Fall Festival
Saturday, Oct. 9
Time: 4-8PM
Location: 345 N White St, Fort Mill, SC 29715
Cost: Free entry.

Autumn Treasures
October 9-10, 2021
Hours: Saturday, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM/ Sunday, 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Streets of Downtown Waxhaw, Waxhaw, NC

Bridgemill Commons Fall Festival
Saturday, Oct. 9
Location: 2012 Bridgemill Drive, Indian Land 29707
Cost: Free entry

Curtin Farms Festival
October 9, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: 407 North Paraham Rd, Clover, SC 29710
Price: 0-$7

Hola Charlotte Festival 
October 9th, 2021
Tryon Street, between Stonewall and 4th
Cost: Free

Rock Hill's Oktoberfest
Saturday, Oct. 16
Location: 300 E. Main St. Rock Hill, SC - Fountain Park
Cost: Free 

Build-Your-Own-Boat competition at U.S. Whitewater Center
Saturday, October 16th, 2021
U.S. National Whitewater Center; 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte
Cost: Free (parking is $6)

28th Annual Apple Harvest Festival at Windy Hill Orchard Oct 16
Saturday, October 16th
Time TBA (last year there were two sessions: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 pm. to 6 p.m.)
1860 Black Highway, York, South Carolina
Tickets TBA (last year they were $10-$12)

Charlotte Pride Parade
Charlotte Pride is a whole season this year, with events from August to November. But on October 24th, the Pride Parade will take place on Tryon Street.

Indian Trail Halloween Spooktacular at Chestnut Park
Oct 22nd, 2021.
Hours: 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Location: Chestnut Square Park 320 Chestnut Parkway, Indian Trail, NC, 28079
Cost: Free.

Belmont Boo Fest
October 23rd, 2021
Time: 2-7pm
Location: 24 South Main Street, Belmont, North Carolina 28012, United States

Monster Mash
October 23, 2021
TIme: 4-7PM
Location: Rea Farms - 9855 Sandy Rock PlaceCharlotte, NC, 28277United States
Cost: Free

Waxhaw Fright Night
October 23, 2021
Time: 4-10PM
Location: Downtown Waxhaw, NC

Stallings Fest
October 23, 2021
Time: 12pm-6pm
Location: Stallings Municipal Park - 340 Stallings Rd, Stallings, NC 28104

Tega Cay Fall Festival
October 30, 2021
Time: 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Glennon Community Center -5083 Molokai Dr, Tega Cay, SC
Cost: Free

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