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

By Rachael Weiss~ Publisher Union County Macaroni Kid September 26, 2022

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 Lake Norman all the way down to Rock Hill and everywhere in between! 

Think we missed one? Drop us a note at rachaelw@macaronikid.com or rebeccap@macaronikid.com and we'll add it in!





Download Your Printable Guide HERE

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

Scarowinds at Carowinds
Weekends September 9 - October 31, 2022
7:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m.
Carowinds - 14523 Carowinds Blvd, Charlotte, NC, 28273
Cost: Free with Gold Pass, ticket prices vary


Festival in the Park
September 16-18, 2022
1900 East Boulevard, Charlotte
Cost: Free


Charlotte International Arts Festival
S´╗┐eptember 16th to October 2nd, 2022
Various locations in Uptown Charlotte, as well as Ballantyne's Backyard
Cost: Many events are FREE


4th Annual Carolina Corn Fest at Aw Shucks Farm
September 17th, 2022
5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Aw Shucks Farm - 3718 Plyler Mill Road, Monroe, NC
$16 in advance, $20 at the door


Union County Heritage Festival
September 17, 2022, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Union County Agricultural Center - 3230 Presson Road, Monroe, NC
Cost: Free


Flow Fest at U.S. National Whitewater Center
September 17th, 2022
All-day event
U.S. National Whitewater Center - 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte, NC
Cost: Free (parking is $6)


2022 Latin American Festival
September 17, 2022 ~ 12 to 9 p.m.
Symphony Park ~ 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC
Cost: Free


Fort Mill Main Street Oktoberfest Jam
Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022
Time: 3-9PM
Locations: Main Street, Downtown Fort Mill
Cost: Free


Alpaca Fiesta
September 24th, 2022, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Lanart, 10325 Hambright Road, Huntersville
Cost: Free


Shelby Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch
Sept. 17 – 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 11 - 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


Hunter Farm Fall Weekends
Sept. 17 - Nov. 6

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

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

Coming up

Taste of Charlotte
September 30th to October 2nd, 2022
Truist Field ~ 324 S. Mint Street, Charlotte
Cost: Free


Jeep Rocktober Festival at Dallas Lavender Lane Farm
O´╗┐ctober 1st and 2nd, 2022 12 to 6 p.m.
Dallas Lavender Lane Farm ~ 937 Old Willis School Road, Dallas, NC
Cost: $9.99 per day for adults. Children under 12 are admitted for free; $14.99 for the whole weekend


Carolina Renaissance Festival
October 1st to November 20th, 2022
Saturdays and Sundays
16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville
Cost: Ticket price: $32 for adults and $20 for children ages 5-12. Some discounts are available


Black's Peaches Fall Festival Weekends
Every weekend in October (Sundays 1-5) ~ 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, 2022
Location: Downtown Fort Mill
Cost: Free


Indian Trail Fall Festival
O´╗┐ctober 1st, 2022, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Indian Trail Town Hall ~ 315 Matthews-Indian Trail Road, Indian Trail, NC
Cost: Free


Curtin Farms Festival
October 1, 2022
Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: 407 North Paraham Rd, Clover, SC 29710
Cost: 0-$7


Charlotte Dragon Boat Races
Saturday, October 8th, 2022, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Ramsey Creek Park, 18441 Nantz Road Cornelius
Cost: Free


Autumn Treasures
October 8-9, 2022
Hours: Saturday, 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM/ Sunday, 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Streets of Downtown Waxhaw, Waxhaw, NC


Carolina Balloon Festival
October 14th to 16th, 2022; F´╗┐riday: 3 to 8:30 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Sunday: 7 a.m. to 6 p .m.
Statesville Regional Airport ~ 260 Hangar Drive, Statesville, NC
Cost: $15-$20


Pineville Fall Fest
October 14 and 15th, 2022
Jack D. Hughes Park, Pineville

Cost: Free


Bridgemill Commons Fall Festival
Saturday, Oct.15
11AM-2PM
Location: 2012 Bridgemill Drive, Indian Land 29707
Cost: Free entry


Fall For Matthews Festival
O´╗┐ctober 15th, 2022; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Downtown Matthews ~ 210 Matthews Station Street, Matthews
Cost: Free


Musica Matthews ~ An Hispanic Heritage Festival
O´╗┐ctober 15th, 2022, 5 to 9 p.m.
Stumptown Park ~ 120 S. Trade Street, Matthews
Cost: Free


Hola Charlotte Festival 
October 15th, 2022
Tryon Street, between Stonewall and 4th
Cost: Free


Rock Hill's Oktoberfest
Saturday, Oct. 15, 4-10PM
Location: 300 E. Main St. Rock Hill, SC - Fountain Park
Cost: Free 


Build-Your-Own-Boat competition at U.S. Whitewater Center
Saturday, October 15th, 2022
U.S. National Whitewater Center; 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte
Cost: Free (parking is $6)


28th Annual Apple Harvest Festival at Windy Hill Orchard 
Saturday, October 15th
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)


Mint Hill Madness
O´╗┐ctober 20th to 22nd, 2022
Thursday: 4 to 9 p.m.
Friday: 4 to 10 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Park ~ 8500 Fairview Road, Mint Hill, NC
Free (but pay for rides)


Fort Mill Fall Festival
Saturday, Oct.22; 4-8PM
345 N White St, Fort Mill, SC 29715
Cost: Free entry.


Indian Trail Halloween Spooktacular at Chestnut Park
Oct 21st, 2022;  6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Chestnut Square Park 320 Chestnut Parkway, Indian Trail, NC, 28079
Cost: Free.


Mischeif and a Movie
October 22, 2022; 4-10PM
Rea Farms - 9855 Sandy Rock PlaceCharlotte, NC, 28277United States
Cost: Free


Stallings Fest
October 22, 2022; 11am-5pm
Stallings Municipal Park - 340 Stallings Rd, Stallings, NC 28104



Belmont Boo Fest
October 29th, 2022; 2-7pm
24 South Main Street, Belmont, North Carolina 28012, United States


Monster Bash at Waverly
S´╗┐aturday, October 29th, 2022, 3 to 10 p.m.
Waverly Shopping Center ~ Providence Road at Ardrey Kell Road, Charlotte, NC
Cost: Free


Waxhaw Fright Night
October 29, 2022; 4-10PM
Downtown Waxhaw, NC


Tega Cay Fall Festival
October 29, 2022; 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Glennon Community Center -5083 Molokai Dr, Tega Cay, SC
Cost: Free


Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials
N´╗┐ovember 12th and 13th, 2022; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Rural Hill ~ 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, NC
Cost: Ages 13+: $11, Ages 5-12: $8, Ages 0-4: Free



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Grab your family and go have some fun - and as always remember to @mackid.union, @mackidrebecca or @mackidfmrh us in your pics!