Mark your calendars: 10 must-do events in October

Mark your calendars: 10 must-do events in October
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Here are the events you can’t miss this October – chronologically, so you can hit them all. See you out there, and don’t forget to show us what you’re doing via #cltagenda.

Carolina Renaissance Festival

Saturdays and Sundays, September 29-November 19 | 16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. | $14+

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Why you should go: Walk through the gates of Fairhaven and back in time, where you’ll experience jousting, falconry, medieval-themed shops and more.

Fall Finale

October 6-8 | U.S. National Whitewater Center | Free

Why you should go: The weekend will send the Whitewater Center’s 2017 season out with a bang, including a cider sampling, BYOB (build Your Own Boat) Competition, Dirty Dozen Obstacle Adventure Race, live music and more.

Grilled Cheese Fest

October 7 | 1441 South Tryon Street | 12 – 5 p.m. | $35+ 

Why you should go: Embrace your inner kidult when you help determine who has the best grilled cheese in the city with unlimited samples while you drink beer, wine and mimosas.

Charlotte Symphony Pops: Cirque Goes to the Cinema

October 13-14 | Belk Theater | $19+

Why you should go: The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review called it a “treat for eyes and ears” when aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists and more perform alongside the symphony’s entire Pops series, which includes hits from ABBA, John Denver and more.

Sycamore 3-Year Anniversary Celebration

October 14 | Sycamore Brewing | 12 – 11 p.m. | Free

Why you should go: On top of special beer releases, the brewery will also have giveaways, live music, five food trucks and anniversary swag.

Greystar South End Wine Fest

October 21 | South End | 2 – 6 p.m. | $35+ 

Why you should go: Your ticket, which benefits Classroom Central, gets you unlimited tastings from 25 vineyards as well as access to food trucks and live music.

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GUTS Pumpkin Carving Competition

October 21 | BB&T Ballpark | 1:30 – 5:30 p.m. | $10

Why you should go: The pumpkin carving competition brings out impressive carvers with their even more impressive designs, and it all benefits Make-A-Wish. Last year’s competition raised over $40,000.

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24th Annual Apple Harvest Festival

October 21 | Windy Hill Orchard | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | $8

Why you should go: The orchard is a Charlotte-area fall staple and its Harvest Festival, with live music, hayrides, donuts, kids’ activities and, yes, hard cider is a must.

Grave Diggers Ball ft. Macklemore

October 28 | Rooftop 210 | 6 – 11 p.m. | $20+

Why you should go: Macklemore will headline this year’s Ball, whch will also include costume contests, DJs and more.

Charlotte Kid’s Fest

October 28 | Robert D Snyder Road | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Free

Why you should go: The festival, which will have four main areas – education, play, discover and create – aims to expand educational and entertainment options for families across Charlotte and benefits the Library Foundation.

Want more October events? See more here.

Cover photo via GUTS
Alivia McAtee contributed to this story.

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