Here are the events you can’t miss this October – chronologically, so you can hit them all. We’re about to start one of the best parts of the year, and per usual Charlotte has the best events to highlight it. So get excited for hoodie weather, pumpkin patches and Halloween, and don’t forget to show us what you’re doing via #cltagenda.
Date/Price/Location/Time: Saturday, October 8 / $6/cider sample card / USNWC / 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m.
Why you should go: This year’s festival features Cider Sampling (oh my yes) and the always entertaining and exciting B.Y.O.B. (Build Your Own Boat) Race, where participants create their own river-worthy vessels and put them to the test with a trip down the whitewater competition channel. Finally, finish the night off with the final musical performances of the year.
Date/Price/Location/Time: Sunday, October 9 / $20 / Montford Dr. / 1:30-4:30 p.m.
Why you should go: City Social will be taking you and your pup on the Pup Crawl, stopping at all the best outdoor patios the street has to offer to benefit the Greater Charlotte SPCA. They’ll have drink specials at spots like Ten Park Lanes, Angry Ale’s, Brazwell’s and Duckworth’s. The best part? You’ll have an excuse to dress your pup up in a super cute Halloween costume.
Date/Price/Location/Time: Monday, October 10 / $16-$223 / Spectrum Center (formerly Time Warner Cable Arena) / 7 p.m.
Why you should go: This one needs as much as explaining as the first Panthers home game did. You’re going to want to be there because it’ll be awesome. Try not to get blinded by the giant new scoreboard while you’re there.
Date/Price/Location/Time: Saturday, October 15 / $10-$25 / Triple C Brewing Co. / 12-6 p.m.
Why you should go: Charlotteans of all ages and abilities will embark on a scavenger hunt from 12-5 p.m., biking, walking or riding transit to a variety of destinations. For each destination you stop by, you’ll receive a stamp in the official Biketoberfest Passport. The more destinations visited, the more chances to win prizes. Don’t forget about the after partyat Triple C starting at 6 p.m.
Date/Price/Location/Time: Saturday, October 15 / $8 / Windy Hill Orchard / 10-6 p.m.
Why you should go: This 23rd annual festival includes hard and regular cider, hayrides and apple doughnuts. This is the quintessential fall day. How could you miss it?
Date/Price/Location/Time: Saturday, October 15 / $10-$35 / 308 W. Carson Blvd. / 2-6 p.m.
Why you should go: Expect wine samplings, food trucks and live music. Imagine: a place with unlimited tastings from 25 different vineyards, live music and food trucks. It’ll be a real place on October 15. Cool perk: designated driver entry is only $10, plus you get 4 free water bottles. Proceeds will benefit Classroom Central and their mission to equip students living in poverty to effectively learn.
Date/Price/Location/Time: Saturday, October 22 / Free / Sycamore Brewing / 12-10 p.m.
Why you should go: Expect 2 stages, live music all day, 5 food trucks, indoor and outdoor pouring stations, craft beer, cider, wine, champagne.
Date/Price/Location/Time: Sunday, October 23 / Free / Throughout CLT / 1-5 p.m.
Why you should go: With a goal is to get people to fall in love with walking and biking again, the City of Charlotte will clear the roads to create a temporary, linear park for pedestrian, bicycle, and other “people powered” transportation, so that the streets can be used for walking, cycling, dancing, playing and meeting your neighbors. City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County and Partners for Parks will clear the roads connecting Biddleville, Smallwood, Seversville, Wesley Heights, Fourth Ward, Wilmore and South End. Check our story about its return here.
Date/Price/Location/Time: Saturday, October 29 / $22-$40 / Between Romare Bearden Park and Knights Stadium / 9 a.m.
Why you should go: Starting and ending at Romare Bearden Park, runners will have the choice to run a 5-mile or 1-mile course through spooky surprises scattered throughout Uptown in their halloween costumes. Past costumes have included bananas, superheroes, zombies and beer bottles. Enjoy a finishing party complete with a costume contest, face painting, bouncy houses, food trucks, pumpkin beer, cider and live music.
Date/Price/Location/Time: Sunday, October 30 / Free / Crowders Mountain State Park / 9-11 a.m.
Why you should go: OK. Before you think I’m a total tree-hugging hippie for including this, hear me out. This is an incredibly unique experience that is truly meaningful for the community. Participate in a four-mile march in commemoration of students from the Gaston College Ecology Club, who marched to promote the prevention of strip mining at Crowders Mountain State Park 45 years ago. And you’ll celebrate the North Carolina State Parks’ 100th Anniversary, too. Even cooler? You’ll have the opportunity to walk side-by-side with some of the original marchers.
Want more? Check out other October CLT events here.
Cover photo via Windy Hill Orchard & Cidery.