11 ways to spend an epic weekend in Charlotte

Whether you’re feeding your face at Taste of Charlotte or medieval at the Carolina Renaissance Festival, there is something for everyone to do this weekend!

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina –

Taste of Charlotte @ Truist Field

Whet your appetite this weekend as Taste of Charlotte returns to the Queen City. This free three-day food festival will feature samples of popular restaurants in the city as well as shows and activities. Participants can purchase festival coins to use for restaurant samples, drinks, and children’s activities. Things start Friday October 1 at 4 p.m. and end Sunday October 3 at 6 p.m. For more information, click here.

Tuck Fest @ The Whitewater Center

Get outside and be active at Tuck Fest, hosted by the Whitewater Center. The multi-day festival celebrates the outdoor lifestyle through nearly 150 activities, musical performances, races, yoga practices and more over three days. The festival takes place all weekend and is absolutely free to the public. Parking costs $ 6. Find here the list of scheduled events.

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Caroline Renaissance Festival

Experience medieval art with friends and family by heading to the Carolina Renaissance Festival opening weekend. Enjoy non-stop, full-day, immersive and interactive activities, as well as the outdoor craft market with arts and crafts, games, rides, knights on horseback jousting, falconry and dining options you are sure to love. This one-season event takes place every Saturday and Sunday until November 21. Tickets start at $ 17 for children and $ 27 for adults and can be purchased here.

Fall Festival Block Party at Eastway Crossing Mall

Nothing beats a fall festival filled with music, food, games, and family activities, and the Big Block Party fall party is just that. Step out on Saturday October 2 to celebrate the season as well as the local businesses rooted in the Eastway Crossing Mall. The festivities start at 10 a.m. and end at 10 p.m. Find here information about specific events taking place.

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Wicked @ Ovens Auditorium

This weekend is your last chance to experience Broadway’s favorite “Wicked” at the Ovens Auditorium. From its captivating debut to its epic conclusion, Wicked is sure to captivate audiences of all ages with its original story, impressive musical numbers, and life lessons that are sure to stick around long after seeing the show. Tickets start at $ 50 and the last show takes place on Sunday October 3. Click here for timetables and ticket information.

Food Truck Friday

Go out for great meals, live music, and fun for the whole family at various Food Truck Friday events that take place across Queen’s Town. Come have your meal at Food Truck Friday at Cabarrus Brewing Company, Resident Culture Food Truck Friday, University City Food Truck Friday or Food Truck Friday at Sycamore Brewing. Hours vary by location.

The winds

Face your darkest fears at SCarowinds this weekend. Hordes of hungry zombies, breathtaking mazes and epic roller coaster thrills await your arrival at the Carolinas ultimate fear party. The Festival of Fear is open now and you can visit all weekend from $ 40. Tickets are available for purchase here.

Immersive Van Gogh @ Camp North End

Come see the famous Immersive Van Gogh exhibit at Camp North End. The exhibition presents 500,000 cubic feet of monumental projections animating the work of Vincent van Gogh. The event will run until Sunday October 31. Tickets start at $ 39 and can be purchased here.

Living Under the Oaks @ Birkdale Village

Start your weekend with some shopping and live music at The Grove in Birkdale Village every Friday night from April through October this year. This week’s performer is The Stark Reality Trio, and the event will feature an onsite bar provided by Red Rocks Cafe. The event is free and will take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Find more information here.

Markets + More

Queen City weekends always offer a surplus of vendor markets for Charlotteans to choose from fresh, local produce. Markets open this weekend include the Plaza Midwood Farmers Market, Uptown Farmers Market, College Town Farmers Market and Southend Farmers Market.

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