Charlotte, NC – September 15 – 30, 2014 Events – Music, Brews, and Vision

By David Boling

The beginning of this month started on the run, and the second half doesn’t look as though there is any rest in sight. Stretch your legs well, for there is a lot of walking around ahead, but your reward is music, beer, and vision! I’ve said it before, but this time it’s essential. Don’t miss a beat, and don’t let your friends miss anything either.

Freedom Park Festival in the Park

Charlotte, NC September 2014 Events

Friday, September 19 – Science on the Rocks: Fan Fest

Discovery Place

It’s an adults only night for “the ultimate sports fans” at Charlotte treasured Discovery Place in Uptown. Test your athletic ability, meet the local mascots from Charlotte’s outstanding sports teams, enjoy your favorite beverages, and learn all about the science of sport. More Information here!

Friday – Sunday, September 19 – 21 – Festival in the Park

Freedom Park

It’s the 50th anniversary of this favorite Charlotte annual weekend event. Held in Charlotte’s historic Freedom Park which is nestled between the equally historic neighborhoods of Dilworth and Myers Park, Festival in the Park offers everything. From food vendors, performances, rides, and art exhibits, you are bound to find something for every member of your family. Do not miss this milestone year of this amazing event! More Information here!

Friday – Saturday, September 19 – 20 – Charlotte Symphony: Beethoven’s “Eroica”

BELK THEATER at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

The Charlotte Symphony appears in these event lists frequently, and for good reason. There has never been a bad time had with our fair city’s musical gem. Combine them with one of Beethoven’s undisputed masterpieces and it’s the equivalent of the Midas touch for your ears. More Information here!

Saturday, September 20 – Tosco Music Party

Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts

This much loved event only comes around four times a year. The Tosco Music Party is unique not only in our city, but the world. A family friendly event that will inspire you and your children alike. With beginnings in the founder, John Tosco’s, living room with a handful of friends and family it is continuously expanding in size and quality. However, it’s never lost that jam session feel. We just can’t express enough how loved this event is, but you have to see it to fully believe it. And you will. More Information here!

Saturday, September 20 – Charlotte Beerfest

BB&T Ballpark

With so much already on this list that are already favorite Queen City traditions it’s refreshing to have an inaugural event as well. Turn out to one of Charlotte’s newest venues, BB&T Ballpark, for music by Blues Traveler, and sample some of the best brew Charlotte has to offer. More Information here!

Tuesday, September 23 – Imagine 2025: Share the Vision

BOOTH PLAYHOUSE at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

If there is one thing that can be said about Charlotte, it has, and always has had, vision for the future. That’s what makes our city great. Now the Arts and Science Council has an interactive event to thrust you into the journey we are all on. Speakers for the all day event will enlighten you in the fields of art, education, energy, design and much more. Our future is a future together so it’s time we gathered together and “shared” and shaped that “vision”. More Information here!

Friday, September 26 – Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Roger Kalia

Romare Bearden Park

11 Food trucks, another outstanding Charlotte Symphony performance, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier, all come together for this “Americana” themed evening. Come for the food trucks, come for the beautiful music, come for the action packed movie. What ever attraction inspires you, just come out! More Information here!

Saturday, September 27 – Charlotte Oktoberfest

NC Music Factory

It’s the 16th year anniversary of this spectacular extravaganza. There are more breweries registered to attend this year than you can count. The best part of this event is it’s all for a great cause… or better, causes. Check out who is benefiting this year, and then get out and make your contributions while having the time of your life!  More Information here!

Saturday, September 27 – Charlotte Symphony: Ben Folds

BELK THEATER at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

Fans of the former Ben Folds Five and the current Ben Folds will be thrilled to learn about this event. He joins our very own (and once again treasured) Charlotte Symphony for a night of “high energy” brilliance that only the two of them together can produce. More Information here!


These are just a few of my personal picks of things to do in Charlotte. For more information on Charlotte events I suggest you check out these great resources.


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David is a guest blogger for and will be providing content occasionally that we hope you’ll find useful and valuable. He grew up in Charlotte, so has intimate knowledge of Charlotte’s neighborhoods, restaurants, hot spots, and also hidden gems. When not guest blogging for us, he runs a successful branding and media consulting company.  

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