Charlotte, NC – October, 16th – 31st 2014 Events – Frights, Balloons, and Bach

By David Boling

Autumn is with us in full force, which means winter is coming. But it’s still too nice to stay indoors, so while you are out at the regular October haunts (Carolina Renaissance Festival and Scarowinds), make sure to take a detour and experience all of the ghostly events Charlotte has to offer.

Charlotte Halloween

Charlotte, NC October 2014 Events

Friday, October 17th – Science on the Rocks: Fright at the Museum

Discovery Place

All we have to say here is Punkin Chunkin. Discovery Place is holding another great adults only night. This time with a bit of thrill in the air. Show up for the Punkin Chunkin and stay for the Zombie Apocalypse. More Information here!

Friday & Saturday, October 17th & 18th – Uptown Charlotte’s 12th Annual BBQ & Brews Festival

Uptown Charlotte

Charlotte put it’s best BBQ to the test! Come enjoy the food, the beers, and the blues. More Information here!

Friday – Sunday, October 17th – 19th – Carolina BalloonFest

Statesville, NC

Not everything worth doing is centered in Uptown Charlotte. Take a short road trip with your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy this annual hot air balloon spectacular. The weather is going to be perfect for it! More Information here!

Saturday, October 18th – Barktoberfest 2014

Triple C Brewing

Grab your furry baby and partake in a 1 mile walk, Doggie Howl-o-ween costume and more. $20 donation goes to support Murray’s Fund and Cops 4 the Cure. More Information here!

Friday, October 24th – Bachtoberfest II: Bach & Beer

Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts

Even the treasured Charlotte Symphony is getting into the fun of Autumn. The event opens with a panel discussion on the creative process and continues with another spell binding performance by the Symphony.  Stay for the post ceremony to sample beer and food, and enjoy even more music. More Information here!

Saturday, October 25th – Halloween at The Duke Mansion

The Duke Mansion

The Duke Mansion is a queen city treat. Drop by for their version of Halloween with great food and music. Costumes and cocktail attire expected! You’ll be supporting the effort to preserve this local treasure. More Information here!

Friday, October 31st – The Spirits of Rosedale Plantation

Historic Rosedale Plantation

Don’t believe in ghosts? Spend the wickedest of all holidays at Historic Rosedale Plantation and you may just change your mind! 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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