Do you love hot air balloons? Then you must make it a point to attend this festival! Carolina Balloon Festival is a fun-filled weekend festival that takes place in the 3rd weekend of October, and includes a wide variety of attractions and activities – all revolving around hot air balloons. Taking place every year since 1974, the festival’s main attraction is the colorful and beautiful sight (and sound) of over 50 hot air balloons that launch twice daily against the beautiful autumn weather. There are also other balloon-related activities such as walk-in balloons and tethered balloon rides that can be enjoyed.
There are several that activities have very little to do with balloons as well, from stage magicians and an inflatable-filled Kids’ Zone for the small ones, bungee jump and wall-climbing for the adventurous, as beer and wine tastings for adults looking for a different kind of experience. Needless to say, one can never have a dull time at the Carolina Balloon Festival.
Address: 260 Hangar Dr, Statesville, NC 28677
Are you a history buff, or at least a fan of all things Medieval? In that case, you should definitely head over to The Carolina Renaissance Festival. Filled with costumed historical characters, one-of-a-kind entertainment and attractions, fun rides and games, thrilling live performances, and some of the best and most authentic food, this festival truly brings the medieval times to life and is a treat of all kinds.
The over 2-week long festival, which functions as an artisan marketplace and a Medieval amusement park definitely has a lot to do. A wonderful reconstruction of 16th century Europe, the annual festival features several top-line live performances such jousting knights, roaming jesters, fire jugglers, and aerial acrobats. There are various fun rides, such as Da Vinci’s Flying Machine, and more fun games than one can count! There’s also lot of opportunities to shop, and tasty, authentic food such as fish-and-chips and turkey legs.
Address: 16445 Poplar Tent Rd Huntersville, NC, 28078
Phone: (704) 896-5555
Are you a fan of all things Greek? Then this festival is definitely the place for you to be!
One of the biggest cultural events of Charlotte, the Yiasou Greek Festival is (as the name implies) a Greek-themed festival that offers multitudes of activities that cater to all sorts of tastes and ages. From shopping and dining, to kids’ rides and play areas, to classy parties and wine tastings, and much more, there’s nothing that this festival does not offer to visitors!
Held in the second week of September, the Yiasou Greek Festival features authentic cultural exhibits that portray the history and richness of the Greek culture. There are also several live performances that will enthrall visitors, including nationally-renowned Greek bands, dance performances and live re-enactments. There a lot for the shopper as well, from belly dancing skirts and Greek jewelry to beautiful mementos and souvenirs. The festival also features several high-end wine tasting sessions and cooking demos.
Address: 600 East Boulevard, Charlotte, NC 28203
Phone: (704) 334-4771
If you’re a fan of films, you simply cannot miss this one. One of the most famous festivals of the Queen City, the Charlotte Film Festival is a one-of-a-kind festival that gives a chance to up-and-coming filmmakers while giving visitors a chance to watch something new and innovative. Featuring both emerging and veteran filmmakers, and some of the best and most outstanding artists, the Charlotte film festival works as a great platform where laymen, beginners and experts unite and exchange ideas and opinions – besides seeing films of course.
All in all, this is a full, interesting week that is dedicated to creativity, art, and of course, films.
Address: 9110 Kings Parade Blvd, Charlotte, NC
If you’re looking for the best Latin experience, this uptown street festival is indeed the place to be.
A free, annual, street festival, the Hola Charlotte Hispanic Heritage Festival is one of the best representations of Latin culture in the state, and is filled with family-friendly, fun activities that everyone can enjoy. The largest Hispanic Heritage event in both Carolinas, the Hola Charlotte highlights the richness and diversity of the Latin way of life through art, music, dance, food and much more.
The festival takes place in the first week of October in Center City, and features nationally recognized entertainers as well as a constructed Latin American Village which highlights the culture and heritage of 15 different Latin countries.
Address: N Tryon St. & W 6th St. Charlotte, NC 28202