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Charlotte Area Fall Festivals

Hello Fall-loving Friends!

I promised on Tuesday in my Apple Picking post that I would post about some upcoming fall festivals in the Charlotte area for the month of October. As promised, here we go!

OCT 6-7 – AUTUMN JUBILEE in Salisbury, NC, approximately 50 minutes from Uptown Charlotte at the Dan Nicholas Park.
From 10am – 6pm both Saturday and Sunday of this weekend, you can go to Salibsury to check out over 180 crafts, log sawing (2pm both days), children’s activities (pumpking painting, puppet theatre and a magician to name a few!), craft demonstrations, continuous live music, and plenty of food to enjoy! Best part? Admission is free!

OCT 6 – BRUSHY MOUNTAIN APPLE FESTIVAL in Wilkesboro, NC, approximately 90 minutes from Uptown Charlotte (follow the signs). The streets of downtown North Wilkesboro are filled with over 425 arts & crafters, 100 food concessions, and 4 music stages (Blue Grass, Country, Folk, Gospel, Appalachian Heritage). Cloggers, folk dancers, etc, provide further entertainment for festival goers. Local apple growers set up throughout the festival selling their apples, apple cider, and dried apples. Best part? Admission is free!

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OCT 6-7 – FALL FESTIVAL in Asheboro, NC, approximately 90 minutes from Uptown Charlotte, held in Downtown Asheboro. Sponsored by the Randolph Arts Guild, this festival is a combination of street fair, bazaar, harvest celebration and homecoming. With 350 vendors, Arts & Craft Booths, Crafts Demonstrations, Flea Market Section, Food Booths and Live Music, this is sure to be a fun time for anyone. Best part? Admission is free!

OCT 12-14 – AUTUMN LEAVES FESTIVALin Mount Airy, NC, approximately 2 hours from Uptown Charlotte. This 3-day fall festival (9am – 9pm Friday and Saturday, and 12-6pm Sunday) is in its 46th year! The unique arts & crafts of +200 craftsmen line the streets with many demonstrating their talents and skills. There is “Food for the Soul” (ham biscuits, collards, cornbread, barbeque, ground steak, etc) served by our local organizations. To complement it all, there is live music in the styles of Old-time, Bluegrass and Gospel performed by local musicians! Best part? Admission is free!

OCT 13-14 – AUTUMN TREASURES FESTIVAL in Waxhaw, NC, approximately 45 minutes from Uptown Charlotte. This is the 7th annual two-day outdoor arts and crafts festival. Waxhaw is proud to showcase the talents and wares of our local artists, food vendors and exhibitors in this street festival held in downtown Waxhaw! Admission is free.

OCT 19-20 – FALL FESTIVAL in Pineville, NC, is approximately 25 minutes from Uptown Charlotte. This 2-day festival has live music, food, and plenty of family fun right in the heart of Pineville. Beware – this festival is Friday and Saturday, not Saturday and Sunday like most of the previous festivals! Admission is free.

OCT 20 – APPLE HARVEST FESTIVAL in Fort Mill, SC, approximately 40 minutes from Uptown Charlotte, and held at the Windy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill in Fort Mill, SC. Come out for a Fall Family Tradition with all of Windy Hill Orchards Apple Products, Hayrides, Fresh Picked Apples, Scarecrow Making, Apple Cider Tasting, Live Music, Apple Butter Making, Apple Cider Slush, Pumpkins, Carmel Apples, Blacksmith Demonstrations, and Much More. Festival is from 9am – 5pm on Saturday and admission is free!

OCT 20 – APPLE FESTIVAL in Taylorsville, NC, approximately 1 hour from Uptown Charlotte. This festival provides a fantastic assortment of entertainment on 3 stages, plenty of food vendors, and craft and flea market vendors. There is a Kid’s Corner with plenty of things for the younger attendees, and of course the apple stuff. An apple peeling contest, apple desert contest, a booth apple theme decorating contest, and of course lots of apple vendors from which to buy cider, a large variety of bagged apples, etc. Admission is free for this as well!

Last but certainly not least is my favorite festival in the fall: the Carolina Renaissance Festival! Running from OCT 6 – NOV 18 on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am – 5:30pm, this annual 22-acre extravaganza takes you back in time to the Renaissance. With a 3-part live joust, 11 stages with constant and varied acts, and plenty of wonderful food like turkey legs, jerky, bread bowls and fudge – this is a must for any self-respecting Carolinian, in my opinion! If you go to a local Harris Teeter, tickets are $19 for adults and $9 for children (5-12 only, under 5 are free). Otherwise at the gate it is $1 more per ticket, unless you are a senior citizen or military, in which case (with ID) it is $18 for you all the time! Opening weekend (Oct 6-7) sees tickets at 2 for $20 (gate only)! Warning, if you’re not a fan of large crowds, opening weekend may not be worth the cost for you! It will be a long wait in traffic and the ticket line this weekend, but after that it should be much more pleasant and crowd-reduced! Either way, this is a great all-day low-cost event where all you pay for once inside are food and drinks, and if you want to climb the wall or shoot archery that will also be a little extra. They also have plenty of vendors as well selling a plethora of merchandise, from clothing to age-old weapons to jewelry to hand-blown glass (with live demonstrations on the hour). If you can’t tell, I absolutely LOVE this festival, and go a minimum of 3 times per year. So much fun! They have special event weekends as well, like Sci-Fi & Fantasy Literary (Oct 13-14), BrewFest (Oct 20-21), Halloween Daze (Oct 27-28), and Pirate’s Christmas (Nov 10-11).

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So if you can’t find something in October to do on a weekend, don’t blame me as I’ve just given you a ton of excuses to go have some fun! 😉

Craft You Later,

Charlotte Area Apple Picking

Hello Friends,

I thought it would be fun to post a write-up of local Apple Picking locations around the Charlotte Metro area. So here goes!

Sky Top Orchards is located in Flat Rock, NC, and is approximately 2 hours from Uptown Charlotte. Currently in season: Pumpkins, Gourds, Squashes, Asian Pears, and Apples (Gala, Golden Delicious, Cortland, Red Delicious, Mutsu, Jonathan, Jonagold, Fuji, Ida Red, Blushing Gold, Staymen Winesap, Granny Smith, Cameo, Rome).

Windy Hill Orchard & Cider Mill is located in Fort Mill, SC, and is approximately 40 minutes from Uptown Charlotte. Currently you-picking Stayman Winesap apples only, and providing tours, cider, hard cider, and pre-picked apples on site at the store.

Carrigan Farms is located in Mooresville, NC, and is approximately 40 minutes from Uptown Charlotte. They have you-pick red and golden delicious apples, a variety of other pre-picked apples, and Fresh Cider is also available at their market.

Millstone Creek Orchards is located in Ramseur, NC, and is under 2 hours from Uptown Charlotte. Currently you-picking is available for apple varieties of Golden Delicious, Red Winesap, Red Fuji, Stayman Winesap, Granny Smith and Pink Lady. Hayrides are also available on Saturdays and Sundays in October for $5 per person.

Hill’s Orchard and Vineyard is located in Trinity, NC, and is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes from Uptown Charlotte. They recommend that you call them for a schedule of available produce.

So happy apple picking if you go to any of these places, and I will be posting a link Thursday (in 2 days) with a list of Charlotte Area Fall Festivals, to complement this article! Keep reading!

Craft You Later,

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