Eight popular neighborhood fall festival events from peeps in the know


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The expert agents at Savvy + Co. Real Estate know buying and selling, they know Charlotte and the market, they know how to price a home right and they know how to make your homeownership dreams come true. They also know where to find the best fall festivals in the area — hands down!

C5 caught up with these area experts and asked what upcoming event they wouldn’t miss for all the spice doughnuts and lattes in the world! Below are some old faves and maybe a few you didn’t know about. Go mark your calendar and enjoy the season.

Festival in the Park, Sept. 20-22

Event: Festival in the Park
Date: Sept. 20-22
Celebrate! Since 1964, Festival in the Park means one thing — fall is finally here. With kids activities, art, vendors, clowns, comedy and tons of food, this festival gets better every year.
Why it’s a must-do: “In the fifteen years since I moved to Charlotte, Festival in the Park has become a fall staple. The chance to walk the tree-lined lanes of Freedom Park, peruse the work of countless local artisans, and eat funnel cakes until my hands are sticky is always a winning combination. The weather in the QC is just beginning to turn to a crisp cool fall, and to me this event has been a marker of the holidays just around the corner.” — Victor Ahdieh, Savvy + Co. Real Estate

GO FEST, Sept. 26

Event: GO FEST (Gaston Outside Fest)
Date: Sept. 26, 6:30-9 p.m.
Celebrate! During GO FEST, downtown Gastonia streets are closed and open to live bands and food trucks, and both Cavendish Brewing Company and Ole Dallas Brewery will be selling special Gaston Outside brews.
Why it’s a must-do: “Gaston County is flourishing, and our many towns and cities will each have a booth to showcase many of the amazing developments that are happening right in our backyard. Downtown Gastonia property owners will also be opening up some of their buildings to give you a sneak peek of some exciting future developments.” — Julie Coffey, Savvy + Co. Real Estate

Great Elizabeth Pumpkin Wall

Event: Great Elizabeth Pumpkin Wall
Date: Fall 2019
Celebrate: Each year, Elizabeth lights up the neighborhood with an impressive 60-foot Great Pumpkin Wall made of jack-o’-lanterns of every shape, size and design. An impressive sight!
Why it’s a must-do. “I love walking and biking through Elizabeth at Halloween to see all of the amazing decorations and the Great Elizabeth Pumpkin Wall. We kick off the Halloween season with the Great Pumpkin Wall Carving Party, where friends and neighbors get together to show off their best jack-o’-lantern carving skills.” — Heather Claxton, Savvy + Co. Real Estate

Hilly Chantilly 5K, Oct. 5

Event: Hilly Chantilly 5K
Date: Saturday, Oct. 5, 9 a.m.
Celebrate: Don’t let the name fool you (or keep you from taking on this race!), the Hilly Chantilly 5K is a not-so-hilly, but very family-friendly, chip-timed 5K race that takes racers through tree-lined residential streets of the Chantilly neighborhood established in 1913.
Why it’s a must-do: “This event is all about community and giving back.  I love embracing events that allow us to celebrate with and meet our neighbors. The Hilly Chantilly is an opportunity to connect with neighbors, business owners, and to support the Chantilly Neighborhood Association.  What could be better than seeing this beautiful neighborhood on foot with new and old friends?” — Kelly King, Savvy + Co. Real Estate

Belmont Oktoberfest Tales & Ales Celebration, Oct. 5

Event: Belmont Oktoberfest Tails & Ales Celebration
Date: Saturday, Oct. 5, 1-10 p.m.
Celebrate: This festival is a great opportunity to party with your pup with beverages, bands, vendors, and contests as well as dog-friendly vendors and activities. Plus you can do good as the Belmont Oktoberfest Tales & Ales Celebration will double as a fundraiser for a future dog park in Belmont.
Why it’s a must do: “If you enjoyed last year’s inaugural Oktoberfest, join us this year for the same fun with a canine twist! Bring your best four-legged friend with you, grab a brew, and consider donating to a great cause. Stay tuned for more details.” — Julie Coffey, Savvy + Co. Real Estate

Fall Festival at U.S. National Whitewater Center, Oct. 5

Event: Fall Festival at USNWC
Date: Saturday, Oct. 5, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Celebrate: Get out and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine at the Whitewater’s Fall Festival! Enjoy a full day of races, fall-themed yoga sessions, seasonal cider sampling, and the signature event — the Build Your Own Boat (BYOB) Competition.
Why it’s a must do: Upon moving to Charlotte in January from the mountains of Southwest Virginia I worried about spending less time being outside. However, the U.S. National White Water center helped prove me wrong with its surprising abundance of outdoor adventure activities so close to the city. With autumn arriving comes the Whitewater Fall Festival. I’m excited to attend for the first time and participate in the Scrambler Obstacle Trail Race and other fun fall events.” — Emma Rothe

Festival in the Heights, Oct. 19

Event: Festival in the Heights
Date: Saturday, Oct. 19, noon-4 p.m.
Celebrate: Enjoy this festival with barbecue, hot dogs (and veggie dogs), a bounce house for kids, local music, vendors and good ol’ neighborly fun with over 300 vendors! Fund-raising efforts support Shamrock Gardens Elementary, Eastway Middle and Garinger High.
Why it’s a must-do: “I love going to Festival in the Heights in Country Club Heights! Neighbors and friends gather in Shamrock Park to enjoy food and drinks, to play, listen to music and shop from the creative local vendors. It’s the perfect time of year to get out and visit with friends and neighbors in Charlotte’s beautiful fall weather! — Heather Claxton, Savvy + Co. Real Estate

Midwood Fall Crawl, Oct. 26

Event: Midwood Fall Crawl
Date: Saturday, Oct. 26, noon-7 p.m.
Celebrate! The Midwood Fall Crawl is a fun time where neighbors and people from all over Charlotte get together at Midwood Park for a day of food trucks, live local music, local craft beer, kids activities, costume parade, trunk-or-treat activities and more!
Why it’s a must-do: “Whether you live in Midwood or not, this is a great opportunity to really get a sense of the wonderful community feeling of Midwood.” — Jeff King, Savvy + Co. Real Estate

Enjoy these fine events and if your travels take you to a new place you’d like to call home, contact a Savvy + Co. Real Estate agent.

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