The top family-friendly events happening in Charlotte in October


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We teamed up with Relay to bring you a list of some of the coolest events happening around Charlotte this month for you and your family to enjoy. Grab a pack of Relays for the family and head out for worry-free adventures!

The Great Pumpkin Fest


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Every Saturday and Sunday in October is reserved for a kid-friendly celebration of Halloween at famed amusement park Carowinds. The Great Pumpkin Fest, a throwback to the classic Charlie Brown story, is a non-frightening alternative to the more adult-oriented SCarowinds event (which happens in the park on weekends after nightfall). Bring your little ghouls and get into the holiday spirit with age-appropriate spooks that aren’t too scary.

The Carolina Balloon Fest


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On October 19 through October 21, drive your family out to Statesville to experience the Carolina Balloon Fest. A celebration of hot air balloons in all sorts of unique shapes and colors, the event will feature a kids’ zone for the children, wine and craft beer tasting for parents and plenty of good eats. It’s an event you don’t want to miss. With Relay, you can send your kids to the kids’ zone while you grab a drink, monitoring their location via GPS.

Rural Hill’s Amazing Maize Maze


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Lasting until the first few days of November, Rural Hill is hosting their Amazing Maize Maze. The seven-acre corn maze has over two miles of paths to roam and explore. After you solve the maze, you can take your family across the whole of Rural Hill, enjoying hayrides, hiking trails, picnics, pumpkin-picking and more.

The Carolina Renaissance Festival


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Located just a stone’s throw away in Huntersville, the Carolina Rennaissance Festival is a great place to take your family and revel in history-based entertainment. In addition to a pub crawl for the adults, there are games, rides, exhibits and a marketplace to buy goodies. This year, experience the new Living Mermaid exhibit that is sure to be a hit among participants of all ages. Plus, with Relay, you can multitask. Have the kids watch that jousting match they’ve been hankering over while the parents grab a turkey leg and some homebrewed mead!

Looking for more events in Charlotte this month? Check out the city’s events page.

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