Can I tell you how much I love the Fall?!! There are a lot of great events going on this weekend. There are two great cultural festivals, a consignment sale and a bounty of butterflys. You can also introduce your kids to Andy Warhol at the Mint. On a serious note, this is a very important time in our country and if you live in North Carolina, Friday is the last day you can register to vote. I don’t care if you are right, left or middle – please let your voice be heard and vote!! Many women fought hard to give us this right and we should never let them down. Vote! Click here for more info.
9th Annual Children’s Consignment Sale.
St. Gabriel’s Christian Mothers’ Group
St Gabriel Catholic Church, Ministry Center, 3016 Providence Road
October 11, 8:00am-1:00pm, ½ price sale begins at 11:30am
Quality children’s & maternity items. New Children’s Boutique items by: • Paperluxe Studio • MH Designs • sassy DEALS • Doodlebug Kids Designs • Everyday Elegance Jewelry • Pretty in Pink Parties • Pistachio Baby • fliggity. Sales & donations benefit CMG charitable outreach efforts. Cash and adults only.
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Running from September September 27-November 8, 9:00am-5:00pm
The descent of thousands of butterflies to The Orchid Conservatory. The lives of these remarkable and colorful creatures will be revealed from their unexplainable metamorphosis to the equally mysterious migration of the monarchs. The Garden has developed exhibits and activities that teach guests about everything from the butterfly lifecycle, to the anatomy of a butterfly to what will make your butterfly garden a successful one. Each Saturday demonstrations, butterfly releases and a centerpiece chrysalis exhibit will allow guests to see how butterflies develop as never before. Cost is $5 – $10.
McGlohon Theatre, 345 North College St.
October 7 – November 16, Performances are at 2:00pm, 7:30pm and 8:00pm
A combination of Cirque du Soleil and Stomp where you will be asking yourself, “How do they do that?” From dance and piano to traditional Chinese acrobatics to their own extraordinary hijinks using basketballs and skateboards, TRACES will captivate you! Tickets range from $29.50 – $44.50.
McDowell Nature Center
October 11, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Meet the characters from this classic children’s book. Chester has lured Bunnicula into McDowell Nature Preserve, hike the trails and help Harold and Howie find Bunnicula and return him safely to the Monroe’s. Cost is FREE! For more information contact McDowell Nature Center at 704.588.5224.
12th Annual Ciao, Italia! Festival
October 11, 11:00am-7:00pm
Share in Italy’s rich culture, traditions, arts, wine and cuisine with Charlotte and the surrounding areas. The day features non-stop entertainment, such as performances by the Opera Carolina Chorus, mandolin players, Italian singing sensation Franco Corso from San Remo, Italy, our very own Italian Dancers, a special appearance by the International Pizza Toss Champion Siler Chapman (as seen on The Food Network) and much more! Festival-goers get involved with Italian language lessons, wine tasting and a variety of children’s activities. Cost is $3, 12 and under, free.
Discovery Days at Reedy Creek
Reedy Creek Nature Center
October 11, 11:00am-3:00pm
Participate in a hands-on science activity led by Discovery Place with fun-filled activities and experiments will take place. All ages. Cost is Free.
Family Fun Saturday: Sensational Soup Cans
Mint Museum of Art
October 11, 10:30am-2:30pm
Andy Warhol Portfolios: Life & Legends then make your own soup can in Warhol’s style. Projects are geared for all ages. Kids are free with paying adult. Members are free.
18th Annual Latin American Festival
Symphony Park, SouthPark Mall
October 12, Noon-7:00pm
Charlotte’s most popular Latin festival has grown and moved to a new, easily accessible location! A feast for the senses, hear traditional music and contemporary Latin rock, learn the latest Latin dance steps and taste the best foods from Latin America. Kids can make traditional crafts. Proceeds from the festival support the community services and outreach programs of the three organizing institutions. Cost is $3-$5, under 9, free.
Have a great weekend and email me if you have events you would like to share. Courtenay@charlottesmartypants.com.