Hello there Smarties! Are you ready for the long holiday weekend – I am. Time for a break from all the back to school activities and a long weekend to get ready for pre-school to begin. Consignment season has begun again and there is a great sale in Pineville. One of the best area festivals is this weekend in Matthews. There is something for everyone to enjoy at Matthews Alive! If you are up for a day trip, I think the kite festival on Beech Mountain would be really cool thing to take the kiddos to see. The great thing about this weekend is that all the activities can include the entire family – get out and enjoy!
If you have an activity you would like to share, please email me at Courtenay@charlottesmartypants.com.
Kids’ Fall/Winter Consignment Sale
Harrison United Methodist Church, Pineville
September 4-5, Fri., 9am-2pm and 4-8pm. Sat., 8am-noon
Great deals on gently used clothing for newborns to juniors, maternity clothing, baby equipment, toys, furniture, and more. Half price sale on Saturday from 8am-noon.
September 4-7, Fri., 6:30-10:30pm; Sat., 9am-9pm; Sun., 12pm-9pm; Mon., 10am-5pm
Held in historic downtown Matthews, this festival is a four-day family event. Expect to see more than 150 arts and crafts vendors, 30 food vendors, one of the largest parades in the Southeast, the festival’s annual quilt show and the Kids Connection interactive area, as well as a midway full of games and rides for all ages and four stages of free entertainment all weekend.
Moonlight Trolley Ride
Charlotte Trolley, 1507 Camden Road
September 4-5, 8:00pm
Start your weekend off with a guided tour of the Queen City under the stars. Tickets sold at the Charlotte Trolley Museum. Tickets are $1.50-$3. Children 5 and under free.
Something’s A-Flutter At the Garden
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
September 4-October 11, 9:00am-5:00pm
This event includes the return of hundreds of butterflies to The Orchid Conservatory. The lives of these creatures will be revealed from their unexplainable metamorphosis to the equally mysterious migration of the monarchs. View Demonstrations, butterfly releases and a centerpiece chrysalis exhibit. Cost is $5-$10. Members free.
Charlotte Literary Festival
36th and Davidson Streets in NoDa
September 5-6, 10:00am-7:00pm
This annual event focuses on youth and adult literature and literacy. Each year the festival hosts a myriad of local, regional and national authors from various genres. Families can enjoy carnival games and activities, a health fair, food court, live music and Nick Jr. characters Little Bill and Dora the Explorer.
Revolutionary War at Latta Plantation
September 5-6, Sat., 10:00am-4:00pm; Sun., 11:00am-4:00pm
See how Charlotteans defended their independence when Cornwallis came through the area in 1780. On Saturday, reenactors will fight the Battle of Charlotte, which originally occurred at the corner of Trade and Tryon Streets. Sunday will feature the Battle of McIntyre Farm, which took place only a few miles from Latta, off Beatties Ford Road. Visitors can shop with period sutlers, see the soldier camps, enjoy numerous demonstrations, and take in a hot meal from the food vendor. Cost is $7 per person; ages 5 and under free.
7th Annual Mile High Kite Festival
402 Beech Mountain Parkway, Beech Mountain
September 6, 10:00am-4:00pm
The Mile High Kite Festival is a free event that takes place, in the meadows at the top of Beech Mountain next to the Brick Oven Pizzeria. The festival allows children of all ages to fly a kite at an altitude one mile above sea level. It is sponsored by the Beech Mountain Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Richmond Air Force kite club from Virginia and the Winds Across Carolina Club and Okra Society from Charlotte. Free kites are given to the first 200 children under 12. There will also be a vendor selling a variety of kites, and folks are welcome to bring their own.
Living History Sunday
The Charlotte Museum of History
September 6, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Participate in interactive historic demonstrations of colonial skills. Demonstrations are included in regular museum admission, and take place in various locations around the museum and homesite. Cost is $3-$6.