Happy Wednesday Smarties, hope you are ready for some great fall scoop. Charlotte really comes alive this time of year. Fall festivals, theatre, pumpkin patches and corn mazes provide awesome opportunities for family fun. There is even a great festival in the mountains that is worth the trip – the Woolly Worm Festival in Banner Elk. Pack up the family, head to the mountains, do a little leaf watching and check out the woolly worms. We would love to see as many of you as possoble at Lungstrong. It is not too late to join the CSP team as we run/walk in the memory/honor of Jen B and help raise funds to fight lung cancer.
If you have events you would like to share, post in comments or email me at Courtenay@charlottesmartypants.com.
Lungstrong – Run/Walk, 15K or 5K
Cornelius (Lake Norman, Exit 28) @ Michael Waltrip’s Raceworld USA
This Run/Walk 15K/5K supports lung cancer awareness and benefits LUNGevity Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to funding lung cancer research. LUNGevity Foundation is the pioneer in lung cancer research and is the leading private provider of research funding for the #1 cancer killer. The start times are 7:45a 15K starts, 7:50a 5K starts, 9:30a 1 mile fun run starts, 10a Awards Ceremony.
A Story, Story Night with Jim Weiss
October 16, 7:00pm
Jim Weiss will bring storytelling alive with his special brand of entertainment magic. Whether it’s fairytales of Shakespeare, Greek mythology or Sherlock Holmes, Weiss weaves skillful storytelling with a love of literature and an understanding of what it takes to leave audiences entranced. A great show for kids of all ages, including adults!
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
McColl Family Theatre, ImaginOn
October 16-18, Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 3:00pm and 7:30pm; Sun., 2:00pm
The Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is proud to bring the beautiful Belle, Monsieur Lumiere the candlestick, Mrs. Potts the housekeeping teapot and the mysterious Beast to their stage for the first time in this classic story of the redeeming power of love. Ages 5 and up. Cost is $18-$24.
Mr. Nigel’s Music & Friends Story Time
Joseph-Beth Booksellers & Bistro
October 16, 11:15am
Have fun with Mr. Nigel as he sings, plays intruments and reads books. Children will have fun while learning!
Carrigan Farms, Mooresville
October 16, 7:00pm-10:00pm
Come gather around several bonfires, at the well-known Carrigan Farms Rock Quarry, before or after you enter the five unforgettable Forbidden Farms attractions.
Boogie Woogie Books
October 16, 11:00am-11:15am
Kids can really their groove on with this program.
Ghost Tales in the Dark
Historic Latta Plantation
October 16-17, 7:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:00pm
Lantern tours of the plantation at night- hear real ghost stories from volunteers, staff, and ghost hunting investigations! Sells out quickly so RSVP is required. Cost is $12 per person.
Pineville Fall Fest
200 Dover Street. Pineville
October 16-17, Fri., 6:00-10:00pm; Sat., 10:00-10:00pm
Art, music, rides, games, and festival food.
Carolina Renaissance Festival
Highway 73 at Poplar Tent Road between Concord and Huntersville
October 17-18, 10:00am-5:30pm
Try this medieval amusement park with 10 stages, arts and crafts, a jousting tournament and a feast. Cost is $18, $7 kids 5-12.
Davidson Farmer’s Market
Next to Davidson Town Hall between Main and Jackson streets
October 17, 8:00am-12:00pm
Local artists from the Sanctuary of Davidson carve pumpkins for home carving inspiration from 9:30-11am. Children may join in by decorating pumpkins.
Fall Festival at the Promenade on Providence
Promenade on Providence
October 17, 11:00am-3:00pm
Costume contests for children and adults, free pumpkin for first 500 kids to decorate at craft zone. Enjoy cider and popcorn, hayrides, obstacle course and magic shows (11:30 am and 1pm).
Fall Festival Vendor Event
Weddington Methodist Church
October 17, 9:00am-2:00pm
Union County Woman’s Club hosts more than 50 arts and craft, home decor, fashion and health vendors. Children can enjoy the free kids activities. Cost is $1 donation.
Ray’s Splash Planet Anniversary Party
Ray’s Splash Planet
October 17, 10:00am-2:00pm
Enjoy free cake, giveaways and inflatables on the lawn as the facility celebrates seven years.
Woolly Worm Festival
October 17-18, 10:00am-4:00pm
Live entertainment, crafts, food and woolly worm races.
Barks & Brew
The Dog Bar, Charlotte
October 17, 2:00pm-6:00pm
Fun-filled event for the entire family – including your pups! Food by Revolution Pizza. Great vendors with fun stuff. Pumpkin carving contest, drink specials, microchipping, live music and raffles.
Sardis Forest Neighborhood – First Annual 5k Family fun run/walk
Join us for a fun, family morning beginning with our 5k run/walk starting at 8:30 AM. Stay and walk with your family on the 1 mile walk starting at 9:15 AM. A pancake breakfast to end your walk is the best way to start the day! (a family donation for the breakfast is welcomed!) Registration the day of the event is allowed for an additional fee. Strollers are welcome! Children who participate in the fun run will receive a ribbon. There will be lots of activities for children: Jump castle, Face painting, Balloon animals, Karate demonstration, and more! 5K Fee (includes t-shirt), $15 per person with a $40 family cap. The cap includes three t-shirts. 1 Mile Fee (includes t-shirt), $10 per person with a $35 family cap. The cap includes four t-shirts. Please feel free to enter both races. Childcare will also be provided for a flat fee of $4 per family so moms and dads can race! Questions? Call Candler Tindall @ 704-644-2525 for more details and registration information.