Here are some great fall activities that you, your friends and family might enjoy in 2016. Most of these are in the Lake Norman area but not all. Some were just too good not to include!
Sept 9 – Nov 5 Amazing Maize Maze – Huntersville – www.ruralhill.net
The Amazing Maize Maze offers a seven-acre labyrinth featuring more than two miles of interconnecting paths. Visitors can also explore the historic site, take a hayride around the farm, play a round of corn-hole, picnic, hike the trails and pick up a pumpkin (October).
October 21 4:00-8:00 – Huntersville – www.ruralhill.net – Fireworks Spooktakular – Fireworks will begin around 7:15
Sept. 23rd & 24th – Denver Days – Rescue Squad Park, across from Lincoln Charter School www.denverlakenormanrotary.com 704-405-7905
The 14th annual festival features amusement rides, live music entertainment and craft and food vendors. Admission is free but rides and food do have a cost. Denver Days is put on by the Lake Norman Rotary Club, which will use the proceeds to support East Lincoln Rescue Park.
Sept. 23rd – 25 – Festival in the Park – Freedom Park in Charlotte www.festivalinthepark.org
The 53rd annual Festival in the Park is a three-day event to celebrate art, fun and music. More than 180 artists and craft vendors, six stages & family fun zone with kids activities and attractions.
Sept 30th – The Great Chili Cookoff – Iredell County Fairgrounds in Troutman www.thegreatchilicookoff.com
The ninth annual Great Chili Cook-off will feature impressive chili tastings, vendors, music and more! It’s a fun afternoon/evening that you won’t want to miss.
Sept 24th – Lake Norman Beerfest – Galway Hooker Irish Pub – 17044 Kenton Dr., Cornelius www.eventbrite.com for tickets
Who doesn’t love beer, barbecue and bands? Grab your friends and come out to Lake Norman Beerfest featuring Southern Sauce! This event features unlimited sampling of local and national brews, great music by local favorites Simplified and Blue Monday and some of the best barbecue the Carolina’s have to offer.
Oct 6 – Oct. 31 (select nights) – Scarrigan Farms – 1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy, Mooresville www.scarriganfarms.com
Get your heart pumping as Carrigan Farms in Mooresville is transformed into one of the region’s scariest haunted trails. The farm is typically open Thursday – Sunday nights. Not for children under 12. Check website for discounts. Tickets are $25 living or dead (cash or check only)
Oct 14th & 28th – Rescue Ranch Fall Fun Days – Saturdays 11-4 – 1424 Turnersburg Hwy, Statesville. www.rescueranch.com 704-768-0909
Fall Fun Days are on Saturdays in October from 11 – 4 and feature games, hay rides, hay art, pumpkin painting, scarecrow contest and a barrel train. Proceeds to benefit the Rescue Ranch.
Oct 1st – 30th – Rescue Ranch Corn Maze & Fall Fun Days – Friday & Saturday nights 6 – 10pm – 1424 Turnersburg Hwy, Statesville. www.rescueranch.com 704-768-0909
Through the month of October the lighted maze will be open Friday & Saturday nights from 7 – 10 pm. The corn maze is an added element to the Rescue Ranch Fall Fun Days. This maze is sponsored by Randy Marion Chevrolet of Statesville. Proceeds to benefit the Rescue Ranch.
Oct 7th – All-American Dog Show – Robbins Park in Cornelius 3-6 p.m. www.cornelius.org/161/all-american-dog-show
The annual dog show features a dog parade concessions and kids activities. Register for the dog contests, including best dressed, best trick, best kisser, most ear-resistable ears, best puppy eyes, cutest puppy, cutest senior and others. The $8 registration fee includes entry into two contests plus the All-American Dog contest.
Oct. 8th – Pawz Too Run – Davidson Town Green 10 am – 2 pm www.friendsoftheanimals.net
Pawz Too Run holds its sixth annual dog walk sponsored by Lake Norman Chrysler and others. The event will feature a 3k or 1.5k dog walk, dog contests with prizes, a vendor fair on health and wellness for both people and pets, animal rescues and adoptable dogs and live music and food. Proceeds will help benefit Friends of the Animals which helps homeless animals. Registration fee for the walk is $25.
Oct 7th – 8th – Fall Finale – US National Whitewater Center www.usnwc.org
The Whitewater Center presents the Fall Finale to close out the 2016 River Jam concert series. The festival includes build your own boat competition and race, as well as the Dirty Dozen Obstacle Trail Race – a 12k and 5k course featuring cargo-net climbs, monkey bars, rings and other obstacles. The race begins at 7:30 Saturday. Guests can enjoy musical performances from Billy Strings, Yonder Mountain String Band and more.
Oct 15th – Festival of Food Trucks – downtown Mooresville – 5 – 8:30 pm
Walk through downtown and take part in the festival of food trucks. Listen to music, explore the shops and bring a chair to relax in the street and stay awhile.
Oct 15th – Huntersville Fall Festival – Barnette Elementary School, 13659 Beatties Ford Rd., Charlotte – 10am – 4pm www.huntersvillefallfest.com
Featuring over a dozen food trucks, 50+ craft and artisan booths, Children’s area, pumpkin patch, hayrides and pony rides. Make your own scarecrow and much more! All day live entertainment provided by Vinyl Pl.
October 21 – 22 – Ghost Walk Haunted Trail – Latta Plantation – 5225 Sample Rd., Huntersville 7-10 pm www.lattaplantation.org
The grounds at Latta Plantation will be transformed into a gloomy, haunted sight as visitors wind through the dark forest, spooky barn and haunted house. Not suggested for children under 8. Admission is $10.
October 21-23 Statesville Balloon Fest www.Carolinasbaloonfest.com
Save on early bird tickets through 9-15-16.
See the beautiful hot air balloons, take a ride in one, enjoy wine & craft beer tasting, visit the artisan village & marketplace, learn about hot air balloons enjoy live entertainment!
Oct 22nd – Halloween Fun – Rural Hill – 4431 Neck Rd., Huntersville 11 am – 2 pm – www.ruralhill.net
Rural Hill will host The Town of Huntersville Halloween event, including children’s games, arts and crafts, vendors, bounce house, pumpkin patch, face painting, live music, costume contest and more.
Oct 22nd – Trick or Treat – Downtown Mooresville shops (Main St), Mooresville 3:00 – 5:00 – www.downtownmooresville.com
Kids can enjoy a fun night out in downtown Mooresville as businesses hand out candy, dress up and welcome the community. Thousands of pieces of candy will be handed out.
Oct 29th – All Hallows Eve – Latta Plantation – 5225 Sample Rd., Huntersville 10 am – 2 pm www.lattaplantation.org
Enjoy a family friendly Halloween celebration, including trick-or-treating, kids’ games, pumpkin painting, face painting, storytelling, crafts, costume contests and history of the holiday. Admission is $8 for adults and $7 for students, children 5 and under are free.
Oct 30th – The Georgia Autumn Special – Carolina Transportation Museum – http://nctrans.org/Events/Autumn-Rails-Excursions.aspx
Train leaves The NC Transportation Museum in Spencer and travels to Toccoa, GA. Nestled in the foothills of the Southern Appalachian Mountains, the historic town will be bustling with activity during the 40th Annual Harvest Festival. Passengers will depart for 3 hours to enjoy the festival which features handmade, handcrafted and home grown items from more than 200 vendors as well as delicious regional foods, lie entertainment, children and youth activities, buggy rides and much more. Toccoa Falls, names for the Cherokee word “Toccoah” meaning beautiful is a must see. Located on the campus of Toccoa College, the 186 foot falls are 26 feet taller than Niagara Falls. Shuttle busses will be making a continuous loop between downtown Toccoa and Toccoa Falls. Departing Toccoa at 3 pm the train will arrive back in Spencer at 8 pm. Enjoy views along the way only available by train and during leaf season!
Oct 30th – Southern Flair Bridal Affair – The Charles Mack Center in Mooresville – www.southernflairbride.com
Getting married or know someone who is? Come check out this event featuring dozens of local wedding vendors, door prizes given away every 30 minutes and pre-register for your chance to win a free wedding venue!
Nov 5th – Mac N Cheese Cookoff – Ada Jenkins Center, Davidson – 11:30 – 2:00 www.adajenkins.org
The Ada Jenkins Center will present the inaugural Mac N’ Cheese Cookoff. Proceeds from the event will benefit the center, which provides a wide range of community services for those in need in the area.
Nov. 5th – Pumpkin Fest – Downtown Statesville 10 am – 5 pm – www.statesvillepumpkinfest.com
The 14th annual Statesville, Pumpkin Fest, located in historic downtown Statesville, will feature fun activities for all ages. There will be a kids’ zone, fall-themed games and rides, art and craft exhibitors, a variety of food booths and three entertainment stages. The festival also features a cornhole tournament, a pumpkin pie-eating contest and the Pumpkin Fest 5k and fun run.
Nov 5th – Folk Life Festival – Latta Plantation – 5225 Sample Rd., Huntersville www.lattaplantation.org
Nov 12th – 13th – Sheepdog Trials – Rural Hill – 10am – 5pm – 4431 Neck Rd., Huntersville – www.ruralhill.net/sheepdogtrials.asp
The annual sheepdog trials will feature dog competitions, North Carolina wine and beer, food vendors, history demonstrations, kids’ activities and more. Tickets $11 for adults and $7.50 for children.