Things to Do in Charlotte in October

Through Nov. 24 Carolina Renaissance Festival

Time travel to the Renaissance era at the Carolina Renaissance Festival and experience jousting knights, food, games, rides and costumes.

Through Oct. 27 SCarowinds

Enjoy this terrifying theme park transformation as Carowinds turns into the haunted nightmare event SCarowinds. Experience the thrill of their amazing rides, attractions and shows with a Halloween twist, as more than 500 monsters will be lurking at night and are dying to meet you. SCarowinds is available Friday and Saturday nights through Sunday in October and lasts until 1 am on Oct. 19 and 26.

Oct. 18-20 Carolina BalloonFest

Travel to Statesville for the Carolina BalloonFest and check “riding in a hot air balloon” off of the bucket list.

Oct. 19 South End Wine Festival

A ticket to this festival includes wine, beer, cider, live music and access to food trucks.

Oct. 26 Queen City OktoberFEST

Queen City OktoberFEST features homemade crafts and local vendors, along with food, performances and games.