Can't-miss fall festivals and fairs

Can't-miss fall festivals and fairs

Fall is the season for festivals and fun in the Carolinas and there's certainly no shortage of either in the Charlotte area.

Here's a list of our favorite fairs and festivals coming up:

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Cleveland County Fair
Sept. 26 - Oct. 6 at Cleveland County Fairgrounds in Shelby
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Queen Charlotte Fair 
Oct. 4-13 at Route 29 Pavilion in Concord (across from Charlotte Motor Speedway)  
Admission: $10 adults, $5 ages 12 and younger, free ages 5 and younger; ride tickets are additional  
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Great Grapes Wine & Food Festival 
Oct. 5 at Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall, Charlotte
Admission: $29 in advance, $50 VIP
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Hops & Hogs Festival 
Oct. 5 at Rural Hill in Huntersville 
Admission: $40 
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Carolina Renaissance Festival 
Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 5 - Nov. 24 at 16445 Popular Tent Rd., in Huntersville 
Admission: $25 adults, $15 children ages 5-12, free ages 4 and younger    
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Oktoberfest
Oct. 11-13 in downtown Hickory
Admission is free
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Fall Music Fest 
Oct. 12-13 at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont 
Admission: $8 adults, $7 seniors, $4 children ages 2-12 
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South End Wine Festival 
Oct. 19 at 308 W. Carson Blvd., in Charlotte 
Admission: $40 
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Lincoln County Apple Festival 
Oct. 19 at W. Main St., in Lincolnton 
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Carolina BalloonFest 
Oct. 18-20 near Statesville Regional Airport   
Admission: $35 weekend pass, individual day tickets also available 
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North Carolina Fall Livermush Festival
Oct. 19 in downtown Shelby 
Admission is free 
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A few regional favorites:

South Carolina State Fair
Oct. 9-20 at 1200 Rosewood Drive in Columbia
Admission: $7 in advance / $10 at the gate for adults and children (ages 6-54), ride tickets are additional 
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North Carolina State Fair
Oct. 17-27 at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh 
Admission: $10 in advance / $13 at the gate for adults (ages 13-64), $5/$7 children (ages 6-12), free ages 5 and younger; ride tickets are additional    
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Woolly Worm Festival 
Oct. 19-20 in Banner Elk
Admission is free 
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Lexington Barbecue Festival 
Oct. 26 in downtown Lexington
Admission is free 
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