Popular festivals, events that have been canceled because of COVID-19 concerns

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — As COVID-19 cases continue to surge in the Charlotte area, many popular events are being impacted. Here’s a list of festivals and shows that have been canceled or postponed because of the pandemic.

Taylorsville Apple Festival

The 32nd annual Taylorsville Apple Festival scheduled for Oct. 16 has been canceled.

Cleveland County Fair

The Cleveland County Fair was set to run Sept. 30 - Oct. 10.

Carolina BalloonFest

The 2021 Carolina BalloonFest scheduled for Oct. 15-17 has been canceled for the second year in a row.

Cabarrus County Fair

The fair was scheduled to take place Sept. 10-18, but has been canceled. The dates for next year are Sept. 9-17, 2022.

Cheerwine Festival

In January, organizers were hopeful to host an in-person event when they pushed the date from May 15 to Sept. 18, but on Aug. 30 it was announced that the 2021 event would be canceled.

WNC Bigfoot Festival

Organizers of the annual WNC Bigfoot Festival, which was originally scheduled for Sept. 17-18 in Marion, have postponed the event until May 27-28, 2022.

Charlotte SHOUT! Festival

The Charlotte SHOUT! festival originally scheduled for Sept. 17 - Oct. 3 has been postponed until 2022.

Charlotte Pride Festival

The Charlotte Pride Festival and Concert originally scheduled for Sept. 17-18 have been postponed until Oct. 16. The Charlotte Pride Parade will proceed as originally scheduled on Oct. 24 in uptown.

Garth Brooks at Bank of America Stadium

Garth Brooks announced that he was canceling five fall tour dates, which included his Sept. 25 stop at Bank of America Stadium.

Hickory Oktoberfest

The festival, which celebrates the city’s German heritage, was originally scheduled for Oct. 8-10, but has been canceled.

Mallard Creek BBQ

For the second straight year, organizers have decided to cancel the annual Mallard Creek BBQ, traditionally held on the fourth Thursday in October.

Matthews Alive

The Matthews Alive Labor Day festival was canceled for the second year in a row. The festival was originally scheduled for Sept. 3-6.

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