25 Events to Know in Charlotte: October 2022
Theatre, live music, festivals, and more
Disney On Ice: Frozen & Encanto
You have nine chances to see the characters of Frozen and Encanto, together in one show, take the ice in Charlotte for performances derived from the popular Disney films.
Sept. 29-Oct. 2. Bojangles Coliseum
Tickets start at $20, ticketmaster.com
Blue’s Clues & You! Live Tour
Enjoy Broadway-style song and dance as you help Josh solve Blue’s clues so he can host a theater show. Catered to ages 2 to 7.
Oct. 4, 6 p.m. Ovens Auditorium
Tickets start at $32, ticketmaster.com
This Broadway musical follows a Russian orphan with amnesia as she seeks to unravel the mystery of her past.
Oct. 11-16. Ovens Auditorium
Tickets start at $25, carolinatix.org
The Crown Live!
A parody of the popular Netflix show, The Crown Live! reimagines Elizabeth Windsor’s transformation into Elizabeth II, with 80 minutes of “frenetic hat-passing, period accents, and corgi impressions.”
Oct. 18-23. Stage Door Theater
Tickets start at $34.50, carolinatix.org
Dear Evan Hansen
The winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album, Dear Evan Hansen is a deeply personal, contemporary Broadway musical about a high school senior with social anxiety who desperately wants to fit in.
Oct. 25-30. Belk Theater
Tickets start at $34.50, carolinatix.org
Alice In Chains & Benjamin + Bush
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 5:30 p.m. PNC Music Pavilion. Tickets start at $25, livenation.com
Thursday, Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m. Bojangles Coliseum. Tickets start at $39.50, ticketmaster.com
Friday, Oct. 7, 8 p.m. Bojangles Coliseum. Tickets start at $44, ticketmaster.com
Judah & the Lion
Sunday, Oct. 9, 8 p.m. The Fillmore. Tickets start at $37.50, livenation.com
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 8:30 p.m. Belk Theater. Tickets start at $35, carolinatix.org
Thursday, Oct. 20, 8 p.m. Spectrum Center. Tickets start at $69.50, ticketmaster.com
Friday, Oct. 21, 8 p.m. Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre. Tickets start at $40.50, livenation.com
Saturday, Oct. 22, 8 p.m. PNC Music Pavilion. Ticket prices vary, livenation.com
Saturday, Oct. 22, 8 p.m. The Fillmore. Tickets: $27.50, livenation.com
Saturday, Oct. 22, 8 p.m. Belk Theater. Tickets start at $49.50, carolinatix.org
Travis Tritt & Chris Janson
Sunday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m. Bojangles Coliseum. Tickets start at $30, ticketmaster.com
Greta Van Fleet
Friday, Oct. 28, 7 p.m. Spectrum Center. Tickets start at $49.50, ticketmaster.com
Saturday, Oct. 29, 8 p.m. The Underground. Tickets start at $22, livenation.com
Breakaway Music Festival
This traveling, multi-genre music festival tailors each location’s headliners to its market. For its fifth year in Charlotte, they include Illenium, Tiësto, The Kid Laroi, and Quinn XCII.
Friday-Saturday, Sept. 30-Oct. 1
zMAX Dragway, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord. Tickets start at $79, breakawayfestival.com
Carolina Renaissance Festival
Hear ye, hear ye! Lords and ladies, taketh thy derrieres to the make-believe Village of Fairhaven and party like it’s 1399. Thou wilt discover 25 acres filled with music, theater, comedy, food and drink, arts and crafts, artisan demonstrations, games, rides, and more. Huzzah!
Saturdays & Sundays from Oct. 1-Nov. 20
9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville.
Tickets start at $32 for ages 13 and up, carolina.renfestinfo.com
Charlotte Dragon Boat Race and Asian Festival
Teams from Charlotte and beyond will board slender boats shaped like mythical, fire-breathing reptiles and race across Lake Norman. The Asian Festival includes a cultural heritage showcase, retail vendors, food, live music, dance performances, and more.
Saturday, Oct. 8
11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ramsey Creek Park, Cornelius. Free, charlottedragonboat.com
If you haven’t had enough inflation, the 47th annual Carolina BalloonFest will release hot air balloons in all shapes and colors. Expect morning and afternoon launches, tethered balloon rides, a wine and beer garden, live music, food, craft vendors, a kids zone, and more. It won’t let you down.
Friday-Sunday, Oct. 14-16
260 Hangar Drive, Statesville.
Tickets start at $10, carolinaballoonfest.com
Hola Charlotte Festival
The 10th installment of this annual Latino heritage celebration will showcase Latin culture and traditions with a cultural village, music, dance, food and drink, art, family activities, and more.
Saturday, Oct. 15
Tryon Street, uptown.
BayHaven Food & Wine Festival
For the second year, BayHaven Restaurant Group (Leah & Louise, Uptown Yolk) owners Greg and Subrina Collier will host a festival to celebrate Black foodways. The five-day festival kicks off with a carnival and hosts events with celebrated Black chefs and industry members.
Camp North End and various locations.
Tickets start at $75, bayhavenfoodandwine.com
Nonprofit Sustain Charlotte’s annual fundraiser sends bicyclists with “passports” on a two-wheeled scavenger hunt to local businesses. There, they pick up stamps and learn about bike safety. At the after-party at Triple C Brewing in South End, they exchange the stamps for raffle tickets and chances to win prizes.
Sunday, Oct. 30
Triple C Brewing Co.
Tickets start at $25, sustaincharlotte.org/biketoberfest