25 Events to Know in Charlotte: October 2022

Theatre, live music, festivals, and more
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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

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Alice In Chains & Benjamin + Bush
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 5:30 p.m. PNC Music Pavilion. Tickets start at $25, livenation.com  

Kevin Gates
Thursday, Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m. Bojangles Coliseum. Tickets start at $39.50, ticketmaster.com 

Carin León
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  

Regina Spektor
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

Demi Lovato
Friday, Oct. 21, 8 p.m. Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre. Tickets start at $40.50, livenation.com   

Stevie Nicks
Saturday, Oct. 22, 8 p.m. PNC Music Pavilion. Ticket prices vary, livenation.com   

Hippo Campus
Saturday, Oct. 22, 8 p.m. The Fillmore. Tickets: $27.50, livenation.com

Ray LaMontagne
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

Mac Sabbath
Saturday, Oct. 29, 8 p.m. The Underground. Tickets start at $22, livenation.com

Carolina Renaissance Festival


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

Carolina BalloonFest
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
12-6 p.m.
Tryon Street, uptown.
Free, holacharlottefestival.com 

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.
Oct. 19-23
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
12:30-6:30 p.m.
Triple C Brewing Co.
Tickets start at $25, sustaincharlotte.org/biketoberfest

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