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2023 Charlotte Fall Arts Guide: Let’s Chill

A guide consisting of over 100 events to kick off the fall season in Charlotte

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The 2023 Charlotte Fall Arts Guide is sponsored by the Charlotte International Arts Festival. CIAF is an annual celebration of imaginative visual and performing arts from the most creative international and local minds. Seventeen days of 150 art installations and 170 free events from Sept. 15-Oct. 1. Check out our own preview of the festival here.

Two people looking at art during an exhibit at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
Exhibits are open now at Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. (Photo courtesy of Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts +Culture)

Don’t think of what we just experienced as the hottest summer of your life, think of it as the coolest summer of the rest of your life! Climate crisis jokes aside, we’ve got 100+ ways for you to slip into the chill season the right way with our annual Fall Arts Guide.

The Institutions

Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture

551 S. Tryon St.

SEEING STARS: Works from the Fischer/Shull Collection of Contemporary Art (On view now through Sept. 24)
Stephanie J. Woods: where the sun shines (On view now through Oct. 29)
my Presence is Present: interpretations of afrosurrealism from the American South (On view now through Jan. 15, 2024)
Kennedi Carter: Sight Unseen (On view Oct. 6, 2023-Jan. 15, 2024)

Sept. 19, 21, 26, + 28: Open Studio Oasis
Sept. 20: Intro to Augmented Reality
Sept. 27: DecOHde
Sept. 27: Sights and Sounds of Self-Care: Youth & Family Workshop
Oct. 18: my Presence is Present Catalog Launch & Reading

Charlotte Museum of History

3500 Shamrock Drive

Sept. 24: Independencia de Guatemala
Sept. 28: “Yes Ma’am” Mad About Modern Tour Kickoff Celebration
Sept. 29: A Taste for History D.A.R. 125th Celebration & Fundraiser
Sept. 30: 2023 Mad About Modern Home Tour
Oct. 21: Criss Cross Mango Sauce – El Día de los Muertos
Dec. 2: ¡Celebra! with Criss Cross Mangosauce: A Bilingual Family Holiday Concert

A classic car sitting in front of a mid-century modern home for the Mad About Modern Home tour by the Charlotte Museum of History
A classic car sitting in front of a mid-century modern home for the Mad About Modern Home tour by the Charlotte Museum of History. (Photo by Joshua Komer)

McColl Center for Visual Art

721 N. Tryon St.

Sept. 25: Artist Entrepreneurship: Artist Statement 101 With Jonell Logan
Oct. 21-22: Big Ink + Zine Fest

The Mint Museum – Randolph

2730 Randolph Road

Sept. 22: Members Only Preview | Walter Scott Lenox and American Belleek
Sept. 22: Potters Market at the Mint — VIP Preview Party
Sept. 23: Potters Market at the Mint
Sept. 24: Party in the Park
Oct. 5: Free Art Kits
Oct. 15: Walter Scott Lenox and American Belleek Opening Celebration
Oct. 15: Walter Scott Lenox and American Belleek Discussion
Oct. 18: Drop In Art at Mint Randolph
Nov. 1: Free Art Kits
Nov. 12: Double Feature Sunday

People gathered at Mint Museum on Randolph Road for Party in the Park
Mint Museum Randolph Party in the Park. (Photo courtesy of The Mint Museum)

The Mint Museum – Uptown

5000 N. Tryon St.

Sept. 21: ArtBreak
Oct. 6: Mint 2 Move Cultural Dance Night
Oct. 18: Mindful Looking: The Art of Seating
Dec. 9: Craft Across Continents Opening Celebration

Knight Theater

430 S. Tryon St.

Sept. 22: Leela James
Sept. 24: Project: Full Out!
Sept. 29: Angélique Kidjo
Sept. 30: This Land Is My Land: Here from Afar
Oct. 1: Toad the Wet Sprocket
Oct. 6-8: Charlotte Symphony: Beethoven’s Eroica
Oct. 9: Switchfoot
Oct. 13: St. Paul & The Broken Bones
Oct. 14: Tosco Music Party
Oct. 15: The Sound of (Black) Music
Oct. 20-22: Charlotte Symphony: Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2
Oct. 24: George Thorgood and the Destroyers
Oct. 27: Charlotte Symphony: Cody Fry Live in Concert
Nov. 3-5: Cookin’
Nov. 10-11: Charlotte Symphony: The Hot Sardines
Nov. 11: Charlotte Symphony: Sherlock Holmes and The Case of The Missing Maestro
Nov. 12: Rumours of Fleetwood Mac
Nov. 15: The 7 Fingers
Nov. 16: Brian Culberston
Nov. 25: American Girl Live!
Nov. 27: A Mowtown Christmas
Dec. 1-3: Charlotte Symphony: Handel’s Messiah
Dec. 8: Charlotte Symphony: Soulful Christmas
Dec. 10: Charlotte Symphony: A Very Thorgy Christmas
Dec. 15-17: Charlotte Symphony: Holiday Pops
Dec. 18: Tosco Music Holiday Party
Dec. 20-23: Charlotte Symphony: Cirque De Noel

Booth Playhouse

130 N. Tryon St.

Sept. 24: Sincerely, Charlotte
Sept. 30 – Oct 1: Bella Gaia
Oct. 3: Snow White
Oct. 5: TAN Made [I] US Tour
Oct. 6-7: Jazz Room Special Edition: Joshua Redman Group
Oct. 15: Misfit
Oct. 20: Mike Phillips
Oct. 21: 2023 MidAtlantic Classic
Oct. 27: Future Languages
Oct. 28: Funny Godmothers
Nov. 4-5: Sunset Boulevard
Nov. 17: Depths of Wikipedia Live!
Nov. 29: Christmas With the Petersens
Dec. 16: Noel & Maria
Dec. 18: Jim Brickman

Belk Theater

130 N. Tryon St.

Sept. 20: Charlotte Symphony: An Evening with Renée Fleming
Sept. 27-Oct 8: MJ
Oct. 11: Nurse Blake
Oct. 13: Jesus Christ Superstar
Oct. 17-22: Funny Girl
Oct. 28-Nov. 2: Opera Carolina – Pagliacci w/ Cavalleria Rusticana
Nov. 7-12: The Wiz
Nov. 17-18: Charlotte’s Symphony: Verdi’s Requiem
Nov. 21-26: Company
Dec. 2: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
Dec. 3: Sarah Brightman
Dec. 8-23: Charlotte Ballet Nutcracker

Stage Door Theater

155 N. College St.

Sept. 21-23: Tablao Flamenco
Oct. 14: Semler
Oct. 27-29: Six Chick Flicks
Nov. 4: Saxophonist Kim Waters
Dec. 2: Gina’s Annual Christmas Benefit Concert for the Salvation Army

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte

ImaginOn, 300 E. 7th St.

Sept. 22-Oct. 22: Narnia The Musical (McColl Family Theatre)
Sept. 30-Oct 1: Costume Shop Sale (Wells Fargo Playhouse)
Oct. 7-8: Tired Souls: The Montgomery Bus Boycott (Wells Fargo Playhouse)
Nov. 4-19: Life Doesn’t Frighten Me (Wells Fargo Playhouse)
Nov. 17-Dec 22: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever: The Musical (McColl Family Theatre)
Nov. 30-Dec 2: Winter Wonderland Shop (Wells Fargo Playhouse)

Photo of actors from 2022-23 season of the Best Christmas Pageant Ever by the Children's Theatre of Charlotte
The Herdman’s are back for Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s favorite holiday tradition “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever the Musical.” Photo of actors from 2022-23 season. (Photo by John Merrick)

Charlotte Ballet II

Oct. 5-28: Breaking Boundaries w/ Ohad Naharin

Between July 3-December 13, Charlotte Ballet is offering a new session of free weekly drop-in classes. All the classes are sponsored by Culture Blocks, and the classes are open to all ages and skill levels.

Dance For All Abilities
Mondays through Dec. 11, 1-2 p.m.
Marion Diehl Recreation Center, 2219 Tyvola Road
This class will be virtual AND in-person beginning September 11

Senior Dance Class
Tuesdays through Dec. 12, 12-1 p.m.
Sugaw Creek Recreation Center, 943 W. Sugar Creek Road

Fitness Dance Class
Wednesdays through Dec. 13, 6-7 p.m.
Berewick Recreation Center, 5910 Dixie River Road

A promo image for The Wizard of Oz by Theater Charlotte showing a woman looking up and off into the distance
A promo image of The Wizard of Oz by Theatre Charlotte (Photo courtesy of Theatre Charlotte)


Theatre Charlotte

501 Queens Road

Sept. 8-24: The Wizard of Oz
Oct. 27- Nov. 13: Baskerville

Three Bone Theatre

The Arts Factory at West End Studios, 1545 W. Trade St.

Nov. 3-18: The Lehman Trilogy

Matthews Playhouse

Fullwood Theatre, 100 E. McDowell St., Matthews

Sept. 22-24: Speakeasy
Oct. 13-22: Disney’s Finding Nemo Jr.
Dec. 8-17: Scrooge! The Musical

Brand New Sheriff Productions

The Parr Center at CPCC, 1201 Elizabeth Ave. 

Sept. 29-Oct. 1: For the Love of Harlem

Charlotte’s Off Broadway

VAPA Center, 700 N. Tryon St.

Nov. 2-19: THANKSGIVING: 2016

Cain Center for the Arts

21348 Catawba Ave., Cornelius

Sept. 23: Stewart/Owen Dance
Sept. 29: The Steel Wheels
Oct. 6: Kathy Mattea
Oct. 13: Jeff Allen
Oct. 14: Charlotte Symphony Orchestra
Oct. 21: Call of the Wild
Oct. 28: Eric Jones
Nov. 3: Chatham County Line
Nov. 4-5: Trey McLaughlin & the Sounds of Zamar
Nov. 11: Mitch Rossell
Nov. 18: Mike Farris & The Fortunate Few
Dec. 9: The Docksiders

Miscellaneous Events

Festival In The Park
Sept. 22-24 | Times vary | Freedom Park | Free
Festival In The Park has truly been a Charlotte staple for the last 60 years, with incredible music, art, food, and a breathtaking sight of the tent lights reflecting on the lake.

The 27th Annual Festival of India 2023
Sept. 23 | noon-8 p.m. | Uptown | $5; Free for kids under age 10
Organized by the India Association of Charlotte, the Annual Festival of India will have performances, exhibits, an art gallery, a street market, a food court, and a kid’s art pavilion.

Latin American Festival
Sept. 23 | noon | The Amp Ballantyne | Free
The 33rd annual Latin American Festival will represent over 19 countries in Latin America and returns with musical acts, savory cuisine, an authentic marketplace and more as part of the Charlotte International Arts Festival.

Charlotte Vintage Market
Sept. 24 | 11 a.m.-8 p.m. | Optimist Hall | Free
A day full of curated pieces and killer grails from 30 different vintage vendors.

Charlotte Film Festival
Sept. 27-Oct. 1 | The Independent Picture House | Prices TBD
Back for its 20th annual event, The Charlotte Film Festival continues to celebrate emerging filmmakers and enthusiasts of independent film.

Breakaway Festival 2023
Sept. 29-30 | Charlotte Motor Speedway | Prices vary
The EDM forward-based music festival is coming to Charlotte’s racetracks with a lineup featuring DeadMau5, Night Tales, Ship Wrek and Zedd

Carolina Renaissance Festival
Saturdays & Sundays, Sept. 29-Nov. 19 | 16445 Poplar Tent Road | $32
Take an autumn stroll through the wooded Village of Fairhaven where history comes alive with non-stop, day-long, immersive and interactive entertainments, and you can shop an abundance of arts and crafts in the village’s open-air Artisan Market.

The 2nd Annual BayHaven Food & Wine Festival
Oct. 4-8 | Camp North End | $65 and up
A five day celebration of Black Foodways while aiming to raise awareness of Black culinary experts and acknowledge those who leave an impact in the hospitality industry.

Hola Charlotte Festival
Oct. 7 | noon-6 p.m. | Uptown
Hola’s 11th annual festival celebrates Latin American culture with dance performances, music, cultural traditions, and learning about different cultures with different booths.

Hippie Fest
Oct. 14-15 | noon-7 p.m. | Rowan County Fairgrounds | $20-$30
Join the free-spirits with live music, bohemian shopping, a vintage hippie car show, DIY tie-dye and more at the grassroots festival that spreads peace and love.

Carolina Balloon Fest
Oct. 20 | 3-8:30 p.m.
Oct. 21 | 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
Oct. 22 | 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Statesville Regional Airport | $25-$300
Whether you’re watching or riding, enjoy the sights of hot air balloons over the rolling fields of Statesville.

Charlotte Art Collective 2023 Holiday Show
Nov. 11 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | Avondale Presbyterian Church | Free
Charlotte Art Collective’s 25 juried members display their work in a range of mediums including ceramics, fiber, glass, photography, printmaking, painting and more.

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