Mark your calendars: 19 must-do events this September, including the Mad About Modern and Dilworth home tours, Mecktoberfest and the Yiasou Greek Festival

Mark your calendars: 19 must-do events this September, including the Mad About Modern and Dilworth home tours, Mecktoberfest and the Yiasou Greek Festival
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Here are the events and activities you can’t miss this September – chronologically, so you can hit them all. See you out there, and don’t forget to show us what you’re doing via #cltagenda.

Labor Day Celebration

August 31-September 2 | U.S. National Whitewater Center | Free admission ($6 to park, activities a la carte) | Details

Why you should go: In addition to the Labor Day Trail Race and the Dry Tri, the weekend’s activities also include yoga, live music and fireworks.

Bearden Birthday Bash

September 1 | Romare Bearden Park | 7-10 p.m. | Free admission | Details

Why you should go: Celebrate Charlottean and artist Romare Bearden’s 107th birthday with a night of jazz by saxophonist Shableek and violinist Ken Ford, plus family-friendly activities and plenty of local food and drink for purchase.

Belk College Kickoff Game

September 1 | Bank of America Stadium | 3:30 p.m. | $74-$228+ | Tickets

Why you should go: West Virginia will take on Tennessee to mark the start of college football season. When buying tickets, note that West Virginia will be the away team (located on the North Sideline and East Endzone) and Tennessee will be the home team (located on the South Sideline and West Endzone).

uptown from bank of america stadium

1st Anniversary Blow Out Music & Beer Festival

September 1-2 | Resident Culture Brewing Company | $10 | Details

Why you should go: Expect special bottle and can releases, an extensive live music lineup, food trucks and more at this anniversary celebration.

41st Annual Yiasou Greek Festival

September 6-9 | Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral | $3 | Details

Why you should go: Everyone’s favorite festival is back with its staple marketplace, baklava sundaes, pastries and various Greek foods. Once you’re stuffed and broke, check out the Hellenic exhibits, live music and dancing, art and more.

Charlotte 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb

September 8 | Duke Energy Building | 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. | $45-$50 | Register

Why you should go: Honor the servicemen and women that gave their lives on September 11 with this 110-story climb, the equivalent of climbing the World Trade Center.


2018 Topgolf Tour

September 8 | Topgolf | 8 a.m. | $85-$170 | Details

Why you should go: Compete in this two-person team competition for a chance at an all-expenses-paid trip to compete in the Tour Championship in Las Vegas where the grand prize is a $50,000 cash prize.

Savor 7th

September 8 | 7th Street Public Market | 7-9 p.m. | $35 | Tickets

Why you should go: Each ticket includes samples from each of the Market’s vendors, plus two drink tickets, a Friends of the Market membership and $5 voucher for a future visit.


Dilworth Home Tour 2018

September 14-15 | throughout Dilworth | $25-$30 | Details

Why you should go: Tour seven gorgeous homes and gardens during one of the city’s oldest and best home tours before enjoying half-price glasses of wine at Bonterra with your ticket. 

Pumpkin Fest 2018

September 15 | Sycamore Brewing | 12-10 p.m. | Free admission | Details

Why you should go: Celebrate the return of all things fall – namely pumpkin – with a lineup of the brewery’s seasonal fall beers, including the popular Gourd Have Mercy, food trucks and live music on two stages.

Woofstock 2018

September 15 | NoDa Brewing Company | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | $5 | Details

Why you should go: NoDa Brewing is pulling out all the stops for the 10th annual Woofstock celebration with over a dozen vendors, a silent auction, food trucks and on-site rescues with adoptable dogs. A $5 donation at the door earns attendees a free beer.

Reese Witherspoon: Whiskey in a Teacup Tour

September 19 | Belk Theater | 7:30 p.m. | $59+ | Tickets

Why you should go: Join the star for an intimate look into her world, which somehow effortlessly fuses southern style with Hollywood glam. During the conversation, moderated by author Curtis Sittenfield, you’ll hear about how being raised in the south impacts her life and has made her who she is today.

Festival in the Park

September 21-23 | Freedom Park | Free admission | Details

Why you should go: Back for its 54th year, the outdoor festival will include music, art and more, like face painting and DIY stations, for attendees to enjoy. 


September 21-23 | Olde Mecklenburg Brewery | Free admission | Details

Why you should go: Celebrate the return of OMB’s popular fall beer, Mecktoberfest, with traditional food, live music by German bands and authentic food such as Pork Schnitzel and Currywurst. Kids and dogs welcome.


Vintage Market Days of Charlotte

September 21-23 | Park Expo & Conference Center | $5-$10 | Tickets

Why you should go: This upscale market with a vintage-heavy feel will see plenty of vendors offering up the best in antiques, clothing, jewelry and more. 

8th Annual Stiletto Sprint

September 22 | SouthPark Mall | 8 a.m. | $15-$30 | Details

Why you should go: Walk, run or dash approximately 70 yards in your best pair of stilettos to raise funds and awareness for ovarian cancer research at Levine Cancer Institute (heels optional).

stiletto sprint boys

Mad About Modern Home Tour

September 29 | throughout SouthPark | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | $20-$30 | Details

Why you should go: See inside 7 of the coolest mid-century modern homes in SouthPark, all of which were built in the 50s and 60s with style staples, on this self-guided tour. Read more and see the homes in this Agenda story.

Photo by Dustin Peck

Isabella Santos Foundation 5K for Kids Cancer

September 29 | Ballantyne Corporate Park | 8 a.m. | $20-$45 | Details

Why you should go: Come together to raise funds and awareness for pediatric cancer research and local charities during this family-oriented 5K, 10K and fun run. Stick around for a kids zone with games, face painting, a jump house and more.

International Festival

September 29 | UNC Charlotte | 10 a.m. | Free admission | Details

Why you should go: In addition to music and dance from a variety of nations throughout the day, a collection of 50+ marketplace-style booths manned by the college’s international students will have goods and food from countries all over the world for sale. 

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