Looking for cool things to do in September? Here’s a quick list of the 14 top September events, ranging from the Panthers home opener to Sycamore’s Pumpkin Fest to the Lizzo concert.
Around the Crown 10K
September 1 | Romare Bearden Park | 7:04 a.m. | $10 kids, $50 adults | Details
Why you should go: This is the inaugural Around the Crown 10K where you’ll run through Uptown and a 3-mile stretch of I-277 (it’ll be shut down for the race, so cool). If running isn’t your thing, you can cheer the runners on and hang out at the after party.
USNWC Labor Day Celebration
September 1 | U.S. National Whitewater Center | All day | Free | Details
Why you should go: The day starts with a 5K or 15K trail race, followed by an afternoon of yoga and standup paddle board yoga. It all ends with with live music and fireworks. SUP Yoga is $25 and the race is $35-$47 depending on when you sign up. And if you want to soak up the last days of summer with outdoor yoga, check out Flow Fest Sept. 21-22.
Hootie & The Blowfish
September 5 | PNC Music Pavilion | 7:30 | $45-$400+ | Details
Why you should go: There’s not a better way to close out summer than with a little outdoor Hootie & The Blowfish concert. Bring your parents, siblings, friends, significant other — all the songs are ageless classics.
Yiasou Greek Festival Charlotte
September 5-8 | Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral | All day | Free | Details
Why you should go: This is one of those things that just has to be on your Charlotte bucket list. This huge festival celebrates all things Greek including music, food, pastries, dancing and more. Pro tip: Order a Baklava sundae.
1st Weekend of Pick Your Own Apples
September 6 | Windy Hill Orchard | 1 p.m. opening | Varies |Details
Why you should go: Get a head start on your fall bucket list, starting with picking apples and indulging in apple cider and doughnuts. Apples cost $5-$25.
Panthers home opener against the Los Angeles Rams
September 8 | Bank of America Stadium | 1 p.m. | $80-$443+ | Details
Why you should go: Football season is here, so cheer on the Panthers for their first regular-season game against the Los Angeles Rams. The Panthers will also take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers later this month, 8:20 p.m. on Sept. 12.
September 10-29 | Belk Theater | Varies | $30+ | Details
Why you should go: There are few things more magical than Disney shows on Broadway, so you really should carve out time to see this number. There are performances through Sept. 10-29.
September 12 | PNC Music Pavilion | 7:30 p.m. | $43-$123+ | Details
Why you should go: You can never go wrong with an outdoor country concert, and this is the last big one of the summer.
Le Creuset Factory-to-Table Sales Event
September 12 | The Park Expo and Conference Center | Varies | $10 | Details
Why you should go: The sale we’ve been waiting for is finally here, folks, so go ahead and treat yourself (and maybe knock out some holiday shopping). Here’s everything you need to know about it.
[Agenda related story: Le Creuset is bringing truckloads of discounted kitchenware to Charlotte this fall — 3,000 customers expected]
Pumpkin Fest 2019 at Sycamore!
September 14 | Sycamore | Noon | Free | Details
Why you should go: Sycamore knows its customers; we’re in fall mode, even though it’s *technically* still summer. Celebrate the season with beer, food trucks, live music and more.
Lizzo: Cuz I Love You Too Tour
September 15 | Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheater | 8 p.m. | $129 (limited tickets) | Details
Why you should go: Treat yourself to the ultimate girls night and see Lizzo perform live. This concert sold out so quickly the first time they had to move it to a bigger venue. If you want to go, snag tickets now (and feel free to take me with you).
September 21 | NoDa Brewing | 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. | $5 donation | Details
Why you should go: Expect food trucks, beer, vendors and more at the 11th annual Woofstock celebration. Bring your own pup, adopt a pup from one of the seven rescues that’ll be there or go just to see a lot of dogs. Your $5 donation gets you your first beer.
OMB’s 11th Annual Mecktoberfest
September 20-22 | OMB | 11 a.m. | Free | Details
Why you should go: Expect stein hoisting, costume contests, Hammerschlagen (the stump game), beer and more over this three-day celebration.
Guns N’ Roses
September 25 | Spectrum Center | 8 p.m. | $91-$315+ | Details
Why you should go: Calling all classic rock fans, this is your chance to see Guns N’ Roses live.
Phil Collins Still Not Dead Yet, Live!
September 29 | Spectrum Center | 8 p.m. | $50-$334+ | Details
Why you should go: The eight-time-Grammy-award-winning artist is still touring with tons of classics on his setlist. Plus, who doesn’t love the Tarzan soundtrack?
Looking for more things to do? Here’s the full Agenda calendar with over 50 big events