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Great weather most months and a city full of neighborhood pockets and parks means that Charlotte has many festivals throughout the year. On almost any weekend—especially in the fall—you’re likely to find some sort of festival serving up a taste of the local culture. Here are three not to miss.
Yiasou Greek Festival
Located at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in the inviting Dilworth neighborhood, this family-friendly festival has been a favorite in Charlotte since 1987. More than 30,000 people attend the annual festival, where you’ll find exhibits and demos on Greek heritage from dancing to crafts. Of course, the real reason to go is for the festival’s famed sweet and goeey baklava. (Sept. 13-16)
Time Warner Cable BBQ and Blues Festival
North Carolina is serious about its barbecue and no place is that more evident than this annual fest kicking off the fall season. In addition to the state’s favorite pork product, you’ll also find cold brews, games, and other local fare (think slushies made from locally grown apples). Spend an evening listening to the tunes while you indulge. (Oct. 17-19)
Festival in the Park
One of Charlotte’s longest running festivals, this weekend event draws more than 150,000 annual visitors to Freedom Park. Here, hundreds of artists show off and their wares, as performances take place around the park’s lake throughout the fest. (Sept. 20-22)