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Though there isn't a bad time to visit the Queen City, the best times are spring and fall when the weather is mild and the heat isn't unbearable as it sometimes is during the peak of summer. Every May, travelers and residents alike flood the city to attend the PGA Tour's Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Country Club where, in the past, ProAm ticket holders have watched as Charlotte Bobcats owner Michael Jordan teed off alongside Tiger Woods. Also in May is the Coca-Cola 600, one of NASCAR's premier races held at Charlotte Motor Speedway. In the fall, expect yet another NASCAR race with the Bank America 500 as well as the always popular Blues, Brews & BBQ festival, a delicious coupling of barbecue and beer.
There's really not a bad time to visit Charlotte. Winter brings holiday celebrations, spring is filled with garden tours and cultural performances, and summer is packed with warm-weather fun in the city's parks and nearby lakes. However, fall—and specifically the months of September and October—may be the best time to visit the city.
In addition to the months being full of sunny, early autumn days, they're also filled with fun festivals. If you're planning your trip now, consider these five the top ones to hit:
Yiasou Greek Festival: One of the city's favorites, this festival is held at the Greek Orthodox Church in Dilworth and offers the opportunity to soak in Greek culture—and eat excessive amounts of sweet and honey-drenched homemade baklava.
Blues, Brews & BBQ: You'd be hard pressed to find a city that enjoys beer and barbecue more than Charlotte. At this festival regional 'cue joints compete for the best pulled pork and breweries offer samples of their beers, all set to the tune of the blues.
Charlotte Sunset Jazz Festival: SouthPark's Sympony Park offers this free festival in its lakeside amphitheater. Pack a picnic and settle in for an evening of smooth jazz.
Festival in the Park: This long running fesitval is held in Freedom Park and hosts booths featuring local arts, crafts, musicians, artists, and fare. Spend an afternoon meandering alongside the lake and checking out the offerings.
Charlotte Oktoberfest: With the boom in North Carolina breweries, this festival has taken off in recent years. Tickets often sell out so you'll want to buy them early and plan to spend the day sipping on some of the region's best beers.