What's new in Charlotte, North Carolina this fall

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Nov. 4, 2022) – Consistently celebrated as the top travel destination in the Carolinas, Charlotte is an urban haven waiting to be explored with new dining experiences, can’t-miss musical talents and the return of annual holiday celebrations. While it’s impossible to include everything on one list in such a dynamic city, there are at least 45 cool things to do this season. New culinary hotspots open with innovative and eclectic menus, diverse musical talent elevate events and longstanding holiday traditions take over starting in mid-November, making it easy to fall in love with the Queen City.


A creative haven for foodies in the Southeast, the latest openings continue to highlight the innovation coming out of the collaborative Charlotte culinary community. The ever-evolving food and beverage landscape comes from the creative minds of emerging and trusted chefs, expert mixologists, well-established restauranters, international chefs and more.


Opened: September 2022

Location: West Charlotte

Concept: Ethically traded, locally roasted coffee beans, monthly book clubs, wellness and community events, vintage inspired posters and first edition books are a small sampling of what you can find at this Black owned coffee shop.

Bonterra Café, Coffee and Wine Bar

Opened: September 2022

Location: SouthPark

Concept: Fresh, local and delicious, the Bonterra experience includes robust wine and coffee lists and build-your-own spreads, cheese and charcuterie board.

Que Fresa Taqueria + Bar

Opened: October 2022

Location: Wesley Heights

Concept: A new opening from Que Hospitality and sister restaurant Que Onda Tacos, Que Fresa Taqueria + Bar menu items include tacos, burritos, bowls and Charlotte’s very first soft-serve margarita.


Opened: October 2022

Location: Plaza Midwood

Concept: The first Charlotte location for milkbread is now open in Plaza Midwood. Formerly the Dairy Queen building, the new restaurant offers a casual spot to enjoy donuts, coffee, crispy chicken, natural wines and more.


While the seasons shift, Charlotte weather remains crisp with loads of sunshine making it perfect for enjoying music throughout fall. In keeping with the ethos of the Queen City, the fall concert guide offers up something for everyone with a diverse mix of musical talent.

Ross Adams with Amigo

Date: Nov. 5, 2022

Location: The Evening Muse

Overview: An authentic Charlotte musical experience in NoDa’s beloved Evening Muse.

HBCU Culture Homecoming Fest and Battle of the Bands

Date: Nov. 6, 2022

Location: Bojangles Coliseum

Overview: Six HBCU bands from across the country battle it out with expert musicianship at the Bojangles Coliseum. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit HBCU Legacy Foundation’s scholarship fund.

Allman Family Revival

Date: Dec. 6, 2022

Location: Ovens Auditorium

Overview: Honoring the Allman Brothers Band’s unique southern sound from the 1960s and 70s, the two sons of the original band duo lead the sixth year of the Allman Family Revival at Ovens Auditorium.

Southern Soul Music Festival

Date: Dec. 10, 2022

Location: Ovens Auditorium

Overview: An unforgettable night of live music with a diverse group of artists, hosted by comedian Marvin Dixon.


The holidays are fast-approaching and beloved traditions will take over the city with joyful spirit. Several events have returned this year including Holidays at the Garden, Speedway Christmas, Charlotte Christmas Village, WinterFest at Carowinds, the newly expanded Light the Knights Festival at Truist Field and more.

Speedway Christmas

Dates: Nov. 18, 2022 – Jan. 8, 2023

Location: Charlotte Motor Speedway

Event Details: A must-visit, Southeast holiday tradition, Speedway Christmas features four million LED Christmas lights across a four-mile course, with synchronized holiday-themed music.

Ice Skating

Dates: Mid-November through mid-February

Location: U.S. Whitewater Center + Truist Field

Event Details: A unique-to-Charlotte holiday experience, the U.S. Whitewater Center converts the Upper Pond of the whitewater system into a one-of-a-kind ice-skating rink open to all ages and experience levels. Alternatively, enjoy the newly expanded “Light the Knights Festival” at Truist Field, with ice skating, snow tubing and more.

Carowinds WinterFest

Dates: Nov. 21, 2022 – Jan. 1, 2023

Location: Carowinds

Event Details: An immersive holiday event featuring the WinterFest Wonderland Parage, live entertainment, sparkling holiday décor, family-friendly experiences and activities, festive food and more.

Charlotte Christmas Village

Dates: Nov. 23 – Dec. 23, 2022

Location: Truist Field

Event Details: An outdoor market and iconic Uptown location, Charlotte Christmas Village’s 7th annual holiday event is in conjunction with the Light the Knights Festival at Truist Field.

Holidays at the Garden

Dates: Nov. 25 – Dec. 31, 2022

Location: Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Event Details: Sparkling fountains, s’more making, and glistening lights offer a fun family holiday activity, with plenty of photo opportunities.

The Singing Christmas Tree

Dates: Dec. 9-11, 2022

Location: Central Piedmont Community College – Main Campus, Halton Theater

Event Details: The 68th annual Singing Christmas Tree event is presented by Carolina Voices, with a 32 foot specially-designed tree and performing all the Christmas music favorites.

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