Fall Arts Preview

15 don’t-miss arts events this fall.

Festival in the Park

For the past 53 years, Festival in the Park has been bringing live music, local art, and great food to Charlotte natives and visitors alike. Held every year in Freedom Park, this festival is free to attend and designed to get the community engaged in the arts. From face painting to dance performances, magic shows to the Kings Drive Art Walk, Festival in the Park is a must-see for locals. This year, it’s happening Sept. 22-24. 

 

Sounds on the Square

The Blumenthal Performing Arts Center presents Sounds on the Square, a time of live music and good company. Each week will feature a different performer with a different musical style. Previous entertainers have specialized in hip hop, country rock, jazz, and classical music. Held at Spirit Square (345 N. College St.), this event is always free and starts at 7 p.m. every Friday night through Aug. 25. 

 

Charlotte Symphony Opening Night

This concert, featuring world-renowned pianist Lang Lang, kicks off the 86th season of the Charlotte Symphony. Directed by Christopher Warren-Green, the Charlotte Symphony will be playing Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto and two pieces by Strauss Jr. at Belk Theater. The performance is on Sept. 12 and starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $49 to $249. 

 

SlamCharlotte Poetry Slam

Celebrate the art of spoken word with this event, hosted by SlamCharlotte. For $10 at the McGlohon Theater, you can hear, watch, and experience the creativity of slam poetry. The current Slammaster of SlamCharlotte is ranked 13th in the world. The monthly poetry slams start on Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. 

 

The Simon & Garfunkel Story

Coming to Charlotte straight from London’s West End, The Simon & Garfunkel Story will be at the Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. Oct. 1. This concert-style theater show is critically acclaimed and has been seen by over 250,000 people around the world. Don’t miss out on their original songs, live band, and incredible video and photo projection. Tickets start at $25. 

 

Finding Neverland

Perfect for kids and adults alike, the Broadway musical Finding Neverland is coming to Charlotte’s Belk Theater. Based on the critically acclaimed film of the same name, it portrays the story of playwright J.M. Barrie’s search for inspiration and how a friendship with four young brothers and their widowed mother led to the creation of Peter Pan. Tickets start at $25, and opening night is Oct. 3. 

 

Fahrenheit 451

From the page to the stage, this theatrical adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s famous portrayal of a dystopian world is a must-see this fall. In Guy Montag’s society, books are illegal and it is his job as a fireman to burn any literature he finds. But soon he meets people who make him question what he thinks he knows, and everything changes. Three Bone Theatre presents this powerful drama at Duke Energy Theater. Tickets are $22 in advance and opening night is 8 p.m. Nov. 2. 

 

Magic & Mystery

Get ready to be astonished when you see Mat Lavore perform at the Duke Energy Theater. He specializes in swallowing needles, hypnosis, reading minds, and predicting the future. The show is recommended for ages 13 and older, and features 90 minutes of spellbinding magic. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $45 for front row. Lavore performs for one night only on Nov. 25. 

 

Fall Works

Presented by Charlotte Ballet, this year’s Fall Works explores the evolution of Charlotte Ballet. It features several talented choreographers like Johan Inger, George Balanchine, and Javier de Frutos. Each piece is exhilarating, dynamic, and game-changing. See the Charlotte Ballet dancers perform Oct. 19-21. Tickets start at $25. 

 

After the Curtain

Travis Wall got his start on “So You Think You Can Dance,” and is now touring the nation to bring you breathtaking choreography and an amazing show. Presented by Break the Floor Productions, “After the Curtain” tells the story of a man who lost his one true love and began a search for his creative voice. Tickets range from $55 to $90 for this one-night-only performance at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7. 

 

Garrison Keillor’s Prarie Home “Love & Comedy” Tour

Garrison Keillor has been performing “A Prairie Home Companion” to audiences all over the world since 1974. See the live show Sept. 14 at Belk Theater for over two hours of stories, love duets, Guy Noir, cowboys, poetic outbursts, and the famous singing intermission. Tickets start at $29.50.   

 

Jim Gaffigan Comedy Show

A comic known for his sarcasm and satire, Jim Gaffigan will appear in Charlotte this fall on his Noble Ape Tour. His comedy centers around fatherhood, laziness, his observations, and food. He’s known for being a clean comic, using little profanity during his shows, so this show is family friendly. See Jim Gaffigan Nov. 10 at the Spectrum Center. Tickets start at $35.75. 

 

Zac Brown Band Concert

Three-time Grammy Award-winning Zac Brown Band, will be in Charlotte this fall at the PNC Music Pavilion. The American country music band released a new album, “Welcome Home,” in May, and their tour of the same name brings them to the Queen City on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $45. 

 

Pottery Market Invitational

This year is the 13th-annual Pottery Market Invitational. Come to the lawn of the Mint Museum Randolph to celebrate the work of more than 50 North Carolina potters. From traditional functional pieces to contemporary sculptures, all art will be for sale. From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sept. 9, enjoy the creations of the Pottery State. Admission to the event starts at $12. 

 

Mary Poppins

Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is putting on a live musical rendition of Mary Poppins at the Imaginon’s McColl Family Theatre. With both morning and evening showings available, this musical will be a fun outing for any family. The show is recommended for kids ages 6 and up and runs from Oct. 6 to Oct. 29. Tickets start at $12. 

 

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