This month’s five essential dates.
For an authentic cultural experience, bring the whole family to the 39th-annual Yiasou Greek Festival at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Enjoy Greek cuisine, homemade pastries, and live folk dance performances. There will also be plenty for the kids, including snow cones, face painting, and carnival rides. Festival hours are: 11a.m.-9 p.m. Sept. 8, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 9-10, and noon-8 p.m. Sept. 11. 600 East Blvd. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children under age 12. www.yiasoufestival.org
Take part in the Carolinas’ largest food truck rodeo—the Eat from a Truck Food Truck Festival—where over 100 local and regional vendors will serve up everything from Cajun Creole to tasty cupcakes. There will be a beer garden for adults and a rock wall, bouncy house, and obstacle courses for kids. Hosted by Budweiser, the event benefits Kids First of the Carolinas, a grassroots local nonprofit that helps children and families in need. General admission tickets are $10 and free for kids under age 10. For more information visit www.eatfromatruck.com
Head to Carowinds for some fall-themed fun that the whole family can enjoy. The Great Pumpkin Fest has Halloween attractions, mazes, and costume parades each weekend until Oct. 30. Hours are 11 a.m-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Ticket prices start at $25. Details: www.carowinds.com
Join Communities in Schools for its eighth-annual Low Country on the Green benefit night. There will be a silent auction, Southern cuisine, local brews, and live music. Enjoy the festive, relaxed, indoor/outdoor affair at the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery. Tickets are $100. Details: www.cischarlotte.org
Charlotte’s annual Festival in the Park draws thousands to Freedom Park on East Boulevard for more than 180 arts and crafts displays, as well as local food and live entertainment. This year’s event will feature aerial dance performances, opportunities for children to paint, a climbing wall, and more. Hours are 4-9:30 p.m. Sept. 23, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sept. 24, and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept 25. www.festivalinthepark.org