Mark your calendar with these October must-dos

October’s 5 Essential Dates

Oct. 1
Every Saturday and Sunday this month, you can step back in time at the annual Carolina Renaissance Festival. From 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every weekend, immerse yourself in 16th-century culture with live entertainment, feasting, music, dancing, jousting tournaments, games, rides, and more. Located at 16445 Poplar Tent Road in Huntersville. Cost is $14 for children, ages 5-12, and $24 for adults.

Oct. 4
Enjoy a night of art, food, and cocktails at the Mint Museum Uptown during Taste of the Mint. Assistant Curator of Craft, Design, and Fashion Rebecca Elliot will lead attendees through the special exhibition highlighting costume designs by the Tony Award-winning William Ivey Long. Cost is $40 for non-members and $30 for members. Registration closes at 5 p.m. Oct. 3.

Oct. 7
Support local breast cancer awareness and research by getting involved with Susan G. Komen’s Annual Race for the Cure in uptown Charlotte. There will be a survivor’s breakfast early in the morning, a 5K run/walk, a 1K run/walk, and kid’s fun zone. Register as a team or as an individual. Cost in advance is $35 for adults, $15 for children.

Oct. 14
Celebrate Halloween early with the 2017 Charlotte Bone Bash. Hosted by the Arthritis Foundation, this costume party will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres, music, dancing, entertainment, and a silent auction. Proceeds support the foundation’s research, advocacy, and public health programs. Event starts at 7 p.m. at Carmel Country Club, 4735 Carmel Road. Tickets cost $75 for singles and $140 for couples.

Oct. 14
Experience culture from around the world without paying for a plane ticket. UNC Charlotte is hosting its 42nd-annual International Festival on campus at 9201 University City Blvd. Booths showcasing art, crafts, and costumes from more than 50 countries will be on display from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., along with music, dancing, and shows presented on indoor and outdoor stages. Free to attend and fun for all ages.