Pregnancy-Friendly Fall Events in Charlotte
We live in an amazing city during the autumn season because there is so much happening every weekend. There are pumpkin patches, festivals and chili cook-offs galore! And just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on the fun.
“We know that a lot of events involve pumpkin-filled beers, spiked apple cider and wine tastings, but we found so many things that are pregnant-friendly that you will be booked almost every weekend in the fall,” says Lisa Wilson, a physician with Novant Health Providence OB/GYN.
Carolina Renaissance Festival: Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 29 - Nov. 18
This year marks the 25th anniversary for the family-friendly Carolina Renaissance Festival. It’s a place where fantasy and history collide, plus who doesn’t love to dress up in Renaissance attire?
(Source: Carolina Renaissance Festival Facebook)
There are several stages where you can watch music, dance and circus performances. Or you can take a walk around the market where vendors will be selling home decor, jewelry and handmade art and pottery.
Oh, and did we forget to mention, this year there will be a Living Mermaid exhibit where you can watch a mermaid swimming around in a 30,000 lb. aquarium.
Tickets at the door at $25 for adults, $15 for kids ages 5-12.
Whitewater Centers’ Fall Festival: Oct. 5 - 6
Head to the U.S. National Whitewater Center for their annual Fall Festival.
Several yoga classes will let you get your exercise on, the Whitewater Film Series will be showing a movie or you can listen to live music right next to the rushing rapids.
But the main event will be the BYOB… Build Your Own Boat… competition. This is always an entertaining activity to watch! The participants create their own boat and then put them to the test with a ride down the Whitewater River.
Hola Charlotte Festival: Oct. 6
The Hola Charlotte Festival is the largest Hispanic Heritage event in Charlotte that highlights Latin American culture. It showcases the heritage of 15 Latin American countries right in the heart of Uptown Charlotte.
Come join in the Latin American Art Street Show where you will see local artists, cultural dance performances, Zumba demonstrations and, of course, plenty of delicious Latin American food for you to feast on. We believe your little one growing inside of you will appreciate that good food, too!
Carolina Balloonfest: Oct. 19 - 21
Now you will have to travel a little farther outside of Charlotte for this, but believe us, it’s worth the drive!
The Carolina Balloonfest in Iredell County has been around for 45 years and brings tens of thousands of people to the area.
(Source: Carolina BalloonFest Facebook)
Pilots bring their hot air balloons and have a beautiful weekend of mass lift-offs, competitions, tethered rides and hot air balloon flights. There is also the Saturday night balloon glow that has become a wonderful tradition for the Carolina Balloonfest.
Ticket prices vary depending on when you go, but kids 12 and under are admitted free.
GUTS - Pumpkin Carver Battle: Oct. 27
You will never look at a Halloween pumpkin carving the same way after you go to this competition.
Teams and individuals have 90 minutes to carve the best pumpkin they can in the GUTS Pumpkin Carver Battle. While they’re carving, you can go around and judge which you like best and submit your vote for the “People’s Choice.”
(Source: GUTS Charlotte website)
The event takes place at BB&T Ballpark and helps to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Tickets are $10 with free admission for children 12 and under.
Dilworth South End Chili Cook-Off: Nov. 11
Chili and fall go together like pickles and ice cream (well at least to a pregnant lady)!
The Dilworth South End Chili Cook-Off has become a fun tradition where restaurants and amateurs show off their chili-making skills. You can sample dozens of different chilis and then you get to help decide the winner!
The event takes place in the Design Center parking lot in South End. Proceeds from the event benefit the Alzheimer’s Association, Second Harvest Food Bank, The Charlotte Fire Department and Parkinson Association of the Carolinas.
Tickets are $12 with children 12 and under eating chili for free!
On top of all the events, don’t forget there are several pumpkin patches around the Charlotte area and apple picking orchards that can keep you nice and busy during the fall while you wait for your little one to arrive!
If you know of any other fun fall events around Charlotte, you can share it on our Facebook page.
We can help you from pregnancy confirmation to post-delivery care. Please call our Providence office at 704-372-4000, our Steelecroft office at 704-384-7900 or our SouthPark office at 704-372-4000. We look forward to serving you and your baby during your pregnancy.