Fall officially began Sept. 22, ushering in the season of fairs, festivals and funnel cakes. It may feel too warm for candy apples, but that’s not stopping Charlotte Mecklenburg Library from offering a full slate of fall festivals and recommendations. Best of all? Everything we offer is free! Tap the links below for more information, including times and age ranges.
- Fall FestivaI, South County, Oct. 17
- Fall Harvest Day, ImaginOn, Oct. 23.
- Fall Festival, Mountain Island, Oct. 30.
- Fall Festival, West Boulevard, Oct. 31.
- Fall Festival, Morrison, Oct. 31.
You might not find any funnel cakes at this fair, but if you’re looking for a job or are new to the Charlotte area, we’ve got you covered, too. Our Sugar Creek branch will host a Mini-Job Fair Thursday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Our University City branch welcomes new residents to Mecklenburg County with a #WelcomeCLT Resource Fair Oct. 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Visit the Robinson-Spangler Room at Main Library or Cmstory.org for pictures of the two former county fairgrounds. Discover the history of the North Carolina State Fair in Melton McLaurin’s North Carolina State Fair or read about general state fair history in Derek Nelson’s The American State Fair. Local amusement park (and Library Summer Break partner) Carowinds opened in 1973 and offers fair-style food and amusements from May through September. Read about its history in Scott Rutherford’s Carowinds.
If you can’t make it to a festival or fair, bring the fair to you! Indulge in deep-fried Oreos or giant turkey legs from recipes in George Geary’s Fair Foods. You can also copy winning recipes in Amy Rogers’ Red Pepper Fudge and Blue Ribbon Biscuits (available for in-library use only in the Robinson-Spangler Room).
Roller coaster fans may stream Physics of Amusement Park Rides and Modern Marvels’ Roller Coasters: Search for the Ultimate Thrill for an entertaining yet educational experience. Educators can use Ian Mahaney’s Math at the Amusement Park and Wendy Conklin’s Fun and Games: Clockwork Carnival for teaching fair-related lessons and activities. Check out our librarian’s suggested list for more kid-friendly fall suggestions.
If you prefer the darker side of the fairgrounds, we recommend Stephen King’s Joyland, Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, Peter S. Beagle’s The Last Unicorn and the short story collection Carniepunk.
Fall in love with fall with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library!