Cooler weather is finally here. So, what are you going to do — sit in the house and couch surf the season away? Hell no! You're gonna get out there and check out all of the amazing stuff your city has to offer. From the season's first games by the Panthers, Hornets and Checkers to concerts by Chvrches and Stevie Wonder, from art exhibit openings to ridiculous races, from cooking classes to the primary election, we're sure there's something for everyone regardless of attitude or interest. Who says there's nothing to do in Charlotte?
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SEPT. 25–27 — While Olde Mecklenburg Brewery has been holding Mecktoberfest celebrations for six years previous to 2015, this one will mark the first time the festivities will last an entire weekend. The brewery, located at the southernmost end of Historic South End, will host the event from Friday to Sunday and feature beer, food and live music. Free. www.oldemeckbrew.com
OCT. 1 — For the 4th year, Pink Pint Night is being held at NoDa Brewing Company. The event kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness Month and will feature live music, food trucks and exclusive pink beer — proceeds of every beer bought will go to the Levine Cancer Institute. CharlotteRadiology.com/PinkPintNight
OCT. 3 — How badass will you look to your significant other if you respond to having your pumpkins smashed by the neighborhood delinquents by peeling it off the driveway and cooking it into a meal? OK, that would be gross, but there are all sorts of ways you can work the fall staples into your diet. Learn them all at Mimosa Grill during a Pumpkin, Gourds and Squash Cooking Class. Yes, you can cook gourds. See, you're already learning. $40. harpersrestaurants.com
OCT. 3 — In it's 17th year, Charlotte Oktoberfest is the big daddy of beer fests in the Q.C. It's an all day event that brings local, regional and international breweries together. Don't be surprised if you end up eating off of some strangers pretzel necklace or stumbling around after too many brews. It's ok, in fact, it's almost expected. $45-$65. charlotteoktoberfest.com
OCT. 3 — There's something about Symphony Park that seems like the perfect setting for this annual Great Grapes Wine & Food Festival. The event features more than 20 local and regional wineries and a total of more than 200 tastings. Try as much as you can and then buy a bottle and crash on the lawn while taking in some live music. $49 for VIP in advance (includes early entry at 11 a.m.); $28 in advance for general admission (entry at 12 p.m.). uncorkthefun.com
OCT. 10 — If you want beer but you don't want to run, maybe the above-listed beer run isn't for you. We don't want you to do any exercise against your will just for the right to drink, so we suggest you try the Beer Walk: Tour of the South, to be hosted at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. The event will feature a selection of brews from breweries located in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee and Louisiana. $20–$25. www.dsbg.org
OCT. 11 — Chefs from local restaurants and cooking teams are whipping out their best chili recipes for the 6th Annual Dilworth/South End Chili Cookoff. It's probably more fun to judge than it is to participate in. That is especially true if you like chili. Come hungry and ready to taste as much as your stomach can hold. $10. www.dsechilicookoff.org
OCT. 17 — The inaugural South End Wine Festival will take place on the corner of Carson Boulevard and Mint Street and feature more than 20 wineries, plus live music and food trucks. $35-$50. southendwinefest.com