More than 500 costumed villagers interact with guests of the Carolina Renaissance Festival.

Courtesy of the Carolina Renaissance Festival


Catch “Evil Dead the Musical,” the last show in the Actor’s Theater of Charlotte’s 26-year history before it closes for good. Be sure to leave the youngest at home and bring your own chairs as the spooky musical based on Sam Raimi’s cult classic 80s films is set outdoors and is recommended for ages 16 and up. Every Thursday to Sunday until October 30. 8 p.m. Buy your tickets online; general admission starts at $36.66. The Grange at MoRA, 8300 Monroe Road. https://bit.ly/3r8fFAd

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The last production from the Actor’s Theater of Charlotte will be Evil Dead the Musical. Charlotte Actors Theater

Dance all weekend long at Escape Music Festival, a two-day multi-genre event featuring over 20 live performances from world-renowned artists, including headliners Illenium and Tiësto, a silent disco, local food trucks, shopping and more. 4pm-11pm Buy your tickets online; general admission starts at $114. zMax Dragway at Charlotte Motor Speedway, 6570 Bruton Smith Blvd. https://bit.ly/3LJbWCE

Toast to Sycamore Brewing’s original dining room before moving into its new space during the brewery’s moving party, which takes place all weekend long. The three-day event will not only be the last at the original Sycamore location, but is also set to be the brewery’s biggest party ever with non-stop live music on two stages, food trucks , special beer releases and more. Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Free. RSVP on Facebook. Sycamore Brewing, 2161 Hawkins St. https://bit.ly/3LIjbel

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Sycamore Brewing is at 2161 Hawkins St., but will be moving next door. Observer file photo


Join over 100,000 moviegoers simultaneously screening Oscar-nominated shorts in theaters around the world for the final day of the 25th Annual MANHATTAN Short Film Festival. After the screenings, you will have the opportunity to vote for the best film and the best actor. 2 p.m. Tickets: $5 to $10. Northwest School of the Arts Auditorium, 1415 Beatties Ford Road. https://bit.ly/3LOU5du

Immerse yourself in German culture, food and beer at Gilde Brewery’s inaugural Oktoberfest event, taking place all weekend long. You can expect lots of authentic German beers, including the limited edition Gilde Oktoberfest Märzen, as well as German traditions, archery, mugging competitions, food, live music, games families, activities and much more. Sept. 30-Oct. 2 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Free, but RSVP on Facebook. 3530 Dewitt Lane. https://bit.ly/3SCXsq6

Check out Oktoberfest at Gilde, where Carla Garrison-Mattos created the murals outside. LunahZon Photography / Courtesy of The Plaid Penguin


Travel to 16th century Europe for a full day of feasting, purchase unique gifts from over 140 vendors, watch knights jousting on horseback and more at The Carolina Renaissance Festival. Grab your tickets online before you go, as they are date-specific this year and limited in quantity. Buy your tickets online; tickets will be available at the box office only if not sold in advance. Saturdays and Sundays, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Oct. 1 to Nov. 1, 20. $32 for adults; $20 for children (5-12); free for children 4 and under. 16445, chemin de la tent poplar. https://bit.ly/3PaLrpZ

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One of the activities RenFest jousters will find at the festival are jousting matches between knights. Courtesy of the Carolina Renaissance Festival

Watch an independent film or spend the whole day at 14th Charlotte Film Festival. For the first time ever, all screenings will take place in a new venue, The Independent Picture House, allowing you to easily switch between screenings. 12 p.m.-7 p.m. Buy your tickets online; single tickets: $12; five-ticket package: $45; Package of 10 tickets: $75. 4237 Raleigh Street https://bit.ly/3RgniiE


Explore your artistic side at a community mural event led by veteran artists DeNeer Davis, Makayla Binter and Elle Walsh. The event is part of South End Blooms, a series of free neighborhood events hosted by Charlotte is Creative and Lowe’s. All are welcome and no artistic training is required. 11 a.m. free. 100 W. Worthington Avenue https://bit.ly/3BLqXPN

Play a round of mini-golf on Stroke’s Halloween Course and enjoy an autumnal cocktail such as the Recovery (illegal Mezcal, pineapple-carrot juice, lemon-ginger beer) or a non-alcoholic option such as the Beauregarde ( Alcohol-free amethyst botanical alcohol, bergamot syrup, lemon, lime, orange and egg whites). 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. $15 per person. Stroke, 1318 Pecan Ave, Suite 101. https://bit.ly/3LP3P7U


Take the family for a night of singing, dancing and learning about Blues Clues with Blue and his friends at “Blues Clues & You!” Live on Stage,” a new 60-minute show featuring Broadway-style song and dance. 6 p.m. Tickets: $32-72. Online purchase. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E Independence Blvd. https://bit.ly/3CcT4ZR


Enjoy a five-course alfresco dining experience at “Dine on a Mat,” an adults-only interactive dinner series coming to North Carolina for the first time. It is hosted by internationally renowned chef Fatmata Binta in partnership with Afro in CLT. Along with tasty cuisine, Binta will share stories about her Fulani heritage and demonstrate her traditional cooking techniques. Space is limited. Buy your tickets online: $125 per person. 6-8 p.m. Johnson & Wales University Court, 801 W. Trade St. https://bit.ly/3fnvuQU


Attend a concert by American rapper Kevin Gates Bojangles Coliseum as part of his Big Lyfe tour. Buy your tickets online, starting at $39.50. 7:30 p.m. Bojangles Coliseum, 2700 E Independence Blvd. https://bit.ly/3E4gFgm

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Celebrate with your pup at Dogtoberfest at the Rescue Ranch. The family event will include fun for you, your kids and your pet with live music, beer garden, food trucks, dog treat truck, dog costume contest, dog course skills, adoptable pets, pumpkin painting and more. The dog-friendly event requires all dogs to be leashed, well-behaved, and fully vaccinated. Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets: $5 per person. Children under one year old: free. Rescue Ranch, 1424 Turnersburg Hwy., Statesville. https://bit.ly/3CcRZB9

Get ready to party like it’s 1999 at Goodyear Arts’ immersive Y2K fundraiser. Dress up in your favorite late ’90s fashions, dance to your favorite tunes, enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks, and end the night with a countdown to the year 2000. October 7, 8 p.m. at midnight. Buy your tickets online: $50. 8 p.m.-midnight. https://bit.ly/3SiPlzw

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