As summer slowly eases into fall, it’s the perfect time to take advantage of Charlotte’s lovely early autumn atmosphere. The staff at the U.S. National Whitewater Center know how to make the most of this time of year – and it involves wine, live music, and outdoor yoga. At their annual Uncorked Festival, attendees are invited to sample wine, participate in a trail race, take in a live music set, and more; all on the grounds of the Center’s gorgeous 1,300-acre park. So mark your calendar for Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23 and plan to come unwind!
Sample Wine From Wineries Near and Far
Wine tasting is the heart of the Whitewater Center’s annual Uncorked Festival. From 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 23, festival attendees will have the chance to try out red and white vintages from 16 renowned winemakers. From North Carolina’s own Wine, to Water and Shelton Vineyards, to the Napa Valley’s Z. Alexander Brown and Michael David Wineries, vintners from across the country will be on hand with some of their best wines for guests to try.
For just $10, you can purchase a sample card that entitles you to four two-ounce samples of any of the award-winning options available. Attendees will also have the opportunity to purchase a take-home, USNWC branded wine glass to enjoy their drinks in at the festival.
Relax With Yoga Under the Open Sky
While its wine tastings may give the festival its name, the event’s outdoor activities truly take advantage of the Whitewater Center’s gorgeous grounds. Several yoga classes will be offered on Saturday to help you further relax and unwind. At 9:30 a.m., a traditional class lead by a certified yoga instructor will be held on the South Ridge lawn. The class is free for all participants; just bring your yoga mat and enjoy.
Up for a more challenging yoga practice? Try out the Center’s SUP Yoga class. Held on the calm waters of the Catawba River, adventurous yogis will be guided through poses while balancing aboard stand-up paddle boards. If you already have your own equipment (including a SUP board, paddle, and personal floatation device), the class is free; equipment can also be rented with the purchase of an activity pass, starting at $25. If interested, come early; this class is capped at 15 participants.
Take Part in a Race – On Land or Water
If you’d like to really get your blood flowing in the crisp autumn weather, sign up for one of the festival’s several race offerings. Runners can choose from the 5k Trail Race or the Wild Vine Half Marathon; casual runners will find the 5k option the perfect match for their level, while runners looking to challenge themselves can further their training by completing the half marathon. Registration is available online or on the day of. The half marathon kicks off at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday with the 5k beginning at 11:00 a.m.
Those who prefer to spend the day on the water can take part in the SUP Stream Catawba River Race. Both beginning and experienced stand-up paddle boarders are invited to test their skills on the river in this four-mile race beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. No paddle board? No problem! Rental equipment will be available on a first come, first serve basis that morning.
For all three races, the top three male/female finishers over 55 will receive awards — so bring your running shoes or paddle board and your game face!
Enjoy Live Music Al Fresco
Prefer to unwind in a less active way? Enjoy some wonderful live music while sipping your wine under the sky. Beginning in the early afternoon on Saturday, Belmont Abbey Island’s main stage will host acts from a range of musical genres. The concerts will kick off at 1:00 p.m. with a set from the country duo of Sally & George, followed by classic rock-and-roll band the Dead 27’s at 3:00 p.m. The Southern rock group, The Vegabonds, will take the stage at 5:00 p.m., and Austin, Texas’ garage rockers White Denim will finish off the day with two sets starting at 7:00 p.m. Best of all, all shows are free to enjoy!
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