With sporting events, fresh foods, top museums, and a high quality of life, Charlotte has a lot to offer older adults. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite activities for seniors to enjoy around the Queen City.
Things to Do In Charlotte in October and November
1. Experience the 16th Century at the Carolina Renaissance Festival
Open every Saturday and Sunday from Oct. 5 to Nov. 24, the Carolina Renaissance Festival is a great event to attend with friends or family, especially grandchildren. The festival includes live entertainment at 14 stages throughout the grounds. Catch comedians, jousting knights, acrobats, and other performances throughout the day, or just see the sights and peruse the artisan marketplace. Stop by any weekend between 10 am and 5:30 pm. Discount tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children ages 5-12. Admission for children under 12 is free.
2. Get Together for Coffee
Before the busy holiday period, why not connect with friends for coffee and conversation? The metro Charlotte area is full of great coffee shops. Some local favorites include Not Just Coffee (which has several locations across Charlotte), Parliament Espresso And Coffee Bar, Central Coffee Company, Hex Coffee and Mugs Coffee.
3. Visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame
You don’t need to be a race car enthusiast to enjoy a visit to the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame features the plaques and medals you might expect, but it also explains NASCAR’s history and offers an interactive pit stop experience at the Race Week exhibit. Seniors 65+ receive a discount on tickets. While the NASCAR Hall of Fame is a fun experience any time of year, we like it for chilly winter days when you want to stay active, but don’t want to be outdoors.
However, from November 15th to January 5th, NASCAR Hall of Fame’s Plaza will also feature uptown Charlotte’s only outdoor skating rink. If you’re up for an adventure or have friends and family members who enjoy ice skating, this is a great place to go.
4. Learn Something New
It’s always a great time to learn something new or increase your skill with a favorite hobby. While some classes are targeted toward seniors, others take an intergenerational approach.
In Charlotte, seniors can attend the Senior Scholars Programs at Queens University of Charlotte, where they enjoy lectures from prominent speakers. Past topics have included gerrymandering and the Supreme Court, strategies for coping with difficult people, and a field trip to the Reed Gold Mine.
Additionally, Central Piedmont Community College offers practical and personal enrichment courses in topics that include automotive, culinary arts, culture, language learning, personal finance, floral design, fitness, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, and much more.
5. Spot Birds and Learn About Gardening at Wing Haven
Wing Haven is a great experience any time of year, but fall and winter feature special programming including horticultural lectures, birding excursions, and gardening field trips. Upcoming programs include a senior bird walk, hands-on workshops, and Brisket & Brews, which brings together beef brisket from Improper Pig and local beers from Craft Tasting Room and Growler Shop. Check their calendar for event times in October and November.
6. Enjoy All-You-Can-Drink Wine at the South End Wine Festival
The South End Wine Festival is the perfect place to try new types of red, white, or rose rosé wine. With a $40 ticket, you get unlimited wine tasting from 2 pm to 6 pm on October 19, along with a souvenir sampling glass. There’s also an entire week of events surrounding the festival, starting on Tuesday Oct. 15 and going through Sunday, Oct. 20, so be sure to check out their website for more activities
7. Explore the Carolinas Aviation Museum
North Carolina is pivotal to aviation history, and there’s no better place to learn about the history of flight than at the Carolinas Aviation Museum, which (appropriately enough) is located at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport. There, you’ll find exhibits about commercial aircraft, military aircraft, and helicopters. When weather permits on weekends, you can visit an active ramp on a docent-led tour of several airplanes. Seniors get a discount on admission.
8. See Macbeth at Opera Carolina
Opera Carolina is putting on performances of Macbeth on November 7th, 9th, and 10th. The opera performance was created by Italian composed Giuseppe Verdi, who adapted Shakespeare’s original tragic play into an equally emotionally opera. Ticket prices start at $22, but range depending on seating.
9. Watch the Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade
Held on Thursday, Nov. 28th at 9 am, Novant’s Thanksgiving Day parade marches down Tryon Street from 9th Street to Stonewall Street. It begins at 9 am and features a variety of colorful floats along with performances from local schools and institutions.
Take Advantage of Events at a Luxury Community
If you’ve visited Charlotte and enjoy the area, have you considered relocating? The Cypress of Charlotte is a luxury Life Plan Community in Charlotte where active and healthy older adults can live independently, enjoy community, and take advantage of all the wonderful things to do in Charlotte.