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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Attend these 8 can’t-miss festivals supported by Pepsi Bottling Ventures

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There’s no easier way to enjoy a fun day with the family in the Carolinas than by attending a local festival. Pepsi Bottling Ventures is proud to support festivals each year to enrich the culture of our communities and support area nonprofits. Here are eight can’t-miss festivals we’re excited to support throughout the rest of this year. Be there!

Charlotte Colombian Festival (Charlotte, NC)

When: July 27, noon-8 p.m.

Where: Symphony Park

Celebrate Colombia’s culture and history by enjoying Latin-infused music by local and international performers including a top salsa group. Then explore works by artisans, authentic food and ample opportunities to dance.

Get details here.

Hopscotch Music Festival (Raleigh, NC)

When: September 5-7

Where: Various venues

Come for three days of music performed by more than 130 bands across a variety of genres like hip-hop and rock. Venues include an outdoor main stage in Raleigh City Plaza as well as local clubs.

Get details here.

Raleigh Greek Festival (Raleigh, NC)

When: September 6-8

Where: Jim Graham Building on the NC State Fairgrounds

Enjoy Greek food and pastries handmade by members of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church and inspired by recipes passed down through generations. Plus, experience live Greek music and traditional folk dancing. A percentage of proceeds from ticket sales will support Habitat for Humanity, Homes For Our Troops and Team Rubicon.

Get details here.

Greek Festival (Fayetteville, NC)

When: September 13-15

Where: Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church

This annual festival brings in thousands of visitors for Greek food, homemade pastries, traditional dancing, a marketplace, arts and beyond.

Get details here.

Aw Shucks Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch (Monroe, NC)

When: September 20-November 10

Where: Aw Shucks Farm

Get your fill of fall activities by exploring a corn maze, embarking on a hayride, interacting in an animal barn and more. Plus, pick out a pumpkin to bring home for the season.

Get details here.

Wide Open Bluegrass Festival (Raleigh, NC)

When: September 27-28

Where: Downtown Raleigh

Listen to bluegrass music from eight different free stages. Tickets are available for purchase for access to the Main Stage at Red Hat Amphitheater to benefit the IBMA Trust Fund supporting bluegrass music professionals. Don’t overlook the dance tent, workshop opportunities and exhibits in the Raleigh Convention Center.

Get details here.

Bonus: Sign up to volunteer and help make the festival a success here.

The Carolina Renaissance Festival (Huntersville, NC)

When: October 5-November 24, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays

Where: 16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville

Explore history with all-day entertainment, arts, crafts and games, plus shows like jousting knights. There are rides and food to indulge in as well. Don’t overlook the 12 stages showcasing comedy, music, dance and circus performers while you interact with 500 costumed villagers. Behind the scenes, the Festival supports nonprofit fundraising by annually offering $300,000 in free admission opportunities.

Get details here.

The Barbecue Festival (Lexington, NC)

When: October 26

Where: Uptown Lexington’s Main Street and adjoining side streets, between 4th Street and 5th Avenue

Celebrate — and dig into — Lexington-style barbecue during this 36th-annual festival. Last year’s festivities included barbecue tents, a rock climbing wall, a lumberjack sports show, bicycle stunt shows and a family-friendly carnival.

Get details here.


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