EVENT DATE : September 21, 3:00PM
Lake Norman YMCA Lakefront

The third annual Swim Across America in Charlotte is an open-water swim event that raises money for Atrium Health's Levine Cancer Institute. Swim Across America is a national organization that aims to "make waves to fight cancer." Swimmers have the opportunity to sign up for either a 3-mile, 1-mile or 1/2-mile distance. Visit SwimAcrossAmerica.org for more information. 

EVENT DATE : 25-29
Ayrsley Grand Cinemas

The Charlotte Film Festival was created in 2006 to give established and emerging filmmakers a weekend festival to showcase their works for industry peers and avid enthusiasts of independent film. This year, the festival is celebrating its 11th year. Visit CharlotteFilmFestival.org for more information. 

EVENT DATE : September 28, 8:00AM
Ballantyne Corporate Park

The 12th Annual Isabella Santos Foundation 5K for Kids Cancer, 10K and 1-Mile Fun Run is a family-friendly race and event that will raise money for pediatric cancer research. Participants are also invited to sign up for brunch after the race that will be provided by Firebird's Wood Fired Grill, Tito's Vodka and NoDa Brewing Company. 

EVENT DATE : September 28, 10:00AM
Westin Charlotte

Join United Negro College Fund (UNCF) for its 17th annual Maya Angelou Women Who Lead Luncheon. This year's honorary keynote speaker is the phenomenal Oprah Winfrey. The luncheon is UNCF's signature fundraiser, and dignitaries from across the country attend the annual event.

EVENT DATE : September 28, 10:00AM
On the Green at Matthews Station

The ArtWalk and MusicFest of Matthews will feature a variety of arts and crafts vendors, live music, dance performances, a senior high school art exhibit, a hands-on station for kids and much more! The annual event is a local hit, as it brings together the arts and family fun for a day the entire family can enjoy. 

EVENT DATE : October 1, 9:00AM
Raintree Country Club

The Business Leaders of Charlotte (BLOC) will be hosting its 15th annual Charity Golf Classic on Oct. 1 at Raintree Country Club. All proceeds raised from the tournament will be donated to Dream On 3. Play as a foursome or as an individual, or even sign up to be a sponsor. For more information, visit BusinessLeadersOfCharlotte.com.

NASCAR Hall of Fame

This unique race series caters directly to children 2–6 years old who want to experience the thrill of racing. Children of all sizes and skill levels are welcome to participate. Registration is $32 and comes with fun goodies including a Strider Jersey. Visit StriderBikes.com for more information. 

EVENT DATE : October 5, 6:00AM
South Mint Street

This annual event raises significant funds for the breast cancer movement. The event aims to make both a local and global impact by raising funds for the breast cancer movement and celebrating breast cancer survivorship and honoring those who have passed. For information about the race and information about registering, visit Komen.org.

EVENT DATE : October 5, 6:00PM
Charlotte Museum of History

Come out and enjoy an evening of glitz and glamour at the inaugural Breast Cancer Fighters and Survivors Ball. The gala is hosted by Hope Beyond the Pink Ribbon, a nonprofit breast cancer awareness foundation. All of the proceeds and donations will help fund its mission to provide supportive services to anyone impacted by breast cancer. 

EVENT DATE : October 5, 6:30PM
Le Méridien Charlotte

The International House 31st Annual Benefit Gala is an elegant and highly anticipated event where attendees can enjoy an evening of cocktails, fine cuisine, entertainment, dancing and silent and live auctions along with other prominent members of Charlotte’s philanthropic and corporate communities. The gala raises funds for the unique programs and services International House offers to Charlotte’s immigrant and international population.

EVENT DATE : October 6, 4:00PM
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

This dinner is a collaboration between farmers and chefs. The Piedmont Culinary Guild has partnered with the Center for Environmental Farming Systems to feature local food artisans, brewers, distillers and wineries. Attendees will be able to enjoy the delicious food and drinks while strolling through the gardens, enjoying live music and listening to speakers discuss food-related topics. 

EVENT DATE : October 7, 8:30AM
TPC Piper Glen

This is the inaugural charity golf tournament for Rippled Purpose, a local 501(c)(3) nonprofit that fights human trafficking through education. Registration is $200 per golf and includes 18 holes of golf, continental breakfast, a bloody mary and mimosa bar, barbecue lunch, cocktails and awards following the golf. Visit PlayItForeward.Golf for more information. 

EVENT DATE : October 19, 12:00PM
Slate Charlotte

This festival celebrates all things—you guessed it—grilled cheese. Attendees will have the opportunity to taste unlimited grilled cheese samples (and vote on their favorite one), listen to live music, meet the artisan vendors and will get two drink tickets, one raffle ticket and the opportunity to take part in fun games and activities. 

EVENT DATE : 24–26
Knight Theater

Christian Spuck, the artistic director for Ballet Zürich, brings to life this 19th-century satirical romantic comedy, the tale of betrothed Prince Leonce and Princess Lena. Evening and matinee showings will be available from Oct. 24–26. The show is perfect for adults and children ages 8 and up. Visit BlumenthalArts.org to purchase tickets. 

EVENT DATE : October 24, 6:30PM
The Fillmore

Chefs for Kids' Cancer – The Carolinas brings together generous chefs and the general public to raise funds for childhood cancer research. Some of Charlotte's most talented chefs and bakers will come together to create delicious hors d'oeuvres and a variety of cookies for attendees to enjoy as they take part in live auctions. Visit CookiesForKidsCancer.org to purchase tickets.