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Artoberfest The free festival will feature fine artists and craftsmen, live entertainment, food and a hands-on art area. Oct. 9, 12pm-7pm in historic NoDa.

ArtFest Artists and Craftsmen from around the Southeast are selected to participate in this juried show. Sept. 25, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sept. 26, 1-6 p.m. Free. Matthews Community Center, 100 McDowell Street, Matthews. 704-847-3649.

Calle Cinco Latin Street Festival A celebration of Latin culture, food and entertainment. At 5th St. (Church & Tryon). A part of Charlotte Shout. Sat., Sept. 18, 12-10 p.m. $5. 704-342-1111.

The Carolina Renaissance Festival A combination of outdoor theater, circus, arts and crafts fair, jousting tournament and feast. At 16445 Poplar Tent Rd., Huntersville. Oct. 2- Nov. 14, Sat-Sun, 10am-5:30pm. $5-$14. 704-896-5544.

Charlotte Shout A month-long cultural arts festival celebrating art, music, dance, theater, heritage and culinary arts. Various locations all around town. Sept. 3-25.

Culinary Arts Experience & Blues, Brews & BBQ A festival dedicated to food, wine, music and the Culinary Arts. Featuring celebrity judges including Wolfgang Puck. At Gateway Village. A Charlotte Shout Event. Sept. 23-25.

Downtown Art and Wine Festival Patrons can taste a variety of wines and view a selection of art work at several downtown venues. All artwork, wine, and merchandise will be available for purchase, a percentage will benefit Hospice and The Susan G. Komen Foundation. Main Street, Rock Hill. Sat., Sept. 18, 6-9 p.m. Free. 803-325-1396.

Family Vaudeville Extravaganza Steve Langley will host variety arts showcase of physical comedy, illusion, and object manipulation. Sat., Sept. 4, 7:30 p.m. $3-$5. Duke Performance Hall, Davidson College, Davidson. 704-849-2135.

Festival in the Park Range of musical, performance, and visual arts native to the Southeast, many special programs and events. Sept. 23, 6-10 p.m.; Sept. 24, 12-10 p.m.; Sept. 25, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sept. 26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Freedom Park.

Gospel Shout! A concert showcasing the music of local gospel and shout bands. A part of Charlotte Shout. Tue., Sept. 14, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. United House of Prayer, 2321 Beatties Ford Rd.

Great Grapes! Wine and Music Festival Feature wine samples of over 150 wines from NC Wineries, musical talent, gourmet food demonstrations, and over 100 artists and crafters. Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall. Oct. 9, 12-9 p.m.; Oct. 10, 12-6 p.m. $15-$20. 800-830-3976 x.106.

Hurricane Hugo Festival Juggling festival for the whole family. Village Green. Sat., Sept. 4, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Free. Davidson College. 704-849-2135.

Jubilee: Harvest of the Arts Many events including entertainment, displays of local art, children's crafts, exhibitions and more. Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Free. Dalton Gallery, Center for the Arts, 121 East Main St., Rock Hill. 803-328-2787.

Classical Music

50th Annual Singing Christmas Tree Carolina Voices celebrate 50 years of bringing holiday music to life through music, puppetry and dance joined by the Grey Seal Puppets and the Charlotte City Ballet. Dec. 10, 8 p.m.; Dec. 11, 3 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Dec. 12, 3 p.m. $12-$25. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. 704-374-1564.

Burt Bacharach With numerous chart toppers, Bacharach has penned songs like I Say A Little Prayer, and will be joined for two performances by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Oct. 1, 8 p.m.; Oct. 2, 8 p.m. $18-$68. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.

Canadian Brass The quintet presents works in the classical repertoire, but also performs jazz, contemporary concert music and popular songs. Belk Theater. Mon., Oct. 4, 8 p.m. $15-$65. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.

Chamber Music Janice Bradner, piano, Matt Lavin, cello, and Tatiana Karpova, violin. Sun., Oct. 10, 3 p.m. Free. Frances May Barnes Recital Hall, Winthrop University. 803-323-2255.

Charlotte Symphony Conductor Christof Perick will conduct Mozart's Piano Concerto No.27 and Bruckner's Fourth Symphony. Sept. 10-11, 8pm. $15-$73. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.

Charlotte Symphony Conducting Serenade for 13 Winds and Metamorphosen, Strauss interpreter Christof Perick will express the artist's teenage optimism to adult reflection. Also Brahm's Symphony No.1. Oct. 8-9, 8pm. $14-$68. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.

Charlotte Symphony Conducted by Alan Yamamoto, the Charlotte Symphony will accompany harpist Catrin Finch. Oct. 29-30, 8pm. $14-$68. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.

Charlotte Symphony A concert dedicated to the life of Beethoven and his only opera Fidelio. Nov. 5; Nov. 6. $15-$73. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.

Charlotte Symphony Performing Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet and a finale by Borodin's Second Symphony, featuring violinist Kyoko Takezawa. Nov. 12; Nov. 13. $14-$68. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.

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