This weekend’s highlights include fall festivals and Halloween festivities (already).
The Haunted Ball at Dance Center USA (855 Gold Hill Road, Fort Mill, S.C.): A social dance that will be a ball, with professional ballroom-dance performances and an open wine bar, followed by an open dance party. Theme is “costume-elegant.” 7-10 p.m. $10 (plus $10 if you want to participate in the group class prior to the event. 803-802-3262.
BLOCtoberfest VII at the NC Music Factory (1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.): The Business Leaders of Charlotte host this live-music festival, with the help of bands Phase 2, Of Good Nature, The Loose Lugnuts and Sirsy. 2-9 p.m. No cover, with food and drink proceeds benefitting the Prodigal Son Foundation, www.bloctoberfest.com.
Palisades Halloween Festival at the Palisades Equestrian Center (19104 Youngblood Road West): A party in a pumpkin patch, with a family-friendly haunted house and pet costume contest. It’s the kind of Halloween event I prefer over the “dress like a hooker night” most young adults have embraced. 2-5 p.m. Free. 704-405-2734.
The Fall Finale at the U.S. National Whitewater Center (5000 Whitewater Center Parkway): The Dirty Dozen, a 12K trail race that features 12 obstacles, will begin at 9 a.m.; the oyster roast and live music begin at 4 p.m., with bands including the Floorboards, the Howlin’ Brothers, and Darrell Scott on tap. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. $5 per car to park. 704-391-3900.
“The Walking Fierce” at Dilworth Neighborhood Grille (911 Morehead St.): A viewing party to celebrate and watch the Season 4 premiere of AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” preceded by the premiere of a locally made parody film about runway models who have overrun the globe. 7-10:30 p.m. No cover. 704-377-3808.
Brittney Cason is a writer who talks for a living at CBS Radio mornings on WFNZ, nights on WSOC.
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