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Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont is hosting a Chinese Lantern Festival, which will run through Oct. 29.
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont is hosting a Chinese Lantern Festival, which will run through Oct. 29.

Chinese Lantern Festival

Wednesdays-Sundays in October, 5:30 p.m to 9:30 p.m.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 South New Hope Road, Belmont

Witness hundreds of lanterns as they fill more than 12 acres in the garden. These aren't small, handheld lanterns. They are huge trees, pandas, elephants, tigers and more, illuminated with LED lightbulbs and light tubes. The festival is the largest exhibition Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden has ever presented and features nightly live entertainment, a food truck and a Chinese folk art marketplace.


Adults: $21.95 in advance, $24.95 at the door

Seniors 60+: $19.95 in advance, $21.95 at the door

Child 2-12: $14.95 in advance, $15.95 at the door

Child under 2: free

The Red Shoes

October 17-22

Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

Matthew Bourne’s ballet adaptation of the Academy Award-winning 1948 film is being presented in just four cities this fall: Los Angeles, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Charlotte. The music will be performed live by the New Adventures Orchestra.

Tickets start at $25.

Opera Carolina: Cyrano de Bergerac

November 4-9

Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

The story of the insecure suitor with a gift for words has been told in many forms since Edmond Rostand wrote the play in 1897. The opera will be sung in French, with English subtitles.

Tickets: $21-$154

Charlotte Symphony: Steelpan Orchestra

November 10

Knight Theater

Enjoy a rare opportunity to see steelpan performed in an orchestral setting. Andy Akiho will perform Beneath Lighted Coffers, a concerto for steelpan and orchestra.

Tickets start at $19.

Gaelic Storm

November 17

Neighborhood Theatre

Gaelic Storm’s high-energy performance combines traditional Irish music and modern influences, appealing to everyone from country and bluegrass fans to pop and rock music listeners, as well as aficionados of Celtic music.

Tickets: $25-$27

The New Familiars Present the Sixth Annual Tribute to Levon Helm

November 24-25

Visulite Theatre

Charlotte favorites The New Familiars continue the tradition of their Thanksgiving tribute concerts to Levon Helm. They’ll bring in numerous guest artists to join them on songs by Levon Helm and The Band.

Clara’s Trip: A Cirque and Dance Nutcracker Story

December 8-10

Booth Playhouse at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

Yes, you should definitely see Charlotte Ballet’s Nutcracker (December 9-23) which features upgraded sets and costumes and live music by the Charlotte Symphony. But don’t neglect Caroline Calouche & Company’s gem. It’s a different twist on the Nutcracker story and is told through high-flying aerial performances.

Tickets: $25-$37

Tosco Music Holiday Party

December 9

McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square

More than a dozen performers will take part in the holiday version of Tosco Music Party’s musical variety show. Enjoy holiday classics and take part in the sing-alongs that are a signature component of Tosco Music party.

Tickets: $14-$24

The 62nd Annual Singing Christmas Tree

December 10-11

Knight Theater

This show is a fun Charlotte holiday tradition to share with younger family members. The MainStage Choir, in a 32-foot tall Christmas tree, performs favorite Christmas songs. They’re joined by Grey Seal Puppets, Miller Street Dance Academy, Young Voices of the Carolinas and Impromptu.

Tickets: $24-$39

Swan Lake

December 21

Knight Theater

The State Ballet Theater of Russia brings 50 of Russia’s most exciting ballet stars to perform this classic in Charlotte.

Tickets: $35-$55