Carowinds amusement park has an opening date for 2022

by Susan and Simon Veness

Carowinds amusement park in Charlotte, North Carolina, will kick off its 2022 season on March 12, with new entertainment experiences and an expanded lineup of special events.

Carowinds amusement park opening date
Photos courtesy of Carowinds

Located on the North Carolina-South Carolina border, it made sense for Carowinds to start its 2022 “Seasons of Fun” with the new “State Line Celebration” from April 9-May 8. This limited-time extravaganza aims to prove “there’s no place finer than being in the Carolinas” through authentic cuisine, locally produced beers, and hometown musicians from the Tar Heel and Palmetto states.

Additional Carowinds amusement park headliner events add up to “Seasons of Fun”:

Grand Carnivale – From June 25-July 10, it’s party time on a grand scale during this larger-than-life international festival. Take part in block parties and traditions from around the world, with pulsating live music, dancing, acrobat acts, delectable cuisines, and an electrifying “Spectacle of Color” parade.

Carowinds amusement park Grand Carnivale

SCarowinds – Running on select nights from September 16-October 30, the Carolina’s largest annual Halloween event returns to the park, adding fright to the night with haunted mazes, terrifying scare zones, and a host of hangry zombies and blood-thirsty vampires.

SCarowinds character

Tricks and Treats Fall Fest – With its focus more on families than on frights, this all-new offering brings fall fun to park guests on Saturdays and Sundays from September 17-October 30. Join in the spooktacular autumn activities, including fall-themed games, game shows, and a jellybean challenge.

Get your grove on at a dance party, find your way through a hay maze, take on the challenge of a QR Code scavenger hunt, and delight the little ones with a kid-sized tractor ride.

Youngsters won’t want to miss the Trick-or-Treat spots around the park, and they’re encouraged to dress in their Halloween costumes. No costume? No problem! The Costume Council will be on the lookout for little visitors with or without costumes, jazzing them up and recruiting them for a costume contest.

A selection of specialty foods, plus craft beers and ciders (ages 21 and up only), keep park-goers fueled up for fun.

Carowinds amusement park Tricks and Treats Fall Festival

Winterfest – Celebrate the holidays in style as millions of lights and decorations turn Carowinds into a seasonal symphony filled with family activities, live shows, ice skating, and specialty foods.


The park is currently accepting applications for approximately 2,000 seasonal employees for jobs in all park operating areas. To apply, visit jobs.cedarfair.com/Carowinds.  

For more information on Carowinds’ “Seasons of Fun” visit Carowinds.com.

Intimidator Front-Row POV at Carowinds

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