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Summer Guide 2016

Festivals, concerts, and more

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MAY

Comedy

Bonkerz Comedy Club May 27-28: Adam Avitable. Hilton Charlotte Executive Park, 5624 Westpark Drive. bonkerzcomedyproductions.com.

The Comedy Zone Charlotte May 26-29: Craig Robinson; May 31: Fight Night Comedy Competition (Season 9, Round 3). The Comedy Zone, 900 AvidXchange Music Factory Blvd., Suite B3. 980-321-4702. www.cltcomedyzone.com.

Warehouse PAC Now Are The Foxes. Improv comedy. $8. May 28, 8 p.m. 9216 Westmoreland Road, Cornelius. www.warehousepac.com.

Wet Willies Charlotte Comedy Theater. Shows on most Fridays and Saturdays. 900 AvidXchange Music Factory Blvd. charlottecomedytheater.com.

Film

Kannapolis’ Summer Movies in the Park May 27: Minions. Movie starts at 8:45 p.m. Free admission. Village Park, 700 West C St., Kannapolis.

Matthews Summer Concert Series May 30: Dolphin Tale 2; Movies: begin around 8:30 p.m. Stumptown Park, 120 South Trade St., Matthews.

National Parks Adventure Explore the wilds of America in this film. Narrated by Robert Redfor, National Parks Adventure takes audiences on the ultimate off-trail adventure into the nation’s awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness. May 21–Jan. 6. Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St. 704-372-6261. discoveryplace.org.

Theater/Dance/Performance Art

The Addams Family Musical Theatre Charlotte presents The Addams Family, a musical based off of the movie/TV series. $12-$27. May 26, 7:30 p.m.; May 27-28, 8 p.m.; May 29, 2:30 p.m. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road. 704-376-3777. theatrecharlotte.org.

Clybourne Park Presented by Evening Star Productions. Considered a “bookend play” to A Raisin in the Sun. $15-$20. May 27-28, 8 p.m. Duke Energy Theater, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

Much Ado About NothingPaperhouse Theatre presents this Shakespeare classic in an experimental atmosphere. $30. May 26-28, 8 p.m.; May 29, 7 p.m.; June 2-4, 8 p.m.; June 5, 7 p.m.; June 9-11, 8 p.m. Frock Shop, 901 Central Ave. paperhousetheatre.com.

Sports

Charlotte Knights May 30-June 1, 7:05 p.m.: Charlotte Knights vs. Syracuse Chiefs. BB&T Ballpark, 324 S. Mint St. milb.com.

Coca-Cola 600 See an amazing pre-race show honoring our Memorial Day military heroes plus a pre-race concert by Lee Brice presented by Advance Auto Parts Speed Perks. Afterwards enjoy the 57th running of the legendary Coca-Cola 600, NASCAR’s most challenging test of man and machine. May 29, 6 p.m. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway South, Concord. 704-455-3200.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

Outlaw Showdown Drivers will compete for prize money and prestige in winged, 850-horsepower open-wheel, sprint cars. May 27. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway South, Concord. 704-455-3200. charlottemotorspeedway.com.

Summer Concert Series’

Alive After Five May 26: Red Zeppelin, a Led Zeppelin Tribute on the Rooftop stage and Steve & Chuck and The Beat on the Courtyard stage. Every Thursday after 5 p.m. EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St. aliveafterfives.com.

Indian Trail Live Jazz Series Featuring live jazz. Every 4th Friday of the month. May 27, 8 p.m. Free admission. Crossing Paths Park, 120 Blythe Drive, Indian Trail.

River Jam Series May 26: Flow Tribe; May 28: Empire Strikes Brass; June 2: John Nemeth; Every Thursday and Saturday 7-10 p.m. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway.usnwc.org.

Sunset at Metropolitan May 26: Liquid Pleasure. Thursdays, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. for the month of May. 1111 Metropolitan Ave.

Stonecrest Summer Concert Series May 27 & 28: Dukes & Smith; Every Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Stonecrest at Piper Glen, 7832 Rea Road.

Blakeney Summer Concert Series May 27 & 28: Wicked Powers Duo; Fridays and Saturdays 7-10 p.m. Blakeney, 9870 Rea Road.

Thursdays on Main, Lunch Series May 26: Bread & Butter, June 2: Chris Marks Band, June 9: Stella Rising, June 16: Diamond Shaped Daylight, June 23: Nita B Jazz Trio, June 30: SoundBarrier. 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Veterans Park, Main Street and E. First Street, Kannapolis.

Downton Gastonia May 27: The Entertainers. 7-10 p.m. 111 N. South St., Gastonia.

Festivals & Events

Circle K and Kangaroo Speed Street Transforms the streets of Uptown Charlotte with live music, appearances by top NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers and celebrities, exhibits and an assembly of NASCAR show cars and simulators. Music lineup, May 26: The Voltage Brothers, Sol Fusion; May 27: Montgomery Gentry, Chris Young; May 28: Kellie Pickler, The Band Perry. May 26-28 12 p.m.-11 p.m. each day. Held along Tryon Street in Uptown. 600festival.com.

Memorial Day Celebration Five and eight mile trail races start the day, followed by live music into the evening. Stick around to enjoy our firework display at dusk. May 29. 9 a.m. $5 parking, otherwise free. U.S. National Whitewater Center Parkway, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. usnwc.org.

Mint Hill Madness Memorial Day weekend event with live music, arts and crafts, a family carnival, an all-American parade and a fireworks show. Free admission. May 27, 4 p.m.-11 p.m.; May 28, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. (fireworks at 9 p.m.); May 29, 12 p.m.-6 p.m. 8850 Fairview Road, Mint Hill.

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The Patriot Festival & Go The Extra Mile 5K Celebrate Memorial Day with a salute to military heroes. Register for The Patriot Festival 5K “Go the Extra Mile” run/walk. $15 military and youth registration; $45 race day registration May 30 7:30 a.m. 4401 Barclay Downs Drive.

LOSO BBQ Competition and Block Party Neighborhood businesses will compete in a smoke off. Participants include OMB, Sugar Creek, Broken Spoke, & Great Wagon Road Distilling Company. Free admission. May 28, 3:30 p.m.–11:30 p.m. The Broken Spoke, 227 Southside Drive. 704-469-9540. brokenspokenc.com.

More Events

The Dry Tri (Triathlon)

The inaugural edition of The Dry Tri features stand-up paddleboards and paddles. Competitors will begin the race with a 1.25 mile paddle around Sadler Island on the Catawba River, followed by an eight mile bike and five mile run through the USNWC’s trail system. $30-$60. May 28, 8 a.m. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway.usnwc.org.

JUNE

Comedy

Bonkerz Comedy Club June 3-4: Jeff Jones; June 10-11: Michelle Miller; June 17-18: Brian Aldridge; June 24-25: Steve Mingolla. Hilton Charlotte Executive Park, 5624 Westpark Drive. bonkerzcomedyproductions.com.

The Comedy Zone Charlotte June 1: Fortune Feimster; June 2-5: Bruce Bruce; June 7: 180 Seconds Comedy Show; June 8: The Pump and Dump Show; June 9-11: Jo Koy; June 12: Fight Night Comedy Competition (Season 9, Round 4); June 13: Pete Davidson; June 15: Sid Davis; June 16-18: Corey Holcomb; June 19: Funny On The Fly; June 21: Fight Night Comedy Competition (Season 9 Finale); June 26: The Freestyle Funny Comedy Show; June 28: Wild West Comedy Show; June 29: Almost Famous Comedy Show; June 30-July 3: Deon Cole. The Comedy Zone, 900 AvidXchange Music Factory Blvd., Suite B3. 980-321-4702. cltcomedyzone.com.

Evening Muse All Organic Comedy Show. Part open mic, part show. Hosted by Jordan Scott Huggins. $5. June 8, 9:30 p.m. Evening Muse, 3227 N. Davidson St. 704-376-3737. eveningmuse.com.

UpStage Improv Charlotte. June 3. 3306 N. Tryon St. upstagenoda.com.

The Sweet Spot The Chuckleheads present its “Are You Ready For The Summer Comedy Improv Musical Variety Extravaganza.” June 18, 6 p.m. all ages show; 8 p.m. adult show. 10050 Edison Square Drive, NW, Concord. planetimprov.com.

Wet Willies Charlotte Comedy Theater. Shows on most Fridays and Saturdays. 900 AvidXchange Music Factory Blvd. charlottecomedytheater.com.

Film

The Classic Black Cinema Series Screening The River Niger. Free with museum admission. June 12, 2 p.m. Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, 551 S. Tryon St. 704-374-1565. ganttcenter.org.

Modern Film Fest Kannapolis film festival screening a variety of modern films June 4. kannapolisarts.com.

Pineville Rockin’ and Reelin’ Movie Series June 10: Field of Dreams. Free admission. Movie starts at 8 p.m./8:30 p.m. Pineville Lake Park, 1000 Johnston Drive, Pineville.

Kannapolis’ Summer Movies in the Park June 10: Inside Out; June 24: The Martian; Movies start at 8:45 p.m. Free admission. Village Park, 700 West C St., Kannapolis.

Matthews Summer Concert Series June 13: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; June 27: The Box Trolls; Movies: begin around 8:30 p.m. Stumptown Park, 120 South Trade St., Matthews.

Modernism + Film Screening Tadao Ando: From Emptiness to Infinity, a 2013 documentary by German filmmaker Mathias Frick, that offers a behind-the-scenes look into the architectural work of Ando. $5-$10. June 9, 6 p.m. Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St. bechtler.org.

12th Annual Tony Awards Viewing Party 7 p.m. doors open; 7:30 pre-show presentation begins; 8 p.m. Tony Awards publicast begins. Watch the Tony Awards ceremon live on the big screen in the McGlohon Theater with other theater fans. Enjoy complimentary non-alcoholic beverages and snacks, prize giveaways and have your photo taken on the red carpet with a real Tony Award. Free. June 12, 7 p.m. McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

Theater/Dance/Performance Art

Aladdin Jr. CPCC Summer theatre presents Aladdin Jr. June 29-30, 10 a.m.; July 1-2, 10 a.m.; July 5-9, 10 a.m. CPCC’s Halton Theater, 1201 Elizabeth Ave. 704-330-6534. arts.cpcc.edu/.

Annie CPCC Summer theatre presents Annie. June 3-4, 7:30 p.m.; June 5, 2:30 p.m.; June 8, 7 p.m.; June 9-10, 7:30 p.m.; June 11, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. CPCC’s Halton Theater, 1206 Elizabeth Ave. tix.cpcc.edu.

Big Mammas House of Burlesque Heroes & Villains Burlesque show themed around heroes and villains from comic books and other fandom. $15-$18. June 18, 9 p.m. Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Ave. 704-358-9200. visulite.com.

The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison’s work adapted by Lydia Diamond. The scene is 1940’s Ohio. The tale is of a young, black girl who wishes to have blue eyes so that she may be spared from the tragic life of racism that she has been so unfortunate to have. $28. June 1-2, 7:30 p.m.; June 3, 8 p.m.; June 5, 3 p.m.; June 8-9, 7:30 p.m.; June 10-11, 8 p.m. Duke Energy Theater, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

Charlotte Squawks: 12 Angry Hens Described as Saturday Night Live meets Broadway meets our beloved Queen City. Celebrating the 12th edition of Squawks, the creative team of Mike Collins and Brian Kahn have collaborated with the area’s most talented performers to parody current issues in pop culture, sports, life and politics, both local and national. $24.50 and up. June 2, 7:30 p.m.; June 3-4, 8 p.m.; June 7-9, 7:30 p.m.; June 10-11, 8 p.m.; June 14-16, 7:30 p.m.; June 17-18, 8 p.m.; June 21-23, 7:30 p.m. June 24-25, 8 p.m.; June 26, 3 p.m. Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

Blue Man Group Comedy, theater, rock concert, and dance party all compiled into one interesting experience. $20. June 17, 1 p.m. and 8 p.m.; June 18, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; June 19, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

Chicago CPCC Summer theatre presents Chicago. June 17-18, 7:30 p.m.; June 19, 2:30 p.m.; June 22, 7 p.m.; June 23-25, 7:30 p.m. CPCC’s Halton Theater 1206 Elizabeth Ave. tix.cpcc.edu.

Festival Spring Performance Charlotte Ballet Academy’s culmination to their training this year, featuring students from youth ballet class and the intermediate, advanced and pre-professional divisions, which will showcase their talent in original works choreographed by academy faculty. June 3-4, 7:30 p.m. Patricia McBride and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance, 701 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. carolinatix.org.

Forever 4 What? The Legacy Theatre Production Company presents this show about the hardships of matrimony. $21-$28. June 24, 7 p.m.; June 25, 6:30 p.m. Stage Door Theatre, 100 E. Trade St. 704-372-1000. carolinatix.org.

Guilty Pleasures Carolina Voices Impromptu brings back its “extreme a cappella,” performing songs that folks secretly love but hate to admit it.. $10-$20.June 17-18, 8 p.m. Duke Energy Theater, . 704-372-1000. carolinatix.org.

Mi Casa Come explore the beauty of the Spanish language with PlayPlay, which is collaborating with Mexican artist and Charlotte resident Rosalia Torres-Weiner. June 2-3, 10 a.m. & 12 p.m.; June 4, 10 a.m., 12 p.m. & 4 p.m.; June 8, 4 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.June 9, 10 a.m. & 12 p.m.; June 10, 10 a.m., 12 p.m.; June 11, 10 a.m., 12 p.m. & 4 p.m. ImaginOn, 300 E. 7th St. ctcharlotte.org.

Oklahoma A love story about a cowboy named Curly and a farm girl named Laurey in the wild, wild West. $12-$18. June 10-11, 8 p.m.; June 12, 2 p.m.; June 17-18, 8 p.m.; June 19, 2 p.m.; June 24-25, 8 p.m.; June 26, 2 p.m. Matthews Playhouse, 100 McDowell St. 704-846-8343. matthewsplayhouse.com.

Primary Spring Perfornance Charlotte Ballet presents an exciting culmination to their training this year, primary division students will perform original works in ballet, modern, jazz, and character dance choreographed by our esteemed academy faculty. Dancers from the academy’s student ensemble groups will also perform. $16-$26. June 4-5, 2 p.m. Patricia McBride and Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance, 701 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.carolinatix.org.

Samson: The Last Judge Narroway Productions presents this tragic, patriotic and hopeful tale. $7-$35. June 3, 6:30 p.m.; June 10, 6:30 p.m.; June 17, 6:30 p.m.; June 24, 6:30 p.m.; July 8, 6:30 p.m.; July 15, 6:30 p.m.; July 22, 6:30 p.m.; July 29, 6:30 p.m. Narroway Theatre, 3327 SC-51, Fort Mill. 704-372-1000. carolinatix.org.

Singin’ in the Rain A starlet, a leading man, and a love affair set during the beginning of Hollywood’s golden age. $15-$29. June 16-18, 8 p.m.; June 19, 2 p.m.; June 23-25, 8 p.m.; June 26, 2 p.m. Davidson College’s Duke Family Performance Hall, 207 Faculty Drive, Davidson. davidsoncommunityplayers.org.

Stage Kiss Two actors with a history are given leading roles in a romantic play, but things get weird when their lives start to follow the lives of the characters in the play. June 2, 7:30 p.m.; June 3-4, 8 p.m.; June 8-9, 7:30 p.m.; June 10-11, 8 p.m.; June 12, 2:30 p.m.; June 15-16, 7:30 p.m.; June 17-18, 8 p.m.; June 19, 2:30 p.m.; June 22-23, 7:30 p.m.; June 24-25, 8 p.m. Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, 650 E. Stonewall St. 704-342-2251. actorstheatrecharlotte.org.

Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host A fun and unlikely combination of dance and radio. Featuring Monica Bill Barnes and Company, Ira Glass, and Anna Bass. $20. June 25, 8 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

Sports

Charlotte Knights June 1, 7:05 p.m.: Charlotte Knights vs. Syracuse Chiefs; June 2-3, 7:05 p.m.: Charlotte Knights vs. Lehigh Valley Ironpigs; June 4, 6:05 p.m.: Charlotte Knights vs. Lehigh Valley Ironpigs; June 5, 2:05 p.m.: Charlotte Knights vs. Lehigh Valley Ironpigs; June 13-15, 7:05 p.m.: Charlotte Knights vs. Norfolk Tides; June 17, 7:05 p.m.: Charlotte Knights vs. Indianapolis Indians; June 18, 6:05 p.m.: Charlotte Knights vs. Indianapolis Indians; June 19, 2:05 p.m.: Charlotte Knights vs. Indianapolis Indians; June 27-29, 7:05 p.m.: Charlotte Knights vs. Durham Bulls. BB&T Ballpark, 324 S. Mint St. milb.com.

Charlotte Hounds June 9, 7:30 p.m.: Charlotte Hounds vs. Ohio Machine; June 25, 7:30 p.m.: Charlotte Hounds vs. Atlanta Blaze. American Legion Memorial, 310 N Kings Drive. charlottehounds.com.

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Murphy’s Dirty 30 Habitat Mud Volleyball The money raised from Murphy’s Dirty 30 will support Habitat Charlotte’s affordable housing programs. June 26, 1 p.m.–8 p.m. Players entrance is free; $5 for spectators. Bryton Development Savoy Lane, Huntersville. habitatmudvolleyball.org.

Summer Concert Series’

Alive After Five June 2: We Got the Beat on the Rooftop stage and Smokin’ J’s on the Courtyard stage; June 9: Bantum Rooster on the Rooftop stage and Live Big on the Courtyard stage; June 16: Root Doctors on the Rooftop stage and Steve & Chuck and The Beat on the Courtyard stage; June 23: Satisfaction, a Rolling Stones Tribute on the Rooftop stage; June 30: Early Ray on the Rooftop stage. Every Thursday after 5 p.m. EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St. aliveafterfives.com.

Bearden Music Series June 11, 4 p.m.–9 p.m.: West End Mambo Latin, Ritmo & Sabor, Bachata Flow. Every Wednesday 6-9 p.m. Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St.

Blakeney Summer Concert Series June 3 & 4: Tony Barnes Band; June 10: DJ Chuck; June 11: Heroes At Last; June 17 & 18: Chris Sanchez Band; June 24 & 25: Loafers Band. Fridays and Saturdays 7-10 p.m. Blakeney, 9870 Rea Road.

Carowinds Harmony Hall Summer Concert Series Wind down with live music at Carowinds’ Harmony Hall. Friday Nights, June 17–July 22. 14523 Carowinds Blvd.

Charlotte Symphony Pops June 2, 7:30 p.m.: Charlotte Symphony presents “Music for the Soul.” $10. Myers Park Methodist Church, 1501 Queens Road; June 4, 8:15 p.m.: Free Charlotte Symphony concert. Stumptown Park, 120 South Trade St., Matthews; June 5, 8:15 p.m.: Summer Pops Opening Night. $12. Symphony Park @ SouthPark, 4400 Sharon Road; June 6: Charlotte Symphony Orchestra @ Matthews Summer Concert and Movies Series. Free. Stumptown Park, 120 South Trade St.; June 10, 8:15 p.m. Free. Romare Bearden Park, 300 South Church St.; June 12, 8:15 p.m.: Summer Pops: Symphony Swings. $12. Symphony Park @ SouthPark, 4400 Sharon Road.; June 17, 8:15 p.m. Free concert, Duke Energy Energy Explorium, 13339 Hagers Ferry Road, Huntersville; June 18, 8:15 p.m. Free concert. Town Square Harrisburg, 4100 Main St., Harrisburg; June 19, 8:15 p.m.: Summer Pops: A Night for “Pops”: The Music of Jon Williams. $12. Symphony Park @ SouthPark, 4400 Sharon Road; June 26, 8:15 p.m.: Summer Pops: “Oh, The Places You’ll Go!” $12. Symphony Park @ SouthPark, 4400 Sharon Road; June 25, 8:15 p.m.: Free concert. Bailey Road Park, 11536 Bailey Road, Cornelius; June 29: Charlotte Symphony Orchestra @ Pineville Rockin’ and Reelin’. Belle Johnson Park, 1000 Johnson Drive, Pineville. June 30, 8:15 p.m.: Charlotte Symphony Orchestra @ Kannapolis Summer Entertainment Series. Free. Village Park, 740 W. C St., Kannapolis. 4400 Sharon Road. charlottesymphony.org.

Concerts on the Green in Davidson June 12: Band of Oz; June 19: Image. 6-8 p.m. Held in downtown Davidson.

Downton Gastonia June 10: Jim Quick and the Coastline Band; June 24: Gary Lowder & Smokin Hot. 7-10 p.m. 111 N. South St., Gastonia.

Indian Trail Live Jazz Series Featuring live jazz. Every 4th Friday of the month. June 24, 8 p.m. Free admission. Crossing Paths Park, 120 Blythe Drive, Indian Trail.

Kannapolis’ Summer Entertainment Series June 4: LoneStar; June 18: Breakfast Clb & Gump Fiction; June 30: Charlotte Symphony. Concerts in the Park: 7-10 p.m. Veterans Park, Main Street and E. First Street, Kannapolis.

Latin Music Concert Series Highlighting the talents of local musicians from the Latin American community. From classical music to Latin jazz, these concerts will provide a taste of a variety of cultures from Latin America. $15-$20. June 16, 7 p.m.–8:30 p.n. Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St. 704-337-2000. mintmuseum.org.

Matthews Summer Concert Series June 6: Charlotte Symphony; June 20: Tim Clark Band. Stumptown Park, 120 South Trade St.

Mint Hill concert series June 4: Lindsey Nicole & Hwy 74; June 25: Horsefly; 7 p.m. Held in front of Mint Hill’s Town Hall.

Party in the Park June 1: Too Much Sylvia; June 8: The Entertainers; June 15: Envision; June 22: Steve Owens & Summertime; June 29: SummerDaze. Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St.

Pineville Rockin’ and Reelin’ Summer Movie Series June 24: Gal Friday Band; June 29: Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Concerts start at 7 p.m. Belle Johnston Park, Lake Drive, Pineville.

River Jam Series at U.S. National Whitewater Center June 2: John Nemeth; June 4: David Childers; June 9: Sara Rachele; June 11: The Get Right Band; June 16: The Shack Band; June 23: Cranford Hollow; June 25: The Floorboards; June 30: The Honeycutters. Every Thursday and Saturday 7-10 p.m. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Parkway. usnwc.org.

Stonecrest Summer Concert Series June 3 & 4: Randy Paul & The Revelry; June 10 & 11: Flute Praise; June 17 & 18: Brubakers; June 24: Leslie & Friends; June 25: Bonejazz. Every Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. 7832 Rea Road.

Thursdays on Main, Lunch Series June 2: Chris Marks Band, June 9: Stella Rising, June 16: Diamond Shaped Daylight, June 23: Nita B Jazz Trio, June 30: SoundBarrier. 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Veterans Park, Main Street and E. First Street, Kannapolis.

Thursdays on Main, Evening Series June 9: Midnight Allie. 6-9 p.m. Veterans Park, Main Street and E. First Street, Kannapolis.

Union Street Live June 16: Jim Quick and the Coastline Band, Pluto for Planet; 6-9 p.m. Third Thursday of every month. Union Street South, Concord.

Festivals

2nd Annual Queen City Jazz Fest Featuring Gerald Albright, Lalah Hathaway, Brian Culbertson. June 18, 6:30 p.m. AvidXchange Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.

Charlotte HarmonyFest 2016 Featuring World Champion quartet, Instant Classic and other groups such as Carolina Vocal Express and Zero Hour, HarmonyFest 2016 is the place to be for vocalized beauty. Special guests include Charlotte Harmony Explosion youth chorus. $20-$35. June 18 7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Queen’s University’s Dana Auditorium. 1900 Selwyn Ave.

19th Annual Juneteenth Festival Celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. June 16-June 19. juneteenthofthecarolinas.com.

Food & Drink

Bacon Fest Featuring 14 different stations with savory bacon inspired appetizers, entrees, candies, chocolaty desserts and bacon cocktails along with bacon games, giveaways, a DJ and more. $15-$20. June 25, 2 p.m.– 6 p.m. Blackfinn Ameripub, 210 East Trade St. 704-971-4440. blackfinnameripub.com.

Berewick Food Truck Festival Featuring food trucks and family-friendly activities and entertainment. June 4, 4 p.m.–7 p.m. Free admission. Future Berewick Town Center Site, 9500 Steele Creek Road. paschalpromotions.com/events/berewick-food-truck-festival.

Brew Stash Bash The Brew Stash Bash returns to the USNWC for its fifth year, bringing together outdoor adventure and great beer. A wide selection of regional and national craft breweries will be featured from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy live music on Belmont Abbey Island throughout the afternoon and into the evening. $5 parking; purchase beer sampling card separately. June 18, 9 a.m. U.S. National Whitwater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. 704-391-3900. usnwc.org.

Carowinds BrewFest Try samples from a plethora of breweries and micro brews from across the Carolinas. June 4-5. Carowinds, 14523 Carowinds Blvd. carowinds.com.

Margarita Wars Watch Charlotte’s finest bartenders battle it out to concoct the best margarita in the city — and you get to be the judge by sampling up to 15 margaritas and voting for the best. June 25, 2016, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Rooftop 210, 210 E. Trade St. eventbrite.com.

Microbrew Cruise Microbrews Cruise begins with a guided group flatwater paddle along the Catawba River. As the sun starts to set on the river, the group returns to the shore for a chef-prepared, fireside dinner at the Ridge Pavilion. Each cruise features a select craft brewery; representatives from the breweries lead the tastings by highlighting new, seasonal and unique brews. June 1, 3, 8, 10, 22, 24, 29. $55 a person. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. 704-391-3900. usnwc.org.

The New Southern-Latino Table: An Afternoon with Sandra Gutierrez Award-winning cookbook author Sandra Gutierrez talks about the blend of Latin American and American Southern cuisine. $10-$20. June 18, 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St.

Taste of Charlotte A three-day festival featuring over 100 samples from area restaurants along with live music and entertainment, interactive children’s activities, street performances and vendors. June 10-12. Held in Uptown along South Tryon Street. Free admission; must purchase festival coins for food. tasteofcharlotte.com.

Three Spirits Brewery Brew and Bake An event featuring five craft beers paired with eight baked goods from Suarez Bakery. $15. June 4, 2 p.m. Three Spirits Brewery 5046 Old Pineville Road, Pineville.

The Vin Master Mega-Tasting Featuring five suppliers each pouring more than wines. June 16, 6:30 p.m. $15 per person, but if you order six bottles, the entry fee is credited to your purchase. Vin Master, 2000 South Blvd., Suite 610. 704-307-5565. thevinmaster.com.

More Events

2016 Warrior Dash Warrior Dash is the obstacle course race. $65-$90. June 4. Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville.

6th Annual Super Hero Bar Crawl Dress up as your favorite super hero of villain during this bar crawl. $12. June 18, 6 p.m. –2 a.m. Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub, 201 East 5th St. carolinanightlife.com.

3rd Annual Race to the Taste 5K The 3rd Annual 5K will start and finish at the Taste of Charlotte Festival in Uptown Charlotte. Making the race more appetizing, runners of the 5K will receive a premium race shirt, a swag bag, a ticket to a Charlotte Checkers hockey game, a cold beer after the run and a Taste of Charlotte super coin to purchase any food item at the festival. June 11, 9 a.m. $33 for 5k; $15 for cupcake run/walk, free for kid’s dash. At 4th Street & S. Tryon Street. tasteofcharlotte.com/race-to-the-taste-5k.

40th Anniversary Paws for Life Celebration Silent and live auction with HSYC adoptable pets. June 4, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Tickets start at $50. Palmetto Room at Historic Old Town, 147 E. Main St. Rock Hill. humansocietyofyorkcounty.org.

Bowties and Pearls Fundraising Gala A fundraising gala in honor of The Men’s Shelter of Charlotte. Event will be Emceed by JstJah Live Entertainment. There will be spoken word by Grannaes Boyz (JstJah and Mr. Witz ), music by DJ BlackJack, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a silent auction. $40-$75. June 18, 7 p.m.–11 p.m. Hyatt House Charlotte, 435 E. Trade St. soireesentertainment.com.

C&E Gun Show The gun show features handguns, shotguns, rifles, ammo, antique guns, swords, knives, and more, as well as special guest and gun experts. $10 for adults; free for kids 12 & under. June 18, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; June 19 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Charlotte Metrolina Expo Center & Fairgrounds, 7100 Statesville Road. cegunshows.com.

Charlotte Kidney Walk Kidney Walk is the nation’s largest walk to fight kidney disease. The Charlotte Kidney Walk will begin and end at Gateway Village, with a walk course of approximately two-miles looping through Uptown Charlotte. 800 West Trade St. June 11, 8:45 a.m.

Civil War Battle Re-Enactment Living history exhibits, ladies antebellum tea party, food vendors and a battle re-enactment each day at 2 p.m. $7-$8; free for children under 5. June 4, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; June 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road. 704-875-2312. lattaplantation.org.

ConCarolinas 2016 A sci-fi convention that also covers genres like fantasy and horror. Featuring fandom related events and guests, including gaming, discussion panels, costume events, music events like SciFi Karaoke, concerts, vendors, a charity auction, a short film festival, and groups celebrating fandoms like Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who and more. June 3, 3 p.m. ends June 5, 6 p.m. Embassy Suites in Concord, 5400 John Q. Hammons Drive., NW. $10-$50. concarolinas.org.

Con A de Arte (“A” Is For Art) Con A de Arte is an annual event that seeks to showcase the work of local artists from the Latin American community in the Charlotte Area. June 8, 6 p.m.; 7 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St.

Dudeapalooza 3: Death to Potpurri Shop for all the cool guys in your life. Wilson from WCCB-TV hosts this event with local craft beer, food, vintage concert T-shirts, sports memorabilia, and more. June 4, 12 p.m.–6 p.m. Free admission. C3 Lab, 2525 Distribution St. 980-349-5803. c3-lab.com.

Fashionology Presented by Mercedes Benz Fashion Tour. The event features full three-course meals, live entertainment and fashions from both emerging designers and established designers. $25-$55. June 18, 5 p.m. Crowne Plaza Executive Park, 5700 Westpark Drive. fashionologyintl.com.

Monster Mash CrawlThe Monster Mash Crawl will have monster makeup artists and drink specials at each location. Six bars and clubs on the itinerary. June 25, check in is 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. $5-$15 in advance, $20-$25 at the door Starts at Tilt on Trade, 127 West Trade St. lazyday.com.

HeroesCon Comic book convention with special comic books writers, illustrators and other guests and celebrities, as well as vendors and exhibitors. $15-$20; $40 for three day pass; Free for kids 12 & under. Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St. June 17, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; June 18, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; June 19, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. heroesonline.com/heroescon/.

Jazz at the Bechtler Featuring the Ziad Jazz Quartet, including pianist Noel Freidline. It explores the styles of three singular piano stylists: Ramsey Lewis, Erroll Garner and Bill Evans. $8-$14. June 3 & June 6, 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St. bechtler.org.

Lake Wylie Splash Dash 23rd Annual 5K/10K $20-$25. June 11, 8 a.m. River Hills Plantation, 165 Heritage Drive, Lake Wylie. lakewyliesplashdash.com.

Metrolina Antique & Vintage Market The market features an assortment of vintage items and antiques for all areas of the home. $5 for all four days. June 2-4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; June 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Charlotte Metrolina Expo Center & Fairgrounds, 7100 Statesville Road. metrolinaantiquemarket.com.

Midnight Bootlegger 5K Take on your favorite trails by the light of the moon (and a headlamp). After making it through the challenging twists and turns and passing the finish line there will be cocktails made from handcrafted moonshine and a live bluegrass concert. June 25, 6 p.m. $38 until June 10, $43 on race day. Anne Springs Close Greenway, 1604 US-21, Fort Mill. bootlegger5k.com.

Mint to Move Cultural Dance Night Enjoy Afro-Cuban and Latin-American dance rhythms and a DJ. Live music and free dance lessons. $8.50-$12. June 10. Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St. 704-337-2000. mintmuseum.org.

Murphy’s Dirty 30 Habitat Mud Volleyball will go down on June 26.
  • Murphy’s Dirty 30 Habitat Mud Volleyball will go down on June 26.

National Beer Mile Drink four beers over the course of one mile, then head to the after party. June 9, Check in starts at 11 a.m. Wave one starts between 1 p.m.-2 p.m., wave two starts 2 p.m.–3 p.m. AvidXchange Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. nationalbeermile.com.

NoDa 5K In addition to the 5k, there’s beer, live music and food trucks. $30-$40. June 4, 6 p.m. NoDa Brewing Company, 2229 North Davidson St. noda5k.racesonline.com.

Paranormal Grounds Investigation Join professional ghost hunters as they take guests through the grounds of Rosedale’s 200 year old plantation, and attempt contact with the beyond. Featuring the latest technology in partnership with the Charlotte Area Paranormal Society. $15. June 18-19, 9:45 p.m. Historic Rosedale Plantation, 3427 N. Tryon St.

Purgatory 70: Rise of the Villians Single Cell Productions presents this BDSM party with live performances by Djinn the Nitechylde, The Purgatory All-Stars, House of Payne, Sinister Suspensions, & Cindy Holiday. $12-$15. June 25, 8 p.m. Amos’ Southend, 1423 South Tryon St. 704-377-6874. amossouthend.com.

QCMC Summer Breeze Summer Soiree Join the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc. Queen City Metropolitan Chapter for this soiree with music from DJ Flemingo. Proceeds will benefit QCMC scholarship and programs. $25. June 11, 8 p.m.–midnight. Oasis Shriners Temple, 604 Doug Mayes Place. 910-970-3472. ncbw-qcmc.org.

Queen City SummerFest Jazz Brunch Performance by saxophonist/flutist Nelson Rangell. $45. June 31, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Blue Restaurant & Bar, 214 N. Tryon St. bluecharlotte.com.

Repticon Charlotte Reptile & Exotic Animal Expo A reptile event featuring vendors offering reptile pets, supplies, feeders, cages and merchandise as well as live animal seminars and raffles for prizes. $5-$10; Free for children 5 and under. June 4, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (VIP entry at 9 a.m.); June 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Cabarrus Arena & Events Center, Highway 49 North. repticon.com/charlotte.html.

Second Chance Prom Charlotte MAZ Entertainment, The Alist and The Grae Group have teamed up to create an event that let’s you relive the magic of your senior prom. DJ Skillz will be spinning. $20; $35 for couples. June 3, 9:30 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

Slam Charlotte Poetry Slam Featuring SlamCharlotte, Charlotte’s own two time national championship team of spoken word poetry (2007 & 2008). SlamCharlotte aims to build community, performance skills, and poetic growth. Bluz, the current Slammaster, is ranked the 13th individual poet in the world. $10. June 17, 8 p.m. McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square, 345 N College St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

Storytellers Dance Academy’s 3rd Annual End of Year Revue: Life’s An Adventure! Celebrating life’s adventures, in addition to 2015-2016 competition routines and brand new recreational classes. June 5, 3 p.m. Free admission. Queens University’s Dana Auditorium, 1900 Selwyn Ave. storytellersdanceacademy.com.

South End Beer Dash Test your endurance with four, 12 oz. beers in just four laps (one mile). After party inside/outside of Slate Billiards. There will be flip cup, beer pong, live music, award ceremony and other activities. June 25, pick up/check in at 8:30. $24.19-$69.88. Slate Billiards, 200 East Bland St. eventbrite.com.

Strides for Shelter 5K Walk/Run Proceeds from the Strides for Shelter will benefit the creation of a new 120-unit apartment complex for chronically homeless individuals. June 5, 12:30 p.m.-3 p.m. $15-$35. McAlpine Park, 8711 Monroe Road. stridesforshelter.racesonline.com.

Summer Murder Mystery Party The Sentinels of Hope are hosting a Murder Mystery Party. Ticket price covers the cost of admission and two beverages (beer or wine), as well as hors d’oeuvres and dessert. $40 to participate, $20 to observe. June 26, 5 p.m.– 9 p.m. Zoe’s Coffee House, 170 South St., Suite 103B, Gastonia.

QCT Charlotte Pilgrimage Tour 2016 It’s time to celebrate Juneteenth. Visit three existing slave cemeteries, a former slave church, listen to African drumming, see a home that was bombed during the Civil Rights Movement. Plus, over 50 sites w/ African-American history. June 18: 10 a.m.–1 p.m., 1:30– 5:55 p.m. $15-$30. 7th Street Market, 224 E. 7th St.704-566-0104. charlottepilgrimagetour.com.

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Unknown Brewery’s 2.5-ish Anniversary and Music Fest A 2.5ish birthday party w/ live music at 4 p.m., multiple food trucks and a special limited edition beer. $10. June 18, 4 p.m.– 10 p.m. Unknown Brewery, 1327 South Mint St. 980-237-2628. unknownbrewing.com.

Unwined Stand-up paddle boarding on the Catawba River, followed by a chef-prepared, fireside dinner back on shore at the Ridge Landing. Unwined will feature one local, regional, or national winery, providing a tasting of their signature wines to be enjoyed after a fun-filled evening on the water. June 1, 3, 8, 10, June 22, June 24, June 29. $55 a person. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. 704-391-3900. usnwc.org.

Wild on the Water Paddle Event North Carolina Wildlife Federation is calling all paddlers to help raise money for wildlife conservation. $25-$50. June 4, 8:30 a.m. Latta Plantation Nature Reserve, 6211 Sample Road.

JULY

Comedy

The Comedy Zone Charlotte July 1-3: Deon Cole; July 5: 180 Second Comedy Show; July 12: Fight Night Comedy Competition (Season 10 Round 1); July 13: Greg Warren; July 14-16: Vir Das; July 17: Season Finale: Funny On The Fly; July 19: Laugh Your Tail Off; July 20: Johnny Millwater; July 21-23: Dominique; July 24: Charlotte’s Funniest Dentists; July 25: Graduation for Comedy Zone Comedy Class; July 26: Fight Night Comedy Competition (Season 10 Round 2); July 27: Almost Famous Comedy Show; July 28-30: Drew Lynch. The Comedy Zone, 900 AvidXchange Music Factory Blvd., Suite B3. 980-321-4702. cltcomedyzone.com.

UpStage Improv Charlotte. July 1. 3306 N. Tryon St. upstagenoda.com.

Wet Willies Charlotte Comedy Theater. Shows on most Fridays and Saturdays. 900 AvidXchange Music Factory Blvd. charlottecomedytheater.com.

Film

Real to Reel International Film Festival Kings Mountain film festival screening flicks from around the world. July 27-30. ccartscouncil.org/realtoreel/.

Pineville Rockin’ and Reelin’ Movie Series July 15: The Good Dinosaur; Free admission. Movie starts at 8 p.m./8:30 p.m. Pineville Lake Park, 1000 Johnston Drive, Pineville.

Kannapolis’ Summer Movies in the Park July 8: The Peanuts Movie; July 22: The Good Dinosaur; Movies start at 8:45 p.m. Free admission. Village Park, 700 West C St., Kannapolis.

Matthews Summer Concert Series July 11: Into the Woods; Movies begin around 8:30 p.m. Stumptown Park, 120 South Trade St., Matthews.

Hollywood Shoots Itself Film Series July 9: Sunset Boulevard (1950) at ImaginOn’s Wells Fargo Playhouse; July 23: Day for Night (1973) at ImaginOn’s Wells Fargo Playhouse; July 30: Sullivan’s Travels (1942) at ImaginOn’s Wells Fargo Playhouse. ImaginOn, 300 E. 7th St.; Main Library, 310 N. Tryon St.

Theater/Dance/Performance Art

Aladdin Jr. CPCC Summer theatre presents Aladdin Jr. July 1-2, 10 a.m.; July 5-9, 10 a.m. CPCC’s Halton Theater, 1201 Elizabeth Ave. 704-330-6534. arts.cpcc.edu/.

Alice in Wonderland Jr. Travel down the rabbit hole and join Alice, one of literature’s most beloved heroines, in her madcap adventures. Featuring updated songs from Disney’s thrilling animated motion picture, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr. is a fast-paced take on the classic tale, presented by Theatre Charlotte’s award-winning youth theatre program TCjr. July 8, 7 p.m.; July 9, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.; July 10, 2 p.m. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road. theatrecharlotte.org.

Beauty and the Beast Showtime Theatre Company is proud to present this classic musical tale that follows Belle and the Beast as they find love against all odds. July 15, 7 p.m.; July 16, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.; July 17, 2 p.m. Winthrop University’s Johnson Hall, 115 Johnson Hall, Rock Hill. 704-372-1000.carolinatix.org.

Boys to Baghdad Set in the late 1980’s and early 90’s this coming to age romance reflects on the process of becoming a man. $21-$28. July 15, 7:3 p.m.; July 16, 3 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Duke Energy Theatre, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

Dixie’s Never Wear a Tube Top Dixie Longate, fastest-talking Tupperware lady, shares the 16 things she learned from a hard night of drinking. $24.50. July 5-7, 7:30 p.m.; July 8, 8 p.m.; July 9, 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; July 10, 3 p.m.; July 12-14, 7:30 p.m.; July 15, 8 p.m.; July 16, 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; July 17, 3 p.m.; July 19-21, 7:30 p.m.; July 22, 8 p.m.; Sat., July 23, 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.; July 24, 3 p.m. Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

The Drowsy Chaperone The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz age musical featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another. July 21-22, 7:30 p.m.; July 23, 2:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; July 24, 2:30 p.m. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road. theatrecharlotte.org.

The Fox on the Fairway An adventure about life, love, and a man’s eternal love affair with golf. A hilarious comedy based on the Marx Brother’s classic. $15-$29. July 14-16, 8 p.m.; July 17, 2 p.m.; July 21-23, 8 p.m.; July 24, 2 p.m. Davidson College’s Duke Family Performance Hall, 207 Faculty Drive, Davidson. davidsoncommunityplayers.org.

Haydini Haydini (real name Hayden Childress) is Italian for “magically delicious.” He specializes in the art of magic and sleight of hand, mentalism, theater, and comedy. $15-$20. July 8-9, 8 p.m. Duke Energy Theater, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

If/Then: A New Musical A musical about living in New York today and the infinite possibilities that tomorrow holds. The story follows a woman and the two possible life paths she could take. July 19, 2 p.m.; July 20, 8 p.m.; July 21, 1:30 p.m.; July 22, 7 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

Junie B. Jones The Musical A delightful adaptation of four of Barbara Park’s best-selling books brought to life in a genuinely comical, and not strictly-for-kids musical awaken a young person’s desire to read. $10-$12. July 17, 2 p.m.; July 19-21, 10 a.m.; July 23-24, 2 p.m. Matthews Playhouse, 100 McDowell St, Matthews. 704-372-1000. carolinatix.org.

Mario the Magician An NYC favorite who creates his own props, he heads South with his live performance for the young and young-at-heart, inspiring kids and families to make, imagine, and most importantly laugh. $10-$20. July 23, 4 p.m. Stage Door Theater, 100 E. Trade St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

National Dance Day National Dance Day is a grassroots initiative to encourage the nation, young and old, to move! Nigel Lythgoe, executive producer of So You Think You Can Dance, created this annual event to promote health and self-esteem through the art form of dance. Featuring an array of participatory dance activities. This free event is open to people of all ages and no prior dance experience is necessary for participation. July 30, 1 p.m. Held at Wells Fargo Plaza in Uptown. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

RSVP - Real Struggles and Venomous People Tochi Bueno Productions in association with JazzNSoul Music presents this show about riendship, family, faith, food, and foolishness. $25-$30. July 30, 8 p.m.; July 31, 7 p.m. Duke Energy Theater, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

Sister Act CPCC’s Summer Theatre presents Sister Act. July 15-16, 7:30 p.m.; July 17, 2:30 p.m.; July 20, 7 p.m.; July 21-23, 7:30 p.m. CPCC’s Halton Theater, 1201 Elizabeth Ave. 704-330-6534. arts.cpcc.edu/.

Slueth CPCC’s Summer Theatre presents Sleuth. July 1-2, 7:30 p.m.; July 3, 2:30 p.m.; July 6, 7 p.m.; July 7-9, 7:30 p.m.; July 10, 2:30 p.m. CPCC’s Pease Auditorium, 1200 Elizabeth Ave. 704-330-6534. tix.cpcc.edu/.

The Tempest A teen performance experience of this William Shakespeare classic. Recommended for ages 12 and up. July 1-2, 7:30 p.m. ImaginOn’s Wells Fargo Playhouse, 300 E. 7th St. ctcharlotte.org.

The Wizard of Oz Rediscover the classical musical of Dorthy and her friends along the yellow brick road with a few surprises along the way. This new production features an adaptation developed from the MGM Screenplay. July 5, 2 p.m.; July 6, 8 p.m.; July 7, 1:30 p.m.; July 8, 7 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

Sports

Charlotte Knights July 4, 6:05 p.m.: Charlotte Knights vs. Pawtucket Red Socks; July 5-6, 7:05 p.m.: Charlotte Knights vs. Pawtucket Red Socks; July 7-8, 7:05 p.m.: Charlotte Knights vs. Gwinnett Braves; July 9, 6:05 p.m.: Charlotte Knights vs. Gwinnett Braves; July 10, 2:05 p.m.: Charlotte Knights vs. Gwinnett Braves; July 11, 7:05 p.m.: Triple-A Home Run Derby; July 13. INT vs. PCL Triple-A All-Star Game; July 18-20, 7:05 p.m.: Charlotte Knights vs. Scranton/WB RailRiders; July 29, 7:05 p.m.: Charlotte Knights vs. Columbus Clippers; July 30, 12:05 p.m.: Charlotte Knights vs. Columbus Clippers; July 31, 5:05 p.m.: Charlotte Knights vs. Columbus Clippers; Aug. 5, 7:05 p.m.: Charlotte Knights vs. Norfolk Tides; Aug. 6, 6:05 p.m. vs. Norfolk Tides; Aug. 7, 5:05 p.m.: Charlotte Knights vs. Norfolk Tides. BB&T Ballpark, 324 S. Mint St. milb.com.

Charlotte Hounds July 23, 7:30 p.m.: Charlotte Hounds vs. Denver Outlaws. American Legion Memorial, 310 N Kings Drive. charlottehounds.com.

Summer Concert Series’

Alive After Five July 7: Breakfast Club, an 80’s Tribute Band on the Rooftop stage; July 14: Hot Sauce on the Rooftop stage; July 21: Mr. Potato Head on the Rooftop stage; July 28: Rubberband on the Rooftop stage. Every Thursday after 5 p.m. EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St. aliveafterfives.com.

Bearden Music Series July 9, 6 p.m.–9 p.m.: Mint Julep Jazz Band Swing. Every Wednesday 6-9 p.m. Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St.

Blakeney Summer Concert Series July 1 & 2: Jaza Band; July 8 & 9: Hot Sauce Band; July 15 & 26: Natty Boh; July 22 & 23: Chris Sanchez Band; July 29: DJ Chuck; July 30: Wicked Powers Duo; Fridays and Saturdays 7-10 p.m. 9870 Rea Road.

Carowinds Harmony Hall Summer Concert Series Wind down with live music at Carowinds’ Harmony Hall. Friday Nights, June 17–July 22. 14523 Carowinds Blvd.

Charlotte Symphony Pops July 1, 8:15 p.m.: Summer Pops: “Celebrate America.” $12. Symphony Park @ SouthPark, 4400 Sharon Road. charlottesymphony.org.

Concerts on the Green in Davidson July 3: Ted Vigil; 6-8 p.m. Held in downtown Davidson.

Downtown Gastonia July 8: The Extraordinaires; July 22: Blackwater. 111 N. South St., Gastonia.

Indian Trail Live Jazz Series Featuring live jazz. Every 4th Friday of the month. July 22, 8 p.m. Free admission. Crossing Paths Park, 120 Blythe Drive, Indian Trail.

Kannapolis’ Summer Entertainment Series July 16: Andrew Theilen Big Band; July 30: Too Much Sylvia; Concerts in the Park: 7-10 p.m. Veterans Park, Main Street and E. First Street, Kannapolis.

Matthews Summer Concert Series July 4: Too Much Sylvia; July 18: Vanilla Cornbread. Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St.

Mint Hill concert series July 3: Queen City Brass. 7 p.m. Held in front of Mint Hill’s Town Hall.

Party in the Park @ Romare Bearden Park July 6: Flashback, The Party Band; July 13: Band of Oz; July 20: Jim Quick & Coastline; July 27: Hip Pocket. Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St.

Pineville Rockin’ and Reelin’ Summer Movie Series July 29: Coconut Groove Band. Concerts start at 7 p.m. Belle Johnston Park, Lake Drive, Pineville.

River Jam Series at U.S. National Whitewater Center July 2: The Packway Handle Band; July 7: Scythuan; July 9: Urban Soil; July 14: The Way Down Wanderers; July 16: The Ragbirds; July 21: Big Daddy Love; July 23: Temperance League; July 28: Head For The Hills; July 30: Koa. Every Thursday and Saturday 7-10 p.m. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewatercenter Parkway. usnwc.org.

Stonecrest Summer Concert Series July 1 & 2: Dukes & Smith; July 8 & 9: Skate Rink Jukebox; July 15: Leslie & Friends; July 16: Flutepraise; July 22 & 23: Greg Lilley Band; July 29 & 30: Woodie & The String Pullers. Every Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. 7832 Rea Road.

Thursdays on Main, Evening Series July 14: Boat Rockers; Veterans Park, Main Street and E. First Street, Kannapolis.

Union Street Live July 21: Fantastic Shakers, Jay Mathey Band; 6-9 p.m. Third Thursday of every month. Union Street South, Concord.

Festivals

4th of July Celebration Celebrate America and get outside during this two-day celebration featuring outdoor activities, live music, and a spectacular firework displays. Musical performances on the Belmont Abbey Island stage will take place in the afternoon and evening, followed by a stunning firework display. July 3-4, 3 p.m.-9:30 p.m. $5 parking, $30 to register cornhole team. U.S. National Whitewater Center Parkway, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. usnwc.org.

4th of July Celebration A patriotic celebration of Independence Day at the Charlotte Museum of History. This event will feature lectures, kids’ crafts, tours of the Hezekiah Alexander home site, and ringing of the American Freedom Bell. July 4, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. The Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive. 704-568-1774. charlottemuseum.org.

Food & Drink

Carowinds Bands, Brews and BBQ Carolina barbecue, combined with craft beer and local music. Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, July 29–Aug. 14.

Summer Food Truck Rally Food truck rally at Rural Hill featuring an array of food trucks. July 15. Free admission. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville.

The Vin Master Mega-Tasting Featuring five suppliers each pouring more than wines. July 21, 6:30 p.m. $15 per person, but if you order six bottles, the entry fee is credited to your purchase. Vin Master, 2000 South Blvd., Suite 610. 704-307-5565. thevinmaster.com.

More Events

Charlotte Firecracker 5K The 5k course is a rolling loop around the Olde Providence neighborhood with a family fun run. $10-$35. July 3, 7 p.m. Olde Providence Elementary School, 3800 Rea Road. charlottefirecracker5k.racesonline.com.

Country Bar Crawl Grab your cowboy hats, daisy dukes, flannels, and boots, and get ready to party. Participating bars include Blackfinn Ameripub, Fitzgeralds, Connelly’s on Fifth, SIPS, The Pub at Gateway. $20-$35. July 23, 2 p.m.–10 p.m. 201 E. 5th St. countrybarcrawl.com.

Don Tilley Memorial Half Mile AMA Pro Flat Track is highly regarded as the most prestigious and competitive form of dirt track racing in the world. July 30, 5 p.m.–10 p.m. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway South, Concord. 704-455-3200. charlottemotorspeedway.com.

Hoshicon A three day event celebrating Japanese culture, animation, and video games. Includes vendors, panels, a game room, cosplay contest, and more. $25-$45. July 15-17. Westin Charlotte Hotel. 601 S. College St. hoshicon.org.

Jimmie Johnson Cane Creek Sprint Triathlon The Jimmie Johnson Foundation Cane Creek Sprint Triathlon will be held at the beautiful lakeside setting in and around Cane Creek State Park. $70-$140. July 26, 6 p.m. Cane Creek State Park, 5213 Harkey Road, Waxhaw. jimmiejohnsontri.racesonline.com.

AUGUST

Comedy

Booth Playhouse Elizardi Castro Aug. 20, 7:30 p.m. Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

The Comedy Zone Charlotte Aug. 1: Cindy Kaza Psychic Medium; Aug. 2: 180 Second Comedy Show; Aug. 4-6: Ralphie May; Aug. 9: Fight Night Comedy Competition (Season 10 Round 3); Aug. 11-13: James Davis; Aug. 14: Funny On The Retry; Aug. 16: Night of 500 Laughs; Aug. 17: Laugh It Up Blue; Aug. 18-21: Gary Owen; Aug. 23: Fight Night Comedy Competition (Season 10 Round 4); Aug. 25-27: Big Jay Oakerson; Aug. 26-27: Big Jay Oakerson; Aug. 30: Wild West Comedy Show; Aug. 31: Almost Famous Comedy Show. The Comedy Zone, 900 AvidXchange Music Factory Blvd., Suite B3. 980-321-4702. cltcomedyzone.com.

UpStage Improv Charlotte. Aug. 5. 3306 N. Tryon St. upstagenoda.com.

Clarion Hotel at Carowinds OTC presents “Back to School Improv Show.” $12-$15. Aug. 20, 8 p.m. 3695 Foothills Way, Fort Mill. 704-618-4203. otcimprov.com.

Wet Willies Charlotte Comedy Theater. Shows on most Fridays and Saturdays. 900 AvidXchange Music Factory Blvd. charlottecomedytheater.com.

Film

Joedance Film Festival The annual Joedance Film Festival honors the late Joe Restaino to raise awareness and funds for rare pediatric cancers research. August 5-6, 8-11 p.m. Free admission, but donations suggested. 10th Street Townhomes Courtyard, 308 West 10th St. 704-307-9571. joedance.org.

48 Hour Film Project Filmmakers have 48 hours to make a film, based off of set criteria and a hand selected genre. Aug. 5-7. 48hourfilm.com/charlotte-nc.

Full Bloom Film Festival Statesville film festival geared towards nature. Sept. 22-24. fullbloomfilmfestival.com.

Pineville Rockin’ and Reelin’ Movie Series Aug. 12: Max. Free admission. Movie starts at 8 p.m./8:30 p.m. Pineville Lake Park, 1000 Johnston Drive, Pineville.

Kannapolis’ Summer Movies in the Park Aug. 5: Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi. Movies starts at 8:45 p.m. Free admission. Village Park, 700 West C St., Kannapolis.

Matthews Summer Concert Series Aug. 15: Big Hero 6. Movie begins around 8:30 p.m. Stumptown Park, 120 South Trade St., Matthews.

Hollywood Shoots Itself Film Series Aug. 13: Silent Movie (1976) at ImaginOn’s Wells Fargo Playhouse; Aug. 20: Ed Wood (1994) at ImaginOn’s Wells Fargo Playhouse; Aug. 27: The Bad and the Beautiful (1952) at Main Library Francis Auditorium. ImaginOn, 300 E. 7th St.; Main Library, 310 N. Tryon St.

Theater/Dance/Performance Art

Evita A teen performance experience of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s legendary musical. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Aug. 5-6, 7:30 p.m. ImaginOn’s McColl Family Theatre, 300 E. 7th St. ctcharlotte.org.

The Naked Magic Show R-rated magic due to nudity. $19.50 and up. Aug. 4, 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

Newsies Newsies features high-energy song and dance about those who delivered the papers until they made headlines. $25. Aug. 9, 2 p.m.; Aug. 10, 8 p.m.; Aug. 11, 1:30 p.m.; Aug. 12, 7 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

Rouge Caroline Calouche & Co. presents this cabaret-style performance filled with gravity-defying aerial acts and tantalizing dance. $25-$30. Aug. 13, 8 p.m. Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000. blumenthalarts.org.

Seminar Presented by Three Bone Theatre. by Theresa Rebeck In the provocative comedy Seminar, four aspiring young novelists sign up for private writing classes with Leonard, an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon and hearts are unmoored. Aug. 11-13; Aug. 18-20. UpStage, 3306 N. Davidson St. threebonetheatre.com.

Sports

Charlotte Knights Aug. 5, 7:05 p.m.: Charlotte Knights vs. Norfolk Tides; Aug. 6, 6:05 p.m. vs. Norfolk Tides; Aug. 7, 5:05 p.m.: Charlotte Knights vs. Norfolk Tides; Aug. 9-11, 7:05 p.m.: Charlotte Knights vs. Louisville Cardinals; Aug. 15-17, 7:05 p.m. vs. Gwinnett Braves; Aug. 20, 6:05 p.m.: Charlotte Knights vs. Buffalo Bisons; Aug. 21, 5:05 p.m. vs. Buffalo Bisons; Aug. 22, 7:05 p.m.: Charlotte Knights vs. Buffalo Bisons; Aug. 23-25, 7:05 p.m.: Charlotte Knights vs. Durham Bulls; Sept. 1, 1:05 p.m.: Charlotte Knights vs. Norfolk Tides; Sept. 2, 7:05 p.m.: Charlotte Knights vs. Norfolk Tides; Sept. 3, 6:05 p.m.: Charlotte Knights vs. Norfolk Tides; Sept. 4, 7:05 p.m.: Charlotte Knights vs. Gwinnett Braves; Sept. 5, 2:05 p.m.: Charlotte Knights vs. Gwinnett Braves. BB&T Ballpark, 324 S. Mint St. milb.com.

Charlotte Rollergirls Aug. 13: CLTRG Special 10th Anniversary Intra-League Bout. $7-$16. Grady Cole Center, 310 N. Kings Drive. charlotterollergirls.com.

Charlotte Hounds Aug. 6, 7:30 p.m.: Charlotte Hounds vs. Chesapeake Bayhawks. American Legion Memorial, 310 N Kings Drive. charlottehounds.com.

Summer Concert Series’

Alive After Five August 4: Slippery When Wet, a Bon Jovi Tribute on the Rooftop stage. Every Thursday after 5 p.m. aliveafterfives.com.

Blakeney Summer Concert Series Aug. 5 & 6: Hot Sauce Band; Aug. 12: DJ Chuck; Aug. 13: Wicked Powers Duo; Aug. 19 & 20: Natty Boh; Aug. 26 & 27: Loafers Band. Fridays and Saturdays 7-10 p.m. EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.

Bearden Music Series August 13, 6 p.m.–9 p.m.: Mac Arnold & Full Plate of Blues Chicago Blues. Every Wednesday 6-9 p.m. Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St.

Concerts on the Green in Davidson Aug. 7: Da Throwback Band; Aug. 21: Poor Boy Revival; 6-8 p.m. Held in downtown Davidson.

Downtown Gastonia Aug. 5: Fantastic Shakers; Aug. 19: Ken Knox. 7-10 p.m. 111 N. South St., Gastonia.

Kannapolis’ Summer Entertainment Series Aug. 13: Delbert McClinton. Concerts in the Park: 7-10 p.m. Veterans Park, Main Street and E. First Street, Kannapolis.

Langtree Live Aug. 6: Heroes At Last; Aug. 13: Mo Money; Aug. 20: Hot Sauce Band; Aug. 27: Swingin’ Richards. Every Thursday through September 5-10 p.m. 401 Langtree Road, Mooresville. racecityusa.org/event/langtree-live.

Party in the Park @ Romare Bearden Park Aug. 3: Fantastic Shakers; Aug. 10: The Extraordinaires; Aug. 17: Gary Lowder & Smokin Hot; Aug. 24: The Tams; Aug. 31: Rick Strickland Band. Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St.

Pineville Rockin’ and Reelin’ Summer Movie Series Aug. 26: Gump Fiction; Concerts start at 7 p.m. Belle Johnston Park, Lake Drive, Pineville.

River Jam Series at U.S. National Whitewater Center Aug. 4: The Show Ponies; Aug. 6: Parsonsfield; Aug. 11: Davy Knowles; Aug.18: Jarekus Singleton; Aug. 20: Amigo; Aug. 25: The Accomplices; Aug. 27: The Mike Strauss Band. Every Thursday and Saturday 7-10 p.m. 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. usnwc.org.

Stonecrest Summer Concert Series Aug. 5 & 6: Flutepraise; Aug. 12 & 13: Bonejazz; Aug. 19 & 20: Skate Rink Jukebox; Aug. 26 & 27: Leslie & Friends; Every Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. 7832 Rea Road.

Thursdays on Main, Evening Series Aug. 11: Tim Clark. 6-9 p.m. @ Veterans Park, Main Street and E. First Street, Kannapolis.

Union Street Live Aug. 18: Band of Oz, Mike Strauss; Third Thursday of every month. Union Street South, Concord.

Festivals

Charlotte Pride Festival Charlotte Pride’s free two-day cultural festival includes diverse national, regional and local entertainers, musicians and bands, and numerous participating vending booths, including art exhibitors, area non-profits, political candidates, vendors, food stands and more. It highlights the social, cultural, ethnic, artistic and political diversity of the Charlotte area’s LGBTQ community. Free admission. August 20, 12 p.m.-10 p.m.; August 21, 12 p.m.–6 p.m. Held along South Tryon Street.

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Dirty Dancing Festival This annual festival celebrates the movie, in a location where parts of it were filmed. Aug. 19-20. Morse Park Meadows 2932 Memorial Highway, Lake Lure. $20 for adults; $5 for children.

USNWC Festival X (Cheers to 10 years) In August of 2006, the U.S. National Whitewater Center opened its door for the very first time. A lot has changed over the years, but the USNWC has stayed true to its mission of promoting the active, outdoor lifestyle. Celebrate 10 years with live music, craft beer, and outdoor adventures. Free admission ($5 parking); $30 to register cornhole team August 13, 3 p.m. Cornhole tournament, then live music starting at 6 p.m. U.S. National Whitewater Center Parkway, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. usnwc.org.

Food & Drink

Carowinds Bands, Brews and BBQ Carolina barbecue, combined with craft beer and local music. Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays, Through Aug. 14. 14523. Carowinds Blvd.

The Vin Master Mega-Tasting Featuring five suppliers each pouring more than wines. Aug. 18, 6:30 p.m. $15 per person, but if you order six bottles, the entry fee is credited to your purchase. Vin Master, 2000 South Blvd., Suite 610. 704-307-5565. thevinmaster.com.

More Events

3rd Annual Walk/Run For Sickle Cell The Run/Walk For Sickle Cell helps us increase awareness and raise much-needed funds for sickle cell services. $25. Aug. 27, 8 a.m.–11 a.m. 301 S. Mint St.

2016 CHS Cornhole Tournament Teams of 2 will compete in round robin play (guaranteed 3 games minimum). Top teams advance to single elimination playoffs. Walkups may be accepted if the tournament is not filled out (but not guaranteed). Aug. 13, 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Free registration. Hornets Nest Park, 6301 Beatties Ford Road.

Carolina Bridal Fair Meet wedding professionals, taste cakes and catering options, see flowers and find new ideas for the big day. Prizes and giveaways, too. $5. August 7, 12-5 p.m. Cabarrus Arena & Events Center 4751 Highway 49 N, Concord.

Charlotte Challenge 2016: The Ultimate Urban Scavenger Race The challenge is a ridiculously fun “Amazing Race” style competition packed into one day. Teams of two or more will dash around the city, racing against other challengers for glory (and cash prizes!) as they solve tricky clues, strategize the best route, and explore undiscovered corners of the city. $35-$55. Aug. 21, 2 p.m. challengenation.com/charlotte/.

Circle K Back-to-School Monster Truck The Monster Truck Bash returns to The Dirt Track. August 13, 6 p.m. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway South, Concord. 704-455-3200. charlottemotorspeedway.com.

Extreme Midget Wrestling Described as “the baddest little show on earth.” $15-$18. Aug. 25, 8:30 p.m. Amos’ Southend, 1423 South Tryon St. 704-377-6874. amossouthend.com.

Southern Women’s Show This event is jam-packed with jewelry and handbags, make-up tips and tricks, gourmet treats, runway fashion shows, cooking classes, speakers and celebrity guests. $6-$10. August 26-28; Fri-Sat 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m.Charlotte Convention Center Hall A, 501 S College St.

Triple C Brewing Co. 4th Anniversary Party The taproom will be open from noon to 10 p.m. with several food trucks. At 2:30 p.m., the party moves to the parking lot, where there will be live music from Mojo Ruckus from 2:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Yarn takes over for two sets starting at 6 p.m. There will also be a We a special anniversary ale. Free admission. Aug. 20, 12 p.m.–10 p.m. Triple C Brewing Co., 2900 Griffith St. triplecbrewing.com.

SEPTEMBER

Comedy

The Comedy Zone Charlotte Sept. 6: Fight Night Comedy Competition (Season 10 Round 5); Sept. 13: 180 Second Comedy Show; Sept. 15-17: John Caparulo; Sept. 16-18: Sinbad; Sept. 19: Graduation for Comedy Zone Comedy Class; Sept. 20: Fight Night Comedy Competition (Season 10 Round 6). The Comedy Zone, 900 AvidXchange Music Factory Blvd., Suite B3. 980-321-4702. cltcomedyzone.com.

UpStage Improv Charlotte. Sept. 2. 3306 N. Tryon St. upstagenoda.com.

Wet Willies Charlotte Comedy Theater. Shows on most Fridays and Saturdays. 900 AvidXchange Music Factory Blvd. charlottecomedytheater.com.

Film

Full Bloom Film Festival Statesville film festival geared towards nature. Sept. 22-24. fullbloomfilmfestival.com.

Charlotte Film Festival This film featival features an assortment of award-winning and internationally acclaimed films throughout its week-long run. Sept. 22-Oct. 2. charlottefilmfestival.org.

Hollywood Shoots Itself Film Series Sept. 10: The Player (1992) at Main Library Francis Auditorium. Main Library, 310 N. Tryon St.

Theater/Dance/Performance Art

Saturday Night Fever Get out your “Boogie Shoes” as this mega-hit musical hits the Theatre Charlotte stage. Featuring Songs by The Bee Gees, David Abbinanti, David Shire, Walter Murphy and Kool and the Gang.Sept. 9-10, 8 p.m.; Sept. 11, 2:30 p.m.; Sept. 13-15, 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 16-17, 8 p.m. Sept. 20-22, 7:30 p.m.; Sept. 23-24, 8 p.m.; Sept. 25, 2:30 p.m. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road. theatrecharlotte.org.

Sports

Charlotte Knights Sept. 1, 1:05 p.m.: Charlotte Knights vs. Norfolk Tides; Sept. 2, 7:05 p.m.: Charlotte Knights vs. Norfolk Tides; Sept. 3, 6:05 p.m.: Charlotte Knights vs. Norfolk Tides; Sept. 4, 7:05 p.m.: Charlotte Knights vs. Gwinnett Braves; Sept. 5, 2:05 p.m.: Charlotte Knights vs. Gwinnett Braves. BB&T Ballpark, 324 S. Mint St. milb.com.

Charlotte Rollergirls Sept. 17: CLTRG All-Stars vs. Appalachian Roller Girls All-Stars. $7-$16. Grady Cole Center, 310 N. Kings Drive. charlotterollergirls.com.

Summer Concert Series’

Alive After Five Sept. 1: Departure, a Journey Tribute on the Rooftop stage; Sept. 15: Simplified on the Rooftop stage. Every Thursday after 5 p.m. EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St. aliveafterfives.com.

Concerts on the Green in Davidson Sept. 4: Rusty Knox Band; Sept. 18: Davidson College Symphony & Jazz Ensemble. 6-8 p.m. Held in downtown Davidson.

Party in the Park @ Romare Bearden Park Sept. 7: Swingin’ Medallions; Sept. 14: Peace & Love. Romare Bearden Park, 301 S. Church St.

Pineville Rockin’ and Reelin’ Summer Movie Series Sept. 16: Matt Stratford Band. Concerts start at 7 p.m. Belle Jonston Park, Lake Drive, Pineville.

River Jam Series at U.S. National Whitewater Center Sept. 1: The Hip Abduction; Sept. 3: The Trongone Band; Sept. 8: Dangermuffin; Sept. 10: Billy Strings; Sept. 15: Sol Driven Train; Sept. 17: Dank; Sept. 22: Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band; Sept. 29: Seth Stainback & Roosterfoot. Every Thursday and Saturday 7-10 p.m. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. usnwc.org.

Stonecrest Summer Concert Series Sept. 2 & 3: Real Jazz; Sept. 9 & 10: Greg Lilley Band; Sept. 16 & 17: Leslie & Friends; Sept. 23 & 24: Brubakers; Sept. 30: Flutepraise. Every Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. 7832 Rea Road.

Union Street Live Sept. 15: Too Much Sylvia. 6-9 p.m. Third Thursday of every month. Union Street South, Concord.

Festivals

Cabarrus Country Fair The fair features rides, along with food and family-friendly activities. $3.25-$7.50; Free for children five years old and under. Sept. 9, 6 p.m.-11 p.m.; Sept. 10, 1 p.m.-11 p.m.; Sept. 11, 1 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sept. 12-16, 4 p.m.-11 p.m.; Sept. 17, 1 p.m.-11 p.m. Cabarrus Arena & Events Center, 4751 NC Hwy 49 North, Concord.

Festival of India In its 22nd year, the festival continues to showcase Indian culture through live performances, arts and crafts, costumes and cuisine from the various regions of India. $6 online, $7 at door. Kids under 10 free. Sept. 17, 12 p.m.–8 p.m.; Sept 18, 12 p.m.-7 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St.

Festival in the Park In its 52nd year, the festival features arts and craft vendors. live music and family-friendly activities. Free admission. Sept. 23, 4 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sept 24, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m; Sept 25, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd.

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Matthews Alive! Festival A Labor Day weekend celebration with family activities, food, arts, and entertainment. Free admission. Sept 2, 6 p.m.-10 p.m.; Sept. 3, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sept. 4, 12 p.m.-9 p.m.; Sept. 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Held along North Trade Street, Matthews.

’Tawba Walk Arts & Music Festival An eclectic art crawl, featuring dozens of local vendors, live street performances, shopping, food and more. Free admission. Sept. 17, 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Held in downtown Cornelius.

Yiasou Greek Festival The Yiasou Greek Festival began in 1978 and since then has become one of Charlotte’s largest cultural events, featuring Hellenic cultural exhibits, authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, entertainment, art, shopping and more. $3 admission to festival, children under 12 are free accompanied by a parent/guardian. Sept 10, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sept 11-12, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sept 13, 12-8 p.m. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral 600 East Blvd.yiasoufestival.org.

Food & Drink

Eat From A Truck Food truck fair with more than 100 local and regional food trucks onsite, along with craft beer and live music. Benefiting Kids First of the Carolinas. Sept. 10. AvidXchange, 1000 N.C. Music Factory Blvd. eatfromatruck.com.

Uncorked This wine festival features a variety of local, regional, and national wineries. The day begins with the Wild Vine 5k and half marathon trail races, followed by the wine tasting from 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 24. $5 for parking, purchase individual tickets for samples. U.S. National Whitewater Center Parkway, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. usnwc.org.

The Vin Master Mega-Tasting Featuring five suppliers each pouring more than wines. Sept. 15, 6:30 p.m. $15 per person, but if you order six bottles, the entry fee is credited to your purchase. Vin Master, 2000 South Blvd., Suite 610. 704-307-5565. thevinmaster.com.

More Events

9th Annual 5K/10K For Kids Cancer There will be a 5k and 10k course, along with a one mile fun run. There will also be a kids zone, a silent auction and a raflle. Sept. 24, 8 a.m. Ballantyne Corporate Park, 13860 Ballantyne Corporate Place. 5kforkidscancer.com.

Carolina Beauty & Health Expo Carolina Beauty Expo is a fun filled day for the entire family. The event will feature a variety of vendors, seminars, entertainment from local and national recording artists, celebrity guests, and more. $5-$10. Sept. 17, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m. Charlotte Convention Center. 501 S College St.

Growler and Gallop 5K Olde Mecklenburg will provide the beer and the atmosphere and Trivium Racing will set up a great 5k course and provide a band. $32-$37. Sept. 4, race starts at 5 p.m. Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, 4150 Yancey Road. triviumracing.com/event/oldemeck/.

PurpleStride Charlotte PurpleStride is the signature event of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. $15-$35; free for survivors and volunteers. Sept. 10, 8 a.m. Marshall Park, 800 E. 3rd St. support.pancan.org/site/TR/PurpleStride.

Yard Art Day A grassroots arts exhibition, curated by the community, for the community. A 24-hour event where art of all mediums is displayed in front yards or balconies for the public. Sept 5. yardartday.org.

Ongoing events

Bechtler by Night The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, in partnership with Bank of America, presents “Bechtler by Night.” The museum will open its four gallery floors to the public, free of charge, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the third Friday of each month. Free. June 17 & July 15, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St. bechtler.org.

Matthews Food Truck Fridays A variety of food and dessert trucks featured with live music every week. Free admission. Every Friday, 5 p.m.-9 p.m., through Sept. 30. Stumptown Park, South Trade St., Matthews.

SouthEnd Gallery Crawl Explore the many galleries filled with paintings, sculpture, jewelry, mosaics, live music and refreshments in South End. First Friday of every month. Starts at 6 p.m. Free admission. SouthEnd - recommended to start at Cimarron Sky Gallery, 214 W. Tremont Ave., Suite 102.

SouthEnd Food Truck Friday Hosted by Sycamore Brewing, less than half a mile from its original site, in the brewery’s 1.6 acre open lot. Featuring an ever-changing line-up of food trucks paired with craft beer in a family and dog friendly setting, complete with beer-garden style seating and live music. Free admission. Every Friday, 5-10 p.m. Sycamore Brewing 2161 Hawkins St.

The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists Author, scholar and renowned folklorist William Ferris has been working to document and preserve Southern culture for nearly fifty years. In 2013, the results of his work was published in the highly acclaimed book, The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists, which compiled decades’ worth of personal one-on-one interviews with the South’s greatest luminaries. Runs through Sept. 18. Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St. 704-333-1887. museumofthenewsouth.org.

The Adventures of Mr. Potato Head A new interactive exhibit targeted at children ages 3–8 and focused on the timeless toy. Through Sept. 11. ImaginOn, 300 E. 7th St. 704-416-4600. imaginon.org.

Classic Movie Monday & Service Industry Night Free popcorn, film screening and distillery tours. Every Monday until Aug. 29. Tours at 6 p.m., movie at 7:30 p.m. The Broken Spoke, 227 Southside Drive and at the Great Wagon Road Distillery. 704-469-9540. brokenspokenc.com.

Carolina History and Haunts Walking Ghost Tour A stroll through Charlotte’s streets guided by the eerie glow of candlelight. Within 90 minutes, listen to the stories of local history and haunt stories about some of Uptown’s departed inhabitants. Every Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.-9:30 p.m., and during full moons. $13-$15; free for children seven years old & under. 214 N. Tryon St. carolinahistoryandhaunts.com.

Friday Night Festival Unknown Brewing Company and Craft Tasting Room and Growler Shop have partnered with The Gold District and Historic South End, Charlotte to bring a new Friday night experience to South End. The event, which organizers are dubbing “Friday Night Festival,” will be taking place in the parking lot of The Unknown Brewing Co. and Craft Growler on Mint Street. Every Friday, 5 p.m.-10 p.m., until Sept 30. Free admission. Unknown Brewing Co., 1327 South Mint St. 980-237-2628. unknownbrewing.com.

Charlotte Brews Cruise Offers weekly brewery tours on Saturdays beginning at 1:30 p.m. The three-and-a-half-hour long tours take visitors on an adventure behind the scenes of breweries and trying samples of craft beers. This cruise is a fun and safe way to dive head-first into Charlotte’s craft beer culture. $24-$49. Meets at Heist Brewery. 2909 N. Davidson St., Suite 200.

Carolina Harbor Carowinds’ new 25-acre water park extension features jaw-dropping slides and a wave pool that mimics the motion of the Atlantic Ocean. The expansion is a 40 percent larger upgrade from the amusement park’s previous water park element, Boomerang Bay. New at Carowinds this summer.

Visual Art

Shain Gallery Jeff and Leslie Cohen Show. This exhibit features artwork by Jeff and Leslie Cohen. June 10-30. Abstract Invitational. The Abstract Invitational will feature 10 emerging abstract artists. Aug. 12-31. Andy Braitman Solo Show. The solo show features artwork by Andy Braitman. Sept. 16-30. 2823 Selwyn Ave. 704-334-7744. shaingallery.com.

Art Hole Genome Pop Up # 1. Featuring artwork by Henry Schreiber, Alexandra Loesser, Scott Partridge, Erich Moffit and Brett Toukatly. Opening reception on May 20, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. . May 26-28, 2-7 p.m.; May 30-31, 2-7 p.m. Free admission. 908 E. 35th St. ohgenome.com.

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art The Art of Print. The exhibition spotlights rare works by Hansjürg Brunner, Marino Marini, Eduardo Chillida, Bernhard Luginbühl, Cornélia Forster, and more. Through June 19. The House That Modernism Built. The exhibit presents Bechtler Museum of Modern Arts’ rich mid-20th century art collection alongside furniture, textile and ceramic holdings on loan from other institutions and private collectors. The show will emphasize process, examining how designers and artists tackled projects, and how the innovations in other disciplines from the sciences to the humanities influenced their direction. Through Sept. 11. 420 S. Tryon St. 704-353-9200. bechtler.org.

CPCC Art Galleries CPCC Visual Arts Club Exhibition. Artists from the CPCC Visual Arts Club exhibit their works in the Balance Art Gallery (4th Floor, Library Resource Center). Through May 31. 1201 Elizabeth Ave. 704-330-6211. arts.cpcc.edu/art-gallery.

Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture Shaping the Vessel: Cummings + Mascoll + Samuel. The exhibit features 26 wood works by three artists, including Frank E. Cummings III, John Mascoll and Avelino Samuel. July 16-Jan. 16. 1960Now. 1960Now is an evolution of Bright’s “1960Who” series inspired by the Civil rights Movement, a collection of images featuring common grassroots youth activists of the 1960s. Through June 26. Art of a New Deal: African-American Artists in the WPA. This exhibition looks at six artists who were employed by the WPA. Through June 26. Dance Theatre of Harlem: 40 Years of Firsts. This majestic exhibition of dazzling costumes, set pieces, and video excerpts celebrates an iconic company and its corps who defied prejudice, and gravity itself, in pursuit of their talent. Through June 26. 551 South Tryon St. 704-547-3700. ganttcenter.org.

Hidell Brooks Gallery Shaping My Intangibles. Featuring works by Johan Hagaman. Sailing in Place. Featuring works by Jenny Nelson. Through June 25. 1910 South Blvd., Suite 130. hidellbrooks.com.

Jerald Melberg Gallery Works by Thomas McNickle. The exhibit showcases works by Thomas McNickle. Through June 17. 625 S. Sharon Amity Road. 704-365-3000. jeraldmelberg.com.

LaCa Projects Collective II: Latin American Perspectives. The exhibit celebrates LaCa’s third anniversary and showcases work by Latin American contemporary artists, including Carlos Estévez (Cuba), Juan Dolhare (Argentina), Vicente Hernández (Cuba), Ricardo “Chino” Morales (Costa Rica), Alicia de la Campa (Cuba), Otto Apuy (Costa Rica), Cristina Toro (Puerto Rico), Juan Carlos Verdial (Cuba) and Leandro Manzo (Argentina). Work by studio artists Luis Ardila (Colombia) and Rosalia Torres-Weiner (Mexico) is also on view. Through June 4. 1429 Bryant St. 704-837-1688. lacaprojects.com.

Lark & Key Gallery and Boutique Wild Life. This exhibit features a cast of creatures, big and small, from Elizabeth Foster, Duy Huynh, Vicki Sawyer, Mary Alayne Thomas and guest Susam Hall. June 3–July 30. 128 E. Park Ave., Suite B. 704-334-4616. larkandkey.com.

Light Factory Total Immersion. Featuring artwork by Sam Wang. May 27-July 21. lightfactory.org.

Mint Museum Uptown 80x80. The Young Affiliates of the Mint host their inaugural art show on the fifth floor of the Mint Museum Uptown in commemoration of the Mint Museum’s upcoming 80th anniversary. June 10 6 p.m.– 10 p.m. The Art & Craft of Shoemaking. The exhibit features an array of diverse and unique shoes, from past to present eras of the Mint’s permanent collection. The show explores both the cultural history and the meticulous craft of shoemaking. Through July 31. Here & Now: 80 Years of Photography at the Mint. The first survey exhibition of photography drawn solely from the Mint’s permanent collection. It’s comprised of approximately 100 of the Mint’s most stunning and provocative photographs. Through Sept. 18. 500 S. Tryon St. 704-337-2000. mintmuseum.org.

Shain Gallery Group Show. Featuring works by Carol Bodiford, Laura Fontaine and Tricia Strickfaden. Through May 31. 2823 Selwyn Ave. 704-334-7744. shaingallery.com.

Mint Hill Arts 5th Annual Binders Art Show. Featuring works of a variety of mediums by artists from across the region. Opening reception on June 3, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. 11205 Lawyers Road, Suite A, Mint Hill. 980-226-5532. minthillarts.org.

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