Smarty Scoop is proudly sponsored by Discovery Place, Discovery Place KIDS – Huntersville and The Charlotte Nature Museum.
The 9th annual Isabella Santos Foundation 5K/10K Race For Kids Cancer and 1-Mile Fun Run will take place in Ballantyne Corporate Park, Saturday, September 24, 2016 and will start at 8 am.
We had such an outstanding turnout last year with over 3,000 participants and we raised over $300,000, allowing us to hit the $1,000,000 mark over the life of the foundation. Check out our video from last year’s event…it truly was something to behold!
Festival in the Park
1409 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC
September 23-25, See website for schedule, All ages, Free
Summary: Since 1964, Festival in the Park has been bringing good music, good art and good times to Charlotteans and visitors from around the world. The sounds of “big band music” drift across Freedom Park’s lake whose still surface reflects the lights strung from Camelot exhibit tents.
Carolina Panthers vs. Minnesota Vikings
Bank of America Stadium
800 South Mint Street, Charlotte, NC
See website for schedule and ticket prices
14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28273
Summary: Not recommended for children under 13. Guests wearing costumes or face paint will not be permitted. Please note, SCarowinds is a special ticket event not covered by regular Carowinds admission.
UNC Charlotte’s 41st Annual International Festival
Barnhardt Student Activity Center
9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte, NC
September 24, 10:00am – 6:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: The International Festival is centered around booths arranged in colorful marketplace style representing the cultures of over 50 nations. The booths are staffed by UNC Charlotte international students and members of Charlotte’s international community and feature art, crafts and costumes from each participating country. Many booths offer international food for sale.
Amazing Maize Maze
Historic Rural Hill
4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, NC
September 10 – November 6, See website for schedule and prices
Summary: There’s more than enough fun and confusion for all! Get lost in our giant seven-acre corn maze featuring over two miles of interconnecting paths. One of the largest in the Southeast, our maze is sure to please! The whole of Rural Hill’s 265 acres is available to you and your group during maze hours – take a hayride around the farm, play a round of corn-hole, explore our historic site, play in our mini-mazes, have a picnic, hike our trails, pick a pumpkin (in October,) & much, much more!
Repticon Charlotte Reptile & Exotic Animal Expo
Cabarrus Arena & Events Center
4751 Highway 49 North, Concord, NC
September 24-25, See website for schedule and ticket prices
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Parkway South, Concord, NC
September 22-25, See website for schedule and ticket prices
Summary: Car lovers rejoice! The world’s largest automotive extravaganza, the Charlotte AutoFair, returns September 22-25, bringing together thousands of hot rods, muscle cars, exotic sports cars and classic automobiles.
Britax Warehouse Sale
4140 Pleasant Road, Ft. Mill, SC
September 24, 8:00am – 4:00pm, Free
Summary: Up to 70% off overstock items. Huge selection of Britax Convertible Seats, booster and infant car seats, baby carriers, strollers, and bike trailers and accessories. Credit only; all sales final.
Food Truck Fridays at Plaza Midwood
Central Avenue (Behind the Light Factory)
1817 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC
Every Friday, 5:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: We are thrilled to announce that Food Truck Friday’s new location will be behind The Light Factory, 1817 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205, in Plaza-Midwood. This is right across the street from the Harris Teeter, a perfect location for the many residents of the area who love to stroll through the neighborhood. Family friendly, this location is sure to become a favorite Friday night destination for Charlotteans.
River Jam Concert Series
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, Charlotte, NC
See website for schedule, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, $5 parking
Summary: Join us on Thursday and Saturday nights from May through September for River Jam, the USNWC’s weekly concert series. A talented line-up of national musical acts provide the perfect back drop for a fun summer evening outdoors. Bring your friends, enjoy our large food and craft beer selection, and take in the sights and sounds of River Jam.
Charlotte Knights Baseball
324 South Mint Street, Charlotte, NC
See website for season schedule and ticket prices
301 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC (704) 372-6261
Summary: Step into a world where science is brought to life through interactive exhibits and explosive experiments during daily programs. Connect with the past and visit the future with groundbreaking exhibitions, larger-than-life IMAX Dome films and hands on activities that let you explore more. Plan your visit today. Click on the links below for detailed information on special events, featured exhibitions, featured shows and IMAX.
Featured Exhibitions: For information on all exhibitions click here.
Featured Shows: For information on all featured shows click here.
IMAX: For information on all featured movies and showtimes click here.
Discovery Place Kids – Huntersville
105 Gilead Road, Huntersville, NC (704) 372-6261
Summary: Explore the theme of I CAN at Discovery Place KIDS-Huntersville. The children’s museum features developmentally-appropriate experiences that encourage imagination and offer the opportunity to build confidence while testing skills by trying new things. The exhibits, themed around a small town, allow children to learn through play.
Theme Areas: For a complete description of all nine theme areas click here.
Featured Shows: For a complete listing of all featured shows click here.
Current and Upcoming Events: For all current and upcoming events click here.
Charlotte Nature Museum
1658 Sterling Road, Charlotte, NC (704) 372-6261
Summary: Bring little ones for just an hour or the whole day and experience wildlife through live animal exhibits and interactive education programs. The Museum is easy to navigate with fun surprises around every corner. Kids can roam The Great Hall and visit Beginnings, an area filled with young animals and information on their lifecycles.
Featured Exhibitions: For complete details on exhibitions and exhibits click here.
Featured Shows: For a complete schedule of show times click here.
Carolina Raptor Center
6000 Sample Road, Huntersville, NC (704) 875-6521
Summary: Carolina Raptor Center is dedicated to environmental stewardship and the conservation of birds of prey through education, research, and the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned raptors. As a charitable 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, CRC relies on public financial support to fulfill our mission. Supporters can release a raptor, adopt a bird, make a charitable donation, purchase a membership or sponsor a capital improvement project. CRC’s environmental education programs reach approximately 40,000 students each year. Our Raptor Trail hosts more than 35,000 visitors a year. Visit our calendar page for event times or just come and enjoy our nicely maintained trails and see all the amazing birds of prey.
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 East Garrison Blvd, Gastonia, NC (704) 866-6900
Summary: The natural wonders of North America and North Carolina coupled with the rich history of our region are all reflected in The Schiele’s exceptional exhibitions and diverse programming. Whether you’re indoors or out, with the kids or your colleagues, by bringing you a lot closer to nature, The Schiele will bring you a little closer to yourself.
Featured Exhibits: For a complete listing click here
Planetarium: For a complete schedule click here
Events Calendar: For all events click here