Happy Wednesday Smarties. School’s out, Schools out, teacher let the monkeys out! This weekend marks the beginning of the summer , so get it started by taking advantage of one of the many summer concerts, outdoor movies, or visit Taste of Charlotte. You also have the opportunity to hear the Charlotte Symphony three times at different locations! There are enough activities this weekend to make the whole family happy. All you have to do is pick one (or more) and get out and enjoy!
Morgan Stanley Family Fun Fest
Blakeny, corner of Rea Rd. and Ardrey Kell
June 10, 5:00pm-9:00pm
This is a great event with all proceeds to benefit Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Charlotte. Event features the band, The Loafers, celebrity appearances (Larry Sprinkle (event MC), Bobcat dancers, Panther cheerleaders, Rufus and Sir Purr. There will be free activities, clowns, balloon animals, face painting and a Fun Zone($5 wristbands) that will include train rides, carousel, sand art, climbing wall, inflatable’s. Food vendors will also be on site.
Taste of Charlotte
Uptown, Tryon Street from MLK Jr. Blvd. to 6th St.
June 11, Fri-Sat, 11:00am-11:00pm; Sun, 11:00am-6:00pm
Charlotte’s Kick-off Summer Event! Enjoy an array of culinary delights from Charlotte’s area restaurants. Play at Adventure Village, a full block-long kids’ area, and try unique brews at the Tavern at the Taste. The festival is held along Tryon Street – From MLK Jr. Blvd. to 6th Street, in the heart of uptown Charlotte! Admission is free and you can purchase coins for food.
Matthews Summer Concert and Movie Series
June 11, 7:00pm
The LINK and Matthews Summer Concert and Movie Series are at it again! Join us every Saturday through July 4th for special musical performances and movies!! June 11th features the Charlotte Symphony with the Winthrop Jazz Voices. Food and beverage vendors on-site. No pets. Event is free but $5 donation would be appreciated in support of the Symphony.
Movies in the Park
Freedom Park Amphitheater
June 11, Movie begins at sunset
The 6th ANNUAL Movies in the Park returns to Freedom Park this summer! Can you imagine a better way to spend a summer evening than sitting under the stars, chomping on popcorn, hanging out with friends & neighbors while watching one of your favorite flicks? Neither can we. So come join us at Freedom Park this Summer and make some memories with your family! Presented by Watershed & the Mecklenburg County Park & Recreation Department. This weekend’s movie is “The Tale of Despereaux”.
Teddy Bear Picnic
McDowell Nature Center
June 11, 11:00am-12:30pm
Enjoy a special picnic with your favorite teddy bear as we listen to a story, play games, make a craft, and have lunch. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Don’t forget to bring your best teddy and a sack lunch (special dessert provided)! Meet at the McDowell Pavilion. For more information contact McDowell Nature Center at 704.588.5224. Ages 2-5. Cost is $5.
Story Slam, 1401 Central Ave., Suite 103
June 11-13, Fri.-Sat., 10:00am; Sun., 2:00pm
Performed by members of the PlayPlay! Theater. PlayPlay! Theatre strives to create meaningful first theatre experiences for little ones ages birth to 3 and their loved ones. PlayPlay! encourages our audience to move, make noise and generally act their age. The “very young” learn to explore and experience new environments in the arms of a loved one. Captivating sights and sounds engage even the very youngest child. Cost is $12.
Beneath the Badge Family Day
Charlotte Museum of History
June 12, Noon-3:00pm
Take in the sights and sounds of some of the CMPD’s specialized units during our Family Day program. In conjunction with the Beneath the Badge exhibit, Family Day visitors will have the opportunity to interact with some of the men and women that serve our community. Hands-on activity offerings will be available for museum visitors of all ages.
Nature: Live Animal Talk
McDowell Nature Center
June 12-13, 4:00pm-4:30pm
What does a snake feel like? Can turtes trade shells? Explore the secret lives of animals while you get up close and personal with several animals that call McDowell Nature Center, the Preserve, and even your backyard home. For more information contact McDowell Nature Center at 704.588.5224.
Summer Pops Concert
Bailey Park, Cornelius
June 12, Gates open at 6:00pm; 7:00pm prelude; 8:15pm concert
It’s that time of year again! Bring your picnic baskets and blankets and join us for an evening with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra as they create musical magic under the stars with a FREE, outdoor Summer Pops Concert. Gates will open at 6:00 pm, with pre-concert activities and concessions.
June 12-13, Sat.,10:00am-4:00pm; Sun., 1:00pm-4:00pm
Visit our gemstone mine to find mineral treasures, including garnets, topaz, rubies, emeralds, rose quartz and more. Learn about geologic forces that create gemstones and search for tiny 10-million-year-old fossils from the Carolina Coast. Take home what you find! Cost is $4 plus museum admission.
Whitewater River Jam
U.S. National Whitewater Center
June 12, Begins at 5:00pm
Come out with friends and family to experience an incredible sunset over the river while enjoying great music, food and drink. If you get a chance to paddle, run or bike the trails or climb before or during the concert, Chef Ben and the folks at the River’s Edge now have over 20 beers on tap and plenty of food waiting for you afterwards. Bring your dog, bring your spouse, bring your kids, bring your friends but whatever you do, just get out here. This weekend features the Scott Smith Band, a Bluesy Reggae Funk-Jazz band. Cost is free, $5 fee to park.
Charlotte Symphony Summer Pops 2010
Symphony Park, SouthPark
June 13, Prelude at 7:00pm; Orchestra at 8:15pm
Pack a picnic and enjoy the Symphony under the stars! Albert-George Schram conducts orchestral favorites, from movie music to popular sing-alongs, dance tunes, and the best of Broadway. Cost is free but donations accepted.