14523 Carowinds Blvd, Charlotte, NC
See website for schedule, special events and promotional offers!
Summary: Want to know what’s new at Carowinds for 2016. The list is long and exciting. Check it out
Rockin’ and Reelin’ Movie and Concert Series
Pineville Lake Park
1000 Johnston Drive, Pineville, NC
May 20 – September 16, See website for schedule and times, Free
Summary: Lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets welcome.
Summer Concert and Movie Series
120 S. Trade Street, Matthews, NC
See website for schedule, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: Pre-movie activities begin at 7pm. Movies will begin at approximately 8:30pm or dusk. Vendors will be onsite selling dinner food, treats, and drinks. No pets please.
Cornelius Outdoor Cinema Series
Ramsey Creek Park
18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius, NC
See website foe schedule, 8:30pm, All ages, Free
Summary: The unique “Boat-In” movies at Ramsey Creek Park, co-hosted by the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department, will give spectators the opportunity to view the movie from land or from the lake. Boaters will be able to watch the movie from their boats and receive audio via boat radio or handheld radio.
Father’s Fun Fest
Robby Gordon Motorsports
10615 Twin Lakes Pkwy., Charlotte, NC
June 18, 10:00am – 1:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: Join us for our 2nd annual Fathers Fun Fest, held on the shaded grounds of Robby Gordon Motorsports! Activities include live music, stunt show from Robby Gordon himself, classic cars on display, local bicycle shops with free DEMO’s to cruise the grounds and much more.
An Evening with the Charlotte Symphony
McGuire Nuclear Station’s Energy Explorium
13339 Hagers Ferry Road, Huntersville, NC
June 17, 8:15pm, all ages, Free
Summer Pops: Symphony Swings
Symphony Park (beside SouthPark Mall)
4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC
June 19, 8:15pm – 9:45pm, All ages, $12
Summary: An annual Charlotte tradition, Summer Pops is a five-concert series that takes place at Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall each Sunday evening in June, plus a special July 1st “Celebrate America” program featuring favorite patriotic songs and post-concert fireworks. Gather the whole family, pack a picnic and head out to the event Charlotte magazine named one of “50 Things Every Charlottean Should Do.”
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. We’re looking at an April 1 start date, but keep your eyes on our Facebook page (Food Truck Friday Charlotte) and Twitter (@FTFCharlotte) for updates. We look forward to seeing you there!
Matthews Food Truck Fridays
120 S. Trade Street, Matthews, NC
May 6, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: Matthews Food Truck Fridays” in Matthews, NC. We’re back every Friday night starting in March 2016. No pets or alcohol.
4th Annual Cornelius Food Truck Invitational
Oak Street Mill
19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, NC
June 18, 12:00pm – 8:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: Get ready Lake Norman! It’s time for the 4TH ANNUAL CORNELIUS FOOD TRUCK INVITATIONAL… a throw-down of the area’s tastiest trucks in a friendly competition where YOU are invited to be the judge!
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.
Doughnuts with Dad
The Billy Graham Library
4330 Westmont Drive, Charlotte, NC
June 18, 9:30am – 12:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: Dads, you and your families are invited to join us as we celebrate YOU at the Billy Graham Library on Saturday, June 18. Fathers of all ages will spend a special morning with their families, enjoying complimentary doughnuts and beverages* beginning at 9:30 a.m. All fathers will also receive a special gift of appreciation
The Adventures of Mr. Potato Head
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC
See website for event schedule
Summary: At ImaginOn, young people learn in many ways, through all five senses and “from the page to the stage.” It is the launching pad for remarkable journeys and endless possibilities.
100 McDowell Street East, Matthews, NC
June 10 – 26, See website for schedule and times, $10 and up
Summary: Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story.
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.
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.