14523 Carowinds Blvd, Charlotte, NC
See website for schedule, special events and promotional offers!
NHRA Carolina Nationals
zMax Dragway at Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Mills Pkwy South, Concord, NC
September 16-18, See website for schedule and ticket prices, All ages
Summary: The NHRA’s best drivers begin their quest for supremacy in the first race of the six-race NHRA Mello Yello Series Countdown to the Championship at zMAX Dragway. Every ticket is a pit pass, giving fans unmatched access to the drivers and crews who drive these 10,000-horsepower machines to their limits!
National Gymnastics Day
11812 Carolina Place Pkwy Suite B, Pineville, NC 28134
September 17, 3:00pm – 5:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: This year Carolina Flipz is supporting the Isabella Santos Foundation. We will have areas for all kids and parents to try Gymnastics, Tumbling, Cheerleading, Karate and Carolina Sweat workout classes! Photo booth, DJ, Bounce House and even some great raffle prizes including a t-shirt signed by Luke Kuechly, also 4 tickets to the Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions. All proceeds going to the Isabella Santos Foundation! We are also doing the 500 Flipz. For every 500 flipz that happen that day the gym donates $500.
‘Tawba Walk Arts & Music Festival
September 17, 2:00pm – 8:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: A ‘Tawba Walk is a multidimensional, eclectic art crawl, which snakes through the heart of Cornelius, featuring dozens of local vendors, live street performances, shopping, amazing food and more, showcasing the best Cornelius and the surrounding areas have to offer.
Downtown Davidson Arts Festival
The Sanctuary of Davidson & Main Street
108 S. Main Street, Davidson, NC
September 17, 5:00pm – 9:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: Sanctuary of Davidson is proud to host and sponsor The Downtown Davidson Art Crawl 2 evenings a year in the charming and historic area of our fabulous town. Our crawls include over 35 local artists displaying and selling their artwork and handmade gifts, retail stores open late, wine/beer tastings, live music, children’s interactive art area and more.
Concerts on the Green – Davidson
Village Green (conner of Main Street and Concord Road)
September 18, 6:00pm – 8:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: All concerts are free, family-oriented, and open to all ages and are “rain or shine.” Food and beverages are available for purchase from an array of fantastic local vendors at each concert. In addition, attendees also have a choice of some wonderful Davidson restaurants from which to get take-out, or visit before or after the concert. Coolers and picnics are welcome.
Professional Bull Riders
Time Warner Cable Arena
333 East Trade Street, Charlotte, NC
September 16-17, See website for schedule and ticket prices, All ages
Summary: For two nights the toughest bull riders in the world will face the sport’s rankest bulls for their share of the $140,000 total purse. North Carolina fans will experience non-stop action filled with captivating eight-second rides and jaw-dropping wrecks as they watch 150-pound cowboys risk it all against opponents more than 10 times their size, weighing in at roughly 2,000 pounds.
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!
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.
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.
Bank of America Stadium
800 South Mint Street, Charlotte, NC
2016 Preseason August 11 – September 2, 2016 Regular season September 8
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.