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Yiasou Greek Festival
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral
600 East Blvd., Charlotte, NC
September 8-11, See website for schedule, All ages, $3 (Children 12 and under free)
Summary: The Yiasou Greek Festival began in 1978 and since then has become one of Charlotte’s largest cultural events. It is eagerly anticipated by the Charlotte community each year. Yiasou (the Greek word for Hello, Goodbye and Cheers) Greek Festival features Hellenic cultural exhibits, authentic Greek cuisine and pastries, entertainment, art, shopping and more. Experience the sights and sounds of Greece when you visit the 39th Annual Yiasou Greek Festival. It’s a time of the year when everyone can be Greek!
Eat From A Truck Festival
AvidXchange Music Factory
1000 North Carolina Music Factory Blvd., Charlotte, NC
September 10, 1:00pm – 6:00pm, All ages, $10-$25 (kids under 10 are free)
Summary: Come be a part of the Carolinas’ largest food truck festival ever!
The “Eat From A Truck” festival will feature 100 trucks from all over the Southeast.
We’ll also have bouncy houses, obstacle courses, and a climbing wall for the kids. The adults can enjoy the great live music all day and a beer garden featuring some delicious craft beers. Come enjoy music by Langhorne Slim and The Law, DJ Overcash, Family and Friends, and the Loose Lugnuts.
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
Southern Ideal Home Show
The Park Expo and Conference Center
800 Briar Creek Road, Charlotte, NC
September 9-11, See website for schedule, All ages,
Summary: The Southern Ideal Home Show in Charlotte is a three-day event where homeowners and lifestyle enthusiasts shop, compare, find solutions and save money for their home and garden needs. There are two stages to enjoy, packed with chefs and experts sharing tips on cooking, interior design, landscaping, and home improvement. This year’s special guests are Brett Raymer and Wayde King from TV’s TANKED.
Green Jeans Consignment Sale – Matthews
Levine Senior Center
1050 Devore Lane, Matthews, NC
Sept 7-11, See website for schedule, Free
Summary: Don’t miss the most talked about semi-annual consignment sales for women and teenage girls in Charlotte. Every Spring and Fall, sisters Cindy Williams and Dana Degan, host unforgettable shopping events that benefit everyone involved.
The Posh Closet Consignment Sale
South Charlotte Banquet Center
9009 Bryant Farms Road, Charlotte, NC
September 8, 10:00am, Free
Summary: We accept large toys (think doll houses, play kitchens, bikes, ride ons etc.), baby gear and smocked, boutique, home show and name brand clothing. Please see below for a list of brands we take.
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.
Concerts on the Green
Corner of Main Street and Concord Road, Concord, NC
September 4, 18, See website for schedule, All ages, Free
Summary: Our Concerts on the Green are a summer family favorite! Concerts take place the first and third Sunday evenings of the month from to 6:00-8:00 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring friends and family, comfy chairs or a blanket, a picnic, and to come early to find seats.
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
Charlotte Knights Baseball
324 South Mint Street, Charlotte, NC
See website for season schedule and ticket prices
Ramblewood Soccer Complex
10200 Nations Ford Road, Charlotte, NC
See website for 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