Smarty Scoop on Weekend Events: March 17-19
St. Patrick’s Day on Main Festival
East Main Street, Rock Hill, SC
March 17, 4:00pm – 9:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: The street festival will feature live Irish music, Irish dancers, over 25 vendors, a large Kid’s Zone for the wee ones and plenty of food & beverages.
Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Charlotte Goes Green Festival
Tryon and 3rd Streets
March 18, 11:00am, All ages, Free
Summary: The 2017 Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Charlotte Goes Green Festival invites our sponsors, vendors, and you to participate in the Twenty-first Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Charlotte Goes Green Festival, which will take place on Saturday, March 18, 2017. Thousands of spectators watched Charlotte’s Twentieth Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade as it marched through the heart of Charlotte to the sound of pipes and the cheers of the spectators lining the streets on a perfect day. The combination of flags, floats, kids, and pipe band music made everyone smile and be Irish for a day. The parade has grown to be one of Charlotte’s biggest & best.
The Posh Closet Fine Children’s Consignment Sale
South Charlotte Banquet Center
9009 Bryant Farms Road, Charlotte, NC
March 17-18, See website for details, Free
Summary:The Posh Closet Sale is different than most consignment sales. We only accept smocked, boutique, home show, and name brand clothing and shoes, baby gear and large toys.
Hello Kitty Cafe Truck Appearance
6801 Northlake Mall Drive, Charlotte, NC
March 18, 10:00am – 8:00pm, Free
Summary: The hugely popular Hello Kitty Cafe Truck will be making its first appearance in Charlotte on Saturday, March 18th. The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck is a mobile vehicle of cuteness that offers a delicious array of Hello Kitty sweets and special goodies to fans of all ages; it has been rolling up to festivals & events across the U.S. since its official debut at Hello Kitty Con in October 2014.
Coppelia: Charlotte Youth Ballet’s Spring Production
Dale F. Halton Theater – CPCC Main Campus
1206 Elizabeth Ave, Charlotte, NC
March 17-19, See website for schedule, $15 and up
Summary: The comedic ballet Coppélia is brought to life by the Charlotte Youth Ballet featuring the choreography of Charlotte legend Gay Porter and Bridget Young. Coppélia is based on two stories by E. T. A. Hoffmann, Der Sandmann (The Sandman) and Die Puppe (The Doll).
Dr. Coppélius is a doctor who has made a life-size dancing doll. It is so lifelike that Franz, a village youth, becomes infatuated with it and sets aside his true heart’s desire, Swanhilda. She shows him his folly by dressing as the doll, pretending to make it come to life and ultimately saving him from an untimely end at the hands of the inventor.
430 S. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC
March 10-19, See website for schedule, All ages, $25 and up
Summary: The magic of SLEEPING BEAUTY makes for the perfect outing whether you’re taking in this timeless tale with friends, family or a date. We asked four of our favorite Charlotte food bloggers to give us their recommendations for making Sleeping Beauty a most enchanted Uptown outing.
Charlotte Christian Theatre Company presents Scarlet the Outlaws of Nottingham
Crossway Community Church
6400 Prosperity Church Road, Charlotte, NC
March 16-18, See website for schedule, Free
Summary:”Scarlet: The Outlaws of Nottingham” is a musical comedy that brings the legend of Robin Hood to life. After returning from the crusades, Robin finds the villagers of Nottingham depressed and hopeless, as they are being taxed into oblivion by the oppressive Sheriff of Nottingham. Striving to bring the light and love of Christ to the people, Robin and the Merry Men discover the power of the Gospel, as they learn how to forgive like Jesus does, and answer the question, “how do you survive in Nottingham?”
Hornets Family Night
333 E. Trade Street, Charlotte, NC
March 17, 7:00pm, All ages, $60
Summary: Hornets family night is back! Good things come in threes. Three tickets, three hot dogs and three sodas all for just $60.
Bank of America’s Museums On Us Day
Various locations around Charlotte
The first Sunday and Saturday of every month, All ages, Free
Summary: Now in its 20th year, this distinctive program offers Bank of America and Merrill Lynch credit and debit card holders the opportunity to visit more than 150 of the most popular cultural institutions in the United States free of charge on the first full weekend of every month.
YMCA of Greater Charlotte Event Calendar
19 Locations throughout the Greater Charlotte Area
Summary: Most people know their neighborhood “Y” because of its incredible sports, camps and fitness programs but the “Y” has so much more to offer. Spend some time (it will take a while) on the website and learn about all the opportunities the “Y” provides. I promise, you will be amazed.
Time Warner Cable Arena
333 East Trade Street, Charlotte, NC
2700 East Independence Blvd., Charlotte, NC
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.
ImaginON: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC (704) 416-4630
See website for hours of operation
Summary: This collaborative effort between the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Children’s Theatre of Charlotte is a 102,000-square-foot facility recently ranked by Livability.com as the No. 1 children’s library in the United States. ImaginOn features two state-of-the-art theaters, a dedicated library space for kids 11 and under, four multi-use classrooms, a teen-only library, a multimedia production studio, and interactive exhibit space.
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.