June 28, 2017

Smarty Scoop on Weekend Events June 30-July 4

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• Celebrate July 4th at #Carowinds with a night of family fun complete with spectacular fireworks!

• Experience all the sensational stunts and amazing acrobats of Cirque Imagine

• @Carowinds entertainment has an exciting line up of shows for your whole family to enjoy!

• @Carowinds is paying tribute to all active, inactive or retired military men and women by offering FREE admission with a valid I.D. July 3 – 5!

• Don’t miss your last chance to save $21 off front gate admission @Carowinds this weekend while everyone still pays kids price!

Gastonia July 4th Festival
Downtown Gastonia
July 4, 11:00am – 10:00pm, All ages, Free

Charlotte Motor Speedway July 4 Fireworks Extravaganza
Charlotte Motor Speedway
July 4, 5:00pm – 10:00pm, All ages, $8, children under 13 free

4th of July Davidson
Downtown Davidson
July 4, 6:00pm, All ages, Free

WBT Skyshow Charlotte
Charlotte Knight Stadium
July 4, Live entertainment from 3:00pm – 9:00pm, Fireworks after the Knights game.

July 4th Festival
Windjammer Drive, Tega Cay, SC
July 4, 9:30am – 10:30pm, All ages, Free

Fun Family 4th of July
Stumptown Park
200 S. Trade Street, Matthews, NC
July 1, 5:00pm – 9:00pm, All ages, Free
Carnival games, bounce houses, food trucks, balloon gifts, 
crafts at Stumptown Park from 5pm-9pm. “The Entertainers” concert begins at 7pm!

Charlotte Symphony’s Summer Pops
Symphony Park, 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC
July 1, Gates open at 5:00pm, All ages, Free

The Quarry at Carrigan Farms
Carrigan Farms
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy Mooresville, NC
Summer Hours and open swim dates and times
Summary: The Quarry at Carrigan Farms, LLC is a natural, spring fed, body of water where swimming is enjoyed by many at company picnics, private events and specific open-to-the public times. Located in Mooresville, NC, The Quarry was mined in the late 1960’s for its granite stone, which was used in the construction of interstate 77. Once a spring was discovered, the quarry filled with water and is now a favorite spot for those wanting to cool off in the summer. At select times, it is open for individuals, as open swim and at other times, it is available for private reservations only.

Family Fun Night: Queen City Brass Band
Mint Hill Town Hall
4430 Mint Hill Village Lane
July 3, 7:30pm – 9:30pm, All ages, Free
The event will kick off at 6:30 p.m. with multiple bounce houses, family games, fun foods and face painting.

Road Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach
Halton Theater
1206 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte, NC
June 28 – July 8, See website for schedule, $8-12
a fantastical tale of an orphaned boy, his insect friends, and their amazing journey across the ocean on a giant peach. Featuring a wickedly tuneful score, “Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach” is a delightfully offbeat adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl adventure.

Annie: The Musical
Duke Performance Hall
207 Faculty Drive, Davidson, NC
June 22 – July 2, See website for schedule and ticket prices, All ages
Summary: With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s heart despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan.

Promenade on Providence Movies on the Green
Providence Road and Ballantyne Commons Pkwy
June 16, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: All summer long enjoy movies or live music under the stars. Bring blankets, chairs, family and friends. Movies begin at dusk.

Sounds on the Square
Spirit Square
345 N. College Street, Charlotte, NC
May 5 – August 25, 7:30pm, All ages, Free
Summary: Don’t miss our free outdoor performances every Friday night this summer at Spirit Square! Local musicians will perform from 7:00-8:30 PM in the Square at Spirit Square. The events will be moved indoors if there is inclement weather. Concessions and beverages will be available for purchase. Don’t forget to bring your own lawn chair!

Live on the Green Series
First Ward Park
301 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC
June 2 – August 25, See website for details, 7:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: Live On The Green is Charlotte’s newest concert series, & the perfect way to spend a summer night. If you’re looking to unwind with Bluegrass & Americana music, food trucks, & craft beer, this is the perfect event for you. Join us for your favorite bands at First Ward Park, & don’t worry about paying for a ticket because the cherry on top is…the concerts are FREE!

Pineville Rockin’ and Reelin’ Series: Charlotte Symphony POPs
Pineville Lake Park
1000 Johnston Drive, Pineville, NC
June 23, 7:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: Music or Movie depending on the week. Food trucks at all music concerts.

Charlotte Knights Baseball
BB&T Ballpark
324 S Mint St, Charlotte, NC 28202
2017 Schedule

Charlotte Hounds Lacrosse
American Legion Memorial Stadium
310 N Kings Drive, Charlotte, NC 28204
2017 Schedule

Charlotte Independence Soccer
Sportsplex at Matthews
1505 Tank Town Rd, Matthews, NC 28105
2017 Schedule

Tinkertoy: Build Your Imagination
ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC
See website for schedule, Ages 3-11, Free
Summary: Giant replicas of the classic TINKERTOY construction set provide the framework for fun, educational activities inspired by GE technologies that turn imagination into working solutions to real world challenges. Kids can design, build and work together to make amazing TINKERTOY structures. Experiment with renewable energy and water filtration; create inventions, and build, build, build!

Downtown Music in the Park Series
Stowe Park
24 S. Main Street, Belmont, NC
May 19 – June 30, Every other Friday, All ages, Free
Summary: Beautiful, historic Stowe Park will set the scene for a new music series in Downtown Belmont.  The Downtown Belmont Development Association (DBDA) will sponsor five concerts, beginning with Jazz in the Park on Saturday May 6, following the daytime Art Crawl from 12 – 4 pm.  The remaining concerts will be held every other Friday, starting May 19 with the final concert on June 30 being moved to Main Street for the Independence Celebration and fireworks display.

River Jam Concert Series
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy., Charlotte, NC
May – September, See website for schedule, $5 parking fee
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.

First Thursday Downtown Matthews Crawl
Downtown Matthews
230 Matthews Station Street, Matthews, NC
Occurs monthly on the first Thursday of March – December, All ages, Free
Summary: Local business will be offering amazing food specials, drink specials, entertainment and art on the streets and in the businesses throughout the downtown district! The fun and festivities will start at 5 p.m. and continue through the evening until closing.

Cotswold Trucks Food Truck Rally
Trinity Presbyterian Church
3115 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC
Every Friday from March 3 – November 3, 5:00pm – 9:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: 10- 15 area food trucks, live music and a gated kids’ playground.

Cornelius Food Truck Invitational
Oak Street Mill
19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, NC
June 17, 12:00pm – 8:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: Get ready for a throwdown of the area’s tastiest restaurants on 4-wheels as they battle it out for YOUR VOTE! Join us at Oak Street Mill on Saturday, June 17 from 12pm-8pm as 15 of Charlotte’s best food trucks look to become crowed “Champions of Old Town”.

Festival of Food Trucks
Downtown Mooresville
North Main Street, Mooresville, NC
April 8 – October 14, 5:00pm – 8:30pm, All ages, Free
Summary: Main Street from Moore Ave to Iredell Ave will be closed for the event so bring a chair, hang out in the street and stay a while so you can check out these awesome Food Trucks from around the area offering delicious and creative food. Listen to live music, have a beer or a glass of wine, stroll the streets & shop.

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.

Child Safety Seat Inspection Station
Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department
4150 Wilkinson Blvd, Charlotte, NC
Occurs the first and third Wednesday of April-December, 9:30am – 11:30am, Free
Summary: Certified technicians will check and help families properly install carseats. No appointment necessary.

Child Safety Seat Inspection Station
Matthews Police Department
1201 Crews Road, Matthews, NC
Occurs the first and third Wednesday of April-December, 9:30am – 11:30am, Free
Summary: Certified technicians will check and help families properly install carseats. No appointment necessary.

Discovery Place
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.

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.

Featured Exhibits: For a complete listing click here
Planetarium: For a complete schedule click here
Events Calendar: For all events click here

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