Carolina Harbor Waterpark Preview Night
14523 Carowinds Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28273
May 18, 4:00pm – 8:00pm, Free with season pass
Summary: The charm of the Carolina coast meets the thrills of Carowinds at Carolina Harbor waterpark. As one of Carowinds newest additions, this massive waterpark features everything from giant water slides and wave pools to large play structures and a three-acre kids’ area. From mild to wild, Carolina Harbor is the coolest place to slide, splash, chill and dine.
Romare Bearden Park
300 S. Church Street, Charlotte, NC
May 19, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: Enjoy a Saturday evening of family entertainment, food, fun, and live music. Next Level Band of Charlotte, 7pm – 8 pm, and Marion Meadows, 8pm – 10pm
Cornelius Jazz Festival
19710 S. Ferry Street, Cornelius, NC
May 19, 5:00pm – 9:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary:The Jazz Festival is a multi-cultural celebration! Bring your family, along with chairs or a blanket, to experience a great evening filled with local jazz bands, an array of artisans and vendors, food trucks, and children’s activities.
Monster Energy All-Star Race
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy S., Concord, NC
May 19, 4:00pm, All ages, $10 and up
Summary: The stars of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will battle under the lights at America’s Home for Racing, Charlotte Motor Speedway in what will surely be a night to remember. Check out the Race Format for this years race. Arrive early on Saturday we have a chance for pit pass holders to snag an NASCAR Autograph Session on pit road. Also be certain to catch Platinum-selling singer and songwriter Cole Swindell light up the biggest all-star event in sports with the Pre-race concert at 4PM.
BMX Supercross Field
1307 Riverwalk Pkwy, Rockhill, SC
May 19, Al ages, Free
Summary: Fun Family Field Day with free exhibits, contests, prizes, inflatables, safety zone, game truck, laser tag, and relay activities, the only thing you have to pay for is food and drinks.
Greater Charlotte Asian Festival
18441 Nantz Rd, Cornelius, NC
May 19, 11:00am – 4:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: Bring the family and celebrate both the common heritage and the dynamic diversity of Asian cultures.
Old Town Cornelius 2nd Friday Street Festival
Oak Street Mill
19725 Oak Street, Cornelius, NC
May 11 – October 12, See website for schedule, All ages, Free
Summary: 2nd Friday is #OTC’s monthly throw-down featuring a jam-packed lineup of live music, food trucks, craft breweries, local artists, kids activities and much more! The event is RAIN or SHINE so mark your calendars because this is going to be a festival series that you simply don’t want to miss!
River Jam Concert Series
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, Charlotte, NC
May 3 – September 29, See website for schedule, All ages, Free, $6 parking
Summary: River Jam at the U.S. National Whitewater Center brings together live musical performances throughout the year to a one-of-a-kind outdoor venue, right in the middle of the world’s largest man-made whitewater river. Genres including roots rock, americana, bluegrass, folk, and funk take center stage Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights as well as during each of the USNWC’s festivals. 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 & Concord Road, Davidson, NC
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. on the town green in front of the Davidson Public Library, at the intersection of Main Street and Concord Road.
Music On The Green Concert Series
The Green at Promenade Rd and I-485, Charlotte, NC
May 4 – September 15, See website for schedule, Free
Live music every Friday and Saturday during the summer.
Food Truck Fridays And Concert Series
120 S. Trade Street, Matthews, NC
April 13 – September 28, See website for schedule, All ages, Free
Summary: Favorite area food and dessert trucks will provide varied menus including seafood, Tex-Mex, burgers, sandwiches, specialty dishes and more. There will also be a great line-up of local and regional bands, inflatables and a craft beer pavilion
Stonecrest Summer Concert Series
Stonecrest Shopping Center
7900 Rae Road, Charlotte, NC
April. 6 – September 29, See website for schedule, All ages, Free
Summary: Live music every Friday and Saturday night throughout the summer.
The Music Yard
2433 South Blvd., Charlotte, NC
April 7 – May 26, See website for schedule, Free
Summary: Come check out Charlotte’s newest live music venue – and your new favorite place to eat, drink and jam. The Music Yard is kicking off the concert season with a FREE Spring Concert Series every Saturday in April and May!
Kid’s Night Out
Sports Connection – Ballantyne or Northlake Locations
Ballantyne: 11611 Ardrey Kell Road
Northlake: 8626 Hankins Road
Every Friday 6:00pm – 9:30pm, Ages 6-13, $25 online, $30 at the door
Summary: The Sports Connection is “the place for KIDS to play” on certain nights during the year. Kids between the ages of 6 to 13 years old have discovered a reason to save their allowance! Kids get a supervised night of fun activities AND pizza, chips and a drink. Additional concessions are also available for purchase.
Sportsplex at Matthews
1505 Tank Town Road, Matthews, NC
333 E Trade St, Charlotte, NC
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.
Free Wednesday Evenings At The Mint Museum
The Mint Museum – Randolph
2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte, NC
The Mint Museum – Uptown
500 S. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC
Every Wednesday from 5:00pm – 9:00pm, All ages
Summary:Enjoy free access to both Mint Museum locations every Wednesday night.
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.
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.