Open Quarry Swim At Carrigan Farms
Carrigan Farms Quarry – West Entrance
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Why, Mooresville, NC
See website for schedule, All ages, $15 per person, Cash or check only
Summary: The Quarry at Carrigan Farms, LLC is a natural, spring fed, body of water where swimming is enjoyed by many. Mined in the late 1960’s for its granite stone, 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.
Kids Bowl Free
10 Park Lanes
1700 Montford Drive, Charlotte, NC
June 4-August 24, See website for schedule, Age 15 and under, Free
Summary: Select bowling centers and schools around the country are participating in the KBF program. In Charlotte, 10 Park Lanes is participating, but other centers in the greater metro area are also joining in on the fun, including but not limited to centers in Rock Hill, Gastonia, Huntersville and Salisbury. Visit the KBF website to select your location and register children prior to bowling.
501 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC
July 6-8, see website for schedule, Ages 3 and up, $10-$15
Summary: Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical JR., a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.
Shrek The Musical
Dale F. Halton Theater
1206 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte, NC
June 27-July 27, See website for schedule,
Summary: CPCC Summer Theatre brings Shrek to the Halton stage for the enjoyment of the entire family this summer. Come along as our unlikely hero takes a journey alongside a wise-cracking Donkey to rescue a feisty princess who doesn’t want to be rescued.
StoryLand: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC
June 15-September 8, See website for schedule, Ages 2-8, Free
Summary: Beloved children’s books will come alive with Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, an imaginative, book-based experience for children ages birth to 8 years old.
Charlotte Symphony Summer Pops
See website for schedule, All ages, $5-$20
Summary: Since 1983, Summer Pops has brought the Charlotte community together to share picnics, laughs, and great music with family and friends. Your favorite summer concert series now includes the Symphony Park experiences you love PLUS two new uptown in-theater options. Tickets to all Summer Pops performances – indoor and outdoor at the Park – are available individually or as part of discounted packages. See tabs above for Premium Club Seating and ticket packages. Tickets to outdoor performances at Symphony Park are also available at the gate.
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.
300 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte, NC
See website for schedule and events
Explore: what’s new, calendar and hours, park map and directions
Play: rides and attractions, shows and entertainment, special events
Stay: camp wilderness, preferred hotels, special discounts, easy pay
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.
Sounds On The Square
The Square at Spirit Square
345 North College Street, Charlotte, NC
May 11-August 31, 7:00pm-8:30pm, 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!
Blakeney’s Summer Concert Series
Village Green at Blakeney
Ardrey Kell and Rea Road, Charlotte, NC
May 25-September 1, 7:00pm-10:00pm, All ages, Free
Rockin’ and Reelin’ Movie And Concert Series
Pineville Lake Park
1000 Johnston Drive, Pineville, NC
June 1-June 22, See website for schedule, Free
Summary: Concerts start at 7:00pm and movies start at 8:00pm.
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
Summary: 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.
Mingling On The Greens
8712 Lindholm Drive, Huntersville, NC
June 1-August 25, 7:00pm-9:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: Join us for live music every Friday & Saturday night from 7pm – 9pm, June 1st to Aug 25th. Bring a chair or a blanket and the whole family; it’s a good time for all! For a complete listing of dates and bands, please visit us on Facebook
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!
Music Box Lunch
Romare Bearden Park
300 S. Church St., Charlotte, NC
April 3-August 31, 12:00pm-1:30pm, All ages, Free
Summary:Tuesdays and Fridays from April 3rd, 2018, through August 31st, 2018, enjoy live lunchtime music in Romare Bearden Park.
324 S. Mint Street, Charlotte, NC
American Legion Stadium
310 N. Kings Drive, Charlotte, NC
Sportsplex at Matthews
1505 Tank Town Road, Matthews, 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.
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.