FREE Rides at CycleBar Midtown & Waverly NEXT Week!
September 24th-29th (Technically next week, but you need to book your bikes THIS week:-)
Summary: ‼️FREE FREE FREE‼️ Nothing better than a free ride week at our favorite bar in town! Our Smarty friends at CycleBar Midtown and CycleBar Waverly are offering FREE RIDES all week next week from September 24th-29th. Book your bikes N-O-W as bikes are going fast! Bring everyone you know and sweat it out together! 💦⭐️🔥💪🏼
Isabela Santos Foundation 5K/10K Fun Run For Cancer
Ballantyne Corporate Park
15801 Brixham Hill Av, Charlotte, NC
September 29, 8:00am, All ages, $25+
Summary: Every September, families come together in Charlotte, NC to raise money for pediatric cancer research and local children’s charities. What better way to help celebrate Isabella’s life than bringing the community together to raise funds and awareness to make a difference in lives affected by cancer.
14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte, NC
September 14-October 27, See website for schedule, Ages 13 and up, Free with cost of admission
Summary: Fear rises when darkness falls as Carowinds is transformed from a “theme park” into a “scream park” during the annual haunt of SCarowinds. Experience the thrills of your favorite rides and the chills of terrifying haunted attractions and shows. With over ghastly 500 monsters waiting to feed off your screams, there’s no place to hide during the Carolinas largest Halloween event.
Art Walk And JazzFest Of Matthews
210 Matthews Station St, Matthews, NC
September 29, 10:00am-6:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: For over 33 years, we have been putting on a great art show for the community and we are raising the bar even higher in 2018… In addition to our Juried Fine Art Show and High School Art Exhibit, we will have an expanded kids art area, live music all day, an artisan craft market and a sip-n-stroll with craft beer & wine.
UNC Charlotte International Festival
Barnhardt Student Activity Center-UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd, Charlotte, NC
September 29, 10:00am-6:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: The International Festival is centered around booths arranged in colorful marketplace style representing the cultures of over 50 nations. The booths are staffed by UNC Charlotte international students and members of Charlotte’s international community and feature art, crafts and costumes from each participating country. Many booths offer international food for sale. Festival entry and parking are FREE!!!
28th Annual Latin American Festival
Symphony Park At South Park Mall
4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC
September 29, 12:00pm-8:00pm,
Summary: Festival Latinoamericano, Charlotte’s signature cultural event, returns for its 28th year to Symphony Park; with an incredible lineup of musical artists and dance performances, a diverse authentic selection of Latin American food, handmade crafts, visual artists, and an interactive street festival environment with activities for the whole family.
Lazy 5 Ranch Fall Festival
Lazy 5 Ranch
15100 Mooresville Road, Mooresville, NC
September 29-October 28, See website for schedule, All ages, $8-$11, children under 2 are free
Summary: The Lazy 5 Ranch is privately owned and operated by Henry Hampton with no federal or state funding. Henry Hampton has been raising exotic animals for over 35 years and is known nationwide for his handling of exotic animals.
25th Annual Carolina Renaissance Festival
Carolina Renaissance Festival Fairgrounds
16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville, NC
September 29-November 18, 10:00am-5:30pm, All ages, $14+, 5 and under free
Summary: Each day is filled with an abundance of attractions and entertainments for all ages. Twelve stages are packed with continuous live comedy, music, dance, and circus style entertainments! The Village pathways are bursting to life with over 500 costumed villagers that interact with you for your amusement.
Disney On Ice: Worlds Of Enchantment
333 East Trade Street, Charlotte, NC
September 27-30, See website for schedule, All ages, $20+
Summary: Enter the dazzling world of Disney magic, live on ice! Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favorite Disney stories at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Enchantment. Be amazed as Lighting McQueen, Mater and the crew of Disney/Pixars Cars perform high-speed stunts and race across the ice like you have never seen before! Dive in adventure with Ariel and The Little Mermaids undersea kingdom. The toys are back in town! Watch Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie and the Toy Story gang as they try and escape from the rambunctious tots of Sunnyside Daycare in their most daring adventure ever!
Bank Of America Roval 400
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Mills Pkwy. South, Concord, NC
September 30, 2:00pm, All ages, See website for ticket prices
Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze
Historic Rural Hill
4431 Neck Road, Huntersville, NC
September 15-November 4, See website for schedule, Ages 5 and older, $11+
Summary: Get lost in the giant seven-acre corn maze featuring over two miles of interconnecting paths. Take a hayride, play cornhole and hike the trails. See website for times.
Blumenthal Performing Arts
130 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC
September 10-29, See website for schedule
Summary: Aladdin is brought to thrilling theatrical life in this bold new musical that will sweep you into an exotic world full of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. It’s an unforgettable experience that includes all the cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning score and more written especially for the stage.
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.
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.
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!
Bank of America Stadium
800 S Mint St, Charlotte, NC
324 S. Mint Street, 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.