Pennzoil AutoFair Presented By Advance Auto Parts
Charlotte Motor Speedway
5555 Concord Pkwy. S., Concord, NC
April 4-7, 8:00am-6:00pm, All ages, $13/day, free for children 13 and under with an adult
Summary: The world’s largest automotive extravaganza, the Pennzoil AutoFair, returns this spring on April 4-7, bringing together thousands of hot rods, muscle cars, exotic sports cars and classic automobiles. You’ll also experience over 10,000 automotive vendor displays, a massive manufacturers’ midway, a kids’ PlayZone, fun fair food and more. There is something for every member of the family to enjoy.
Star Wars: A New Hope In Concert
130 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC
April 5-6, 7:30pm, Ages 6+, $30+
Summary: Luke Skywalker begins a journey that will change the galaxy as he leaves his home planet, battles the evil Empire, and learns the ways of the Force. Experience George Lucas’s 1977 classic film projected in high definition on a giant screen at Belk Theater as the Charlotte Symphony adds a breathtaking new dimension, performing John Williams’s epic Oscar®-winning score live.
100 McDowell Street E., Matthews, NC
April 5-6, See website for schedule, All ages, $9 and up,
Summary: The dastardly Cruella De Vil chances upon a litter of cute dalmatian puppies and decides that their skins will make her the perfect new coat. After she sends two hapless heavies to steal the dogs, it is up to parents Pongo and Perdy to stage a daring rescue. Joining them for the adventure are their human `pets’ and host of guest animals including a cheeky raccoon and a helpful horse.
The Park Expo and Conference
800 Briar Creek Road, Charlotte, NC
April 5-7, See website for schedule, $23-$39, plus $8 for parking
Summary: Jurassic Quest is America’s largest and most realistic Dinosaur event. Our guests will walk through the Cretaceous period, the Jurassic Period and The Triassic period and experience for themselves what it was like to be among living, breathing dinosaurs.
The Ghost Of Splinter Cove
Wells Fargo Playhouse
300 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC
March 22-April 7, See website for schedule, Ages 8 and up, $15+
Summary: Nate and Cora’s family has a secret. One night while the siblings are having fun with a new friend in their basement, this secret unearths a mystery that transports them on the adventure of their lives. Along the way, they discover things about both their family and themselves that will change them forever. The Ghost of Splinter Cove conjures a world of mystery in the wilderness … but be careful – you may get lost in what’s real and what’s not.
Various locations throughout Rock Hill
April 4-13, See website for schedule, All ages, Prices vary per event
Summary: For more than 50 years, the Come-See-Me Festival has served as Rock Hill’s annual salute to spring. With nearly 80 events and activities, there’s something for everyone. Join us April 4-13, 2019 and experience our beautiful gardens, friendly folks, and all the fun the festival has to offer.
Pandas In IMAX
Discovery Place Science
301 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC
March 30-May30, See website for schedule, $5-$10
Summary: Narrated by actress Kristen Bell, the film follows a researcher at Chengdu Panda Base in China where scientists are dedicated to protecting the species by breeding adult Giant Pandas in order to introduce the captive-born cubs into the wild.
7th Annual Charlotte African American Festival
345 N. College Street, Charlotte, NC
April 6, 10:00am-10:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: The 7th Annual Charlotte African American Festival (CAAF) is a celebration of the rich heritage and accomplishments of African Americans. The festival will include exhibits, musical performances, art, literature, food, dancers, drummers, a pageant, speakers, vendors, and special awards and recognition. Special attractions will include a journey through the Underground Railroad with a Harriet Tubman impersonator, The Ashanti Pageant, and The Black History Walk of Fame which features impersonations of famous African-Americans.
Walter Y. Elisha Park
345 N. White Street, Fort Mill, SC
April 6, 1:00pm-3:30pm, The hunt is for kids in 5th grade and younger
Summary: This incredible event is FREE, reaching thousands of people in our community, and is open to all children from newborn to 5th grade. More than 40,000 eggs will be scattered throughout three age-appropriate egg hunt areas. Bags will be provided for each participant (NO personal bags or baskets allowed). Each bag will contain (1) free ticket for our Raffle For a Cause which is loaded with fantastic prizes for the whole family (must be present to win).
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!
2700 Independence Blvd., Charlotte, NC
April 7, 2:00pm & 5:00pm, All ages, $25.75 and up
Summary: The grr-ific musical for little tigers and grown-ups alike is back! The hugely popular Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!, based on the #1 PBS KIDS TV series, has delighted live audiences on stages across the country.
Stonecrest Summer Concert Series
Stonecrest Shopping Center
7900 Rea Road, Charlotte, NC
March 30-September 28, 7:00pm-10:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: Celebrate 20 years of music at Stonecrest with weekly family fun.
The Ghost Of Splinter Cove
Wells Fargo Playhouse
300 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC
March 22-April 7, See website for schedule, Ages 8 and up, $15 and up
Summary: The Ghost of Splinter Cove conjures a world of mystery in the wilderness … but be careful – you may get lost in what’s real and what’s not.
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
2700 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte, 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.
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.