Taste Of Charlotte
Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC
June 7-9, See website for schedule, All ages, Admission is free, food for purchase
Summary: Taste of Charlotte, presented by Food Lion, is a 3 day festival featuring over 100 samples from area restaurants along with Live Music and Entertainment, Interactive Children’s Activities, Cooking Demos, Street Performances, Unique Shopping and a large variety of local, regional and national partners interacting with festival goers, providing information, coupons and free stuff!
Kids Bowl Free
10 Park Lanes
1700 Montford Drive, Charlotte, NC
June 3-August 23, 10:00am-5:00pm, Age 15 and under, Free, Registration required
Summary: Registered kids receive two free games of bowling each day of the Kids Bowl Free summer program.
Bowl at 10 Park Lanes in Charlotte, George Pappas’ Liberty Lanes of Gastonia, Spare Time in Huntersville, Strikers Family Fun Center in Rock Hill and Woodleaf Lanes in Salisbury are also participating.Visit the KBF website to select your location and register children prior to bowling.
Free Friday Ski Show
89999 Windjammer Drive, Tega Cay, SC
June 7-28, Every Friday, 6:20pm-8:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: Its time for a great ski show! Grab your friends and family and come on down to Windjammer Park. Our Junior Preshow starts at 6:20 and our themed show starts at 7pm.
A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum
100 McDowell Street E., Matthews, NC
June 7-23, Weekly Friday-Sunday, See website for schedule, Ages 13+, $19-$22
Summary: This musical finds the Roman slave Pseudolus scheming his way to freedom by playing matchmaker for his master’s son, Hero, who is smitten with the blonde and beautiful Philia. However, things don’t go at all according to plan. The complications that ensue involve blackmail, funny disguises and long-lost children, while Pseudolus desperately tries to keep up with his end of the bargain.
Northlake Mall Live 360 degree Launch
6801 Northlake Mall Drive, Charlotte, NC
June 8, 10:00am-6:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: Live 360° is an interactive program of classes, demonstrations, workshops and more allowing the community to actively engage around their interests.
Symphony Night In Stumptown Park
120 S. Main Street, Matthews, NC
June 7, 7:00pm-9:30pm, Free
Summary: Bring a blanket or chairs, and enjoy dinner from area food trucks!
Family Fishing Event
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s
Bass Pro Shops: 8181 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord, NC
Cabela’s: 1000 Cabelas Drive, Fort Mill, SC
June 8-16 1:00pm-4:00pm, Weekly Saturday and Sunday,
Summary: We are challenging families everywhere to get off the couch and discover the fun of fishing this summer. To kick things off we’re proudly donating more than 55,000 rods and reels to nonprofit youth organizations nationwide to help get more kids outside. Join the movement and pledge to take someone fishing.
Mingling On The Greens
8712 Lindholm Drive, Huntersville, NC
June 1-August 31, Weekly on Friday & Saturday 7-9pm, All ages, Free
Summary: Join us for live music every Friday & Saturday night from 7-9PM, June 1st to August 31st. Bring a chair or a blanket and the whole family.
1145 Oak Ridge Farm Why, Mooresville, NC
Mon-Sat 8:30am-6:30pm, Sun 11:00am-5:00pm, All ages, $4-$16 (1 quart- 4 quarts)
Summary: Pick-Your-Own strawberry season at Carrigan Farms is in full swing! Strawberry picking is the perfect family outing and will guarantee fun for all ages, but the window of opportunity is small, so plan your trip now!
Music On The Green Concert Series
The Green at Promenade on Providence
Corner of Providence Road and I-485
May 3-September 14, See website for schedule, 7:00pm-10:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: The show is free and open to the public. Make sure to bring your chairs and blankets. Seating is first come first serve, and the concert is rain or shine.
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.
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
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.
2700 E. Independence Blvd., 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.