Queen’s Feast Restaurant Week
Multiple locations around Charlotte
July 22-31, See website for schedule
Summary: Explore new dining destinations and rediscover your favorite spots for 10 days every January and July, as scores of the best restaurants in multiple counties around the metro Charlotte, NC, area offer 3 courses at dinner for a special prix fixe price ($30, $35, $40, or $45 per person, depending on the restaurant, not including tax and gratuity). Reservations are recommended. Take a mouthwatering tour through the participating restaurants’ prix fixe menus, and book your tables today. It’s the best of Charlotte dining for a deal! Click here for participating restaurants.
Party in the Park
Mint Museum Randolph
2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte, NC
Summary: The last Sunday of the month, during the warmer months, enjoy free admission to the museum, plus food trucks, live music and a cash bar on the front terrace. Party in the Park is scheduled from March to November in 2022, from 1pm to 5pm.
Free Bowling for Kids
11611 Ardrey Kell Drive, Charlotte, NC
May 2-September 9, See website for details, Registration required
Summary: Select bowling centers and schools around the country are participating in the Kids Bowl Free program. This program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer.
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
To present the best in the performing arts and in partnership with others, share and employ the arts as a major catalyst to strengthen education, build community cohesiveness and advance economic growth.
Click here for complete schedule for all locations.
Pineville Rockin’ and Reeling
Pineville Lake Park
1000 Johnston Drive, Pineville, NC
June 10-September 23, See website for schedule
Summary: Pineville Parks and Recreation Department is once again offering a full summer entertainment schedule of free live music and movies. Pineville Rockin’ and Reelin’ Summer Concert and Movie Series will take place on various dates from June to September, 2022.
Open Swim at The Quarry
1261 Oakridge Farm Hwy, Mooresville, NC
May-September, see website for schedule, Reservation required
Summary: Please be sure to the read the 5 things to know before reserving.
Swimming in a deep, refreshing natural quarry is the perfect way to cool off in the summer. Located about thirty minutes north of Charlotte, the quarry at Carrigan Farms is an oasis.
There is a restaurant located at open swim serving farm fresh favorites like the “Quarry Burger”, grilled chicken sandwiches, scratch made pizza, veggie burgers, fresh salads, fruit cups, ice cream and snow cones, as well as fresh items that change daily. Beer and wine are also available for purchase. Click here to see the full menu (coming soon). Please note that no outside food or beverages may be brought to open swim.
14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte, NC
Opened weekly Thursday-Sunday, See website for schedule
Summary: Carowinds is where the Carolinas come together for fun! For more than 45 years, families and friends choose Carowinds for an AMAZING day the Carolina way.
Only at Carowinds will you find almost 60 world-class rides, the Carolinas’ best waterpark, live entertainment, Camp Snoopy and downhome Carolina cuisine. Family-friendly special events keep you coming back for new ways to play all season long. At our well-appointed on-site hotel and beautiful campground you can turn your Carowinds stay into a fun getaway.
From the moment you get here, you’ll see that Carowinds is one of the best places to visit in North Carolina and South Carolina. We’ll see you soon!
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte, NC
Every Thursday-Saturday May through September, See website for schedule
Summary: Live music takes place throughout the year at a one-of-a-kind outdoor venue in the middle of the world’s largest man-made whitewater river. Genres including roots rock, Americana, bluegrass, folk, and funk are featured on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from May through September and at each of the Whitewater Center’s festivals.
Uptown Farmers’ Market
300 S. Davidson Street, Charlotte, NC
Every Saturday April 16-December 10
Summary: 300 S. Davidson street is in the 4.5 acre front parking lot of First Baptist Charlotte, one of the Uptown Farmers Market sponsors. It provides an ideal location for the more than 110,000 residents that live within a 3 mile radius of the market’s site, as well as ample parking for those that visit from around the expanding Charlotte area.
Stonecrest Music Series
Stonecrest at Piper Glen
7832 Rea Road, Charlotte, NC
THE FOUNTAIN PLAZA
Located in the plaza between Pearlz Oyster Bar and Basil Thai Cuisine. It’s location is shown on the interactive map.
THE PLAZA CORNER
Located in between True Crafted Pizza and Tap & Vine (formerly Civetta). This is a smaller music series to support our merchants.
Piveville Rockin’ and Reeling
Pineville Lake Park
Summary: Every Friday from June 10-September 23 (except July 1), 7pm, Free
Pineville Parks and Recreation Department is once again offering a full summer entertainment schedule of free live music and movies. Pineville Rockin’ and Reelin’ Summer Concert and Movie Series will take place on various dates from June to September, 2022.
Concerts start at 7 p.m. In the case of the Charlotte Symphony concert, the pre-show starts at 7 p.m., and the Charlotte Symphony performance follows.
Movies start at dusk (8 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.) with pre-movie entertainment at 7:15 p.m.
South End Gallery Crawl
Historic South End
Summary: South End is home to a vast array of art in all forms: fine art galleries offering everything from the realist to the experimental, colorful public murals, larger-than-life installations on the Rail Trail and dozens of studio spaces where artists and artisans dream and create.
Take in the local art scene on South End First Friday–an evening when galleries and shops offer extended hours, special receptions, live painting and music. Build in a visit to any of the neighborhood’s restaurants and breweries, and it’s a whole night out!
South End Market at Atherton Mill
2140 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC
Every Saturday, 8am-1pm, Free
Summary: You can find everything from local produce to fresh fish to handmade pasta, and so much more! With live music on one end and a string of local farmers and creatives along the trail, this hub boasts the vibrant energy that we all long for to kick off our weekend. Plus, you can make a day of it by exploring all that Atherton Mill has to offer! There is free parking for shoppers at the Atherton Mill garage, or take the light rail to East/West Blvd Station!
Kids Skate Free
Kate’s Skate – Indian Trial
14500 E. Independence Blvd, Indian Trail, NC
See website for schedule
Summary: Sign up your kids to skate during Kate’s Skating Rink Kids Skate Free, offered on select days/times during the week.
10200 Centrum Pkwy, Pineville, NC
$10/jumper, ages 7 or under or parent, “SkySocks” required, must say Sky Zone.
Summary: A time for your little ones to discover the joy of being active, bouncing under the supervision of their parents, and without interference from the big kids.
Open play at Just Play
9535 South Blvd, Charlotte, NC
Just Play provides kids an opportunity to enjoy interactive play and discovery in a safe, clean, and fun environment. Call for details (704) 885-PLAY
Lil’ Bit Fit Time
Charlotte Allstar Gymnastics and Cheerleading
11011 Monroe Road, Matthews, NC
Monday-Friday, 10:30am-12:00pm, Toddler to TK with an adult, $6 per child, Registration required
Summary: Lil’ Bit Fit Time is a Parent-led open play time in our facility for you and your Lil’ Bit (Toddler). With your guidance, your Lil’ Bit can keep active by jumping on the trampoline, crawling through obstacles, and enjoying time with friends. This is a play time designated for “Toddlers to TK’ (children just starting to walk, up to age 5 and not yet in Kindergarten).
Open Gym Ninja Nation
14120 Statesville Road, Huntersville, NC
Daily, see website for times
Summary: Open gym is a non-instructional time for anyone to practice whatever they would like; to be creative and have a lot of fun. Coaches and Hosts are present for spotting and safety, giving helpful hints, and inspiring and motivating individuals.
Markets at 11 in Ballantyne
11611 N. Community House Rd, Charlotte, NC
Summary: Join us on the second Saturday of each month for Markets at 11!
Local businesses are bringing their craft to the South Charlotte community to shop and enjoy! Browse specialty beauty, health and home products on Ballantyne’s former golf course. Grab bites and brews from local food and drink vendors. Post up on your picnic blanket and get your groove on with musical artists all day long!
American Legion Stadium
1218-1238 Armory Drive, Charlotte, NC
Click here for schedule
Click here for USL W (women’s league)
333 East Trade Street, Charlotte, NC
The Schiele Museum of Natural History
1500 East Garrison Blvd, Gastonia, NC
Summary: The Schiele Museum of Natural History is now open! The museum is committed to inspiring curiosity and understanding of science and the natural world through exceptional educational programs, exhibits, and research. To see a list of events and plan your visit, click here.
Mecklenburg County Library Virtual Events
Free Virtual Events
Summary: Join Charlotte Mecklenburg Library every week for a wide range of virtual programming for children, teens and adults. Daily appointments for Reading Buddies and Tutoring and Enrichment for school-age children can be accessed by clicking here.