It is shaping up to be a great weekend in Charlotte. In what other area can you visit Pompeii, dress like a cow for food, see movies outdoors, dance with your kids, do art projects AND watch a Revolutionary War reenactment all in one weekend?! I love this town.
A Day in Pompeii
July 11-January 4, 9:00am-6:00pm
A Day in Pompeii has only appeared in three U.S. cities with Charlotte being the fourth and final U.S. destination. Now you can journey back in time to experience A Day in Pompeii and discover everyday life in the ancient Roman city, marveling at hundreds of exceptional objects including room-size frescoes, marble sculptures, gold coins and exquisite jewelry. Tickets should be purchased in advance.
Cow Appreciation Day
July 11, 6:00am-10:00pm
Dress like a cow and get a free combo meal! (Partial costume gets a free entree.) Enjoy crafts, games, and appearances by the “Eat Mor Chikin” Cow throughout the day.
Movies in the Park
Freedom Park Amphitheater, 1900 East Blvd. Charlotte
July 11 at Sunset
All movies begin at SUNSET in the Freedom Park Amphitheater (bring a chair/blanket!). All movies take place on the 2nd friday of the month. Popcorn provided FREE of charge and there are drawings for prizes (DVD players, restaurant gift certificates, & more). It is fun for the whole family, a date, your dog, or just you! The best part is it’s TOTALLY FREE. So come join us at Freedom Park, and make some memories with your family! Presented by Watershed and the Char-Meck Parks & Recreation Department. Tonight’s movie is “Shrek the Third.”
Nature Piece Theater: “Hoot”
Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road
July 11, 7:00pm
Bring the whole family for a free night at the movies. Popcorn is included! Bring your lawn chair or a comfy cushion. Watch a boy and his classmates realize that a population of endangered burrowing owls is threatened by new construction. The kids decide to take on crooked politicians and bumbling cops in the hope of saving their new friends. Free. Pre registration is required. For more information call 704.598.8857
Rockin’ and Reelin’ Summer Concert and Movie Series
Pineville Lake Park off Johnston Drive
July 11, Dusk
Bring the family and enjy a movie outside. Tonight’s feature is “E.T.
Pre-shows begin at 7pm. Movies begin at dusk.
Schiele Museum of Natural History, Gastonia
July 11 and 12, 9:00am-5:00pm
July 13, 1:00pm-5:00pm
The dark, still water and black, smelly mud of Southeastern swamps is home to an incredible variety of plants and animals – and this exhibit brings many of them to you LIVE! Our winding boardwalk leads you through a primeval world of live American alligators, a bobcat, baby raccoons, a 15-foot albino Burmese python, snapping turtles, frogs, lizards and more. You never know what lies around the next bend along the boardwalk when you explore our swamp! Cost is $6-$7.
Main & Maxwell Farmer’s Market
12600 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville
July 12, 7:00am-1:00pm
Town of Huntersville tradition. Local farmers sell their produce, baked goods, flowers and crafts each Saturday and Tuesday.
Carolina Raptor Center
Meet the Keeper
July 12, 2:00pm
An opportunity to meet the people who care for a specific raptor and ask them questions about that bird’s natural behavior, history and personality.
Raptors, Kings of the Air
July 12, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 3:00pm
Lions may be the king of the jungle, but the incredible hunting skills of raptors make them the kings of the air. Learn what they are hunting and how they are able to capture their food.
Saturday Morning Fever
Matthews Library, 230 Matthews Station St., Matthews
July 12, 10:00am
Burn, baby, burn… Enjoy a disco-themed program for the whole family. Please call 704-847-3698 for more information and to register!
Target Family Fun Saturdays: Boats, Carts, Trains and Trucks
Mint Museum of Art, 2730 Randolph Road
July 12, Drop in between 10:30am-2:30pm
View the many modes of transportation depicted in paintings from Coming Home: Selections from the Schoen Collection, and craft your own creation! Projects are geared for all ages. Cost is $6, kids free.
Battle of Hucks Defeat
Historic Brattonsville, 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells, SC
July 12, 10:00am-5:00pm
July 13, 11:00am-4:00pm
The Revolutionary War in the Carolina backcountry was one of intense fighting that involved all of the society. Three significant battles will be reenacted including Huck’s Defeat which will take place near the actual site of the engagement. During the day see how the soliders and civilians of the Carolina Piedmont survived the war. Historic music performances, firearms demonstrations, talks by noted experts and camp life will be shown throughout the weekend. Younger visitors can explore the Children’s Encampment area and try their hands at historic toys and games, take part in military drills and explore a Revolutionary War camp. Cost is $5-$10.
Let us know of other events that are happening. Hope you all have a great and Smarty weekend.