14523 Carowinds Blvd, Charlotte, NC
See website for schedule, special events and promotional offers!
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Harmony Hall Summer Concert Series – Early Ray
14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte, NC
June 24, 5:00pm, All ages
Summary: Early Ray is often compared to contemporary acts like Zac Brown Band and Jason Aldean, they can also scale their show back to a more throwback style in the vein of Old Crow Medicine Show and Mumford and Sons.
Great American Campout
Anne Springs Close Greenway
835 Springfield Pkwy., Ft. Mill, SC
June 25, 3:00pm, All ages, $10 per person for members with a $35 family of four discount. For non-members it is $15 per person for non-members and a $45 family of four discount. Please register in advance at the Recreation Complex.
Summary: Bring your family for a night of fun out under the stars at the Adventure Center on the Anne Springs Close Greenway. We’ll have fun activities for all ages! Activities will include a guided family-friendly hike, Night Explorations hike, kayaking (age restrictions apply), fishing, fun family games, and a hot dog dinner over the campfire with all the fixings! Then we’ll finish the evening with s’mores and a campfire sing-a-long under the stars! Camping equipment is not provided.
Rockin’ and Reelin’ Movie and Concert Series
Pineville Lake Park
1000 Johnston Drive, Pineville, NC
May 20 – September 16, See website for schedule and times, Free
Summary: Lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets welcome.
Northcross Shopping Center Outdoor Movie Series – Cinderella
Northcross Shopping Center
9709 Sam Furr Road, Huntersville, NC
June 25, 7:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: Movies start after dusk at the pond between Portrait Innovations & Taxco. Bring your lawn chair, and the entire family for a fun night of films under the stars.
Summer Concert and Movie Series
120 S. Trade Street, Matthews, NC
See website for schedule, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: Pre-movie activities begin at 7pm. Movies will begin at approximately 8:30pm or dusk. Vendors will be onsite selling dinner food, treats, and drinks. No pets please.
Cornelius Outdoor Cinema Series
Ramsey Creek Park
18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius, NC
See website foe schedule, 8:30pm, All ages, Free
Summary: The unique “Boat-In” movies at Ramsey Creek Park, co-hosted by the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department, will give spectators the opportunity to view the movie from land or from the lake. Boaters will be able to watch the movie from their boats and receive audio via boat radio or handheld radio.
Symphony in the Park
Bailey Road Park
11536 Bailey Road, Cornelius, NC
June 25, 6:00pm, Free
Summary: 6:00 PM Gates Open, 6:45 PM Prelude, 8:15 PM Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, fireworks to follow. Free admission and parking. Concessions available for purchase.
Summer Pops: Symphony Swings
Symphony Park (beside SouthPark Mall)
4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte, NC
June 19, 8:15pm – 9:45pm, All ages, $12
Summary: An annual Charlotte tradition, Summer Pops is a five-concert series that takes place at Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall each Sunday evening in June, plus a special July 1st “Celebrate America” program featuring favorite patriotic songs and post-concert fireworks. Gather the whole family, pack a picnic and head out to the event Charlotte magazine named one of “50 Things Every Charlottean Should Do.”
Food Truck Fridays at Plaza Midwood
Central Avenue (Behind the Light Factory)
1817 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC
Every Friday, 5:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: We are thrilled to announce that Food Truck Friday’s new location will be behind The Light Factory, 1817 Central Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205, in Plaza-Midwood. This is right across the street from the Harris Teeter, a perfect location for the many residents of the area who love to stroll through the neighborhood. Family friendly, this location is sure to become a favorite Friday night destination for Charlotteans. We’re looking at an April 1 start date, but keep your eyes on our Facebook page (Food Truck Friday Charlotte) and Twitter (@FTFCharlotte) for updates. We look forward to seeing you there!
Matthews Food Truck Fridays
120 S. Trade Street, Matthews, NC
May 6, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, All ages, Free
Summary: Matthews Food Truck Fridays” in Matthews, NC. We’re back every Friday night starting in March 2016. No pets or alcohol.
River Jam Concert Series
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, Charlotte, NC
See website for schedule, 7:00pm – 10:00pm, $5 parking
Summary: Join us on Thursday and Saturday nights from May through September for River Jam, the USNWC’s weekly concert series. A talented line-up of national musical acts provide the perfect back drop for a fun summer evening outdoors. Bring your friends, enjoy our large food and craft beer selection, and take in the sights and sounds of River Jam.
Carnivorous Plant Carnival
UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
9090 Craver Road, Charlotte, NC
June 25, 11:00am – 1:00pm, Ages 4-12, $8 per child, accompanying adults are free
Summary: Games, crafts, hands-on displays, face painting and more. Feed a Venus Fly trap (plants for sale)
Sunday Fun Day: Pumped Up!
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC
June 26, 1:00pm – 4:00pm, All ages, $6, free for members and children
Summary: It’s family time at the Mint! Family-friendly art projects, gallery visits, artist demos, Let’s Move! yoga. Enjoy activities inspired by the exhibition Pumped: the Art & Craft of Shoemaking from the Mint’s permanent collection.
The Adventures of Mr. Potato Head
ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
300 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC
See website for event schedule
Summary: At ImaginOn, young people learn in many ways, through all five senses and “from the page to the stage.” It is the launching pad for remarkable journeys and endless possibilities.
100 McDowell Street East, Matthews, NC
June 10 – 26, See website for schedule and times, $10 and up
Summary: Set in a Western Indian territory just after the turn of the century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colorful background against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story.
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.
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.