Smarty Scoop is proudly sponsored by our friends at Charlotte Ballet Academy.
Registration is open for the school year, and will stay open through January ~ sign your dancer up today! Charlotte Ballet Academy, the only school of ballet in the state affiliated with a nationally renowned professional ballet Company, provides a nurturing and structured environment that encourages individuality, creative expression and an appreciation for the art of dance.
4th Annual Carolina Corn Fest
Aw Shucks Farm
3718 Plyler Mill Road, Monroe, NC
September 18, 5PM-10PM
Summary: Live Music, Arts and Crafts, and Some of the best food in the South!
Charlotte Warehouse Sale
8929 JM Keynes Drive Charlotte, NC
September 11-19, See website for schedule
Summary: More than 8,000 items of women’s name brand overstock clothin and shoes from 65%-90% off original retail price.
Birkdale Commons Pwky & Sam Furr Rd, Huntersville, NC
Every Wednesday morning from April to October
Summary: Adventure awaits your little one at our weekly Birkdale Buds featuring a variety of interactive events! Bring your pre-school aged little bud for playtime in the Grove, every Wednesday morning from April to October. Weekly activities may include face painters, storytellers, magicians, arts and crafts and more! Note: Crafts and activities will be available while supplies last.
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!
Charlotte Open Air Market
5471 Central Avenue (site of the former Eastland Mall)
Every Saturday and Sunday, 7AM-5PM, free admission and free parking
Summary: This market has a rich multicultural atmosphere, with a huge variety of vendors selling just about everything you can imagine. Come check it out!
The Quarry at Carrigan Farms
1213 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy, Mooresville, NC 28115
Summary: Carrigan Farms is a 5th generation, family owned, farm. Carrigan Farms specializes in growing quality fruits and vegetables, educational school tours and field trips, weddings, swim parties, and other special events.
14523 Carowinds Blvd., Charlotte, NC
See website for schedule, safety protocols and reservations
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.
Children’s Theater at ImaginOn
300 E. 7th St. Charlotte, NC
Summary: We are excited to welcome audiences back to ImaginOn for in-person shows. Tickets and Choose-Your-Own Subscriptions now on sale. Click here for upcoming events. Children’s Theatre of Charlotte also offers a variety of programs for your child to enter the world of theatre. Our award-winning classes will help your child discover their creative spirit in the classroom and in life!
Cotton Hills Farm – The Market in Lowrys
2575 Lowrys Hwy, Chester, SC
Monday-Saturday weather permitting, 9AM-7PM, $2.25/lb, bring your own container or purchase for $1 each
Summary: Come make some sweet family memories on the farm! Our u-pick strawberry patch is open Monday – Saturday, 9AM to 7PM. No reservations required, No pets allowed. After picking, cool off with a scoop or two of hand-dipped ice cream. Kids can enjoy our tractor play-set and sand pile.
U.S. National Whitewater Center
5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte, NC
Summary: Every Thursday-Saturday night, 7PM-10PM, Free admission with $6 parking fee
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
Live Under The Oaks At Birkdale Village
Birkdale Commons Pkwy & Sam Furr Rd, Huntersville, NC
Every Friday evening from April to October
Summary: Start your weekends unwinding with live musical performances in the Grove. Grab your friends and family and get ready to dance the night away!
A bar will be onsite in the designated area provided by Red Rocks Cafe.
Due to local government restrictions being lifted, we are excited to be opening our Signature Events to the public starting in May! Attendees are no longer required to purchase tickets in advance for Live Under The Oaks beginning May 7th. While the events are not ticketed, guests are strongly encouraged to continue social distancing in groups and wear masks while on property.
Matthews Outdoor Concert Series
2nd & 4th Fridays, April – September, 6PM-9PM
Summary: To comply with COVIT-19 guidelines, these concerts are ticketed events with limited attendance of 350 people. Attendees can purchase seating “pods” for two or four people. Pod prices $6-$24.
Stonecrest Music At The Fountain
The Plaza Corner (near True Crafted Pizza & Civetta Italian Kitchen & Bar
See website for schedule
Summary: We are excited to bring back the summer concert series! On Friday evenings, enjoy our tradition of music by the fountain where you can come, relax and listen to a variety of different musicians; start times vary depending on location. Then on Saturdays, we invite you to visit The Plaza Corner and sit and relax on the patio of True Crafted Pizza or Civetta Italian Kitchen & Bar.
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.