Events

Everything You Need to Do This Summer in Charlotte. Period.

Published On 05/31/2016 Published On 05/31/2016
Counting Crows
Counting Crows | Flickr/Intel Free Press

In true Southern style, the Queen City calendar is chock-full of insane food- and booze-based entertainment to keep you full and happy all season long. But don’t worry, for good measure we’ve added in some physical activity, so you can at least say you’re attempting to get bathing suit-ready as you hit up every tasting in town. Here are all the events to scope out this summer.

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June

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Event

Location

Jun 3 Fri

Aim to win at Friday Night Lights Cornhole Tourney  Ten bucks per team gets you a minimum of three games, drink specials, and some pretty great prizes. Plus, the nighttime neon glow of Bank of America Stadium over your shoulder doesn’t hurt, either.  

Draught

Aim to win at Friday Night Lights Cornhole Tourney  Draught Ten bucks per team gets you a minimum of three games, drink specials, and some pretty great prizes. Plus, the nighttime neon glow of Bank of America Stadium over your shoulder doesn’t hurt, either.  

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Event

Location

Jun 4 Sat

Get down and dirty at the Warrior Dash There’s nothing quite like a 5K obstacle course consisting of fire leaps, net challenges, and mud crawls to make you feel like you can conquer the world.
 

Historic Rural Hill 

Get down and dirty at the Warrior Dash Historic Rural Hill  There’s nothing quite like a 5K obstacle course consisting of fire leaps, net challenges, and mud crawls to make you feel like you can conquer the world.
 

Date

Event

Location

Jun 9 Thu

Spend the evening with Ellie Goulding Because, well, it’s Ellie Goulding. You know you want to belt it out alongside her.

Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre 

Spend the evening with Ellie Goulding Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre  Because, well, it’s Ellie Goulding. You know you want to belt it out alongside her.

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Jun 10-12

Eat your way through Taste of Charlotte  This three-day festival brings you an extensive collection of the Queen City’s best cuisines, with over 100 different restaurant samples to choose from. Live music, street performers, and vendors will also be on hand to add to the weekend festivities.

Uptown

Eat your way through Taste of Charlotte  Uptown This three-day festival brings you an extensive collection of the Queen City’s best cuisines, with over 100 different restaurant samples to choose from. Live music, street performers, and vendors will also be on hand to add to the weekend festivities.

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Event

Location

Jun 17-18

Take a supercar for a spin at Xtreme Xperience This is what dreams are made of. Choose an exotic car, learn from the experts, and hit the track for some heart-racing laps of high-speed driving. 

Charlotte Motor Speedway 

Take a supercar for a spin at Xtreme Xperience Charlotte Motor Speedway  This is what dreams are made of. Choose an exotic car, learn from the experts, and hit the track for some heart-racing laps of high-speed driving. 

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Event

Location

Jun 18 Sat

Drink the day away at Brew Stash Bash This annual event combines outdoor adventure with great beer -- one of the best balances you can find when it comes to summertime living. Sip on a selection of regional and national craft beers from over 30 breweries while listening to live music alongside the rapids from afternoon to evening.

U.S. National Whitewater Center

Drink the day away at Brew Stash Bash U.S. National Whitewater Center This annual event combines outdoor adventure with great beer -- one of the best balances you can find when it comes to summertime living. Sip on a selection of regional and national craft beers from over 30 breweries while listening to live music alongside the rapids from afternoon to evening.

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Event

Location

Jun 18 Sat

Chill out at the 2nd Annual Queen City Jazz Fest  Spend the evening outside surrounded by the musical talents of Gerald Albright, Lalah Hathaway, and Brian Culbertson. You might just come to realize you love the soothing effect light jazz has on your stress level.

Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre

Chill out at the 2nd Annual Queen City Jazz Fest  Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre Spend the evening outside surrounded by the musical talents of Gerald Albright, Lalah Hathaway, and Brian Culbertson. You might just come to realize you love the soothing effect light jazz has on your stress level.

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Event

Location

Jun 19 Sun

Bro out for Father's Day at the Pig & Beer Fest With a pig roast by Sauceman’s BBQ, live music by Lenny the Band, and delicious craft beer by town favorite Sycamore Brewing, you’re in for quite a Sunday Funday. No event ticket required.

Sycamore Brewing

Bro out for Father's Day at the Pig & Beer Fest Sycamore Brewing With a pig roast by Sauceman’s BBQ, live music by Lenny the Band, and delicious craft beer by town favorite Sycamore Brewing, you’re in for quite a Sunday Funday. No event ticket required.

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Event

Location

Jun 25 Sat

Indulge at Bacon Fest at the FINN For 15 bucks, you’ll have access to 14 different savory stations of bacon-inspired apps, entrees, cocktails, and desserts, not to mention games and giveaways. OK, fine, twist our arm...

Blackfinn Ameripub 

Indulge at Bacon Fest at the FINN Blackfinn Ameripub  For 15 bucks, you’ll have access to 14 different savory stations of bacon-inspired apps, entrees, cocktails, and desserts, not to mention games and giveaways. OK, fine, twist our arm...

Wizard of Oz - The Musical

July

Date

Event

Location

Jul 1 Fri

Sprawl out at Summer Pops in the park Pack a picnic of wine and cheese, sit back in the lawn, and enjoy a live symphony show. Summer Pops: Celebrate America features a full set of patriotic tunes and post-concert fireworks to kick off your Fourth of July festivities.

Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall 

Sprawl out at Summer Pops in the park Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall  Pack a picnic of wine and cheese, sit back in the lawn, and enjoy a live symphony show. Summer Pops: Celebrate America features a full set of patriotic tunes and post-concert fireworks to kick off your Fourth of July festivities.

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Event

Location

Jul 5-10

Go see "The Wizard of Oz" An adaptation of the all-time classic, this theater production features the characters and songs you love from the award-winning movie, but you’ll also be in for a few surprises.

Belk Theater

Go see "The Wizard of Oz" Belk Theater An adaptation of the all-time classic, this theater production features the characters and songs you love from the award-winning movie, but you’ll also be in for a few surprises.

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Event

Location

Jul 27 Wed

Sing your ('90s) heart out with Counting Crows & Rob Thomas This killer combo will take you for a trip down memory lane with your favorite old-school hits.

PNC Music Pavilion

Sing your ('90s) heart out with Counting Crows & Rob Thomas PNC Music Pavilion This killer combo will take you for a trip down memory lane with your favorite old-school hits.

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Event

Location

Jul 29-30

Take part in 24 Hours of Booty Ride, donate, or volunteer in this 24-hour cycling event that raises funds for cancer programs such as the Levine Cancer Institute and LIVESTRONG Foundation. Cyclists of all abilities are welcome. All you need is a bike.

Myers Park

Take part in 24 Hours of Booty Myers Park Ride, donate, or volunteer in this 24-hour cycling event that raises funds for cancer programs such as the Levine Cancer Institute and LIVESTRONG Foundation. Cyclists of all abilities are welcome. All you need is a bike.

Triple C Brewing Company

August

Date

Event

Location

Aug 20 Sat

Join in Triple C’s anniversary celebration In honor of its fourth anniversary, Triple C will be hosting a day-long party featuring food trucks, live music, and a special anniversary ale to help toast its success. 

Triple C Brewing Co.

Join in Triple C’s anniversary celebration Triple C Brewing Co. In honor of its fourth anniversary, Triple C will be hosting a day-long party featuring food trucks, live music, and a special anniversary ale to help toast its success. 

Date

Event

Location

Aug 20-21

Show your support at the Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade  This annual event celebrating the LGBTQ community features two full days of party entertainment -- bands, exhibits, food vendors, and more -- in salute of social and cultural diversity.

Uptown

Show your support at the Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade  Uptown This annual event celebrating the LGBTQ community features two full days of party entertainment -- bands, exhibits, food vendors, and more -- in salute of social and cultural diversity.

The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery

September

Date

Event

Location

Sep 4 Sun

Celebrate with a beer after the Growler Gallop 5K An ice-cold craft brew in your favorite biergarten will (almost) be worth the exercise required. Plus, if you try hard enough, you could win a full growler.

Olde Mecklenburg Brewery 

Celebrate with a beer after the Growler Gallop 5K Olde Mecklenburg Brewery  An ice-cold craft brew in your favorite biergarten will (almost) be worth the exercise required. Plus, if you try hard enough, you could win a full growler.

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Courtney Matinata is a freelance writer for Thrillist, who will be one of the obnoxious girls belting it out to Ellie Goulding.

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