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Everything You Need to Do in Charlotte This Summer

Updated On 07/09/2018 at 04:18PM EST Updated On 07/09/2018 at 04:18PM EST
Humane Society of Charlotte
Humane Society of Charlotte | Humane Society of Charlotte
Humane Society of Charlotte
Humane Society of Charlotte
Saturday
Jul 14
Brookhill
When you’re in the market for a new best pal, drop by the Humane Society of Charlotte’s 40th birthday party. There will be food, drinks, and tons of hug-worthy pups on hand looking for forever homes -- all with $40 adoption fees.
Cost: Free to attend
Saturday
Jul 14
LoSo
Brody Jenner, of the Kardashian-Jenner reality TV dynasty, is taking over Queen Park Social for a Black Out Brunch. Get your day drinking pants on, and get ready to bowl and sip mimosas with a reality TV legend. Jenner will also perform a DJ set at the event, so prep your requests. Wonder if he’ll spin his step-sister Kim’s song “Jam.” Anyone remember that gem?
Cost: Tickets start $25 and go up to $100 for VIP
Sunday
Jul 15
Randolph Road
Calling all fashionistas: the Mint Museum is combining designer duds and tantalizing cuisine during Taste of the Mint: Oscar de la Renta. Take a private tour of the “The Glamour & Romance of Oscar de la Renta” exhibit and sample small plates prepared by 5Church Charlotte chef Jamie Lynch.
Cost: $50
Sunday
Jul 15
Nevin Park
You may not have the funds to bankroll a trip to Paris anytime soon, but you can get your fill of the City of LIghts at the Charlotte French Festival. Sip wine, taste pastries, and enjoy traditional music while you learn about French culture.
Cost: $5
Thursday
Jul 19
Uptown
If you loved The Office (even though “The Dinner Party” was cringe-worthy, don’t @ me) then you’ll want to grab tickets to the July 19th Knights game. It’s Office Knight, and Andy Buckley, who portrayed bossman David Wallace, will be there greeting fans. The first 2,000 attendees will also receive a commemorative shirt.
Cost: $12
Friday
Jul 20
Uptown
Your little niece or nephew may love Discovery Place, but during Science on the Rocks it shuts down and turns into a 21 and over party so you can play with all of the exhibits with a drink in your hand. This month’s theme is “A Night on Mount Olympus” so you can try your hand at trident throwing, play Greek mythology trivia, and make a wearable beard a la Zeus.
Cost: $10
us bank stadium
US Bank Stadium | Gian Lorenzo Ferretti/shutterstock
Sunday
Jul 22
Uptown
If you’re still a little salty about the U.S. not making the World Cup, here’s your chance for a refresh. The International Champions Cup takes over Bank of America Stadium, with Liverpool FC facing off against Borussia Dortmund. If you're still super into the World Cup, here are the best places to watch those matches.
Cost: Tickets start at $40
Friday - Saturday
Jul 27-28
Myers Park
Throw some air in your tires and snap on that helmet, because 24 Hours of Booty is back. The event covers the three-mile “Booty Loop” in Myers Park. It raises funds for the Levine Cancer Institute, Levine Children’s Hospital, and other worthy causes.
Cost: Adult riders pay $75 to register
Saturday
Jul 28
If you think ketchup is its own food group, you won’t want to miss the 2018 Homegrown Tomato Festival at NoDa Brewing Company. Try different types of tomatoes, chow down on ‘mater sandwiches, and cast your vote as to who earns the title of the region’s best tomato. While you’re there, definitely spark up the ole “why is a tomato a fruit?” debate.
Cost: $10
Saturday
Jul 28
On Saturdays, Atherton Mill is the place to go to stock up on produce, meats, sauces, fresh flowers, delicious-smelling soaps, and more. Skip the insane lines at your local grocery store and buy fresh from the growers themselves instead. The array of farmers and artisans varies week by week.
Cost: Free to walk around but... 
Sunday
Jul 29
Uptown
When you’re ready for an elegant evening out, Eddie V’s has the perfect pick. Their Sparkling Sounds menu offers seasonal cocktails, champagne pairings, $8 oysters, and live music, including soul, R&B, and jazz. It’s the last night of the event, so slide into that date night outfit you’ve been saving and give it a shot.
Cost: Depends on how good your taste is
vans warped tour
Vans Warped Tour
Monday
Jul 30
PNC Music Pavilion
Your chance to relive your emo high school days are numbered, as it was recently announced that this is the last year of the full, cross-country Warped Tour. Womp womp. With a chance to relive your youth flashing before your eyes, we say grab tickets now. Go scream along to Sum 41, Bowling For Soup, Mayday Parade, and more, and pretend like you don’t have a 9am conference call waiting for you the next day.
Cost: $45
Saturday - Sunday
Aug 11-12
Uptown
The 24th Festival of India features authentic cuisine, dance and music performances, art, and a souvenir bazaar. If you’re an aspiring superstar, warm those pipes up, because you’ll want to participate in the Charlotte Indian Idol competition.
Cost: $7
Saturday
Aug 11
Dilworth
When you’re tired of bar hopping, grab a lawn chair and head to Freedom Park for a free jazz show. Jazz newbies are welcome!
Cost: Free
Friday
Aug 17
Uptown
Feel like you’ve been waiting forever for football season? Happy days are here again. Preseason football kicks off with the Panthers taking on the Dolphins. If you want the complete tailgate experience this year, join the Roaring Riot, a dedicated community of fans who gather before the games to get in the black and blue spirit.
Cost: $25
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Thursday
Aug 30
Belmont
Picture this: you’ve got a drink in your hand, live music plays softly, and you’re wandering through the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, enjoying the beautiful sights and sounds. It’s like your own version of a Midsummer Night’s Dream. It sounds good enough to be crafted by Billy Shakespeare, and it’s a reality during Sip and Stroll at the Garden. Tonight’s your last night to take advantage of the experience, so get out there.
Cost: $12.95 per person
Thursday - Sunday
Sep 6-9
Dilworth
Regardless of how you pronounce the word “gyro,” it’s time to stuff your face with some delicious, authentic Greek cuisine at the Yiasou Greek Festival in Dilworth. Browse art while you shop, and check out live music and dance performances.
Cost: $3.00 for admission into the festival
Thursday
Sep 13
PNC Music Pavilion
If you like your chicken fried, you’ll want to be at PNC Music Pavilion to catch Zac Brown Band live. This will be the perfect end-of-summer show.
Cost: Tickets start at $28
Saturday
Sep 15
Camp North End
Mix up your Friday night routine and head to Friday Nights at Camp North End. It’s the ideal way to see a different part of the city as you enjoy food, live music, and a chance to meet new people.
Cost: Free
Tuesday
Sep 18
Ovens Auditorium
It was one show everyone in your family could agree on watching growing up, and you spent years laughing along with him on TV. Now, see Jerry Seinfeld when he comes to Ovens Auditorium to still ponder the oddity that is airline food.
Cost: Tickets start at $65