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Summer Guide: Festivals, sports and more events 


Charlotte Hounds May 30: vs. New York Lizards; June 5: vs. Ohio Machine; June 27: vs. Denver Outlaws; vs. Florida Launch . American Legion Memorial Stadium, 310 N. Kings Drive.

Charlotte Knights May 28: vs. Columbus Clippers; May 29-31: vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs; June 5-7: vs. Norfolk Tides; June 16-18: vs. Pawtucket Red Sox; June 19-21: vs. Indianapolis Indians; July 2-3: vs. Gwinnett Braves; July 7-9: vs. Durham Bulls; July 16-19: vs. Norfolk Tides; July 20-23: vs. Durham Bulls; Aug. 4-6: vs. Buffalo Bisons; Aug. 7-9: vs. Rochester Red Wings; Aug. 10-13: vs. Gwinnett Braves; Aug. 20-23: vs. Indianapolis Indians; Aug. 24-26: vs. Gwinnett Braves; Sept. 2-4: vs. Durham Bulls. BB&T Ballpark, 324 South Mint St.

Charlotte Roller Girls June 28: CLTRG Purple vs. CLTRG Black; July 25: Charlotte Roller Girls' B-Dazzlers vs. Greenbrier Roller Vixens of Lewisburg, WV. Grady Cole Center, 310 N. Kings Drive.

Charlotte Independence June 13: vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds; June 20: vs. Charleston Battery; June 26: vs. Richmond Kickers; July 4: vs. Saint Louis FC; July 25: vs. FC Montreal; Aug. 1: vs. Rochester Rhinos; Aug. 5: vs. New York Red Bulls 11; Aug. 22: vs. Pittsburgh Riverhounds; Sept. 5: vs. Wilmington Hammerheads; Sept. 9: vs. Toronto FC 11. 210 East Trade St., Suite E-482. 704-206-1515.

Extreme Midget Wrestling Dubbed the "The baddest little show on earth," this features professional midget wrestlers battling it out in the ring. July 18, 8:30 p.m. $18. 1423 S. Tryon St. 704-377-6874.

Carolinas Care 5K Charity 5K trail race for Carolinas Care. June 20, 8 a.m. Reedy Creek Park, 2900 Rocky River Road.

The Color Run Charlotte A 5k race complete with runners being doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. May 30, 8 a.m. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway, South, Concord.

Foam Glow 5K This 5K features a course lit by black light and tons of foam to be thrown on runners. $40. July 18, 6 p.m. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pkwy S., Concord.

Habitat Mud Volleyball Annual volleyball event that raises money for Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte. June 7. Ayrsley Town Center, 2127 Ayrsley Town Blvd.

Healthy Achievement 5K 5K run/walk and family-friendly event. $25. June 20, 8 a.m. Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St.

LUNGe Forward 5K This 5K aims to promote awareness of lung cancer. $30. June 6, 7 a.m. Park Road Park, 6220 Park Road.

South End Shuffle 5K The 5K will start on Camden Road and head south on the Rail Trail. There will also be a one-mile fun run, starting in the same location. $35. Sept. 15, 6 p.m. Held in South End.

Warrior Dash Obstacle course race that features 12 world-class obstacles like Goliath and Great Warrior Wall, and mud-caked back roads. For more information, visit $90. June 6. Historic Rural Hill Farm, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. 704-875-3113.


Beer Me Brewfest Sample beers from local and regional craft brewers and breweries. There will also be local entertainment and activities throughout the day. Proceeds will benefit Habitat Charlotte. For tickets, visit and a list of participating breweries, visit $30. May 31, 12:30-5:30 p.m. All American Pub, 200 E. Bland St.

Brew Stash Bash This annual festival at USNWC features craft brews and live music (this year's performers include Tab Benoit, J Roddy Watson and the Business, Judah and the Lion and Lefty Williams). Extra cost for the Brew Dash 6K and craft beer tasting. Free. June 13. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. 704-391-3900.

Charlotte Beer Festival Ticket purchase includes drinking wristband, free commemorative glass, and unlimited samples of more than 75 craft, import & specialty beers from local and regional breweries. $30. May 30, 2-7 p.m. Rooftop 210, 210 E. Trade St., Suite 230B.

Charlotte Black Gay Pride This year's weekend-long event, marks Charlotte Black Gay Pride's 10th anniversary. July 16-19. For more information, visit

Festival of India This annual festival celebrates Indian culture with informational displays, authentic food, traditional dances and music, arts and crafts and vendors. $7. Sept. 12, 12 p.m.-8 p.m.; Sept. 13, 12 p.m.-7 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St.

Fillmore Craft Beer Sessions The festivities will feature craft beer samplings (from breweries like Unknown, Triple C, NoDa Brewing, Birdsong, Dogfish Head, and a whole lot more) and there will be local food trucks out back. $35. July 11, 5 p.m. The Fillmore, 1000 N.C. Music Factory Blvd. 704-549-5555.

Fourth of July Celebration Two-day 4th of July celebration featuring live music, corn hole tournaments and fireworks on both nights. July 3-4. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. 704-391-3900.

Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas The four-day festival celebrates with a parade in addition to fashion shows, drum circles, drama and dance, seminars and workshops, music, food, vendors and more. For more information, visit June 18-21. Independence Park, 300 Hawthorne Lane.

Labor Day Celebration The annual celebration includes a 5K and 15K trail race, in addition to cornhole tournaments, music, and a fireworks show. Free. Sept. 6. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. 704-391-3900.

Queen City Bike Fest Motorcycle enthusiasts gather for this event, which features competitions, rides, vendors and more. To benefit the USO-NC. Sept. 4-6. Courtyard Charlotte Concord, 7201 Scott Padgett Parkway, Concord.

Queen's Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week This summer restaurant week includes a more than 100 upscale restaurants in the Charlotte and surrounding area. Each will be offering three-course meals for $30 (not including tax and gratuity). July 17-25. For more information, visit

More Events

21st Century Building Expo & Conference Three-day educational conference with seminars to keep industry professionals informed on trends, techniques and products. $25-$100. Sept. 15- 17. 501 S. College St.

Alive After Five Epicentre's Rooftop Stage - May 28: Slippery When Wet; June 6: We Got the Beat/Girls Girls Girls; June 11: The Dickens; June 18: 20 Ride; June 19: 91; July 2: Hot Sauce; July 9: The Breakfast Club; July 16: Mr. Potato Head; July 23: Groove Nation / Natural Wonder; Aug. 6: Departure; Aug. 20: Simplified; Aug. 27: Early Ray. Plaza Stage - May 28: Radiojacks; June 4: Royal Suits; June 11: 5 on Sundays; June 18: Heroes at Last; June 26: Who Rescued Who.

Bearden Music Series Monthly concert series with a variety of genres. June 13: Latino. July 11: Americana/Bluegrass. Aug. 8: Big Band. Held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St.

Beautiful Woman Inside & Out Conference The event is designed is to educate, empower and equip women through an emphasis on health/wellness and outer beauty. $85 and up. June 19, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; June 20, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Embassy Suites Concord, 5400 John Q. Hammons Drive, NW, Concord.

Beer Ed These sessions are a series of educational workshops about beer. First Tuesday of every month. Growlers Pourhouse, 3120 N. Davidson St. 704-910-6566.

Blondes vs Brunettes Blonde and brunette ladies play football against one another. The ticket donation of $35 grants you access to the game as well as the after party with drink specials. May 30, 5 p.m. Revolution Park, 2425 Barringer Drive.

Carolina Guitar Show This show features vendors offering vintage guitars, banjos and other stringed instruments for sale or trade. $10-$15. Aug. 23-24. Metrolina Tradeshow Expo, 7100 Statesville Road. 704-596-4650.

Canine Couture Dogs walk the runway in fashionable clothing. Presented by Charlotte Pride, benefiting the Human Society of Charlotte. June 6, 2-5 p.m. Triple C Brewing Company, 2900 Griffith St.

Charlotte Symphony's Summer Pops Series June 7: Summer Pops: Opening Night. June 14: Tchaikovsky Spectacular. June 21: A Night at the Movies. June 28: Hot Spanish Nights. July 3: Celebrate America. Gates open at 5 p.m., prelude performances begin at 7 p.m., and the Charlotte Symphony performs at 8:15 p.m. Tickets for the June concerts are $12; July 3 tickets are $16; Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road.

ConCarolinas Science fiction, fantasy and horror convention. Guests include author John Scalzi and Joel Hodgson. $10-$50. May 29-31. Embassy Suites Concord, 5400 John Q. Hammons Drive, NW, Concord.

Cyclemania Motorcycle event with classic British, Euro and Japanese motorcycles, customized scooters and mopeds and live music. Free. May 30, 11 a.m. Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St. 704-765-2467.

Dixie Gun and Knife Show The show features vendors offering guns, knives and ammo for sale or trade. $8. Aug. 15-16. Metrolina Tradeshow Expo, 7100 Statesville Road. 704-596-4650.

Fridays at the Factory Live music at N.C. Music Factory. May 29: Misterwives. June 5: Shovels and Rope with Flatland Tourists. June 12: North Mississippi Allstars with The Josh Daniel/Mark Schimick Project. June 19: Cowboy Mouth with Of Good Nature. June 26: Surfer Blood with The Black Cadillacs. Advance tickets are $8.

For the Fire Within Featuring over 20 local artists painting and creating in the theme of fire and live fire performances. Free admission. May 30, 6 p.m.-12 a.m. Haylo Healing Arts Lounge, 1111 Central Ave., Suite 100.

Green Ribbon Ride Group motorcycle ride to benefit the National Alliance on Mental Health. $10-$30. May 30, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Harley Davidson Dearlership of Charlotte, 9205 E. Independence Blvd.

Heroes Con 33rd annual family-friendly comic book convention hosted by Heroes Aren't Hard to Find. June 19-21. Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St.

Lake Norman Brew-Ha-Ha-Tour This Kiwanis Club Fundraising Tour departs from the Kilted Buffalo and includes stops to breweries: Bayne, Ass Clown, D9 & Primal. For more information, call 704-765 5104. $60. June 6, 11:30 a.m. The Kilted Buffalo, 8625 Townley Road, Huntersville.

Metrolina Expo: Vintage & Antiques Show Featuring vendors selling vintage products and antiques. June 4-7. Metrolina Expo, 7100 Statesville Road.

Microbrews Cruise Guided group flatwater paddle along the Catawba River with a chef-prepared, fireside dinner. $55. May 29, 6:30 p.m.; Through June 26. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. 704-391-3900.

Music on the Lawn The Stardusters Big Band presents music from the '30s, '40s and '50s along with Broadway and contemporary tunes. Free. July 24, 6-7:30 p.m. Sharon Presbyterian Church, 5201 Sharon Road.

Platinum Gala Show your support of LGBTQ youth in the Carolinas by attending this gala with food, cocktails, an art auction and more. $75. June 5, 6:30 p.m. Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St. 704-337-2000.

Queen City Conscious Market Featuring a community of local entrepreneurs who have built their businesses upon foundations of conscious consumerism and giving back. Free. May 30, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Heist Brewery, 2909 N. Davidson St., Suite 200.

Rock the Park Music festival featuring Christian performers like Casting Crowns, Skillet and more. $57. June 13. Carowinds, 14523 Carowinds Blvd.

Second Chance Christmas: Christmas in July The event, which is gathering school supplies for kids in need, feature appetizers, beer, wine, margaritas, music and more. Cocktail attire. July 24, 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. $20-$40 with backpack in advance; $60 day of. Rooftop 210, 210 E. Trade St.

Six String Saturdays Live music featuring local artists. Held in correspondence with Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World Rockin' Out (exhibit from May 30 to Sept. 7). May 30: A Sign of the Times: Van Sachs and Toni Tupponce; June 6: Sabra Callas; June 13: School of Rock; June 20: Sitar; June 27: Shana Blake & Keith Shamel; July 4: Kevin Jones & Joe Allen; July 11: School of Rock; July 18: Tom Billotto; July 25: Papa Daddy Music; Aug. 1: Back Creek Bluegrass Boys; Aug. 8: School of Rock; Aug. 15: Bassments; Aug. 22: The High Ridge Pickers and Hannah Case (performance at 3:30 p.m.; Aug. 29: J. L. Davis Duo; Sept. 5: A Sign of the Times: Van Sachs and Toni Tupponce. Saturdays at 2:00 p.m. through Sept. 5. Held on the Tryon Street patio at Discovery Place, 301 N Tryon St.

Southern Ideal Home Show Showcases ways to make the home improvements. Featuring demos, vendors, home models and more. Sept. 11-13. The Park Expo & Conference Center, 2500 E. Independence Blvd.

Southern Women's Show Three-day show celebrating women and Southern culture. Featuring demos, special guests, vendors and more. $12. Aug. 28-30. Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St.

Tony Awards Viewing Party Watch the Tony Awards ceremony live on a big screen in McGlohon Theatre. Free. June 7, 7 p.m. McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000.

Unwined Stand-up paddle boarding and dining experience by a chef-prepared, fireside dinner back on shore at the Ridge Landing. $55. May 29, 6:30 p.m.; Through Sept. 18. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. 704-391-3900.

Zipline & Dine Guests will travel via a course of five different zip-lines and two roped bridges before zipping through trees alongside the Catawba River. After a short hike back to base camp, guests will be greeted with craft beer, wine, and dinner around a fire pit at the Ridge Landing. $75. May 29, June 3, June 5, June 10, June 19, June 24, June 26, July 1, July 10, July 15, July 17, July 24, July 29, July 31. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. 704-391-3900.

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