Welcome to the Queen City Calendar, your ultimate guide for what to do in and around Charlotte. Have an event you think should be listed here? Shoot us an email to charlottefive@charlottefive.com.

Community deadlines

Call for Artists: Pre-qualified artist pool for Charlotte-Douglas International Airport concourse murals: Deadline: Friday, Aug. 11, 2017 by 11:59 p.m. Applicants must be Mecklenburg County residents. Artists selected from the pre-qualified pool will receive $7,500 commissions to create original artwork for the refurbished concourses of Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. Artworks will be printed on high-pressure laminate and commission. See details here.

Cultural Vision Grants: Letter of intent deadline: Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 by noon. Open to Mecklenburg County-based creative individuals or Mecklenburg County-bsed nonprofit organizations. The grants will provide funds up to $10,000 for projects that build community or increase relevance and innovation. Projects must begin between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2018 and conclude before June 30, 2019. See details here.

Community Supported Art: Submission deadline: Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 by 11:59 p.m. Participating 2D or 3D artists must reside in the Charlotte region. Selected artists will receive a commission of $2,000 to create 50 works of art. This work is then sold in the form of 50 “shares” to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community. See details here.

Regional Artist Project Grants: Deadline: Friday, Sept. 22, 2017 by noon. Open to residents in the Charlotte region. The grants provide funds of up to $2,000 for individuals and groups of unincorporated artists to pursue projects that further improve their artistic development by attending a professional advancement experience or purchasing/renting a piece of equipment. See details here.

Recurring events

Chef-Driven Dining in Uptown Tour: On this tour, go in-depth with chefs at five upscale dining establishments to learn their background and the restaurants’ histories, see cooking and cocktail demonstrations, tour a kitchen, get wine pairing, craft beer, and mixology education and sample chefs’ specialties. Cost: $80. This event occurs weekly on Saturdays from 3 – 6 p.m.

NoDa Brewing Run Club: The club meets at 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday for 1, 3 and 5 mile routes. NoDa Brewing, 2921 N. Tryon St.

Coco and the Director’s series of events: 

Every other Wednesday is Wine & Color Wednesday. Guests are invited to decompress with art supplies, coloring books, $5 glasses of wine and half priced pastries. Patrons can submit their works for a chance to win free coffee for an entire week, with the winner being announced via social media the following day. 100 W. Trade St.

Final-E Friday Acoustic hosts local musicians that perform a variety of genres from pop and R&B to rock and country. Guests can enjoy $4 tall boys while enjoying to the music on Fridays.

Trivia night is now every other Thursday, 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Art in Motion is a bi-weekly open mic night featuring live painting, poets and musicians. Fridays, 7 – 9 p.m.

Team Trivia at Rhino Market: It’s free to enter and prizes are involved. Mondays, 8 p.m. 1500 W. Morehead St. Ste. E.

Free Fitness Saturdays at Northlake Mall: Free Fitness Saturdays will now occur on the first Saturday of every month, led by fitness instructors from the McCrorey Family YMCA. Saturdays, March 4-December 2, 2017, 10 – 11 a.m. Upper Level near Entry 4 at Northlake Mall, 6801 Northlake Mall Drive.

Greenway Summer Concert Series: Anne Springs Close Greenway has brought back this concert series for its fifth year, with 14 concerts scheduled every Thursday from June through August. Check out the schedule here. Attendees should bring a blanket and/or chairs. Food trucks will be in attendance and beer, wine and sodas will be available for purchase. Free for Greenway members, $5 for non-members, $5 for parking, 6:30 p.m., Anne Springs Close Greenway, 104 Adventure Road, Fort Mill.

Uptown Charlotte Parks Music Series:

Music Box Lunch: Enjoy Tuesdays this summer with a free, live music event. All ages welcome. Free to attend, every Tuesday (June 6 – August 29), 12 – 1:30 p.m., First Ward Park, 301 E 7th St.

Picnic in the Park: A free, live music event will take place every Sunday this summer in Fourth Ward Park. View the schedule here. All ages welcome. Free to attend, every Sunday (June 4 – August 27), 4 – 5:30 p.m., Fourth Ward Park.

Party in the Park: Enjoy Wednesdays this summer with Party in the Park, a free, live music event. View the schedule here. Free to attend, every Wednesday (June 7 – August 30), 6 – 9 p.m., Romare Bearden Park, 300 S Church St.

Summer Jazz Series: Stop by these free events on June 24, July 29 and August 26 at Freedom Park to enjoy good music, food trucks and beer. 6 – 9 p.m., 1900 East Blvd.

Wine Tasting Tuesdays at Fidelli: Taste 5 different wines for $5 every Tuesday at Fidelli Kitchen. Purchase a $5 reloadable wine card to taste from the self-serve wine machine. Tuesdays, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Fidelli Kitchen, 1616 Camden Road.

Topgolf Nights: Topgolf Charlotte presented by Pepsi will be hosting Topgolf Nights every Friday and Saturday nights from June 9 through September 2. Enjoy live music, patio games, contests and giveaways. All ages welcome. Free to attend, 9 p.m. – 1:30 a.m., Topgolf Charlotte, 8024 Savoy Corporate Dr.

Color the Park School Supplies Drive: Join other members of the Ballantyne community as they collect school supplies and monetary donations for local students in need. Members of the community are encouraged to drop off school supplies in one of the Northwood Office building lobbies. To learn more about other ways to donate, go here, or donate through the uBack app. July 18 – August 1. Learn more here.


July 20

Margarita Confessionals Cocktail Class: Join the ladies of Margarita Confessionals and the Paco’s Tacos and Tequila team for a margarita class, where you will learn how to make your own simple syrups, taste tequila and match flavors, and perfect your garnish game. The class will also include three drinks and tex mex snacks. For more info, call (704) 914-9894, or get your tickets here. $35 per ticket, July 20, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Paco’s Tacos and Tequila, 6401 Morrison Blvd. #8A.

July 21

Youth Revival USA Tour 2017: Hillsong Young & Free present their Youth Revival tour, which is coming to Charlotte. Deluxe tickets will allow patrons to attend a Q&A session with Hillsong Young & Free on worship, songwriting, leadership and ministry; After party tickets will allow patrons to continue the party with the band after their performance. Tickets can be purchased here, by calling (800) 745-3000, at all Ticketmaster outlets or by visiting the Bojangles’ Coliseum Box Office (2700 E Independence Blvd). Individual tickets start at $22.95 and are subject to change, other ticket prices vary, July 21, 7 p.m., Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E Independence Blvd.

Tiki Cocktail Class: This class will having you shaking and stirring as Tiki Teacher Emily Elda teaches you the cocktail fundamentals for blending base spirits for these Polynesian-inspired beverages. Your ticket includes 3 full sized cocktails, individual bar stations and take home recipes. Get your ticket here. $65 per ticket, July 21, 7:30 p.m., Hygge: Camp North End, 1776 Statesville Ave.

July 21-30

Queen’s Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week: Restaurant Week is back and will be at more than 130 Charlotte-area restaurants. Click here to read some of C5 editor Corey Inscoe’s rules for how to do restaurant week right, as well as listen to the C5 podcast for our top restaurant picks for Queen’s Feast. Find a list of all the participating restaurants and the prix fixe menu here.

July 22

Life Time Yoga in the Whole Foods Veranda: Life Time Athletic Charlotte has teamed up with Whole Foods for a free ROOT Yoga class. Attendees are asked to bring a yoga mat, water bottle and towel. Free to attend, July 22, 9 – 10 a.m., second floor veranda space at Whole Foods Market Waverly, 7221 Waverly Walk Ave.

July 25

Feel the Need: Poverty Simulation: If you have ever wondered why it is so difficult to escape poverty or wanted to help others in poverty but are not sure how, this poverty simulation will be an experience you will never forget. The simulation will be facilitated by Crisis Assistance Ministry. RSVP here. Free to attend, July 25, 6 – 9 p.m., The Salvation Army, 940 Marsh Rd.

July 26

10,000 Scoop Challenge: This city-wide effort will strive to hand out 10,000 free scoops of Mayfield Moose Tracks Ice Cream. Moose Tracks will be donating $1 to the Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte for each scoop of distributed ice cream. Free to attend, July 26, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Trade and Tryon, 101 S Tryon St.

Art Industry: Higher Education and Career Opportunities: The Charlotte Millennial Art Program has invited Megan Lynch to speak to the public about her experience with high-level art galleries. She will also talk about her Master’s degree from Sotheby’s in the Business of Art. Wooden Robot and Queen City Catering will be providing food and drink. For more info on the event, go here. July 26, 6 – 7:30 p.m., Elder Gallery, 1520 S Tryon St.

July 27

Strong Coffee, Stronger Women: Female Leaders – Candid Conversations: Join other up-and-coming women leaders from the Charlotte area as the brightest women business leaders discuss their experiences and tactics that they used to succeed. Register here. Free to attend, July 27, 8 – 9:30 a.m., Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, 330 S Tryon St.

Yoga in the Dark: Metrolina Association for the Blind invites Charlotteans to experience the benefits of blindfolded yoga, an event that will take place during Triple C‘s weekly yoga class in their Barrel Room event space. No prior registration is necessary, but you are asked to bring your own yoga mat. The $5 admission price gets you to experience yoga in the dark led by the Yoga Dude as well as one beer. Bleu Barn Food Truck will be present, and a silent auction will also take place at the event. For more information regarding the event, contact Elyse Frederick (704.887.5135 or efrederick@mabnc.org). $5 to attend, July 27, 5:30 – 7:45 p.m., the Barrel Room at Triple C Brewing Co., 2900 Griffith St.

July 28

Tiki Cocktail Class: This class will having you shaking and stirring as Tiki Teachers Emily Elda and Bret Buckingham (lead bartender from Fahrenheit) teach you the cocktail fundamentals for blending base spirits for these Polynesian-inspired beverages. Your ticket includes 3 full sized cocktails, individual bar stations and take home recipes. Get your ticket here. $65 per ticket, July 28, 7:30 p.m., Hygge: Camp North End, 1776 Statesville Ave.

July 29

Charlotte Area Homeschool Swap Meetup: Come buy gently used homeschool items and meet with other Charlotte Homeschoolers. Whether you are currently being homeschooled or were once homeschooled in Charlotte, come stop by! For more information, click here. Free to attend, July 29, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Greater Life Church, 7700 Wallace Rd.

Many Faces of Chocolate: The Secret Chocolatier will recreate its store front into a chocolate art gallery exhibit, called “Many Faces of Chocolate,” which will be on display through the end of September. Join the Secret Chocolatier for the exhibit’s open house reception and view about 20 handmade, pure chocolate sculptings as well as enjoy refreshments and chocolate sculpting demos. Free to attend, July 29, 6 – 9 p.m., The Secret Chocolatier, 2935 Providence Rd.

The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck Returns to Northlake Mall: The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck will be making its second appearance at Northlake Mall. The truck will offer macaroons, mini cakes and more goodies. July 29, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., Northlake Mall, outside Entry One near H&M, 6801 Northlake Mall Dr.

July 29-30

Stamp and Postcard Show: CHARPEX 2017 will commemorate the total solar eclipse to take place this coming August, with a partial solar eclipse that will be visible in Charlotte. The show will consist of 21 dealers and a 50 frame judged exhibition. Parking is in the CPCC student parking deck on 4th St. Free to attend, July 29, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and July 30, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Worrell Building on CPCC Uptown campus.

July 30

Hot Stuff Pop-Up Market: See what your local artisans and crafters have to offer and enjoy food vendors like King of Pops and Lady Go-Go’s and beverages from Main Bar and Taproom. July 30, 1 – 6 p.m., Petra’s, 1919 Commonwealth Ave.


August 4

Hamiltunes: Sounds on the Square presents “Hamiltunes,” a sing-along to the cast recording of the hit Broadway musical Hamilton. The event is open to the public (whether or not you have seen the show or are even familiar with the songs). You can sing along with the chorus or get the solo spotlight by signing up as a solo performer by contacting myoungs@ncbpac.org. Free to attend, August 4, 7 – 8:30 p.m., the Square on Spirit Square, N Tryon St.

August 5

2nd Annual Friends and Beerfest: IPA Edition: The event, in celebration of National IPA Day, will feature IPA samples from more than 25 Charlotte area breweries. Roots will provide the food and Two Scoops Creamery will provide the sweet treats, both available for purchase. Get your tickets here. $18 per person, August 5, 4 – 8 p.m., Legion Brewing Company, 1906 Commonwealth Ave.

Back to School Bash at Northlake Mall: Enjoy fun and free activities for the entire family as well as a backpack collection for the students of Walter G. Byers Elementary (with the goal to collect 400 backpacks). Free to attend, August 5, 1 – 3 p.m., Northlake Mall, 6801 Northlake Mall Dr.

August 6

Tee Off with Dana & Colin: Colin Cumberworth’s wife, Dana, was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 25. The two will be riding 103 miles in Loveland, CO as a fundraising effort with JDRF. To assist Dana and Colin in their fundraising, join them in one of their 9 reserved bays, eat and drink, bid in the silent auction and donate. Get your tickets here. Ticket prices range from $80-150, August 6, 5 – 8 p.m., Topgolf, 8024 Savoy Corporate Dr.

August 7

Sugar Creek Beer and Cheese Pairing: Sugar Creek Brewing is partnering with Orrman’s Cheese Shop for their “Cherishing the Craft” beer workshop series. Sugar Creek’s co-founder and advanced cicerone Joel Vogelbacher and Orrman’s owner Rachel Klebaur will lead the class. For more information about the event, go here. $29 per person, August 7, 7 – 10 p.m., Sugar Creek Brewing Company, 215 Southside Dr.

August 10

The Major Rager: Umphrey’s McGee & Moon Taxi at Symphony Park: This rock show will benefit the Charlotte Symphony during the PGA Golf Championship Week. Get tickets here. Aug. 10, 6 – 11 p.m. Symphony Park, 4400 Sharon Road.

Healthy Communities Cooking Class: Add more color and flavor into your diet by incorporating more fruits and vegetables. Learn how to make your side dishes the highlight of your meal by attending the Healthy Communities cooking class. Register here. Free to attend, August 10, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m., Solid Waste Services, 1105 Otts Street.

August 11-13

Mid-Atlantic Boat Show Summer Sale: This 2nd annual sale invites water enthusiasts to save thousands of dollars on 2017 marine product with this inventory reduction of current stock for local Lake Wylie and Lake Norman dealers. You can also get a sneak preview with discounts on 2018 product. $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sunday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S College St.

August 12

2nd Saturday: Start Your Engines: The NASCAR Hall of Fame’s 2nd Saturday program will host “Start Your Engines,” an event that will delve into the behind the scenes work that goes into making a NASCAR experience different from any other sport, such as pre-race and infield activities. Kids and kids at heart welcome. Free with NASCAR Hall of Fame’s general admission ($19.95), August 12, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., NASCAR Hall of Fame Theater Lobby, 400 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

Dessert Festival at Sugar Creek Brewing: Love Desserts will have their inaugural dessert festival at Sugar Creek Brewing. Taste desserts from local bakeries, dessert shops, food purveyors and more, such as King of Pops, Gigi’s Cupcakes, Cakes by Nellie and It’s Poppin! Gourmet Kettle Corn. Get tickets here. $10 per ticket, August 12, 12 – 5 p.m., Sugar Creek Brewing, 215 Southside Dr.

Unveiling of The Ballantyne’s Personal Select Whiskey: The Ballantyne Hotel has partnered with Maker’s Mark for a second time to create its own bourbon, with the latest version being a bit spicier than its original. The unveiling will go along with an experiential progressive dinner. For more info, go here. Seating is limited so make your reservations at (704) 248-4100 or go here. $89 per person plus tax and service charge, August 12, 6:30 p.m., The Ballantyne, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Pkwy.

Things with Wings: Bree Stallings explores the concepts of woman-on-woman violence through her piece that will be showcased this summer at Haylo Healing Arts Lounge, a tattoo studio that intends to offer the concept of self-discovery with their all-female staff. Free to attend, August 12, 7 – 10 p.m., Haylo Healing Arts Lounge, 1111 Central Ave., Ste. 100.

August 19

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes CLT: Join other walkers in this international men’s march to stop rape, sexual assault and gender violence. The Charlotte event is an opportunity for men to raise awareness in Charlotte about the serious causes and effects of men’s violence against women. Register to walk one mile in heels here. $25 for men, $10 for women, August 19, registration begins at 8 a.m., walk begins at 9 a.m., awards and after-party hosted by NoDa Brewery begins at 11 a.m., NoDa Brewing Company, 2921 N Tryon St.

August 25-26

God Save the Queen City: Start buying your tickets (as early as Fri., June 16) for the “God Save the Queen City” music festival. It will consist of both regional and national acts like Strand of Oaks and Shadowgraphs. Here are the lineups: Friday, Aug. 25: Diarrhea Planet, Jeff The Brotherhood, Spaceface, Daddy Issues and Faye; Saturday, Aug. 26: Strand of Oaks, Twin Limb, Ancient Cities and Shadowgraphs. Early bird weekend passes are available June 16 – July 1 for $25, individual tickets go on sale July 1 for $15, day of show tickets will be $20, August 25-26, doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m., Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E 36th St.

August 30

2017 Dementia Education Conference: All are invited to attend this conference and learn about the impact of Alzheimer’s both globally and locally. You will discover new resources and connect with others while supporting those affected by Alzheimer’s or related dementia. Learn more here. $25 for general public admittance, $50 for those seeking Healthcare Professional/CE hours, August 30, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3400 Beatties Ford Rd.


September 9

2nd Saturday: Back to the 80s: The NASCAR Hall of Fame’s 2nd Saturday program will host “Back to the 80s,” an event that will honor the ‘Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR’ by exploring NASCAR’s cars, drivers, style and culture in the 1980’s and designing your own retro t-shirt and hat. Kids and kids at heart welcome. Free with NASCAR Hall of Fame’s general admission ($19.95), September 9, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., NASCAR Hall of Fame Theater Lobby, 400 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

September 12

Lang Lang plays Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto: Pianist Lang Lang will be joining the Charlotte Symphony for this one-night-only opportunity. Lang Lang will perform Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, kicking off the Symphony’s 86th season. For more information and to reserve your seats, go here. Ticket prices range from $49-$249, September 12, 7:30 p.m., Belk Theater, 130 N Tryon St.

September 15-16

Dilworth Home Tour: Join us for the 45th annual Dilworth Home Tour! A portion of the proceeds will go to the Dilworth Soup Kitchen. $25 in advance, $30 at the door, September 15 from 6 – 9 p.m. and September 16 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

September 21

Stop Throwing Your Money Away (Literally): Proper Food Preparation and Storage class and Food Too Good to Waste Challenge Introduction: Join Healthy Communities and learn how to minimize your food waste, store your food properly and get an opportunity to sign up for the Food Too Good to Waste Challenge. Register here. Free to attend, September 21, 6:30 – 8 p.m., Solid Waste Services, 1105 Otts Street.

September 23

Charlotte Open Water Swim: Swim Across America will be hosting Charlotte’s inaugural Open Water Swim. Swimmers and supporters of all ages and skill levels are invited to take part in the event in Lake Norman. Choose a distance to swim or sign up as an event volunteer. Proceeds from the swim will support leukemia research at the Levine Cancer Institute in Charlotte. You can register to swim, volunteer or donate to the event at SAA’s website. Registration starts at 3:30 p.m., Lake Norman YMCA Lakefront, 21300 Davidson St., Cornelius, N.C.


October 14

2nd Saturday: In the Driver’s Seat: The NASCAR Hall of Fame’s 2nd Saturday program will host “In the Driver’s Seat,” an event that will give attendees the opportunity to build different types of race cars and compete with their masterpieces. Kids and kids at heart welcome. Free with NASCAR Hall of Fame’s general admission ($19.95), October 14, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., NASCAR Hall of Fame Theater Lobby, 400 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.


November 11

2nd Saturday: Getting Schooled in NASCAR: The NASCAR Hall of Fame’s 2nd Saturday program will host “Getting Schooled in NASCAR,” an event that will allow attendees to come and try out various careers in racing, such as mechanics, broadcasters, and officials. Kids and kids at heart welcome. Free with NASCAR Hall of Fame’s general admission ($19.95), November 11, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., NASCAR Hall of Fame Theater Lobby, 400 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.


December 9

2nd Saturday: Holiday Workshop: The NASCAR Hall of Fame’s 2nd Saturday program will host “Holiday Workshop,” a workshop that will celebrate the the season by providing tools for you to craft your own version of a car for the future. Kids and kids at heart welcome. Free with NASCAR Hall of Fame’s general admission ($19.95), December 9, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., NASCAR Hall of Fame Theater Lobby, 400 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

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    Sorry, thought I sent in this venue correction for DRUMSTRONG 2017.

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