Top 10 things you MUST do in August


Football season has arrived, pumpkin flavored beer release parties are already on the calendar (it’s true), and you’ll soon begin seeing photos of people going apple picking in flannels. You know what that means: summer’s coming to an end, and fall is on its way.

Soak up what’s left of the season with these must-do events.

(1) C5 Underground: Lumberjaxe.

Wednesday, August 1. 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. $10. Lumberjaxe, 933 Louise Ave.

We KNOW you’ve been wanting to go to Lumberjaxe, Charlotte (and the Carolina’s) first indoor axe-throwing facility in Plaza Midwood. So, don’t miss out on the chance to join us at our C5 Underground to drink beer AND throw an axe at one of the Queen City’s newest attractions.

Just $10 gets you an axe-throwing experience and your first drink. Be one of the first 100 people to sign up for the 7 – 8:30 p.m. time slot by registering here.

(2) Beyond She Says: Sexual Assault in Charlotte.

Thursday, August 2. 7 – 8:30 p.m. Free. McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St.

Have you tuned in to WFAE’s wildly popular “She Says” podcast? It tells the story of a Charlotte woman’s three-year search for justice after she was sexually assaulted.

WFAE is taking the conversation beyond the podcast to involve the Charlotte community in a discussion about sexual assault. This free community event will be broadcasted live by WFAE and moderated by Mike Collins, host of Charlotte Talks.

Panelists at this event will include: (1) Sarah Delia, WFAE reporter and host of “She Says” (2) Crystal Emerick, founder and executive director of Brave Step (3) Katrina Graue, deputy chief at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (4) Lt. John Somerindyke, Fayetteville Police Department Special Victims Crime Unit.

You can register for your (free!) tickets here to be part of the conversation.

[RELATED: This local podcast receives national attention after investigating a Charlotte woman’s sexual assault case]

(3) National IPA Day at Sycamore Brewing.

Thursday, August 2. 2 – 9 p.m. Free admission, $3 pints. Sycamore Brewing, 2161 Hawkins St.

Sycamore Brewing will be celebrating National IPA Day by opening early at 2 p.m. with six different IPAs on tap, which they’ll be selling for just $3 a pint. The first 500 people will receive a free “IPA Day” glass with the purchase of their first IPA, and limited edition IPA Day 2018 t-shirts will be available for purchase. Plus, Sycamore will be releasing both their ‘Big Fat Juicy: Mango Milkshake’ and ‘Big Fat Juicy: Peach Milkshake’ in cans. Find out more here.

(4) Carolina Panthers Fan Fest 2018.

Friday, August 3. 7 p.m. $5 admission. Bank of America Stadium, 800 S. Mint St.

Ready to kick off the Panthers’ 2018-19 season? Get your $5 tickets to Fan Fest 2018!  Show up at 6 p.m. when gates open to catch performances by the TopCats, Sir Purr, PurrCussion and the Black & Blue Crew before practice starts at 7 p.m. Then, watch the team practice individual drills as well as seven-on-seven, special teams and team periods. After that, the event will wrap up with a big finale featuring spectacular fireworks and a laser show. Get your tickets here.

(5) Cirque Du Soleil: Corteo.

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Wednesday, August 8 – Sunday, August 12. 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Spectrum Center, 333 E. Trade St.

Experience an unforgettably mesmerizing performance by 51 acrobats, musicians, singers and actors from around the world at Cirque du Soleil: Corteo, coming to Spectrum Center from August 8 through August 12. The Eiffel Tower-inspired set, draped with grandiose hand-painted curtains, will pull the audience into a theatrical atmosphere like no other Cirque show. Get your tickets here.

(6) Annual LoSo Block Party.

Saturday, August 11. 2 – 11 p.m. Free admission. Southside Dr. and Yancey St. 

The LoSo Block Party is back again and bigger than ever, featuring neighborhood hosts: The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, Sugar Creek Brewing, Brewers at 4001 Yancey, Three Spirits Brewery, Thirsty Nomad Brewing, Queen Park Social, The Broken Spoke, GoodRoad CiderWorks, Red Clay Ciderworks and Doc Porter’s Distillery That’s a lot of booze, y’all.

In addition to featuring other local vendors and business owners, this event will benefit Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation and 24 Foundation. Find out more information here.

(7) The First-Ever Uptown Flea.

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Saturday, August 18. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. $1 admission. 700 N. Tryon St. 

Are you ready for the first-ever Uptown Flea? Make your way Uptown to shop more than 80 flea vendors including salvagers, collectors, vintage dealers, hand makers, antique dealers, local businesses, and everything in between. In addition to all the shopping opportunities (shop-portunies?) there will also be live music, food trucks and fun for the whole family. Find out more here.

(8) 0.5K Superhero Beer Run.

Saturday, August 18. 10:30 a.m. $25. Eleven Lakes Brewing. 10228 Bailey Road, Suite 201, Cornelius, NC.

Yup, you read that correctly. This fun run isn’t a 5K, it’s a 0.5K — and it includes a beer at the starting line, doughnuts in the middle, and beer at the finish line. And reminder: that finish line is only 0.5 kilometers (a whopping 0.3 miles or 1,640 feet) from the starting line. Participants will also receive a 0.5K running sticker as well as a medal.

And before you complain about it not being a real race, or about enjoying beer and doughnuts negating the run… just remember that this is all in good fun, and it’s all for a good cause! All proceeds from this race will go to Be The Match, the National Marrow Donor Program. Because what better reason to run a really short distance and enjoy beer and doughnuts than a burning desire to put an end to blood cancer? Sign up here.

(9) 2018 Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade.

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Saturday, August 18 – Sunday, August 19. Free. Uptown Charlotte.

Celebrate Charlotte’s LGBTQ+ community at the region’s largest Pride event, the Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade! This free two-day festival kicks off with an opening ceremony from Mayor Vi Lyles on the 2018 Wells Fargo Stage, followed by performances from Superfruit, Jessica Sutta, Cupcakke, Ultra Naté, In Real Life, and more.

And don’t miss the 2018 Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade on Sunday from 1 – 3 p.m. starting at 9th and Tryon St. Find out more about this year’s Pride festival here.

(10) The Lion King at Belk Theater.

Wednesday, August 22 – Sunday, September 9. Tickets start at $30. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St.

This is not the same as the animated movie you may remember from your childhood. More than 90 million people worldwide have experienced the unforgettable music and the uniquely theatrical storytelling of The Lion King on Broadway. Now, this beloved production will make its way to the stage at the Belk Theater at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. Get tickets to experience this Tony Award-winning spectacular for yourself here.

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  1. Will there be any events featuring Trin2Hyype or J.B Hunt jr “The Heir” in Charlotte this year. He was last seen Hi Fiving & taking photos with VFWs @ the Panthers Game which honored Veterans in 2016.


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