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 email@example.com.
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.
Every 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.
Art in Motion is a monthly 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.
Weekly “Waggle For Your Beer” Dog Walks:
First Wednesday of each month: Sycamore Brewing
Second Wednesday of each month: Free Range Brewing
Third Wednesday of each month: Legion Brewing
Fourth Wednesday of each month: Unknown Brewing
If there’s a fifth Wednesday in any month: NoDa Brewing
May 25-June 10
May 25-Sep 1
Blakeney Summer Concert Series: Beginning Friday, May 25th from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and taking place every Friday and Saturday through September 1st, local favorites return to Blakeney and bring fun for the entire family. This free event series is open to the public, so grab your friends, family, and neighbors for an evening of music, shopping and fun. Take advantage of special offers from select Blakeney retailers and restaurants throughout the event series. The Blakeney Playground will be open and ready for action all summer-long. 9839 Rea Road.
May 29-Aug. 24
YMCA OF GREATER CHARLOTTE SUMMER DAY CAMP: Let day camp at the Y inspire your child this summer through friendship, accomplishment and belonging. Kids grow up so fast today. At the Y, they encourage kids to be kids and give them the freedom to dream and explore their potential. This is the magic of summer day camp at the Y. Kids let loose, discover new talents, gain skills and make friends. Get info: https://www.ymcacharlotte.org/summerdaycamp. May 29 – August 24, Select Locations YMCA of Greater Charlotte
#WalkCLT 2018 Powered by OrthoCarolina: Head to FreeMoreWest for #WalkCLT, which “aims to raise awareness of the role that walking can play as a mode of transportation and the many social, environmental, and economic benefits walking generates for ourselves and our community.” It’s free and open to the public. 5-8 p.m. Recover Brands, 1518 Bryant St.
NPR Politics Podcast Live: 2018 Midterm Showdown. See a live taping of the nation’s top political podcast, in collaboration with WFAE, tonight at McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square. Join four of your NPR favorites for their banter, wit and insights on the 2018 midterm elections and much more. 345 N. College St. $30. 8 p.m. Find out more here.
Table Tennis Tournament: Join ACEing Autism’s first-ever table tennis tournament taking place Saturday, June 2 hosted by our friends at Queen Park Social (4125 Yancey Rd, 28217. Across the street from OMB). This is an all-ages 24-player round-robin tournament, with entry proceeds and a portion of food & bev sales going to the ACEing Autism scholarship fund to help send more children with autism in the Charlotte community to seasonal ACEing Autism sessions. Here’s the gist: Matches are best 2 out of 3 with standard 11-point games. First round is eight round-robin groups of 3 players. Second round is three 8-player single elimination groups. Prizes for 1st and 2nd place overall! Registered players will be treated to a lunch buffet, door prizes and unlimited non-alcoholic drinks. Plus, $1.68 beer specials from Unknown Brewing – 1 in 68 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with autism. Big shout to Unknown Brewing and Queen Park for helping us raise autism awareness. Most importantly, REGISTER HERE ($15).
National Trails Day Celebration. Get outside and celebrate your love of trails and rivers this Saturday, June 2 with Carolina Thread Trail. Come out to Goat Island Greenway from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for live music, craft beer, guided nature walks, guided bike tours, free kayak and SUP rentals, free yoga and 25+ outdoor exhibitors and vendors. Find out more here.
Waggle For Your Beer: Rail Trail Walk (& Paw-ty) at Sycamore Brewing: On Wednesday, June 13, bring your pup(s) to Sycamore Brewing at 6 p.m. for Waggle For Your Beer, a free 1.5 mile guided group dog walk along the Light Rail Trail in South End. Then, stick around for the paw-ty, where pup owners’ first beer will be on Lyft, the first 50 dogs get free pupsicles from King of Pops, there will be a DIY dog toy crafting station, awesome giveaways and prizes, and a special announcement from The Waggle Company that you don’t want to miss. Details here.
Free Community Child Safety Seat Check at Williams Buick GMC: See certified technicians for a free child safety seat check. 8:30-11am. Williams Buick, 8201 South Blvd, C.
Smoke + Spice dinner: Two of Charlotte’s most acclaimed chefs, Chris Coleman of Stoke and Shai Fargian of YAFO Kitchen, are teaming up for a Smoke + Spice dinner at Stoke on June 14th. This collaborative dinner will feature a creative six-course menu marrying local ingredients and the flavors of the Mediterranean. The Smoke + Spice dinner will be held at Stoke (100 W Trade Street) June 14th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm. Cocktails will be served in The Dock starting at 6:30pm, seated dinner in Stoke at 7pm. Tickets are $75; $90 including a pairing of NC and Mediterranean wines. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Piedmont Culinary Guild, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and securing local food systems. Tickets are available through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/smoke-and-spice-meditteranean-flavors-local-ingredients-tickets-45989019395
LINC’s Silent Disco: On Thursday, June 14, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Camp North End, LINC, a young professional’s group of United Way of Central Carolinas, is hosting a Silent Disco mixing a night of music and dancing with an innovative way to get informed about challenges in the Charlotte community. By now we’ve all heard that in Charlotte a child born in poverty has an almost impossible chance of getting out of it. But why? Put on your headphones and find out. Lenny Boy Brewing and local food trucks will be available. For additional details and registration, click here.
Father’s Day Brunch: The NASCAR Hall of Fame will be hosting a Father’s Day Brunch on Sunday, June 17. 10:00am & 11:30am. Prices for this year’s Father’s Day Brunch: $45 adults / $35 ages 3-12 / free for 2 & under. Celebrate dad with an all-inclusive brunch and first look of the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s next exhibit.
Shift Series with Jennifer Busco – Thoughts Become Things: What you think about you bring about therefore your thoughts create your life. In this two hour workshop we will discuss what if means to manifest and hot our thoughts, beliefs, and actions to attract what we are longing for. We will work on recognizing what we are doing that may be getting in the way and how we can make small shifts to unblock and allow more ease and fulfillment into our lives. There will be lecture, discussion, meditation and writing exercises followed by a processing slow yoga flow. All levels. All are welcome! When: June 24th, 1-3pm. Where: Life Time Athletic Charlotte.
PizzaPocalypse – Crowning the BEST NY Style pizza in CLT: The contenders for the best NY Style pizza in Charlotte are Da Vinci’s, Hawthorne’s, Libretto’s, Tony’s and Portifino’s — and local celebrity judges are putting them to the test June 26. 7 p.m. Skylark Social Club, 2131 Central Ave.
Young Professional Multi-Group Mixer 2018: Connect with over 50 different nonprofits while networking with other young professionals in Charlotte. #YPMixerCLT celebrates 6 years of bringing together some of the best nonprofits and young professionals in the Charlotte area. July 19, 6-8 p.m. The Fillmore Charlotte, 820 Hamilton St.
The North Carolina Folk Festival: This event in Greensboro celebrates the spirit and legacy of the National Folk Festival with hundreds of artists. September 7-9, 2018. Downtown Greensboro, North Carolina.
Personally Speaking: The Gifted Generation: When Government Was Good: UNC Charlotte historian David Goldfield, twice nominated for Pulitzer Prizes for history, talks about his latest work and about three post-WWII Presidents who led the nation to great economic, social, and environmental progress and led the public to believe government is good. For more information and to register, visit this link. Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018, 6:30 p.m. UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. Ninth Street, Charlotte.
Breakaway Music Festival: The Breakaway Music Festival will return to Charlotte, NC, bringing back its world-class production and talent to AvidXchange Music Factory Festival Grounds with the addition of a second day, making it a 2-Day festival. The event will take place October 12– 13, 2018. Riding off of the success of the highly-hyped headlining performances of Grammy-winner Zedd, and Billboard chart-topper Lil Dicky, the festival received much praise for its well-rounded bill which also included Cheat Codes, Madeintyo, 24 HRS, and 5 additional acts (not including the 21+ Silent Disco performers). Pre-sale tickets will begin Thursday, March 29 at NOON EST and will last for 24 hours. Ticket buyers of last year’s Breakaway Festival will receive an access code via email before the pre-sale begins. General on sale will begin Friday, March 30 at NOON EST. Only multi-day tickets will be available, with single day tickets on sale at a later date.
Personally Speaking : Combative Politics: The Media and Public Perceptions of Lawmaking: UNC Charlotte’s Mary Layton Atkinson, former Washington D.C. writer and campaign manager, offers reasons and remedies why we reject both of the “sausage-making” aspects of the legislative process and of legislative initiatives even when we support the goals of the initiatives. For more information and to register, visit this link.Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018. 6:30 p.m. UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. Ninth Street, Charlotte.
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