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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.

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.

Coco and the Director’s series of events: 

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:

Every week, Work For Your Beer and The Waggle Company host a free, 1.5-mile guided, group dog walk at a local brewery on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. The schedule is as follows:

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

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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



July 14

Hop, Chop, and Sauce It: You better beer-lieve it, Midwood Smokehouse has teamed up with the brewers of Unknown Brewery to craft Heaven and Helles, a smoked malt Helles-style beer pairing perfectly with our mac n’ cheese, barbecue and your face. Tickets include a beer and access to our build your own mac n’ cheese bar. Event located at Midwood Smokehouse on Brandywine Rd in the back lot of Park Road Shopping Center. 2-5 p.m. July 14.

Through July 15: 

C3 Lab World Cup Coworking Days: In celebration of the 2018 World Cup and the International community of Charlotte, C3Lab is opening the event space for soccer fans to view the games on a giant projection screen. Work while you watch the games or just come and hang. There will be beer and wine available with proceeds benefiting the non profit, Behind the Bar. From June 15th through July 15th, C3 will have complimentary* coworking days during the World Cup workweeks!

July 19

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.

July 28

Patio Party with Primal Brewery: Come party on the patio Saturday the 28th from 2-5 pm. Tickets ($5) include one beer from Primal Brewery, food samples, live music, and more! Midwood Smokehouse, 16710 Birkdale Commons Parkway, #103, Huntersville.

July 29

I Am Worthy – Shift Series with Jennifer Busco at Life Time Athletic: In this workshop we will be getting out of our own ways and learning to step into a place of empowerment and understanding that we are worth the life we desire, and gain tools on being fearless about going after where we feel pulled. We will move from stepping away from feeling like a victim and into a place of being excited and accountable for our own life experiences. This will be 2 hours of lecture, discussion, meditation and a slow processing flow. All levels, all welcome. Contact Leslie at lpetrovic@lt.life with any questions. 1-3 p.m. July 29. 11220 Golf Links Drive. Tickets are $30 for members and $35 for non-members.


September 7-9

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.

September 15

Tosco Music Party: On Sept. 15, celebrate 30 years of this music extravaganza, which showcases an eclectic mix of music styles and engages the audience with singalongs throughout the evening. 7:30 p.m. Knight Theater.

September 23

Farm to Fork in the Garden: Piedmont Culinary Guild and the Center for the Environmental Farming Systems are collaborating to bring an outgrowth of Farm to Fork Picnic, CEFS’ successful annual event, to the Charlotte area. The inaugural Farm to Fork in the Garden, a celebration of all things with local with food, drink, live music, and speakers, will be held Sept. 23 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. At the event, more than 40 renowned chefs and farmers will be paired in a beautiful, outdoor seating to create delicious, bite-sized dishes that highlight the seasonal bounty of the farmers. Local food artisans and breweries will provide samples of their products, along with purveyors of local wine and spirits. The speaker series will provide a stage for discussions on local sustainability from culinary and agriculture experts to help the community understand the important relationship between farms, restaurants, and consumers. Tickets for Farm to Fork in the Garden are on sale at the following link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/farm-to-fork-picnic-in-the-garden-tickets-45587517492. Early bird pricing of $75 is available through July 1. Beginning July 2, ticket prices increase to $85. Tickets for children 12 and under are free, and tickets for young adults (13 – 20 years old) are $50.

September 25

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.


October 12-13

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.


November 1

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.

Photo: Mark Hames/Charlotte Observer


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

    We had to relocate and would appreciate you sharing this on your event calendar (and wherever else you can…)

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    Misty Meadows Farm is hosting DRUMSTRONG 2017!
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    Come, Enjoy! get yer YaYas out, Groove with us, Support important health initiatives with your per-hour-drumming sponsorship pledges and your HeartBeat, win Prizes (including Drums!), Health Expo, GREAT art and food vendors, unique raffles, Hammock Garden, REMO the fire-breathing Dragon!, YogaThon, 6 hour non-stop Drum Circle, participate in the world’s most collaborative event ever!

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  2. I have an event I’d like you to add to your calendar. It’s a fundraiser being held on September 16th in uptown to support a local group, Young Elites. How do I submit information for this event? Thank you!!

  3. Hey @megan, I realize it’s been over two months since you posted your question asking how to have your event added to the QC Calendar (and almost a month since your event date) – but I thought I’d answer anyway — just in case other people read this far down and have the same question themselves . . .

    At the VERY TOP of this calendar page are the words I’ve copied and pasted below in the PS -=
    (providing the email address to send your event information to.)


    PS = 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.

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    The Milky Way
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