Your 5-minute guide to the best things to do in Charlotte | August 2 – 8

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The Carolina Panthers’ Fan Fest at Bank of American Stadium benefits Carolina Panthers Charities.


Novel Montford Park Retail Plaza hosts its first Food Truck Friday with Tin Kitchen, Frank & Charlie’s Good Eats, Ace of Spuds, Now Toasted, Baltimore Crab Cake Co., Cow Bell, Montford Wicks and other local vendors. Lenny Brewing will release a special brew for the event. There will be live music from Whatever, free giveaways, shopping and a misting tent on-site to keep cool. 5-8 p.m. Corner of Park Road and Mockingbird Lane. Free. 

Courtesy of SouthEnd Arts

Following Thursday’s social justice talk and art opening at Charlotte Trolley Powerhouse Museum, SouthEnd Arts presents the work of 12 juried artists for its two-night exhibition during South End’s First Friday Gallery Crawl. This monthly event features speakers and artwork that reflects SouthEnd Arts’ mission to build community consciousness and cultural awareness through art and discussion. Wine from Dover Vineyards and live music by Julia Figueroa are included. 5:30-8:30 p.m. 1507 Camden Road. Free. 

Kick-off football season with the Carolina Panthers’ Fan Fest at Bank of American Stadium. Sir Purr, the Top Cats, Purrcussion and the Black & Blue Crew take to the field before the team hits the field. The annual night of football and fun concludes with a fireworks and laser show at 9:15 p.m. Proceeds benefit Carolina Panthers Charities. 6 p.m. 800 S. Mint St. $5. 

Grammy winning trumpeter Curtis Taylor and international pianist and composer Sean Higgins join the Bechtler’s resident Ziad Jazz Quartet for Jazz at the Bechtler’s Tribute to Freddie Hubbard II. The prolific bebop legend collaborated with numerous artists including Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane, Dextrer Gordon — in the pop world — Billy Joel and Quincy Jones throughout the ’60s and ’70s and into the ’80s, meanwhile releasing a slew of his own records between 1960 and his death in 2008. Two shows, 6 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. 420 S. Tryon St. $10 for members, $16 for non-members. 

Charlotte Film Society brings ““The Mountain” — the latest film from filmmaker Rick Alverson — to Charlotte for a week-long engagement. From director of bizarre films “The Comedy” and “Entertainment,” the 1950s-set “The Mountain” is about an orphaned young man (Tye Sheridan) who goes to work for a lobotomist (Jeff Goldblum), documenting the controversial practice as it wanes in popularity. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Visart Video 3104 Eastway Drive. $5 members, $8 non-members.  

Friday and Saturday

The Joedance Film Festival continues its 10th anniversary screening award winning original short films by filmmakers from North and South Carolina. Named in honor of Joe Restaino, who died in 2010 at age 20 after a short bout with bone cancer, proceeds from the festival go toward pediatric cancer research at Atrium Health Levine Children’s. 7-10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Charlotte Ballet’s Patricia McBride and Jean Pierre Bonnefoux Center for Dance, 701 N. Tryon St. $30/$65 VIP. 


Superhero heads and sci-fi cinefiles converge in Concord where fans can find wall to wall comics, toys and action figures from vintage titles to the latest hard-to-find variants at Charlotte ComiCon Summer Show. Comic book creators, artists, authors, cosplayers and other experts in the pop culture realm will be signing, selling and sharing their knowledge at daily discussions panels. Those include homages to Will Eisner and Alex Toth,  how-tos on filming fight scenes and costuming, and Q&As with veteran creator Vic Carrabotta and a father/daughter team who have appeared in “The Walking Dead” and “Stranger Things.” 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Embassy Suites Concord Convention Center, 5400 John Q. Hammons Dr. NW, Concord. $5. Children 9 and under free. 

Sample over three dozen different kinds of cookies and cast your vote for the best as professional and amateur bakers compete in the 17th Annual Great American Cookie Crumble. In addition to the mountain of free cookie samples, Tank’s Taps will offer beer pairings for purchase and the other vendors at 7th Street Market will be open to tempt your taste buds when the cookies (or your sweet tolerance) run dry. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 224 E. 7th St. 

Photo by Justin Driscoll
The Crunkleton owner Gary Crunkleton

Discerning bourbon drinkers can enjoy the subtle flavor nuances and learn how each distinct flavor is created during The Crunkleton’s Bourbon Mash Bill Tasting. Hosted by Gary Crunkleton, the tasting features nine bourbons from three mash bills that vary in style and quality so participants can taste the difference between a high rye, traditional and wheated mash. Noon to 2:30 p.m. 1957 7th St. Members only. Memberships are $10. $145, lunch included. 

Saturday and Sunday

Courtesy of U.S. National Whitewater Center

The US National Whitewater Center teams hosts Confluence — a two-day music festival highlighting Charlotte artists that acts as both a showcase and an educational networking opportunity for musicians and fledgling promoters. In addition to live performances, several panel discussions focus on the ins and outs of the music biz. Panelists include Avett Brothers manager Dolph Ramseur, recording engineer and studio owner Chris Garges, and longtime concert promoters Gregg McCraw (MaxxMusic), Michael Kitchen (SolKitchen) and Tony Arreaza (Carlotan Rock). The concert offers a diverse overview of Charlotte’s original music. Saturday’s lineup includes Dexter Jordan, the XMEN, Orquestra Mayor, the Mike Strauss Band, Emily Sage, Cyanca, Dan Page, Sinners & Saints, Downtown Abby & the Echoes, and Chocala. Sunday, it’s Jim Avett & David Childers, Jason Scavone, the Hawthornes, Tony Altora, Jason Jet, Junior Astronomers,  Akita, Lovell Bradford and RevelWood Mission. 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunday. USNWC 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy. Registration required for panels. Free.


Consider a Sunday morning study of brunch’s star beverage at CLT Mimosa & Brunch Festival. Sip a myriad of mimosa samples as local bartenders put their own twist on the morning favorite. In addition, Suffolk Punch will serve up some of its tastiest brews, as well as Skeleton Wine. For those who don’t dig the bubbly and just want to enjoy the company, DJ, live music and lifestyle vendors, there’s also a cash bar. VIPs can enjoy catered brunch in the VIP lounge. Noon to 4 p.m. The Suffolk Punch, Norfolk Hall, 2911 Griffith St. $10 general admission, $35-$45 bottomless samples, $50 VIP.


Courtesy of Hello, Sailor

Oregon’s Tillamook dairy co-op is taking its cheeses and ice creams on the road for a summer tour, where it’s teaming up with local chefs and restaurants for Melty Fest. Cornelius’ lakeside seafood spot Hello, Sailor hosts the celebration where its own chefs, Joe Kindred and Craig Diehl join Asheville’s John Fleer and Elliot Moss (Rhubarb and Buxton Hall, respectively) and Saint James Seafood’s Matt Kelly of Durham as each puts his own culinary spin on Tillamook’s ingredients. Tickets include ice cream desert and open bar. Proceeds will be donated to Southern Foodways Alliance. 6 to 9 p.m. 20210 Henderson Road, Cornelius. $65. Children under 12 free.


A group of musicians take the wrong bus from Tel Aviv to a middle-of-nowhere desert town in-turn altering the lives of its bored residents in David Yazbek and Itamar Moses’ “The Band’s Visit.” The Broadway musical picked up 10 Tony awards in 2018 and a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album. The touring version stars Israeli actor Sasson Gabay, who starred in the original 2007 film and Chilina Kennedy of “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.” The acclaimed musical — praised for its touching story and soundtrack — begins its three-week run at Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 8 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday through Aug. 25. $35-$94.50/$114.50 VIP. 


Get a taste of Charlotte’s culinary cool as restaurants, caterers, breweries and other culinary creatives offer samples of some of their best dishes while supporting local news and radio during WFAEats: A Food Tasting Event. Eateries like Wentworth & Fenn, Sunflour Baking, Birdsong Brewing, Divine Barrel, Deejai Thai, STATS, Cougar Run Winery and award winning vegan chefs from Nourish and Cooking with Joya are just a few of the participating businesses. Proceeds will benefit WFAE and “Charlotte Talks.” 6 to 8 p.m. Charlotte Museum of History, 5300 Shamrock Drive. Advanced tickets required. $25-$35. 



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