Your 5-minute guide to the best things to do in Charlotte | June 29 to July 4

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There’s plenty to do at this week’s edition of family-friendly Friday Nights at Camp North End with food trucks, a free bilingual Art-Kiddo pop-up between 5-7 p.m., curated tunes in the Boileryard from That Guy Smitty, and live music from electronic pop duo the Old Year and multi-media artist Nelly Kate. There’s an ongoing Peach Pie exhibition at Goodyear Arts, which also hosts a Peach Pie Potluck at 6 p.m. 5 to 10 p.m. 1824 Statesville Ave. Free. 

Join the crowd at Brewers at 4001 Yancey for its one-year anniversary celebration. The weekend full of activities and giveaways kicks off at 5 p.m. with musical acts Sofie Pederson, Brill Cosby and New Reveille, followed by a 9 p.m. snack buffet stuffed with wings, pizza, fried cauliflower, pretzel bites, dips and a station to make your own nachos and/or sliders. 5 p.m. to midnight. 4001-A Yancey Road. Free.

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From left, Eric Flanigan and Joe Vogelbacher, co-owners of Sugar Creek Brewing Co.

Watch the official North Carolina premiere of “Beers of Joy,” featuring Sugar Creek Brewing co-owner Joe Vogelbacher. The brewery’s taproom, private events room and patio will all play the movie with sound at full length, and the cast and director producer will be on hand. 7 p.m. 215 Southside Drive. Free.


Over 30 local vendors are gathering for Ballantyne Village’s Summer Pop Up Market, where you’ll find jewelry, beauty and skincare supplies, pet products, fashion, art, artisanal food and fresh produce at the farmer’s market. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 14825 Ballantyne Village Way. 

Sip mimosas and take a painting class on the patio at nearby Blackfinn Ameripub’s Ballantyne location as Wine & Design On Wheels guides fledgling artists through morning masterpiece-making. Exclusively priced bottles of wine, $4 mimosas and brunch specials are available. 11 a.m. 14825 Ballantyne Village Pkwy #100. $35.

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Fifty vendors will fill the block along Commonwealth Avenue from Gordon Street to the Plaza with leather accessories, candles, baked goods, jewelry, pet treats, Charlotte-centric fashion, visual art, beauty products, craft beer and other gifts and finds during this family- and dog-friendly June Midwood Market. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 2008 Commonwealth Ave.   

Goths, horror fans, witchcraft enthusiasts, the Purgatory crowd and anyone else in the market for a new skull or can check out the first Charlotte Oddities and Curiosities Expo, featuring shopping, taxidermy classes, sideshow performances, body piercing and live human suspension. Vendors will be selling all sorts of strange things from bone jewelry and preserved specimens to original artwork, accessories, home décor, skulls and bones. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cabarrus Arena & Events Center 4751 NC-49, Concord. $10, kids 12 and under free.

Da Baby may currently be Charlotte’s most famous rapper to date, but listen and look closer to home and you’ll find innovative artists like Deniro Farrar and Elevator Jay — two of the acts performing at Carolina Style, a celebration of Carolina culture featuring art, food and live music curated by the Permanent Vacation crew and Pabst Sound Society. The party kicks off with on-site t-shirt screen printing and, live painting demonstrations. Joining Farrar and Jay on stage are 10cellphones, Spaceman Jones & the Motherships, Buddy Cuz, Erick Lottary, Diamond Miller, DJ Ahuf, and the Mighty DJ DR. 5 p.m. The Shed Amphitheater at Station House, 4100 Raleigh St. Free. 

Plaza Midwood’s Movies in Midwood Park’s summer movie series’ kick-off event got rained out last month, but Tom Cruise’s rescheduled ’80s classic “Top Gun” takes flight at dusk. Bring snacks and refreshments. The park will have popcorn on hand, and Rita’s Italian Ice & Frozen Custard will be scooping up ice. 7:30 p.m. Free. 


Hickory funny man Jon Reep returns to his native NC. The “Last Comic Standing” season five winner’s latest album, “Ginger Pain,” was released in March and his podcast “Fried,” can be found on Bill Burr and Al Madrigal’s All Things Comedy. Outside of his Comedy Central specials, Reep has been seen on network shows “Jane the Virgin,” “Black-ish” and Neflix’s “One Mississippi.” Veteran actor/comedian Cort McCown who got his start in Hollywood in the `80s appearing in “Teen Wolf” and “Can’t Buy Me Love” as well as soaps “Passions” and “Young & the Restless,” opens the show. 8 p.m. Comedy Zone, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd. $15-$18. 

Wednesday and Thursday

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Yoga, a Battle Royale standup paddleboard sprint race and two nights of live music and fireworks mark the US National Whitewater Center’s Annual Fourth of July Celebration. Yoga and other activities begin at 9 a.m., with live music beginning at 6 p.m. nightly. Les Colognes and Rayland Baxter play Wednesday, and the North Mississippi Allstars and Smooth Hound Smith perform Thursday after the sprint race. Fireworks at 9:30. Race registration is $20-$25. Concerts and fireworks are free. 


The Charlotte Museum of History recognizes the holiday with a Naturalization Ceremony & Independence Day Celebration for new citizens in the Charlotte community. The event also includes the ringing of the American Freedom Bell, educational information about immigration, citizenship, and democracy, fireworks-themed crafts and family-friendly activities. 11 a.m. 3500 Shamrock Drive. Free. 

The neighborhood pig roast has become a tradition in Plaza Midwood. Plaza Midwood’s 19th Annual Pig Pickin‘ with Mike Strauss Band, Hungry Girl, It’s Snakes and Reese McHenry with its Thursday night LeBang dance party to follow. Snug Harbor, 1228 Gordon St. 4 p.m. Free.

The SkyShow Fireworks Spectacular follows the Charlotte Knights’ sold-out game against the Norfolk Tides. Fireworks are visible from Romare Bearden Park and the surrounding area, including parking decks, but stake your spot out early. Free. 

Surrounding cities including Gastonia, Harrisburg, Belmont, Lake Wylie, Tega Cay and Kings Mountain will have their own free fireworks displays. The latter’s Revolutionary Fourth includes a kid’s zone, live music, food and a performance of a scene from “Liberty Mountain,” Bob Inman’s Revolutionary War drama about the Battle of King’s Mountain. 6 p.m. Deal Park Walking Track, 211 N. Cleveland Ave. Free. 


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