Top summer festival and activity picks from peeps in the know


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Summer in the Carolinas means outdoor activities galore! But with just so many hours in the day, what are the not-to-be-missed festivals that should be on your calendar reminder right now? To compile a list of fun activities and events for all members of the crew, we went to Savvy + Co. Real Estate agents.

This dedicated group of professionals live all over the Queen City — and beyond — so they know the neighborhoods and communities that make it a great place to live. We asked these agents to share which upcoming events are a must-do. In the moments between working tirelessly for buyers and sellers in this tough market, you might just spot them at their fave event. Be sure to say hello!

Bring Fido to Bark in the Ballpark June 3

Event details: Take your four-legged family member to the ballpark where they will get the royal treatment from the Charlotte Knights. Bark in the Ballpark is all about enjoying America’s past time with your favorite canine buddies! Dogs of all shapes, sizes and breeds are welcome but must sport leashes at all times.
Date: June 3
Where: Charlotte Knights Stadium
Why it’s a can’t miss:  “I love Bark in the Ballpark for all the fun connections you can make with other Charlotte dog owners (and their doggos!). The city view from inside the stadium is always such a cool backdrop and the pups are all so excited. It’s really cute.” — Susan Hill, Savvy + Co. Real Estate

See the hottest decorating trends at Southern Living Inspired Home Tour June 1-30

Photo credit: Brie Williams Photography

Event details: Whether you are looking for decorating ideas, new paint colors, fixtures and finishes for your abode or want to explore a home inspired by the pages of a classic Southern magazine, the Southern Living Inspired Home Tour is a must this summer. Your ticket includes a self-guided tour and a Southern Living Inspired Home Guide Book listing all the interior designs and finishes. Proceeds benefit the Levine Cancer Institute in Rock Hill and the Anne Springs Close Greenway Equestrian Center.
Date: June 1-30
Where: The Bramble in Fort Mill, SC
Why it’s a can’t miss: Julie Tambussi

Music under the stars at Summer Pops at Symphony Park in June and July

Event details: Summer just isn’t summer without a trip to Summer Pops at Symphony Park. Let the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra put the classical tunes into your Sunday Funday with “Star Wars: The Music” on June 16, “Best of Broadway” on June 23 and “Celebrate America!” on July 3 (be sure to stay for the fireworks). Shows start at 8:15 p.m. and gates open at 5 p.m., so plan to arrive early for a good seat to enjoy the tunes. You can also go VIP with a premium ticket package that includes a seat under a tent, box dinner and one parking spot. Perfect for date night, family time or friends night out!
Date: June 16 (Star Wars), June 23 (Best of Broadway) and July 3 (Celebrate America!)
Where: Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall
Why it’s a can’t miss: “I’ve been attending Pops in the Park since I moved here in the early 90’s. It is always fun to meet friends for a night under the stars to enjoy classical music, as well as popular movie themes and a fantastic patriotic performance recognizing our armed forces ending with a beautiful fireworks display.” — Lynn Johnson, Savvy + Co. Real Estate

Weeklong LGBTQ celebration at Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade, Aug. 9-18

Photo courtesy of Jeff Hahne.

Event details: Celebrate and support the LGBTQ community in Charlotte and the Carolinas by making plans to attend the Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade. The seventh annual Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade will be held Sunday, Aug. 18 in Uptown Charlotte during the two-day Charlotte Pride Festival Saturday, Aug. 17 and Sunday, Aug. 18. Enjoy the hundreds of vendors, food trucks, educational information and tons of fun.
Date: Friday, Aug. 9 through Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019
Where: Uptown Charlotte
Why it’s a can’t miss: “The Pride festival is a great event for the entire Charlotte community. Not only does it have great music and delicious food vendors, but the entire vibe around Uptown is just filled with love and having fun. The parade that goes down Tryon Street turns the city into a big party — people are dancing, singing, hugging and sharing the message that love always wins. It’s amazing to see so many people come together each year for Charlotte’s biggest annual parade.” — Tiffany Hahne, Savvy + Co. Real Estate

Take your yoga practice outside at the U.S. National Whitewater Center

Event details: The U.S. National Whitewater Center is the place to be to rock your ho-hum workout routine. Enjoy Yoga at the Whitewater Center and take part in over 280 practices throughout the year, including at least one practice a day May through September. Multiple flows and formats will be offered, as well as a variety of options for all levels of ability. Practices are one hour in duration and free of charge, held at the USNWC’s South Ridge and led by certified yoga instructors.
Date: Various dates and times during the year
Where: U.S. National Whitewater Center
Why it’s a can’t miss: “I practice yoga twice weekly but this is a ‘can’t miss’ event for me because I get to practice outside, in the shade, in nature, and if you go on Thursday or Saturday evenings you can stick around for the RiverJam series (live music). Did I mention the yoga is FREE? You can thank me later. Namaste!” — Shannon Lynch, Savvy + Co. Real Estate

Anytime during the Summer fun

Brewery Hopping and fireworks on Friday nights

“Charlotte is bursting with new breweries all over town! I love to brewery hop and see how the neighborhoods in Charlotte are reinventing themselves. And you can’t beat closing out the week with fireworks on Fridays from the baseball stadium — it makes me feel like a kid again!” — Jessica Flinn, Savvy + Co. Real Estate

Summer Camps for Kids

“I have a few favorite summer camps for kids that I love because of what they are teaching my children, and the fact that they LOVE to go, too! The first is For Goodness Cakes Baking Camp. I love this camp because kids get hands-on baking experience in a small, one-on-one environment. And I get to taste what they bring home. I can see how empowered they feel baking and decorating just like adults!

Another favorite camp is the swim and tennis camp at Charlotte Swim & Racquet. At this camp, kids learn basics of tennis, are exposed to kids of different ages, play fun tennis games in the shade then spend the rest of the afternoon cooling off in the pool and jumping from the diving board. This camp also offers a “drop-in” option as well as half- and full-day options. I went to pick up my daughter last year after the half day and she wanted to stay all day! That’s a great sign.” — Sarah Martin, Savvy + Co. Real Estate

Hanging at Two Scoops in Plaza Midwood

“Because there is nothing better on a hot summer day than a delicious scoop (or two!) of blueberry cheesecake ice cream after a fun dinner with the kids at Pizza Peel.” — Jeff King, Savvy + Co. Real Estate

With June a few days away, there’s no time to waste in experiencing the best summer spots of the season. And if your plans include buying or selling a home, contact your in-the-know Savvy + Co. agent today!

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