Happenings: Calendar of events

Entertainment The Arts

July 15, 2022

Here’s our calendar of events and gallery exhibits to see around Charlotte. Check out our fall arts preview for a list of shows and performances coming to the Queen City.


Charlotte Pride Week, Pride Festival and Pride Parade
August 12-21
This year’s festivities mark Charlotte Pride’s 20th anniversary and 40 years of Pride legacy in the Queen City. Events include Pride Week August 12-19, Pride Festival August 20-21, and the Pride Parade on August 21. charlottepride.org

The Queen City Jam Session at NoDa Brewing NorthEnd Taproom
August 19-21
There’s something for everyone at this summer lovin’ music and arts festival. Food trucks and local vendors will be on-site, with a full lineup of live music over three easygoing days. Tickets start at $89. queencityjamsession.com

Carolina Panthers vs. Buffalo Bills Preseason Game at Bank of America Stadium
August 26 | 7 p.m.
The Panthers make their first preseason appearance at home in week three against the Buffalo Bills. (The team will open the 2022 regular season at home on September 11 vs. the Cleveland Browns.) Ticket prices vary. panthers.com

Festival of India, from Facebook

The 26th Annual Festival of India at Belk Theater and on Tryon Street
August 27 | Noon-8 p.m.
One of Charlotte’s biggest cultural events returns with performances, exhibits, Indian food and a souvenir bazaar. Catch a yoga demonstration, learn to tie a saree or get a henna tattoo at this family-friendly celebration. Tickets are $6. indiafestival.iacofcarolinas.org

Some Assembly Required at ImaginOn: The Joe & Joan Martin Center
Through September 11 
Interactive stations throughout the exhibit introduce STEAM concepts and encourage children to use inventive problem-solving skills in activities like building bridges and planting a community garden. Entrance to the museum and the exhibit are free. imaginon.org

Unseen Oceans at Discovery Place Science
Through September 18 
Take a deep dive into the latest advances in ocean exploration and the technologies behind them in this unique exhibit. The experience includes an immersive theater presentation and the chance to sit inside a scale model of the Triton submarine. Tickets prices vary. science.discoveryplace.org

Charlotte Knights at Truist Field
Through September
Homer and the team are back in business: Charlotte’s beloved minor league baseball team will host games throughout spring and summer. Stay for the fireworks (check schedule). Ticket costs and availability may vary. milb.com/charlotte-knights

Wednesday Night Live
Wednesdays from 5-9 p.m.
The Mint Museum, The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture and the Knight Theater are partnering in this new weekly event series featuring free admission and live entertainment. Visit mintmuseum.org for the programming schedule and updates.

People in line at food truck during The Mint Museum's Party in the Park in Charlotte.
Party in the Park at Mint Museum Randolph September 2021. Charlotte, North Carolina.

Party in the Park
Last Sunday of each month through Nov.
The party returns Sunday, August 28 to the Mint Museum Randolph. All ages can enjoy a Sunday afternoon with live music, food trucks, a cash bar, plus complimentary museum admission and shopping at The Mint Museum Store. mintmuseum.org


Diedrick Brackens (American, 1989–). survival is a shrine, not the small space near the limit of life, 2021; cotton and acrylic yarn, 92 x 98 inches; courtesy of the artist, Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, and Various Small Fires, Los Angeles/Dallas/Seoul. ©Diedrick Brackens

Diedrick Brackens: ark of bulrushes at Mint Museum Uptown
Through Dec. 11 
This new series by Los Angeles-based artist Diedrick Brackens includes large-scale weavings and a premiere of the artist’s first woven sculptures. 500 S. Tryon St.; mintmuseum.org

William A. Noguera: Empty Spaces at Elder Gallery
Through September 10 
After serving on Death Row at San Quentin Prison for more than three decades, art-making continues to be a lifesaving experience for the artist, author, speaker and activist. 1520 S Tryon St.; eldergalleryclt.com

Resilience at Brooklyn Collective
Through Aug. 20
Resilience honors immigrants and their past, present, and future influence on America through art. Hannah Blanton of SOZO Gallery partnered with Brooklyn Collective to curate the exhibit. Ten percent of sales will be donated to immigrant advocacy groups. Free. 229 South Brevard St. brooklyncollectiveclt.org

Comin’ in Hot at SOZO Gallery
Through August 20
Bright, exciting and whimsical, this exhibit offers a playful take on the warmth and vibrance of summertime and the artworks that evoke it. 904 Pecan Ave., Suite 101; sozogallery.net

Photo Courtesy of the NASCAR Hall of Fame

Chevrolet: Winningest Brand in NASCAR Cup History at the NASCAR Hall of Fame
Through December
This new exhibit highlights Chevrolet’s 814 victories and features eight historic race cars driven by legendary drivers (including Richard Petty, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt) from the 1950s through 2021. General admission tickets are $27 for adults, $24 for seniors, and $20 for military and youth 4-12. nascarhall.com

Metamorphosis at Rowe Lower Gallery at UNC Charlotte
August 23-November 10
Artworks by Lacey McKinney and Jon Verney serve as visual metaphors for human existence amid a time of enormous transformation. 9119 University Rd., coaa.charlotte.edu

America Seen-American Scenes at Jerald Melberg Gallery
Through September 3
This multi-artist exhibition features works on paper depicting landscapes, cityscapes and flora. 625 S. Sharon Amity Rd., jeraldmelberg.com

Seduction at Elder Gallery
Through September 10
Three artists — Cynthia Flaxman Frank, Jill Jones and Marlene Rose — challenge viewers to examine nature’s innate beauty while also considering “the artist’s hand in intentionally creating beauty with the purpose of enticing an audience.” 1520 S. Tryon St., eldergalleryclt.com

Rendezvous With Rothko at Mint Museum Uptown
Through March 2023
Two works by the abstract expressionist painter — No. 17 [or] No. 15 and Untitled 1951 — are the only paintings by Rothko currently on view in North Carolina, through a long-term loan with the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. 500 S. Tryon St., mintmuseum.org

Craft in the Laboratory: The Science of Making Things at Mint Museum Uptown
This project pulls back the curtain on the creative process and examines how craft artists and designers use science and math concepts when creating works of art. 500 S Tryon St. mintmuseum.org

Signs of Home at Charlotte Museum of History
Through 2022
Guest curated by Christopher S. Lawing, this exhibition tells the story of Charlotte through the unique signs of businesses, neighborhoods and institutions that defined it. Museum admission is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, children 6-17 and students. 3500 Shamrock Dr.; charlottemuseum.org

— compiled by SouthPark magazine staff and Amanda Lea 

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