Happenings: Calendar of events

Entertainment The Arts

June 7, 2024

Here’s our calendar of things to do in Charlotte. Our SouthPark neighborhood guide covers where to eat and shop. Our guides to summer concert series and big concerts have more ideas on how to have fun around the Queen City. Here’s where to watch fireworks and celebrate the Fourth of July.

EVENTS + ACTIVITIES

Charlotte Squawks 19
through June 29
Booth Playhouse fills with side-splitting laughter during this annual tradition, a musical variety show that pokes lighthearted fun at all things Charlotte. Tickets start at $24.50. blumenthalarts.org

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s Summer Pops
June 30
The outdoor summer series at Symphony Park concludes with Celebrate America! Adult tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the gate; youth 13-18 are $5/$7; children 12 and under are free but tickets are required. charlottesymphony.org

Maroon 5
June 27
The longtime pop rock band with frontman Adam Levine will make one stop in N.C. this summer, and PNC Music Pavilion is it. Maren Morris is the opener. livenation.com

Back to the Future: The Musical at Belk Theater
July 9-21
The classic ’80s movie is now a Broadway musical. Marty McFly finds himself in a race against time as he tries to transport himself back to the future after landing in 1955, thanks to a time machine built by an eccentric scientist. Tickets start at $35. blumenthalarts.org

COPA America
July 10 & 13
Teams from South America compete in the continent’s premier — and one of the most-watched — tournaments. Bank of America Stadium hosts semifinal and third-place matches. copaamerica.com

Live at The Amp: The Thurston Howell Band
July 11
On the road with their You Can’t Fake Smooth tour, Charlotte’s own yacht-rock band comes home to fill an evening in Ballantyne with soft rock hits from the ’70s and ’80s. ampballantyne.com

Nikki Glaser: Alive and Unwell Tour at Ovens Auditorium
July 13
She made headlines “winning” the Tom Brady Roast this spring; now the stand-up comedian, actress and podcaster heads to Charlotte for what is sure to be a night full of bold humor. boplex.com/events

Water Lantern Festival
July 13-14
Experience the magic of thousands of lights reflecting on the water at Symphony Park. Each ticket includes a floating lantern kit, access to food trucks and more. Tickets start around $35, depending on date of purchase. waterlanternfestival.com

Janet Jackson: Together Again
July 14
The iconic singer, dancer and actress is always a showstopper. PNC Music Pavilion. concerts.livenation.com

The Moment: Author Talk with Bakari Sellers
July 16 | 6:30-8 p.m.
The CNN political analyst and attorney will discuss his book The Moment: Thoughts on the Race Reckoning That Wasn’t and How We Can All Move Forward Now, as part of the Levine Museum of the New South’s Author Talks series. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. First Baptist Church-West, 1801 Oaklawn Ave. Tickets start at $16.

Morgan Wallen: One Night at a Time 2024
July 18 & 19
The country singer-songwriter continues Charlotte’s streak of big summer concerts, with a show at Bank of America Stadium. ticketmaster.com

Queen’s Feast: Charlotte Restaurant Week
July 19-28
Experience some of Charlotte’s best eats as restaurants across the city offer special three-course prix-fixe menu deals. From SouthPark to NoDa, you can try something new or revisit an old favorite. charlotterestaurantweek.iheart.com.

The Magic of Motown
July 24
Hear the music of Motown, including hits from: The Temptations, The Jackson Five, Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Four Tops, Aretha Franklin and Smokey Robinson. Tickets start at $39, Knight Theater. blumenthalarts.org

24 Hours of Booty
July 26-27
For 24 hours, cyclists tour the Myers Park “Booty Loop” at their own pace while raising money to support families coping with cancer. Set up in “Bootyville” and show your support. Catered meals, snacks and drinks are available for participants. Adult and youth registration is $75; virtual and other options are available. events.24foundation.org

New Kids on the Block with Paula Abdul and DJ Jazzy Jeff
July 27
The boy band of the ‘80s and ‘90s is all grown up and hitting the road with a solid throwback lineup. PNC Music Pavilion. concerts.livenation.com

ONGOING EVENTS

A band plays during Party in the Park at Mint Museum Randolph in Charlotte.
Party in the Park, courtesy Mint Museum, photo by Alex Cason Photography

Party in the Park
Dates vary I 1-5 p.m.
The party returns to the lawn at Mint Museum Randolph one Sunday a month through fall. Enjoy free museum admission, food trucks and live music on the terrace. There’s also a cash bar. Dates are as follows: June 30, Sept. 29, Oct. 29. mintmuseum.org

Charlotte Knights
throughout JulyWith 11 home games this month, it’s easy to have summer fun at Truist Field. After the July 4th game, you’ll be in the perfect spot for fireworks; or see Santa and Mrs. Claus on the 14th for Christmas in July. Tickets start at $16. milb.com/charlotte-knights

Fridays at Camp North End
through November
Take in the sunset or relax with friends as you explore Camp North End’s food and music scene. Listen to a DJ pumping tunes at Ford Green or bands jamming out in the Boileryard while you stroll, eat and shop across all three districts. Fridays, 5 – 10 p.m. (music is 6 – 9 p.m.). camp.nc/friday-night-music

Crossroads Cinema at Camp North End
Thursday evenings through August
The free movie series is back all summer with classic films from the ‘’80s, ’90s and 2000s. Bring a lawn chair and grab some food and drink from CNE vendors while you watch. July movies include Gladiator (7/11), Hitch (7/18) and Shrek (7/25). camp.nc/movies

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 weekly event series featuring free admission and live entertainment. Visit mintmuseum.org for the programming schedule and updates.

First Friday South End Gallery Crawl
Galleries and shops offer extended hours, special receptions, live painting and music along the Rail Trail on the first Friday of each month. southendclt.org

Carolina Fine Art Sip & Shop
The Cotswold Village gallery hosts a sip & shop every first Friday of the month in partnership with Butler’s Pantry. carolinafineart.com

Whitewater Center River Jam 
Sit back and relax with live music from funk to bluegrass every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through September. Leashed dogs are allowed; no outside food or drink. Admission is free but parking is $12. whitewater.org/things-to-do

MUSEUMS + GALLERIES

Clay sculpture by Shinichi Sawada as shown in Agents of Clay at Mint Museum Randolph in Charlotte.
Sculpture from Shinichi Sawada: Agents of Clay at Mint Museum Randolph

Shinichi Sawada: Agents of Clay
through Aug. 11
These intricate clay creatures — a fusion of mammals, fish, birds, insects and the artist’s own fantastical creations — are mesmerizing in person. The collection at Mint Museum Randolph marks the Japanese contemporary artist’s first traveling solo exhibition in the U.S. mintmuseum.org

Objects of Affection: Jewelry by Robert Ebendorf from the Porter Price Collection
through Feb. 16
More than 180 works in this exhibition at Mint Museum Randolph highlight the studio jewelry, metalwork and collages of Robert
Ebendorf. The artist, who taught in the metal design program at East Carolina University for nearly 20 years, is known for using found pieces of sea glass, plastic, paper and indus trial objects in his works. mintmuseum.org

Charlotte: Moving Forward, Looking Back
Now open
This wide-ranging exhibition at Levine Museum of the New South highlights key industries, struggles for equality, the impact of immigration and Charlotte’s identity as part of the New South. Admission is free. 401 S. Tryon St., museumofthenewsouth.org

New North State at SOCO Gallery
through Aug. 7
This group exhibition curated by Marshall N. Price of Duke University’s Nasher Museum features works by Kennedi Carter, Stephen Hayes, Damian Stamer and others with North Carolina ties. While not specifically addressing historical narratives connected to the “Old North State” moniker, the artists in this show “articulate a South that reckons with its past and looks ahead to an aspirational future.” socogallery.com

A New Moon Rises
This permanent exhibition reveals the grandeur and wonder of our closest celestial neighbor through stunning, large-scale photographs captured by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) between 2009 and 2015. Entrance is included with Discovery Place Science general admission, 301 N. Tryon St. discoveryplace.org

A Superlative Palette: Contemporary Black Women Artists

through Aug. 25
This exhibition curated by Dexter Wimberly brings together the work of twelve generation-defining, contemporary Black women artists from around the world. Their work has redefined artistic expression while advocating for social justice, equality, and empowerment. ganttcenter.org

Don’t forget to check out our SouthPark neighborhood guide and summer concert series.

Featured image: Symphony Park by Richard Israel

— compiled by SouthPark magazine staff

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