Happenings: Calendar of events

Entertainment The Arts

September 1, 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.

Luminarium – Architects of Air by Alan Parkinson, part of the Charlotte International Arts Festival.


Charlotte International Arts Festival Presented by Blumenthal Performing Arts
Through Oct. 2
This family-friendly festival takes place across the Charlotte area, from uptown to Ballantyne, with immersive installations and performances by artists from around the globe. Most of the happenings are free, some are ticketed. charlotteartsfest.com
WEATHER NOTE: several outdoor events are cancelled. Check website or social media for rescheduleing updates.

Charlotte Film Festival
Through Oct. 2
Celebrate independent cinema at the Independent Picture House with dozens of screenings all weekend. Check with @charlottefilmfestival for tickets and details.

Edit Sale
Through Oct. 2
The popular pre-loved designer clothing, shoes and handbags sale returns. Check @edit_sale for details on times at the new location in Lower Tuck.

Pink Cupcake Walk Presented by Truist
RESCHEDULED to Oct. 8 | 10 a.m.
Taste of Charlotte’s annual breast cancer walk is back at Truist Field. Enjoy mini cupcakes from four bakeries while walking laps around the home of the Charlotte Knights. runsignup.com/Race/NC/Charlotte/TasteofCharlotteCupcakeWalk

Carolina Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace
Through Nov. 20, DELAYED opening planned for Sunday, Oct. 2
Feast like royalty, cheer for the knights on horseback, laugh along with the acrobatics’ antics and shop the artisan market. Huzzah! New this year: Tickets are date-specific and will be sold online and on-site, pending availability. $32 for adults and ages 13 and up, $20 for children ages 5-12, and free for children 4 and under. Parking is free. carolina.renfestinfo.com

Moo & Brew Craft Beer, Burger & Music Festival at AvidXchange Music Factory Festival Grounds
Oct. 1 – CANCELLED because of weather, check organizer for refunds
Enjoy unlimited samples of beers from local, regional and national breweries, and join in on the fun as 15 Queen City restaurants compete for burger bragging rights and the “Best Burger Trophy.” Performers include Chris Lane, Jon Langston, DJ Overcash and Oceanic. mooandbrewfest.com

HEARTest Yard FitFest at the Atrium Health Dome at Bank of America Stadium
Oct. 6 | 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Come for Fitness on the Field with instructors from some of Charlottes top fitness studios. Stay for the block party which includes a live DJ, food trucks, pop-up shops and more. Tickets are $30. R4r.org

Charlotte Dragon Boat Festival Race and Asian Festival at Ramsey Creek Park on Lake Norman
Oct. 8
Honor Asian culture and traditions at this annual event with live performances and signature dishes. The adrenaline of the Dragon Boat race is palpable, with the rhythm of the drum keeping rowers on beat. Free to attend. charlottedragonboat.com

Bank of America ROVAL 400 NASCAR Cup Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Oct. 9 | 2 p.m.
Cruise up to Concord for this annual showcase packed with championship drama and white-knuckle excitement. Tickets include admission to concerts featuring Nelly, Bret Michaels and 3 Doors Down. Tickets start at $49 for adults; $10 for kids 12 and under. charlottemotorspeedway.com

Hot-air balloons in Statesville, photo by Jennings Cool Roddey.

Carolina BalloonFest
Oct. 14-16
Watch as a sea of colorful hot air balloons take flight while enjoying beer tastings, food vendors, live music and an artisan marketplace on solid ground. Bring some chairs and make a day of it. Admission and parking prices vary; children 12 and under are free. 260 Hangar Dr., Statesville, carolinaballoonfest.com

Hola Charlotte Festival
Oct. 15 | Noon-6 p.m.
This Hispanic heritage celebration in uptown Charlotte highlights Latin American culture with musical and dance performances, plus a variety of family-friendly activities. Free to attend. holacharlottefestival.com

Apple Harvest Festival at Windy Hill Orchard
Oct. 15
With everything from hayrides to hard cider, the festival marks the end of apple-picking season and the beginning of all the fall feels. Tickets (required) can be purchased online at windyhillorchard.com.

Charlotte Craft Beer Week
Oct. 21-30
More than 20 local breweries celebrate the rich and diverse craft beer and cider culture in Charlotte. Special events include a Halloween crawl, job fair and Bad Review Night. charlottecraftbeerweek.com/events

Le Creuset Factory to Table at The Park Expo and Conference Center
Oct. 20-23
The popular shopping event offers rare access to Le Creuset’s premium cookware, including limited-edition colors and items not typically sold in the U.S. A portion of proceeds benefits Meals on Wheels America. Tickets start at $10 and must be purchased online in advance. Parking is $10 at the gate. lecreuset.ticketspice.com/fttevent-clt

Lizzo: The Special Tour at Spectrum Center
Oct. 20 | 8 p.m.
It’s “About Damn Time” to see the three-time Grammy Award-winning artist perform some of her top hits, with support from special guest, Atlanta rapper Latto. Ticket prices vary. spectrumcentercharlotte.com

Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Truist Field, 2021, photo via the Western Carolina Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association on Facebook

Walk to End Alzheimer’s
Oct. 22 | 10:00 a.m.
Walk the half-mile or 2-mile route through uptown Charlotte alongside others supporting the fight against Alzheimer’s. All funds raised further the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimers Association. Registration costs vary. act.alz.org

Stevie Nicks at PNC Music Pavilion
Oct. 22 | 8 p.m.
Enjoy a stellar evening with the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and multiplatinum Grammy Award-winning solo artist, joined by special guest the Pretenders. Ticket prices vary. concerts.livenation.com

David Sedaris at Ovens Auditorium
Oct. 23 | 3 p.m.
Following the release of his newest book, Happy Go Lucky, the bestselling humorist will offer a selection of new readings and recollections, plus a Q&A session and book signing. Tickets start at $40. boplex.com

Dear Evan Hansen at Belk Theater
Oct. 25-30
Watch the story unfold as Evan Hansen – an anxious, isolated high-school student – tries to fit amid the chaos and cruelty of his peers. This deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical has struck a chord with audiences and critics everywhere. Tickets start at $34.50. blumenthalarts.org

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, September 25 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

Fall Plant Sales
Talk to experts and browse a wide selection of plantings for your home and garden at these tried-and-true venues: UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, Oct. 7-9; WingHaven Gardens – member day Oct. 12, public days Oct. 13-15, appointments required.


Go Brooklyn, Go Brooklyn at The Brooklyn Collective
Through Nov. 18
The exhibition brings together a diverse group of 12 artists to explore the relationship between the New York City borough of Brooklyn and the historical Brooklyn neighborhood in uptown Charlotte. Experience this unique collaboration of artists from two distinct cities as they tell a story of mutual respect. 229 S Brevard St., brooklyncollectiveclt.org

Scott Avett: Purpose at Random at SOCO Gallery
Through Nov. 2
In his art, Avett draws inspiration from literature as well as his familial, spiritual and musical roots. This solo exhibition presents new medium and large-scale oil paintings and prints created from early 2020 through today. 412 Providence Rd., socogallery.com

Pop to Now: Warhol and His Legacy at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Through Jan. 2
This exhibition of select works by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring follows their influence on pop culture, music, fashion and art. Pop to Now includes works on canvas, along with objects and memorabilia from the Pop Art movement to today’s cultural landscape of NFTs, digital and data-driven art. 420 S. Tryon St., bechtler.org

Andreina Ron Pedrique: Dos Almas at Elder Gallery
Opening Oct. 7
In this solo exhibition, the Miami-based Venezuelan artist will display several large-scale abstract paintings emphasizing the power of emotion, expression and gesture. 1520 S. Tryon St., eldergalleryclt.com

American Made: Paintings and Sculpture from the DeMell Jacobsen Collection at Mint Museum Uptown
Through Dec. 24
This exclusive exhibit features more than 100 paintings and sculptures. The exhibition spans from Colonial-era portraits to mid-19th century landscapes, along with still life and genre scenes. 500 S. Tryon St.; mintmuseum.org

Susan Brenner: Everything Will Be Fine at Elder Gallery
Through Nov. 19
A study on how beauty can be found amid society’s never-ending quest for accumulation. 229 S Brevard St.; eldergalleryclt.com

Katherine Boxall: Intelligent Abstraction II at Jerald Melberg Gallery
Through Oct. 22
Boxall’s second solo exhibition at the gallery features 20 new works by the abstract artist. 625 S. Sharon Amity Rd.; jeraldmelberg.com

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

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
Through 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

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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