This week it’s all about the live music and outdoor festivals, but also about ways to stay cool like (almost) free movies for the family, and theater shows and concerts for all. Learn about dinos, reptiles and amphibians on Saturday, and explore the noises of nighttime creatures next week. Get out there and have some family fun.

River Jam

July 13 (and Thursdays and Saturdays through September) @ 7-10pm

US National Whitewater Center

Make a family evening of live music, the summer outdoors and a whole lot of fun. Tonight’s music by Chris Jacobs.

2nd Friday Street Festival

July 14 @ 6-10pm

Oak Street Mill in Cornelius

Don’t miss a night of live music, craft beer, food trucks and lots of kids activities.

Scales & Tails

July 15 @ 9am-12pm

Discovery Place Nature

Learn all about turtles, lizards and snakes and get up close and personal with some reptiles and amphibians.

Dino Safari Expedition

July 15 @ 10am-4pm

Schiele Museum of Natural History

A safari guide will lead you through the Schiele’s newest exhibit, you’ll see a live animal show, and more.

Girls Rock Charlotte – Summer Camp Concert

July 15 @ 7:00pm

McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square

Come out to support Charlotte’s up and coming girl rock stars as they present their hard work from their week of camp.

The Battle of Huck’s Defeat

July 15 & 16 @ 10am-4pm

Historic Brattonsville

Join the fun of the annual reenactment weekend with battles, music, camp life demonstrations and concessions.

National Ice Cream Day

July 16 @ 1:45pm

Discovery Place Kids

Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with a scientific ice cream making demonstration.

Cinemark Movie Clubhouse

July 17 (and Mondays through August 14) @ 10am

Matthews Movies 10

Today’s $1 movie is Hotel Transylvania 2. A great way to beat the heat with the kids this summer.

Storytime & More

July 18 @ 10am

Winghaven Gardens

Best for those under 10…head to the gardens for storytime and a craft, and pack a picnic to enjoy afterwards.

Noises of the Night

July 18 @ 6:30-8:30pm

Latta Plantation Nature Preserve

Ages 6 and up are invited for an evening hike to explore the sounds made by the nightime creatures.

The Little Mermaid

July 18-23 Times vary by day

Belk Theater

Blumenthal’s Broadway Lights series brings this Disney classic to the stage in the Queen City.

Save the Date

July 21: Summer Food Truck Rally @ Rural Hill

August 4: Kids Bop Live @ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre

August 25: Food Truck & Music in the Garden @ Winghaven Gardens