Hello, summer, is that you? This week we’ve got the scoop on everything from storytimes, musicals, markets, festivals, swimming holes, gardening, butterflies, birds, and ballgames. Enjoy.
The Rosa Parks Farmers Market kicks off its third season. Shoppers can enjoy more food options, a bigger location, and better hours. Visit the market every Tuesday from June through September. Each market will include live cooking demonstrations from area chefs, community pop-ups, music, and kid-friendly activities.
Fire Starting 101
Lake Haigler Entrance of Anne Springs Close Greenway
Learn a variety of ways to get a fire started under all sorts of conditions plus fire safety, and different firewood arrangements you can use to create the perfect campfire. Register prior to the event, and meet at the picnic tables by the Nature Center.
Pike Kids Series
A four-part summer series of interactive classes, kids will learn about the critters that are important to gardens. Complimentary light refreshments will be served. June 6: Birds, June 13: Worms, June 20: Seeds, June 27: Butterflies and Ladybugs. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Pre-registration required.
Explore the Mint Museum’s world-class exhibitions (in air-conditioned comfort).
Shrek the Musical
Little Theater of Gastonia
“Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek…” And, thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking donkey and a brave princess.
Taste of Charlotte is a 3-day festival featuring more than 100 samples from area restaurants along with live music and entertainment, interactive children’s activities, cooking demos, street performances, unique shopping and a large variety of local, regional and national partners.
Float in for some crafty fun outside of the library. Use bubbles to paint and more (so make sure to wear clothes that you are okay with getting paint on.)
Day out with Thomas at Tweetsie Railroad
Toot! Toot! Experience Day Out With Thomas like never before at Tweetsie Railroad. Ride the train behind Thomas the Tank Engine, meet Sir Topham Hat, play in Imagination Station, and enjoy storytelling and live music. In addition, enjoy a full day at Tweetsie Railroad with amusement rides, deer park zoo, panning for gold, and live entertainment.
Old Town Cornelius 2nd Friday Street Festival
Oak Street Mill
2nd Friday is Old Town Cornelius’s monthly throw-down featuring a jam-packed lineup of live music, food trucks, craft breweries, local artists, and kids activities. The event is rain or shine.
Sounds on the Square
The Square at Spirit Square
Do not miss these outdoor performances every Friday night this summer at Spirit Square. Events will be moved indoors if there is inclement weather. Concessions and beverages will be available for purchase. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chair!
Amazing Butterflies Family Day
Culture & Heritage Museums of York County
Kick-off the Museum of York County’s Amazing Butterflies Maze’s opening day. Family Day has special butterfly-themed activities and educational programs. A butterfly release is planned for the morning, weather permitting.
Beloved children’s books come alive during Storyland: A Trip Through Childhood Favorites, an imaginative, book-based experience for children ages birth through 8-years old.
NASCAR Hall of Fame: 2nd Saturday
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Kids and kids at heart can fuel up on fun at the new 2nd Saturday program at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Guests are invited to explore the exciting elements of racing with a new topic and interactive activity each month.
Great Carolina Fest
Carowinds is kicking off summer Carolina-style with an all-new event: Great Carolina Fest featuring genuine Carolina food, craft brews, local entertainment, and down-home family fun.
Carolina Raptor Center
Enjoy the exciting and educational Flights of the Forest show. Viewers can feel the wind from the wings of the birds of prey as they fly overhead. Participants must be 7 or older; children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Princess Day at the Knights Game
Sunday, June 10, 2:00 p.m.
Enjoy a special “Princess Day” at the Knights game as they take on the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. After the game, kids can run the bases.
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve
Sunday, June 10, 2:00 p.m.
There may be nothing more fun than playing by a stream, build boats from sticks, leaves and bark and then set them afloat on the stream.
Open Quarry Swim at Carrigan Farms
Carrigan Farms Quarry
Swim in the cool, deep water at Carrigan Farms Quarry. Ages 11 and under must wear a life jacket at all times in the water. Anyone 12 and older are eligible to take the swim test. Bring your rod and reel for catch-and-release fishing at the farm’s two ponds.
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Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage in Seussical JR., a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.
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