From a pup-focused runway show to wine 101, there’s plenty to fill your calendar this weekend. Our day-by-day guide of what to do this weekend in Charlotte.


JAZZ ROOM: Kenny Rampton plays Trumpet Greats
June 15 – June 16 | Stage Door Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center

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In this edition of the Jazz Arts Initiative’s monthly series, Kenny Rampton will honor jazz’s legendary trumpeters, including Louis Armstrong and Dizzy Gillespie. $14 in advance, $16 at the door.


Rescue To Runway
Vestique Charlotte, Dilworth | 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.

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Adoptable pets take center stage at Vestique’s 4th Annual Rescue to Runway Fashion Show supporting Halfway There Rescue. General admission tickets are $15. VIP tickets ($35) include front row seats, a swag bag, early access to the beauty bar and a meet and greet with social influencers. Afterward, head to Hoppin’ in South End for specials for show attendees.

Smoke and Spice: Mediterranean Ingredients, Local Flavors
Stoke Charlotte | 6:30 p.m.

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Chef Shai Fargian of Yafo Kitchen and Chef Chris Coleman of Stoke join forces to create a special five-course menu featuring bold flavors and local ingredients. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Piedmont Culinary Guild. $75-$95.

Pop Up Dinner on the Patio
Bonterra Dining & Wine Room | 6:30 p.m.

Kick off your weekend early with a three-course wine pairing dinner on Bonterra’s patio featuring Foley Family Wines. $50 per person plus tax and gratuities.

Sip & Shop
Scout & Molly’s Southpark | 6 – 8 p.m.

Enjoy special discounts from Scout & Molly’s, wine and appetizers while browsing new and large small pieces from Pamela Wingard of Barefoot Studios.

Ales 4 Autism Fundraiser
Triple C Brewing Company | 4 – 10 p.m.

Raise your glass for a cause at Ales for Autism, where a portion of Triple C drink sales and Bleu Barn Bistro food sales will be donated to Autism Services of Mecklenburg County.

Thursday Night Jam Session – Leslie and Friends
Waverly Charlotte | 5 – 8 p.m.

The first Thursday Night Jam Session at Waverly features music from Leslie and Friends. Catch future Jam Sessions the second Thursday of each month in June, July and August.


Zenato “Cellar Talk” & Wine Dinner
Reid’s Fine Foods SouthPark | 6 p.m.

Vittorio Marianecci, Zenato Brand Manager USA, will host this tasting of five wines and four chef-driven courses. Preview the full menu here. $65 per person. Call 704.377.7686 to reserve your seat.

Woodford Reserve Release Party
JP Charlotte Patio at The Westin Charlotte | 5 – 7 p.m.

Join JP Charlotte for the release of Insert Name Here & Triple J’s, their two new custom Woodford Reserve blends. The patio reception includes live music from Elonzo Wesley, a bourbon bar and bourbon inspired dishes. Free admission.

Wine 101
Corkbuzz Charlotte | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Go back to basics in this wine class that lets participants taste their way through wine regions, varietals and styles. Learn about proper wine storage, decanting, wine production, food pairings and more. $50 per person.

Bechtler By Night: Paint ‘N Sip
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art | 5 p.m.

June’s Bechtler by Night gives attendees the chance to unlock their inner artist with the help of trained teachers, try their hand at a stained glass art activity, gain free exhibit access, play games and more. Don’t miss the specialty drink, the island breeze.

Sol Fest – Yoga and River Fest
U.S. National Whitewater Center | 6:30 p.m.

Find your zen and then jam out at the first night of the USNWC’s Sol Fest. Start out with a slow yoga class at 6:30 p.m., then enjoy live music at River Jam featuring Vanessa Collier.

Silent Disco – Luau
Rooftop 210 | 8 p.m.

This month’s silent disco takes a trip to the islands. Wear your best Hawaiian shirt and dance the night away to the music of your choosing. General admission is free. VIP admission ($15) includes a T-shirt, glow sticks and reserved headset until 9:30 p.m.

Music Matchup
Coaltrane’s Char Grill | 8:30 p.m.

Put your music knowledge to the test and enjoy $3 drafts at Coaltrane’s weekly music bingo.

Science on the Rocks
Discovery Place | 5 – 9 p.m.

Go back to the time of the dinosaurs in this adults-only night at the museum. Dig for fossils, meet the resident T. rex, play themed games and visit the museum’s new exhibition, Tyrannosaurs – Meet the Family (additional $3 ticket fee). $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

Rascal Flatts: Back To Us Tour
PNC Music Pavilion | 7:30 p.m.

Enjoy a perfect Friday night at PNC as Day + Shay and Rascal Flats take the stage. Tickets start at $33.75.

Sounds on the Square: Chócala
Spirit Square | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

This edition of Sounds on the Square features Chócala, a latin fusion band. Free admission with concessions and beverages available for purchase.


Paper Dreams: an Eco-Couture Fashion Show Fundraiser
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art | 6:30 p.m.

Experience “Paper Dreams”, Opera Recycles’ eco-friendly fashion show, with your best girls. After a cocktail hour, see couture gowns designed by local artists, straight from the runway at New York Fashion Week, made with Opera Carolina’s outdated marketing materials. $50+. Proceeds benefit Opera Recycles artists and upcoming showcases in Paris, LA and Charleston.

CharBar Charlotte 7th Birthday Party
CharBar No. 7 | Noon – 11 p.m.

Help CharBar celebrate their 7th anniversary with a special throwback menu, food specials, live music, games and more.

Rosé Cider Release
Red Clay Ciderworks | Noon – 11 p.m.

Don’t miss the unveiling of Red Clay Ciderworks’ special Red Clay Rosé, just in time for summer!

Taste of the Mint | Last Look at ‘Develar y Detonar’
The Mint Museum Uptown | 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Art, food and wine meet in this perfect night out. First, join Dr. Jon Stuhlman, Senior Curator of American Modern & Contemporary Art, on a tour of the special exhibition Develar y Detonar: Contemporary Mexican Photography, then enjoy three small plate and wine tastings at Halcyon, Flavors from the Earth. $45 per person, 25% off for Mint members.

BBQ & Blue Grass Fest
Sycamore Brewing | Noon – 7 p.m.

Is there a better combination than BBQ and beer? Enjoy both at Sycamore, where Sauceman’s and OooWee BBQ will be onsite.

Learn How to Home Brew
Carolina Beer Temple at Ayrsley | 3 – 7 p.m.

Learn to brew your own beer with an in-depth demo covering the basics, ingredients, equipments and more. Attendees will also enjoy a special IPA brew, beer specials, raffles and more.

Summer Jazz Series feat. The Brubakers and Jonathan Fritzen
Freedom Park | 6 p.m.

Freedom Park’s Summer Jazz Series kicks off with performances by The Brubakers and Jonathan Fritzén. Concert is free and open to the public.

Doughnuts with Dad
Billy Graham Library | 9:30 a.m. – noon

Doughnuts With Dad offers the chance to spend a morning at the Billy Graham Library complete with complimentary doughnuts and beverages. All fathers will receive a special gift.

7th Annual Super Hero Bar Crawl
Lucky’s Bar & Arcade | 5 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Channel your inner superhero for a bar crawl around Uptown. Compete in a crawl-wide costume contest, enjoy drink specials at participating bars, special activities and more. $15+.

Queen City Jazz Fest 2018
Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre | 6 p.m.

The 4th annual V 101.9’s Queen City Jazz Fest features performances by Norman Brown, Will Downing, The Rippingtons featuring Russ Freeman and Kindred the Family Soul. $49+.

Fit & Fabulous Pop Up
Sugar Creek Brewing | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Meet Charlotte’s top personal trainers and wellness coaches, plus shop top athleisure brands.


“Slab & A Cab” For Dad
Corkbuzz Charlotte

Treat dad to two of life’s finer pleasures: steak and wine! Corkbuzz’s new favorite Napa Cabernet Sauvignon pairs perfectly with the Chef’s featured menu item: a 30 Day Dry Aged New York Strip. Make your reservation here.

Father’s Day at Reid’s SouthPark
Reid’s SouthPark | 5 – 8 p.m.

Reid’s SouthPark will be serving a special Father’s Day menu from 5 to 8 p.m. that includes a choice of appetizer, protein, sauce, two sides, and a dessert for a set price per protein. Preview the menu here. To reserve your table, email [email protected]

Backyard Barbecue & Beer, A Father’s Day Celebration
The Ballantyne Hotel | 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Dads and families can enjoy an afternoon of live music, cornhole, live ice sculpting, giveaways and a buffet with brats, hot dogs, signature sides, local brews, snow cones and more. All-you-can-eat pricing is $15 in advance, $25 on-site. Kids 10 and under are free.

Father’s Day Jazz Brunch
7th Street Public Market | 11:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Father’s Day at the market will include live jazz music from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., brunch from vendors and gift options for dad.

Music of John Williams: Star Wars and More
Symphony Park | 8:15 p.m.

Celebrate Father’s Day with the tunes of your favorite John Williams movie scores: Star Wars, Jurassic Park, E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark and more. $11.51 regular tickets and $4.11 youth tickets available online.

Dapper Dad Run
NoDa Brewing Run Club | Noon – 3 p.m.

Join NoDa’s run club for a 1, 3 or 5 mile run around the neighborhood, ending with a beer at NoSa Brewing Company.

Fathers Day at The Broken Spoke
The Broken Spoke | Noon – 8 p.m.

Take dad to The Broken Spoke for specials on GWR flights, old fashioneds and more, along with food straight from the grill

Dessert Market
Cabarrus Brewing Company, Concord | 1 – 7 p.m.

Tasty desserts and craft beer meet at this weekend dessert market, where local bakeries and food trucks will have treats for sale. Free admission.

Picnic in the Park feat. Todd Murray
Fourth Ward Park | 4 – 6 p.m.

The Picnic in the Park series brings live music to Fourth Ward Park each Sunday. Todd Murray will take the stage at 4 p.m. Don’t forget to pack a picnic to enjoy.

Looking specifically for Father’s Day Fun? Check out our post on 12 Fun & Sort of Different Ideas on How to Celebrate Father’s Day in Charlotte (+ a Brunch Pick)