Fourth of July weekend is right around the corner, and that means summer fun is on full blast. Plan ahead with our day-by-day guide to Charlotte events this weekend:
World Cup Watch Party
All weekend | The Rogue
Head to East Boulevard’s new favorite hangout to watch the World Cup games. The Rogue will feature giveaways, specials and prizes and a big screen to catch all the action.
Sparkling Wine Around the World
Corkbuzz Charlotte | 6:30 – 8 p.m.
Did you really need an excuse to taste some bubbly with the girls? Join the Corkbuzz team to try six unique sparkling wines from all over the world. Learn about grape varietals, production methods and what gives the wines their taste. $65 per person.
Uptown Charlotte | 6 – 9 p.m.
Discover Uptown’s art and culture as participating museums and galleries offer free admission with trolleys running between spots. This month’s participating spots include the New Gallery of Modern Art, Sozo Gallery, Spirit Square, McColl Center for Art + Innovation and more.
Summer Solstice Bavarian Feast: Chef Bruce Moffett Beer Dinner
Resident Culture Brewing Company | 6:30 p.m.
Chef Bruce Moffett will partner with local farms Orrman’s Cheese and Community Culinary School of Charlotte for this mid-summer dinner and beer pairing. $75 per person. Preview the menu and purchase tickets here.
Night Years at Alive After Five
210 E Trade St. | 5 – 10 p.m.
Let loose after work at the city’s biggest happy hour party. Night Years will take the stage at this week’s Alive After Five starting at 5 p.m.
Pizza & Beer Pairing w/ Triple C Brewery
Inizio Pizza | 6 – 8 p.m.
Inizio chefs Chris Reinhart and Peter Falcon are putting a new spin on your typical “beer and pizza” night out. For this pairing event, the chefs will use local ingredients and Triple C Brewing Company beer to create two specialty pizzas not available anywhere else. Taste and try their creations, one of which will be vegetable based. $45 per person.
Make & Mingle: Modern Wood Dog Bed
Discovery Place Science | 6:30 p.m.
Make your pup a custom bed of their own using woodworking tools, sewing machines and more at this DIY night at the museum. $55+.
Guinness Beer Dinner
Rí Rá Charlotte | 7 p.m.
At this four-course dinner, guests will enjoy a chef-crafted menu paired with a variety of Guinness samplings, a performance by Irish dancers and keep a personally engraved Guinness pint glass. $60 per person.
AR Workshop turns 2! Birthday Cake and Make & Take pARty
AR Workshop Pineville | 6 – 9 p.m.
AR Workshop Pineville is turning two, and to celebrate, they’re hosting an open house with birthday cake, sips and sweets, live music, make and takes, special promotions and more.
7th Street Public Market Vegan Tasting ft. Orrman’s
7th Street Public Market | 6:30 p.m.
Viva Raw, Orrman’s Cheese Shop and Assorted Table Wine Shoppe team up for this month’s 7th Street Public Market Vegan Multi-Course Tasting. Enjoy four courses, including a cheese plate by Viva Raw and dessert by a special guest, paired with three wines. $45 per person.
Food Truck Friday EAST in Plaza Midwood w/ Free Concert
Resident Culture Brewing Company | 5 – 11 p.m.
Don’t miss the inaugural Food Truck Friday East at Resident Culture. Seven food trucks and stands will be onsite, including Dumpling Lady, Streamline Kitchen, What The Fries, King of Pops and more. Diners can also enjoy a free concert by the Giant Squid Squad.
Sounds on the Square: Caroline Keller Band
Spirit Square | 7 p.m.
This edition of Sounds on the Square features the Charlotte-based Caroline Keller Band. Bring your own lawn chair and enjoy concessions and beverages available for purchase.
2 Year Anniversary Party
Flight | 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Flight two-year anniversary party will include $2 beers, $2 shots, over $2,000 in cash and prizes, live music from Gump Fiction and a balloon drop at midnight.
Stars and Stripes Party
Howl at the Moon Charlotte | 7 p.m.
Start the holiday weekend off right with an America-themed non-stop live show and giveaways at Howl at the Moon.
7 Year Anniversary Party
Belfast Mill Irish Pub | 3 p.m.
Toast to seven years at Belfast Mill with drink specials, raffle prizes supporting Pat’s Place for Children, music and more. Free admission.
Summer Pop Up Market
Draught Charlotte | Noon – 4 p.m.
Draught’s Summer Pop Up will bring all of your favorite local vendor places in one place. Shop offerings from Brew Candle Co., Rose + Thorn, Milk Glass Pie, Old North Shrub, Johnny Fly and more.
Art and Beer Bash
Barista Craft Highland Creek | 5:30 p.m.
Enjoy a night of art, beer, live music, a local vendor market, lawn games, food and more at Barista Craft’s Art & Beer Bash. Admission is free, but tickets for a flight of four local beers and unlimited pretzels are available for $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
Pig Pickin’ Fundraiser
NoDa Brewing Company | Noon – 6 p.m.
Raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Central & Western North Carolina Trailblaze Challenge while chowing down on delicious BBQ from Dan the Pig Man. Your $15 ticket includes one NoDa beer and a hickory-smoked BBQ sandwich with slaw and chips.
Jon Batiste: Solo in the Round
Booth Playhouse at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center | 8 p.m.
This unique and intimate concert experience at Booth Playhouse features Jon Batiste, one of the most distinguished modern jazz artists. Tickets start at $25.
Red White & Brew Fest
Sycamore Brewing | Noon – 10 p.m.
Get the holiday weekend started early at Sycamore’s Red, White & Brew Fest. The day will include food trucks, live music from Perpetual Groove and Atlas Road Crew and fireworks. $10 general admission.
Bearden Music Series feat. Blues Beatles
Romare Bearden Park | 6 – 9 p.m.
The monthly Bearden Music Series continues with a free performance of Blues Beatles. Bring picnic blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the tunes under the Uptown skyline.
Hot Dog Duel
Loft & Cellar | 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Three chefs, Chef Nic Daniels (Loft and Cellar), Chef Chris Coleman (Stoke Charlotte) and Vic the Chili Man, will serve three original hot dogs and tater tots to compete for your vote as the best dog in town. 10% of proceeds benefit SHRED, Inc., a local charity helping families dealing with childhood illness.
Rich & Bennett’s Americrawl
Uptown Charlotte | 5 p.m.
Break out your most spirited attire for Rich & Bennett’s Americrawl. Uptown Charlotte will turn red, white and blue as pub crawlers enjoy best dressed competitions, drink specials, giveaways and more at each stop. $15 in advance, $20 day of event.
Karate Kid in Midwood Park
Midwood Park | 6 p.m.
Plaza Midwood’s “Movies in Midwood Park” continues with a free showing of “The Karate Kid.” Before the opening credits, shop the Queen City Makers’ outdoor market and grab some free popcorn to snack on. Cold treats from Rita’s will also be available for purchase.
Grand Opening Party
All day | Rosemont Bar
Rosemont will celebrate its official grand opening by launching their back patio and airstream bar this Sunday. Enjoy drink specials, giveaways and live music by Bakkwoodz from 2 – 6 p.m.
Symphony Park | 8:15 p.m.
Join the Charlotte Symphony for a salute to America with an evening of patriotic tunes and a fireworks finale Adult tickets are $18 in advance, $20 day of show. Youth tickets (ages 13-18) are $5 in advance, $7 day of show and children 12 and under are free.