While planning ways to make the most out of the rest of summer, be sure to fit in trips to these newly opened spots and events on the South side of town.


New Concept from Urban Food Group – Coming Soon to StoneCrest

via Vivace Facebook

The StoneCrest website indicates a new concept from the owners of Vivace is in the works. The yet-to-be-named concept is expected to occupy a 5,356 square-foot space next to TRUE Crafted Pizza in the StoneCrest shopping center. More information, including an opening date, is forthcoming.

Verde – Open Now

Straight from King Street comes Verde in Ballantyne, a fast-casual eatery supplying colorful signature salads, hearty grain bowls, signature wraps and more with a focus on locally-sourced ingredients and sustainability. We can’t wait to try the Sweet Tea Vinaigrette on the Southern Harvest Salad (which you can also have in a wrap) and the seasonal Give Peach a Chance made with South Carolina peaches. Verde’s fifth location, and first in North Carolina, is now open at 15105-F John J. Delaney Drive.

Cafe Moka – Open Now

Cafe Moka, whose flagship location is in Virginia Beach, opened in Waverly in South Charlotte on July 9. Expect a menu of craft espresso, traditional and frozen lattes, fruit smoothies, teas and specialty drinks. Find them at 7416 Waverly Walk Ave.

Timed Out Escape – Open Now

Looking for a different kind of fun group activity? Timed Out Escape is now open in Torrington market shopping center in Ballantyne. Featuring two 60-minute and fully-immersive escape rooms, Timed Out Escape challenges participants to solve a series of puzzles to escape a mysterious abandoned police station and the risks of the Wild West. Book your room online.


Culture Bites Pineville is Happening on August 9th

Culture Bites on August 9th in Pineville will feature tasty samples from diverse local restaurants and cultural performances including pop-up theatre, dance, visual art, interactive experiences, science and music of all varieties. Happening at Lake Park at Belle Johnson Lake park, admission to Culture Bites is free and open to all ages. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from local favorites Sabor Latin Street Grill, Bombay Grille, Ooo Wee BBQ, Chen Fu, Icy Soft and Unwind Coffee & Tea. This is a fun-for-the-whole-family kind of evening, and the perfect way to enjoy those final days before school starts and life gets real again.

StoneCrest Summer Concert Series

Head to the fountain at StoneCrest at Piper Glen shopping center for live music every Friday and Saturday night in August. Check out the full line-up here.

Wine Tasting – Kivelstadt Cellars
Tuesday, August 7 | grapevine Wine Shop, Fort Mill | 7 p.m.

Taste six wines from the Glen Ellen, CA winery Kivelstadt Cellars at this wine tasting. $15 per person.

Waverly Boutique Sale & Summer Clearance Event
August 9 – 11 | Waverly Charlotte

Shop summer fashions from your favorite Waverly retailers including Urbane South, fab’rik, Scout & Molly’s, Mainstream Boutique and Ivy & Leo. Open during normal store hours.

Acne solutions for back-to-school – free consults, product demonstrations and discounts

A special evening dedicated to teen acne solutions from the folks at The Facial Center in South Charlotte.

Ballantyne Social Hour
Friday, August 10 | Ballantyne Corporate Park | 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Join Ballantyne co-workers and neighbors for an afternoon of live music, free yoga, food and drink specials and more at GoBallantyne’s Ballantyne Social Hour. Expect beer from OMB, wine from Shelton Vineyards, barbecue from City Barbeque, “poptails” from King of Pops and yoga. Free admission.

Summer Concert in Fort Mill – Sonic Rewind
Friday, August 10 | Fort Mill Veterans Park | 6 – 9 p.m.

Bring your picnic blanket or lawn chair to Veterans Park in Fort Mill to enjoy a free concert from Sonic Rewind. Food trucks and adult beverages available for sale onsite.

Lights, Camera, Cane Creek
Friday, August 10 | Cane Creek Park, Waxhaw | 7:15 p.m. (showtime is at 8:30 p.m.)

Take the kiddos to see Space Jam on the big screen. Part of Union County’s free summer movie series, the event includes free popcorn and activities before showtime.

Main St. Bottle Shop turns 3
Friday, August 10 | Main Street Bottle Shop, Rock Hill | Noon – 9 p.m.

Help Main St. Bottle Shop celebrate their third anniversary with drink specials and raffle prizes. Plus, don’t miss their other anniversary events throughout the week prior.

Main Street Fort Mill Jam: August
Saturday, August 11 | Main St, Fort Mill | 2 – 9 p.m.

Head to Main Street for a day of live music, food trucks, shopping local merchants and more. The second Main Street Fort Mill Jam will also feature a cornhole tournament and an artisan market.

Riedel Wine Seminar – Why Glassware Matters
Sunday, August 12 | The Pump House | 4:40 p.m.

Taste five wines through different glasses to see just how much the tastes vary from glass to glass. Guests receive all four glasses as a souvenir. $50 per person. Call 803.329.8888 to reserve your seat.

Domaine Chandon Sparkling Wine & Hors d’oeuvres Pairing
Monday, August 13 | The Ballantyne Hotel | 6:30 p.m.

Enjoy sips of Domaine Chandon Brut, Rose, Etoile Brut, Etoile Rose and Sweet Star each paired with small plates by Executive Chef Garrett Merck. All wines featured will be available for purchase. $49 per person. Call 704.248.4100 to reserve your spot.

Celebrity Style Session with George Brescia 
Tuesday, August 14 | Mainstream Boutique | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Author of Change Your Clothes, Change Your Life and style expert George Brescia will be offering personal styling sessions at Mainstream Boutique for one day only. Call 704.287.4162 to schedule your session.

Blakeney Summer Concert Series

Between shopping and dining, be sure to make time to catch Blakeney’s summer concert series, each Friday and Saturday night beginning at 7 p.m. View all upcoming performances here.

Food Truck Friday
Thursday, August 17 | Fountain Park in Old Town Rock Hill | 6 – 10 p.m.

Each third Friday, head to downtown Rock Hill. Expect multiple food truck offerings, local beer and wine for purchase, live music (Bless the Rains takes the stage August 17) and kids activities. Free admission.

Moms & Mimosas | Back to School Celebration
Monday, August 20 | grapevine Wine Shop, Fort Mill | 8 – 11 a.m.

Celebrate the start of school with a DIY mimosa bar at grapevine wine shop. Create your best libation using a variety of juices and fresh fruits.

Legal Remedy Beerthday Celebration
Saturday, August 25 | Legal Remedy Brewing, Rock Hill | All day

Legal Remedy Brewing will celebrate their four year anniversary with a full line-up of live music performances, plenty of beer, food specials and a souvenir glass for guests. $5 admission.

8th Annual Pirate Day and EvenTide – Party with the Pirates

The Museum of the Waxhaws will host their 8th Annual Pirate Day on August 25. The day includes kid-friendly themed activities including a cannon fire, reenactments, contests and more. In the evening, the adults will enjoy EvenTide, a celebration featuring live music, food trucks, a cash bar and more.

Summer Concert Series
Thursdays through Aug. 30 | Anne Springs Close Greenway | 6:30 p.m.

The summer concert series at Anne Springs Close Greenway wraps up with performances each Thursday through August. Here’s the line-up:

  • 8/9: Party Parrot Band
  • 8/16: Triple Play Band
  • 8/23: Todd Johnson & The Revolvers
  • 8/30: Fantasy Band

There is also a weekly fun run and yoga before the concert beginning at 6 p.m. $5 parking, $5 concert admission fee, $5 entry fees apply to non-members for yoga and run club.

3rd Annual Tails & Ales: Dog Wash & Open House
Saturday, August 25 | Mary Warner Mack Dog Park, Fort Mill | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

National Dog Day is August 26. Celebrate at the Greenway’s Mary Warner Mack Dog Park with dog washes ($15), Greenway information and a special dog-inspired brew from Amor Artis Brewing.

Campfire Cooking Class: Snacks
Tuesday, August 28 | Anne Springs Close Greenway | 6:30 – 8 p.m.

Step up your campfire cooking game just in time for the last days of summer. Learn how to cook snacks over the campfire and taste your own creations. $10 per person, plus a $5 entry fee for non-members.