The weather is delightful – get out there Scoopers and climb trees, experience a planetarium show with Big Bird and Elmo, take in a museum, concert or festival, and maybe adopt a dog or save the butterflies… your choice.


Nature Story Corner
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve

Monday, August 27, 10:00 a.m.

Unearth the untold narratives of nature through stories, and then walk about the forest exploring and engaging all of our senses. Parent participation required.


Celebrating Nature: International Bat Night
McDowell Nature Preserve

Monday, August 27, 7:00 p.m.

Celebrate International Bat Night by the campfire, and play educational bat games with your family. Once the sun goes down, venture along the trails in search of bats and other nocturnal wildlife. Registration is required.


Puppet Show: The Shell Game
Discovery Place Kids Huntersville

Tuesday, August 28, 9:45 a.m.

Dive into an ocean adventure during an ‘underwater’ sing-along experience. Learn all about sea creatures and how animals depend on each other for survival. Meet new friends including a mermaid, starfish, clownfish, crab and sea turtle.


Free Wednesday Evening at The Mint

Wednesday, August 29, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Both locations of The Mint Museum offer free admission every Wednesday. Don’t miss Mint on the Dot! art chats at 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. and every Saturday* afternoon at 1 & 1:30 PM. At both Mint Randolph and Mint Uptown locations. Look for the “Mint on the Dot!” signs on the gallery floor.


One World One Sky
Discovery Place Nature

Thursday, August 30, 10:00 a.m.

Can you tell me how to get from Sesame Street to the moon? One World, One Sky is a full-dome planetarium show that follows Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with their Muppet friend from China Hu Hu Zhu. Together, they take an imaginary trip from Sesame Street to the moon, where they discover how different it is from Earth.


Summer Concert Series – Fantasy
Anne Springs Close Greenway

Thursday, August 30, 6:30 p.m.

Come and enjoy an evening of music out on the Greenway at the Comporium Amphitheater! Bring your friends, family, a blanket or chair and a picnic dinner. Beer, wine and sodas will be available for purchase. No glass or outside alcohol allowed. Food trucks will be available on site.


Art Play Pop-Up Free Event
Camp North End

Friday, August 31, 5:30 p.m.

Art-Kiddo will set up shop for a two-hour session of Art-Play, offering a variety of mediums for kiddos to discover and explore.


Stonecrest Summer Concert Series
Stonecrest Shopping Center

Friday, August 31, (through September 29), 7:00 p.m.

Listen to music every Friday and Saturday throughout the summer at Stonecrest Shopping Center.


Blakeney’s Summer Concert Series
Village Green at Blakeney

Friday, August 31, (through September 1), 7:00 p.m.

Local favorites return to Blakeney Shopping Center and bring fun and music for the entire family.


Matthews Alive
Stumptown Park

Friday, August 31 (through September 3)

It’s a parade, more than 150 arts and crafts vendors, 30 food vendors, games, rides, the Kids Connection interactive area, and four stages of entertainment.


Butterfly Bombs
Reedy Creek Nature Preserve

Saturday, September 1, 2:00 p.m.

Butterflies need specific plants to survive. Help them out by tossing out a few butterfly bombs! The ‘bombs’ are balls of dirt with seeds inside. Get your hands dirty, and even take home a handful of Butterfly Bombs to welcome winged wonders in your own backyard.


Belk College Kick Off Game
Bank of America Stadium

Saturday, September 1, 3:30 p.m.

Experience the excitement of college football as Tennessee plays West Virginia in the Queen City. Come early for the Fan Fest and tailgating before watching the teams play in Bank of American Stadium.


Bearden Birthday Bash
Romare Bearden Park

Saturday, September 1, 7:00 p.m.

Celebrate Romare Bearden Park with live music by Shableek and Ken Ford at the Bearden Birthday Bash.


Fitness Saturday
Northlake Mall

Saturday, September 1, 10:00 a.m.

Get your body moving in a fun workout led by a YMCA fitness instructor. Meet in the Grand Court.


Pet Adoption Event
SouthPark Mall

Saturday, September 1, 10:00 a.m.

The City of Charlotte’s Animal Care and Control will bring a selection of dogs, puppies, cats and kittens to the center court inside the mall for adoption.


Bank of America’s Museums on Us Day
Locations vary – see our description below

Saturday, September 1

Bank of America and Merrill Lynch cardholders can gain free access to participating museums in the Charlotte area, including The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture, Levine Museum of the New South, Mint Museum Randolph and Mint Museum Uptown.


Sensory Sensitive Sundays at Chuck E. Cheese
Chuck E. Cheese

Sunday, September 2, 9:00 a.m.

The restaurant will open early to cater to families of children with special needs. Families can expect smaller crowds, reduced lighting and noise, food and games, and specially-trained staff.


Buy Tix Now For

The Lion King
Belk Theater

Now through September 9


Carolina BalloonFest

October 19 -21