Staying local for the holiday week? We’ve got more than 35 events to fill your Charlotte staycation this July 4 week and weekend. Our top event picks:
MONDAY, JULY 1
Monday Night Oyster Sessions
Sea Level NC | 7 – 8:30 p.m.
The first Monday of each month, Sea Level hosts their Monday Night Oyster Sessions, a themed oyster tasting with small bites and thoughtfully paired beverages. $50 per person, reservations required.
TUESDAY, JULY 2
Beer & the Senses
Protagonist | 5 – 8 p.m.
Think you know your beers? Put your taste buds to the test, and perhaps discover a new favorite, at this drop-in blind tasting featuring four different beers. Expert tasters who can identify all styles will get a prize. $15 per person.
Relax N Brew
Armored Cow Brewing Co. | 6 p.m.
Learn how to decorate cupcakes using different techniques, receive a relaxing chair massage and enjoy Charlotte’s newest gluten free brewery. $30 per person.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 3
$3 Beers on July 3rd
Lenny Boy Brewing Co. | 3 – 10 p.m.
Celebrate the holiday early when Lenny Boy opens early at 3 p.m. for $3 beer and eats from their Taproom kitchen. Come back on July 4 when Lenny Boy will be open from 4 – 9 p.m.
Symphony Park | 8:15 p.m.
Join the Charlotte Symphony in a salute to America with an evening of patriotic tunes and a fireworks finale. Don’t miss the prelude act featuring The Alan Barrington Band at 7 p.m.
Red White & Rose’ Fest w/ Live Music by Bedroom Sessions Band
Common Market (Southend) | 5 – 10 p.m.
Enjoy a red, white and rose wine tasting from 5 – 7 p.m., then stick around for live music from the Bedroom Sessions Band.
Red, White, and Brew Bar Crawl
Uptown | 7 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Enjoy free cover at participating bars and drink specials at this patriotic bar crawl. General admission includes free admission to bars and a t-shirt. VIP tickets available.
USA Baseball to host Cuban National Team
BB&T Ballpark | 7:05 p.m.
BB&T Ballpark will host a matchup between USA Baseball and the Cuban National Team as part of the the 8th Annual USA vs. Cuba International Friendship Series. After the game, enjoy a fireworks show.
Fourth of July Celebration
July 3 – 4 | U.S. National Whitewater Center
This two-day celebration, back for its ninth year, features live music by Rayland Baxter and North Mississippi Allstars, various yoga practices, Battle Royale SUP Sprint and two nights of fireworks.
THURSDAY, JULY 4
Red, White and Boom!
Merchant and Trade | 4:30 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Celebrate the 4th of July at Merchant & Trade with friends and fireworks. There will be a patriotic-themed menu, live music, late night DJs and fireworks viewing. $5-10 donation at the door.Ticket proceeds benefit American Heroes Foundation supported by Heaven Hill.
Stars & Stripes Bootcamp
720 Gov Morrison Blvd. | 10:45 a.m.
Before the cookouts and fireworks, join VIBE5 and Sarah Pay for a special Fourth of July bootcamp at 10:45 a.m.
4th of July Pig Pickin’
Sweet Lew’s Barbeque | 12 – 6 p.m.
Sweet Lew’s is celebrating with a whole hog style pig pickin’ with chopped pork sandwiches for $5. $1 from each sandwich will benefit Promise Resource Network, a local non-profit that helps people recover from mental illness and substance use problems. The full menu of brisket, ribs, chicken, and sides will be available inside.
America the BREWtiful – All Day Pregame
Brewers at 4001 Yancey | 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
This all-day celebration includes a barbecue buffet from 4 – 8 p.m. and $4 select brews all day.
4th of July Party
Triple C Brewing Company | 12 – 10 p.m.
The Triple C taproom will open at noon with three new beers, limited patriotic t-shirts and bites from King of Pops and Jive Turkey Legs, plus live music from Hipshack.
19th Annual 4th of July Plaza Midwood Pig Pickin’
Plaza Midwood Neighborhood | 4 – 11 p.m.
This annual neighborhood event includes live music, tons of food options and more.
4th of July Picnic
Town Brewing Company | 4 – 10 p.m.
Town Brewing Co.’s chef will prepare a seasonal cook-out menu featuring American favorites and craft beer. Stop by before heading Uptown for the fireworks.
The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery | 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Enjoy the holiday with OMB’s take on the Kölsch, with a delicate fruit and light malt aroma and airy sweetness.
July 4th Cookout at the Bot
Wooden Robot Brewery | 12 – 9 p.m.
Wooden Robot will be open extended hours on July 3, and then serving up a cookout-themed menu with hotdogs, bratwursts, burgers and veggie burgers with traditional sides.
Fourth of July at Pilot Brewing
Pilot Brewing | 12 – 8 p.m.
Pilot Brewing will release a new batch brew with $3 goblets and a $10 Crowler special. $1 from every Crowler sold will be donated to their Charity of the Month, Project 2 Heal.
Fourth of July at All American Pub
All American Pub | All day
Join All American to celebrate with half price specialty cocktails, $3 Michelob Ultra and food specials.
4th of July at Brazwells
Brazwell’s Premium Pub- Montford Drive | All day
Brazwell’s will be serving drink specials all day: $5 Sundrop Frozen, $3 Michelob Ultra and $3 Truly.
Summer Concert Series
Blakeney Shopping Center | 6 – 9 p.m.
The Blakeney summer concert series is back on Thursdays through August. On July 4, enjoy music by The Flying Saucers. Lawn chairs, blankets and well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome.
FRIDAY, JULY 5
Jazz at the Bechtler
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art | 6 p.m.
The next edition of Jazz at the Bechtler will feature Gastonia native Maria Howell, best known for her role in the film The Color Purple. Tickets are $16 for the public and $10 for museum members.
Small Batch Release: Blackberry Gin Rickey
Red Clay Ciderworks | 3 – 11 p.m.
Be sure to try Red Clay’s next small batch release: their Bramblin’ Blackberry side with lime and Doc Porter’s Distillery gin botanicals. Wraps Around the World food truck will also be on site.
First Friday Gallery Crawl
South End Neighborhood | 5 – 9 p.m.
At this month’s South End Gallery Crawl, explore the neighborhood galleries as they stay open late to host lively receptions and artist meet and greets.
Jammin’ by the Tracks Concert Series
Town of Waxhaw | 7 – 9 p.m.
In Waxhaw, the Jammin’ by the Tracks series continues with music by Off the Record.
SATURDAY, JULY 6
Red, White & Brews Bootcamp feat. The Barre Code
Bold Missy Brewery | 10:30 – 11:30 p.m.
This special 50-minute bootcamp style class led by The Barre Code will combine strength training and cardiovascular conditioning for a total body workout. $10 includes the plus your first half pint. Bring your own mat. $10 per person.
NoDa Cider Crawl
NoDa Neighborhood | 12 p.m.
Discover the best in craft hard cider as NoDa neighbors showcase styles from all over the Carolinas, including limited small batch releases and cider cocktails. View all participating spots here.
Uncle D’s Donuts Pop-Up Enderly Coffee Co.
Enderly Coffee Company | 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Uncle D’s Donuts will team up with Enderly Coffee for a sweet start to your Saturday.
Free Comedy Showcase
NoDa Brewing Company | 8 p.m.
Join NoDa Brewing Company for a stand up comedy show featuring Ryan Easterbrooks, Keegan Ray and Jenn Snyder. Free admission.
Fried Chicken Day at the Market
Charlotte Regional Farmers Market | 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Saturday is Fried Chicken Day at the Charlotte Regional Farmers Market, and vendors will be celebrating with free fried chicken recipes, fried chicken wings for purchase and plenty farm-raised chicken, hot sauces, sauces, rubs and more.
July NoDaHood Market
Divine Barrel Brewing | 12 – 4 p.m.
The NoDaHood Market returns with its biggest line-up of vendors yet. Shop craft goods, jam to live music and enjoy bites from a local food truck.
Chocolate Bark Making
The Secret Chocolatier | 2 p.m.
This hands-on chocolate bark class will have everyone, from beginners to experts, feeling confident tempering and making their own treats. $25 per participant.
SUNDAY, JULY 7
July Front Porch Sundays
2161 Hawkins Street | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
South End’s Front Porch Sundays continues with more than 65 vendors, Sycamore Brewing beer, Updog Komucha, live music, a free bootcamp class at 11 a.m. and pet adoptions with Pawsitive Impact NC Dog Rescue.