From Juneteenth celebrations to Father’s Day fun, there’s plenty to explore in and around Charlotte this weekend. Our top picks for venturing out and staying in:
VENTURING OUT SAFELY
Watch and Play at Truist Field
Varying dates and hours
Head Uptown and enjoy the ballpark in a whole new way this summer. They’re offering a special menu filled with cravable ballpark classics, plus music, trivia and corn hole. You can also get on the field by signing up for nine holes of disc golf or hit at home plate with on-field batting practice. All activities require reservations in advance.
On Father’s Day, the whole family can take the field to play catch, run the bases and grab a picture with the Charlotte skyline in the background. Plus, dad can choose a Knights hat or t-shirt to take home.
U-pick Lavender Month
Throughout June | Tuesday – Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Pick your own lavender this month at the Dallas Lavender Lane Farm. Pay for what you pick. Open Tuesday – Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Drive-In Movie at The Mill
June 19-21 | Oak Street Mill, Cornelius
Head to Cornelius for the first weekend of drive-in movies at the Mill. They’ll show new releases and classic titles that you can enjoy from the comfort and distance of your own car. Guests can also enjoy offerings from local restaurants, food trucks and concessions.
Shows Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights | 1560 Julian Road, Salisbury
Make plans to see Jurassic World on Wednesday, Peeples on Friday and The Invisible Man on Saturday. $6 per person, $20 for 4 people. Each additional person is $5, and kids four and under free.
Charlotte Knights Blood Drive
June 18 | Truist Field | 10 am – 4 pm
Give back with the Charlotte Knights and the American Red Cross in a blood drive this Thursday. Donors will receive a $5 Amazon e-gift card, a Red Cross t-shirt and a health screening including COVID-19 antibody testing. Schedule a donation here.
Father’s Day Brunch
June 21 | Cabarrus Brewing Company | 11 am
Treat dad to brunch at the brewery. Cabarrus Brewing Company will open up early and offer patio and taproom seating for brunch by Grate Catering Co.
Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas
June 19-21 | House of Africa | 10 am – 8 pm
Now in its 23rd year, this Juneteenth celebration includes performers, vendors, a drum circle and an open mic. Face coverings requested.
More Juneteenth Events HERE ~ Festival, Bike Ride, Food Truck Rally, Drive Thru Celebration, Socially Distant Block Party, Lunch & Learn and More
Take a trip to the NC Zoo
4401 Zoo Parkway, Asheboro
It’s time to take a trip back to the NC Zoo. They’re now reopen, and require all guests to reserve a time or purchase a timed entry ticket prior to visiting. They’re also limiting capacity. Open daily 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
South Carolina Festival of Flowers Topiary Display
Through July 12 | Greenwood, SC
Head to Greenwood, South Carolina to take a tour of the SC Festival of Flowers Topiary Display in Uptown. See 44 unique creations in a variety of sizes and plants through July 12.
Charlotte Symphony al Fresco
June 17 | 7:30 pm
The next edition of Charlotte Symphony al Fresco, a free virtual concert series featuring CSO musicians, will include performances by Pleyel and Mozart.
The Women of Pride: A Live Conversation
June 17 | 6 pm
In celebration of Charlotte Pride, join women leaders from a variety of Pride organizations for a conversation on Facebook Live.
SkillPop Anywhere: Floral Arranging Basics
June 17 | 7 pm
Learn to create gorgeous floral arrangements at home with the help of flower farmer and wedding florist Amanda of Serendipity Flowers in this virtual SkillPop class. $20.
Chef Bruce Moffett Virtual Cooking School
June 18 | 11 am
Bruce Moffett, award-winning chef-owner of popular Charlotte restaurants Barrington’s, Good Food on Montford, NC Red, and Stagioni, will conduct a live virtual cooking demo, sharing quick and easy recipes from his cookbook “Bruce Moffett Cooks.” Recipes include a lobster roll, V8 gazpacho and lobster dip with potato chips.
Enjoy a virtual gallery tour of the ArtPop Street Gallery exhibition on display at the Bill and Patty Gorelick Gallery at Central Piedmont Community College. Hosted by ArtPop founder Wendy Hickey and the artists themselves.
In this family-friendly workshop in celebration of Juneteenth, everyonee can recreate a version of a lively Juneteenth celebration using materials you already have at home.
Public Art 101
June 19 | 2 pm
Join the Arts & Science Council for a free online public art workshop featuring award-winning public artist Dixie Friend Gay. She’ll discuss applying for and realizing public art projects and share her approach to making a lucrative living in public art. Free.
Juneteenth! Virtual Family Day Celebration
June 19 | 9 am
Celebrate virtually with a day of history, music, storytelling, poetry and a celebration of oral traditions via Facebook live.
Summer Solstice at Stonehenge: Live
June 20 | 8:30 am – 5:30 am
Now you can watch the summer solstice live from Stonehenge without leaving the comfort of your home. Tune in for live coverage of sunset and sunrise.