Make Music Uptown, Art Walk, Juneteenth, Knights Baseball, Rail Trail Clean Up, Father’s Day Fun, & More Things to Do This Weekend (6/17)

As we settle into the warm, sunny (and humid!) days of summer, fun in the Queen City can be found everywhere. This week launches some long awaited events including the Charlotte Black Film Festival, Immersive Van Gogh and (next Weds) Crave Charlotte Food + Wine Festival. Celebrate Father’s Day with a favorite Dad in your life, enjoy the opening of a new exhibit or pamper yourself with a weekend of relaxation and self-care.

Featured Event:

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Make Music Day Charlotte
Monday, June 21
Celebrate the Summer Solstice (the longest day of the year!) with the joy of music. Take part in various events in uptown including a beginner guitar lesson, open mic session, drum circle and live piano performances.


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Charlotte Black Film Festival
Through Friday, June 25
Immerse yourself in the art of black filmmakers during the 11th Annual Charlotte Black Film Festival. Tickets available now for film blocks that will be available to screen throughout the 11-day, virtual event.

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Opening of Immersive Van Gogh
Thursday, June 17
Get your tickets now for the highly anticipated exhibit on display at Camp North End.

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Imbibe + Inspire Virtual Tour with Wing Haven Garden
Thursday, June 17, 4:00p
Join Garden curator Andrea Sprott for a virtual tour of Elizabeth Lawrence’s gardens. Registration is required.

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Charlotte Knights Baseball
Thursday, June 17 – Sunday, June 20
Take Dad out to the Charlotte Knights ballgame this week and enjoy Thirsty Thursday, Friday Fireworks or a bobblehead giveaway on Saturday. Single game tickets available for purchase.

Coming Up This Weekend:

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Juneteenth! Virtual Family Day Celebration with Levine Museum
Friday, June 18, 12:00p
Celebrate Juneteenth with this virtual presentation of three original African American stage readings including dance performances, history and more. The program will be available on Facebook and YouTube.

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Wellness Weekend at The Ballantyne Hotel
Friday, June 18 – Sunday, June 20
Immerse yourself in a weekend of wellness including workshops on healthy eating, meditation practices and massage. Reservations required.

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Juneteenth Jam with Blumenthal Performing Arts
Friday, June 18 – Saturday, June 19
Celebrate Juneteenth with two days of music, dance and art highlighting African American history and culture. Free events will be held in multiple locations around Uptown Charlotte.

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Random Acts of Kindness + Animalia with Caroline Calouche & Co.
Friday, June 18, 7:00p
Join the Carolina Cirque and Dance Center for an outdoor, double feature of their featured summer programs. Tickets available now. Please note that, in the event of inclement weather, the shows will be brought inside.

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Artist Meet + Greet with ArtPop Street Gallery
Saturday, June 19, 11:00a – 1:00p
Take a walking tour of the ArtPop Street Gallery and meet the artists at each stop. Learn about their process, check out their work and get inspired!

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South End Rail Trail Clean-Up with South End Social
Saturday, June 19, 10:00a – 12:00p
Help keep South End beautiful by joining the group to clean up litter on and around the Rail Trail. Following the clean-up efforts, The Suffolk Punch will host a volunteer celebration including one free drink ticket for all of those 21 and older who pitched in.

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Who’s Dunking Who? Father’s Day at Armored Cow Brewing
Sunday, June 20, 1:00p – 6:00p
Stop by the brewery on Father’s Day and give Dad a dunk…or let him try his hand at dunking the kids. Don’t forget your towel!

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‘Daddy Issues’ Drag Brunch at All-American Pub
Sunday, June 20, 11:00a
Come for the fabulous drag show and stay for a delicious brunch! Doors open at 11:00a and the show begins at 12:00p. Tickets available now.

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Concert in the Courtyard and Father’s Day Brunch at Optimist Hall
Sunday, June 20, 11:00a – 2:00p
Enjoy music from the Square Roots in the main courtyard and check out one of the friendly, local vendors in the food hall for brunch. Make a day of it and stop by Billy Sunday for a Daddy Day Cornhole Tournament starting at 2:00p.

Next Week:

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Reasons to Be Cheerful at SoCo Gallery
Opens Tuesday, June 22
Curated by Charlotte-based artist, Holly Keough, the exhibition includes recent paintings, mixed media and performances by eleven Goodyear Arts artists. SoCo Gallery will be home to the exhibition which runs through August 7.

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Movies on the Lawn at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Wednesday, June 23, 5:30p
Plan an evening at the Garden with the family complete with food trucks, beverages and a showing of The Goonies beginning at sundown. Bring a blanket and comfortable seating.

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Crave Charlotte Food + Wine Festival
Wednesday, June 23 – Saturday, June 26
Celebrate the best of the best in Charlotte food, mixology and craft brewing during the four day celebration. Tickets for all events are now available and selling fast!

Save the Date:

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I Was Outside: The Wingzza Pop-Up at Camp North End
Friday, July 2, 6:00p – 9:00p
Larry Swayne, founder of Wingzza Mambo Sauce, is reintroducing his famous condiment to the Queen City during this pop-up event at Camp North End. Food orders will be available for pre-order only (no walk-up food orders will be accepted) and must be placed by Tuesday, June 29.