World’s Largest Swim Lesson, Pride Celebrations, Sol Fest, Caribbean Fest, Hippie Fest, Dog Days, Pig Roast, Int’l Yoga Day, SummerStock and More Things to Do This Weekend (6/23)

Summer may have only officially started this week, but in Charlotte, we’ve been celebrating the season all month long! As we near the end of June, spend some time in the Queen City enjoying outdoor festivals, the world’s largest swimming lesson, block parties, Hippie Fest, Caribbean Carnival and lots more!


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Rock Hill Pride
Thursday, June 23 – Sunday, June 26
Celebrate Pride month in Rock Hill with a long weekend full of festivities! March for Equality on Thursday, attend a Pop-Up wedding on Friday, shop a market with LGBTQ+ vendors and allies on Saturday and enjoy a Drag Brunch on Sunday. Check the schedule online for a full listing of events.

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‘Art, Justice and the Law’ with Sonya Pfeiffer
Thursday, June 23, 7:00p – 9:00p
Explore the power of story and the way narrative artwork informs people’s ideas of justice with civil rights and criminal defense attorney – not to mention journalist, podcaster and gallery owner – Sonya Pfeiffer. Tickets are available now.

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World’s Largest Swimming Lesson at Carowinds
Thursday, June 23, 9:00a – 10:00a
Join in on the world’s largest swimming lesson at Carowinds as part of the World Waterpark Association’s campaign to build awareness about the importance of young people learning to swim. The lesson is free for registrants and includes a discounted admission ticket for a companion.

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3rd Annual SASney World
Now through Sunday, June 26
You don’t have to go all the way to Orlando to visit the happiest place on earth this weekend – SAS Cupcakes has you covered! Enjoy a photo booth, giveaways and a line-up of treats fit for a Princess or Prince.

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Sol Fest
Thursday, June 23, 6:30p – 9:00p
Party with a purpose this week with Sol Nation and learn more about their work with environmental justice. Tickets are available now for this family-friendly event in Uptown.

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Greenway Summer Concert at Anne Springs Close Greenway
Thursday, June 23, 6:00p – 9:00p
Don’t miss the last few installments of Anne Close Springs Greenway’s Summer Concert Series! This week features the music of Sol Driven Train, live at the Comporium Amphitheater.


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Dog Day of Summer with Humane Society of Charlotte
Friday, June 24, 5:00p – 8:00p
Bring the family – including four legged friends – to the Humane Society’s new Animal Resource Center for an afternoon of live music, delicious food and drinks plus trivia and dog-friendly vendors.

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Block Party LKN at D9 Brewing
Friday, June 24, 5:00p – 9:00p
Ring in the weekend with D9 Brewing Lake Norman as they host the final Block Party celebration of the season with an evening full of local beer, food trucks and pop-up shops.

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Charlotte Caribbean Carnival
Friday, June 24 – Sunday, June 26
Soak in the bright colors and vibrant culture of the Caribbean with a weekend full of fun at the Charlotte Caribbean Carnival! Catch the parade, visit carnival village and much more.


Babe & Butcher Turn One
SATURDAY, JUNE 25 11:00AM – 8:30PM EDT

Babe & Butcher is celebrating one year in their Camp Northend location by debuting their “make your own charcuterie cones” in store. Customers can pick a meat, cheese and compliment in B&B cones to enjoy while they walk around Camp Northend.

With every purchase, customers will get a free birthday box with homemade macarons and meringues and a slice of Batchmaker birthday cake (while supplies last) and a chance to win a grazing table for up to 50 people . Babe & Butcher is located at 301 Camp Rd, Charlotte, NC 28206 in “the mount” at Camp Northend, right next to Leah & Louise and across from Grow. Park in the lot off of Statesville Avenue (where the Crayola exhibit is happening). It’s the closest parking lot to where they are located.

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Southern Pig Roast at Sycamore Brewing
Saturday, June 25, 12:00p
It doesn’t get much more summer-in-the-south than a pig roast! Stop by Sycamore Brewing for delicious food, local brews, live music and a little big of axe throwing with Chuck It Axes.

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International Yoga Day at the Hindu Center of Charlotte
Saturday, June 25, 8:00a – 9:00p
Find your zen this weekend and celebrate international yoga day with the Hindu Center of Charlotte. Don’t forget your mat and water bottle – classes will be open to all, ages 12 and up.

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Official Pride Bar Crawl
Saturday, June 25, 6:00p – 9:00p
Get your tickets now for Charlotte’s Official Pride Bar Crawl featuring 5+ venues across the city and discounts on food and drinks throughout.

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Hippie Festival at Dallas Lavender Lane Farm
Saturday, June 25 & Sunday, June 26
Travel back to the 60s at Dallas Lavender Lane and enjoy a weekend of peace, love and lots of live music, food, craft vendors and more fun for the whole family.

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Digital SLR Basics at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
Saturday, June 25, 10:30a – 1:00p
Looking to pick up a new hobby this summer? Join Dave Kelly, wildlife photographer and owner of DEK Photography, for a beginner’s look at the basics of digital SLR photography. Registration is required.

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Jurassic Park in Concert with Charlotte Symphony
Saturday, June 25, 7:30p
Enjoy this classic film in a new way with Charlotte Symphony! Go back 65 million years to experience the magic of dinosaurs with a live score to lead the way. Tickets are available now.


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Camden Commons
Sunday, June 26, 11 am to 5 pm
Don’t miss the last date of Camden Commons scheduled for this summer. Camden Road will be closed to vehicular traffic from Tremont Ave. to East/West Blvd transforming into an outdoor living room, where you can hang out, discover new food, play games, listen to music, and get creative as if you were in your own living room.

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SummerStock Music & Arts Festival
Sunday, June 26
Bring the family to Art Haus Charlotte for the 2nd annual SummerStock celebration featuring visual art, cultural and musical performances and lots more.

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Party in the Park at the Mint Museum Randolph
Sunday, June 26, 1:00p – 5:00p
It’s time to Party in the Park with Mint Museum – this month features special programming themed around LGBTQ+ Pride Month. Enjoy free admission to the museum, live music and local food trucks plus a cash bar on the terrace.

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Paddle to Table at USNWC
Wednesday, June 29, 6:00p – 9:00p
Enjoy a dining experience only the Whitewater Center can provide with a guided flatwater paddle on the Catawba, followed by dinner outdoors with a chef-curated meal and beer and wine. Registration is required.